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The Oran Mór quarterly Celtic E-Zine has its own Writer's Team, and you could be part of it too! In return, we offer a free upgraded membership.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for people who are willing to contribute/write articles for the Oran Mór Celtic E-Zine. The idea is that you contribute at least one article per edition (which amounts to 4 times a year). Each time, the article should be at least 500 words long. Naturally, these articles should deal with relevant subjects concerning Celtic/Druid history, mythology, spirituality, and so on.


What do you get in return?

We offer a free upgraded membership, containing all standard privileges except for a membership card, introduction booklet and diploma. This means that you have access to, among other things:

- Downloads of all previous Oran Mór editions
- Standard online courses with mentor
- Specialisation Courses with mentor
- Advanced Placement Program of the Druid College

If you are already upgraded at this time, it will continue until it expires, and then you will receive your new upgrade as member of the Oran Mór Writer's Team. This upgrade will remain for as long as you are an active member of the Writer's Team.


How do you join the Writer's Team?

Please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and write that you are interested to join the Writer's Team. Include basic information such as your full name and your NOD username. Also send in a first article of your own writing, that contains at least 500 words. You can apply at any time of your choosing.

The editor will review your request and your article, and based on that decide whether or not your article will be published in the next edition of the Oran Mór. If it is accepted and published, you will enter a probation period. During that period, you will not yet be upgraded, but you will receive access to the Oran Mór download section (meaning that you can also download all previous editions). Your probation will contain a period of two successive Oran Mór editions, after which the editor will make an evaluation and decide whether you may join the Writer's Team at that point. This means that the probation period means that you have to hand in two articles of each minimum 500 words, to be published in successive editions.


What if you want to contribute poems, artwork or shorter articles?

Naturally, we still welcome contributions of various kinds. You are welcome to send in any related poems and artwork, as well as articles shorter than 500 words. However, with that you will not be able to apply for membership of the Oran Mór Writer's Team. This means you will not be eligible for an upgraded membership, but you will nonetheless have access to the editions that contain your contributions, as well as previous editions.



REGULATIONS REGARDING THE ORAN MÓR WRITER'S TEAM

 

The Oran Mór is an e-magazine which is published quarterly on the N.O.D. website. Access to the download section of the Oran Mór section, for the latest edition as well as previous editions, comes as part of an upgraded membership. Members who volunteer articles, poems, artwork or other contributions, will also get access to the download section. Two types of contributors are distinguished:

 

  1. Infrequent contributors, and contributors who supply non-articles

    With "infrequent contributor" is understood that a member offers a contribution of any kind to the Oran Mor, without any obligation to do so again for the next edition(s). This doesn't necessarily mean the member won't contribute again to some successive editions, but there is no guarantee or obligation to do so.

    With "contributors who supply non-articles" is understood that a member offers a contribution that is not in the form of an article that contains at least 500 words. It could refer to, for example, poems, drawings, short articles, or other artwork.

    In both cases as described above, recompensation is given by offering temporary access to the download section of the Oran Mor, for the duration of 3 months (until the next edition is released). This duration will be extended if the member contributes during successive editions. Access is only given if the Oran Mór editor decides to publish the contribution.

  2. Oran Mór writer's team members

    Here is understood that a member commits him- or herself to contributing articles, containing at least 500 words, on a frequent basis. Recompensation is given in the form of an upgraded membership (excluding membership card, introduction booklet and diploma, see under §3) for the duration of the membership in the writer's team.

    Requirements of the writer's team are as follows:

    1. Join procedure:

      In order to join the writer's team, the candidate needs to provide an article of at least 500 words during at least two successive editions. The articles need to be approved for publishing by the editor in order to qualify. During that period, the candidate gets the same privileges as an infrequent contributor (access to the Oran Mór download section).

      The editor decides whether the candidate will be accepted in the writer's team or not, even if two articles of at least 500 words each are published successively. As such, the editor may choose to accept the candidacy, extend the probation period with another month (and so so more than once), or reject the application.

    2. Membership responsibilities:

      A member of the writer's team is expected to deliver at least one article of minimum 500 words per edition, that is found fit for publishing by the editor.

      If a member of the writer's team is for any reason unable to meet a deadline, they are expected to notify the editor as soon as possible.

      If a member requires an extended leave of absence for any reason, they should also need to notify the editor as soon as possible. In that case, their upgraded membership will be halted for the duration of their absence. Upon their return, the upgrade will be activated again, and the member can resume their responsibilities without needing to apply again or enter a new probation period, but only if their return is within 1 year. If the return occurs after a longer time than 1 year, the editor determines whether or not a new probation period is required.

      If a member of the writer's team misses two deadlines, or the quality of the delivered articles does not meet the editor's criteria (and are therefore not published) during two successive editions, he or she is removed from the writer's team and the upgraded membership is halted.

      If a member of the writer's team decides to leave the team for any reason, they should notify the editor as soon as possible.

  3. Upgraded membership

    Upgraded membership is given to members of the writer's team, for the duration of that membership. The upgrade includes all online services, but not the membership card, introduction booklet, and diploma of completed courses.

