Am I A Druid?

I can be very hard on myself with a lot of things. I am a perfectionist to a fault, especially when it comes to work. I’ve gotten physical pain and ailments from my over-stressing, overcommitting, and overdoing everything.

While I usually think about this in terms of my daily job, I see how hard I am on myself in my personal life too. I take on so much extra work because I want things done perfectly.

Even in my Druidry practices. I’ll think I’m not doing enough. Or I’ll feel like a poser anytime someone insists, “No, you’re a witch; get over it.” Or I compare myself to others.

I even question whether I have the right to call myself a Druid because I’m not initiated into any organizations.

I am learning to stop.

I am learning to chill.

I am learning to not be so dedicated to perfection in all aspects of my life.

Owning My Title

While I am not initiated into the the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD) or Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF), I do have my own practices.

I’ve studied.

I’ve learned.

I’ve grown.

I have adapted what Druidry means to me in my own life. And while I might not follow the path as outlined by any organization, or I may do things differently than another Druid, I am by no means unworthy of the title of Druid myself.

I’ve read several books regarding Druidry and Druid practices, including Billington’s A Path of Druidry; van der Hoeven’s The Awen Alone and The Crane Bag; Sutton and Mann’s Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom; Hughes’ The Book of Celtic Magic: Transformative Teachings from the Cauldron of Awen; and have read segments of Greer and Carr-Gorm’s The Druid Handbook.

I have read the guidebook for the Druidcraft Tarot, which I do work with among several other decks. And I have a digital copy of the Druid Animal and Plant Oracle decks, as well as a physical copy of the Animal Oracle.

I love the part of the world Druidry evolved from, thus I feel connected via blood and ancestries. I’m learning the Celtic mythologies, and my deities are Celtic in nature as well.

Druidry is something I’ve studied for years and it’s a path I take seriously and love to learn more about. I aspire to be a Bard, an Ovate, and a Druid in my own ways. And I walk that path as steadily as I can each and every day.

Bard

By my undergraduate studies, I am a writer, having majored in English with a concentration in writing. Whether it’s a blog; the novels I’ve written; the poems I create; the nonfiction pieces I write about topics I love and care about. I share my writing and editing abilities with friends and loved ones because I like being able to put this gift of mine to good use.

This is my creativity. This is my way to bring art into the world, as Bards are called to do.

I have YouTube channels, where I may not be as active as I wish, but I use the spaces to create more content for the world.

I’ve created a podcast with my witchy friend, a way to use our voices to spread more creativity and things we believe have value to the world.

I sing out at the top of my lungs in my car. I paint when I feel I can’t express things in words. I create beautiful malas and meditation beads and bracelets with crystals. I’ve sewn dresses and clothes and a surplus of tarot bags for my friends, and gifted them away.

I honor this gift of creation and creativity within me and I celebrate every day all of the gifts I’ve been given.

Ovate

I take my time in nature, learning to speak her language and trying to integrate it in my own way. I remind her how grateful I am for her presence. I touch my siblings, the trees and rocks I come across on walks; I take pictures of the beautiful sights; I relish in the changing seasons as I witness them. I pick up rubbish that isn’t mine and throw it away in an attempt to beautify the planet however little I can.

I feed my other siblings, the deer, squirrels, and chipmunks that are ever present in my yard. I speak kindly to them, never raising my voice. I capture spiders and take them outside, wishing them success in finding either a good meal or a mate.

And while I can be criticized for still being a meat eater, I have significantly reduced the amount of meat I eat, and I buy only meat that is humanely-raised, even if it means spending a little more.

I walk as gently as I can upon this earth. I try always to consider my actions and their consequences to her.

But I also enjoying delving into my own intuition using tarot and oracle cards. I work with my inner world, attempting to understand my own self as deeply as I can, so that I can grow and improve, but maybe help others along the way as well.

I honor nature and I honor my inner wisdom and magick. And I seek to share this love with the world and to connect others to their own wisdom and magick by being more in touch with my own.

Druid

I am always seeking wisdom in my daily life. I never settle for only one side of a story; I always endeavor to look at issues from multiple perspectives. Which can often lead to people thinking I’m flaky or flimsy in my thoughts and ideas. But I do this because I believe that we cannot improve ourselves or our world without being aware of each point of view, even if we do not agree with it.

No matter how insignificant a situation is, I strive to consider my way, my thoughts, my contribution, and how I can improve myself. I look at myself, my choices, the world I live in, and seeking to understand all sides; in meditating and communicating with myself and my higher self, so that I may never be blindsided by my own issues and conflicts; but also in furthering my education.

I am earning a Master’s Degree in Psychology so that I can understand people better. Because I’d like to be on a path to help others. And because I believe understanding others and how the mind develops will help me grow to be a better person as well.

I do not feel I can be a good Druid if I do not strive beyond who I am today. I feel I must be a strong judge of myself, as Druids were the judges of their time. I feel I must be an honest politician in the world I live in, considering all aspects of any position, as Druids were in their time.

I honor the wisdom I’ve been given and never take it for granted, and I ensure that I do not waste it. And I am always seeking to grow in it, so that I can contribute towards making the world a better place for all who live upon this earth.

I Am

This is why I live such a way. It is how I know that I can honor the Druid path that walk solitarily now.

So am I Druid? Do I make a way for Druidry in my life? Do I have the right to call myself Druid?

I say, hell fucking yes.