I am curious, after reading comments from many Neo-Druids for the last few years on F.B. “ Face book”. I have noticed something I find very odd. Not that most everything on F.B. Is not odd anyway.
As most Druids seem to consider that the Bardic arts were a major part of being a Druid, I find them almost 100% missing in our Druidic conversations in these Electronic Moots.
The Old English like poetic speech and vocabularies of the Bard seem to be totally missing. As an example, one almost never sees the use of Kenning. Perhaps we are no longer superstitious about using a things proper name. Or is it because the term and also perhaps the use of 'kenning.' comes from the old Norse, "to know" and today as Druids we feel that we really just do not know.
And what has the happened to the old standby favorite the “Triad” ?
And where oh where has the Triad gone?
He was my brother, short or long.
The days do change as seasons gone.
Oh where is the Druid's Magick that for us we long.
>> And as the Bards profess to have drawn all their doctrines
from the Druidical fountain, I think, there is no subject
which ascertains the authenticity of their pretensions better,
than that of moral instruction, and the study of human
nature. Their lessons of this kind, however, are generally
comprised in short and pithy aphorisms.
Amongst the most curious remains of the old Bards, we
may class those metrical sentences, called tribanau, or triplets.
Each of these is divided into three short verses,
which are again united by the final rhymes.
The most singular feature of these versicles is, that the
sense of the two first verses has no obvious connection with,
that of the last.
The first line contains some trivial re<mark, suggested by the state of the air, the season of the
year, the accidental meeting of some animal, or the like,
To this is frequently subjoined, something that savours
more of reflection;
then the third line comes home to the
heart, with a weighty moral precept, or a pertinent remark
upon men and manners.
My meaning will be best explained,
by a few examples.
" Snow of the mountain ! the bird is ravenous for food
" Keen whistles the blast on the headland
In distress, the friend is most valuable !"
It rains without, and here is a shelter
What! The yellow furze, or the rotten hedge!
Creating God! Why hast thou formed the slothful !"
Some praise must be due to the ingenuity of a device,
which was calculated, through the rudeness of ancient British
society, to lead the mind, imperceptibly, from a
trivial remark upon the screaming of hungry birds, the
state of the weather, or a dry leaf tossed about by the
A wind, to the contemplation of moral truth, or to pertinent
reflection upon the state of man. And these triplets, which
the people learned by rote, were peculiarly adapted to produce
such a salutary effect.
For the introductory objects of remark, being of the
most familiar kind, were daily before their eyes : and their
very occurrence would naturally suggest those maxims and
reflections, which the memory had already connected with
them. A nation wholly unrefined, and which, at best, had
but a scanty supply of books, and those in few hands,
must have found the benefit of this mode of instruction.
Whatever page of nature was presented to their view, their
teachers had contrived to make it a page of wisdom.
Let us apply this observation to the examples which I
have given. The appearance of snow upon the hills, or of
hungry and screaming birds, suggests the remark" There
" is snow upon the mountain ; the bird screams for food."
With this, the memory connects the second clause, describing
a cold and dreary season, in which man, 'AS well as
the wild fowl, probably felt distress. " Keen whistles the
" blast on the headland." Then the third clause, drawn
by the chain of memory, comes home to the bosom, and
excites a feeling suitable to such a season. " In distress,
" the friend is most valuable." As if his heart had commanded
him " Now go, and perform the most sacred of
social duties relieve thy distressed friend."
So, in the second triplet, a man who has neglected his
duty or his business, to indulge an indolent habit, is reminded, by a sprinkling shower, of the trivial remark
" It rains without, but here is a shelter." He then recollects " <<
The MYTHOLOGY AND RITES OF THE British Druids by Edward Davis year 1809
Still as the Bard should be in the Druid's blood, and where better to hone our Bardic skills then talking with other Druids? It does seem odd to me.
Yes language has changed a lot from the old Angelic English and other Druid tongues, this is true.
Also Magick has all but faded from the World. Could these both have a common root cause so often overlooked today?
Today's language and speech is dominated by “Left Brain Hemisphere function for the majority of people. Without going into the well know research in Hemispheric brain function dominance and the many differences between Right and Left hemisphere functions and favors. I will just share a very few statistics.
.>>The left hemisphere governs our ability to express ourselves in language. In over 95% of right-handed people the left hemisphere is dominant for speech. The figure is somewhat lower for left handers, approximately 70%, but still highly significant<<
So here is my theory but I would love to hear yours too.
I have no real was of testing my theories but I suspect that if we could could test the ancient lines of Druid Bards we would find two to many thousands of years ago we would find these language related brain hemispheric conditions just reversed. And that with the lost of right hemispheric speech and thinking overall also came the lost of what natural Psycho-Magick powers the Druids trained and used so effectively.
I am sure you see why I chose (D.S. or Druid Speak) instead of Bard Speak.
Moon Rising TDK / The Druid King
© George King March 11, 2013
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