rddl1990,by rddl1990 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:26 pm
I sent you a message, but I don't think it went through. I was just wondering, could you tell me a little bit about Druidism? I have recently become very interested. Does the Green Man fit in at all?
For me druidry fills a niche that Christianity alone could not quite do. Most churches do not focus enough on God's creation and man's interaction with it. Druidry upholds Mother Nature and finds her sacred.
Most " traditional druids are Pagan, many incorporating Celtic gods and goddesses into their practice. Others follow different traditions including Native American. I am a Christian Druid and I incorporate God into my belief system. Christian druids are among the rarer of the neo-druid community but we do have a presence.
To simply define druidism is a little difficult since it is so customizeable to ones beliefs. Here are some things common to all druids.
1: Druids uphold and revere the natural world and believe we are part of it and not separate from it.
2: Druids revere their ancestors and their teachings.
3: Druids believe in a higher power ( Gods, Goddesses, spirits ) who influence peoples lives.
4: Druids believe in magic
5: Druids believe in cyclical time and use the " Wheel of the year " to worship and celebrate around nature's seasons.
And yes, Druids love trees and the Green Man is part of Celtic lore and some druids include the Green Man in their rituals. Many druids have their own altars, including myself.
And I invite you to check ot the New Order of Druids website and forum. You will learn much more of what a druid is here. A number of druid orders offer courses in druidry. Some, like those of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids is quite expensive and will cost well over 1000 dollars to go all the way through the druid level. The New Order of Druid's basic courses are free and very good! I know some druids who favor them over the more expensive courses. NOD does offer extra courses with a paid upgrade membership to the Dana School.
http://www.druidcircle.org/nod/index.ph ... Itemid=145
May druidry enlighten you and open your eyes even more to the value of the natural world and the sacredness of life.