    If a member is already upgraded through payment, the upgrade remains as is and no refunds are given. When the upgrade expires, it will be reactivated for the duration of the membership of the writer's team.

    Paid upgraded members who also a member of the writer's team, but decide to leave the team or are removed from it by the editor, will retain their upgraded membership for the remainder of the normal duration of a paid upgrade.

    When a writer's team upgrade that overlaps a paid upgrade, the remainder of the paid upgrade will not be annexed when the member leaves the writer's team, except if the paid upgrade would still be valid had the member not been part of the writer's team.

 

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Recent News

Specialisation Course "Becoming Aware" available!

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

We are happy to announce that the specialisation course "Becoming Aware" is available as of today to our upgraded members. This course had been closed down in the past due to lack of mentorship, but is now reopened.

The Becoming Aware Course is designed to bring you awareness of the world around you by simply re-learning how to use the senses and how to listen to the messages they bring. This course is about You. It is about honing in on who you are and where you are by listening, seeing, smelling, touching and tasting. 

You can enrol in this course in the usual way: go to the menu "Druid College" and then "List of Courses". In the "Course Categories" dropdown-menu, select "Specialisation Courses", and then scroll down until you find "Becoming Aware Course". Click on "JOIN COURSE" on the right, fill out the application form, and follow the instructions you will receive by e-mail.

If you are interested in taking this course, but you are not an upgraded member, you can find more information about upgrading your account at this link:
https://www.druidcircle.org/druid/index.php/en/account-settings/upgrade-my-account

Updates on the Bardic & Ovate Courses

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Historical, archaeological and other scientific studies of Celtic culture and spirituality are an ever-changing field, as new discoveries frequently require us to update the scientific consensus and therefore also our own views. As modern Druids, this affects us too as we base our modern Celtic spirituality for a good part on what we know of ancient Celtic culture, history and spirituality.

This means that, occasionally, we may need to check if the contents of our courses is still up-to-date. In the light of these updates, we decided it was necessary to make some changes to the Bardic Course and the Ovate Course. The Druid Course remains unaffected. While these changes are important, we have nonetheless attempted to keep the impact on these courses to a minimum as to cause a minimum of interruption to both students and mentors.

So, what changed?

1. Both the Bardic and Ovate Courses relied heavily on the publications of Frank MacEowen, a professor who was in the meantime considered "discredited" due to historical inaccuracies, cultural appropriation and abstraction, and presenting his own thoughts as genuine ancient Celtic thoughts. We have updated the courses to correct these inaccuracies, though it doesn't mean that some of MacEowen's own thoughts can't still be useful in the context of modern Celtic spirituality, as long as they are not incorrectly represented as historical fact. This can be compared with the "Celtic Tree Calendar", which was once presented by Robert Graves as a historical fact while it was in fact largely a modern invention, though it doesn't mean the concept can't be useful to modern Druids who wish to make use of it in the context of "univerified personal gnosis".

2. Both the Bardic and Ovate Courses refer to "Danu" (or "Dana") as a "primal mother goddess", but the current consensus in historical sciences now rejects this as an invention of the Renaissance Era. The concept of the "primal mother goddess" is therefore now referred to as "Earth Mother" rather than "Danu" in the courses, along with an added explanation on how we should correctly view the ancient mother-figure of Danu in Irish mythology.

3. The Bardic and Ovate Courses refer to the Celtic cosmology of the three realms as "underworld", "middleworld" and "upperworld". In Irish mythology, which forms the fundament of these two courses, these concepts are not historically correct as the Irish Celtis did not consider these as three separate "worlds" but rather as three realms interwoven with each other in one world. This is different from how ancient Celts elsewhere in the world may have viewed it, as they were more directly influenced by Greek and Roman mythology, especially in Gaul and possibly later also in Britain when the Gauls migrated there following the Roman invasions. To avoid confusion for students in the Bardic and Ovate Courses, we have decided to keep consistency there with the Irish version of Celtic cosmology, and therefore minimized the references to the terms of "underworld", "middleworld" and "upperworld", instead referring to them as the "three realms" of Land, Sea and Sky specifically.


What does this mean for you?

We strove to keep the impact of these change to a minimum for both students and mentors. If you have completed any of these courses, or are still taking any of these courses, you do not need to re-do any of the assignments. The outline of the course, and the vast majority of its contents, has not changed and so there are practically no changes to the actual assignments.

We do, however, recommend all active students in the Bardic or Ovate Course to re-download the course Handbook, so that you are sure to use the newest version of the handbook to continue your studies. The new version of the handbook was updated in the course on July 25, so if you signed up for the Bardic Course or Ovate Course after that date, you already have the latest version.

If you purchased the printed course books of the Bardic Course and Ovate Course at our online book shop on lulu.com, you are not required to buy them again of course, as you can download the PDF of the handbook for free in the Grove of Dana online Druid college on our website. If you wish, you can continue to read the course from the book(s), but keep the above changes in mind and double-check the latest PDF version of the handbook if you are in doubt about anything. 

