Way of the Sage
Where there is life, there is death. Where there is darkness, there is light. One cannot be without the other. One cannot rule and take control, for balance of all things is what we must have in the end. For we are the Sages of the Wilds.
Teachings of the Owl Druid, 13th of the Amber Cold, 1670.
The beginning of the world as we know it was no doubt vast, beautiful, yet deadly. Creatures of all sorts roaming the lands while the flora took hold and brought forth life in its brilliance. Though with every harmony, there is chaos. Within rage, there is calm. This follows with all things in life, be it from the smallest of seeds to the mightiest of beasts. The neverending flow of what is ‘good’ and ‘evil’, ‘chaotic’ and ‘harmony’, is what has shaped this realm to what it is today. The wilds show a prime example of this.
Life, for example, is the beginning of all things. From a seed, a vast forest can grow and strive. Thus we cherish this gift that the Mother has given us. With life, our crops flourish, game is abundant, and shelter is obtained. We use the trees for its strength, the herbs for remedies, and the water to survive. It is something to praise as well as respect. A simple yet beautiful blessing placed on our realm that most seem to take for granted. Yet where there is Life, Death is not far behind. A hidden truth within such a place of vibrance. It is a necessity as well as an understanding that is the other half to make the natural balance whole. The ending of life is eternal and quiet. A certain peace that is found when life comes to an end, be it from an predator killing its prey, a descendant nearing their life’s end, or an unexpected tragedy that befalls someone. With this, it is easy to fall to disdain or hatred for such as thing. The concept of loss unbearable to many yet it is something to come to terms with and understand. To show our grief, sorrow, mourning, offering, and acceptance in the end. For with Death, spirits of the departed move on to a better place while the bodies nurture the soil and in turn, aid in springing forth Life once more.
To this end, a common question arises. What is ‘good’ and ‘evil’? The answer to this will always be different. Because each descendant is different in mind, heart, and soul. Nature doesn’t really see this concept. Something that tries to harm it, the Wilds see as simply a danger and reacts violently back at it in order to survive. The Aspects themselves hold this concept to some degree, but only because they are the Watchers and Guardians. It is in their nature to determine what is ‘good’ and ‘evil’ to that of nature and disapprove or accept so it can be protected. Thus in turn, it cascades down to the servants and because each descendant is different, the answer is subjective. If one sees killing another as justified, others would see it as murder and horrid. It is something we all need to step back and observe to give the best course of action. Because one side cannot override another. Both must be heard and show their concepts of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’. So that in the end, we can understand one another and find balance.
What we do know within nature that needs to be followed is Chaos and Harmony. These two concepts nature has completely mastered if one is to look close enough. Chaos is seen deep within each flora and fauna. A primal surge of rage and fury that at a moment’s notice, can be unleash. This is seen when ones provoke the Wilds, causing harm and/or corruption that in turn gets a violent response. It’s something to realize in Nature instead of ignoring or disapproving of it. A wolf for example is calm when around its pack yet suddenly turns vicious and hostile when something poses as a danger. A defensive yet effective trait. Harmony however is always there before and after Chaos emerges. This is what Nature always naturally falls back to. Its base state of being where everything is in its perfect serenity until something causes a disturbance. One could find such a state within a Grove or a undisturbed natural location. It has its beauty, its danger, yet as well, everything flows perfectly with each other. A ripple upon the surface of water can cause a shift where a fish would investigate for food or perhaps a leaf gently floated down to rest on the pool. Then once the ripples cease, the fish hides once again and all is quiet on the surface. There is one thing to remember with both Chaos and Harmony. One cannot be without the other. Chaos is created from Harmony as well as the other way around. It is needed to enforce change in an area and cause it to continue to flow. This is why stagnation is frowned upon. One can observe and simply watch, yes, but in doing so, nothing really changes. Especially when they are needed to act.
