How did you decide which order / fellowship / grove / circle / association / you-name-it to join?
I'm reading about AODA, OBOD, ADF, RDNA, UGC, First Circle.... the list goes on.
Which ones require a language, such as Welsh or Gaelic? (Or even Ogham)
I understand there are personal pros and cons to each "organization", but if you are a member of one or more of the aforementioned, could you please share why you joined (or considered it)? Or maybe even share why you resisted a certian one.
I care not if our beliefs are different. I'd like to hear your values. Speaking for myself, I'd prefer to avoid very religious groups, however I need not run from "organized" ones.
Note: I live outside Philadelphia. So an example of why I'm concerned about these things, is that The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids is in England.
I appreciate it.
If the leader of the organization and all of the "Druids" within don't use the titles, "Dr. First and Lastname, Druid of the ... whatever, PhD, etc..." then you should consider moving on until you find an organization that is actually steeped in both knowledge and wisdom. The title Druid, is like claiming to be a Black Belt... those styles which are respected world wide require training upwards of a decade to be a black belt and have rigorous training requirements; While others hand out the belts for the price of the belt, plus shipping or about $9.
Druids should be Doctors of natural sciences, at the very least, and social sciences in addition! Everything else just pales by comparison.
Cordelia, there is no actual verifiable history of the ancient Druids. The modern organisations are often based on fiction and myth, although they suit some people's taste. If you have had a spiritual experience involving mighty Nature, or the natural world, and you seek to investigate it further perhaps with a view to developing your relationship with Nature; you are a Druid.
Just as there are Christians, who do not see other people calling themselves Christians as true Christians, there is a hodge podge of Druid organisations claiming to have the correct angle and all of the answers, unlike their competitors of course. You don't need such things, because Drudry is an action of the heart.
For purposes of further investigation I reccomend Professor Ronald Hutton's 'Blood and Mistletoe' which pretty well deals with the overwhelmingly bogus history of ancient and modern Druidry. You may also care to check out some of the free courses and lore avialable on the public pages of The Druid Network. If you are interested in obtaining a grade or the like, be assured that mighty Nature, will grade us all as She see's fit.
I can promise you that if you find a quiet spot in the countryside, ideally a woodland grove where you can relax, and consciously open your mind and heart to the natural world around you; you will learn all you will ever need to know, and much more.
Joy and Blessings