Just a quick post here responding to a couple of recent things. Firstly, the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games which featured extracts from a British Druid Order (BDO) invocation. How bloody wonderful is that? The ritual that originally featured the invocation was part of a multi-faith conference, so it was ideally fitting for the Paralympics. The words do not refer to any particular Pagan deities, but are clearly from this tradition. For example,
The circle is unbroken,
The ancestors awoken.
May the songs of the Earth
and of her people ring true.
Hail to the Festival of the flame
of root and branch, tooth and claw,
fur and feather, of earth and sea and sky.
Now ‘the Druids’ have always been a lovely British icon (remember Churchill and his Druid chums with false beards?) so in one sense there is nothing radical about the choice of the BDO…
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