In accord with the Basic Tenets,
Reformed Druid worship is directed towards Nature. For this reason, many customs and rituals of the Ancient Druids, who were
essentially Nature-worshippers, are retained.
Druid worship is held in the out-of-doors; an oak grove, or a hill or other prominence. According to ancient Druid
custom, the officiating Druids, and others who so wish, ought to be clad in long white robes. The waters-of-life are usually
passed to all present as a symbol of the link man has with Nature. Incantation and other ancient Celtic ritual is also used;
but in Reformed Druidism human or animal sacrifice is right out.
Druid festivals correspond to the
important dates of the old Druid year. Celebration always begins at sundown the previous evening, and includes and revelry
appropriate to the season. Because we find one type of inspiration through Nature’s cycles, we hold periodic ceremonies
to honor the passing of the seasons. The names are taken from public holidays in Ireland that were similarly practiced in
most of Europe up until World War II.
occurs around Nov. 1st. Remembrance of our ancestors and honoring the beginning of the Winter half of the Druid year.
occurs around Feb 1st. At this time of the year the first signs of spring are revealed through budding branches, ewes bearing
lambs, and a slow warming of temperatures.
occurs around May 1st. Known to many as May Day, it is the celebration of the fertility of the Earth and the beginning
of the Summer half of the Druid year. May-pole dances and flower gathering are common activities.
occurs around Aug. 1st. This is a harvest festival, celebrating the pinnacle of the Earth’s productive bounty, the realization
that winter is slowly coming, and that we must prepare for upcoming hardships.
The phases of the moon also ought
to be followed closely. A new venture should be begun only when the moon is waxing, an old one consummated only when it is
waning. The night of the full moon is a time of rejoicing; while the night of the new moon is a solemn occasion, calling for
vigils and meditation.