Is Druidism a Left Hand Path, or a Right Hand
How are we like a Left Hand Path?
Left Hand Paths are said to have the following characteristics:
· They often reject societal convention and the status
quo in a search for spiritual freedom.
As a part of this, LHP followers embrace magical techniques that
would traditionally be viewed as taboo, for instance using sex
magic or embracing Satanic imagery.
They often question religious or moral dogma instead adhering
to forms of personal anarchism.
They often embrace sexuality and incorporate it into magical
They often attempt to become gods, or self-deify.
They often glorify the individual, eschewing collectivism.
Reformed Druids certainly reject conventional religion, but
so do practically all Neo-Pagans. But Satanic imagery is
rejected because Christianity is rejected and Satan is a construct
of the Christian religion. Reformed Druids also question conventional
morality, but again, so do practically all Neo-Pagans. Reformed
Druids in particular embrace Naturism and Polyamory as lifestyle
choice. Sexuality is definitely a part of some of our rituals,
particularly with those holidays involving fertility, such as
Beltaine. Some Reformed Druids are fond of saying “Thou
art god/dess,” but this idea is closer to the Hindu/Buddhist
concept of “Namaste,” which is a recognition of deity
in each other, rather than a self-proclamation of deity. This
idea goes a lot deeper, and has been discussed elsewhere at greater
detail, but it boils down to the idea that I'm not god unless
you are too, and vice versa. Lastly, Reformed Druids glorify
the collective, and celebrate not only our interdependence with
each other, but with the whole of the planet, if not the universe,
So how LHP are we? If we take each of the concepts outlined above
as constituting percentage points then we are 55% LHP.
How are we like a Right Hand Path?
Right Hand Paths are said to have the following characteristics:
adhere to social conventions and avoid taboos.
· They divide the concepts of mind, body and spirit into three
separate, albeit interrelated entities.
· They adhere to a specific moral code and a belief in some form
of judgment, such as karma or the Threefold Law.
· Deity is always something outside of themselves, to which they
Most Reformed Druids obey traffic laws and will wear clothes
where it's appropriate. We also avoid incest and sex with children
and animals. On the other hand we are just as apt to be Gay as
we are straight, and some of us enjoy BDSM. We also reject traditional
gender roles and the concept that a husband or lover “owns” his
wife or vice versa, Most of us believe in Karma, though we feel
we are apt to be the agents of Karma rather than being strictly
it's subjects. From a philosophical point of view the idea of
the separateness of mind, body and spirit are a little too simplistic.
The whole thing is much much more complicated than that, and
can get into discussions relating to quantum physics, so we'll
take that up at a later time.
So how RHP are we? Using the same percentage basis as we did
for LHP, we would seem to be about 45% RHP.
other words, Druids are nether LHP nor RHP, but rather a combination
of the two, or you could look at us as constituting
a middle path, or some say “middle pillar.”
Let's look at just one of the areas addressed here, to see how
we straddle the line. The concept of deity is an important one
to both the RHP and the LHP. How do Druids think along this line?
first of all, we are god. Not “I am god,” or “You
are god,” but “we (collectively) are god.” And
we can't be god by ourselves. There is no individual among us
who is god, nor do any of us strive for godhood. We just “are.” There
is no “becoming.” We therefore recognize that our
individuality is only an illusion, or a temporary state while
we are in physical bodies. We are therefore not subordinate to
anyone or anything, but rather interdependent upon each other.
We recognize that if one person hurts, everyone hurts, if one
person is homeless, everyone is affected by that state, that “the
good of the many outweighs the good of the few.” So certain
political philosophies, such as libertarianism, are anathema
to us. Selfishness is the greatest evil there is. We really are “our
brothers keeper” as he is ours. Why? Because we are all
one. Because we are all god. How do you honor god? By serving.
So we serve each other. We celebrate egalitarianism. No one is
better than anyone else. No one is less than anyone else, and
we serve the gods (ourselves) best by attempting to make all
beings equal, by creating a society – a world - where everyone
has enough food, water, clothing, shelter, education, to prosper, “from
each according to his/her abilities, to each according to his/her
SO SAY WE ALL!
the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.
Sybok Pendderwydd, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star
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