All these viewpoints just listed are what founded of the Way of the Sage. We stand as a middle ground for all to seek wisdom, guidance, and/or aid. Understanding of every side is needed to be able to perform our duties yet at the same time, not lose ourselves to one side or the other. A concept that is, to many, very hard to do. Especially when we face our greatest fears, rage, and sorrow. The Way of the Sage provides an outlet for this as well as gaining knowledge of acceptance and understanding.
We are the Sages,
Those that neither fall passively or completely savage;
We hold the path of both,
For true control is what gives us strength.
The Way of the Sage is a path of understanding and acceptance. We usher those lost in one way or the other to find their inner balance and become whole once again. With nature, we are the vessel that allows its flow to go through us so that we may in turn, protect and serve it. Our views fall with learning other viewpoints, performing rituals to mend one’s self, and to be the mediators that are sought for wisdom and guidance. To see one troubled is something we strive to amend. To see arguments or conflicts, we seek out to compromise and end. To see one clouded and blinded, we give insight and clarity so that they can better make decisions or realize a mistake has occurred. These are some examples to what we do as well stepping into the act of mending one’s mind, heart, and soul. This being done through various rituals we perform so that inner balance is achieved once again.
Creeds of the Sage
The Beauty of Life
The Mother has given us her grace,
Thus we aim to preserve the life that is given onto the realm;
For we hold its ever changing flow,
So that the Cycle of Life can continue.
Life is something both sacred and old. You see the forests of ancient times thrive and grow for centuries yet at the same time tiny sproutlings emerging from the earth to continue its legacy upon the realm. We, the Sages, cherish this side of the balance for it is seen as a gift of Cerridwen herself. A life for every seed, the starting point of all nature for with no life to begin, it in turn cannot end. Thus to us, it is important to keep this side of the balance whole and striving. For if death ever starts to consume too much life, the lands will be left in barren waste and despair.
The Acceptance of Death
Death is a necessity to all things,
For life itself has its countering end;
Though We Sages do not see this as an evil,
For acceptance of this is part of the balance.
Death is a concept most do not wish to think of or see. Most find it evil and shun all those that try to end life’s beauty while mourning the loss that occurred. Yet death in and of itself is something not to fear. Not to cast aside or be angered of. No, to us Sages we see it as acceptance and understanding. A necessary event that must remain for without death, life would forever grow and consume the realm completely. This is part of the balance, thus we strive to do when needed to keep the neutrality upon the realm. Feelings however tend to take hold while doing this. It is not something to be ashamed of, yet for those that follow the Way of the Sage, we guide those, as much as ourselves, through this mourning and lost so that the ease of passing is at peace.
The Flow of Balance
Flowing through all, there is Balance; There is no peace without a passion to create; There is no passion without peace to guide, Knowledge stagnates without the strength to act, Power blinds without the serenity to see. There is freedom in life, There is purpose in death, Nature is all things and we are Nature.
The ever shifting scale of balance is something we Sages take true notice of. We wander where we are needed, unleash our wrath when it is necessary, soothe to calm in a complete serenity, and act for both life and death when deemed so. It is not our way to remain with one side or the other. We stand in the middle of neutrality to understand both sides and move with clarity to solve what is before us. Chaos we can invoke then wash it over with harmony. We commit the act of killing for death, yet hold to ourselves understanding, mourning, and offering of prayers to ease the passing. This gives our power, to show observation, understanding, and control. For one, to us, that gives into rage each time shows there is a flaw of blindness that could consume and destroy. For one, to us, that only watches and acts for life, there is a flaw of being naive and disregarding a key part of the Cycle of Life as well as showing the inability to act when it is necessary. Thus we remain in the middle and remain true with all parts of ourselves.
The Guidance of Fury
Where there is passion, there is rage.
Let it flow with hatred and purpose,
Yet be its guiding hand;
Hold true to this part of yourself,
For Nature does not hold back when provoked.
