This is the time of harvest home, the third harvest of the traditional Celtic year. The first was the hay, the second the grain and the third the meat. Of course conditions in these far-flung lands that our ancestors\u00b7 explorations and outward urges have brought us to are not always the same as the ones that existed in their cold climate homelands, and times have changed.
Most people are no longer in close contact with the primary sources of their food. The preserving of seasonally available produce is now done for most of us by the increasingly complicated food industry and food- related industries.
Our prayers, rituals and meditations can help to heal and prosper these industries. Hasn\u00b7t it been proved scientifically that gratitude and love can powerfully affect the healthfulness of water? So wouldn\u00b7t our attitudes, crafted lovingly for the good of all beings, benefit food, farming and the associated industries too? And isn\u00b7t there room for improvement in these industries, in their ethics, their logistics, their values and their healthfulness for humanity and the environment?
It\u00b7s time to invite and honour the dead as well, especially those who remain near us as ghosts. It\u00b7s a fairy time too, so leave out bread and milk for them on Samhuinn night. This isn\u00b7t just for fun \u00b2 we need to know our neighbours and they need to know us. Our gifts let them know that we are fairy-friendly people and they value us for it.
I\u00b7ve been whinging about the drought for the last year or so, and at last it has rained, at least a little bit, so hopefully we\u00b7re on the mend.
We\u00b7ve got a packed issue for you this time. A photo story takes us to the beach, there\u00b7s a wonderful study of OZ animal magick, Elkie shows us around the site for the coming gathering, and we have poetry, articles and items of interest for all.
The inestimable satisfaction of seeing
your work in print, and of knowing that
you\u00b7ve done a good deed!
Children\u00b7s work especially welcome.
10. Isle of Man.
11. Egyption God.
13. An inert gas.
14. Dry and shrivelled.
15. Stronghold of a castle.
17. 1st note of the scale.
19. US soldier.
24. Home for pigs.
25. Board game.
28. Garden tools.
30. Someone from Arabia.
31. Periods of time.
32. Hindu scripture.
33. Voodoo nature spirit.
35. Tree of the Ogham Ruis.
2. Kind of citrus fruit.
3. Long hair on a horse\ue000s neck.
4. Man\ue000s name (abbr.)
5. Not able to be carried.
6. Out of control.
11. Study of the Zodiac
16. Sense of self.
18. Animal fodder.
21. Big flightless bird.
17. A God of the Underworld
22. Man\ue000s name.
O Hear the Voice of the Bard,
Who present past and future sees
Whose ears have heard the holy word
That walked among the ancient trees\ue000
record of where we Bards, Ovates and Druids are, spiritually and artistically, in the early 21st Century. Perhaps it\ue000s an important one: our successors in the distant and not so distant future will surely treasure our anthologies, in which they\ue000ll be able to trace the evolution of their own spirituality - a valuable exercise for any time-conscious Bard!
Even six years on, Southern Echoes is a refreshing read. We Southern Hemisphere Bards have vital, vivid voices, speaking of things never spoken of before in these ancient lands so new to our own people, in which such a diverse range of cultures meet and marry. We are profoundly excited by the beauty and power of the lands we find ourselves in, and our voices and our art are full of the wonder of that, communicating it sensitively and articulately to future readers. The first anthology was a resounding success because of the enthusiasm of all who contributed. There are more of us now, and our talents are developing, so let\ue000s give them an airing in a new Southern Hemisphere anthology. Meanwhile, technological advances have made eBook and Print on Demand (POD) publishing so easy anyone can do it \ue001 even me\ue000!
This is also a call to singers, song-writers and musicians, story-tellers and actors: all that hidden and not so hidden talent out there: YOU ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE! Send me a selection of your best mp3s, cassettes, CDs or whatever you\ue000ve got to send, and we\ue000ll see about getting up a CD to showcase our best talent.
So get Bardic, get creative and email the best you\ue000ve got to email@example.com send it on snail-back to SerpentStar C/- Wyeuro, PMB2, Angaston, SA 5353, Australia. Send me a good handful, and we\ue000ll select the ones we think best express the OBOD Druidry spirit. Let me know if you\ue000ve written material you\ue000d like someone else to perform for you, or if you\ue000d be willing to perform other people\ue000s material for them.
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