For me, Druidry is a Pagan religion. There are others who will instead call it a philosophy. Part of the joy of Druidry, is the sheer diversity within it – annimists, polytheists, Christian Druids, atheist Druids, agnostic ancestor venerating Druids, reconstructionists, romantics, eco warriors… a glorious confusion, underpinned by spirit, passion and a love of nature.
Druidry is not just a way of marking the turn of the year or major life events, it’s an integral part of everyday life, informing how I see and interact with the world. My Druidry is all about inspiraiton and creativity, the celebration of beauty and nature, the quest for spirit, the complexities of relationship and the demands of service, honour and responsibility. My druidry is not the only kind out there, but there’s always more than one true way.
It is because I cannot hope to sum Druidry up in a few words that I am writing this blog. It’s an investigation into what it means to be a Druid. Inspired by personal experience, wandering in and out of philosophy, folklore, green living and anything else that occurs to me, it’s an ongoing, evolving expresison of what I understand Druidry to be. It’s also an opportunity to experiment, to float ideas and see how people react to them. Feedback on my posts is much appreciated.
I do not beleive that Druidry can be taught. It is all about experience, and no one can place that into another’s hands. It must be lived, walked, tasted, wept, laughed, sung and celebrated. What we can do is share tales from the journey and the tools that have helped us find out way. I have some links up to blogs I follow, if you want to share the journey and swap links, let me know and we’ll see if that works.
I’m always glad to hear from people, so if you have questions, or would like to see me tackle a subject, or explore a different angle on something – just leave me a comment.
In terms of influences and recomendations, I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from the following folk, and recommend their work. Emma Restall Orr, Brendan Myers, Kevan Manwaring, Ronald Hutton, Robin Herne and Glennie Kindred. I’m always looking for new authors to explore, and am very interested in the developing work of Cat Treadwell, and other bloggers I’ve listed in my links.