people today think that hardly anything is known about the spiritual
traditions of our Druid ancestors and believe that the knowledge
of them is all but lost; but this is not true.
reality is that there is so much information about Druidry, and
there are so many new developments in Druidry, as a living spirituality,
that we need guides to help us follow this ancient but ever-new
Druidry was transmitted mostly by oral tradition, it was effectively
destroyed by its Roman and Christian opponents although a few
traces have come down to us from Druid hands. There are three
main sources of evidence for the reconstruction of Druidry: Celtic
stories of Wales, Ireland and Scotland that have survived in folklore
and literature although written down centuries after the era they
purport to describe; Greek and Roman classical writings, many
of which were biased in their views; and material evidence retrieved
value of the Druidic Tradition is measured by how it helps us
to live our lives now without attempting to recreate the past
in historically unobtainable detail. Modern Druids choose to lie
in the stream of spiritual tradition that, like the Celtic wells
of inspiration and plenty, is always pouring forth its abundance.
are the magician and can only perform true magic from the place
of the Self! When you know who you are, where you come from and
why you are here, you can activate your magic. Druid Magic works
with our eternal Self, the part of us that knows all that there
is. Druid Magic comes from a true understanding of the powers
of the eternal Self, our divine being that incarnates in many
lives. The important thing to keep in mind here is that the miracle
is before us right now! From the eternal Self it is possible to
bring about every manifestation in its rightful time and place,
and when the Self is awake, wisdom, perspective, judgment, inspiration,
and skill will be present to accomplish magic.
miracle is, by definition, something that could not happen according
to the normal function of the universe or laws of physics. It
must therefore happen according to some supernatural means or
by some secret law. In contrast, Druid Magic works according to
the natural means and laws available to everyone. We define magic
as actions, thoughts, intentions, and energies that cause transformation
through a knowledge of all aspects of nature. It is miraculous
in a deeper sense. It accomplishes things according to the ordinary
way the universe functions; it observes nature, dances and works
with it, rather than attempting to do things out of natural order.
the Druid, the primal order is found in nature, including parts
we do not fully understand. It is this quest to understand life
in a greater way that is the impetus for walking the spiritual
path; and one will have these experiences directly because of
the Druid emphasis on getting inside all other existences such
as the tree and animal realms, and journeying to the Otherworlds.
is one of the central components of modern Druid Magic, which
is always used for positive purposes that harm no one; and as
one practices this magic the connection between power and responsibility
increases. Whenever you choose to use the power of the eternal
Self for magic, work toward an outcome that is beneficial for
way of example I will now introduce to you three aspects of Druidic
magic that have their root in the distant past.
words reward, warden, steward, warn, wardrobe, warrant, wary and
beware all come from the same Old English root "ward,"
that meant to guard, protect, or watch out for. "Setting
the wards" is a magical technique for guarding and protecting
an area or a person. We know that the Druids protected places
from unwanted attention. The Roman poet Lucan wrote of a grove
never violated over the ages, which people did not use for worship
but left fallow for the gods. Guarding people and places is within
our ability today and setting wards is one way to do it.
outside the envisioned area to be protected and imagine a square
around it. Begin in the front left corner; you'll be designating
the corners as black-white-black-white. Call the first corner
"black" and allow the polarity of blackness to be there.
With strong intention, start some energy at that corner in order
to ward off anything unwanted. Turn towards the next "white"
corner and move your intention and protective energy here. Complete
the third and fourth corners all the way back to the starting
point. Two corners opposite each other will be black and two will
be white; this will foster a dynamic tension between them. You
have set a parameter and called in the balance of light and dark
to work for you. Complete safety requires three-dimentional protection
and this necessitates moving into the spheres of Above and Below.
Envision the protected area extending down into the earth and
up into the sky.
next part of setting wards requires you to shift from sending
out energy to receiving an image. Concentrate on the space or
person that you are protecting and let an image come to you that
arises naturally. You will simply be the conduit for the already
existing spirit of the place or guardian of the person. Let the
image emerge and move until it covers the entire space, above,
below, and all around. The power that has chosen to be guardian
knows what to do. In your mind, see and say clearly what the protective
image is. You can leave now, in total confidence that the wards
are set and the space or person is protected.
