Am I A Reformed Druid?
In the words
of Rene Descartes- I think, therefore I am. Admittedly, (as a pragmatist)
I do not appreciate Descartes but that was the very first thought
that came into my mind when I read the question – Why am I
a Druid? The answer-much like the answer to the “What is the
meaning of Life?” is quite simple.
I would like
to take this opportunity to share the mystery of life question with
my water-kin. This answer comes from years of study and interest
in philosophy. My personal favorite, and oft times over looked,
Marcus Aurelius, sought the answer in the Stoic teachings of Socrates
(who really knows what he said) but more importantly, Plato.
of the meaning of life has been bantered about since the beginning
of time and the thinking man. And yet it has always been there.
The meaning of life is - to live consistently and in harmony with
Nature! And what a better group to belong to than the Druids who
have always attempted to live in harmony with nature? Of course
there are many sects and paths to follow and those paths sometimes
get tangled up in underbrush and fallen branches.
With the Reformed
Druids of Gaia, we have no set path. We are free to be who we are
without the trappings of religion or dogma. We are free spirits.
I embrace my water-kin across the continent and across the seas.
Marcus Aurelius wrote “It’s Up to You!” And it
really is. My water-kin support me and I them in any path that they
choose and we are cool with that.
The two tenants
of The Reformed Druids of Gaia clearly state our promise to Nature.
I am old school, so please forgive me; Nature is groovy, Nature
is very groovy! This is our belief and our promise to the future!
To live consistently and in harmony with nature is what we are about!
Could any path be more perfect for me? The question “Why am
I a Reformed Druid?” can be answered quite simply: I am a
Reformed Druid because I am.
I a Reformed Druid?
by Lisa Wyvern
is the path I have been searching for my entire life. I now realize
that I was groping and fumbling my way down this path long before
I knew it had a name. I remember a family vacation when I was 9
or 10 years old which had a huge impact on me. My parents rented
a motor home and we drove up the California coast from Los Angeles
where we lived to Humboldt County.
I remember a
strange feeling growing inside of me the farther north of the Golden
Gate Bridge we traveled. I sat and raptly watched the ocean and
the big trees and I remember wanting to cry every time the big logging
trucks went barreling past. My father told me not to be scared of
the big trucks. I didn't answer, but I knew I wasn't afraid of them
(well much) but I was sad because of all of those big beautiful
beings they had slain and were carting off so callously. And there
were so many of them. And I knew my father wouldn't understand.
He would rationally explain about commerce and profit margins and
the need for the wood. And that made me sad too.
I remember camping
out at Richardson's Grove and announcing to my parents that when
I grew up I was going to live there with all the big trees. My parents
just smiled and nodded and went on with their conversation. But
I knew that I would be back one day. It took many years but I do
live in Humboldt and I still love the trees.
I remember when
I first realized just how sacred the old trees are. A friend and
I had been driving home to Arcata from a cross-country road trip
and Rainbow Gathering and were hot and tired and in very ill humor.
We crossed the state line from Oregon to California and hit the
Crescent City ocean breezes. We both started to feel better and
as soon as we hit the Redwood State Park and got in amongst the
trees we were both smiling and grinning. We drove for a while and
I suddenly got the very strong urge to pull over. So I did. We both
got out and let the dogs out and we both wandered into the forest.
There was no
path, but we were drawn along between the ferns and the trees and
we only walked for about five or ten minutes before the trees opened
before us and there she was. She was the most amazing old growth
redwood grandmother I have ever seen. She was so beautiful. She
had ferns growing all about her base and there was a space all around
her like all of the other trees and plants were her children and
they were gathered around listening to her. Damon moved off to one
side of her and I moved to the other side.
I remember being
in total awe of so amazing a presence. The silence was deafening
and the sense of peace was so strong. I sat in front of her and
just absorbed her presence. I don't have any idea how long I was
there, but eventually I came back into myself and looked around.
It was sunset and the most beautiful orange and purple and gold
cloudscape blazed in the opening around the lady in the midst of
this little glen. I got up and went and stood before her and stretched
my arms out and touched her and put my face against her bark and
there was this energy fusing between us that was amazing.
Again time was
suspended and I came back into myself again and it was dusk and
the dogs came trotting into the glen and lay down. I swear they
were smiling. Damon came wandering back from wherever he had been.
Neither of us said much the rest of the trip home but we were happy
and content and replete.
is the quintessential embodiment of what Druidism is to me. It is
love of the earth and the mother who birthed all living things.
It is a constant exchange of care and love and support for each
other: parent to child - child to parent sibling to sibling.
is acceptance of my own and others faults as well as rejoicing in
our gifts and talents. It is commitment to work towards the health
and well being of our mother and ourselves, both spiritually and
physically. While Druidism is only one path among a myriad it is
the one that has long called to me, and I have finally had my eyes
opened and am beginning to recognize the signposts along that path.
