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ENTS & OBOD. The Druid Grove.

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:13 am
by James Parton
Hey, ENTS!

I just posted to show you a new site I have been communicating with since about Friday. It is the Druid Grove forum of the OBOD Druid organization. I have studied druids and neo-druidism and of course celtic mythology for some time. While I have not yet joined OBOD itself, I have joined their forum. Forests and trees are a big topic here so an ENT can feel quite at home. This site can help fill a need for me on the spiritual and artistic aspects of trees that ENTS itself has not quite been able to do. Of course, ENTS rules on the scientific and documentation side. I plan to stay with ENTS but will be a member of the Druid's Grove as well. Through the " Grove " and maybe eventually OBOD I may be able to contribute to ENTS is some new way that I have not done yet. Time will tell.

By the way, OBOD does not center druidism around religion like some other neo-druid organizations. It teaches it as more of a philosophy. Like ENTS, it will be a learning experience, however A druid here can choose to include religion into their practices if they wish, yes, even a Christian as myself can take their course and become a druid. I will choose it more from a philosophical angle though.

Anyway, I don't know enough to explain it. Check out the sites. Their BBS is on the same provider as ours so it is familiar to me.

Update: October 14 2010

I recently joined the New Order of Druids and started taking their online course in druidry. NOD's course is structured like that of OBOD with the grades being Bard, Ovate and Druid. Due to the high cost of taking the OBOD course I chose that of NOD. OBOD's course is mail order and is in book and audio form. NOD's is completely online which saves printing, shipping and production costs. Like OBOD, NOD also gives the individual the option of learning druidry as a philosophy.

More later......

Re: ENTS & OBOD. The Druid Grove.

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:13 am
by KoutaR

Maybe there are also potential new ENTS among Druids!


Re: ENTS & OBOD. The Druid Grove.

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:29 am
by James Parton

Yes, it is possible. I have let the folks on the Druid Grove know about ENTS. Neo-Druids should be quite ENTish people if they follow what the teachings say. That is druids are " primarily rooted in the earth in the sensuous web of interdependence between soil, plants, mountains, rivers and animals. ". Earth, Sea and Sky. The natural world is at the core of druidic teachings.

It is possible that some ENTS here may like druidism too. It is not the hocus-pocus many think it is. Movies and the media mis-portray druids. Actually little is known about the ancient ones and most of that is from the biased views of the Romans. Druids vary in their beliefs. Most are pagan but many, as myself, follow Christianity. The path of druidry can be followed as a philosophy, as a religion or both. Either way, it is quite spiritual. But forests are a spiritual place. But one thing all druids should have in common is a deep love for the natural world.

Many druids on OBOD's Druid Grove forum get too involved in personal and sometimes trivial conversations. My druidism will center on God, the natural world and the Celtic tradition. I take it VERY serious.

Re: ENTS & OBOD. The Druid Grove.

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:25 am
by Petra2903
Yes, indeed for the most part we are. So now there's at least two of us Druid-types here on the forum; I have been with OBOD for three years now but into nature spirituality for much longer than that already. Trees make up a large part of the spiritual and practical teachings of the course and set Druidism apart from many other neo-pagan streams. A fact I have lately come to appreciate very much indeed!

Our Chosen Chief, Philipp Carr-Gomm, is about to make a movie on trees... I have to see if I can get the link from Facebook so that I can share the progress. OBOD focuses heavily on environmental issues and trees are of course on the forefront of this.

As a matter of fact, I am currently involved - along with my 15 year old son - in saving some 94 trees that are scheduled to be felled in the city of Hanau, Germany, to make way for another shopping center. Among them are six yews, the rest is mainly sycamores. That is Druidry IN ACTION!!


Re: ENTS & OBOD. The Druid Grove.

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:02 pm
by James Parton

It is nice to see you so involved with trees. Among the druids of OBOD you stand out to me as being among the most " treeish " and that is good. It sometimes seems that I don't see quite as much there on trees and nature as I think I should on " The Grove ".

I would love to see Philipp's movie! I bet that it will be really good. OBOD as a whole has much on trees and druidry on it's main website. I go there a lot. I just wish their courses were more affordable. I still may end up taking them. Those of NOD have proven good though.

I joined the Druid Grove on Sept 12. I must have re-done or edited the thread here changing the date. I joined NOD a short time later. Druidry has for me is becoming a way of life, it includes my religion, naturism and all that is spiritual to me in this world. I back it with celtic tradition and studies but the traditions of the American Indians has grown on me too. I am mostly of European ( Mostly Irish ) decent but my Great Grandmother on my dad's side was Cherokee. Honoring the ancestors is a big part of druidry. How far are you into the Ovate grade? I am about 1/3 through the NOD Bardic Grade.

Again, I give you a very warm welcome here, Petra!