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Badger Bob

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About Badger Bob

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    The rough stripey one...
  • Birthday 01/11/1969

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  • Path
    Bog Standard Pagan (Druidish, Heathenish)
  • Experience
    1982 onwards
  • Biography
    Brought up with a mixture of Catholicism and Buddhism I declared myself pagan in '82 and being of a "Celtic" background I naturally fell into Druidry. After a long time with small groups I found myself in OBOD in 2002 and joined the BDO later on. Along the way I have practised Tibetan Buddhism, Zen/Chan, Ceremonial Magic and Chaos Magic. These days I follow my own path with elements of Celtic and Heathen paths, very much based on my personal ancestry and my love of the Derbyshire landscape, history and folklore.
  • Goals and Aims
    To chill, find out what is going on, meet like minded people and give help wherever I can (unlikely but you never know).
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    Armchair archaeologist, historian (hist. of science & technology, classics - OU, Latin - Cambridge), sometime martial artist (Karate, Kung Fu, Western Swordsmanship, Iaido, Aikido), hillwalker, angler, historical wargamer and cyclist.
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  1. Open Letter to Non-Pagan Bookstores

    Are the books even published for the bookshops to sell? I can't say that I have heard of many good pagan books coming out in the last decade or so. The majority of books published these days are celebiogs or cookbooks, a book on advanced paganism is likely to stay a dogeared bundle of A4 paper under the author's desk.
  2. RIP Fast Eddie Clarke, the last of the greatest rock trio ever!

    1980 Ace Up Your Sleeve Tour - sublime!

    1. Freydis


      My theme tune in my poker playing days:

      You know I'm born to lose, and gambling's for fools,
      But that's the way I like it baby,
      I don't wanna live forever,

      All gone now.  We shall not see their like again.

    2. Badger Bob

      Badger Bob

      We had a cutoff denim jacket day at the pub today in memoriam. It was weird but fun.

  3. Ok I'm distraught at the death of a certain fictional character in a nearby fictional town.:cool: If you want to know who and where send a 5/- postal order to...

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    2. Badger Bob
    3. Freydis


      I'm distraught at the death of a fictional character too but it happened on a (I think) non-fictional beach and not near Bob (unless you've moved to the seaside and not let on......:biggrin:

    4. Badger Bob

      Badger Bob

      I am as far from the sea as it is possible to get in Britain so I am intrigued...

  4. Still finding my way around the new site features but I'm back in the UK again and huddling around a roaring fire, longing for the Sicilian sunshine...

  5. Genuinely Good Reading

    True but don't underestimate how even a little reading can help a newbie tackle their first face-to-face encounter with other pagans. Sometimes just having enough of a clue to steer around the obvious Daily Mail questions (animal sacrifice, sex magic, horse mutilation, white power etc.) can help a person actually engage rather than clam up in embarrassment. My go to book to recommend to all aspiring Druids is The Druid Handbook by John Michael Greer. It is a remarkably practical guide to fairly mainstream Druidry with a Welsh rather than Irish flavour. The important thing is that it leaves enough gaps to act as a framework for your own journey, rather than being a prescriptive journey in itself.
  6. Is it on the rise still? I work with young people (apprentices/school-leavers up to early 30s) and there are far fewer Pagans of any stripe than there used to be maybe 5 years ago. At one time you could guarantee that almost anyone with a feminist, green or neo-hippy leaning would be at least interested in Paganism if not a practising Pagan. These days I find many more atheists and humanists among these groups alongside the vast majority who simply don't care about anything spiritual at all. Charmed is very vieux chapeau now and American Horror Story: Coven is fading from memory, the local mind body & spirit fairs are all but gone and only a couple of shops in a 50 mile radius still sell pagan books and supplies. As far as I can see the Pagan scene is pretty flat right now.
  7. I can't think of Bacchus or Dionysus without an oompah band playing in the background... And Priapus definitely likes organ music, the bigger the organ the better.
  8. Trying To Find A Way And Pretty Confused

    Johnno, the traditional British neo-pagan paths are usually based upon the four elements in some way. The elements form the basis of a lot of the symbolism and ritual work and they are often mapped onto other things such as the seasons, plants and animals to form a coherent magical framework. This being so you might find some fruit looking into how the elements are referenced in Wicca, Witchcraft and Druidry.
  9. I saw this on a BBC series about pilgrimage and it gave the Christian history of the place but I hadn't realised it had a pre-Christian significance. Might have to try and work it into a trip overseas.
  10. [Wiccan Web] Roman Sewage

    The fact remains that we do know a fair bit about Roman sewers, in fact significantly more about sewers than the Gods. Public talk about Gods and anything that survives into the historical record is viewed without one vital bit of information, the motives of the source. Even today people can appeal to Christian nature publicly in a largely post-Christian society because everyone knows what it means. We have lost that cultural context in relation to the Roman deities and while there is many a PhD thesis to be made through speculation it is still a bit of a niche interest in archaeological circles. Engineering on the other hand attracts funds like there is no tomorrow and the benefits of studying ancient engineering can often be overstated for the purposes of securing research grants. Sewers also work on principles that apply as well today as they ever did so we don't start from such a sparse basis as we do with religion. Anyway, sewers are fascinating and anyone who says otherwise doesn't fully understand their importance or sheer beauty :o_baeh:
  11. Pentagram

    Yes we are but from very different traditions. ED doesn't use the pentagram in his tradition but I do in most of the traditions I have followed (OBOD, BDO, AODA, DOGD, a traditional group based in Derbyshire and a ceremonial magic Druid order based in Edinburgh). I have used the pentagram as a protective device, drawn in the air in a similar manner to the LBRB of the Golden Dawn, drawn on the ground as a magic circle or delineated by stones to form a sacred space. The AODA use it in some very creative ways with Ogham detailed in John Michael Greer's books (Druid Magic Handbook I think, don't have it with me) and I have used it ritually within a traditional Druid Group, in a similar manner to calling the quarters.
  12. Pentagram

    Sorry Moonhunter, I was a bit abrupt but I could hear the Witches bristling ;-) . The Awen is not universally used among Druids as it has its roots in Iolo Morgannwg's work of fiction, Barddas. In many orders the Awen is used for non-Pagan Druids and the Pentagram for Pagan Druids. Then again Druidry shares about 90% of its DNA with Wicca.
  13. Pentagram

    I would very much dispute that sentence, it is used as the outward symbol of Wicca but it doesn't belong to Wicca any more than the cross belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. If the pentagram is anything I would say it is Pythagorean and is used by many branches of Paganism influenced by them, and even that is ignoring its earlier usage.
  14. Pentagram

    Druids also use the pentagram as do Ceremonial Magicians and Christians. The Golden Dawn used the pentagram as a protection and invocation by drawing it in the air with a knife while calling upon angelic guardians (the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram being the best known). In Christian mysticism it depicts Christ's initial wounds, the nails in the hands and feet plus the crown of thorns, a dot in the centre sometimes depicts the post mortem chest wound from Longinus' spear. In the many western Paganisms the five point do indeed usually symbolise the four classical elements and the element of spirit but they can also symbolise the bases of matter and spirit weaving into the three realms. I have also seen the pentagram used in the martial arts to depict the five useful planes of defence, there is no vertical line in a pentagram which reminds a student to always block to the outside or to strike from outside to the centre. So it means a heck of a lot to various different people really. No wonder it has been around for quite a while.
  15. Samhain Decorating

    When you have the right tools, why not?