I continue to look into this because quite frankly, there is no one druid who would have one definition. The reason for this is because we are all individuals with individual thoughts and many of us, while we belong to a Druid Order of Blest Stone and Wood, do not have a clear definition. This is especially remarkable in the Druid Solitary community. So it is always left up in the air.
It has been written by Peter Berresford Ellis, "In no field is it more necessary to ask the right question than when attempting to discover the druids. The simple truth is that on person's Druid is another person's fantasy. " We simply are not playgans. We don't dress up at a Renaissance Faire and declare our Druidhood.
I often thought about this and think I talked about this in one of my live-streams entitled, "Gyda Awen!" I stated that a Druid is someone who believes that it all works out. They continue to seek knowledge about who they are and as that person develops, what their view of the world around them is.
If we are using the Proto Indo European etymology of the word, a druid is someone who is not only grounded but someone with vision at the same time, it is almost a symbiote of our own person that represents a tree. Therefore, and only to me, a druid is one who sees themselves as a tree.
But how so and in what manner are the interrogatives? The druid has vision and is grounded. They desire to work on their ability to think about or plan their future with imagination and experience. They also desire to work on their ability to give their attention to thought or thinking about a single object or activity, develop it, and move on. They are able to see yet remained focused in their plan.
Because of this harmonious blend of self-will and thinking beyond the box they are slow movers and are not quick to react as I pointed out in one of our live streams called, "Deprogramming a Negative Mind".
Procrastination is seen as a valuable tool as they enjoy the idea of patience. "Time Father" does not have influence over their actions. "Earth Mother" does in fact rule their actions.
In the end, while I still can only say what I believe a true Druid is, do not let that influence you over your definition. Many in druidic orders have a shared opinion, yet it doesn't make it their own.
If I search hard enough, I can tell you that a true Druid has the ability to foresee things and look deep enough into who they are so that they believe that while it doesn't "always" work out, it all "works out."
There is no record left on what wa Druid would have believed. We do know that a Druid (Sorcerer) is not a (O)vate (Witch) or Bard (Artist). Through history, trivium, and scientific discoveries, we know that it could be valuable to know that there may have been a belief in a Druidic Tetrachotomy.
This four pronged approach comes from what we know about them. It is a heretical view that expands Augustinian Philosophy which says that there are only three components of a person. These components are called a trichotomy. One component is a Soul. Another part is a Body. The final part is Spirit.
Any reader of Druidic studies would have to agree that there must be parts that are either missing or by way of the Echad Argument, expand on on of the three. It must be considered that Agustine may have been off the mark leaving room for exploration using the Law of Four.
The Druidic Tetrachotomy is, simply put, four part of what we are made out of and can be interpreted any way in which you conceptualize them. We say that there is proof that the Druids had a strong sense of strength, vision, courage, and wisdom. Because of this I state that we may want to equate these values to what we believe are "Body Parts."
Because of such fascination with trees, we see that a tree has a trunk, branches, pith and roots, along with other parts that are connected with these. It is possible that we can see it would be both necessary and sufficient that we move to understanding how these play a substantial role in understanding who we are.
These four parts of a tree relate to the parts of who we are. Our Strength lies in our Heart. Our Vision lies in our Mind. Our Courage lies in our Soul. Our Wisdom lies in our Spirit. Perhaps we are the trees. These four parts gather us to to move into another line of thought. Since we are not Bards utilizing "the Law of Two", and we are not Vates utilizing "the Law of Three", we must see value in "the Law of Four" and beyond.
We resonate with the Trees. We are our Trees. It hurts us as Druids more to rip a basil leaf off of a branch than it does to take the life of something we are about to absorb. We see all life as necessary to help aid us on our journey. We delve more deeply into this at the Druid University Level.
The Tree parts we have named like very close to who we are. Our Heart is the Trunk of our "Treeness" providing Strength. Our Soul is the Pithe of our "Treeness" providing Courage. Our Mind is the culmination of Branches of our "Treeness" providing Vision. Our Spirit is the culmination of Roots of our "Treeness" providing Wisdom.
There is contention that Druids would have believed in a Source, Force, and Course of our understanding and of sorts. These are primal instincts that we all have to relate with this cosmology. We must delve into the question, "What?". Origin, propulsion, and development could be the answer when looking at sorcery.
What is that prime was that which originates? It is not a question of IF this is a "Prime" but WHY this is a "Prime". and how many "Primes" could there be? Source is that which allows for things to be. In another way it is that which creates. We do not identify this as it is not scientific but that the science is clear that it exists. It is Frequency!
What is that prime was that which propels? It is not a question of IF this is a "Pulse" but HOW this is a "Pulse". Force is that which allows for things to become. In another way it is that which drives. We do not identify this as it is not scientific but that the science is clear that it exists. It is Vibration!
What is that prime was that which develops? It is not a question of IF this is a "Path" but WHEN this is a "Path". Course is that which allows for things being. In another way it is that which flows. We do not identify this as it is not scientific but that the science is clear that it exists. It is Amplitude!
On this journey we are accompanied by the Kindred. The Kindred our the Deities of our understanding. The Kindred are the Metaphysicals of our understanding. The Kindred are the Ancestors of our understanding. These Kindred continue to work with Time Father and Earth Mother to allow the Druid to move about their Path or vocation, in a way that benefits them so that in turn they may benefit others.
Knowing that Gaelic is much older than Proto-Indo European languages, we use the older language to describe the Druids. A Druid possesses the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. Because of this, there is Etymological Hypotheses that dictate what a Druid would have been. Using this line of thought we can all come to common ground so that we are not describing it in an indrocritating way.
Druids were men and women. They saw value in each other. They did not see any inequality from what we know. What they did appreciate was clear differences between the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine. Both of these are distinct from one another and so we need to learn to incorporate both into our lives.
This morphemic evidence proves itself loudly in extrapolation. A Druid then, since we are not using Gaelic but something much older, would state that we would be comfortable in knowing that a Druid is one who has both the "Deru-" which is a sort of fortitude if you will and wishes to combine that masculinity with their femininity or "-Vid" which is a sort of magnitude.
Drd. Nioclás Deaglán, OCAB
Founder, The Druid Circle, et. al.
Novitiate, Druid Order of Blest Stone and Wood
First Degree Druid, Druid University
Editor, Druid Living, A Conservative Pagan Media Outlet
Facilitator, Druid Society International
*The official name for our religious order is, "Druid Ord na mCloch Agus Adhmad Bheannaithe," pronounced as follows: [DDRUEET ord nahm CLOGH AH-goos AH-mahd BAHN-ah-heh], hence, OCAB.