For the last few weeks, I’ve been having some fun listening to my druidcast podcasts. These wonderful shows usually contain some great music and interesting lectures. For example, the song “Crudites” by Blanche Rowan and Mike Gulston combines Gregorian chant with an ode to great party finger foods. And the song Ancient Mother by the Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir is so heartbreakingly beautiful to hear. The voices are wonderful to hear. I’m so tempted to go buy more music.
But the lectures have been even more interesting. Yesterday I heard a new version of the real history for King Arthur by Roland Hutton. According to him; Arthur existed; but was probably was a warlord instead of the high king. His knights were probably ex calvary trained by Romans, turned mercenary, and employed by the warlords. There was a large unemployed population since the romans had retreated. Many people moved away looking for work. And there was a large exodus of people to Brittany Coast. When they moved, they took roof beams, windows, doors, and roofing tiles for their new homes. The saxons had been moving into the area taking abandoned or defenseless farms. I’ve never heard anything like this history; wonder how much of it is true?
Another lecturer was talking about how the order of Ancient Order of American Druids came into being. The Grand Druid, John Greer, explained he was an intellectual dumpster diver. What a wonderful term; he sees his job as being someone that goes and finds old traditions or old philosophical texts that might need to be revitalized and brought back to life. The lectures provide good food for thought with lots of funny, witty comments interspersed. He was talking about a friend of his who was an expert on vibrators. Evidently there were steam powered vibrators that existed during the victorian era — a big canister with vacum tubes. And evidently there was a longstanding tradition of swords and martial arts in the western world no longer practiced but documented in books available from google or gugenhiem book projects. Well his order came about when he started asking what is this Ancient Order and he asked someone well beyond the age of retirement handed him the materials.
Another lecture by someone whose name escapes me talked about pagan ethics. As part of that lecture, he explained why early christians hated the pagan druids. First, druids and celts believed that a person could have spritual experiences by selves. No priests are needed. And furthermore, these spiritual practices can be done outside, no churches needed. Finally, the pagan traditions celebrate life with food, drink, music, dancing, and sex. All of this was anathema to the early priests who didn’t like being told they were unneccesary and their rules were not wanted.
And then there was the lecture by a woman (need to look up her name) who talked about the five stages of being a woman. First is the child. Second is the maiden. Third is the mother. Fourth is the Wise Woman. And finally, there is the crone, the old woman. I like the idea of a wise woman, the person after a woman becomes afer the children are gone. That’s sort of the stage I’m in with the kids leaving and me getting a second chance to play with art. I like having another chance to become into a different woman.
And of course, when I”m tired of learning about pagan things with the podcasts, there are always the italian lessons. Even had a coworker give me a copy of some italien CD’s he bought years ago. These are great, 30 minute lessons teaching a few phrases at a time. So as you can see, I do use my drives productively.