Currently Existing Druid Groups and Friends
Copyright © 1983, 2007 c.e., Isaac Bonewits
Druid organization(s), if there were any, vanished long ago.
This does not, naturally, stop some modern Druid groups and individuals
from claiming to be surviving underground Paleopagan
Druid organizations or the offspring thereof, but then, we dont
have to pretend to believe them either.
Mesopagan Druid orders are among the oldest fraternal groups still
in existence, and were once very popular across the USA and Canada.
Closely related to the Freemasons in history, liturgy, theology,
and overlapping memberships, they have kept the ideals of Druidism
alive for over two centuries. Their activities are generally
open to all sincere participants, save that the older ones tend
(in the U.S.A. at least) to have separate gender-based groups
Neopagan Druids are reviving the best aspects of ancient Earth-centered
religions in a modern context. Their activities are generally
open to all sincere participants, regardless of ancestry, gender,
sexual orientation or membership in other Pagan or Druidic groups.
In recent years, a number of Neopagan (and
a few Mesopagan) Celtic groups who do not wish to call themselves
Druids but who do value scholarship and high art
have started calling themselves, Celtic Reconstructionists.
A few are listed below.
You can do live chatting about Druidism with
others by using IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and special
java chatters on Druidic websites such as those listed
here, and join private emailing lists about Druidism and
Celtic Studies on several of those same websites..
If you decide to send regular (or snailmail)
letters to any of the groups listed here, expect to wait a few
weeks for your reply, as each of these groups is run by a handful
of volunteers working part-time. And it doesnt hurt for
you to include a bit of cash or an International Postal Reply
Coupon to help them with their postage and printing costs.
For detailed descriptions of most of the groups
listed below, as well as warnings about groups to avoid, read
Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism. For even more links to
other groups, or updates to the ones below, visit the site of
The Druid Network.
Druid Groups, Celtic Recons, and Others
Ancient Order of Druids in America
P.O. Box 1181, Ashland, OR 97520, USA
An Ceile De
Duncauld, Cauldhame Kippen Scotland FK8 3HL
Ar nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship
P.O. Box 17874, Tucson, AZ 85731-7874, USA
Avalon Center for Druidic Studies
(formerly Avalon College of Druidry)
Avalon Mystery School
Axe and Oak
(Recon Pagan discussion board)
British Druid Order
P.O. Box 635, Halifax, England HX2 6WX
Cathbads Wild Ideas (Authors site)
Celtic Christian Webring
Council of British Druid Orders
Liz Murray, Liaison Officer, BM Oakgrove
London WCIN 3XX, England
CR (Celtic Recon)
Daughters of the Flame
Druid Clan of Dana
Olivia Robertson, Fellowship of Isis
P.O. Box 3533, Whichford
Shipston on Stour Warwickshire
CV36 5YB England
Druid Order of the Sacred Grove (not DCSG, see below)
Henge of Keltria
PO Box 4305, Clarksburg, WV 26302 USA
Insular Order of Druids
International Grand Lodge of Druids
Irelands Druid School
Loyal Arthurian Warband
Ord na Brighideach
Ord na Darach Gile: Order of White Oak
Order of Bards Ovates & Druids
OBOD, PO Box 1333, Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1DX, England
Reformed Druids of North America
The Archdruid, Carleton College
Northfield, MN 55057 USA
Sisterhood of Avalon (No connection to Monroe, see below)
PO Box 842, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, USA
The Summerlands, Inc.
7015 University Drive NW,
Huntsville, AL 35806 USA
Other Websites of Interest to Druids
by Merlin is the company and website
of Merlin Windsor, The Official Jeweler to the Archdruid
of North America. <G> Hes the artist who made
the oakleaves and acorns Green Man necklace, with matching bracelet
and earrings, that many have seen me wear at festivals, as well
as my designs for jewelry (including an oak-wreath awen). Though
there are many fine jewelers in our Neopagan community, Merlin
is one of the best In My Humble Opinion, of course!
|If Im going to mention
Celtic jewelry, then I have to tell you about Ancient Circles, a superb source of Celtic-design textiles (including
some fabulous capes), jewelry (pendents, earrings, brooches,
torcs), calendars and other arts. They are well worth paying
a visit to!
Corpus of Electronic Texts is
a website maintained by the University College Cork in Ireland.
It contains many historical Irish manuscripts and other documents
in electronic format for searching or download, as well as links
to other text sites and Irish Studies resources.
Celtic League is an international
organization devoted to the preservation and support of Celtic
cultures and languages. If youre going to call yourself
a Druid, then you ought to be paying attention to
the issues this organization addresses, even if many modern Celtic
activists are hostile to Paganism.
The Art of Courtney Davis
is the website for one of the worlds greatest Celtic artists.
Mr. Davis is the artist behind the many Dover Clip Art Books
that so many of us use as graphics resources (see how many examples
you can find on this and other Druidical websites), and is a
reknowned illustrator of books on Celtic topics. He deserves
Druidical respect and honor for helping to make Celtic Art once
again the glory that it was. If you want to learn how to draw
Celtic art of your own, you can do much worse than to start with
his instructional books.
Celtic Studies Resources website is well worth visiting for anyone interested
in real scholarship about Druids and Celtic Studies. Lisa is
a professional medievalist, specializing in Celtic Studies. Her
FAQs, essays and reviews are amusing, pithy, and deadly accurate.
|Not recommended for serious Druids: Druidic Craft of the Wise
(why); Divine Circle of the Sacred Grove (why);
anything connected to Douglas
Monroe and his 21 Lessons
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