cursuswalker wrote:Davin Raincloud wrote:This is why we 'humans' form orders and groups.
At the end of the day we should be able to freely express and associate with others as a Druid.
In reality, so many people decide that they don't like you and your interpretation, and they seek to invalidate you.
Tell me about it.
Regardless of what group I belong to, and what their definitions are, I am a druid so long as I call myself one.
That is non-negotiable, simply because it is exactly the wat the Druid Revival happened. People declaring themselves to be druids.
Reverence of the natural world is central to one being a druid. So if one proclaims themself a druid and he does not uphold nature is he a druid? I would say, No!!
I have also read on a number of sites that all proper neo-druids follow the " wheel of the year ", in ritual. If they exclude this practice are they still a druid?
They should be common practices that define druidry and those practicing it, regardless whether they incorporate a religion into it or make druidry a religion in itself or practicing it from a purely philosophical standpoint. There should be some set of values that define modern druidry. If those are not set and/or not followed anyone can call themselves a druid and the name would really mean nothing.
Flexibility is a good thing ( Incorporating various religious views, or lack of, for example. ) but still " Druidry " should carry some weight and some common set definitions ( Rules ) that make it's participants " Druids ". Otherwise it is really nothing.