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THE HALLMARKS OF KELTRIAN DRUIDISM

We have developed nine statements which encompass our values and world view. They are as follows:

  • We celebrate the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Ireland.
    This is accomplished through our rituals and sensing their inspiration in our lives.

  • We revere the Spirits of Nature.
    This is also achieved through ritual and awareness of their messages received as we move though our daily routines.

  • We Honor our Ancestors.
    As with our Gods, Goddesses, and Nature Spirits, our Ancestors provide us with guidance and encouragement.

  • We respect all life and do no harm without deliberation or regard.
    It is wrong to kill or maim without reason, regard, and necessity. We place the responsibility of choice firmly in the hands of the individual.

  • The virtue of an action is judged by the action itself, the intention behind the action and its outcome.
    An individual determines their own ethics based on self-respect and consideration of others.

  • Justice is sought through restorative measures.
    Justice is best served not by reward or punishment, freedom or confinement, but in the efforts towards restoring the health of broken relationships.

  • We gain knowledge and develop wisdom by learning what we can and teaching what we are able.
    Our purpose in life is to grow and evolve in wisdom.

  • We encourage people to follow their own paths.
    We do not have the “one, right, only true way.” The Henge of Keltria provides a framework for self-exploration and choice.

  • We endorse the growth and evolution of The Henge of Keltria and the membership.
    The Henge of Keltria is prepared to accept new, proven scholarship even if it alters core practices. We recognize the importance of an individual’s evolution and provide guidance when requested.

ORGANIZATION

We call our religious organization "The Henge." The semi-autonomous local groups within the tradition are called "Groves." Each Grove is encouraged to compose and perform ritual and magic geared to its own particular focus, provided such work remains compatible with the beliefs, ethics, and ritual and structural framework of the Order. The Henge is governed by a Council of Elders for theological matters and a Board of Trustees for secular matters.

The Council of Elders, which may number up to nine individuals are elected by the members of the Ring of the Oak. The Council of Elders is responsible for all matters deemed to be of a spiritual or theological nature. The Council is responsible for enforcing the by-laws, beliefs, and ethics of the Henge, and will make appropriate judgments regarding individuals or Groves when necessary. The Council of Elders is empowered to remove any member from the membership rolls for cause as stated in the Henge by-laws.

The Board of Trustees consists of seven members. These are four elected secular officers: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, plus three trustee seats.  All but the treasurer are elected from the Membership. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the operational decisions of the Henge. The rights, responsibilities and terms of office for the secular officers are explained in the Henge by-laws. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the distribution of resources and handling communications in a timely fashion.

The Membership consists of people in good standing who have paid their annual dues. The Membership elects the Board of Trustees and approves changes or additions to the by-laws.


Practices

We keep in tune with the movement of the Earth and the heartbeat of our ancestors by celebrating the eight seasonal feasts of the Celtic year. We observe the four solar festivals - the two solstices and equinoxes. We observe as well the four cross quarters; those of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine, and Lughnasadh. These are the so-called “Earth festivals.” Although we typically call these feasts by Keltrian names, they relate to the following Neopagan festivals:

Feast of Rebirth
Feast of Awakening
Feast of Flowing 
Feast of Flowering
Feast of Fruiting
Feast of Harvest
Feast of Fallow 
Feast of Death 

Winter Solstice
Imbolc
Spring Equinox
Beltaine
Summer Solstice
Lughnasadh
Fall Equinox
Samhain

On each of these eight festivals we honor a specific God and Goddess from our pantheon, maintaining a balance between male and female energy These deities represent the feast, the time of year, and the cycle of our lives.

We also conduct two lunar festivals each month. The Mistletoe Rite commemorates the gathering of mistletoe. It is conducted on the sixth night of the moon. This ritual is devoted to the aspects of health and communion. Our other lunar observance, the Vervain Rite, is typically held near or about the third quarter. It commemorates the gathering of the vervain, which was harvested when neither sun nor moon were in the sky. The Vervain Rite employs spells and magic working, and is open only to initiates of the tradition.

In addition to the cyclical feasts, most groves observe two yearly commemorative feasts, which honor specific events. The first of these is the "Feast of Age," a reenactment of the feast given for the Gods by Manannán Mac Lir and Goibhniu. The pigs and ale consumed at this feast gave the Gods their immortality and invincibility. We partake in this feast to celebrate our spiritual immortality and the invincibility of our faith.

The second yearly feast we observe is the "Feast of Remembrance," dedicated to the Druids who were slain and the sacred Groves that were desecrated when Caesar's army took the island stronghold of Anglesey in 60 CE. This feast also extends to remembering all people who were slain or persecuted because of their religious beliefs.


Clergy

The Henge of Keltria has ordained Clergy. Ordination is a process of demonstration of skills and validation of certain knowledge.  Ordinations are overseen by the Council of Elders.

The Henge of Keltria was established as a not-for-profit religious order in 1987. It received 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS effective November 30, 1995.

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