Druid Animal Oracle

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Bring the Power of Ancient Druid Wisdom into Your Life

You are holding a source of great power and influence — the wisdom of the animal world drawn from the wellspring of ancient Celtic tradition. The Druids, like the Native Americans, revered animals as sacred guides, guardians and protectors. Today, the book and beautiful card set of The Druid Animal Oracle can bring healing and will help you draw strength from its intuitive knowledge. From the interpretations of the card ...

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Overview

Bring the Power of Ancient Druid Wisdom into Your Life

You are holding a source of great power and influence — the wisdom of the animal world drawn from the wellspring of ancient Celtic tradition. The Druids, like the Native Americans, revered animals as sacred guides, guardians and protectors. Today, the book and beautiful card set of The Druid Animal Oracle can bring healing and will help you draw strength from its intuitive knowledge. From the interpretations of the card spreads and the animal lore given, you will gain powerful insights into your life-situation and receive positive guidance for the future. Authors Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, who live in England, are Chief and Scribe of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups.

Like the Native Americans, the ancient Celts saw the animal world as a source of great power and influence. The book's beautifully illustrated cards, fascinating background information and easy-to-follow instructions make it a simple and highly effective system for self-development and self-awareness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859060070
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 10/25/1996
  • Sales rank: 1,411,258

Meet the Author

Philip Carr-Gomm is Chief of the Order of Bards Orates and Druids. He is author of The Druid Way and The Elements of the Druid Tradition, and editor of The Book of Druidry and The Druid Renaissance. Philip studied with the Chief Druid, Philip Ross Nichols, from the age of fifteen. After taking a degree in psychology, he trained in psychosynthesis, psychotherapy for adults and play therapy for children.

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Chapter 1

ORACLES

Peer often deep within the pool of Fec

From the "Song of the Salmon-God" by W. P. Ryan

The Waters of Time

Life has often been compared to a river, whose flowing water represents the flowing of our lives toward an ocean of Oneness and Bliss. Using an oracle we attempt to look beneath the surface of the water, the surface of our lives, to observe its undercurrents, its depths, its hidden secrets. There we may be lucky enough to find the salmon of wisdom who can show us the truth that time is not linear.

It feels as if we are all walking a path that leads inexorably from the past to the future via the present, and yet mystical experience, the ancient wisdom traditions and now modern physics tell us that it only appears that way to our consciousness. The reality turns out to be far more extraordinary and wonderful — although impossible to grasp fully with our minds. Every so often, though, we will get glimpses of the truth that at some level linear time does not exist. This may happen in meditation, in sleep, or in a near-death experience, or time may play "tricks" on us — creating synchronistic experiences that amaze us with their impossibility or extreme unlikelihood in the normal course of events.

It seems that this time-free state holds the seed-bed, the impulses and dynamics which guide our passage through the world of linear time.

Oracles are devices which help us to gain access to this seed-bed deliberately and consciously. Through an oracle it is possible that we may get glimpses, insights, images, and ideas which will tell us about the dynamics, the "seeds," that lie behind events and experiences in our past, present, or future. BUT AN ORACLE CANNOT PREDICT A FUTURE EVENT. It can only point to possibilities and pitfalls, dynamics and options. It is all too easy to read an oracle and to take a word or idea given in its text as an omen or prediction. If you feel tempted to do this, please take some time to study this chapter before using the Animal Oracle. To use the Animal Cards effectively you need to know the difference between using an oracle and fortune-telling. Ralph Blum, discussing the oracular use of the runes, says that "they are not meant to be used for divination or fortune-telling. The disposition of the future is in God's hands, not ours. Rather, the Runes are a tool for assisting us to guide our lives in the present, for it is only in the present that our power can be exercised...They are a system of guidance and selfcounselling...'a compass for conduct.'"

Exactly the same can be said for the Animal Oracle. We should use it to discover not what will happen in the future, but what influences or tendencies might exist in our lives that need encouraging, understanding, or changing. The oracle then becomes a way of encouraging personal responsibility for our lives, rather than a resignation to our supposed fate. Just as in sailing a boat, the more we know about the tides and the weather, the better we are able to sail, so in life, the more information we have on its influences and dynamics, the more we are able to react to it in the most responsible and effective way.

The Bright Knowledge

Druidry recognizes that knowledge is neutral. It is how we use it that makes it good or bad, helpful or harmful. The Cauldron of Inspiration in Druidry provides both Bright Knowledge and Baleful Knowledge. It is our responsibility to use the knowledge we gain in creative, positive ways. This applies to all the knowledge we acquire — including that which comes from the use of an oracle.

Ovates, who are trainee Druids specializing in healing and working with the spirit of Time, in the past were also concerned with augury and divination. Augury is the making of predictions based on signs and omens, and many methods were used, including the interpretation of weather patterns, bird flight, and animal behavior, to predict the outcome of certain events. The Druid queen Boudicca (Boadicea), for example, let a hare run from her cloak just before her battle with the Romans. The direction in which it ran was interpreted as favorable to the British, who did indeed win the battle. Neladoracht was the Irish name for the Druid art of makingpredictions based on the observation of clouds, and similar techniques existed for observing signs and omens in fire or water.

