Mythological studies form the backbone of the Silver Branch. According to Joseph Campbell, “myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.” In our druidic practice, mythology is the doorway through which we embark on an inner journey in search of these clues. It is within the epic story of the mythic Hero that we find a metaphor for our own story of initiation into new levels of consciousness. The Silver Branch attempts to designate a space, paradoxically apart from and yet closer to reality, for re-forging awareness of the events that comprise this soul-making journey.
The core of our practice is mythological, meditative, contemplative, and shamanic, and we are also ritualistic and celebrate the eightfold path of the year. Rooted in our mythological studies, our practice is how we approach our deeper authenticity. This lies in the awareness and experience of unity with the natural world and facilitates a fuller experience of being an ensouled creature in an ensouled world full of other ensouled creatures.
Druidry is inherently shamanic and our practice is framed by techniques of healing and transformation for the fragmented contemporary soul in regards to self, other, and especially nature. Through our practice, inspiration, known as Awen or Imbas, informs our dan, or soul-gift, which we strive to express into the world through our lives, replenishing and inspiring others. This path is not always easy, but we strive to live and practice within all the joys and trials of the world, always attempting to express our voice in harmony with the great song – known as the Oran Mor.
As a part of our practice, we hold group meditations, informal groups for Celtic, druidic, and shamanic study, roundtable discussions and workshops, hillwalking, service work to the community and environment, and general fellowship with people of like minds. For other members of the OBOD, we hold private discussion and study groups for the order’s druidic training program.
Healing, Service, and Celebration in Druidry and the OBOD
Three saddles for riding the wind: courage, honesty, tenacity.