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Title: Druidism
Post by: Baschlesser on April 24, 2013, 09:30:46 AM
Could someone please link me to a thread or article about Druidism? I can't seem to find it and there isn't a page link on the home page to TTC.

Thank you bunches!
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Draconis Rex on April 24, 2013, 09:51:22 AM
Read through this thread  http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=5520.msg152331#msg152331 (http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=5520.msg152331#msg152331)  You may find some links here that will help too.
You're right though, we don't really have much in the way of druidism, or shamanism either. Hopefully someone may see this and help to put this right.
Hint Hint folks???
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Khara on April 24, 2013, 11:20:11 AM
Would be nice.  Wonder who could or rather would be willing to do it? 

You have a number of shamans on site here.  I think I might be one of the few left with any druid studies and my knowledge is limited to just that, studying.


It's a puzzle isn't it?
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Draconis Rex on April 24, 2013, 11:26:40 AM
I know we did have some, Not really sure who would be able to offer something, you've got a lot on your own plate at the moment Khara....... I'm going to see what I can find out, I'll let you know.
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: TesoraKitten on April 24, 2013, 12:24:32 PM
I'm actually really interested in druidism too! I was just talking to my friend about this the other day.
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Khara on April 24, 2013, 12:57:05 PM
Here is the thing with Druidry.  Being a Druid is nothing like being a Wiccan or Pagan.

It isn't a path as much as a calling.   It is a calling as to the priesthood.  That is after all what the original Druids were.  The Priests and Priestesses of the religion practiced back then.  No one can say for sure exactly what that religion was, we have a few ideas, but nothing concrete.  I have to presume it was a goddess worship based religion based on the elements and witchcraft.  simply because that is my religion and what I practice is what my family has practiced for a few hundred years now.

I have a few references in my family's BOS which mention the local Druid.  From what I've, he was more of a witch than anything.  Then again this is translated from a gaelic document that is a couple hundred years old.  The dialect alone is completely different than modern gaelic.

While Neo-Druidism is alive and well around the world today, they have pretty much boxed it into just another occult path, which it isn't, never was and never should be.  It's like a methodist suddenly deciding he wants to be catholic.  He would have to convert, then go thru the studying and such, communion etc.  It would be a total change of religion. 

You also have that the Druids were lineaged.  A family of Druids produced more Druids.  The local Druid would eventually be replaced with his or her son or daughter.  Though, to be honest, there were more male Druids than female.  Much easier to call a woman a witch.

As for shamans here, I would talk with og.  He's forgotten more than I'll ever know.  ;)
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Draconis Rex on April 24, 2013, 01:12:00 PM
Thanks for that input Khara, Interesting stuff (seriously) it would be good to find out more. As to speaking with OG, I wonder if he would be willing to share some stuff, I'll get in touch with him and see how he feels about it.
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Micheál on April 25, 2013, 12:33:28 AM
The druids were various learned people in Celtic societies, from doctors, lawyers, philosophers, priests, magicians, e.t.c. Since they kept no written record, Greek&Roman sources talk about the three main sects, the bárdai(bards), singers&minor poets, ováteis(ovaites) philosophers&diviners, and druídai(druids)priests&moral philosophers. That's in general.

Ireland being the last Celtic nation to succumb to Christianity, these three classes were the bard, fáidh(fili/file), and druí. The fili were also well respected poets and prophets, and the druí priests&magicians. Diarmait mac Cerbaill was the last pagan High-King that kept both a druid&Christian council in the 6th century, where afterwards the respected ollam druid castes were broken down and received equal status as king in áes dána law where they likely became bishops, and the rest of our 'druid' mantle was left with the poets who have had a magical captivation on the Gaelic mind since with many superstitions in their satire abilities. In folk Gaelic society there are other terms and people that represent wise men&women, charmers, 'witches,' and cunning-folk. 

Modern neo-Druidry comes from a variety of influences. Originally Romantic with little historic relevance, which has changed in modern days. For some good in depth info I'd recommend the books, "The Sacred Isle: Belief and Religion in pre-Christian Ireland" by the late Professor Dáithí Ó hÓgáin, and for a more Continental&British source Ronald Hutton's "Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain"

For more Neo-Druid sources, I'd check on some of the sites that belong to Druid groups like the OBOD, and ADF. They've a variety of stuff out these days, even programs designed for solitaires.


Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Baschlesser on April 26, 2013, 04:34:12 AM
Thank you sooooo much!!!!
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: oldghost on April 28, 2013, 02:24:00 AM
Thank you My Lady Khara we just follow different paths , and Basch what can i do to help you with finding you Druidic path ............
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: oldghost on April 28, 2013, 05:26:55 AM
Drac move this to Earth Based Path or else . :-p
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Baschlesser on April 29, 2013, 02:44:10 PM
Ghost, I really don't know what you could do to help. I think if I can find a book at my Library I'll be in good shape. They have Scott's stuff, but I don't know of a title for which to look, or an author.
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Draconis Rex on April 29, 2013, 02:48:48 PM
Go to this link Basch, OG has just done this and it will give you some info and titles.  http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=8629.0 (http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=8629.0)
BTW, OG has probably forgotten more about this subject than is in any book!
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: oldghost on April 29, 2013, 09:15:45 PM
Thank you Drac , maybe if i reread my Grimore I could remember what i forgot . Basch go to the thread Drac posted , check out the books and sites i posted .
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: LuciferAngel on December 04, 2013, 08:01:20 PM
This is the thread that had me register here.

Not sure if it is still active though since a bot has flashed me a warning message.

I think it would be rather impudent of me to post so much on my first day, so if there is still some interest shown I may offer a thought at a later date.
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: MaliciousLily on December 04, 2013, 08:13:52 PM
Most people seem to come to this site seeking new knowledge and perspectives on things, so I'm sure most people on here (including myself) would be interested to hear anything you have to say. I'm rather new to the site myself, but you can see the interest most members have in gaining new knowledge if you read through the posts. I'm sure there are many others who would like to hear a new perspective on Druidism as well. And don't worry about bringing a old topic back up, its happened before multiple times and it doesn't seem to ever bother anyone.
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: Draconis Rex on December 05, 2013, 02:44:37 PM
Lily has the truth of it, we are happy to resurrect our older topics, the discussions can be renewed and other newer members are made aware of their existence. So go ahead Lucifer, fill your boots and post away.... ;)
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: oldghost on December 05, 2013, 07:52:53 PM
Awaken the beast there LA , let it speak again . Let us again go into the dim time . Let that , that was hidden be seen again . Be one with the past where the truth was the words of those that could see beyond the folly of humans . Those who knew of the secrets of the hidden world , the place where the old knowledge was kept . Those that hold the arcane ways , those that can fathom the cryptic ways .
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: arrowolf on December 16, 2017, 04:30:47 PM
I have seen three different main sites for druid orders: OBOD, AODA, and ADF. Is there one of these I should avoid or are they all pretty much the same? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I have found things to like in each.

Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: oldghost on December 16, 2017, 10:00:16 PM

You'll find that with regional variations of cultures and plant life all of those you named are based in main part on the writings of Ross Nichols and Philip Carr-Gomm . Now I have not heard of any bad groups . Depending on how involved you wish to get , if you just want on-line courses then go with OBOD . Now there are small Groves all over that do not act outside of their local area so those you would have to check out yourself .

Stay away from one's that practice animal sacrifice or want you to pay dues . Those that have joining fee are okay and those that charge for printed material ( with in reason ) to cover cost . Those groups that demand you follow every word of their leader are no , no's .
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: arrowolf on December 20, 2017, 04:56:41 PM
I will purchase the book that is used for the beginning of the AODA and I have purchased the introductory course for the OBOD, so that I can see what best fits best. Seems logical to pay for training just as you would for any other learning you choose to have. At least I get to sample before making any big investment.
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: oldghost on December 21, 2017, 02:54:58 PM
Do hope you find what is right for you . Remember that you can change what you read to fit in with the local flora and fauna .
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: arrowolf on January 17, 2018, 05:02:42 PM
I will still look into the book for AODA, but for now my path lies with OBOD. I find a great connection at this point with them after reviewing their introductory material.
Title: Re: Druidism
Post by: oldghost on January 17, 2018, 07:09:50 PM
May the path lead you to what you are looking for .