Where the Druids are concerned, hundreds of years of diverse academic and philosophical debate await the Seeker on their look back. It is now even more controversial to speak of the Pheryllt in neodruid circles – supposed rings of open minds that remain closed in reality…
JOSHUA FREE explains in the preface to the newly released volume: PHERYLLT.
For two decades a modern movement of neodruids
influenced by modern Pheryllt Druidism have become bystanders amidst the unbreakable schism. Alleged authorities on Druidry raise one hand screaming how these documents supporting an ancient Welsh Bardic Druid (and Pheryllt) tradition are a hoax, but with the other hand they borrow from these same sources for their own purposes.
It is by no surprise to many that I find myself tackling the venture of compiling a readable and accessible version of the Books of Pheryllt. My metaphysical and spiritual involvement in the modern New Age consists primarily in the cultural genres of Druidism and Mesopotamia. That being said, my presentation generally is in favor of ancient writings, often collected in the style of an infamous book that is notoriously considered pseudoepigrapha in the literary and underground communities.
These tomes in question are thought not to exist, or entirely the subject of fantasy or fiction. Those who are at all familiar with my historical presentation of the Mesopotamian tradition using the Necronomicon paradigm understand this. In spite of this, the Necronomicon Anunnaki Legacy (Silver Edition),currently available via the Mardukite Research Organization, is the only “version” of a ‘Necronomicon’ on the market today that even begins to meet the vast and fantastic descriptions lent to the book’s existence in the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.
The banner of the National Welsh Eisteddfodd continues to read to this day: Y GWIR YN ERBYN BYD, meaning: Truth Against The World. It is in this light that I have worked over the past twenty years in my modern Pheryllt Druidry and other efforts – both privately in practice and publicly in my literary contributions to the Spirit of the Times. In such, I take the matter of presenting the Books of Pheryllt quite seriously. They exist as a ‘body’ of much misunderstood literary work solidified from ancient oral traditions preserved by the Bardic Druids – bridging prehistory with modern times!
Many antiquated scholarly references to Books of Pheryllt and the Pheryllt themselves may be found by a diligent seeker – some of which are included or paraphrased within this very book. It is, however, Douglas Monroe‘s modern work that brings the Pheryllt to debate among the tables and councils of neodruid Orders. He has used the unpublished Books of Pheryllt in his writings as a paradigm to present a uniquely eclectic form of modern Druidry.
Douglas Monroe undertakes a remarkable feat spanning a trilogy of intensive writings, most famously his debut and bestselling 21 Lessons of Merlyn in 1992, in relaying the 3 memories of the Bard: the history, the poetry and the lineage of the tradition as survived by the hands of Bardic Druids. The authentic premise guiding the modern Pheryllt Druid tradition is the remaining works that do exist from the Welsh MS. Society and the continuing efforts of the National Welsh Eisteddfodd in preserving the Bardic tradition…
SECRET KNOWLEDGE FROM THE OTHERWORLD!!!
The Book of Elven-Faerie was written during the preliminary planning stages of the Mardukite Research Organization when it was still under the umbrella parentage of the former Elven Fellowship Circle of Magick. Although completed in 2004, this book was never released to the public until 2009 (after a private electronic beta release in 2008)…
THE BOOK OF ELVEN-FAERIE
by Joshua Free
“Being a Revelation of the
Elven Histories, Faerie Traditions,
Wizardry and Language
Of the Ancient and Shinning Ones”
NOW AVAILABLE AS THE 2012 SECOND EDITION!!!
[This blog post excerpted from the original electronic beta release introduction: “The Secret to Being an Elf in a Mortal Body” by Joshua Free.]
