might have noticed at the beginning of this column that my title
has changed from “Senior Archdruid of the Reformed Druids
of Gaia (RDG)” to “Patriarch of the Order of the Mithril
Star.” You might be wondering why.
most of you know, every year during the season of Fogharnhnar, Reformed
Druid Groves hold their annual elections of officers for the coming
year. This year was no exception, but a change was made to exactly
which offices would be voted on. The Mother Grove (MG) of RDG, Cylch
Cerddwyr Rhwng y Bydoedd Grove of Eureka CA USA, has for many years,
in addition to serving as Mother Grove for the RDG, has also been
the Mother Grove for the Order of the Mithril Star (OMS). The Archdruid
of the MG has also served as Senior Archdruid for the RDG, and as
Patriarch (or Matriarch) for the OMS.
This year the MG decided that there was just too much work involved
for one person to serve in both positions, especially given how
proactive the OMS is in comparison to the other higher (or side)
Orders within the Reform movement. So it was voted that the two
offices would be separated. Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear became our new
Archdruid of RDG, and I became Patriarch of the OMS (I was also
elected Scribe of the Mother Grove). For the most part, and at least
to my understanding (I’m sure Michael Scharding will let me
know if I am mistaken) the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the various
Orders serve for life, and it seems appropriate for me, as one of
the two founders of OMS, and the only one currently alive, that
I should serve in this role. I hope though, that like Supreme Court
Justices, I will have the option of retiring from office rather
than dying in office, but we shall see.
my watch, the Order of the Mithril Star will continue in it’s
role as a teaching Order for all the bodies of the Reform. One of
the things I wish to accomplish in the next few months is a culling
of the recommended reading list. As some of you know, it was originally
based upon the list formerly used by the Church of All Worlds, adjusted
and expanded for Druidism. The present version (at http://avalonrisen.mithrilstar.org/bibleo.htm)
has become rather obese and perhaps too far- reaching. It has always
been our desire to recommend materials that both educate Druids
in our ways, but also educate them in the ways Druids think. But
I think the bibliography has become way too much of a good thing.
In the past we’ve joked that, like the Druids of Caesar’s
time did allegedly, it would take 20 years to go through the bibliography.
The fact is, I’m thinking it might take more like 30 years
as the list stands. I just don’t have it. Do you?
join me in congratulating Ceridwen for her newest term of office
as Archdruid. Those of you who know Reiki send her lots of that,
and the rest of you send her your love.
the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.
El Arseneau, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star