Druidism & Becoming a Druid
Druidry, sometimes termed Druidism, is a modern spiritual or religious movement that promotes the cultivation of honorable relationships with the physical landscapes, flora, fauna, and diverse peoples of the world, as well as with nature deities, and spirits of nature and place. Theological beliefs among modern Druids are diverse; however, all modern Druids venerate the divine essence of nature.
While there are significant interregional and intergroup variations in modern Druidry practice, Druids across the globe are unified by a core set of shared spiritual and devotional practices: meditation; prayer/conversation with deities and spirits; the use of extra-sensory methods of seeking wisdom and guidance; the use of nature-based spiritual frameworks to structure devotional practices and rituals; and a regular practice of nature connection and environmental stewardship work.
Arising from the 18th century Romanticist movement in Britain, which glorified the ancient Celtic peoples of the Iron Age, the early neo-Druids aimed to imitate the Iron Age priests who were also known as druids. At the time, little accurate information was known about these ancient priests, and the modern Druidic movement has no direct connection to them, despite contrary claims made by some modern Druids.
In the late 18th century, modern Druids developed fraternal organizations modeled on Freemasonry that employed the romantic figure of the British Druids and Bards as symbols of the indigenous spirituality of Prehistoric Britain. Some of these groups were purely fraternal and cultural, such as the oldest one that remains, the Ancient Order of Druids founded in 1781, creating traditions from the national imagination of Britain. Others, in the early 20th century, merged with contemporary movements such as the physical culture movement and naturism. Since the 1980s, some modern druid groups have adopted similar methodologies to those of Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism in an effort to create a more historically accurate practice. However, there is still controversy over how much resemblance modern Druidism may or may not have to the Iron Age druids.
By 2020, modern Druidry had spread to 34 nations, across 6 continents, and had taken root in 17 diverse biomes. The importance that modern Druids attributed to Celtic language and culture, circa 2020, varied depending upon the physical and cultural environments in which the individual Druid lived. By 2020, roughly 92% of world Druids were living outside the British Isles.
Based on 2011-2013 census data from Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, and 2008 ARIS Report data from the United States, the population of Druids residing in anglophone nations was estimated at 59,299. The current global population of Druids is likely to significantly exceed this number, as many countries with resident Druids do not allow for the existence of Druidry within their census instruments. Pagan faith surveys are also likely to undercount Druids, as only 63% of world Druids identify with either of the categories Pagan or Heathen. In addition, 74% of world Druids report having significant privacy and safety concerns, due to discrimination and persecution within their local communities, and so are likely to be underreported in the census data that does exist.
While modern Druidry has spread rapidly across the globe, Druids do not proselytize, and 74% of world Druids actively work to keep their spiritual practices private
Information provided by wikipedia.
P’hd (Practicing Holistic Druid)
A practicing holistic druid is one who follows the druidic ways but only in the holistic sense. Which means we follow there ways which includes everything apart from the ancient practice of sacrifice which is also against the law now, we look to nature and the seasons for guidance and inspiration and follow the ancient beliefs of that we are all one and connected to everything in existence in this world/universe with a strong faith
and belief in the hereafter, reincarnation, and connecting with our ancestors, deities, and spirit which is still very present in the physical world as well as what’s known as the spirit world, they are just facets of the same jewel which co-exist alongside each-other to which we can travel to from this physical existence as well as when our essence, energy or soul does when we pass. We also believe that everything we need to survive in this physical existence is provided for us by nature which includes cures for all viruses, infections, diseases, sustenance and more, even if thet haven’t been discovered yet I assure you it’s out there.
We live in harmony with nature and all it’s creations, we are all equals including plants, animals and all other physical beings no matter how they are presented to us physically, emotionally and spiritually not one person is above another, druids have just came to an understanding that just because we have physical which can move around individually and may seem separate to anything and everything else in existence this doesn’t mean we are. We are all one of the same energy which is journeying back home but via our own path which ultimately connects to all paths.
If you would like to find out more about Druidism/Druidry then there are some wonderful organisations out there with all you need to know about this wonderful way of life or religion (Although I use the term religion loosely) If you would like to take a look at them I have listed a few below.