Ditzy Druid Doings

I’ve been a bit light on updates over the past couple days.  Sometimes I worry I spend too much time as a techno Pagan.  I can get caught up in the blogosphere or in the online groups. It can distract me from accomplishing my personal goals and just living.  Being a Pagan, especially a Druid, is about going outside, time with your tribe, learning, and communing with the spirits.  Personally, most of that happens away from the screen, keyboard, and mouse.

I have been online, of course.  As you saw yesterday, I worked on tweaking my blog, removing images that aren’t mine or weren’t arttributable.  Thankfully there were very few of those.  I’m rather proud that the vast majority of images on The Ditzy Druid are by myself or my husband.  Go us!  I’ve also been communicating more with a local group of Pagans from diverse paths.  We’re brainstorming what that could turn into and the discussion has actually been rather productive.  I also received more interest int the Druid Study Group…

…which is meeting today for the second time ever!  Based on the RSVPs, the group will be a little larger than last time.  Also unlike the first meeting, I’m planning for this to be more focused.  I want to maintain the casual atmosphere, of course.  I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m this big expert and that they are teacups to be filled with my wonderful knowledge, but I do want to “lecture” a little.  I do so hate that word, but there’s no way around it.  I also plan to include plenty of time to share personal experiences and insights.  I want to end with a meditation.  Our topic is Nature Spirits with an emphasis on the physical type this time around.  Planning to lead them through a meditation in which we go through the Three Realms and experience the Nature Spirits in each.  Wish me luck!

I spent quite a bit of time outdoors yesterday.  I made a point to go into the forest and visit the shrine.  I made offerings to the local spirits and thanked them for their blessings.  I found some turkey feathers which I accepted as gifts and brought back home to wash.  My collection has grown and I’m brainstorming what I could turn them into.

Payne Lake, NY – Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2012

The evening was spent with my neighbors and friends at their family’s property near Payne Lake.  What an absolutely beautiful place!  It’s the second location we’ve kayaked here in Jefferson County.  Payne Lake is more narrow than Hyde Lake, and seems to have more of the dramatic cliffs we like.  Wildlife was plentiful!  We saw frogs, falcons, a flock of turkey vultures, a heron, and a beaver!  I’d never seen a beaver in the wild before so that was an extra special treat.  We’ll definitely be spending more time there.

One last exciting thing to report: The Clayton Food CO-OP!  In our favorite town of Clayton, this new shop is celebrating its grand opening this weekend.  Their focus is on local food with an emphasis on organic and fair trade products.  While we have another great location for such products in Watertown in the form of The Mustard Seed, The Clayton Food CO-OP will make obtaining healthier foods for the body and planet easier on the people who live near the St. Lawrence River.  It will also make grocery shopping easier on me since we visit there frequently!  In fact, they have started a service with the local Grindstone Farm that allows customers to order a box of fresh, organic fruits and veggies each week.  It’s different from a CSA because you aren’t paying for a whole season – just a week!  It makes it easier for people on a budget to enjoy local food.  I just ordered a box and can’t wait to pick it up on Thursday!  If you’re from the North Country, definitely consider it!

Published by M. A. Phillips

An author and Druid living in Northern NY.

8 thoughts on “Ditzy Druid Doings

  1. I love your blogs, your practical wisdom has been useful. You live a full life and you seem to balance this well between online and real life activities.

  2. >>I spent quite a bit of time outdoors yesterday. I made a point to go into the forest and visit the shrine. I made offerings to the local spirits and thanked them for their blessings. I found some turkey feathers which I accepted as gifts and brought back home to wash. My collection has grown and I’m brainstorming what I could turn them into.

    I am always pleased to see that I am not the only one who does this. My own collection has gotten huge: 11 deer skulls and too many bones to count, 7 raccoon skulls plus a whole skeleton; skulls of coyote and fox, skeleton of feral cat and mouse and squirrels, feathers of wild turkey and Canada goose, skins of coyote and fox and hare and snake, shells of snail and the molluscs from the lake. I am now thinking that the spare bedroom vacated by my daughter when she moved in with her boyfriend, which I was going to turn into a library, may end up becoming a temple to the spirits of the land, forest, and animals.


  3. Sounds like a good plan for getting things started. Well worth figuring out how you want it to be before you get going. Best of luck with it all!

    1. Thank you! It was a success! I plan to post about it soon. The outline was a huge help. I only needed to glance at it from time to time, but it really kept me focused.

  4. Hi. I actually used to work seasonally for Grindstone Farm, back in high school. I used to live in Altmar, so the farm was very close! I loved the farm, and hope that I can get back down there at some point. I wouldn’t mind visiting the farmers market up here in Upstate either.

    1. The farmers’ markets around here are really great. Watertown’s on Wednesdays are superb. There’s so much variety and a good distribution of actual food and crafts. There are also local food trucks if you want to eat right away!

      Clayton is also very good if there’s good weather. I love shopping for yummy food by the river. If you can’t find what you need at a stand, stop by the Clayton Food CO-OP for everything else!

      The study group should have a discussion on food and its connection to the agricultural cycle. Then…POTLUCK!

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