“Three tasks of a Druid: To live fully in the present, to honour the past, and to hear the voice of tomorrow”. – Druidic triad.
The world needs Druids, and I expect the future needs them too.
Looking at the future now seems challenging. With the ever-looming climate emergency and the rise of right-wing politics, the future seems like a scary place.
Which is why it will need Druids.
The future needs people who will speak for those who have no voice, human and non-human alike. People who will stand for what is right and speak the Truth Against the World even if nobody else does. People who not only talk about change, but who show through their actions and their lives that change is possible.
The traditional roles of the Druid are usually divided into the Bard, the Ovate and the Druid. The future will need all of these.
We will need Bards who can create stories, songs, art, theatre, films, books, blogs, letters, music – to bring the ideas of change and hope and the love of a sacred and enchanted world into being, to inspire others to do the same.
We will need Ovates who can heal, who know First Aid, CPR and Mental Health response, as well as herbal and natural healing methods – and Ovates who can in a sense travel in time, reminding us of the struggles faced by our ancestors, and looking ahead to a more hopeful tomorrow.
We will need Druids who can guide with the gentle wisdom of the oak, who can take an active role in their communities, who can be there to support and nurture their lands, and the people (human and non-human) who live on them. We will need the philosopher and the mystic, the forest sage and the seer, the advisor and the judge.
Druidry has so many gifts to offer the future, and I hope that it will continue to grow and put down roots as well as spreading new branches out in new forms. I daresay the Druidry of the future will look different to the Druidry of today, just as today’s Druidry is different from that of the 17th century Druid Revival, which was different again from the ancient Celtic Druids.
But there will still be Druidry, even if it may not take that name. As long as there are people who love the earth, who hear the songs of nature and the Awen, who care for all existences, who stand for peace and justice, truth and knowledge, who are inspired by myth and magic to live in meaningful relationship here and now, there will be Druidry.
I believe that there is hope for the future. I see it in the generations leading the climate strikes and protests, in the communities who stand strong in the face of oppression, in the millions of people all around the world who refuse to serve the soulless machine of capitalism and government, and who seek another, gentler, kinder way of being.
And I see that hope in Druidry. I hold that hope for Druidry.
Like the eternal flame of Brigid, the flame of the Awen, the fire in the head, can be passed on from person to person, age to age, yet never extinguished. Its light illuminates our path as it did our ancestors and as it will continue to do in the future.
For as long as there is hope, no darkness can overcome it.
[Prompt from Alison Leigh Lilly’s 30 Days of Druidry]