The Epistle to the Myopians

000.To all the orders of Druids, peace from Joan, priestess and Druid of the Order of Dalon Ap Landu, and Preceptor of the Grove which is in Berkeley. 00. May the Lord of the Groves guide my hand in this writing. Blessed be the Earth-Mother who bringest forth all life. 0. May the Earth-Mother keep David the Fisher in Her sight and bless him, for this is all his fault. 1. Priest and Patriarchs, hear me Druids of much ilk, hear me Worshippers in the Groves, hear me Brothers and Sisters, Children...

Chapter Seven The Magic of Druid Worship

As you no doubt might imagine, brothers and sisters, I have been alternately amused and angered by comments about how easy it is for ritual to independently acquire magical properties of its own. 2. My amusement was based upon my own knowledge that any effective religious ritual will already have magical properties or it won't work at all. 3. Whereas my anger was not directed at the speakers of the derogatory comments, for they had no way of knowing otherwise, but rather at the theologians and...

Chapter Five But What About Ritual

Now as a Reformed Druid, I am entitled to believe any sort of nonsense, simple or sophisticated that I care to, and you will no doubt be happy to allow me that right. 2. But you may be wondering what all of this intellectual discussion has to do with the positive or negative values of ritual therefore, I will turn to that subject as quickly as possible. 3. But First it is necessary to explain some of the terms I will be using in the forthcoming discussion, for Heirurgy (which means the work of...

The Second Epistle of Isaac

This was written by Isaac Bonewits in the summer of 1976, probably in late July 1976, two years after the First Epistle of Isaac. It is generically addressed to the Council, but it is uncertain if he actually mailed it or if he merely published it to be read in the DC(E). The first half of 1976 had been filled with a resurgence of letters between Druids, after an interestingly quiet 1975. It appears that the Second Epistle, was Isaac's way of explaining himself in full-blown-detail, to clarify...

The First Epistle of Isaac

As Isaac mention in his endnotes to DC(E), that this Epistle was written after the letter in the Book of Changes Part One, and that the First Epistle was intended to have been mailed with that letter. The Letter was mailed out, and the Epistle followed about four weeks later in late August of 1974, although we do not have an original copy in the Archives. This delay may have caused even more discord, because the July 18th letter was too curt to really explain Isaac's intentions, and, arriving...

Chapter Four Earthly Deities and the Supreme Being

Followers of Reformed Druidism who are horrified by being associated with Paganism will be surprised to learn that traditional Pagan attitudes towards a Supreme Being are highly similar to those held by most Reformed Druids towards Be'al. 2. Most Paleopagan and Neopagan systems of theilogy tend towards a belief that the High God or High Goddess lives very far away and is not concerned with the actions of mortals although He She It may have been the original parent of the tribal Gods,...

Chapter the Fifth Neo Pagan Pantheonizing

Parallels and linguistic connotations aside, one of the problems I find in Neo-Paganism in its current context is its tendency to over-define and personalize deity concepts. 2. In this Neo-Paganism models itself after the polytheistic pantheons of established mythologies, such as those of Greece and Rome, and tries to extend this structure to other vaguer pantheons, such as those of the Celts or Norse. 3. In this attempt they make the same mistake that the Romans did in their attempts to...

The Epistle of Norman

This letter was written by Norman Nelson to Isaac (and others) on November 10th, 1974. As I mentioned earlier in the notes to the Epistle of David the Chronicler, Nelson had been deeply involved in the original founding of the RDNA at Carleton, a stand-in Arch-Druid for a few months, led many services at Carleton, helped to found the Higher Orders, was a Patriarch of the 5th order, had run at least two official missionary groves, and was a general resource for confused Druids. It was apparently...

Why Were Two Separate Apocryphas Printed

When the Druid Chronicles Reformed were written, as found in Part One of this ARDA, most people felt that no more books should be added to the Chronicles. However, they still had the itch to write and distribute their own thoughts to other people, especially to future students at Carleton. The Blue Book was a binder of such past materials and it was passed from one Carleton Arch-Druid to their successors. Unfortunately, the Arch-Druids of the other groves did not have access to this...