A Druid was a part of the learned class amongst the ancient Celts. They were priests, teachers and judges. The earliest known records of the Druids are from the 3rd century BCE. Their name could have been derived from a Celtic word which means “knower of the oak tree.” Not a lot is known for sure about the Druids who did not keep records of their own.
The Druids had nothing to do with the building of Stonehenge. This statement appears in a brand-new illustrated guide Stonehenge and Avebury and Neighbouring Monuments that is published (H.M.S.O., 3ss) by Professor RJC Atkinson, Professor of Archaeology at University College, Cardiff. He says that ever since it was first proposed 300 years ago that stone circles were temples of the Druids temples it has been generally supposed that Stonehenge was built and utilised by the Druids.
There are a lot of belief systems in the world, and while many of them share similarities, others couldn’t be more different. The choices that we make in terms of our spiritual beliefs can have long term effects on the rest of our lives, which is why it’s important to do some soul searching before settling and following one.
In the last 100 years, thousands and thousands of people have banded together across the world and revived a belief system that was once completely gone. Druidry is quite unique compared to other belief systems in that many millennia ago, it was all but wiped from the face of the earth, and much of what we know about Druidry in the modern age is based off third hand accounts.
While Druidry has made something of a rebound in recent years, with more and more people interested, more authors creating books, and entire new sects popping up around the world, today’s Druidry is quite different to the one that the ancient Celts would have practised. The biggest contributor to this is because a lot – if not most – of the information about the ancients have been completely lost to the passage of time.
Due to the fact that modern Druidry isn’t widely practised, and that it has a rather strange past, it’s easy for most people to brush it off as nothing more than a phase, despite it being a legitimate belief system.
Some people might even have fairly malicious beliefs about Druidry, and that it might ultimately cause more harm than good.
There are a few different ways that a person could enter the world of Druidry.
They could join one of the more popular groups found around the globe; they could sign up for the many druidic-related courses that are offered; or they could read through some well-known druid reading material.
Druidry is by no means a new creation, having a history that spans centuries, even if the modern version that we’re familiar with is far different from what our ancestors once practised.
Throughout the ages, there have been a number of famous druids that left such a mark on the people and communities around them that they became legendary in their own right.
Druidism has a wealth of knowledge and symbols attached to it. Getting to know some of the symbols attached to this belief can be a great way to better understand the mindset and meaning behind, not just the typical Celtic cross, but other more intricate and less commonly used imagery.
When people hear “druid,” they may picture either form of The Wicker Man, or possibly a gathering of radicals outside of Stonehenge. Notwithstanding, the historical backdrop of the druids ranges back millennia.