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Chamberlains Contribution — first appearing in “Druidry” — a personal reflection and foreword by “Ace” Maxine Bender, Magician & Master:
DRUIDIC WISDOM & THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH
In the World which distinguishes the Druids, nothing more asserted their Honor than their duty to Truth. Legend has it they were not to tell a single lie. Did a Druid go against that, were they sentenced to death immediately. Imagine the lifestyle and habits that you would develop from practicing such a simple rule… for Truth is an extraordinary method to inquire questions and answers through one’s own individuality without illusion. Regardless of the fact that lies exist, the idea of Logic is founded upon the solid ground of Truth.
I have personally always regarded the distinct lessons at the core of Mythology. When I began my search years ago how many ways I can find to familiarize myself, learn MORE about life’s meaning, I stumbled upon Druidism. One of the few first things I learned about what the ancient Druid’s taught were learning to accept truth and trust my intuition when I wanted to follow my curiosity. They also taught Memory was essential, that you didn’t know who you are or where you’re going if you didn’t remember who you were and where you’re from.
The Druid’s believed in transmigration, otherwise known as reincarnation. We have experienced being born, being alive and death many times although our soul stays eternal. In Nature, all that is are interrelated with anything within the dimensions we exist in. It was said that we already know everything, we only but need to remember what we have already forgotten. This emphasizes how complex we are as an Identity, and celebrate being unique because without your special presence manifesting itself into History, Reality wouldn’t be the way it functions today.
So many channels of energy are constantly clashing and colliding into and onto itself that eventually ordinary space is required to manifest to transmute the chaos into something unique. Everything has it’s own vibration that when in existence takes up space. Referring to basic laws and common sense, physically the space which is taken up by an object or soul can be moved but the same amount of space is still regardless used by that same object or soul when moved even at a new location…
Those whom have decided to be possessed with Wisdom and known as a Druid also were acknowledged often times as seers, astrologers, teachers, poets, judges. Divination is a technique that requires truth and intuition, both qualities Druid’s made a habit. Astronomy was used to predict the seasons and certain events. As teachers and judges, they were in numerous important roles where they resided in society to maintain Honor and Justice as it was deemed that they had unusual insights in regard to the Nature of circumstance… and couldn’t lie to sway certain influences into favor.
Druid’s had outstanding memories they could rely on to recall information having to do with understanding further deeper the Mysteries that when solved would lead to enlightenment, and for those incidents concerning society. They were taught to remember lengthy poems and songs, create their own, and recite stories word-for-word to sharpen their memory.
The Art of Druidism is a particular genealogy of knowledge ceremonializing enlightened awareness. This distinct Occult study alerts the practitioner to learn about fundamental Magic harmony. What is that? Before deciding what you want and need to perform Magic, it’s best to understand Magic. When you understand Magic, it becomes Natural to you. When it becomes Natural to you, you achieve harmony. (Morrigan, thank you.)
The bloodlines of the “Elven-Ffayrie” are prehistoric in origin and relate back to beings that the Sumerians called the Anunnaki. Some readers who will fall upon these pages are going to be undoubtedly shocked by the terminology used and the seriousness by which this is all executed, or else believe it all to be an elaborate joke. The legacy and lore of the same, however, serves not only to compliment existing historical and anthropological data but also satisfactorily seeks resolve to the unanswered questions about the origins of humanity, the development of culture and perhaps also the human role in the universe.
What makes this lore and legacy “occult” or “esoteric” is the fact that it remains hidden from the public mainstream, though hidden in plain sight – yet ever in the shadows. It is this process of bringing that which is hidden into the “light” that mystics have resulted in sometimes calling “enlightenment” (and perhaps too literally so). Humans would seem to have lost a feeling or a memory that perhaps was at one time “second nature” or “innate,” linking their blood to the Earth Ways. Or, perhaps humans have not simply forgotten but chosen, albeit subconsciously conditioned to choose by society, to ignore this inner calling, to deny it to the point where it is no longer heard and to think about it is to be “insane.”
