Druid Order (BDO)
Web site: http://www.druidry.co.uk
BDO Office, PO Box 635, Halifax, HX2 6WX UK (Please provide a SSAE or
IRCs if requiring a reply)
"The British Druid Order
was formed in 1979 as part of a personal quest to recreate a native British
spirituality and is currently under the guidance of founder, Philip Shallcrass
(Greywolf, aka Wolf Walks With Fire) as Chief, with Sparrowhawk taking
responsibility for the BDO Office providing administration of a new membership
list and coordinating a band of dedicated volunteers.
The BDO works with native British tradition. 'British' is used not in
a narrow political or nationalistic sense, but to evoke a time when the
two islands of Ierne (Ireland) and Albion (England, Scotland and Wales)
were jointly known as the Pretannic Isles, from Pretani, 'the Painted
People,' our ancient spiritual and physical ancestors.
Drawing inspiration from the sacred land and from our ancestry whose myths
and mysteries are the wellspring of our tradition. Druidry in its heyday
was a pan-European tradition, so we seek to recreate an understanding
of Druidry as the native spirituality not only of Britain, but also of
Europe. This process of restoration involves recovering a sense of the
sacred in all areas of our lives so that we can begin to heal our society,
our land and ourselves.
Much of our strength and wisdom comes through working with our ancestors
of blood and spirit, by establishing creative and healing links with the
spiritual and cultural heritage of the land and people, with our own kinfolk
who have entered the spirit world before us.
The Threefold Path
The Order recognizes the three traditional areas of Druidic practice.
• To walk the Earth in a sacred manner and rediscover its holy places;
recover its ancient songs and stories, and bring them to life for the
renewal of land, life, love, liberty and laughter.
• To develop the gifts of prophecy and divination, the healing arts
and awareness of the Otherworld, working with the shadow side of life
and the processes of death, of letting go, of the mysteries of time, of
preparing the ground and facilitating with rebirth the advent of the new.
• Journeying through and between the worlds to act as a bridge builder
between cultures, traditions and peoples, between spirit and form, relating
the Awen to the power that permeates the landscape connecting sacred places
Awen literally means ‘flowing spirit' and is the spiritual energy
that underlies the work of the BDO. Those who work with the Order are
encouraged to make their own links with this spirit of inspiration, through
which they might find their own energy and creativity, and thereby discover
and walk their own sacred path to joy, peace, healing, ecstasy and the