Reformed Druidism has its beginning
at Carleton College, Northfield, MN in the spring of 1963 as a protest to the college’s requirement that all students
attend a certain number of religious services or meetings. The initial attitude of the college was, “If we ignore them,
they'll go away.” But the RDNA not only refused to go away, it grew, acquiring an advisor, and becoming a registered
In June 1964, the religious requirement was repealed. Even though the Druids rejoiced at this triumph, they recognized
that their job was not over. For many members the movement had come to represent a valuable part of their spiritual lives.
Reformed Druidism tends to boast of its lack of institutionalized dogma. The principles of the RDNA are quite simple
and are referred to as the Basic Tenets:
1) The object of the search for
religious truth, which is a universal and a never-ending search, may be found through the Earth-Mother; which is Nature; but
this is one way, yea, one way among many.
2) And great is the importance, which is
of a spiritual importance, of Nature, which is the Earth-Mother; for it is one of the objects of Creation, and with it do people live, yea, even as they do struggle through life are they come face-to-face with it.
This has since been abbreviated to the following statements:
1) Nature is good! And the second
is like unto the first: 2) Nature is good!
In Reformed Druidism, the material realm,
Nature, is personified as the Earth-Mother. The abstract essence of the universe, in
opposition to the material world, is referred to as Be’al, from a word which the ancient Celts applied to an abstract
supreme being. The “object of Man’s search” is called “awareness,” and it is defined as “unity