30 Days of Druidry: Everyday Life – Druidry and Community

The Druid knows that they are never really alone.

We are all, always, connected: to each other, to the ancestors, to the nature-kin of fur and feather, shell and scale, bark and leaf, to the Spirit that moves through all things.

We are always, already, in community.

Within this vast community of being, we will have our own, smaller, communities: those with whom we interact more often, and who are closer to us.

Within Druidry, we may have our Druid community. I have begun celebrating seasonal festivals with a small local grove this year, and am starting to get to know the folks there more as a community. I have had the community of Druid College, and over the next year want to get more involved in the community of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

There’s also the LGBTQ+ community: I have begun to help create a social group for LGBTQ+ library colleagues, for instance. This community is important because we all face similar oppression and hate, so we all stand together as a community to help keep each other strong and safe.

The same can be true for the wider Pagan community: with Pagan festivals and Pagan Pride events being ways to counter misconceptions, as well as ways to bring people together under a common identity.

Then there’s the local community, our neighbourhoods, towns, cities, countries. How do we relate to them? What are we doing to contribute to these communities? It sometimes seems in Britain today that these communities are hopelessly divided along harsh political lines, but still they are communities and need support and healing.

Beyond the human, there is the community of our local ecosystem, animals, trees, rivers, grasslands; all of these are communities in which we as Druids can play a part.

My Druidry is often a solitary affair, but even walking the fields alone I am still part of many communities: walking the edge of the village I call home, as a Pagan, a Druid, a queer person, an animal in an ecological community.

The Druid knows that they are never really alone.

[Prompt from Alison Leigh Lilly’s 30 Days of Druidry]

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