A Elfyntodd Dwyr Sinddyn Duw
Cerrig Yr Fferllurig Nwyn, Os Syriaeth Ech Saffaer Tu
Fewr Echlyn Mor Necrombor Llun
There are many Druid Organizations around the world today and it seems extremely difficult to know where to go and how to proceed upon the Druidic path. However, in surveying many of the groups that exist, I have selected to herein introduce the world of Druidry to you with excerpts taken from The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, (OBOD), (not forgetting of course to mention the two largest Druid Orders in America, which are Keltria and A.D.F).
However, OBOD which is probably the largest and most definitely the oldest order of Druidism in the world today is based in the UK, (having members from all around the globe), actually has a great heritage spanning back well into the early 1700’s that we know of and of course was very Masonic in its foundations at the start, but has since gone a little more New Age if anything.
As the oldest Order of Druids today in which members from all around the world come together in a vast network by joining this leading group. Members can join in Grove Ceremonies wherever there is a seed group, or indeed join in the rituals in Britain whenever one may find themselves there. OBOD have a wonderful correspondence course that will take any initiate from any part of the world through the various degrees to that of Druid.
For those of you who do not wish to join a large group, or who may find the costs involved of joining OBOD a little expensive to start with, I have after a great deal of thought and deliberation, decided to also list The New Forest Centre, founded by Douglas Monroe, (author of “The 21 Lessons of Merlyn” and “Lost Books of Merlyn”). Remembering these books are a “only” a story and we only wished to show differing points of view, although we are without doubt personally attached to OBOD ourselves.
Let me say from the outset that Monroe’s work is considered highly controversial within the new-age network and perhaps within the Druidic Revivalists. (You might like to go here to read a response to a letter written in to me on our Chat Group about Douglas Monroe and the merits and/or opponents to his beliefs).
But whatever the protocols, we are open minded enough to support freedom of religion and indeed freedom of interpretation in such an ancient belief system as Druids, where no one can ever deem to have total rights, as much of the real customs, beliefs and practices have been lost in time and interpretation is based on the sparse historical documentation from the Romans and other ancient nebulous sources.
Therefore, I herein introduce what I believe to be one of the best of what might be diametrically opposed, but still of the same nebulous essence and very much worth the time in investigating these paths and allowing the individual to appraise for themselves the merits and depths one can surmise by actually experiencing and not merely reading about Druidism.
OBOD introduces the aspirant in saying that the Druid Tradition is ancient, and represents one of the wellsprings of inspiration of the Western Spiritual Tradition. But even though it is ancient, it is as relevant and alive today as it ever has been.
All spiritualities grow and change – and Druidry has changed too – and now it is experiencing a Renaissance. Every month new Druid groups form, new websites spring up, and new books are published. Druidry has become a vital and dynamic Nature-based spirituality that is flourishing all over the world.
It is a spirituality that unites our love of the Earth with our love of creativity and the Arts. For this reason, much of the modern Druid movement is concerned with innovation and celebration in new ways of living, of community, of ritual, music, poetry, story-telling and the visual arts.
And flowing through all these exciting new developments is the power of an ancient tradition – the love of land, sea and sky – the love of the Earth our home.
In this site we aim to keep up to date with the growth and development of the modern Druid movement, in its many different forms, as well as conveying the timeless beauty and relevance of Druid wisdom.
Whether you’re just curious about the Druids and Druid Lore, and want to know more, or whether you plan to begin following Druidry as a spiritual path, we welcome you on your journey of exploration!
The Druid Tradition
The ancient teachings of the Druids represent one of the well-springs of inspiration of the Western Spiritual Tradition. Druidesses and Druids were magicians and poets, counsellors and healers, shamans and philosophers. In the early days, as pre-Celts, they built stone circles and worshipped Nature with her many faces. Later the Celts blended the inspiring esoteric, mathematical and engineering skills of these megalithic peoples with their own flamboyant artistry and wisdom traditions to create the Druidry described by the Greeks and Romans.
Although partly suppressed with the coming of Christianity, Druidry continued to live through the work of the Bardic schools and the folk traditions and customs of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and Brittany. The 18th century saw a revival of Druid practice which continues to this day. The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, which traces its origins to 1717, is dedicated to presenting the Druid Tradition in a way that is totally relevant to the needs of our time, and yet which is firmly rooted in its ancestry and heritage.
Druidry and Wicca are the two great streams of Western Pagan tradition. Both traditions are experiencing a renaissance all over the world, as more and more people seek a spirituality rooted in a love of nature and the land.
Druidcraft draws on the traditions of scholarship, storytelling, magical craft and seasonal celebration of both Druids and Wiccans, to offer inspiration, teachings, rituals, and magical techniques that can help you access your innate powers of creativity, intuition and healing.
Journeying the Druid Path is a personal voyage of Discovery, in which you will find contains secrets, doorways to other worlds, events and places. To discover these secrets you must explore. Open your mind to all possibilities; use your imagination and use the ancient magick of the Earth and Ancient Powers. Do not assume the path is static, for the ‘real’ world of the Druid Path constantly changes and evolves. As it grows, you too will grow…To learn more about the The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, go to their site at http://www.druidry.org/
If you are not interested in joining such a large and organized order, then continue to read on after this..
As I have said earlier, for those others, who do not wish to join an order, but practice alone to start with and who are interested in following a Course in Celtic Druidism – or who feel that the lore of King Arthur touches them personally, they can follow the “highly” controversial way of, The New Forest Centre, founded by Douglas Monroe, and should first buy his two books, (“The 21 Lessons of Merlyn” and “Lost Books of Merlyn”). The books take you through an engrossing storybook adventure and a psychological journey into history and magick. Here is a rather ‘masterful’ reconstruction of Celtic Mythology and Arthurian Legend combined into a packaged programme of practical instruction in Mythical Thinking and Magical Techniques.
It is not for me to attempt to duplicate or summarize any of the teachings here, (as many historical mistakes really do abound the pages) but merely direct interested searchers of spiritual truth to follow both of the books’ instruction and walk the walk themselves, remembering it is the ‘journey’ that counts……
We remain committed to OBOD however, and urge seekers to contemplate joining the Order, if they are serious in joining a Druidic Order. OBOD have Groves and contacts all around the world with which to write, visit or join in ritual. A truly worldwide order.
Even though there are many OBOD groves in the USA, it wouldn’t be fair not to mention the two other largest Druid Orders in America which are The Henge of Keltria (a Neopagan Druid Tradition devoted to the study and practice of modern Celtic Druidism)…..
and the A.D.F. (Ár nDraíocht Féin – A Druid Fellowship, (also an Order of Neopagan Druids: ADF is also an international organization devoted to creating a public tradition of Neopagan Druidism (Druidry).
I also might urge all people however, whether Druids, Wiccans, occultists and of course those interested in serious life quests to see for themselves and make their own decisions on the discussions, sometimes arguments, on the old religion directly by reading, then perhaps practicing the teachings introduced by Douglas Monroe. Then to visit his site, at www.newforestcentre.com or http://members.aol.com/newforestcentre/home.htm for more details.