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The Druid's Path

Druid Veteran's Headstont Project
By Tony Taylor

The Veteran’s Administration (VA) allows for thirty-eight different emblems of faith to be included on headstones and markers. For the past several months, the Henge of Keltria has been working with other Druid organizations to request that the VA include a Druidic symbol in their list of allowed emblems of faith. At the last annual meeting, the members discussed the issue at length; an agreement was reached that the Awen symbol (/|\) was the most desirable symbol of faith for inclusion due to several reasons including simplicity and universality. The Henge drafted a letter of support for the use of the Awen symbol as an emblem of belief for Druids. That letter went out under the Henge President’s signature.

In order to further support this initiative, we would like to ask all veterans, spouses of veterans, and anyone else eligible for veterans burial benefits to write a letter to the Veterans Administration indicating their wishes that the VA allow for the use of Awen as an emblem of faith for Druids. Such a letter should be honest and heartfelt. Let them know how you feel about being buried without a symbol of faith. Let them know who you are and what you would like them to do.

The following letter is a sample template for your use. Please expand upon it with your feelings and situations. We also ask that you send the Henge Office a copy of your letter so we may refer to our members’ letters in subsequent correspondence with the VA.

<<Date>> National Cemetery Administration
Memorial Programs Service (41A1)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20420Dear Sir or Madam:I am a <Service> veteran who served my country from <Service Start Date> to <Service End Date>. That service included combat service in <Campaign>. As I consider the options available regarding my final resting place, I have become concerned that an emblem of belief or symbol of my faith is not available to be placed on my Veteran headstone or marker. Having long been self-identified as a Druid, it is my wish to be able to have my headstone or marker indicate my faith through the use of the tri-line “Awen” symbol. Awen is often displayed as three rays descending from a single unseen point such as /|\. It is my understanding that several Druid Organizations have submitted a specific pattern for use of the tri-line Awen symbol on veterans’ markers. I ask that you consider inclusion of that symbol as an emblem of belief available to individuals who wish to be Druid identified.
Sincerely, <<NAME>> /|\
<City, State, Zip>
CC: <The Henge of Keltria, P.O. Box 1060 Anoka, MN 55303-1060>

From the Internet

by Tony Taylor

Druid's Salmon Salad

Those of you who reside in the southern Massachusetts area or travel to Cape Cod might want to check out “The Kinsale Inn” in Mattapoisett, MA. Built in 1799, it is the oldest seaside inn in the nation and still operating in it’s original structure.

Besides the pub with a traditional Irish feel and an interesting inn with beautiful views of the bay, there is a fine restaurant. The restaurant's menu includes a Druid's Salmon Salad.

The Druids Salmon Salad: Poached fillet of Wild Salmon served over a salad of baby spinach leaves, crumbled goat cheese, sliced cucumber, grape tomatoes and finished with a Lemon Ginger dressing.
Sounds excellent to me. Check them out at http://www.kinsaleinn.com

Archaeology Channel Videos

The Archaeology Channel has a number of vidios on-line. Of particular interest to Druids are Danebury: Ritual and Religion in the Iron Age and Silbury Hill. Many other videos on related subjects are available on-line. Check out their video guide at: http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/videoguide.asp

Two Receive Druid Scholarships

The PITT News reported that two deserving students received the Druid’s Cathedral Fountain Scholarship. These awards were sereptitiously left in the recipient's mailboxes. There were no witnesses.
"The Druids" is a secret honors society historically made up of campus leaders. Formed at Pitt in 1920, "The Druids" was a certified student organization until 2000. At that time the school instituted a new requirement for organizations to list at least ten of their members. The Druids declined to share members' names and became secretive.

It is good to see a group calling themselves "Druids" doing good and getting positive press.
For the complete story, See: http://www.pittnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/11/16/419976175999c

Druid Deer Dance

The North Haven {Connecticut) Post reports that Susan Arnold, music director at Worthington Hooker School in New Haven, embraces as many religions and cultures as possible during the December holiday season. During the celebration, her school's third- and fourth-graders presented English holiday wassails, a poem about the Muslim festival of Eid Ul Fitar, drumming in celebration of Kwanzaa, as well as opening with a "druid" deer dance.
For the complete story, See: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13531730&BRD=1638&PAG=461&dept_id=9364&rfi=6

Time after Time

Longtime "friend of Druids" and writer for Keltria Journal, Mairéid Sullivan has released a new film, Time after Time. It is a celebration of the great heritage of ancient Celtic, American and Australian peoples.
“Time after Time is a symphony of images and music of three of the most ancient cultures and weaving them into a film of enormous, moving beauty. ... to marry songs, poetry and pictures of sublime landscapes and sites of deep resonance across Ireland, North America and Australia.” Take a look at the 8 minute preview of Time after Time on Mairéid's website, http://www.lyrebirdmedia.com.

Druid Laboratory

I saw a note in EuropeETravel.net about Park Asterix (North of Paris) having a new "Druid Laboratory," which promises to be "weird and wonderful." The idea certainly piques my interest. I wish I could read French so I could learn more about the attraction. There is more at http://www.parcasterix.fr/som.htm.
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From the Mailbox

By Tony Taylor

Lost Zodiac of the Druids

I received a letter and press release from Gregory A. Clouter, the author of The Lost Zodiac of the Druids, which promises to be an exploration into the secret cosmological beliefs of the Druids. Clouter, a graduate of Archaeology from the University College of Lampeter worked at the Cornwall Archaeological Unit. He now , provides the results of an intensive study based upon a new interpretation of the Gundestrup cauldron. Clouter appears to have blended his understanding of the Coligny calendar, the Cauldron, and Celtic mythology and beliefs. His focus is on Sovereignty and threefold death of kingship. It has me intrigued enough to have me add it to my list of future purchases.

Inner Traditions Catalog

I received the latest Inner Traditions/Bear & Company catalog (Spring-Summer 2005). I certainly have mixed feelings about the latest turn in books. Dan Brown's books are extremely popular and most of the new offerings relate to his subjects. In this edition of the catalog, none of the new books are Celtic or Druidic (or even Wiccan for that matter). I found this disheartening. On the other hand, perhaps this means that being Celtic is no longer the "in thing." I didn't see any books of particular interest to me; but my friend Dan might find Colloidal Minerals and Trace Elements: How to Restore the Body's Natural Vitality worth a peruse. 1594770239

The CD "Ritual Drumming: Evoking the Sacred through Rhythms of the Spirit" may be of interest. It is to be released in April 2005 ISBN 1-59477-072-7. I guess I'll put that one on my wish list too.

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