Druids

So my Druid e-pal hasn’t gotten back yet……….it sucks but I need info so I web surfed. These are the questions I have been trying to answer about each Religion. Here’s the Druidry answers, if they differ from the Druid I’m hoping going to talk to I’ll repost.

Basic Believes~They believe in the fundamentally spiritual nature of life. They rever nature above all. They have three goals which they have set out to accomplish.Wisdom, Love and Creativity.
 
 
 

 

Deities worshiped~ Driuds are diverse with this topic. Some are Monotheistic; either a God or Goddess or Being., the Being part is devoid of gender. Polytheistic of course pick a patheon and worship many gods. Duelthesistic just worship the God and Goddess. Then there is animists and pantheists who believe the higher power does not exsist in the form of gods  or god/ddess but instead resides in all things.

Founded~ Druidry is beleived to ne one the worlds oldest religions. Modern Druidry emerged about the same time modern witchcraft did, which is probley one of the many reasons people tie them together.

Sacred Texts~ Druids write nothing down it seems……

Celebrations~ They have 8 celebration a year. 4 solar and 4 are lunar.
We start with Samhuinn,from October 31st to November 2nd, was a time of no-time.The veil between this world and the World of the Ancestors was drawn aside on these nights, and for those who were prepared, journeys could be made in safety to the ‘other side’. The Druid rites, therefore, were concerned with making contact with the spirits of the departed, who were seen as sources of guidance and inspiration rather than as sources of dread.
 Winter Solstice, called in the Druid Tradition Alban Arthan [the Light of Arthur]. This is the time of death and rebirth. The sun appears to be abandoning us completely as the longest night comes to us.
February 2nd, or the eve of February 1st, it is called Imbolc in the Druid tradition, or sometimes Oimelc. Although we would think of Imbolc as being in the midst of Winter, it represents in fact the first of a trio of Spring celebrations, since it is the time of the first appearance of the snowdrop, and of the melting of the snows and the clearing of the debris of Winter. It is a time when we sense the first glimmer of Spring, and when the lambs are born. In the Druid tradition it is a gentle, beautiful festival in which the Mother Goddess is honoured with eight candles rising out of the water at the centre of the ceremonial circle.
Spring Equinox – the time of equality of day and night, when the forces of the light are on the increase. At the centre of the trio of Spring Festas, Alban Eilir [the Light of the Earth] marks the more recognisable beginnings of Spring, when the flowers are beginning to appear and when the sowing begins in earnest.
Beltane, on May 1st,Spring is in full bloom, and twin fires would be lit at this time, through which would be passed the cattle after their long winter confinement, or over which those hoping for a child or good fortune would jump.
Summer Solstice, Alban Hefin, The Light of the Shore, by June 21st or 22nd,Light is at its maximum, and this is the time of the longest day. It is at this time that the Druids hold their most complex ceremony. Starting at midnight on the eve of the Solstice, a vigil is held through the night – seated around the Solstice fire. The night is over in a matter of hours, and as light breaks, the Dawn Ceremony marks the time of the sun’s rising on this his most powerful day. At noon a further ceremony is held.
 Lughnasadh on August 1st, which marks the beginning of harvest time. The hay would have been gathered in, and the time for reaping the wheat and barley was due. It was a time of gathering together, of contests and games and of marriages. The marriages contracted at this time could be annulled at the same time the following year – offering the couple a sensible ‘trial period’. In some areas a flaming wheel was sent rolling down the hillside at this time to symbolise the descent of the year towards Winter, and in the Druid ceremony a wheel is passed around the circle in symbol of the turning year
The Autumnal Equinox, on September 21st or thereabouts, is called Alban Elfed or Light of the Water in the Druid tradition. It represents the second of the harvest festivals – this time marking the end of harvest-time, just as Lughnasadh marked its beginning. Again day and night are equally balanced as they were at the time of the Spring Equinox, but soon the nights will grow longer than the days and Winter will be with us. In the ceremony we give thanks for the fruits of the earth and for the goodness of the Mother Goddess.

Afterlife~ Druids in reincarnation. Either in the form of humans or some belief in animals and plant reincarnation too.
They also have a storng connection to what they refer to as the Otherworld, it is a relem or relems that exsist beyond the physical world. Their believe is that the soul resides there when they die, but there means for the living to “visit” there as well, through meditation, dreams, hypnosis, or through spirit walks. Many Druids share the believe that when they die here they are born in the Otherworld and when they die in the Otherwolrd they are born here. Many druid funerals are focus on this idea 

Places of worship~ Anywhere nature is found

Cultural impact~ Right now Druidry is final being reconized as an actual religon in England it’s birth place. In other counrties druids have been employeed by the government to help rid dangerous roads of any negative energy in hopes of preventing car crashes. Druidry is a growing religion.

I have a feeling I have just begun to learn about this religion, it is probley one I plan to revisit when this is all over just to learn even more. I can see how it and Witchcraft would be linked there are alot of simalarities between the two, but now I can see the differences between them. I have websites for anyone would like to learn more on thier own, this is probley the last I will look into it for now……

Blessings
Lucy

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