My Life as a Druid

I am a Druid who is a Flamekeeper for Bridget, ruled by the Morrighan, devoted to Freya, fc490d1ccc04bfe88c40603735e39e4eand a Priestess of Sekhmet.

I became a Druid in 1996 after the passing of my grandmother. I was dedicated into the

Caledonii Tradition which later became Caledon à Cuallacht. I was raised in the Episcopal Church as a child and while I became a Druid, the impact of ritual and celebration within the church has stuck with me. In the years leading to my personal discovery of Druidism, I delved into tarot reading and beginning witchcraft. I researched, read, and wrote about the impact of the Druids in Irish literature, since it directly related to my family lineage in Ireland and Scotland. When I met Lord Ariel of the Caledonii in the summer of 1995, I was excited to learn that Druidism was alive and attainable. Yet it took the death of my paternal grandmother, feeling isolated at a university where I knew no one, and a horrific roommate for me to finally seek out Lord Ariel I had met the year before.

The first thing he did was give me a green candle, told me to light it for my grandmother and place it on the altar, and sit quietly. While the candle burned down, he sat with me in vigil as I cried. I ended up moving out of my dorm room and into the house for the Alternative Faith Alliance, that Ariel sponsored as an advisor. I was dedicated Imbolc of 1996 and dual-initiated into Druidism as a Gutuater and 1st degree Wicca the Summer Solstice of 1996. In the following year, I studied and read about Cuchulain, Celtic mythology, and mysticism. Halfway through the year, Lord Ariel determined I was ready to take my training to the next level. During the Samhain gathering at Fairy Glenn, he asked me to take on the role of a priestess and carry the Calleaich for the yearly ceremony. During the ritual, as I carried her skull around to all attending, I invoked her. Apparently during the ritual I caught on fire and members put out the flames, but there were no singe marks left. Lord Ariel decided that I was ready for the next level in Druidism.

Yule of 1996, he raised me to the level of Ueleda. This placed me in the role of conducting the rites and ceremonies for the Caledonii Tradition. I was drawn to the studies of Lore and Legends as a Seer in the tribe. Due to the low membership in Caledonii, I was frequently asked to step into the role of a Seanchai in order to help lead ritual and read the mythology of the Celts. While being groomed to be initiated as a Seanchai the Beltaine of 1997, at the last moment the Druis determined that to help the tribe flourish I was to be elevated to Druis with two other Seanchai. So, Beltaine 1997, I was elevated with two brothers into the role of Druis. In the summer of 1998, I rekindle the flame with my first love and moved to Florida. We married in August of 2000 and attempted to remain active with the Caledonii. We joined the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans after we married. I hosted a Druidic ritual Yule 2000 and gained a few interested seekers. As they began their studies the Caledonii Tradition began having difficulties with merging with a historical Celtic path. In 2000/2001, the Caledonii Tradition met difficult times and hibernated into the darkness.

I joined the Coven of the Silver Cypress in West Palm beach, Florida in 2001. It served as an eclectic coven in which five of the senior members taught the knowledge they had been taught before joining the coven. I served as the Druid but learned about Ceremonial magick, Norse mythology and practices, Egyptian beliefs, and Hermeticism. By the end of 2001 the coven fell apart and the members drifted apart. In April of 2002 I was initiated into Co-Freemasonry and dedicated my training solely to esotericism. April 2004 I was raised to the degree of M.M. and continued my education. In 2005 and 2006 I obtained the higher degrees of M.MM. and H.R.A. in the Lodge. In 2006, we moved back home to the Carolinas to awaken a dark Lodge. In 2008, I was initiated to the 18th degree in Co-Freemasonry. My husband and I lead the Lodge from 2006 to 2011. I also went back to University in 2008 and found running a Lodge difficult to manage while also dedicating myself to my studies. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2010 and began pursuing a Master’s degree.  After 2011, I dedicated myself solely to obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching English. I graduated in 2012 and then went back for a Master of Arts in English, graduating in 2013. I currently am pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction while teaching Middle School and College English courses.

I rededicated myself to Druidism in 2016. I renewed my membership into the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD) and with Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF). I also dedicated myself to working with the Sylvan Celtic Fellowship (SCF) in the Carolinas to help in the local community. While dedicating myself, I found inspiration to reawaken Caledon à Cuallacht from hibernation as one of the women leaders of the pagan community in the Charlotte, NC area. Caledon à Cuallacht was my mama clann who held my heart. By mid-year 2017, I discovered that my mama clann was a collection of material plagiarized from other Druidic groups. As the current leader of Caledon à Cuallacht, I decided that the tradition needed to fold to prevent unnecessary harm to continue. This broke my heart, since I had placed my faith in a tradition that turned out to be falsified and stolen from the work of others. This also meant that the year and a half of work that I placed in reviving the order turned out to be for the sole purpose of revealing its lies. Many tears of frustration and heartache fell from one of the most difficult decisions I had to make to listen to my moral compass and the goddess who guided me on this journey.

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