There are only two things that I knew for certain as a child, almost as if via some kind of genetic memory. Firstly, that the Mystery School and/or Hermetic Order of Merlyn is real, those secret places where Wizards learn their magick, copying as much down to their personal ‘grimoires’ or magickal notebooks as they find useful. Secondly, that there did exist inter-dimensional, albeit “invisible,” entities allowing me the realization when I entered adolescence (and you must brace yourself for this, dear reader) that I am an Elf. Of course, I do not necessarily resemble the contemporary vision of “Santa Claus elves” or the “imaginary beings” that most people conceive of in their head, except for perhaps the model of J.R.R. Tolkein, who spent a great deal of time studying the Ancient Elven Tradition and languages in the research for his fantasy of ‘Middle Earth.’
There is an increasing interest in the Elven Tradition as a result of fantasy products over the past years, but practically no solid avenue for a seeker to explore. Internet forums on Elven Ways and Magick are filled mainly with unsolvable inquiries concerning where to find a manual on this topic. While many other books “dabble” into aspects considered Elven or even the Celtic Faerie Tradition, they have a tendency to fall short in establishing the grand legacy and significance the Elven-Ffayrie race played in Human development. The Book of Elven-Faerie is no role-playing game (though it most certainly could be used to supplement one,) nor is it intended as a companion to fantasy literature (again perhaps a secondary use.) It is in fact that ‘Tome of Knowledge and Magick’ that those drawn or inclined to the Elven Way have long sought after.
The emergence of the “New Age Movement” brought a revival of interest in Elves and Faerie beings–Nature Spirits in general. Until recently, the “Faerie” section of ‘Ye Olde New Age Shoppe’ contained mainly A-Z encyclopedias, art books containing original works or pressed flowers, and manuals to ‘guide the reader to the Otherworld’ via imagery and guided meditation. This is certainly not enough to base a tradition off of. What’s more, there are many misconceptions that continue to be reprinted in some of these ‘Faery-Wicca’ books that mostly contain rehashes of simple ritual magick and spellcraft mixed with a bit of Celtic history and the use of Celtic Mythology of deities in their rituals. While often employed with great success by magickal practitioners with ceremonial skills, only a small portion of the actual story ends up being relayed to the reader. It is, however, not my wish to speak ill of the work of others, as most of them have at least positively affected global consciousness, furthering the mainstream awareness of the mystical Earthwork and the observation of the Solar Festivals.
Fortunately, the Elven Way has been carried on by a lineage of which is quite broad at this point, just as a tree branches out with an astronomical number of shoots as it matures. Much of the original knowledge is held by the hereditary/genetic folk memory and practices of mystical ‘family traditions’ and the passing down of ‘innate gifts’ through generations and completely separate from Wicca (which is only about 100 years old at best.) We have often heard and read of the tradition and practices of the village folk witch who lived in a secluded portion of the forest working with their ‘Ffayrie Gardens’ and herbal tinctures, selling potions to girls seeking lovers and men coming to get help in getting laid. What of the Wizard, now? What of the mystic hermit in the forests, living in shanties, caves and on the mountainsides? What of the true Elvish Druids and their secret histories kept long before the Dark Ages when modern civilization was thrust into spiritual ignorance? Yes, their story can finally be revealed in this tome!
THE BOOK OF ELVEN-FAERIE The first part of the book focuses on the History of the Elves and Ffayrie as a genetic race. The ‘Elven Histories’ are plural because they involve not only the story of Elves but the genesis of modern Humans too, and chronicle the development of the varying races and cultures. You will learn this secret history as we explore the suppressed and misunderstood journey into Ancient Aeurope including the Anunaki Star People and Ubaid Priesthood of Ancient Sumeria, pre-Eden life, The Mesopotamian Garden of Eden, the Egyptians, Babylonians and finally the dispersion of the Faerie race across the great continent into Keltia on the Western Shores. With the rise of the Milesians (Humans) the Elven-Ffayrie were mostly driven out of civilization, and received intensive persecution from Human religious leaders rooted in politics and the suppression of Truth (certainly not the Holy messages they proclaimed on the surface.) Still, the Elven Tradition survived this malice, transforming (evolving) through necessity as most of these enlightened folk ‘transitioned’ permanently into the Hollow Hills, Otherworld or ‘higher’ spatial dimension which is often equated with the ‘Astral Plane.’