Divination is a more sophisticated form of augury, and it is said that the Druids employed a form of divination based on a sacred woodland alphabet called Ogham, which used signs for each of the sacred trees and plants carved on sticks as symbols for a host of concepts. The sticks would then be cast on the ground and read. A modern adaptation of this system is given in Liz and Colin Murray's Celtic Tree Oracle and Nigel Pennick's The Celtic Oracle.

The Ovate used divination not only to plumb the subtle, intangible realms of time and the psyche, but also to discover tangible things, like water or metal, or objects lost or deliberately hidden. Dowsing to find a hidden water source, the Ovate would enact in the physical world the Druid search for hidden life and knowledge behind the veil of appearances.

The Druid Animal Oracle

The Animal Oracle, building on the accumulated wisdom of the past, is a new contribution to the ever-growing and changing tradition of Druidry. In particular we see it as a contribution to the Ovate stream of Druid teaching, in which the art of divination is informed and deepened by an understanding of psychology as well as traditional lore. The inspiration for it arose three years ago, when we were shown the Medicine Cards of Jamie Sams and David Carson during a workshop in America. Bringing a set back to England, we realized that Celtic and Druid animal lore could also be presented in the form of a card set. It seemed the perfect way to convey the richness of a tradition which is now being rediscovered. The Medicine Cards present primarily Native American animal teachings, but the first card spread suggested is a Druidic one, and its mention seemed a beautiful symbol of the rainbow bridge that connects our respective traditions. They have much in common: sacred circles, the honoring of the directions, a deep reverence for the natural world, a belief in animal guides, and an abiding sense that the land itself is sacred. There is even evidence that the Druids worked in sweat-lodges and we know that birds' feathers were used in ceremonial clothing and headdress. When we were in America some Native American teachers expressed the opinion that "white people" were taking their traditions from them, just as they had taken their land. "They should make connection with their own roots first," they told us. "Then they can come to us if they like, but first let them make peace with their own ancestors." While being wary of generalizing, because there are always exceptions, we believe they are probably right. Once we can feel fully at home in our own indigenous tradition, then somehow it is easier for us to relate to other traditions. Coming from a secure, rooted base we no longer have the feel of an outsider or a predator, and we can transcend the divisions of race and culture to feel truly at home in all traditions, with all of humanity.

In recognition of the deep bond that exists between the native traditions of all lands, we would like to offer this Animal Oracle as one means of helping people to connect to the richness of their spiritual heritage.

Copyright © 1994 by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

The End of Living and the Beginning of Survival

The Druid Circle

The Druid Tradition — Our Forgotten Heritage

Our Animal Teachers Rooted in Time

Shamanism and Animal Powers

The Celtic Otherworld Inner Animals, Power Animals, Totem Guides

Redressing the Balance — Dancing the Dream Awake

Chapter One

Oracles

The Waters of Time

The Bright Knowledge

The Druid Animal Oracle

Chapter Two

The Sacred Animals of the Druid Tradition

Blackbird

Hind

Stag

Bear

Fox

Boar

Hawk

Dog

Owl

Cat

Crane

Frog

Raven

Swan

Wolf

Adder

Eagle

Sow

Bull

Goose

Ram

Hare

Salmon

Bee

Otter

Cow

Horse

Wren

Water

Dragon

Earth Dragon

Air Dragon

Fire Dragon

Seal

Chapter Three

How to Use the Cards

Starting a Reading

Sacred Space — The Druid Circle

Asking the Question Shuffling the Pack

Choosing the Cards

The Spreads — Working With One Card

The Triune Spread

The Awen Spread

The Spread of the Elements

The Spirits of the Circle Spread

The Hearth Spread

The Arianrhod Spread

Interpreting the Cards

Sample Readings — The Spirits of the Circle Spread

The Hearth Spread

Further Work with Sacred Animals

Sacred Animals Empower Us

Pronunciation Guide

Further Reading

The Animal Oracle and The Druid Way

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First Chapter

Chapter 1

ORACLES

Peer often deep within the pool of Fec
From the "Song of the Salmon-God" by W. P. Ryan

The Waters of Time

Life has often been compared to a river, whose flowing water represents the flowing of our lives toward an ocean of Oneness and Bliss. Using an oracle we attempt to look beneath the surface of the water, the surface of our lives, to observe its undercurrents, its depths, its hidden secrets. There we may be lucky enough to find the salmon of wisdom who can show us the truth that time is not linear.

It feels as if we are all walking a path that leads inexorably from the past to the future via the present, and yet mystical experience, the ancient wisdom traditions and now modern physics tell us that it only appears that way to our consciousness. The reality turns out to be far more extraordinary and wonderful -- although impossible to grasp fully with our minds. Every so often, though, we will get glimpses of the truth that at some level linear time does not exist. This may happen in meditation, in sleep, or in a near-death experience, or time may play "tricks" on us -- creating synchronistic experiences that amaze us with their impossibility or extreme unlikelihood in the normal course of events.

