In Pagan practice, there has been a long standing tradition of the role of the Bard. The Bard teaches, entertains, and maintains the histories of the peoples and the gods, through song and story.
"Bards can weave a spell of Magick thru words, thru music, thru dance, thru poetry ..."
In Detroit, this practice is alive and well in a secret society.
You know how we pagans love secret societies. Well there is a large amount of membership by the pagan community in The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers http://www.secretstorytellers.com/About-Us.html. Who are these folks? Created by was created by writer, actor and award-winning performer Satori Shakoor, they are a dedicated group of men and women whose mission is, according to their manifesto, to
"connect humanity, heal and transform community and provide an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience that is unique through the art and craft of storytelling"
Healing and transforming the community. That is a pretty tall order. And that is exactly what a Bard does. I should know. It is one of the teaching techniques in the Tradition of the Fool, which is what I follow.
Teaching through allegory, true story performances, spoken word, song, and poetry have always served to enhance spell work and apprentice training. Every level of instruction in the magickal traditions has some form of story telling, whether by human or deity.
What makes this group so special is that it is public, live, in your face, raw, and open to everyone. Many witches that I know attend in these events. It is a chance for them to share the craft in a welcome space. A chance for them to enhance their skills if they are Bardic Magickians, to hone them, to get pointers.
So, when does this group meet next? On September 20, 2013 C.E. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History http://thewright.org/. The theme is Hair Stories: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. The event begins at 8:00 P.M. and the cover is $15.00.
To learn more about the Bardic Traditions in Druidry, go to http://www.druidry.org/druid-way/what-druidry/what-druidism/what-bard. There you can learn more about the history of this honored path.
This group has events on a regular basis, so if you miss this one, do not worry. Perhaps our covens will encounter each other another time on a Witches Night Out.