Upon completion of the ‘Elven Histories’ we will explore the nature of the inter-dimensional Faerieland, the manner of its existence and its relationship with the physical plane. This includes the way in which the planes and their inhabitants interact and affect one another. With the resurfacing and interest in the works of Robert Kirk, the famous first-hand initiate of the Otherworld Tradition, this portion of The Book of Elven Faerie specifically will enhance the reader’s perceptions when interpreting supplemental materials of a similar nature. Understand that The Elven Way is quite colorful and variegated like the rays of light manifested in the rainbow. These rays become powerful co-magicians when employed by the awakened mind of the Wizard as we see in our investigation into the mystical side of the Elven Tradition…
THE DRUIDS… A mystical race of European Elves, faerie folk and Dragon Kings and Dragon Priests who became famous for their habitation of the British Isles as descendents of the Tuatha d’Anu. –a blog excerpted from Arcanum by Joshua Free
Though it would seem nearly impossible to study the “Druids” without tapping into the “Celtic” stream, some scholars commonly confuse the two terms as interchangeable. It is true that the Druids of our known history developed a tradition in the Celtic lands (or “Keltia”) but they were a separate people from the wild tribal shamanic folk who were later unified under the banner of Druidism. When the early Danubian Children of the Stars arrived, the Celts viewed many of them as avatars and Earth-born deities (“Earth Gods”) who had a distant connection with the “Sky Gods” (Anunnaki). This cultivated as the Celtic Mythology familiar to modern seekers.
THE DRUIDS devised a unique system in Keltia that mirrors many others but retaining specific characteristics of the culture and region in which it was developed. Evidence of their existence is popularly associated to the western frontiers of Europe, but the annual convocation held in Galatia (Turkey) and the customs of the LaTene Culture of the Danube River Valley show that the influence of ancient Druids was felt throughout the “known” world. It is, however, the westernmost traditions of Druidry that inspire contemporary historians and New Age revivalists (also called neodruids). Until being slowly interbred with the Celtic people or annihilated (though Elvish dynasties and Dragon King bloodlines were maintained in the “underworld,” the counter-cultural underground) the Druids were originally a wholly separate race from the “common” Celt and historians confirm this.
There are three cardinal functions of the Druid, sometimes considered “ranks” or “degrees.” Each level is actually a self-contained “grade,” comparable to the varying levels of accomplishment attainable in modern higher-education: bachelors, masters and PhDs. Each level of apprenticeship was taught in succession. They could be used as a stepping-stone to higher levels of initiation, or a student might choose to finalize their work at a particular stage. As displayed in modern society, some positions or functions in Keltia required the attainment of specific levels of education. As the government and secret society presiding over Keltia, all of this was easily administered.
Quite simply, the Druids can be categorized as…
–Bards (artists, historians, musicians, performers,
poets, students and wizards of elemental magick)
–Ovates (diviners, forest wizards, herbalists, Oghamancers
ritualists, sacrificers and venerable hermetists)
–Derwydd (ceremonialists, Dragon Kings, dynastic
royalty, educators, lawyers, political ambassadors
and religious priests)
DRUIDS maintained nearly a millennium of peace in Keltia before hostile encounters with the Romans. The Romans eventually suppressed Druidism through another millennium of force, finalized by the union of the Roman Empire and the Roman Church. In spite of this, the lore and customs of the Druid sabbats or fire-festivals emerge in present-day traditions.
The archetypal spirit and genetic memory of the Druids, the last public dragons, permeates the human psyche like few other facets of history (and we know exceptionally little about them compared to most ethnographies). The Romans were very specific about wanting to eradicate all traces of this ancient race, asserting a vengeance such as was shown toward no other recorded enemy. These actions could be considered nothing short of pure biological and cultural genocide of a tradition and race…
We’ve all heard of the Druids, but how much do you really know about them? The classic image of a circle of white-robed wizards who gather at Stonehenge is immediately conjured to mind. Beyond that, there is the image crafted at Hollywood…
…two teenage Druids must prevent the son of Satan from using runestones to bring about the end of the world (Warlock 2: The Armageddon).
