“The animist’s sacred obligation to understand natureEmma Restall Orr
exists in order to ensure that he knows how to live within an environment
with the least unnecessary harm.”
Without a doubt, studying and learning about Druidry is a crucial aspect of being a Druid. After all, Druidry has a strong philosophical component. However, practicing Druidry is just as critical. It is a spirituality and a way of life, as well as a philosophy. We would miss a considerable part of the journey if we simply kept our Druidic thoughts in our heads.
We come together throughout the year to facilitate the doing of Druidry. We meet for ceremonies and rituals for the High Days of the eightfold wheel of the year. In between those times, we gather together to keep the fires going.
Informal gatherings are a way to keep our practices going, to check-in with ourselves and each other on our goals and progress, and to keep the spirit of the season alive.
Some of our get-togethers include:
- Book club meetings
- Park outings and hikes
- Lunch/dinner “out on the town”
- General chit-chats or meet-n-greets
We hold celebrations and ceremonies for the eight High Day festivals. Celebrating these High Days with ceremony and ritual is a way to honor our past & our ancestors, the present & the turning of the year, and our future & our goals. The High Days are a time to honor our deities and those spirits of nature who share our homes and lives. Some of our ceremonies align with OBOD’s general structure, while others have their own essence.
Newcomers are asked to meet the group during an informal gathering before joining in a ceremony.