Morgaine, Founding Elder Dreamer.
Samhain 2004 (updated 2007)
Avalon Druid Order (ADO) * P.O. Box 62151 * Ft Myers, FL 33906
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Thus, contemporary Avalonian groups tend to found their spiritual practices on specific Avalonian archetypes and eras, forming Tradition branches not unlike the denominations of mainstream religions; our spiritual focus is the “Faery” (native) Druidry of the Age of the Mothers, in the time before the Celts. Avalon’s is a re-emerging Tradition, whose isolated adherents were reunited only recently through the web-working of the Celtic Sisterhoods; a reunion which opened the way to the very roots of Avalon’s wisdom. Avalon Druid Order (ADO) is a product of this reflowering of Avalonian Tradition, and Avalon’s root wisdoms form the basis for our spiritual teachings and practice.Our spiritual ancestors, the native Druids remembered in Celtic literature, were a peaceful people whose culture was subsumed by the incoming warrior cults and the followers of a new religion. Avalon Druid Order offers guidance in reclaiming our spiritual birthright, teaching the tools of self-empowerment and spiritual midwifery through rich, continuing oral and written traditions, and ancestral spiritual practices that promote tolerance for diversity and good stewardship through direct experience of spiritual communion and immersion in a holistic, pantheist worldview. We live a richly meaningful life honouring a balance with Nature; those with the courage to change and adapt will find here a template for harmonious living that is desperately needed today.These root wisdoms provide the basis for our life and spiritual practice within the Order. Our Druid Way does not derive from medieval grimoires, the minds of fantasy writers, or the annals of hostile cultures, but from a source native to the western world, whose wisdoms the Celts recognized and absorbed into their own lore and practice. We study Celtic literature as a window looking into Avalon’s earlier, native spirituality. The spiritual ancestors who founded Avalonian Tradition are remembered in Celtic lore, but they are not Celts, and while there are many points of overlap there remain also many important points of divergence. It is a Way unlike any other, forged by the ancestors to endure far beyond the present day.All that was best in the ancient Tradition we strive to preserve here. The heart of our spiritual community remains the gathering around the central hearthfire, where the dream that defines our collective ancestral identity (or “folk soul”) is held. Here, through diligent study and practice, we are each reborn to Tribal life, practices, customs, culture, and spirituality: the wellspring of our Druid practice. From life in the gathering we come to know the Call to Avalon as a Call to Service, but service comes not easily to all people and not all service is easy. Our story of Avalon is the story of the Wasteland. It is a tale for our times, telling how humanity causes the land to become barren and how it may be restored. We serve by midwifing this healing and renewal. To this end, we believe that the key lies in reviving the native spiritual worldviews of our earliest ancestors and living them today... This is our ancestral Druid Way.Today we work to reclaim our primal authority, adapting our spiritual craft to the needs of modern peoples and times. Avalon’s re-emergence in this time has long been foreseen, but prophecies are not guarantees; they must be manifest by those with heart for the task, and if those people come not forward the tasks remain unfulfilled. We are each here, then, in answer to this Call. To answer and effect this great spiritual renewal means being more than knowledgeable and erudite; it requires us to take action, to change, and to ask ourselves certain vital questions. It is our questions that actually matter. We may teach you how to ask the right questions, but we cannot tell you what answer(s) you will find after asking them and we cannot ask them for you. Your answers are already within you. They are revealed by asking, by seeking, through direct exploration, and by your own unique experience as a “walker-between-worlds”. The keys we provide are not guarantees. A spiritual path is a road with many windings and which way is right for another none can say, for the road is different for everyone. In the end there is only the path we follow, and those from which we turn aside. Our Way is not a way for all people, for all Druids, or even for all Avalonians. Those who come to us seeking refuge from the hard choices facing humanity will be disappointed, for our Way is the Way of Truth, and Truth demands that we assume responsibility for our own duties and destinies, not hide from them. Those who come seeking to serve only their own ambitions and desires will likewise be disappointed, for our service is to the highest good of all and not to ourselves alone. Which of us will find our greatness here and which will discover a calling elsewhere, none can say. You have come seeking Avalon and you have found her. And you are come seeking Wisdom, but even the Wise cannot say if you will find it for Wisdom is a gift from and to the Self, and many the tests of its attainment. Even now you stand upon the threshold of change. Will you embrace it? We can only advise you to follow where your heart leads; should it so prompt you, enter with an open mind and heart and you shall be likewise met. Be you blessed, gentle Seeker.
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