…a Druid nanny must sacrifice newborn babies to her sacred tree, which has the powers to protect and heal her (The Guardian).
…a tribe of Druid shamans, who drink orange soda, dominate a tropical island possessing an active volcano that requires an occasional sacrifice (Joe vs. Volcano).
[This blog is based on materials originally appearing in the third edition of “Sorcerer’s Handbook of Merlyn Stone” (1998), written by the present author at age 16, reprinted within “The Lost Books of Merlyn Stone” (2011) and the “Wizardry” anthology.]
Unfortunately there has been a lack of decent materials for the aspiring modern Druids. Most of the books available are rehashes of their questionable history. Fewer resources will relate to the reader something pragmatic and practical for our times – again, unfortunate. However, the Mardukite Truth Seeker Press has recently released the revised and expanded edition of the complete course curriculum in Druidry, now available as THE DRUID COMPLEAT by Joshua Free.
1. There were no human sacrifices related to Druidry in Britain or Ireland. There is some evidence for this on mainland Europe, for example Gaul (now France) — and even then, only in regards to the Gaulic Wars involving Roman prisoners. The Romans, whose tales are used by historians as a bible for learning of the Druids, had encountered and wrote of the Druids of Gaul before they invaded Britain. The accounts are extraordinarily biased and xenophobic in their interpretation.
2. The Druidic histories and lessons were written down. This was one of the many purposes of the Ogham script – in addition to using the ‘tree alphabet’ to arrange ‘forest libraries’ consisting of dried leaves. The Druids also knew how to apply the Ogham to hand signals and gestures giving them a silent ‘sign-language’. Romans sought to destroy all the evidence that the Druids exist-ed and their legions of soldiers were fed with a new-found ‘fire’ when invading the Celts. Julius Caesar once even recounted that the Druids had put up the most resistance to an invasion than any other culture encountered by the Roman Empire.
3. Druidism never was, nor should it be, considered a “religion” in the context that the word is used in contemporary society. It can be better examined as a “fraternity,” “brotherhood,” or “secret society,” with an equally significant Celtic-based “sorority” known as the Motherhood of Avalon. Similar organizations still exist and they share a long lineage of participation with various ‘secret orders’.
The Druids are an interesting archetype. For all of recorded time, there has always been someone or some group claiming to be druidic. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, the hardcore lineage and true sources of practical modern Druidry are difficult to ascertain. In many ways, Druidry can be best described as a niche – it seems to come naturally, and people are naturally inclined or drawn toward it or not…
For the first time since its prestigious underground release in 1996, Joshua Free’s “Druid Compleat“ is finally available in this all-in-one volume, revised, expanded and reformatted to include the complete text from the author’s personal Druidic trilogy, available separately as “Druidry“, “Draconomicon“ and “Book of Elven-Faerie“.
Neodruids… Modern druidism emerged with (and essentially as the answer to) the development of an urban-oriented industrialization of society in human civilization. The revival far predates both the modern New Age Movement and contemporary Wicca as an underground counter-cultural movement or secret society — both public and private.
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The early 18th Century revival in England coincides with the rebirth of the Freemasonic tradition. The Freemasons began to allow “Accepted Masons,” those who were not masons by trade, into their ranks. [Many founding figures of the early neodruid organizations were Masons and Rosicrucians.] Neodruidic revival occurred during the Anti-Witchcraft and Magick Acts (see Book of Elven Faerie or The Druid Compleat), so members were cautious not to be interpreted as “sorcerers” or “witches.” This forced many of the organizations to operate as ecological, charitable and social rotary clubs.
