The Druid's Path
The Warrior Spirit in Today’s World
by Karl Schlotterbeck
Many of us drawn to Druidic things are also drawn to both scholastic and warrior aspects of the old Celtic world. Some of us are drawn to the accoutrements of the warrior, such as sword and spear, or just the idea of adventure and fearlessness. Renaissance Festivals and enactments allow us to enjoy anachronistic features of the warrior drawn from those earlier times. Through these imaginings, we can pull forward some of the old positive attributes into our lives today.
I would like to take this inclination a step further to ask about the place and quest of the warrior in the 21st century.
If we were to seriously take on the mantle of the Druidic Warrior for the 21st century, what might that mean? I have some ideas of my own, but I would like to begin a discussion of sorts and solicit comments from our members and Henge Happenings readers. Thus, I offer here a few questions and invite your responses to Karl.Schlotterbeck*.
· What is the Holy War for Druidic Warriors today? For what do we struggle? Against what do we struggle?
· What do we protect, and against what?
· In this battle, what are the arts of the true warrior and what weapons will she/he need? How shall we define victory?
· Since love is often thought of as the balance for any struggle, what are the arts and tools for love?
· What would the training and an initiation look like?
· Finally, what obligations would be put on the warrior and what taboos? In other words, what would he/she have to maintain or do to be in good standing; and what would she or he have to avoid? (These could be general things or specific to the individual.)
If you were doing this survey, are there other questions you would like to have included? What would be your answer?