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Who Were The Druids ?

"...Druids standing charismatically within the Stonehenge horseshoe became a compelling magnet for many a psychological misfit and lonely crank..."

--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 portion of 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.

      These 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:

" 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 imagination".   

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