How to Become a Druid Priest

Though ancient spiritual practices of Celtic Druidism have left the modern world with very little verifiable history, these fascinating traditions have nonetheless become the foundation for many contemporary attempts at reviving the religion. Neopagan Celtic Druidism is a varied tradition, but one that can provide a deeply satisfying spiritual experience for those seeking an alternative, mystic religion. Though the paths to priesthood in this new, still-forming tradition are far from standardized, it's good for a would-be priest to get a firm foothold in the history and established organizations of this religion.


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      Learn as much as you can about the ancient Celtic Druids. This ancient tradition originated in Europe during the Iron Age (dated the last few centuries B.C.E and earlier) and its adherents were suppressed by the Roman government. This means that little reliable factual information is left intact about this group, so it's a good idea to get a sense for what can and cannot be said with any accuracy before starting your own spiritual path in a tradition based on this history. Some good books include "The Druids: A History" by Ronald Hutton and "Who Were The Druids?" by A.P. Fitzpatrick.

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      Study the roots and current incarnations of the modern Druid movement. Since modern Druidism is largely a reconstruction based on a mixture of speculation, fact and newly-formed traditions, you will want to be able to make your own choices about what aspects of modern Druidism you wish to incorporate into your own personal practices. Start with some general references about the history of modern Druidism, like "Mysteries of Druidry" by Brendan Cathbad Myers, then look into individual, existing organizations like the Reformed Druids of North America or the Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF).

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      Create and choose your personal belief system and daily practices. Choose ideas and practices that have resonated most deeply with you, including choices of deity, beliefs about the soul and reincarnation and practices such as rituals and meditation. Alternately, if you prefer a more externally structured education, your process of spiritual development can be based in a course of study and organized spiritual advancement through groups such as the RDNA or the ADF, or other, smaller groups (see Resources).

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      Get in touch with other practicing druids for group ceremonial practices. Group ceremonies, particularly during standard neopagan holidays (such as the solstices or Samhain) tend to be a popular part of modern Druidism, so if this is important to you, you'll need to connect with other Druids to make this happen. If you live in a large city, particularly in an area with a strong neopagan population, you may find some druids by networking locally (check out personals ads and community boards at occult and New Age stores). Otherwise, the best way to find Druids near you is to visit the sites of individual orders and see if they have a directory listing.

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      Consider whether you want to do any traveling. If you want to connect physically with the roots of ancient or modern Druidism, there are a number of locations you may want to visit in person. Probably the most popular and powerful of these is Stonehenge in England, the ruins of a great stone monument built in ancient times. Though technically, this monument is currently thought to predate the Iron Age Druids, it is still considered by most neopagans to be a source of great spiritual power and has played an important role in the development of modern Druidism.

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      Follow a path to priesthood with an established order, or start your own order with your own requirements for the position. Like other neopagan religions, Druidism is loosely structured with varying, newly-created traditions, and which priesthood preparations you choose to undergo is dependent upon which Druid groups, if any, you wish to have recognize your authority. You can find the requirements for priesthood and study on the websites of many orders, though you may find that your research leads you to your own conclusions about the requirements of Druidic priesthood.

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