The two great branches of Western Paganism are Druidry and Wicca. A pagan renaissance has begun as more and more people find a deep sense of spirituality nature and the land. The Druid path has traditionally been one of divination and study. Remember that Caesar wrote that some Druids spent as long as twenty years in their education at Druid colleges. Barry Cunliffe, in his book “Druids: A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford University Press, 2010), states that the Druids were “. . . philosophers, teachers, judges, the repository of communal wisdoms [sic] about the natural world and the traditions of the people, and the mediators between humans and the gods”.
The neo-pagan religion of Wicca only traces its roots back to the early 20th Century when Gerald Gardner, in 1939, claimed that he had been initiated into the New Forest coven. Nevertheless, traditional witches, wizards (wise folk) and shamans have probably exists for as long as human have been tribal. Wicca today embraces a variety of practices that include spell craft, circle rituals, and wortcraft (the use of plants and herbs).
The distinctions between the two traditions have slowly been disappearing as Druids incorporate Wiccan practices, and Wiccans borrow from Druids. The Grove of the Forest Druid is an eclectic Druidcraft grove that incorporates both traditional Druid and Wiccan (craft) practices. I hope that you will view of Grove page and if it resonates with you then consider joining with us. I will be holding periodic rituals for the celebrations of the wheel of the year and for new Moon and full Moon esbats on YouTube Live or Zoom. Please email me if you would like to receive a link so that you can participate in a ritual.
I'm Dr. Dave, a modern druid. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice Druidcraft and contemporary shamanism.