I A Reformed Druid?
am a reformed druid because the Orthodox druids have WAY too many
rules and have stuck with the ancient, archaic ways of the past.
The Conservative Druids have less rules, but still way too many
and don’t seem to want to budge on the ones they do have.
Reformed Druids live more in the modern day. What rules we do have,
(rules? we don’t need no stinking rules!) we are more than
willing to change as needed. (Yep, we make them up as we go along!)
welcome our brothers & sisters with open arms, no need for elaborate
conversion classes that can take years! No need to spend money on
classes you don’t need or even want. No ancient languages
to learn! No, just a bunch of friendly Druids, celebrating nature,
the Universe and each other. How much simpler and down to basics
can you get?
seriously folks, I became a Reformed Druid because I finally realized
that was what I was. I searched for years, trying to fit into various
religions. Not many of them made sense to me. How can you have as
one of your commandments “Thou shall not kill” yet go
out and kill folks because they don’t worship your God or
believe the way you do? How messed up is that? Didn’t they
read, “Love thy neighbor” or “Do unto others as
you would have them do unto you”? What are those, after thoughts?!
Grandfather, who came from a village of Catholics, shunned religion
and always told me that nature was what was important and that we
should be taking care of our planet. His words and the reverence
he held for all of nature, stayed with me after he died. When I
had my first introduction to druids through Dungeons and Dragons,
I was like, WOW! That’s me! That’s what Grandpa was!
So, I started reading and researching, on and off over the years,
discovering the RDNA early in 2006. I read all their literature
and though it was pretty cool. Finally, some people that respected
our planet, wanted to protect it, but weren’t fanatical about.
Heck, they were pretty laid back about it, kind of like me. And
they had a sense of HUMOR about things! Gosh, how many religions
can say that? None that I can think of! Looks to me like the Reformed
Druids finally “got it right”.
Druidism is the right fit for me. I have found a virtual grove to
call home – new brothers and sisters that are into all things
nature and care about each other unconditionally. We crack jokes,
and share our triumphs and experiences. They understand the importance
of being caretakers of this planet – something I wish more
folks would give consideration to doing as well. This planet is
what gives us all life and sustains us. She is our mother and should
be treated with respect and love. That’s one thing I think
any flavor of Druid can agree to.
I think Nature is groovy, Nature is very groovy!
Am I A Reformed Druid?
original search I looked into Protestant Christianity, the Catholic
Church (during this time I was a Cloistered Carmelite Nun for almost
2 years), and Judaism. These were the avenues available for religious
expression open at that time. These were the 'dry' years before
the 'New Age' even existed and there were no books on Wicca or Witchcraft
or even Buddhism – no one around me had even heard of such
1993 I found a little store in the city near me that was different.
It was a 'New Age' store; something I had never heard of before.
I began to read about Native American spirituality, and rediscovered
Tarot cards. Soon I ventured in to the Wiccan section and began
to explore the books there. I bought my first pentacle, a very simple
silver one on a silver chain. I wore it constantly for years, until
the 'cusp time'. The books concerning candle magic described things
that I had been doing since the age of 12. It was a strange sensation
to put it mildly. Latter I was a member of several groups, attended
many public rituals, then settled into solitary practice.
1999, I began to feel the need for a change......
I found that Wicca/Witchcraft wasn't as satisfying as it seemed
at first. While it was interesting and fun, there seemed to be something
that was not being filled, something missing that I wanted to add.
I took a course from OBOD, the Bard course, but that wasn't quite
it either. But it was closer.
my mother-in-law became interested in Wicca, and I found myself
in the position of companion for her in her studies. We joined a
coven nearby, and for a while everything went quite well. Then in
2004, there were 3 hurricanes, and the covenstead was down and out
for almost two years due to damages to the building and disorganization,
as well as members having various personal issues to resolve.
this time I felt the need to buy a new pentagram. It was beginning
to feel like I had 'outgrown' the one that I had. One of the new
shops at the flea market had New Age and Wiccan books and jewelry.
When we went in I saw the perfect replacement for my old necklace.
I had never seen a pentacle like this one before. It has a star
and a tree in the center, and written around it are the words, "Thee
I invoke by the moonlit sea, by the standing stone, and the twisted
tree". Then began the search to find the meaning these words
contain. This search led me back to research on Druid groups.
I reached a 'cusp' in my spiritual path, I was looking for a group
that focused more on Nature than on other things and other issues.
I looked up "Druids" online and found RDNA. I fell in
love with the two
Tenants, and with the whole way the group was started. I read through
the different pages listed under links and found OMS/RDG. Read the
web pages through, and partly because of the book, "Stranger
in a Strange Land", decided to join the group.
Am I A Reformed Druid?
I love the tenants:
Nature is good (groovy).
2. Nature is very good (groovy).
3. Thou art God/dess.
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