The Awen Symbol is now VA Approved

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As a seemingly inclusive nod toward the practice of religious and spiritual practices, the Awen symbol that often depicts Druidry, is now an approved image for Government-furnished headstones or markers  per the Veteran’s Administration (VA). First reported via Circle Sanctuary’s Lady Liberty League, this  information is now on the official U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs website.

While this is now #65 of the symbols that have been approved, it is even more than that — it is an official United States acknowledgement that Druidry is a real practice. While those of us who are members of The Druid Network or the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA) or even the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA) may not be surprised given how our members seemingly increase as the threats to the stability of the environment are pushed to the breaking point, it is satisfying to be in a country where religious expression is free and protected and even officially approved for public cemeteries.

I wonder how many Druids who are not associated with the military will use this action as an encouragement to do the same when our time comes?

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Plans for PantheaCon 2017

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I took the plunge and bought my flights for PantheaCon 2017 next month. Will be my first time at this gathering (or any large, formal, pagan gathering), so expect to have more to share about it. Not sure where to begin, between fears and hesitations and uncertainties, but that is what being a Druid is all about — listen to and embrace the energies in nature to help us face the simpler human issues that we (far too often) create for ourselves.

Onward to PantheaCon!

 

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Cherry Hill Seminary and AODA

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I am shaking off the electronic dust here and think I may share a bit more recent news. First off, nice and simple, is that I am taking two courses at Cherry Hill Seminary: Paganism and the Body as well as Living Systems. Both much more challenging than I envisioned and more fulfilling than I hoped. More about them soon.

Secondly, I am finding great satisfaction in being one of the Moderators of the new (AODA (Ancient Order of Druids in America) Forums, the internal member discussion space. This has proved more vibrant and engaging than any of us thought, and as such is becoming a rich learning opportunity.

More later, but for now, go vote!

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