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From the Trees

This is sort of a meditation, sort of a practice of mindfulness, one I do as often as I can whenever I am in the presence of a tree, specifically the oak tree in front of my house.

When you find a tree you wish to perform this little activity with, simply observe the tree. What kind is it? How wide is it? How tall is it? How old do you think it could be? What condition is it in? How many branches does it have? Is it bearing blossoms or fruits? Gather as much of this information as you can (feel free to journal and sketch or take notes).

Once you’ve gathered as much about the tree’s appearance as you can, sit in front of it and lean back against it or simply face away from it. Take in everything around the tree. What other plants are nearby? Animals? Where is the tree located? In a yard or in a park? How close/ far is it from a water source? How close is it to other trees? Again, gather as much information as you can.

Now, look around. What does the tree see? What events might have taken place at the locations around the tree? What memories does the tree itself have? What has the tree had to do to survive? (Did it have to grow into concrete? Around electrical wires? Around a house or fence?). Take in as much as you can.

What lessons can you learn from this tree? Grow despite adverse conditions? Change with the seasons? Bend but don’t break during storms? There is a near endless possibility of lessons to learn. This mindfulness can be applied to anything within nature, then shifted to apply it to ourselves. We are, after all, a part of nature.

To me, this is one of the biggest lessons druidry has taught me. Take wisdom, find knowledge, find ways to learn from everyone and everything around me. I performed this meditation with the old oak tree (named Acornelius) in my front yard, and I find I relate very much to that tree.

I hope you all find some lessons from this act of mindfulness! Feel free to share feedback about what you’ve learned.

M.G.

The Basil Druid

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Checking in

I haven’t posted to much here as of late! But I’ll get more things written up for this blog soon. I’ve been rather busy trying to get ahead on the Grimoire Challenge and I’m close to being a couple months ahead. That being said, it’s time for an update!

Little man turned 2 in June and his party was a major success. See picture below.

I’ve had to put my plans for school on hold one more year, in order to make sure finances are in order. I’ve got a collection of my poetry to publish through Amazon, hopefully it will be a foot in the door in order to get more of my writing published. I got my first tattoo for Father’s Day. The Awen on my right shoulder. Definitely getting more.

I’m thinking of moving again, though. Not far from where we live now, still in the area, but definitely out of the city. There are a number of factors contributing to this, mostly the small yard, busy street, and not enough fresh air. But we will see how it goes.

My personal practice is as it always has been, day to day and month to month helping me learn and grow. I’m also trying to figure out what to add to the coven’s sales. Rune Readings? Homemade Tea Lights? Herb/ Spell Bundles? Lots of ideas. Suggestions are welcome.

In addition to that I’ll be doing a giveaway here in the fall on my tumblr, since I somehow gained 5k followers. A blessing that I am most thankful for and appreciative of.

All in all, life rolls on. Keep growing acorns! Dig deep your roots and grow tall your branches. Learn, laugh, love and live.

M.G.

The Basil Druid

Introduction

Hello all! I suppose I should have opened with this post, but it’s never to late.

My name is Michael, I’m 28 and I live in northwestern Ohio. I am married and a father of two beautiful children, Nicholas (2) and Danielle (7). I am a trainer and certified welder, with a little bit of blacksmithing training. I’m going back to college to become an English teacher, which has always been a dream of mine. I am also a writer, mostly poetry but with an anthology of short stories that I am in the process of turning into novels.

I am a witch and have been practicing my craft for nearly two decades now. I started around the time I turned ten, introduced to the craft by my best friend and her mother. I am also a member of the OBOD, Bardic Grade, and have been in the path of druidry for nearly eight years. I’m also a polytheist with a focus on worshipping and working for/ with the Tuatha De Danann, specifically Brighid, Lugh, Dagda and Ogma. I go by the nickname Basil or the Basil Druid, or Michael.

I’m an avid sci-fi and fantasy fan, I love reading and video games. I’ve played World of Warcraft since beta, I drink far too much coffee (hazelnut) and smoke a long stem wooden tobacco pipe (cherry cavendish). I have a tumblr for my spiritual/ magical practice which I am in the process of moving here and focusing here ( thebasildruid.tumblr.com ) and my poetry blog ( mgreywood.tumblr.com ).

My craft focuses on devotional works, elemental magic, meditation, shadow work, some divination, evocation, craftsmanship and a few other aspects. Most of my workings involve chants, poems or other bits of writing as both devotional acts and a part of my spellwork. I believe that there is power in words, power behind words, power in the meaning of words.

I suppose I’ve rambled enough for now. If there are any questions, feel free to comment or to contact me at mgreywood09@gmail.com.

M.G

The Basil Druid /|\

Hello hello!

I’ve been invited to be a co-author here, for which I am extremely excited! If you want more of my own stuff, check out @mgreywood both here and on tumblr!

My name is Michael Greywood. I’m 28, a father, a poet and a memeber of the OBOD (Bardic Grade). I live in northwestern Ohio and I have been a practicing witch for nearly two decades and druid for half that time.

I’m excited to be here and a part of this amazing informational source!