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« on: April 02, 2012, 09:17:46 pm »
This topic has been floating around in my mind for some time--partly because I am attempting the "Personal Religion" essay and the ADF discussion lists have hinted at this recently.  I wanted to ask you all what makes your form of Druidry (regardless of organization affliation) personal?  What sets you apart from your fellow Druids?  What is your primary focus (f'ex: do you specialize in any subject, classic druidry or modern/neo-druidry)?

Thanks. :)

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Re: Personalizing Your Druidry
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 08:41:28 pm »
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I wanted to ask you all what makes your form of Druidry (regardless of organization affliation) personal?  What sets you apart from your fellow Druids?  What is your primary focus (f'ex: do you specialize in any subject, classic druidry or modern/neo-druidry)?


Well, if you're on the ADF-Dedicants list, I'm sure you saw my posts from a few weeks ago bemoaning my lack of focus with the DP.

I could think of a couple things, though. First, I'm also Wiccan, and in my personal work I'm looking for ways I can combine Druidic work with Wicca, or at least find ways that the two can harmoniously walk together.

Second, I've felt a very strong tug towards interfaith work in the last couple years, and becoming actual clergy (as opposed to the notion that we're each our own priest/priestess or working within one coven's framework). I think that sets me apart from many in the general pagan community, much less Druidry, because not many are called to be formal clergy (and fewer, I think, are called to do interfaith work).

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 12:36:58 am »
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Well, if you're on the ADF-Dedicants list, I'm sure you saw my posts from a few weeks ago bemoaning my lack of focus with the DP.

I could think of a couple things, though. First, I'm also Wiccan, and in my personal work I'm looking for ways I can combine Druidic work with Wicca, or at least find ways that the two can harmoniously walk together.

Second, I've felt a very strong tug towards interfaith work in the last couple years, and becoming actual clergy (as opposed to the notion that we're each our own priest/priestess or working within one coven's framework). I think that sets me apart from many in the general pagan community, much less Druidry, because not many are called to be formal clergy (and fewer, I think, are called to do interfaith work).

Karen


I did and I responded. :)

Why do you wish to incorporate Wicca into Druidry?  What is it about the inner faith work that draws you so?

I guess what stands me apart is my draw to music.  Being a person who is interested in bardic studies is not so unusual in Druidry, but I like to incorporate traditional music into my rituals as praise offerings.  I learn the songs to keep them alive.  Also, my interest in Appalachian Mountain traditions and folkways is something that sets me apart...but I feel this honors the ancestors (my family and bloodlines are from there, etc).

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2012, 12:34:07 pm »
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I did and I responded. :)

Why do you wish to incorporate Wicca into Druidry?  What is it about the inner faith work that draws you so?

I guess what stands me apart is my draw to music.  Being a person who is interested in bardic studies is not so unusual in Druidry, but I like to incorporate traditional music into my rituals as praise offerings.  I learn the songs to keep them alive.  Also, my interest in Appalachian Mountain traditions and folkways is something that sets me apart...but I feel this honors the ancestors (my family and bloodlines are from there, etc).

Such an emphasis on creativity is what drew me to druidry in the first place. I will be a music major in the fall (performance with oboe) and before I knew anything about paganism felt overwhelming joy when the group I played with did everything correctly and we were open to feeling the joy music can bring.

Right now I don't feel experienced enough to do any rituals (heck, I still need to get daily meditations down).

I'm not sure what sets me apart in my practice because I haven't been doing it that long, but I'd thought I'd comment on the music.

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Re: Personalizing Your Druidry
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2012, 01:09:53 pm »
Quote from: darashand;48617
This topic has been floating around in my mind for some time--partly because I am attempting the "Personal Religion" essay and the ADF discussion lists have hinted at this recently.  I wanted to ask you all what makes your form of Druidry (regardless of organization affliation) personal?  What sets you apart from your fellow Druids?  What is your primary focus (f'ex: do you specialize in any subject, classic druidry or modern/neo-druidry)?

Thanks. :)

 
I remember way back when I first started studying Druidry, feeling like there were so many specializations and I had no idea where I should put my focus.... It's weird how, given enough time, things just kind of naturally fell into place. :) And not in a way I would have expected. I thought my focus could be something like divination, or trance work, or Irish mythology, or any number of specifically magical or liturgical activities or techniques....

But it turned out to be far more mundane: ecology. I'm studying and volunteering as a naturalist now, teaching programs about the local ecosystem where I live and delving more into bioregional aspects of environmentalism and conservation. Since none of this is particularly "Pagan," I end up working with a lot of people from all different religious backgrounds who all share in common a love for the natural world and a sense of how it's sacred, so interfaith work in the context of "green spirituality" has also become a big part of what I do.

So when it comes to my personal Druidry, I'm much more likely to be out scooping up pond water to look at under a microscope, or hunched over a bird guide learning about nesting habits, or reading up on the latest political issues surrounding environmental activism, than I am to be dressed up in robes and burning incense.

Though I do like robes and incense, too! :)

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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2012, 01:57:08 pm »
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I remember way back when I first started studying Druidry, feeling like there were so many specializations and I had no idea where I should put my focus.... It's weird how, given enough time, things just kind of naturally fell into place. :) And not in a way I would have expected. I thought my focus could be something like divination, or trance work, or Irish mythology, or any number of specifically magical or liturgical activities or techniques....

But it turned out to be far more mundane: ecology. I'm studying and volunteering as a naturalist now, teaching programs about the local ecosystem where I live and delving more into bioregional aspects of environmentalism and conservation. Since none of this is particularly "Pagan," I end up working with a lot of people from all different religious backgrounds who all share in common a love for the natural world and a sense of how it's sacred, so interfaith work in the context of "green spirituality" has also become a big part of what I do.

This is encouraging because I'm worried about not having a focus yet (which, given that I've been practicing Druidry less than a year, is fairly silly). Good to know it works itself out eventually!

My current focus is in trying not to split what I do into 'Druidry' vs 'Celtic tradition stuff'. The two still feel quite separate in my head, and I came to each via a slightly different route. I see Druidry as land spirituality, while I see the honouring of my gods as 'religion'. I want the two to be seamless. Working on it!

[Totally off-topic: Hi Ali - I didn't know you hung out here!]
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Re: Personalizing Your Druidry
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012, 04:33:39 pm »
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This is encouraging because I'm worried about not having a focus yet (which, given that I've been practicing Druidry less than a year, is fairly silly). Good to know it works itself out eventually!

My current focus is in trying not to split what I do into 'Druidry' vs 'Celtic tradition stuff'. The two still feel quite separate in my head, and I came to each via a slightly different route. I see Druidry as land spirituality, while I see the honouring of my gods as 'religion'. I want the two to be seamless. Working on it!

[Totally off-topic: Hi Ali - I didn't know you hung out here!]

 

OMGeez! Hi Sophia! :) Small world! (I haven't been around on TC as much over the last half a year or so, but it's an awesome community and it's always good to drop by.)

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