The sacred sites of the Celts and antiquarian interest in the Druids promoted a renaissance of “Celtic Reconstructionism” and neo-druidism. The interpretation of this revival, the differing beliefs and personal inclinations of individuals caused the first of many underground neodruidic schisms. [This entire blog/lesson is excerpted officially from ARCANUM by Joshua Free.]
John Toland originally sought to unify the antiquarian movement in 1717 when he founded the (British) Druid Circle of the Universal Bond [“An Druidh Uileach Braithreaches” (ADUB)]. It maintained international membership from the start and was rooted in Toland’s personal researches into the Druid Histories. [Toland’s secret society also went by the name of the “Ancient Druid Order” (ADO).]
Some “mesopagan” Druids, like Henry Hurle, saw neo-druidism as an extension, if not a purely Celtic equivalent, to Eurasian Freemasonry, which was revived in England in the same year and place [“The Apple Tree Tavern”] as John Toland’s ADO in 1717. Hurle led the formation of the “Ancient Order of Druids” (AOD) in 1781 emphasizing his background in Masonry, Rosicrucianism and the Kabbalah. Some members disliked the occult focus, preferring participation in the social-charitable organizations.
These members formed their own branch or offshoot called the “United Ancient Order of Druids” (UAOD) in 1833, which retained the “rotary club” ideals. Other Masonic-Druids joined the “Ancient Archaeological Order of Druids” (AAOD), which was formed by Robert Wentworth Little in 1874, later changing its name to the “Ancient Masonic Order of Druids” (AMOD) in 1886. These Masonic and Rosicrucian-oriented Druids went onto evolve the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (GD). Other Hermetic and Kabbalistic organizations of neodruids continued to form.
Once the revival had been organized it immediately became a public and national identity. Sacred sites such as Stonehenge and Woodhenge would entertain guests by the thousands during neodruidic activities. Large media events were planned around the dramatic reenactments and ceremonies performed by neodruids in full wizard’s attire. The more publicized displays coincided with the autumn equinox and summer solstice festivals. The full eight-fold wheel of the year, now common in the New Age, was not yet a part of the revival. [See ARCANUM for further information regarding this.]
In the 19th Century, when Quasi-Masonic neodruidry was developing, a separate nationalist movement was growing alongside. These “reconstructionists” sought to reinvestigate the Bardic Tradition as a national custom in Wales. Figures such as Iolo Morganwg (compiler of the Barddas), William Blake and Edward Davies all desired to preservation of the language and Druidism of Wales. This led to a revival of the “Gorsedd of Bards” and a “National Eisteddfodd” held annually in public to celebrate the Welsh tradition. With some offbeat claims of “authenticity,” the Welsh revival (and the more recent neo-Pheryllt system) has been subject to historical and mystical controversy in relation to other organizations and revival efforts.
Organized neodruidism did not reach America until the early 1900s as an extension of AAOD/AMOD. Though originally a more Masonic-based secret society, the “Ancient Order of Druids in America” (AODA), as they called themselves, evolved into a standard green magick system under the direction of John Michael Greer, including neo-paganism and sacred geometry. The 1960s displayed a more publicly visible forum for “reformed” neodruidism, evident by the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA), founded by Minnesota college students: first as a rebellion to the religious requirements of Carleton College, but it became a widespread modern contemporary avenue toward New Age ideals.
Ross Nichols had been a member of ADO for a decade when Arch Druid Robert MacGregor Reid passed away in 1963. The election for a new Chosen Chief produced a schism in the organization. Nichols felt that the Rosicrucian-Theosophical approach to neodruidism did not “feel” truly “druidic,” so he formed the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). The order still incorporated some Eastern philosophies but remained primarily Celtic. After his death, OBOD was passed down to Philip Carr-Gomm who jump-started the organization again in 1988. Most of the modern revival traditions of the 1990s-to-present seem heavily dependent on the OBOD materials and social networking. Most major contemporary neodruidic figures/authors have some connection to OBOD in England (or to COBOD, the Council of British Orders of the Druids).
