This course in Foundational Druidry as practiced by the Black Mountain Druid Order is designed to be completed in a year and a day. There are 52 weekly lessons. The Black Mountain Druid Order uses a lunar calendar of thirteen months, and each of those months contains exactly four weeks. Lessons are marked Month One, Week One, etc. through Month Thirteen, Week Four.
As you progress through the course, mark the lessons “complete” as you finish them. When you mark all the lessons complete, you will receive a certificate of completion in pdf format awarding you with the rank of First Degree Druid with the Black Mountain Druid Order. You must mark all the lessons as completed before the certificate will be generated.
The certificate will be printed with the first and last names you entered when you created your account. If you would like a different name on your certificate, login to your profile and change your first and last name, then re-print your certificate (you may have to refresh the screen).
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This course is divided into three main sections:
Earth Path: This section discusses how to draw closer to nature by caring for the Earth and understanding how we fit into the Web of Life, how to live sustainably and ecologically, and how to be active in giving back to the natural world. The basic foundation for the Earth Path section is the Celtic tree alphabet known as ogham. In learning about the ogham, we will discuss the properties of the trees and plants associated with each letter of this alphabet. We will also cover how to develop a relationship with your birth tree. The First Triad of the Earth Path is the Ogham, Deep Ecology, and Animal Wisdom.
Sun Path: This section offers an in-depth analysis of the Wheel of the Year and how to celebrate the High Days, including suggested rituals for each. It also discusses the Wheel of the Year as a metaphor for our own sacred journey through life, embracing the concepts of balance between light and dark, chaos and order. The First Triad of the Sun Path is the Wheel of the Year, Gods and Goddesses, and Rites of Passage.
Moon Path: This section focuses on the inner journey of the Druid. Just as the Moon has no light of its own, but reflects the light of the Sun, the Moon Path teaches us to reflect the divine within ourselves. Included in this section are suggestions on basic vision questing, how to meditate, and dream interpretation. The First Triad of the Moon Path is dream work, meditation, and vision-seeking (shamanism).
To use this course, read through each section prior to beginning the exercises contained in each. Some of the exercises in each section are to be completed only once, some are to be done every day, and some depend on the seasons.
If you complete the course in a year, and decide that the Way of the Druid as practiced by the Black Mountain Druid Order is the path for you, then the remaining day of the year and a day period will be used for your self-initiation rite. Complete instructions on how to initiate yourself are included at the end of the course. If you happen to be close to an affiliate Grove of the Black Mountain Druid Order, or wish to start your own Grove, you may also ask them to help out with your initiation rite.
Since the Way of the Druid is a highly individual path, as you you’re your way through the course don’t get caught up in the idea that there is a “right way” or a “wrong way” to do things. In the Way of the Druid, the right way is the way that has meaning to you. As long as you abide by the Four Sacred Pillars of our Order, the rest is just suggestions.
Welcome to the deeper world that is the Way of the Druid!