The Anglesey Druid Order has two distinct components, on one hand it serves as a ‘Mystery School’ which facilitates the teaching of Druidry within the tradition of the Order. The Order is magical tradition that is distinctly Celtic in nature. This component is initiatory and reliant upon completion of the Order’s official training programme. The course takes the student on a journey deep into “self” by utilising techniques recently developed but inspired by the wisdom of our ancestors. Through study, ritual and exercise the student travels into the mysteries whilst held by the magic of Môn. Upon completion the student is honoured as an ‘Awenydd’ of the Order and an official member.
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The Anglesey Druid Order’s flavour of Druidry is distinctly Celtic and Pagan. It takes its inspiration, teachings and practise from a number of streams which include mythology, literature, poetry, local lore, and inspiration by figures such as Iolo Morganwg, the Eisteddfod movement, Wil Ifan o Fon, and the sacred landscape of the Isle of Anglesey and Gwynedd.
The use and expression of the Welsh language is an important aspect of the Order’s Druidry. Our Druidry is an expression of the relationship we have with the land, sea and sky of Anglesey and Gwynedd and its natural and human history. The Order promotes and encourages immersion in the Celtic mysteries and celebrates the cycles of life, the powers and spirits of nature and the ancestors.
Anglesey was identified as the Chief Seat of British Druidry, the Order exists to honour this connection and to maintain a Druidic presence and school of learning on the Island. The Order serves to honour the Old Gods of this land and its allegiance lies primarily with Mon as Goddess, and with the deities of the pantheistic houses of Don, Llyr and Beli Mawr. The Order is a mystery school and promotes Druidry as a magical Pagan tradition; it incorporates philosophy, exploration of the self, and Swyngyfaredd as integral aspects of its practise.
The second component serves to celebrate the islands Druidic, legendary, mythological and sacred associations. It achieves this by providing events, workshops open rituals accessible to anyone who wishes to participate.
The Order works in partnership with secular organisations and tourism bodies to provide a means by which visitors to the island can learn and experience its sacred past.
Druidry is a living, evolving and continuously growing spirituality, and is one of the earliest native spiritual traditions of Britain and Europe of which any record survives. The Druids of antiquity were the priestly caste of the Iron-Age Celtic culture. Classical European authors wrote extensively about the traditions and practises of Druidry. Whilst a product of the European Iron-Age it is likely that the tradition arose from an earlier native stratum of belief and spirituality. Caesar, writing about the Druids of Gaul, reported that potential Druids were sent to Britain for training, implying that Druidry may well have originated in the British Isles, and was an extension of the earlier Stone-Age, and Bronze-Age religions, flavoured with the newer Celtic Cultural Continuum.
Druidry is Celtic in expression and nature, having been the spiritual belief system of the Pagan Celtic cultures of Britain and Europe. Many modern Druids take their inspiration from Celtic mythology, language and may revere Celtic deities. Whilst supressed by the power of Rome, Druidry survived in a myriad of forms, each one developed by successive generations who reinvented it in ways appropriate and applicable to their time. Today, Druidry has spread its wings and travelled to distant shores where those who are drawn by their Celtic heritage or ancestry continue to add to its development.
Druidry in Wales evolved from the Romantic Movement and the influence of Iolo Morganwg who in 1792 reinvented a new Druidry for a new age. A sudden interest in all things Celtic and Druidic gave rise to a fork in the forest path of Druidism, one path led towards the development of Occult and Neo-Pagan Druid groups, which took their inspiration from earlier fraternity and charitable Druid organisations (such as the Anglesey Druidical Society formed in 1717), and the influence of modern Occultism and Celticism. The second path led to the development of cultural, celebratory Druidry in the form of the Gorsedd of Bards of the Isle of Britain (The National Eisteddfod). The practise of Neo-Druidry since the 1950’s owes much of its creation and inspiration to the two aforementioned lineages.
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