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This is the Path of the Bard

the path of the teller of tales of wisdom. The Bard is one of the most loved and respected figures in Elfin society. The Elfin bard is not merely a musician, songwriter or novelist but a purveyor of wisdom...
a magician that evokes the mysteries within our soul and stirs our minds and feelings toward the greater realization that is simultaneously and transcendentally our dharma, fate and destiny. Bards are extremely popular among the elves and it is not an accident that nearly every elf plays some sort of musical instrument or writes at least a little bit.

Dharma...there are many who think our fate and dharma are the same...a duty or chore to be done, loaded with obstacles usually as a punishment for something we've done previously or simply an unwanted task... rather like mowing the lawn or doing the dishes or cleaning one's room is for so many of the young. But for the elven, Dharma is a duty we have chosen. It is the tasks we have undertaken willingly in order to create that magical state we call Elfin. It is as though we are building a treehouse or organizing a party and these are all the duties we have undertaken to make our dream come true. We are volunteers...eager and willing.

Fate...and Karma are in many ways twins. Fate is the fact of where we are now and what we have to face to achieve our goals. Karma is the additional reality that we are where we are now in part by virtue of what we have and have not done, both good, bad and indifferent, on our path to getting Here, the crossroads of Time and Space. These are often seen as the problems that beset us, the hammer breaks, the nails bend, treebranch we thought would make a good support gives way...but here also is all we have accumulated positively, our knowledge and expertise gained over lifetimes. Lessons learned and lessons to be learned. For we elfin it is again our chosen path and thus in a sense our dharma and our fate and karma while not the same are surely intertwined. They are the path we must tread to achieve the dream we envision and the nature of that path depends greatly on where we have been and to whence we proceed.

Destiny...is in fact that Vision but more than that it is the realization of our dream in unmanifested potential. That is... it is the completion of our ideal in the realm of possibility calling through our hearts and minds like a beacon guiding us to the fulfillment of our true elfin being. It is our Destiny not by virtue of some imposing outer force but by the nature of who we truly are. We are Destined to be those magical Elfin beings we inwardedly wish and know ours'elves to be. Our Destiny is the song of ours'elves calling across the planes of energy and guiding us into harmony with our Spirit. Our Elfin soul is the vehicle of that journey.

However, the nature of the material world wherein our consciousness resides...(for here is the tool shed and the supply store, the matter with which we will build our realm in actuality)...is dark and clouded by its nature. It is slow and thick and opaque and we often forget the Truth, lose sight of the Vision and get sucked down into the morass that is the swamp and quicksand of the mind in the material world. The Elfin Bard, through song and stories, through fantasy and faery tales awakens our slumbering soul, arouses our awaiting spirit and draws us back to the path that leads to our Destiny...the Realization of Elfin.

Magical Totem:
Hummingbird
Magical Element:
Selenium
Magical Mineral:
Bismuth
Magical Herb:
Myrrh Gum
Magical Tool:
Harp
Sacred Tree:
Cherry
Constellation:
Lyra
Magical Archetype:
Thomas the Rhymmer

The Challenge: the question is?

Do you really feel good enough to perform your works of poetry, writing or music before others? Is there anything unique or special in what you do? Do you have your own style or are you merely imitating others? And how much do you really want to be out there, in the public eye?

If you don't feel quite ready, then of course, practice is always the solution. But some people never feel ready and the truth is they don't know their won will. Their mind says do it but their heart says not to do it or vice versa. Really style is so much more important to the elves than technique. There are may muscians who are greatly skilled but boring because there is no substance to what they play, nothing special or unique about it. Of course, it is best to have both but style is by far the essential ingredient. You can always improve your skill but you can never be yours'elf simply by imitating others.

The Magical Act: what to do.

The Elfin Bard creates poetry, music and stories that excite and inspire our people. Their tales have purpose and meaning and yet they never preach nor push a message but let the story its'elf and its excitement convey their message. For to preach is to bore and ultimately lose one's audience and thus the message goes unheard.

Create beautiful poety, music or stories that encourage people toward the fulfillment of their inner natures and yours will be the power and magic of the Elfin Bards.

Suggested Reading:
Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R.Tolkein

There are six ways to proceed from here.

You are a wandering Bard, a poet, musician and purveyor of wisdom in allegory and tales. Do you use your skill to:

...help promote security and stability?
The path to Mars which is the path of the Ritualist
Mars
...guide those in search of truth, particularly aspiring Bards?
The path to the Sun which is the path of the Guru
sun
...create fantasies to relieve the pressure of everyday life?
The path to Venus which is the path of the Illusionist
venus
...provoke changes, transitions and transformations?
The path to Pluto which is the path of the Alchemist
pluto
...stir the unconscious, dredging up unresolved issues so they can be dealt with?
The path to the Moon which is the path of the Shaman
moon
...weave a subtle magic that will alter your listeners lives?
And the path back to the earth which is the path of Magician-ess
earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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