"...Druids standing charismatically within the Stonehenge horseshoe
became a compelling magnet for many a psychological misfit and lonely
--The Druiids by Stuart Piggot (not Peter Ellis, as one reader
insisted), PG 23
"Hey! Who are you calling a psychological mis...oh yeah, I guess you're right. Never mind."
Even though Wiccans make up the
majority of the Neopagan movement, there are also groups known as
"Neodruids" who are attempting to ressurect the religion of the ancient
Druids. No doubt you have heard of the Druids. Druids are often
confused with Satanism and Wicca. Perhaps one reason is Satanists have
claimed some kind of link to the Druids and used titles like "Druid"
when conferring degrees of membership in some Satanic groups. The one
man show calling himself "The Continental Association For Satan’s Hope"
of the 1980's claimed a connection to the Druids of ancient Britain
that was just as phony as the rest of their claims.
Some Wiccan groups too, confer the title Druid
upon reaching a certain level. Gavin and Yvonne Frost, for instance,
used to claim they were "Arch-Druids". Fake
ex-Illuminati/Wiccan/Satanist lunatic John Todd claimed to have been a
"Grand Druid". But Wicca actually has no
connection at all to the Druids of ancient Britain. The religion of the
Druids has little resemblance to Wicca or Satanism, from what little we
know of it. . There are also groups calling themselves "Druidic
Wiccans", combining romantic ideas of Druidism (along with lots of
imagination and borrowing from other sources) with Wicca. This will
only further confuse the two.
Wicca was created (and is still being created)
in the first part of the 20th century A.D., whereas the Druids actually
existed in ancient times. So while Wicca pretends to be an ancient
religion, Druidism was...but has been long since abandoned.
Today there is a flood of psuedo-Celtic occult
malarkey on the market. There are books about Merlin, Druids, Arthur
and the Holy Grail, none of which are based in reality.The Book The 21
Lessons of Merlin
could have no more been written by Merlin than Moe Howard of the 3
Stooges (pbuh). But Lewellyn, the culprit responsible for a good
these Celtic forgeries, continues to crank it out.
The Hard Stuff
To find out who the Druids are, we have to look at the Celts. "Celt" is
pronounced with a hard "C" (i.e. sounds like "kelt"). The pronunciation
Celt with a soft "c" (i.e sounds like "selt") should only be used for
sports teams like the Boston Celtics. There is really not that much known about the
actual words said in the rituals of Druids, and what we do know about
their rituals from contemporary sources is not very flattering.
so-called "Celtic wisdom" books are neither. Most of the material is
simply made up or borrowed from other occult sources, such as European
occultism, New Age, and mostly Wicca. In 1988 Lewellyn published a book called
The Celtic Tree Oracle: A
System of Divination by Colin and Liz Murray. The book makes the
bold assertion that Druids used the Ogham alphabet for magic
inscriptions and fortunetelling dating from 600 B.C. The truth is, no
one knows if the Druids used Ogahm for fortunetelling and magic, and if
so, how it was done, and there is no actual evidence it existed prior
to the 4th Century A.D.
Commenting on that book, Peter Berresford Ellis says this on
speculating about Celtic culture:
"...one can only do so from a basis of what is known, and not from what
one would wish to know. There is simply no evidence that Ogham was used
prior to the third or fourth centuries A.D. as much as one would like
to find records from 600 B.C." [ SOURCE The Druids, pg 279]
Ogham was in fact, a gift of Christian missionaries to the Druids of the
British Isles, who were illiterate. It was
a primitive script, consisting of marks made on a straight line. Some Druids on the European
continent seem to have used the Greek alphabet. We have few records
about the Druids, because the Celts abandoned the Druid religion.
In fact, all one has to do is slap a Celtic label on anything to
suddenly make it Pagan. Author Peter Berrresford Ellis once attended a
lecture billed as "Celtic Astrology", only to find out it was about
Crop Circles. After the lecture, the presenter admitted he called it
"Celtic" just to get a bigger audience!
The very word "Celtic" conjures up images of a carefree time
before Christianity, with an esoteric wisdom stretching back to the
dawn of time (well, at least in the minds of some people). There are lots of companies wanting to cash in on doe
eyed Celtiphiles with cash, and these companies crank out all kinds of
books, spell kits, CD’s, and even Tarot decks to satisfy the demand.
Most of what is called "Celtic tradition" should actually be called "American
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