Much of what we believe may be found on the FAQ page of this website, and the particulars may be found on the Bylaws page in the download called "Belief & Vision Statements: Codes of Ethics and Conduct", but for the Seeker who would appreciate a brief overview of the ADO's guiding principles, this page may suffice.
Members of the Avalon Druid Order (ADO) follow core beliefs which conform to those common to all followers of the Avalon Mystery Tradition (or 'Avalonian Tradition'). We have already elucidated these beliefs in the aforementioned documents, so there is no need to repeat them here. What has not been elucidated are some of the assumptions underlying these Traditional ethics and values. These are covered mainly in The Book of Tribes (the ADO members manual), but we can summarise them for you here.
Members are expected to uphold the Nine Measures; the ancestral definition of the person of good character:
Honour (including Loyalty and Duty): Good reputation. Inherently, consistently trustworthy and dependable in all situations and circumstances. Personally responsible for oneself and others (e.g. dependants).
Hospitality: As defined by the Guest Laws, providing food, shelter and entertainment to visitors and travellers.
Honesty: Clear, open, without deceit, in 'right-relationship' with oneself and others; the foundation of Truth, from which come integrity and authority.
Tribe: Defending and maintaining authentic identity and community.
Justice: Universal, indisputable ‘rightness’ against which human behaviour is measured and toward which it must ever strive; a process through which we discern how balance has been lost in order to learn how it might be restored.
Courage: The ability to transcend one’s natural terror, see the inner truth of a situation, and then take effective action in the moment.
Love: (Divine Love) The wild, relentless, uncontrollable animating force that flows through all Life; the uncompromising, unconditional (but not undiscerning) love of the Deities, which neither condones our weaknesses and errors nor nurses our bruised egos; which asks everything, yet gives us more in return.
Passion: Intense desire for Truth and the will to pursue it to its ends; a defining characteristic of a ‘free people’. The fierce joy of Being, a reflection of the Source itself.
A similar standard applies to ancestral communities, and like the Nine Measures, all members are expected to strive to fulfil them:
Harmony: The needs of the community and the needs of the individual work in parallel and complement one another. What benefits one, benefits the other, not only in theory, but in practice.
Unity: All community members are part of one extended, spiritual kin-group; all are foster-kin of our spiritual ancestors who have been adopted into one of the Nine Tribes.
Equality: All members are equals in the eyes of the ancestors and Deities, though we are not equivalent or interchangeable.
Diversity: Recognise and honour our uniqueness and differences as gifts to ourselves and to our community.
Tradition: Uphold, maintain, and pass down the ancestral bequest (Braithion Avalonian Spiritual Tradition) to new generations of members exactly as taught by the ADO Founder (Morgaine), without amendment, 'improvement', or alteration of any kind.
Consensus: Ideally, ADO would be governed by a Tribal Council with spiritual oversight by the Elder Council (ADO Novices and Druids); however, since the general membership's knowledge of the Tradition is often inaccurate or incomplete, they cannot be granted authority over ADO spiritual beliefs, teachings, customs, or practices, even as they express in policies, procedures, and protocols. Therefore, until such time as we can all be counted upon to share the same ancestral worldview, final decisions are made by the Great Council with input from the membership.
Authentic Identity: Derived from our spiritual and family lineages, and our characters and deeds, and not as assigned by corporate entities, national or otherwise.
Resanctification: All work and activities are performed mindfully, with a recognition and awareness of their spiritual / magical significance. Our relationships are collaborative, rather than exploitative.
History: The ancestors and their stories are part of our everyday lives. We share our experiences, thoughts, and feelings with them, and we remember them by telling their stories; for their stories are also our stories.