If you purchased the Bardic Course and/or Ovate Course book in printed version from our Lulu online shop after July 25, 2019, you already have the latest version of the books. This only applies to our online webshop at lulu.com, not to third-party webshops such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble as updates there take up to 6 weeks to take effect. 

You can find the printed books of the Bardic, Ovate and Druid Course, as well as the youth Bardic, Ovate and Druid Courses (of which the first two also in Dutch) in our Online Bookstore at Lulu, at this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/neworderofdruids


If you have any questions, feel free to contact your mentor.

We would like to express our thanks to Hawkmoon for his work on updating the Bardic and Ovate Courses to reflect the latest consensus.

Vacation

Monday, 29 July 2019

Due to vacation, the general & membership administration, and the webmaster departments will be unavailable between Tuesday, July 30 and Monday, August 12.

Thank you for your understanding.

New "Seership Studies" specialisation course

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

About a month ago, we announced that the Celtic Polytheism Course was changed into a self-study course due to lack of mentors. However, this self-study course does not contain the chapters on the subject of "Seership" that were originally in the course. The reason for this is that those chapters were being reworked into a new "Seership Studies Course".

Today, we are happy to announce the launch of the new "Seership Studies Course"! The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the Ovates’ arts and skills. It involves studies in meditation and energy exercises, the Celtic year and its application to practice, sacred space and ritual, using the Bardic arts of story-telling for the purpose of transmitting healing wisdom, the Ovate arts of divination and lore, and the study of aspects of the Druidic world-view for the purpose of healing our world.

The Seership Studies Course is a specialisation course which comes with mentor guidance, and is only available to upgraded members. You are not required to have completed any other courses, in order to enrol in this course, although some basic understanding of the various aspects of modern Druidism is recommended.

You can enrol in this course in the usual way: go to the menu "Druid College" and then "List of Courses". In the "Course Categories" dropdown-menu, select "Specialisation Courses", and then scroll down until you find "Seership Studies Course". Click on "JOIN COURSE" on the right, fill out the application form, and follow the instructions you will receive by e-mail.

If you are interested in taking this course, but you are not an upgraded member, you can find more information about upgrading your account at this link:
https://www.druidcircle.org/druid/index.php/en/account-settings/upgrade-my-account

We would like to express our thanks to Hawkmoon for his work on rewriting the Seership chapters into the new Seership Studies Course.

Druid Youth Course now available!

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Several years ago, we embarked on a threefold series of youth courses on Druidism. The Bardic Youth Course, which was first launched in 2006, began the story of Taliesin the Bard who takes the student on a journey of Druid wisdom and knowledge. In 2012, this story was continued in the Ovate Youth Course. Today, Taliesin's story will finally be completed with the third and final course of this trilogy: the Druid Youth Course.

The Druid Youth Course draws from the knowledge and wisdom already obtained in the previous two courses, and adds new knowledge and wisdom to it. The student becomes more familiar with the Celtic Otherworld through myths and meditations, and with the importance of the Ancestors. This course will also help the student with the practicalities of setting up his or her personal Druid Altar, and performing simple (seasonal) rituals.

The course is, as of today, available on the Grove of Dana, our Online Druid College. In addition, it is also available as printed book which can be purchased at our online bookshop:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/new-order-of-druids/the-roots-of-the-forest/paperback/product-24163837.html

The Druid Youth Course is available for free for all NOD members. While it is primarily aimed at a younger audience, there are no age limits for enrolling. However, the minimum age is 13 (unless the laws in your country dictate otherwise), and students younger than 13 need to provide a parental approval slip before beginning the course. 

It should be noted that you can only enrol in the Druid Youth Course, if you have completed the Bardic Youth Course and Ovate Youth Course first. It is not possible to skip courses in the series of youth courses, and there is no placement exam. All these courses are also free, and also come with mentor guidance.

If you had already read the books of the Bardic and Ovate Youth courses, and you can't wait to find out how the story unfolds, you can already purchase the book from our online store. You can buy our course books without having to enrol in the course, however the course assignments are not listed in the printed books. 

You can find all the books of the youth courses here:

1. BARDIC YOUTH COURSE: ENTERING THE FOREST

2. OVATE YOUTH COURSE: WALKING WITH TREES

3. DRUID YOUTH COURSE: THE ROOTS OF THE FOREST


The first two books are also available in Dutch ("Leerling van het Woud" & "Wandelen met Bomen"). The Druid Youth Course will probably become available in Dutch next year.
You can find all currently available course books at our bookshop at this link: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/neworderofdruids

On an additional note, we would like to point out that the youth courses have recently been revised. This means that we have done some slight layout improvements and filtered out some spelling errors; the contents of the course largely remains unchanged. If you are currently enrolled in any of the youth courses, we advise to re-download your course package, to have the latest version of your course handbook. If you already had purchased the printed book, you don't need to buy it again in order to be able to take the course. This applies to the Bardic Youth Course (both English and Dutch) and the Ovate Youth Course (only English). 

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King Arthur and the Gods of the Round Table

This book will not only offer an indepth search of parallels between the Arthurian and Celtic legends, but also searches for the pagan symbolism hidden within the many medieval stories of the King of Camelot.

This book can be purchased at the link below:

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