Came in the mail today, my ‘credentials’ as a Master of Druidry.
Don’t get too excited about it. I got it from a place that is a bit of a ‘diploma mill’. Essentially, if you complete the work (that isn’t that hard) you get the certificate. ( 20 lessons, one a week, and a ‘thesis’ at the end).
More detail here: http://www.onlineseminary.org/druidry.php
Still, I realized that there was a relevance to what the Druids did and thought I ought to get a grounding in it. (That whole lunar cycle connected to weather, climate, cycles of life on earth and the collapse of civilizations). Druids spent a fair amount of time looking at the solar and lunar calendars and how they would interact. Exactly the kind of thing that is showing up to be the driver of weather / climate cycles.
So I went looking for ‘somewhere to learn Druid’ and, well, there are not a lot of choices! (And many of them are a ‘neo’ kind of touchy feely hyper spiritualism ( fine and all) and do nothing to cover the technical side of druidry. The ancient Druids were a diverse bunch – there were specialties that ranged from the equivalent of a lawyer to being a Ph.D. astronomy and navigation. The modern Druids spend most of their time on communing with trees in the forest and being spiritual, not so much on working out how to track Metonic vs Saros vs other lunar cycles and how they would relate to weather.
For those reasons, and more, I decided to go this route (along with picking up some selected books on Druids and the history of Druidism). At this point, I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on what they knew. (At least, to the extent it survived. Much has been lost and is simply not known. One of the frustrations is realizing that I may have “mastery” of what is known about them, but it is damn little that is known. The rest I think I’ll need to rediscover / recreate.)
The “bottom line” (located conveniently here at the bottom ;-) is that you don’t build giant stone structures to track the moon and solar cycles over generational time scales just because you think “the moon is pretty” or decided there was a “Moon Goddess” to placate. Druids were master navigators ( Ancient Rome sent folks to the UK to learn navigation from them) and had a belief that nature let you predict future events, including natural cycles. Tracking the moon through 18-19 year cycles falls squarely into that ‘predict the future by knowing the past’ technology.