I’m studying prayer at the moment. I’ve been considering prayer practice in different religions as an academic subject, and using what I learn from there to reflect on prayer within the Druid tradition. I am contemplating a book. Now, the old reconstructionists from the early days drew on the Christian prayer tradition, which most of us no longer do. There is a Celtic Christian that some more Christianly orientated Druids draw on. There are a few Iolo Morganwg prayers that seem to come up regularly, but unlike most faiths we do not (as far as I know) have a big body of formal prayer. If you belong to, or know about any Druid order or group that has a formal prayer tradition, please, please let me know.
If you are drawing on a body of written /shared prayer material, also, please drop me a line. If you don’t want to talk publically, but are willing to talk, leave me a message to contact you – from which I can extract your email addy and do it privately.
If you are working with the prayer approach of another tradition – one of those druidry-and scenarios, I would be really interested to hear about that, too.
Question-wise I shall leave it there for today because that could be enough to keep us all very busy. I have a lot more questions though, so expect to hear more shout outs over the coming weeks. I’d like to be able to include some sense of what the current druid approach to prayer looks like alongside the issues raised by the concept of prayer.
If I’m going to quote you, I will be in touch to find out who you want to be for the purposes of being quoted. If people want to remain anonymous, I can handle that. We can go the ‘some druids tell me’ route.
In the meantime, I’m slowly frying my brain with research. I figure this time I’ll do the research first then try and write something. Unlike Druidry and the Ancestors, where I got half way through and realised I needed to go back to the beginning and study a few things.
Also, if you’re not a druid and want to pile in, go for it, the more perspectives the merrier!