(fee-fawh) is a Scots Gaelic term meaning "deer aspect"
or taking on the appearance of a deer. There are numerous Celtic
stories of people being changed into deer or other life forms.
However, it is possible to share with you other ways of shape
shifting that are Druidic, magical and far more usable.
you learn to shapeshift, the purpose is to become like something
else, so like it that you are almost it. For example, Welsh Mystic
Shapes call on the practitioner to work with the animal he/she
feels closest to. On this path you are called upon to examine
your interests, pursuits and personal tendencies as these will
assist you in identifying whether you want to work with animals
of the sea, sky or land. Once you have selected the element that
attunes closely to you think deeply about specific animals. Visualize
them, visit animal refuges, wildlife sanctuaries, aquariums, and
the like. Hike in the wilderness and sleep out to experience which
animals come to you. Make representations of your chosen animal
to help you shift into that reality. These separate realities
all exist simultaneously and it is up to us to find the veil or
crack between the worlds.
you have found your animal presence, perhaps through the quality
of an element or lucid imagery, be ready to slip across realities
and into its form at any time. Remember, this form is an ageless
presence: it may have been on earth far longer than humans, and
its intelligence is of the primal order of the world. Entering
the form of an animal places you within a primal order where nothing
is fixed and transformation becomes possible. It puts energy at
your disposal for creativity and action.
forms of shape shifting involve talking with nature, masks, guises,
costumes and teleportation, the latter of which requires a change
in perception and consciousness as well as the "intention"
to be elsewhere. Talk with a rock, a plant or a tree at least
once a week. They have heard and seen everything and have much
to teach you about patience, reliability and age old wisdom.
The Druid Egg
the Elder, a Roman scientific writer, mentions the Druid Egg in
his Historia Naturalis ("Natural History," XXIX.52).
He described it as a small talisman called a "serpent's egg"
that gave an unfair advantage to a Gaelic Vocontian chief who
carried one during a legal battle. Pliny wrote that the Druid
Egg was the size of a small apple with a pocket shell made of
something like cartilage.
our purposes, the Druid Egg is a smooth round, oval, or, yes,
egg-shaped stone that can be conveniently fit in a pocket. It
may be of any material including glass, and of any color. Be alert
and sensitive as you look for a stone that signals to you. The
Druid Egg is a tool used for developing single-mindedness. Stones
are good at waiting, at not leaping into the future, therefore
they can help you to stay in the present. Learn to focus your
gaze and awareness on the egg until distractions die away. You
will soon understand why this is known to be a tool for empowerment
as it will assist you to become centered and ready to concentrate
on any matter at hand.
hope that my article gives you a basic introduction to Druid magic
and encourages you to explore this very powerful and empowering
area of Celtic Wisdom. The information shared with you here is
excerpted from my book The Practice of Celtic
Wisdom: Druid Magic, which is an in depth-book coauthored
with Nicholas Mann.
information on my book eMail: celtic
firstname.lastname@example.org The purpose of the book is to
show you how Druidry can act as a wellspring of spiritual energy
and direction. This energy springs from a source rooted in the
Timeless but it is anchored here in this world of time, in the
ancient memories of myth and legend.
must acknowledge that there are boundaries to the physical senses
that make it very difficult to perceive beyond them. This is at
once a great blessing and a great limitation for humans. The blessing
of the body is that it provides the Self with a wonderful vehicle
of experience. The body as a vehicle for the Self is an amazingly
refined organism that has evolved over eons and is perfectly suited
to the nature of this world . . . and the nature of this world
includes much that is hidden. Like an unpolished gem it awaits
the knowledgeable and respectful stroke of the initiate to release
its beauty and splendor.
a great Irish story points out, incarnation in the human body
is a wonderful gift for us to enjoy.
Magee Sutton, Ph.D.
Sutton, Ph.D. has taught courses for 20 years at the University
of New Mexico, where she originated the Celtic
Studies concentration. She teaches courses in Celtic Mythology
and Urban Druidry. Dr Sutton holds Irish and U.S, Citizenship.
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