What makes one a Druid.

Baldecat
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I would like to know what makes you a druid?  How do you define the meaning of what it is to be a druid in today's age.

I am urious to read your responses.

Hayden / Baldecat



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druidking
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

The Oaks that grow today are but a shade of those in the Acient Astral Way. Whos call knowns

no Time or Space as it comes from the Soul's Final deep resting Place. TDK



Greysleeves
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

I suppose the people who live in lands with no oak trees might be able to amend that to "The Call of the Forest" or "The Call of the Grove". 

Druids from all over the celtic world considered it a must to make a journey to the British mainland to complete their training.  Perhaps its something even less specific.  Like the call of The Land.

 



Douglas
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

Thanks Druidking. 

This is why I am drawn to this community. These are the people I want to talk to, learn from, share my thoughts and be with.
Does this make me a druid? I don't know, but I'm following my path and enjoying the journey.


druidking
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

The Call of the Oak to the returnings Souls from Time before Time I believe Douglas.

No all that are called hear, not all that hear respond and not all that respond

are able to find "The Well of Was".

Yet all help rebuild the great lost Dark Woods of the Druids.

TDK



Douglas
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

Excellent!

So, what makes one a druid, is it the acorn, or is it the quest?

Or maybe, the true wisdom is the desire to search.



Greysleeves
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

I think of it like a duty similar to the storyteller's duty. 

There's a huge body of work to learn, and it will probably take twenty years.  But perhaps I should have added what I add to the storytellers' duty.  If you haven't started already - it's your duty to perform the stories live,  Eye to Eye.  Heart to Soul.  My Mind to Your Imagination.

Most don't wait twenty years to become an asset - but IF you have waited, after 20 years, you have no excuse not to. 



druidking
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

Well the Young may have time to watch the Acorn grow to be a mighty Oak that shades and protects all that come apon it.

TDK



Douglas
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

I agree Greysleeves, a historical understanding of the Celts is fundamental, because it puts druidry in to context. When you learn about pre-roman Britain, you learn about the nuts and bolts of what life was like at that time, what motivated people, what inspired them, what kept them going and made them strong. Some of the ancient tales and legends still exsist that give an insight in to what was important to these people and a quest for wisdom appears to be at the heart of many of the stories. Ironically, it always seems to be the young that acquire the acorn.



Greysleeves
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

For me - A promise of twenty years devotion to learning (in as many subjects I can find that interested the original druids) followed by using what has been learned to be an asset in the community.



Douglas
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

Well Baldecat, that is a question! 

Personally, (because I believe you are allowed to have a personal opinion in druidry) one of the things that draws me to this path is its lack of dogma. I don't have blind faith. I only believe what I know to be true (and that changes when I get proved wrong!)

I want to believe in the other world, because I might see my loved ones again. I like the stories of celtic warriors agreeing to pay their debts when they get to the next world.

I do venerate my ancestors. My life wouldn't be as pleasant as it is without them. I couldn't build my house, my car, my TV, etc. It has taken many people with more skills and knowledge than I possess. I can live without violence and my family is safe, because of the actions of my ancestors. 

I want my parents to be as proud of me as I am of them. Particularly because, I might meet them again in the next world. I also want my children to be the best they can, so I want to set a good example. It is very easy to see why having a good moral code was fundamentally important in the close knit communities of the past where everybody knew everyone else, and they relied on each other. 

I think God exsists, but I don't believe God made man in his own image. I imagine God as The Great Spirit, the energy and life force that drives our planet. If you are scientifically minded, you may say I've just described the Sun. Well, maybe you'd be right, and maybe that's why our ancestors honoured the Sun.

I certainly revere nature. I, like a great many people, refer to 'Mother Nature' and that makes sense to me, the idea of the mother giving birth to all life on Earth. If you believe what scientists tell us, the earth was just a bare rock in the past. Therefore, all life is related isn't it? The web of life is clear to see, we humans rely on our fellow creatures, brother tree, uncle sparrow, cousin dog and sister bee. We don't and never could live in solitude from our great family.

I could go on, but this is a brief simplified version of how I see it. I've looked at other beliefs and read about other religions, but they don't suit me. Do these beliefs / opinions make me a druid? I don't know about that, but I do know that the sun will rise in the morning, and the rythms of the moon will decide the height of the tide. Winter will be here soon, the trees are loosing their leaves. In the Summer, the warmth of the Sun will rejuvenate and the flowers will spring to life once again. I know that for a fact, and I thank the Gods in all their guises. And that is the greatest magic of all.

Good will and blessings. 



Baldecat
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

Thank you.  I will read through your blog.

If anyone else has anything to share, please do. 



druidking
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Re: What makes one a Druid.

There are several  of my blogs that dance around this Oak Tree.   Here is one of them. 

http://thedruidking.blogspot.com/2012/04/abcs-of-druidism.html