As has been repeatedly sought to be overcome in the presentation of this book, the “Elves” themselves do not record their history and lore in the same way that humans do. Much like the beliefs of the Druids (Drwyds) to follow them, there would appear to be an innate or perhaps cultural taboo or ban on putting to writing that which was considered sacred, meaning the “light things” or “bright things,” including history and mystical lore. The Druidic belief followed that if one was no longer responsible to commit things to memory, then the genetic memory that was held so important to these folk (also led by an “oral tradition”) might become tainted or recessive and ultimately forgotten…
Cultural and regional semantics is all that has separated the ancient stream as it evolved through time. The spread of the bloodlines, infiltration and development of diverse nations and languages has all led to the further fragmentation of the base system. Moving away from the Egypto-Babylonian “Ancient Near East” paradigm, the “Light Folk” are described elsewhere in Western Europe typically as being either of the Sidhe (High Elves) or Sylvan (Wood Elves) varieties. These beings maintain a lore that expresses themselves as the “firstborn” of Europe and also being direct descendants of the Anunnaki of E.DIN (in Mesopotamia). To many who are unfamiliar with the duplication practices of the Anunnaki, this is a somewhat misleading statement because Anunnaki lore would suggest that these “Elves” are indeed a part of the “Eden Experiment,” but they too, in all of their antiquity, are not actually the “first generation” of humans (referred to on Mesopotamian tablets as the “Adamu”), but are instead the “ninth race” (the term given to me is “race” but might refer to the “generation”) and described as seemingly hybridized earth-born “half-gods.”
A popular example of a particularly “Anunnaki Elven-Faerie frame-work” has become almost a household concept over the last decade as a result of the motion picture masterpieces derived from the work of J.R.R. Tolkein. While some are very quick to disregard concepts and messages relayed through fiction, Tolkein actually did considerable research into Norse-Germanic mythologies in addition to ancient languages for his work. In his version, the “Elves” are also considered the “first-born” race of “Middle Earth” and he translates their name as a link to their genetic “star” ancestry to mean the “Children of Eru.” The Celtic versions depicts the same as the “Children of D’Anu.” The word “Eru” is “Elvish” with a meaning related to “Anu” in the human tongue. The language that Tolkein dubbed “Quenya” for his fictional epic possesses a resemblance to ancient Egypto-Mesopotamian languages, those that seem embedded in the mysticism of the Necronomicon paradigm. In the Elven Way, “Anu” or “Eru” is a name given to the Creative Force or Source of All Being and Creation – essentially “God” in the most supreme or pro-genitive sense. Some Mesopotamian traditions, “Eru” or “Erua” is the name given to Sarpanit, the “hybridized-Elvish” wife of Marduk.
The “Elven Histories” are heavily based on Sumerian lore of ancient, otherwise prehistoric, Anunnaki-governed Mesopotamia (perhaps from a time before the Flood). It makes allusions to a time before “humans,” something that their loremasters insist is correctly interpreted. This memory does not, however, attempt to reconstruct fantastic stories by which to explain natural forces or even the cosmic genesis of the solar-system. For this knowledge is not maintained in memory by direct experience but was instead taught to them by the “stars.”
The ‘elements’ of the Druidic Tradition are far and beyond the simple spells and sorceries found through-out the last few thousand years – particularly since the ‘Dark Ages’ inflicted upon mankind by the Church. More than the commonly revived aspects of the past that have been reconstructed in this supposed ‘New Age’ based on what can serve our modern needs best, the wisdom of the Druids lingers on, ever-present to-day as it was thousands of years ago, to remind us of where we came from and what can best hope to carry forth to the future. The wisdom is simple – so simple that it has been lost on the ears of minds of countless generations since the public eradication of its carriers, forcing the knowledge (and those who could bare it) underground and fragmenting it forever. Now at the dawn of a ‘new era’ – a new ‘paradigm-shift’ in consciousness, it seems clearer now more than ever, that this unifying wholeness should remain the focus.
The subject of the dragon has appeared in and above the entire corpus draconium or ‘Body of the Dragon’, which is to say not only the “universe” and the material existence that we face everyday, but also the energetic currents of the “microcosmic” levels of the same reality, that human minds have ever fragmented into ‘separate’ factions; whether they be spiritual, religious, cosmological, bio-scientific or completely enshrouded in occult esoterica.
Inseparable from all of this – is the dragon.
The vision for a Draconomicon first emerged in 1995, when I was working with a group in Minneapolis known as the Mystics of the Earth (MOTE) but was not actually realized into existence until the following year when I (and the leadership of said group) moved to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, continuing the vision in the form of the Draconis Celtic Lodge of Druids (DCLOD). The new group was in part rooted in Pheryllt Dragon-Druidry (emphasized in the works of Douglas Monroe) as well as the Babylo-Sumerian paradigm put forth by “Simon’s” Necronomicon.
The Draconomicon released in 1996 (subtitled: Sanguis Draconis) was more like a fanciful “pamphlet” than an actual “book.” It summarized a very general background to “dragon lore” as well as the connections it has to both the ancient “Mesopotamian” worldview in addition to the more recent and “Druidic” paradigms that emerged seemingly from nowhere in places all over the globe, far and removed from the earlier and most ancient source tradition in Babylonia – one which went on to influence the Jews, Christians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Indians, Asiatic and American regions.
