This is the first in a series of 30 prompts called “30 days of Druidry” please see the other posts under this tag for more.
Three years ago I wrote for this very prompt:
how do you explain the feel of the wind against your face, or the smell of a lover’s embrace? How do you describe a feeling, or emotion? This question is similar to both of those things.
Druidry is a connecting force, between me and those who I hold dearest. It is the study I have undertaken in order to prove myself to the deities of the past, and the spirits of the now. It is a feeling of conectedness to the world around me that started out as a feeling of “this feels right, and this makes sense”.
At that time I didn’t think I would have the study or experience behind me that I do now.
For the times now, druidry is life. Even when the devotions are quiet, and the spirits don’t speak much, druidry is still life. It is still a connecting force, but it is that force between me and the kindred. Where even if I do not do formal ritual the little things I do in my daily life still show them I care. Show them that I still worship them but in a much different way.
Even with the pain I am much more a “show your devotion, not do your devotion” kind of pagan. I would rather go and give offerings at the cemetery than give them at my own altar. I would rather go with a grabby thing and pick up trash or feed the birds than give the nature spirits some flowery words and an offering into a bowl. The gods I talk to, even if it’s not in ritual I tend to speak to them to ensure to them I haven’t forgotten them. My memories of the times we’ve had in the otherworld and the strengths they give me now are not forgotten.
I find that the show your devotion, not do your devotion kind of paganism works well with druidry because of this. This is one of the reasons why druidry. The other, IT MAKES SENSE!
Druidry is polytheistic, as am I. Each deity is a much different personality than another. Sometimes over time people have made correlations between certain pantheons where one deity is similar or the same as others however to me that is UPG and my UPG is that they are all different.
Druidry worships all three kindred, as I do, as I have always wanted to do. A lot of wiccan circles do not fit right with who I am. They do not recognize those spirits in the world around us. The spirits of the forest and of the sea. The spirits of those family members who still come to take care of us. This to me is not right. Once again, my own thoughts here, but you need to worship all of the types of beings on the Earth not just the deities. The others deserve our love and worship too.
Druidry is an Earth based religion and worships the Earth Mother. This Earth Mother concept is rooted down into my being. It is rooted in my upbringing with my recycling and love of nature. It is a proper thing to be a hippie while being a pagan, even if you are decades late in your hippiness!
So that is why druidry, it fits me like a glove. One that I never want to take off.