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Wiltshire, UK,

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Principles of the Community of the Druids Nemeton

A Druid’s status & powers (ability to do, to carry out an action based on their knowledge & direct personal experience) are inextricably connected to a human community, which they serve with the utmost integrity. Today the Druids Cors (colleges) have evolved into our modern schooling system – stretching from primary, stranded & high school, to specialisation through University (coincidentally approximately 20 years, the same amount of time an ancient Druid trained for). There is no longer a class divide on who gets educated, & in that, we are all druids in this sense.

What does it mean to be a Druid in the Community of the Druids Nemeton of today?

 

A Druid is someone who is inspired by Celtic myths & lore to work with the Spirits of the land they live in, their ancestors & their own gods (if they have such inclinations) in whatever form they feel these beings take, this may take the form of simple acknowledgement or through Ceremonial Ritual guided by the principles of Magick; who strives to honour & respect those around them even when they disagree with them; who works to improve themselves & the lives of those around them in whatever way they can; who takes responsibility for their own actions & for their own learning & development, both corporeal & spiritual.

With the information we have, we can say that a Druid (& by extension, a member of the Community of the Druids Nemeton) is a professional invigilator of living spiritual mysteries as expressed by Celtic cultural forms.

A Druid is a “professional” (one who acts within an agreed code of conduct), a Master (anyone who is skilled at their chosen specialties) or an Elder (anyone who has shown commitment to the service of others for the benefit of forming 'community'', we don’t ask for remuneration for the services we freely offer to our members , since Druidry requires the application of skill & knowledge in the service of certain social responsibilities. This does not mean one can't make a living from their acquired skills, it is a matter of discernment between a 'spiritual service' & a 'mundane service', we all have to live.

 

A Druid’s responsibilities are to the world as well, for as the ancient Druids said, “We made the world”, & without Druids to bring about the renewal of the seasons with their rituals, that world might end. So say the legends say.

 

Contemporary Druids have similar responsibilities to the world, for our Earth & its people, animals, & environments suffer so terribly & so needlessly. An “invigilator” is a person who keeps a vigil, which means being watchful & mindful & attentive over something. The word encompasses a range of ideas, including steward, investigator, watcher, even ‘knower’. So to say that a Druid is an invigilator is to say that a Druid is watchful & mindful of something or everything.

 

The “living spiritual mysteries” are some of the matters which Druids are watchful & mindful of (walking your talk, whilst exploring by direct personal experience the mysteries & their spiritual unfoldment – be the change you want to see in the world), & what they are (a personal & unique approach to individual spiritual belief & practice, within the bounds of tolerance).

 

Finally, the “Celtic cultural forms” are the poetry, art, archaeology, literature, mythology, language, & folklore of the Celtic people, ancient & modern. These elements distinguish Druids from the religious specialists of other cultures, while allowing for some overlap with other cultures who emerged from similar origins & who have similar practices.

Celebrancy

People from all walks of life who choose to become a celebrant are all motivated by a strong desire to be of service & help others. Anyone can choose to become a certified celebrant, including funeral directors, grief counsellors, hospice personnel, social workers, healthcare professionals, & even members of the clergy. The reasons vary but, generally, anyone who feels the calling to assist others mark & celebrate the important moments of life might decide to become a certified celebrant.

 

To those who practice & follow a path in Druidry, being of service is usually very high on their ‘being spiritual’ list. They find that it is a great way of ‘walking their talk’, for it is our actions that speak the loudest, the perfect way to express your love for Nature, your compassion for humanity & all sentient beings. It can also be a wonderful opportunity to recognise those significant others in the lives of their community.

 

That might mean honouring our parents, guardians, family & friends for the upbringing & support they provided, or maybe acknowledging those who are unable to be part of the special event, &/or through organising ancestral ceremonies...

Women's Group - Red Tent

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Cummunity Support - Volunteer Groups

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Permaculture & Tree Planting
sustainability & more earth-centered living

What is permaculture?

 

Permaculture is a system of agricultural & social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns & features observed in natural ecosystems. It helps us to design intelligent systems which meet human needs whilst enhancing biodiversity, reducing our impact on the planet, & creating a fairer world for us all, by transforming their communities with permaculture.

 

It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient & productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere, in our households, gardens, communities & businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature & caring for the earth & its people.

 

Permaculture is not exclusive - its principles & practice can be used by anyone, anywhere:

 

  • City flats, yards & window boxes

  • Suburban & country houses/garden

  • Allotments & smallholdings

  • Community spaces

  • Farms & estates

  • Countryside & conservation areas

  • Commercial & industrial premises

  • Educational establishments

  • Waste ground

 

Permaculture encourages us to be resourceful & self-reliant. It is not a dogma or a religion (see our blog page, ‘A Druid’s Permaculture’, March 9, 2017, by Hilde Liesens, Druid - OBOD) but an ecological design system which helps us find solutions to the many problems facing us - both locally & globally.

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