In modern times, a Bard is one who sees their creativity as an innate spiritual ability, and who chooses to nurture that ability partly or wholly with Druidism.
– From Druidy.org, OBOD
For well over a year my voice has been heard by my readership only as text. You’ve come to know me by reading me, by engaging in dialogue in the comments, by reaching out with encouragement, insight, and support. This has been an amazing journey for me, and I’m grateful to have shared it with you.
Today, I offer up another voice of mine; a voice used in ritual to invoke, to inspire, to conjure up emotion and passion.
This is the voice I used before I had language, or before I was fascinated by religion. This is the voice that preceded my Pagan identity (or any identity for that matter), and this is the voice which has come to inform so much of who I am. This is the voice of my soul, and I share it with you when the Moon is most full.
Here, friends, is the voice of me singing in the Sacred Electric Grove.
The Sacred Electric Grove EP will be a collection of songs with themes that speak to contemporary Pagans, or to anyone who ponders the imminent presence of the Divine, who connects to the land for inspiration, or who simply loves to dance.
– from my Indiegogo Campaign Page
A lyric from my song, “Offering“:
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There is a place that I go to dance.
It is dark and there is no sound.
Nothing but the Moon shining in the sky
Giving life to the Spirits of the Land…
These are the days to find the light,
Kiss the sun, draw down the moon.
Hold your heart like an offering…
Hold your heart like an offering of love.
You’re heart is an offering
To the heavens above.
I ask for your support today, because I believe that there is a place in the world for this music. I believe, after lifting up my voice in ritual–both at Pantheacon and during a High Day celebration at my local grove–that there is a connection between the creative work I do on Bishop In The Grove and the creative work yet to be done through this music.
If I ever felt a calling, I feel it now.
This is not a time to throw our money away, clearly, but it can still be a time to invest in something that stirs our heart. If your heart has been moved by the words on this blog, or if you listen to these sounds and they stir something in you, please consider contributing to my Indiegogo Campaign.
There are incentives, which include:
- The Music (download or hard-copy), available at every giving level over $10
- Custom blended ritual oil
- Custom blended incense, made under the guidance of Karen Harrison, Weiser Books author of the best-selling book, Herbal Alchemists Handbook.
- Long distance tarot readings
- Live performances — online or in person
The goal is to raise this money in one moon cycle: the campaign runs from full moon, to full moon.
I’m feeling a bit like The Fool. I’m taking a leap into something new; something unknown. I’m bridging worlds in a way I never expected I would, and I’m sharing my voice — my truest voice — with the people who have supported the growth of my literary, contemplative voice. I’m baring more than I have before, and it feels like the only right thing to do.
And then, join me in the Sacred Electric Grove!