|Stonehenge has special significance to Druids
Inside Out takes a look inside the
secret world of the Druids. We go back in time to rediscover the true
spirit of Druidism.
To most of us the Druids conjure up images of a mysterious,
sect wearing strange robes and conducting archaic ceremonies out in the
is that they're a secretive bunch. They don't write down their ideas nor
do they have a Holy Book.
met a family whose mum became a Druid and looks at how it changed her
and her familiy's lives.
A family story
Zoe Brice know better than anyone about having a Druid
in the family. Zoe is 28 years old, and by day she works as a housing
officer for a local council.
She and her half brother and sister were brought up by
her dad after her mum walked out on the family and became a traveller.
Twenty years later her mum, Denny Price, is the archdruidess
of the Glastonbury order of druids.
Tor and the nearby Zodiac are sacred sites
It's taken Zoe a long time to understand her mum's actions
about her beliefs.
understand Druidism, you need to immerse yourself in ancient history,
fantasy, myth and mystery.
The lineage of the Druid spiritual tradition can be traced
back many thousands of years.
The origins of the Druids were as important religious
figures among the Celts, who came to Britain in 1500 BC.
In this pre-Christian era, Druids acted as judges, doctors, diviners,
sages, mystics, and clerical scholars. They were considered amongst the
wisest and most respected members of Celtic society.
THE DRUID PATH
Druidry fosters the love of the land, earth, and
the wild including:
* Love of Peace
* Love of Beauty - the bard and artists within
* Love of Justice - non punitive justice
* Love of Story and Myth - the power of mythology
* Love of History and Reverence for Ancestors
* Love of Trees - sacred groves and study of treelore
* Love of Stones - stone circles and crystals
* Love of Truth - wisdom
* Love of Animals - druidry sees animals as sacred
* Love of the Body
* Love of the Sun, Moon and Stars
* Love of Life
The name Druid itself is connected with the Celtic
word for 'oak tree'.
There are around 10,000 practising Druids in Britain
with Druid orders being spread around the country.
These Druid orders meet up regularly and continue the
traditions of reading Celtic poetry, while dressed in robes and wearing
ancient Celtic symbols.
There are three sets of people who Druids hold in exceptional honour -
the bards, the ovates and the druids.
The bards are singers and poets, and the keepers of tradition.
The ovates are diviners and natural philosophers.
The Druids are learned in natural and moral philosophy.
Each of the three groups has specific tasks and jobs
In 1989 the Council of British Druid Orders was formed
with two or three founding member orders.
There are now twelve major orders all over the United
The Glastonbury Order of Druids is thousands of years
old with its roots in antiquity.
There is evidence of early Druid activity in the giant
earthworks south of Glastonbury Tor - known as Glastonbury Zodiac - which
date back to 2770 BC.
Druids are believers in reincarnation. They believe that
the soul is immortal and after a person dies, they are transported to
They also believe that that person will come back again
in another human body.
Some put the growing interest in Druidism over the past
decade down to the fact that spiritual concerns are once again coming
to the fore in society.
historians claim Druids originated in Britain
There is also growing interest
in the environment and the myths and legends of England.
This philosophy has proved attractive to a growing number
of New Age travellers in the British countryside.
The traditional meeting place of the Druids is Stonehenge
which is pre-dates Druidism.
Druids claim that their religion has marked the summer
solstice at Stonehenge for nearly 800 years.
Today's Druids form their traditional circle around the
stones every June, with the conch shell sounding to herald a new dawn
and new season.
The Glastonbury Druids joined their colleagues in this
celebration once again this year.