How to Use This Course
This is Ordugh na Slighe Meadhanach’s free online Dedicant Path course. This course is designed to be completed in a year and a day. There are 52 weekly lessons.
This course is divided into three main sections:
Earth Path: This section discusses how to draw closer to nature by caring for the Earth and understanding how we fit into the Web of Life, how to live sustainably and ecologically, and how to be active in giving back to the natural world. The basic foundation for the Earth Path section is the Celtic tree alphabet known as ogham. In learning about the ogham, we will discuss the properties of the trees and plants associated with each letter of this alphabet. We will also cover how to develop a relationship with your birth tree. The First Triad of the Earth Path is the Ogham, Deep Ecology, and Animal Wisdom.
Sun Path: This section offers an in-depth analysis of the Wheel of the Year and how to celebrate the High Days, including suggested rituals for each. It also discusses the Wheel of the Year as a metaphor for our own sacred journey through life, embracing the concepts of balance between light and dark, chaos and order. The First Triad of the Sun Path is the Wheel of the Year, Gods and Goddesses, and Rites of Passage.
Moon Path: This section focuses on the inner journey of the Druid. Just as the Moon has no light of its own, but reflects the light of the Sun, the Moon Path teaches us to reflect the divine within ourselves. Included in this section are suggestions on basic vision questing, how to meditate, and dream interpretation. The First Triad of the Moon Path is dream work, meditation, and vision-seeking (shamanism).
To use this course, read through each section prior to beginning the exercises contained in each. Some of the exercises in each section are to be completed only once, some are to be done every day, and some depend on the seasons. If you complete the course in a year, and decide that the Way of the Druid as practiced by Ordugh na Slighe Meadhanach is the path for you, then the remaining day of the year and a day period will be used for your self-initiation rite. Complete instructions on how to initiate yourself are included at the end of the course.
Ordugh na Slighe Meadhanach, in conjunction with Elder Grove Seminary, also offers an initiation ceremony each year at various locations throughout Washington State near the Seattle/Tacoma area. We also have rites about once every four years at the home of Elder Grove Seminary in Upstate South Carolina. If you live in these areas or can travel to it for an initiation, you’re always welcome! Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for upcoming dates.
Since the Way of the Druid is a highly individual path, don’t get caught up in the idea that there is a “right way” or a “wrong way” to do things. In the Way of the Druid, the right way is the way that has meaning to you. As long as you comply with the Four Sacred Pillars of our Order, the rest is just suggestions.
Welcome to the deeper world that is the Way of the Druid!