of the more celebrated attributes of the ancient Celts was their
fierce, unbridled loyalty to their tribesman and especially to their
Chieftains and Druids. This is something that all the historians,
whether they were favorable toward the Celts or not, agree with.
It had nothing to do with race, for the Celts were never a distinct
race, nor did it have to do with bloodline, since the Celtic peoples
are not identified by distinctive bloodlines, their families having
intermingled with various populations as the Celtic migrations spread
word "Celtic" refers to language so the commonality that
jelled the various collectives together was their common tongue,
which also gave way to culture, art and religion. This is not to
say that various disputes and even warfare between tribes never
happened, (the infamous cattle raids come to mind) because it did.
individuals from one tribe were loyal to their tribe and their Chieftain,
even in cases where intermarriage between tribes occurred. In this
case, the daughter or son of a Chieftain, who had married outside
the tribe and had therefore become part of his wife's or her husbands
tribe, would show loyalty to their new tribal chief over that of
even their father, such was the Celtic concept of loyalty, it being
an unconditional part of honor.
spiritual descendants of these great and noble peoples, I would
expect that we Druids would have acquired this trait, but alas,
America individualism has trumped the collective and some eschew
loyalty even to their Groves, taking the side of casual acquaintances
against even that of their own Archdruid.
but think that this is a failure on our part as elders and teachers.
Perhaps, because we were raised to value loyalty, and aspire to
it ourselves, we took it for granted that younger Druids would acquire
this trait by osmosis I guess. But years of conditioning by advertisers,
the insinuation of Libertarian (read, "selfishness") idealism,
and anti-collective (read, "communist") and anti-unionist
propaganda have taken their toll along with the politically correct
attempt to be all inclusive even with magickal traditions which
can never fit together, like trying to hammer a square peg into
a round hole (an attempt which will probably damage both the hole
and the peg). The damage isn't noticed until it's too late.
what can we expect, really? Druids are still Pagans, and as we know,
leading Pagans is akin to herding cats, nailing Jell-O to a fence,
or pissing in the wind. Your mileage may vary.
the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.
El Arseneau, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star