Often as a child I would play in the woods. I and my best friend would romp and play with the trees and rocks as our only other companions. We would find tree stumps in the center of the forest and leave offerings of flowers, acorns, and other natural gifts. We were in tune with all that was around us and regardless of the season we were always inspired by the beauty that surrounded us.
My love for nature has never diminished. I’ve always been drawn to the land. As such, I’ve always been intrigued by Neo-Druidry and quite a bit of their basic fundamentals ring true for me.
Druids have been bards and teachers. They are the keepers of knowledge that was first passed down through oral traditions and then in the written form. The Druid Revival stemmed from what these ancient ancestors passed down and is a recreationist tradition.
Neo-Druidry is a spiritual path that expounds upon the ancient druidic traditions and venerates the earth and its inhabitants and their interconnectedness. Neo-Druidry has neither a central governing body nor dogma. Much like Wicca, Druidry has many internal paths and this is meant only as a brief introduction.
Being a spiritual path there is no one way to be a Druid and as such there are monotheists, polytheists, pantheists, and animists all following the path. How one relates to deity is personal, profound, and accepted. Diversity and tolerance are characteristic of those in a Druidic path.
Common beliefs include those surrounding life, death, and the afterlife. There is the belief that there is an inner and outer grove. The inner grove is where they do the majority of their spiritual work and build stores that can replenish them in hard times. The outer grove serves a similar purpose but is a place where they can physically reconnect with the land. Reincarnation is a widely held concept for Druids. For a Druid death is not seen negatively. It is a stepping stone to another life and is celebrated.
Though the natural world is a large part of the Druidic practice there is a belief in the Otherworld. This is a realm that exists beyond what we know in the physical plane. The depiction of the Otherworld for Druids may differ, but the path recognizes its influence and impact.
So, how does the Druid path work for those that follow it? It provides a framework for them to interact and define the world in which they live. The respect and value they show for nature extends from there to all life. They exhibit tolerance for all because of the interconnectedness of all life.
Much like many other pagan traditions the Druidic path follows the wheel of the year. The eight festivals include the solstices and equinoxes (eight sabbats of Wicca). Those who follow a druidic path can be associated with a grove, hedge, an order, or practice on their own.
What does it all boil down to? : Reverence for all, personal responsibility, knowing one’s self, friendship, honor, and a generous spirit.
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