Growing Closer

by OMS Patriarch Ellis Arseneau

You 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.

As 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.

Under 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 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?

Please 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.

May the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.

Druid El Arseneau, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star