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What are the main similarities and differences between Wicca and the Druids’ path?

I am interested in studying both, and so far I see they are both nature-based spiritual paths and celebrate 8 seasonal festivals. But do Druids have the philosophy of a God and Goddess in all things as Wiccans do? Do Druids believe in the gods and goddesses of the Celts? Also, can they be non-theistic? Thanks for any information you can provide and any recommendations on studying Wicca and Druidry.

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  • “What are the main similarities and differences between Wicca and the Druids’ path?”
    These two sites should explain the main differences: http://www.ssg-adf.org/druidryVSwicca.htm
    http://www.adf.org/about/druidism-wicca.html

    “But do Druids have the philosophy of a God and Goddess in all things as Wiccans do?”
    No. Depending on which author you read about Wicca, they either say Wicca has one Goddess and one God, Wicca has specific Gods and Goddesses (like the Horned God), or they will focus on a particular pantheon of Gods like Egyptian or Roman. Druids believe in the Gods and Goddesses of either the Irish pantheon or all the Indo-European pantheons. My Druid grove holds rites for many of the pantheons throughout Europe.

    “Do Druids believe in the gods and goddesses of the Celts?”
    Yes.

    “Also, can they be non-theistic?”
    Wiccans can. I know a few atheistic Wiccans. I do not think it is possible to be an atheistic Druid. Druidity is about forming a connection and relationship with the Gods, ancestors, and nature spirits.

    “Thanks for any information you can provide and any recommendations on studying Wicca and Druidry.”
    A good intro to Wicca book is written by Scott Cunningham. Wicca: a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Wicca-Solitary-Practitioner-Authors-Shadows/dp/0875421180/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238924724&sr=8-1

    I don’t know of a good intro book to Druidism, but I can point you to a few good sites:
    http://www.adf.org/rituals/explanations/ritual-faq.html
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/druid2.htm
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/druid3.htm

  • “Druidry” includes a very wide range of beliefs, possibly an even wider range than “Wicca” does, do it’s hard to make solid comarisons.

    The focus on a god and goddess is generally not a part of Druidry. They tend to work with a wider pantheon. Druids commonly work with the Celtic pantheon, while Wiccans draw from a wider variety of cultures. Both groups borrow ancient beliefs and forge them into modern understandings and applications.

    I’ve never heard of a non-theistic Druid. It’s a religion. People join religions to better understand their gods. Likewise, some people identify themlselves as atheistic Wiccans, but since so many things in Wicca are focused very specifically on a god and goddess, I personally don’t think an atheistic Wiccan practice would be very Wiccan. It’s like calling yourself a Christian but not believing in Jesus.

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