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Walking the Druid path as individuals in modern society, we are faced with one encumbering impediment: How do we devise a way of worship which emulates the feelings already embedded within our hearts? By following our hearts and studying the history of our predecessors we can reconstruct enough to give us a solid basis in which to build our own philosophy our own Druidism.
I have been a practicing Solitary Druid for almost 15 years with more than a decade spent pursuing the knowledge of the Old World religions and philosophies. Celtic Paganism, Lore, and History have always fascinated me. I have found that like any other religion or theological philosophy, Druidism has its variations of mystery, fable and lore. Throughout my studies I have deduced, at least from my point of view that Druidism is not a religion, but a way of life. Many people who live by the Druidic philosophy actively practice a religion, such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc...
I have been solitary, mostly due to the inconsistencies in the teachings of the many Druidic organizations, but not due to there lack of credibility or merit. Sometimes these organizations can prove to be the only source of ritual, spiritual guidance and advice, which is difficult to come by when living in solitude. As a result of years of geographic and cultural dispersion coupled with tribal segregation, there are numerous Pantheon differences among the Celtic belief systems, to include Druidism.
I have found a comfort in the Irish Gaelic Path of Druidism in which I have ancestral backing. I feel as though Druidism happened upon me and not I upon it. I have, however, chosen the Irish Pantheon as my Path whereby I find Cernunnos as the Sky Father and Danu as my Earth Mother. Over the years my belief system has become more and more eclectic and at points I find it difficult to maintain the Druid title, so to speak.
In the many pages to come I will attempt to help you understand as much as possible about the old ways in my Druidism FAQ and attempt to dispel many of the misconceptions about Druidism. I have gathered information from sources all over the web and from many books and tomes, which account to the Celtic Indo-European Philosophy, Religion, History and People.
"For our Love of the Gods and All Goodness"
|Invocation to the Moon|
I come into your garden fair,
To Waltz upon the dew.
To look upon your handiwork,
While morning still is new.
I come into your meadow fair,
To laugh upon the lawn,
To stare upon a red-blue sky,
Working magic come the dawn.
I come into your forest fair,
To sing among the trees,
To sway carefree amidst the leaves
Come full the noon-day breeze.
I come into your greenwood fair,
To watch the sunlight play,
As it dances towards the dusk,
And sparkles like the fey.
I come into your grove so fair,
The cloak of night comes round,
To gather stars within its sweep
And shine upon the ground.
I come upon your world so fair,
And think on what I've seen
Then fall to sleep with Gods of old,
And dream on moon-beam wings.
|Mona Island 61 AD|
|The year 61 AD is seared forever in my memory by the flame and death, |
Of the bloody Romans who came to Mona Island to stop all Druid breath.
In rage our women scream and cry, as we called down curses upon our foe,
We knew that this fight was final- as there was no where else we could go.
Their soldiers stood in shocked dismay at the fierceness of our countenance.
Finally though with hurled insults, the commanders incited their waning confidence.
Once incensed, our sacred groves they desecrated, our ancient altars they tore down,
Wantonly they raped, pillaged and plundered till none of us alive were found.
Alas with the slaughter of our holy folk, the Romans doom was sealed but good,
When Boudicca and her warriors drove each assassin from our home, land, sea and wood.
Many years have passed since then- the trees have now returned, growing strong again,
But still the silence of the dead is all that's heard- except when you listen to the wind
|R Grimm 9-00|