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Druidism

"Druid" was a kind of pagan "priest" and that Druidism was a pagan "religion.".Walking the Druid path as individuals in modern society, we are faced with one encumbering impediment: How do we devise a way of worship which emulates the feelings already embedded within our hearts? By following our hearts and studying the history of our predecessors we can reconstruct enough to give us a solid basis in which to build our own philosophy our own Druidism. Druidism is far from what most people would expect in todays society. These assumptions are made blindly and without just cause. With an open mind and a little reading one can easily find the reason why we choose to follow Druidic philosophy today.

As Druids we affirm to support and assist all attempts by society to teach and inculcate the principles of friendship and brotherly love. As Druids we oppose all subversion and ill influence in its every form, towards the laws of God(s), mankind, and our Country. Druidism is a way of life, a system of morality, and a Fraternal brotherhood of Social, Moral, and Spiritual standards. Although not a religion, Druids have religious values which stem from the belief in the Almighty Creator and asserts faith in the supreme power of the universe, the brotherhood of man, and the immortality of the soul. Druidism is by nature, Educational.

The philosophies of Druidism teach us that the light of intelligence will out way and dissolve the darkness of superstition and ignorance, which still blinds humanity today. Service to humanity is an important factor in the life and character of a Druid. Preserving our nations waterways, forests and wildlife, as well as helping with our pollution problems in general. In all, Druids are dedicated to the principles of respecting and nurturing the dignity of man, friendship, charity, belief in the fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of mankind.

Druidic Symbols

There are many symbols related to Druidism and to the Ancient Druids. They did not use symbols for worship such as idols, nor did they meet in churchs or temples of any sort while performing sacred rituals. The sacred places were mostly associated with groves and streams. Circled stones, usually of vast size, enclosing an area of about thirty feet in diameter, formed their sacred ground when not in a grove of trees. Ireland and Great Britain have vast amounts of ancient Druid altars, beds, rings, cairnes, stones, and stone circles

    AWEN

The three rays of light known as, Awen, form a symbol of the Divine name and concenter upon the stone of speech as do the rays of the summer solstice and of the spring and autumn equinoxes upon the altar stone at Stonehenge.
The Awen symbolizes the source of Light in the cosmos and in man whence come the Druidic virtues of courage, brotherhood, and selfless service. The Awen is a glyph with three vertical lines or rays converging at its apex.
Awen in the Celtic language means "inspiration," and refers to spiritual illumination. The three rays of the Awen also symbolize the harmony of opposites- the left and right rays symbolizing female and male energy; the center ray, their harmonious balance


       CAIRNS

These were either large stones or a pile of stones that were placed on high ground, such as a hill, and used to worship their deity.

 

      CROMLECH

This is a large stone placed upon two upright stones to make a table or altar. It was always placed in the center of the circle

 

       DRUID SIGIL

The origin of this is unknown, however, thought to be modern (19th Century) and is commonly seen as a leaved willow wreeth with two staves or branches running through its center. It is commonly used by many modern Druidic groups, such as RDNA, ADF and Keltria

 

       TRISKEL

The triskell is considered British origin, finding its way from Scotland Wales and Cornwall over to Brittany. The 3 arms are said to represent Earth, Wind, and Fire. It is often said that the triskel represents the three druidic virtues or the three stages of life to the Celts.

 

      SUN WHEEL

A common symbol in ancient Druidry was the Sun wheel, Wheel of the Year, or Wheel of Taranis, the Celtic sun God. The wheel is identical to other solar wheels and represents the solar calendar. The Solar cross and Celtic cross are derived from this ancient symbol.

 

 
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