I was reading the great Celtic epic, Táin Bó Cuailnge, or "The Cattle Raid of Cooley" last night and came across a description of an evening lull in the battle. The two protagonists and foster brothers, Cúchulainn and Ferdiad get together . . .
Cúchlainn and Ferdiad threw their spears into the arms of their charioteers, and came up to each other and put their arms around the other and exchanged three kisses. Their horses passed that night in the same enclosure, and the charioteers shared the same fire and they made up beds of rushes for the wounded men. Druids came and put healing herbs in Cúchulainn's wounds, but they could do little but chant spells and lay magic amulets onthem to staunch the spurts of blood for the deepness of the wounds.
Note the role of the Druids? From this short passage we learn that among their many skills they were herbalists. Natural healing techniques and herbology are great skills to add you to shamanic tool kit. If you are interested in herbology then drop me a note and I'll add periodic blog posts about my favorite herbs.
Peace my friends,
P.S. If you haven't read the Táin then here is a good plot summary.
I'm Dr. Dave, an eclectic shaman. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice eclectic shamanism.