I moved to Belfast a couple of months ago, and one of my ambitions coming here was to organise and facilitate regular ceremonies in the style of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. I held one last month with a new friend. I’ve scheduled one for the first weekend in July. I would normally try to host something closer to the solstice (21st/22nd June) but there are multiple events happening and certain OBOD friends here are away or busy. The weekend after is out because I’m going to Dublin for Pride. So it will be the Sunday 3rd July. I am calling it a Summer Ceremony. I will be using and simplifying a scripted OBOD ritual for the Summer Solstice.
In OBOD we use the term seed group to mean a small group of OBOD members who gather together to perform ceremony. I know there are a few others in Belfast and certainly a few of them said they’d come. I titled the group Belfast Seedgroup and I have submitted my information as a point of contact to be listed on the Order’s website. That information, and details of other groups, in these islands can be found here
This is a step up for me, and I am curious about the journey and how it’s going to go. Previously, I have helped in events that are already happening, or organised the ritual part within an existing community. My intention for this is pretty simple and, I believe, achievable. For the duration of my time in Belfast, I will facilitate OBOD style ceremony on or near the eight festivals of the wheel of the year. If a ceremony happens, it is a success. I have found over the years that it is far better to create events and happenings and allow the groups to form and evolve themselves. People will come some times, and not others. Some will come once. Some people will love it, and some people will say it is not for them. I will help to hold the space and time for the events. Each ceremony will be different in its way. I will do my part with integrity, presence and a lightness. It may be that when I eventually leave Belfast, the group and the ceremonies stop. Everything has its season. For now though, this is a beginning.
In OBOD ceremony, we often use the following statement:
We gather as equals, in our physical form here upon the Earth. Each Presence is a blessing, and with every breath we take we breathe life and light into this circle.
If you would like to attend, or get in touch, you can contact me via here, or the Facebook page for the group. https://www.facebook.com/BelfastOBOD/