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Ritual

 

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.

 

Festivals

 

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.

 

Samhain occurs around Nov. 1st. Remembrance of our ancestors and honoring the beginning of the Winter half of the Druid year.

 

Oimelc 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.

 

Beltaine 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.

 

Lughnasadh 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.