The role of women in druidry today is the same as for druid men

Women in modern Druidry

I would say that the role of women in modern druidry is in general the same as the men. Just as archdruids lead ceremonies, make decisions, study and pass on knowledge and in many cases write books, so do the women archdruidesses. The men are priests and represent the God and the women are priestesses and represent the Goddess. This represents balance in the universe, like the Yin and Yang.


Essentials of Paganism (includes Emma Restall-Orr)

Emma Restall-Orr and other famous women druids

Some women in modern druidry such as Emma Restall-Orr, who is also known as Bobcat, become as well known as the archdruid men in the movement. Emma is an acclaimed author just like Phillip Carr-Gomm, who is also an author of many titles and chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, or OBOD as it is often called..

Besides having written many books on druidry, Emma has been a very public figure as a druidess. Wikipedia describes her in this way: "Over the course of her life in Druidry she has been on numerous television and radio programmes in Britain and around the world, featured and quoted in the print media and on the internet." Google her name and you will find loads of information about her and her books that will be of interest to Druids and Pagans.

Then there is Denise Price, usually known as Denny or Deni, who was the Archdruidess of the Glastonbury Order of Druids. She has become a well known public figure in British druidry and has often led important ceremonies, and she married celebrated author John Michell, who is most famous for his book View Over Atlantis . Sadly he died some years ago but Deni is still very active as a Druidess in Glastonbury. She is very concerned about environmental issues and problems people are experiencing in the world today. She takes part in many campaigns and protests, as well as signing and circulating petitions on political, social and environmental concerns.

The Loyal Arthurian Warband druid order has plenty of titles that women can take including Warrior-Priestess and Shield Maiden. There are very many women in the order.

Another woman druidess who has done a lot in druidry is Liz Murray, who co-wrote The Celtic Tree Oracle with Colin Murray. She has also worked as Liaison Officer for the Council of British Druid Orders.

Veronica Hammond ran the Cotswolds Order of Druids as Archdruid and is a well known female druid in the British pagan community..

These are just some of the many women who are very active in modern druidry. There are many more but I just wanted to give an introduction to the role of women in the druid movement today and to answer the hub question posted by Eve Redstone. I also wanted to show with examples that there are indeed very many women druids as well as their male counterparts.

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Wedding of Denise Price and John Michell

Western Order of Druids Inauguration Ceremony

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eve 8 years ago

Thank-you, There are many useful links in there for me to follow up on.


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Bard of Ely 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I chose the women druids in my article because I know them all. I was actually a member of the Cotswolds Order and have stayed at Liz Murray's house on many occasions.


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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Hi Steve, well you are obviously not up on the gossip here in the UK, as Denny and John Michell have since separated and, as far as I know, are by now already divorced. Denny meanwhile is at war with Arthur, CobDO is virtually moribund and the whole Druid movement is in turmoil. Arthur has resigned all his titles and declared UDI from the rest of the Druids. As they say, "We swear by peace and love to stand..." Ironic, eh?


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Bard of Ely 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

You had told me some of it but I didn't know Denny and John had split or that Arthur had got rid of his "shed loads of titles" - just realised he shed them! lol

I was trying to answer the question based on the leading women I know in Druidry and what is available online, a lot of which is out of date or non-existent! Denny is on a lot of videos though!

Did you know you appear in druid robe on Arthur's site?

I see Emma has loads of books out now! 

 


pgrundy 8 years ago

Here's a sad but true story: Last Halloween I was in the women's bathroom at work and two young women were talking about Halloween, one asking the other why she didn't dress up this year. The young woman answered that she got so much flak from the Christians at work for wearing a Druid costume that she will never do it again. I asked her what she meant (this got me morbid curiousity going) and she said she came dressed like lots of people do and at least a dozen born-again Christians who work there complained to her face and then to their supervisors that she was dressed up in Satanic garb and they were deeply offended. I said, well, that would tend to make me want to wear the costume EVERY day, at which point she said some bad words about the complainers and was off to her workstation.

It gets so ugly here, and I can't really see the point in it. I mean, good grief. It was Halloween.


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Bard of Ely 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I think such people are crazy, Pam!

I have friend who is a Goth who comes from Houston and she tells me that her image works as a good protection from people because they think she is a Satanist and are scared of her! I thought it sounded a good idea to dress as a Goth if that was the effect it had!


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

I have a feeling that our paths may have crossed, Mr Bard. I know a few of the Cotswold Order, and have been to a few ceremonies at the Rollrights. Maybe it is deja vu, but you do look familiar!


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Yes, I used to be in Veronica's order and used to see her at Avebury but never attended any ceremonies at the Rollright stones.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Wow I had no idea what a Druid is. Thanks for enlightening me. They kinda remind me of my ancestors when they acknowledge the existence of the natural elements and seasons. Way cool! Thanks really enjoyed your hub. The ladys voice on the first video is mesmerizing. Can tell she is self aware. Very nice.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for commenting, Pennyofheaven!


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

A fascinating hub as always! I'm going to look up 'The Celtic Tree Oracle' because that really appeals to me. I ordered 'The Last of the Hippies' after seeing it on your page. I'm glad women have such a strong place in Druidry.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am glad you found this hub of interest and I hope you enjoy your books when you get them!


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England

Hey Bard,

Thanks for a great hub, and for highlighting the strength of women in modern Druidry.

I was fascinated by the comment on the Druid Inauguration video that Druidry is not outright Paganism, but encompasses all religions...sort of "unitarian" in that respect. Since I love trees, I'd love to find a Druid group close to me. I have a neighbor who recently announced that she was affiliated with a Druid order in some way....so I may start with her. :0)


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Good luck in finding the right group for you! Thanks for posting!

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