Back in America, the RDNA tradition gave rise to an only slightly more solemn practice in the early 1980s under the direction of Isaac Bonewits. The new order, A Druid Fellowship (ADF) sought to provide for America what OBOD does for Europe. Both organizations eventually became an international success. But then, as is common in neo-druidism, another schism erupted. In 1986, some members broke away from ADF to form the Henge of Keltria (HK), which justifiably sought to remove the wiccan influence that overran the ADF materials.
The neodruidism of the 21st Century really belongs to the youth of society, the young and middle-aged seekers. At one time it seemed to be a social organization aimed at the older and more established working class. Today, the ecological responsibility proposed by the “Druid Way” speaks to those that fear the near-future state of the Earth Planet. It is the younger generations that are feeling the effects and fearing the future as they work to solidify their own lives on an ever-changing canvas. The long-term effects of crude oil use, chlorine-based refrigerants, freshwater pollution and air quality are beginning to take affect, though it seems the elder mongers with cash interests in these products simply don’t care about those of us that will still be alive in the oncoming decades. The world of neodruidism has come into existence among the common classes because of the calling felt to aid in the restoration and balance of Nature… —Joshua Free
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“Yes, Virigina, there is a Santa Claus…”
But its not the red and white clad portly gentleman portrayed by the Coca-Cola bottling company. That particular image has only been with us for about a century. It certainly has nothing to do with Saint Nicholas delivering toys to good Christian girls and boys either.
So, where did all of this Christmas season tomfoolery actually begin?
As some people are actually aware — regarding Christmas, holly and ivy, mistletoe and the decorative evergreen tree — the common traditions and customs of the Christmas “Yuletide” holiday season all originate with the ancient system of the Celtic Druids!
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“Emerging from the mists of pagan Europe is the face of a man, a forest spirit, only slightly distinguishable from the surrounding foliage. The Green Man is not really a single entity, but a composite archetypal energy that appears in many Celtic deities such as Cernunnos (or Kernunnos), the Dagda, Gwyn ap Nudd and Herne the Hunter.
“The name may have come familiarized as a result of the “Green Men,” a forest-based secret society involving such legendary characters as Robin Hood. The Green Man figure is sometimes horned or antlered revealing his position as “Lord of the Forest” and in some interpretations, “Lord of the Earth.” The Green Man establishes his position by grasping the serpent in one hand and the bull’s “torc” in the other.
“In Edaphic lore, the dualistic fight for supremacy or Enlil-ship is ritually recognized each year by the metaphorical battle between the “light” Oak-King and the “dark” Holly-King. In the summer he is called the “Jack-in-the-Green,” and in the winter “Jack Frost.” In all cases, the anthropomorphic symbol of the Green Man represents the connection between mankind and the planet.
“The Green Man is sometimes equated with Oberon, the “King of the Elves,” though Oberon was really only one of many Dragon Kings. In Celtic mythology, one of his guises is “Gwyn ap Nudd” or “Gwaine, son of Nuada,” called “Lord of the Mounds.” Nuada is one of the Tuatha d’Anu, the famous faerie descendents of the Anunnaki in the Western European and Danubian interpretation. As “Lord of the Hunt,” Herne appears with the Elven hunting dogs, the cooshie.
“In some older European cathedrals the face of the Green Man can still be found lurking in corners, a reminder put in place by the architects and masons hired by the Church that Nature could never be truly forgotten.” — from ARCANUM by Joshua Free
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Each winter that the annual wheel is observed, Druids, elves, fairy witches and New Agers of all kinds bare witness to the Solar procession that takes place — a cosmic astronomical passion play that is responsible both figuratively and literally for all life on the planet Earth; a dramatic enactment that is observed most specifically from the time of the Winter Solstice (Yule) until the Spring Equinox, called Ostara in the general Celtic-based New Age revivals, a word drawn from the very name of Ishtar (Babylonian), or Inanna to the Sumerians.
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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 ‘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