The Seed Group of the Oak and Eagle has voted to support Declaration 127 in solidarity with the other members of the Heathen and Pagan Communities. To learn more, please visit http://www.heathenhof.com/declaration127/
The Oak and Eagle is a Druid group affiliated with the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD); an international spiritual order headquartered in the United Kingdom that celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2014. Oak and Eagle began in the spring of 2011 and has grown rapidly since. We are an active group celebrating the four solar holidays, four fire festivals, lunar cycles of the new and full moons, and a number of other local and regional events scattered throughout the year. Many of our events include excellent food and drink, nature walks, meditation, shenanigans, and Eisteddfods (competitions celebrating the Bardic Arts). We are headed by a group of dedicated organizers who operate as a board of directors, and we actively support the regional pagan community.
OBOD Druidry is not dogmatic and does not embrace a specific pantheon or system of belief. As such, it compliments many other spiritual paths. We welcome and embrace this diversity in our group, and defend diversity in all forms. Our purpose is to create a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment within which each of us may explore our relationship with the natural world.
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The Oak and Eagle is tolerant and accepting of all practices and beliefs that are not hateful or abusive. We do not have a list of rules, but instead operate on two core principles that establish the behavioral expectations of our members and protect the spiritual experience for all. These two principles are Respect and Privacy.
“…the greatest characteristic of most modern-day Druids lies in their tolerance of diversity.”
Our group contains a diverse set of individuals from different backgrounds, and is part of a larger Pagan community even more diverse. Tolerance of the many beliefs and practices present, and respect of each member of the community, is crucial to the successes of the group and of the greater whole. Insults or defamation, regardless of medium or venue, are not acceptable.
Ritual, and spiritual practice in general, involves a degree of emotional intimacy and mutual support that can only develop to its fullest in an environment of trust. It is trust that enables an environment of understanding, a path of healing, and a place of peace. Members will not violate that trust by repeating the private matters that others choose to share in ritual space—or at other times when a reasonable expectation of privacy exists. Each of us can expect the same consideration in return. By the same measure, members should not abuse the environment of trust to behave inappropriately, or to share subjects that would be better suited to a discussion with a professional counselor.
A failure to uphold our principles of Respect and Confidentiality will be grounds for review, and could lead to removal from the group at the discretion of the Organizers.
With the blessings of earth, sea, and sky,
Seed Group of the Oak and Eagle
Solar Holidays: The summer and winter solstices, and the vernal and autumnal equinoxes (respectively, Alban Hefin, Alban Arthan, Alban Eiler, and Alban Elfed) are open events and typically include both pot lucks and Eisteddfods (see below).
Fire Festivals: The four ‘midpoints’ between the Solar Holidays (Imbolc in midwinter, Belteinne in the spring, Lughnasadh in summer, and Samhuinn in fall) typically are pot lucks and Eisteddfods; except Samhuinn, which is a “closed” event intended for members only, and without an Eisteddfod.
Full Moon Walks: We meet at a local park on, or near, the Full Moon to hold a brief walk and waterside ritual involving personal meditation. This event occurs rain, snow, or shine: Dress appropriately and wear good shoes.
New Moon Meditations: A short ritual including an introspective guided-meditation held on, or near, the New Moon. New moons are “closed” (group members only) and are water rituals meant to identify a goal or intent to incorporate into one’s life during the waxing moon. We encourage attendees to bring a cup that has personal meaning and a light snack to share, but there is no pot luck or Eisteddfod.
Pot Lucks: The intent is to provide a well-rounded, hot meal to share with the group. We understand schedule changes and conflicts sometimes arise that require a quick grocery-stop, but this should be the exception, not the rule. The organizers will almost always prepare a hot, gluten-free protein dish.
Eisteddfods: Eisteddfods are celebrations of the Bardic Arts: Poetry, the written word, song, performance, artwork, or craft. A light-hearted competition is encouraged, with the previous winner serving as ‘judge’ to award the laurel to a new winner, who will in-turn add a trinket or bobble to the laurel for the next Eisteddfod.
