Written by Nimue Brown
There are a few people out there who might be full time Druids, but it isn’t a huge number.
Some Druids manage to have day jobs that align perfectly with being a Druid, but many do not. The historical Druids (so far as we know from the Romans) occupied a particular cluster of roles in their society. We don’t exist in that context, there isn’t a modern Druidry that gets to talk to Kings or opposing armies on battlefields. Not having that context makes it difficult to be a full time Druid in the style of a historical Druid.
Most modern Druids, then, are part time. It is however possible to bring your Druidry to pretty much anything you end up doing. It’s an understated way of being a Druid, and of necessity a lot of the time no one else will know that you’re doing the things you do in a considered and Druidic way. I think it’s enough to be Druiding on your own terms as best you can around the life that you have. I fall into this category. My Druidry is part of my everyday life, but for the vast majority of the time it’s not very self announcing.
You don’t have to be doing all of the things to be engaging with Druidry. If you’ve got some room for doing Druid stuff in your life then that’s enough to qualify you as being a person who does Druid stuff. I’m increasingly convinced that the best way for me to do all of this isn’t about dramatic rituals and looking the part. It’s about living the philosophy, and bringing it into your everyday life. Lived Druidry has a lot to offer.
If it’s the celebratory side that calls to you, that’s fine too. If you’re an eight festivals a year kind of Druid, and celebrating those key points is what speaks to you most then that’s also Druidry. If you engage more at the key festivals and aren’t so focused on your spiritual life the rest of the time, that’s fair enough. For some people this is going to make most sense, and it depends on how you want your spiritual life to fit into the rest of your life.
I’m a fan of the everyday Druidry, and that’s something I mean to talk about more as we go along. I figure plenty of other people are putting good material out there about how to celebrate the festivals. I’m going to be thinking more deliberately about the day-to-day magic, the small, sustainable ways in which we can do Druidry, and how to be on the Druid path without wanting to organise anything. Making room for Druidry in the apparently more mundane features of our lives is a really good way to enrich daily life without creating a lot of extra work for yourself.
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