Sword and Drinking Horn
The Sword and Drinking horn form the opening of your ceremony. Once you decide to start the ceremony the sword is raised showing anticipation and readiness for the union and in return the drinking horn filled with mead(optional) is offered. The sword is dipped gently into the liquid and the symbolic union is made. Later at the close of ceremony you take your first celebratory sips from the drinking horn. I will provide a sword and drinking horn on the day for you to use or you can purchase a set from me and keep these, they are a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversaries to come.
I reached the age of 16 without realising I had a choice. I questioned and resisted the common narrative with passion but it wasn’t until I was standing in the school line for 'catholic confession' when I thought to ask about choice. I directed the question to the teacher in charge of religious instruction and beyond all expectations she answered truthfully, that yes, I did have a choice. So I stepped out of the line and proceeded to tell each young woman that she too had a choice to go or not to go to confession with the priest in the mobile wooden confession box. I was the only one of 30 who stepped out and stayed out of that line.
When I was 18 I decided to leave Ireland for good, I felt that I could never be accepted in Ireland. My challenging questions and evolving concepts of the world seemed to confuse and bewilder the people around me. I was angry and I wanted change. So off I went in search of utopia. Some years later whilst sitting alone in a little apartment in South Korea I realised I still had a choice and that how I live and what I believe in will always be my choice.
So I came home to Ireland and embarked on an adventure into Freedom.
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Ard Druí Niamh Connor is a founding member of Celtic Druid Temple. Niamh is also a co creator of a 16 acre fun, fuel and food forest.