A far-sweeping influence concerning an ancient primordial and primeval dragon legacy cannot be dismissed. It is found at the core and heart of virtually every ancient pantheon, spirituality and belief system – regardless of how clearly or self-honestly it is met with by its seeker. The demonization of the dragon is something that the “Western World” has become all too familiar with as a result of polarized or dualistic doctrines of “good” versus “evil” that have become paramount to the existence of the more popular systems (Judeo-Christian, Zoroastrian, Islamic, etc.) operated in the current age.
Whether cosmological, used in the explanation of the “natural” phenomenon of the universe; or biological, illustrating the serpent-coil of genetic memory wound up in each of us; or esoteric, representative of the occult and underground mysteries that have ever been shielded from the eyes of men – the dragon and its call ring out loudly to those who would seek to understand the truth against the world and a self-honest participation with reality.
The newer, expanded and greatly improved version of the Draconomicon included within the present anthology is beyond what we might have thought to consolidate so concisely and simply for folk in the mid-1990’s, during a time when the occult age was overloaded with materials that composed Books of Shadows and Wiccan Spellbooks – the less “colorful” material from antiquity was mostly dismissed until the recent millennium when people began to look into the ancient religions and spiritual traditions of Mesopotamia and the “idea” that ancient aliens compose the originating pantheons of such “Sky God” traditions.
DRACONOMICON – as a title – can be translated in a variety of ways; drawing from the same semantic controversy the work known as the Necronomicon has. In some ways, an amateur might pass it off as simply a “Book of Dragons” (or Book of the Dragon), yet we have read and seen arguments of the semantics of “names,” meaning Book of Dragon Names (or Names of the Dragon). Further still there is the most distinctive “rites and laws” orientation – all of which will still beg the question of what we even mean when we refer to the dragon altogether!
GREETINGS & WELCOME !!!
I have spent the better part of two decades bringing “The Druid Compleat“ to ‘completion‘. The text of this anthology is compiled from three (technically five) different volumes of material that I have personally put forth as: Druidry, the Draconomicon and Book of Elven-Faerie. Combined, they compose nothing short of A Complete Course Curriculum in Druidry!
Never would I have imagined that the magnum opus of my work with Druidry in this life took so relatively ‘long’ to put forth – but perhaps I should not be as surprised, for the mysteries of the Druid are not simply ‘learned’, but ‘lived’ and ‘experienced’. The lessons are never truly ‘over’, and the path of the seeker goes on following a continuous flow – moving closer and closer to the oneness and unifying wholeness that is the very beauty and harmony reflected in Nature, in all of its existences, manifestations and expressions throughout the universe.
The task of relaying the wisdom and teachings of Druidry is not something I take lightly; for though my explorations into Mesopotamia, the Anunnaki and other facets of ‘magick’ and ‘occultism’ may have earned me (or my name) the most recognition, it is Druidry – or at least my ‘Druidry’ – that I consider the height of what the modern ‘New Age’ has had to offer in and among a host of varying revivals from all cultures and pantheons come and gone – and even a few constructed within the last centuries that have been given life by a host of followers and would-be cult members.
The main tenet of this Druid School is based on the notebooks kept from 1996 until 2002 in the “Merlyn Stone” archives. Even at that time, the more ‘public’ interest in my work was not ‘Druidic’ – being the Sorcerer’s Handbook of Merlyn Stone, though that work had also been the result of notebooks kept by a quasi-Druidic group in the mid-1990’s.
In 1995, my work was mainly focused on the ‘Dragon’, hence the Draconomicon notebooks being kept at that time for the ‘Mystics of the Earth’ in Minnesota and the ‘Draconic Celtic Lodge of Druids‘ in Colorado. The later Sorcerer’s Handbook and further works of “Merlyn Stone” were all tied to another Colorado based organization the ‘Elven Fellowship Circle of Magick‘ (hence the origins of the Book of Elven-Faerie as well; and so we come full circle). These ‘Druidry’ notebooks were later fragmented and then, for the most part, unreleased.
Combined, the Druidic Legacy presented in the current volume is perhaps one of the most complete synthesis available to the modern seeker who has few solid avenues to turn to for contemporary apprenticeship in the 21st century. The work I have done has been held in such high regard, however, that it has earned the recognition of some very esteemed colleagues in this genre, affording me even to offer an interlogue for the third book by legendary neo-druidic author, Douglas Monroe, Deepteachings of Merlyn (released Autumn Equinox, 2011).
Druidry, in essence, is the ‘craft of the wise’ as observed under the semantics and language of a certain culture, geography, time in history and class of human. What it represents in the depths of all of its history, mysticism, enchantments and lore is, yes, even more of such things, but in an unending spiral into a greater and more complete understanding of Nature and the universe – as well as our place within it.
ENJOY THE LEGACY !!!
—Nabu “Merlyn” Joshua Free