Foundational Druidry in the Black Mountain Druid Order




Druidry is an ancient practice of the British Isles and parts of Europe. “Druid” is probably the Gaelic equivalent of the word “shaman.” It means “oak wisdom” or “one whose knowledge is great.” The first version of this book was written as a foundational course for members of the Black Mountain Druid Order. It was our manual for training those new to the Druid Path in what it means to be a contemporary Celtic shaman.

What is now the Black Mountain Druid Order was founded in 1997 by former members of Emerald Coast Druid Grove in Pensacola, Florida. When we moved to the Western North Carolina mountains in 2000, we often met in the town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, near Asheville.

Our Mother Grove was then called the Black Mountain Druid Grove. The Grove became an Order in 2003 when it began training apprentices in the teachings of the Black Mountain Druid Grove. As we grew as an Order, we gradually found ourselves shifting to an emphasis on Celtic shamanism.

This book is a new version of the old Black Mountain Druid Order Handbook, which was revised and greatly expanded to reflect the changes in the nature of our Order as we introduced more shamanic teachings.

The result of that revision is this book.The primary mission of the Black Mountain Druid Order is to foster the growth and development of individual Druids and Druid Groves through the Black Mountain Druid Order’s educational programs, while helping our members to develop in mind, body spirit, and emotion through the Way of the Druid.

How to use Foundational Druidry in the Black Mountain Druid Order

This book on Foundational Druidry as practiced by the Black Mountain Druid Order is designed to be completed in a year and a day. There are 52 weekly lessons. The Black Mountain Druid Order uses a lunar calendar of thirteen months, and each of those months contains exactly four weeks. Lessons are marked Month One, Week One, etc. through Month Thirteen, Week Four.

This book is divided into three main sections:

Earth Path

This section discusses how to draw closer to nature by caring for the Earth and understanding how we fit into the Web of Life, how to live sustainably and ecologically, and how to be active in giving back to the natural world. The basic foundation for the Earth Path section is the Celtic tree alphabet known as ogham. In learning about the ogham, we will discuss the properties of the trees and plants associated with each letter of this alphabet. We will also cover how to develop a relationship with your birth tree. The First Triad of the Earth Path is the Ogham, Deep Ecology, and Animal Wisdom.

Sun Path

This section offers an in-depth analysis of the Wheel of the Year and how to celebrate the High Days, including suggested rituals for each. It also discusses the Wheel of the Year as a metaphor for our own sacred journey through life, embracing the concepts of balance between light and dark, chaos and order. The First Triad of the Sun Path is the Wheel of the Year, Gods and Goddesses, and Rites of Passage.

Moon Path

This section focuses on the inner journey of the Druid. Just as the Moon has no light of its own, but reflects the light of the Sun, the Moon Path teaches us to reflect the divine within ourselves. Included in this section are suggestions on basic vision questing, how to meditate, and dream interpretation. The First Triad of the Moon Path is dream work, meditation, and vision-seeking (shamanism).

To use this book, read through each section prior to beginning the exercises contained in each. Some of the exercises in each section are to be completed only once, some are to be done every day, and some depend on the seasons.

If you complete the book in a year, and decide that Druidry as practiced by the Black Mountain Druid Order is the path for you, then the remaining day of the year and a day period will be used for your self-initiation rite. Complete instructions on how to initiate yourself are included at the end of the book. If you happen to be close to an affiliate Grove of the Black Mountain Druid Order, or wish to start your own Grove, you may also ask them to help out with your initiation rite.

Since Druidry is a highly individual path, as you you’re your way through the book don’t get caught up in the idea that there is a “right way” or a “wrong way” to do things. In Druidry, the right way is the way that has meaning to you. As long as you abide by the Four Sacred Pillars of our Order, the rest is just suggestions.

Welcome to the deeper world that is Druidry!


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