What is a Druid? by Dena Ventrudo

The Green ManI’ve always been fascinated by Celtic culture and spiritualities. Druidism is something that has always intrigued me but I never pursued. I hope that my research here today will help you find any answers you were looking for, satiate your curiosity, or at the very least, inspire you to seek out more about Druidism.

The most commonly known classifications of Druidry are the Bards (composer of verses; keeper of the lore), The Ovates (guardians and interpreters of the mysteries; diviners) and the Druids (advisors; authorities of worship, law and ceremony). The entire training process for new initiates may last several years.

Druids generally hold nature based, polytheistic philosophies. Modern or Neo-Druids can be either male or female. The ancient order or class of Druids passed along their lore and wisdom through a closely guarded oral tradition. Modern Druidry considers itself as a mainly spiritual path where the old knowledge is still accessible through insight and reflection. (Witchvox.com)

According to Awen’s Light Grove, Order of Bards Ovates and Druids Seedgroup Raleigh/Durham USA, Druidism is “free of dogma and any fixed set of beliefs or practices. In this way it manages to offer a spiritual path, and a way of being in the world that avoids many of the problems of intolerance and sectarianism that the established religions have encountered.”

“Nature forms such an important focus of their reverence, that whatever beliefs they hold about Deity, all Druids sense Nature as divine or sacred. Every part of nature is sensed as part of the great web of life, with no one creature or aspect of it having supremacy over any other. Unlike religions that are anthropocentric, believing humanity occupies a central role in the scheme of life, this conception is systemic and holistic, and sees humankind as just one part of the wider family of life.”

“Druids seek above all the cultivation of wisdom, creativity and love. A number of lives on earth, rather than just one, gives us the opportunity to fully develop these qualities within us.”

Druids also practice the concept of karma. Referenced as ‘The Harvest’ in many places I’ve researched, they believe you reap what you sow. This ties to their belief that we are all connected to absolutely everything in this world within the web of life, so all your actions will thusly have consequences all those within that web. All life is sacred.

Resources: Druidry.org

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by Dena Ventrudo
Dena Ventrudo is the Assistant Editor of Merlian News. She is a published poet and creative writer. Dena volunteered as an environmentalist with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) for three years serving as a project leader, an intern, and a board representative. She is active in the diabetic community as a type 1 diabetic. Dena has been a practicing witch for 10 years. She has a BA in Liberal Studies.