Other Events: Many other events occur throughout the year and will be added to the schedule on a case-by-case basis. They include Festivals, camping trips, Renaissance Fairs, community events such as Pagan Pride Day, and other gatherings as they occur. While typically “OPEN” events, details will vary and be announced on the calendar event notice.
Druidry honors the full cycle of life. We welcome families into our tribe, and persons under the age of 18 are welcome to attend group events with a parent or guardian.
The appropriate age for group membership, and ritual participation for younger children, will be determined collaboratively between the parents and the organizers. Regardless, minors must always be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian due to the mature and personal nature of many themes inherent in pagan practice, including sexuality and the use of alcohol.
Meeting venues are not 'child-proofed,' and parents are responsible for their children at all times.
Our Membership process involves a phased approach designed to gradually introduce potential new members to the group, and likewise allow existing members of the group to get to know new applicants. It has been developed based on decades of collective experience in group leadership.
The first step is filling out an application on our Meet-Up page at (http://www.meetup.com/OakandEagle/) . Once received, an organizer will message each individual to briefly discuss their application.
The second step is attending one of our New Applicant meetings, which are held once a month in a public venue, and are by appointment only. The face-to-face meeting will typically involve one or more candidates meeting with two or more organizers to discuss details about the group and each applicant’s interest in druidry. With mutual agreement, the New Members will be invited to attend three of our “open” group events to become familiar with our practice and get to know other members. Open events include virtually every group event except Samhain and the New Moon Meditations.
After attending three “open” events, New Members will be asked if they wish to become Full Members of the group. We require no oaths: Members are welome to maintain other group memberships, and may leave the Oak and Eagle at anytime as they, their guides, or their stars ordain it. We ask all members to honor the grove by Committing to our core principles of Respect and Privacy (see "Principles") and by upholding OBOD’s druidic traditions (see www.druidry.org). We do not require membership in OBOD to join, but each member should understand that the OBOD traditions form the basis of our practice.
To be considered 'active' in the group, members are asked to attend at least one event in a twelve-month period.
The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids is a worldwide group dedicated to practicing, teaching, and developing Druidry as a valuable and inspiring spirituality.
The Order was founded in Britain over 50 years ago by the historian and poet Ross Nichols, aided by the writer and founder of the Tolkien Society Vera Chapman, and fellow members of the Ancient Druid Order, which developed during the early years of the last century out of the Druid Revival which began about three hundred years ago.
The Order is essentially a Mystery School and community, and the term ‘order’ is derived from the tradition of magical orders rather than from the tradition of religious orders. Neither the Order nor Druidry is a cult. A cult revolves around a personality, a charismatic leader, or a particular deity or saint. The Order and Druidry have none of these characteristics.
Both the Feminine and the Masculine principles are celebrated and represented in the Order’s teachings and membership. The Order is not patriarchal or biased in favor of men – many women are in leadership roles and over half the membership is female.
Membership of the Order is open to followers of all faiths and none, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or ethnic origin, and there are currently over seventeen thousand members in fifty countries.
Although most members practice Druidry on their own, there are over 130 groups around the world that offer the opportunity for members to meet and celebrate together. In addition individual members and groups organize gatherings, retreats, camps, conferences and workshops. See the Community section on this website for more information.
The Order offers comprehensive training in Druidry in seven languages through its distance learning course, which includes a personal mentorship program, camps and gatherings in many countries, a monthly magazine, and member internet forums. In addition, the Order promotes a Sacred Grove Planting Program and a Campaign for Ecological Responsibility, and supports three tree-planting charities: Trees for Life, Tree Aid, and The Woodland Trust.
The Order also offers training in celebrancy (the art of leading weddings and funerals and other rites of passage) to members, and educational materials in the form of books, audios, retreats and workshops to people who are interested in the Druid tradition and would like to incorporate some of its ideas into their lives, as well as to those who would like to follow a training program in Druidry.
Eisteddfods are celebrations of the Bardic Arts: Poetry, the written word, song, performance, artwork, or craft. A light-hearted competition is encouraged, with the previous winner serving as ‘judge’ to award the laurel to a new winner, who will add a trinket or bobble to the laurel for the next Eisteddfod.
Past Eisteddfod Winners
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