Second Mount Haemus Lecture: Druidry – Exported Possibilities and Manifestations

Gordon Cooper, co-founder of the Inis Glas Hedge School, is researching, amongst a variety of topics, the relationship between modern Druidry and the Woodcraft movement.

‘In every grain of wheat there lies hidden the soul of a star.’

Druidry, as Nuinn conceived of  it, was a phenomenon that transcended history and reached towards the future as much as it had manifested in a distant past. His perceptive observation has led me to some musing that may be of interest here. It is appropriate that we are gathered here at the ford of the Ox, in the middle of the Land of the White Bull, discussing the futures and pasts of druidry on this, the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of OBOD.
Let me try and illustrate some of the forces that led at least some of us to be assembled here today.  My initial point of departure is a seemingly familiar story, one that many of you know quite well.
After two World Wars, the most recent one terminating with the first kindling of nuclear fires by the Modern Prometheus, most in the West breathed a collective sigh of relief.  Plastics, television, the jet engine,  transistor electronics, computers, insecticides (part and parcel of nerve gas research in Germany) Instant Film (Polaroid, another German war product), a mobile and mechanised society that only Hugo Gernsbach, inventor of the term and, arguably, genre of “science fiction” and the Director Fritz Lang (of “Metropolis” fame) had seen coming, and the promise of clean, safe nuclear energy that would make the benefits of electricity too cheap to meter and transform the world into an urban and suburban paradise.

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About The Author

Gordon Cooper arrived at druidry through years spent poking through dusty texts and time spent meditating in the Puget Sound region of the Northwest United States. He has been involved in the EuroPagan movement for 28 years where he has written articles for a variety of Pagan revival periodicals since 1978. After time in the military as an Intelligence Analyst and Fire Control Systems tester, he attended the University of Texas @ El Paso where he studied Anthropology under Dr. David Eyde, a specialist in Melanesian tribal cultures. While in El Paso he took up the study of Jin Tsung Dao, a Chinese family martial art and did field work in the Mixtec Dance and Religious revival movements. He holds a B.A. with honors in Turkish and Anthropology, and is a master instructor in Jin Tsung Dao. The Co-founder of Celtic Reconstructionism, he has wisely moved on to the broader field of druidry. His hobbies include translating classical Turkish poetry, Victorian Photographic processes, walking, researching the connections between Physical Culture and magical lodges and target shooting.