Rage is a part of nature, all the way down to its primal form. This is shown and seen with those that follow the Ichor Way. A powerful and emotional bond that roots itself deep within, takes hold, then is unleashed with a guiding hand. To us Sages we find this is needed. A defense the Wilds have shaped and used ever since its creation and shown when it’s in danger. It is a way we let ourselves step into to do what is necessary to uphold the balance yet at the same time, cannot be consumed with it. For doing such allows us the possibility to be blind to things and our actions could cost us dearly.
The Soothing of Harmony
Where there is chaos, there is harmony.
Where rage takes hold, serenity seeps soon afterwards,
It pulls into balance again and soothes the storm,
Thus we Sages in turn, flow with the ever-shifting tides of nature.
Harmony is the natural state of all things. Even when nature is in its chaotic state, it eventually returns to its serenity. It is a truth of ourselves as well as the Wilds. A base foundation that is filled with waves of emotions that cast over actions then return to its natural state. The Sage’s duty is to uphold this. To aid in bringing those back to their inner balance as well as soothing nature once again. We listen, aid, and teach the lessons of Harmonic Return and in doing so, we keep to our duties of balance and neutrality.
Tenants of the Sage Way
1. Strive for the Balance in oneself. There is no absolute within nature and to become closer to it, we must eschew both passivity and overzealousness. We are always growing and changing, stagnation is to cease growing, total savagery is to lose ourselves and meet our end.
2. Allow yourself to flow, as both a raging storm and a gentle spring. Balance is a forever shifting system of forces, waxing and waning. When passion stirs you must allow it to flow through you and inspire you to action. When peace wells you must seek out wisdom and share it with others. One will always give way to the other, do not fear this.
3. Be a teacher to others in all things as well as a student forever learning. Others look to us for guidance and wisdom, so we must always act with conviction and purpose. We must be prepared to offer our knowledge, but also to be open to further learning.
4. Encourage others to find the Balance within themselves. Enlightenment does not belong to any one person, and to covet knowledge and personal growth without affording it to others is to forsake true enlightenment.
5. Always seek out the truth. Lies and fallacies breed ignorance, so we must attempt to uncover the truth of things. We must distinguish for ourselves however, when the time is right to reveal the truth.
6. Do not concern yourself with those who shun enlightenment. To choose to revel in ignorance is to stifle oneself and one's growth, those who do this will attempt to deceive and undermine your own wisdom. Pity them, but do not suffer them.
7. Where life goes so too should you. Go where you are needed, spreading wisdom and Balance wherever you walk. When you have taught all that you can, be prepared to move on. Do not lament the parting of ways, for you leave behind your teachings. One day you may come to learn from an old student.
8. We must gather and learn all we can to properly perform our duties. The duty of the Sage requires knowledge of all ways and creeds so that we can understand and aid those that need it. Rituals, offerings, and prayers are a part of this, required to be learned and given when a situation arises.
Mark of the Sage
The Mark of the Sage shows one that has completed the trials and is fully devoted to walking this path. The tattoo is the flora sage with blooming white flowers along its stem, as seen in the picture above. Where it is placed is limited as it holds symbolic meaning. The only acceptable places are anywhere along the shoulders, the arms, or hands. Each one represents something with the Way of the Sage. The shoulders symbolize holding the burdens of others and easing them to help mend, the arms represent offering a limb to grab onto and lift up to aid in their pain and suffering, and the hands represent one able to grasp ahold and be guided. For a Sage, any spot acceptable is fine to place the mark as it holds the symbol for all these together.
The Sage Prophet is the leader of Way of the Sage. The Prophet aids in spreading the teachings to all those that wish to learn it as well as giving the title of Sage Herald to those that have proven themselves devote followers wishing to spread the Way.
Current Sage Prophet:
The Owl Druid
Sage Heralds are those that help in teaching/spreading the Ways of the Sage. Seekers can go to any Sage Herald or Prophet to begin learning/devoting to the Way. Once a Seeker has passed their trials, the marking can be given by a Herald.
Current Sage Heralds:
Autumn Druid Nivndil
River Druid Calius