Recently thanks to some lovely eCauldron Chat buddies, I had the opportunity for some self examination and discovered I was wrong. I realized that due to events in my upbringing, I had an irrational distaste for a subject I knew nothing about, specifically druidry.
The sum of my knowledge was it involved trees, men in robes and had something to do with the UK. So I knew pretty much nothing, what I thought I know was over simplified or false, and I stubbornly refused to actually look at what it was and make a reasonable judgment on the subject.
Can anyone say willful ignorance?
Anyway, after being thoroughly ashamed at my stupidity I started to ask questions, do research and learned. Now this is where I began to feel sheepish again, the more I learned the more I found that -gulp- I think I like this.
After a general perusal of a few different schools of thought on druidry, I geared my research towards Ár nDraíocht Féin(ADF). I found that I liked the philosophy, the availability of coursework for those interested including paths other than clergy, as well as a global community. I like the concept of Indo European Kins, this lead me to embracing my mother’s country as my hearth culture.
As you may have guessed I’m a card carrying member of ADF now(or I will be when my card arrives). I’m excited, I feel like I’m part of something, I can progress into a path that aligns with many of my personal beliefs. Surprisingly enough I also found out there’s a grove around 40 minutes from me.
I’ve opted to start working through the dedicant path, something that I will document on this blog.
This is just the beginning, a new path built to work in a modern context, superimposed over an older one.