Druid Thoughts: Druid Order FAQs

Druidry is nothing like as orderly as many people seem to assume. It’s not even slightly like a church, it’s like a lot of small groups and gatherings with all manner of connections and overlaps between them. And no, you don’t need a beard. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Beyond Novicehood

When you start out as a Pagan, it’s not difficult to find reading material. Then comes a point when the books start to feel a bit samey: Yet another rough guide to the Wheel of the Year. Yet another quick list of standard deities. Where are all the mind-expanding secrets? Where’s the long-awaited ancient wisdom? [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Who Polices the Druids?

Do any Pagan organisations have the means to respond if there’s a pedophile priest accusation in our ranks? Would we handle a sexual abuse scandal any better than the Catholics have, or the UK’s Liberal Democrats? [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Introvert, Extrovert, Druid

I am an applause-hungry extrovert who craves attention whilst holding a deep need for regular periods of solitude and silence. I am both extroverted and introverted — a Druid with one foot in each world. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: The Influence of Story

A modern fairy tale: Once upon a time there was a person who everyone had previously thought wasn’t clever or talented or important in any way. That person got onto a TV program. Everyone fell in love with them and voted for them, and so they became rich and famous and lived happily ever after. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Innate Paganism

If you’re like me, you get to the cold, dark, damp days and think, ‘Bloody hell, I could use cheering up.’ Innate Paganism is the simple idea that most human beings respond to the environment in similar ways. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: The Difficult Teachers

When I look back at the Druids who most influenced my spiritual development, I have to acknowledge a tricky thing: the difficult teachers had the most impact. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Once Upon a Time

Tell me a story Of who we are Land we sprang from Of grandparents. Tell me the hope That shapes your path Dreams you nourish Crazy aspirations. Tell me also of failure Disappointment, regret The frail humanity We have in common. Tell me funny tales Of mad cats, moose, Humorous accident Strange juxtapositions. Tell me [Read More…]

Druid Thoughts: Druid in Revolt

The majority of Druids are not easy people to offend. It goes with being a tolerant, generous, warm hearted, open minded lot. I irritate fundamentalists, but that’s okay because I’ve long felt that fundamentalist pagans are a bit embarrassing, so it’s entirely mutual. There are people I set out to offend, though: people I think [Read More…]

Druid Thoughts: Of Sex and Druids

Before I start, let me point out this post is not going to be X-rated. Relationship is at the heart of Druidry. Now, aside from relationship with land, ancestors, spirit and all the other esoteric options out there, this also means we have every encouragement to think about relationships with each other. Generally speaking, paganism [Read More…]


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