A great piece on what it means to be a druid in New Zealand from Stuff.co.nz:
Pamela Meekings-Stewart is mildly amused by the two most common questions she is asked about being a druid – does she worship in the nude? And does she sacrifice babies. You read that right. Babies, sacrifice.
While the latter is ludicrous, the former is true for some druids – some do come to their groves ‘skyclad’ in warmer climes.
But mostly, her grove of 40 druids who meet on her 52 hectare property on the Kapiti Coast are clothed and not looking to sacrifice a fly.
From a young age Meekings-Stewart was often found talking with flowers and plants. The writing was on the wall even then. In druidry there is an utter connectedness with nature, she says. Stones are not dead objects, they simply move more slowly. Trees communicate with a vibration that connects us with them.
She identifies with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, which traces its origins back to 1717. Her grove meet regularly amongst a circle of Te Kouka trees where they acknowledge summer and winter solstice, two equinox and four quarter planting festivals.
They meet to celebrate, well, life.
Druidry is not a religion. It’s not even a faith, she says…. Read more here
GLOBAL SPIRITUAL STUDIES IS OFFERING A FREE WEBINAR WITH PAMELA ON 19 APRIL 2017. Details here.