The Ancient Wisdoms,
Old Welsh Prose from 21 Lessons of Merlyn: a study of Druid Magic & Lore by Douglas Monro. The ancient wisdom refers to the wisdom of the Ancient Druids and bardic tradition in Wales. The mythology of the Welsh Druids is often associated with the name of Taliesin, Merlyn, or Merlin, the wizard-like figure that J.R.R. Tolkien uses as a model for characters like Gandolph the Grey in Lord of the Rings. The ‘Wizards’ or Druids were actually the poets, philosophers, scientists, seekers and all- round wise men of their time. They have associations with other ancient sects such as the Pythagoreans and both were famous for keeping no records of knowledge.
Everything they learned was committed to memory, much of it was encoded and passed on verbally in song or poetry to preserve the sanctity of the words.
The Pythagoreans believed that number was sacred, for the Druids, it was the letter.
Consequently, they developed an intricate relationship with the alphabet. Each letter would have a plethora of associations and when each of those meanings combined in the word, it had tremendous power.
The excerpt above is an excellent introduction to many of the popular mysteries of the Ancient Druids knowledge:
Meaning, A Reading
“HE who knows the ways of beasts and birds”
As observers of natural phenomena, they knew the tendencies and characteristics of birds and animals but also held the knowledge of their sacred and spiritual importance.
The “bright quicksilver life” refers to an understanding of physics and motion.
The course of the stars refers of course to astronomy and astrology, both the method of tracking the stars and the significance or influence of the positions on humans.
Timeless knowledge and experience is the realm of the mystery.
The druids were moral philosophers. Similar to the druids in their training and knowledge were the bards (bardoi) – singers and poets, and diviners (vates), who interpreted sacrifices in order to foretell the future.
The final lines talk about the worship, comfort and reverence for nature. Nature as a temple.