Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Considering the fact that so little is known about the Druids, it is amazing and gratifying that the author could fill twenty weeks with a plethora of interesting facts. I have always had a penchant for Pagan times, feeling some familiarity with pagan rituals and identifying with their belief in pantheism. I remember as a child being in the woods and feeling God all around me, as if I were enmeshed in love. Books and songs, ruins and runes, have always fascinated me. I felt a connection to it all. I thought perhaps I had lived a former life as a Celt. This course only added to that feeling.
Throughout the lectures, I continually found The Druids to be a fascinating people. Orderly, organized and wise. It would be hard not to have great respect for their beliefs and practices since these are so all encompassing and receptive. For example, each priest is allowed to change/adapt the liturgy in order to bring people together. It is therefore, responsive to the needs of the group as a whole and to those within the group. This would be almost heretical in many other religions.
The use of magic is what probably draws me the most. To use magic for the purposes of spiritual growth, healing and increased awareness of life and divinity is a marvelous concept. To be reminded that we use it now in so many of the helping things we do or are trying to do is reward enough for taking this course. It is always good to receive reinforcement in life, but to find it in the middle of a course on Druidism is fabulous.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough. The Druids did not write things down, but transferred knowledge through word of mouth. This results in little first hand knowledge of their culture and beliefs. A million thanks to Reverend Erica Nash for giving us such a detailed and meaningful glimpse into this mystical culture.
Rev. Judith Wolf
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