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Alayne Roane wrote at 2006-10-07 21:56:03
Ancient Druidry, as a religion, had many different duties to carry out in the Celtic world and that sounds like what you mean - they were teachers, healers, poets, and so on. However, Paganism as a whole has many different traditions, like Wicca, Asatru, and Druidry, which do not share complete theology though they are all earth-worship religions. Without knowing what you read, I can't tell you what it means, but I can safely say these are functions of service to the community as a Pagan, not classes you're required to be in. For the majority of Pagans it's about spiritual progression - a Wiccan has three degrees, Asatru doesn't have any, and Druidry has three grades - bard, ovate, druid. Some of the old functions Paganism's ancient priests used to fulfil are no longer viable today - for example, we no longer hunt our food, do we?



I hope that helps.


JG wrote at 2013-10-21 18:18:37
Actually, what Nathan was writting about is the spiritual path within the craft.

The learned refers to the Magician.

The healer seeks to heal others through magical intervention.

The Guide/Teacher are those who open the door to those who are actually interested.

As to how to find your path? Meditation, introspection and asking what is it that you want and want to give to our pagan society.

Try reading:  Psychological Types and Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious by C. G. Jung.

and

King, Warrior, Magician and Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gilete.


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