It seems that this time-free state holds the seed-bed, the impulses and dynamics which guide our passage through the world of linear time.

Oracles are devices which help us to gain access to this seed-bed deliberately and consciously. Through an oracle it is possible that we may get glimpses, insights, images, and ideas which will tell us about the dynamics, the "seeds," that liebehind events and experiences in our past, present, or future. BUT AN ORACLE CANNOT PREDICT A FUTURE EVENT. It can only point to possibilities and pitfalls, dynamics and options. It is all too easy to read an oracle and to take a word or idea given in its text as an omen or prediction. If you feel tempted to do this, please take some time to study this chapter before using the Animal Oracle. To use the Animal Cards effectively you need to know the difference between using an oracle and fortune-telling. Ralph Blum, discussing the oracular use of the runes, says that "they are not meant to be used for divination or fortune-telling. The disposition of the future is in God's hands, not ours. Rather, the Runes are a tool for assisting us to guide our lives in the present, for it is only in the present that our power can be exercised...They are a system of guidance and selfcounselling...'a compass for conduct.'"

Exactly the same can be said for the Animal Oracle. We should use it to discover not what will happen in the future, but what influences or tendencies might exist in our lives that need encouraging, understanding, or changing. The oracle then becomes a way of encouraging personal responsibility for our lives, rather than a resignation to our supposed fate. Just as in sailing a boat, the more we know about the tides and the weather, the better we are able to sail, so in life, the more information we have on its influences and dynamics, the more we are able to react to it in the most responsible and effective way.

The Bright Knowledge

Druidry recognizes that knowledge is neutral. It is how we use it that makes it good or bad, helpful or harmful. The Cauldron of Inspiration in Druidry provides both Bright Knowledge and Baleful Knowledge. It is our responsibility to use the knowledge we gain in creative, positive ways. This applies to all the knowledge we acquire -- including that which comes from the use of an oracle.

Ovates, who are trainee Druids specializing in healing and working with the spirit of Time, in the past were also concerned with augury and divination. Augury is the making of predictions based on signs and omens, and many methods were used, including the interpretation of weather patterns, bird flight, and animal behavior, to predict the outcome of certain events. The Druid queen Boudicca (Boadicea), for example, let a hare run from her cloak just before her battle with the Romans. The direction in which it ran was interpreted as favorable to the British, who did indeed win the battle. Neladoracht was the Irish name for the Druid art of makingpredictions based on the observation of clouds, and similar techniques existed for observing signs and omens in fire or water.

Divination is a more sophisticated form of augury, and it is said that the Druids employed a form of divination based on a sacred woodland alphabet called Ogham, which used signs for each of the sacred trees and plants carved on sticks as symbols for a host of concepts. The sticks would then be cast on the ground and read. A modern adaptation of this system is given in Liz and Colin Murray's Celtic Tree Oracle and Nigel Pennick's The Celtic Oracle.

The Ovate used divination not only to plumb the subtle, intangible realms of time and the psyche, but also to discover tangible things, like water or metal, or objects lost or deliberately hidden. Dowsing to find a hidden water source, the Ovate would enact in the physical world the Druid search for hidden life and knowledge behind the veil of appearances.

The Druid Animal Oracle

The Animal Oracle, building on the accumulated wisdom of the past, is a new contribution to the ever-growing and changing tradition of Druidry. In particular we see it as a contribution to the Ovate stream of Druid teaching, in which the art of divination is informed and deepened by an understanding of psychology as well as traditional lore. The inspiration for it arose three years ago, when we were shown the Medicine Cards of Jamie Sams and David Carson during a workshop in America. Bringing a set back to England, we realized that Celtic and Druid animal lore could also be presented in the form of a card set. It seemed the perfect way to convey the richness of a tradition which is now being rediscovered. The Medicine Cards present primarily Native American animal teachings, but the first card spread suggested is a Druidic one, and its mention seemed a beautiful symbol of the rainbow bridge that connects our respective traditions. They have much in common: sacred circles, the honoring of the directions, a deep reverence for the natural world, a belief in animal guides, and an abiding sense that the land itself is sacred. There is even evidence that the Druids worked in sweat-lodges and we know that birds' feathers were used in ceremonial clothing and headdress. When we were in America some Native American teachers expressed the opinion that "white people" were taking their traditions from them, just as they had taken their land. "They should make connection with their own roots first," they told us. "Then they can come to us if they like, but first let them make peace with their own ancestors." While being wary of generalizing, because there are always exceptions, we believe they are probably right. Once we can feel fully at home in our own indigenous tradition, then somehow it is easier for us to relate to other traditions. Coming from a secure, rooted base we no longer have the feel of an outsider or a predator, and we can transcend the divisions of race and culture to feel truly at home in all traditions, with all of humanity.

In recognition of the deep bond that exists between the native traditions of all lands, we would like to offer this Animal Oracle as one means of helping people to connect to the richness of their spiritual heritage.

Copyright © 1994 by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm

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