Druidism Guide Page One: Background
The memory of the Druids emerges from the mists of time and history to be with usagain.This is the seventh edition of a project that has been ongoing on the internet for severalyears. Celtic culture, its music and art, has been "re-discovered" by the media and thefolk of europe and north america once again. The popularity of all things celtic can beseen by the success of dance shows like "Riverdance", films like "Braveheart", and in themultitude of celtic music festivals that have sprouted all over this continent (many of which are regularly attended by this author). Perhaps a re-emergence of Celtic values andspirituality is happening as well.This essay is for those who are newly exploring the spirituality of the Druid, Bard,Fianna, or Celtic Pagan. It is for those who have Celtic ancestors, or who wish they did. Itis for those who like learning about the ancient Celts, their beliefs and practices, and havea desire to emulate them in a manner valid for themselves and for this century.As in past editions, emphasis is placed upon that which is historically proven, or historically plausible by induction from known facts. It attempts to consider the historyand the spirit together. The period in history in which it focuses is the Celtic Iron Age,from aproximatly 500 BC up to the common era.
2. WHY DRUIDISM IN THE 20TH CENTURY?
There are a number of good reasons for modern people to consider Druidism today. Somesee it as a way to reconnect, or "ground" themselves in history, or to improve their understanding of their origins and ancestors (if they are of Celtic descent). Some areattracted by the relationship with the natural world that a Druid cultivates, or by theartistic, creative methods used to build that relationship.It is thought by many that the loss of the old ways of living, close to theliving Earth and close to our tribes, is responsible for the social andenvironmental problems we face today, so a return to the old ways will be a healing force in the world in this life and time. Druidism today isnot an abandonment of technology, nor is it a rejection of society. It isnot a retreat from the world into an illusory garden of delight where problems need not be faced. Rather, it is an affirmation of our needs inthis life, and an energetic attempt to take power over them.There are those who choose Druidism over other forms of neo-paganism. Perhaps areason for that is because Druidism is not only a branch of neopaganism, but also thesubject of academic study. Druidism is often of interest to archaeologists, historians, andmythographers who don't necessarily consider themselves Druids, or even remotely