Order of WhiteOak - Statement of Belief
The Order of the White Oak is a modern Druidic
order which bases its beliefs and practices on what we know
of the original faith and practices of the pagan Celts. We
use historical research and poetic inspiration to build a
viable tradition. Our source material for this research includes
such names as Miranda Green, Alwyn and Brinley Rees, and Barry
Based on our studies of works by those and other authors,
we believe that the ancient Druids were philosophers, lawyers,
healers, judges, lorekeepers, and poets as well as ritual
leaders and teachers. Thus, we strive to achieve similar skills
in these modern times.
We also draw upon the writings of the Celts, such as the
Audacht Morainn and the Brehon Laws. From those, we learn
that the Celts respected the virtues of justice, impartiality,
conscientiousness, firmness, generosity, hospitality, honor,
stability, beneficence, capability, honesty, eloquence, steadiness,
truth in judgment, and mercy.
We seek to uphold these virtues in our daily lives. Some
of us have found value in studying other Indo-European traditions
in the search for understanding, such as the Vedic texts of
the Hindus, while others turn more inward in the quest to
fill the gaps in the records.
We do not believe we are inheritors of the priesthood of
Atlantis. We do not believe that Druidry was the sole province
of men, as our studies have shown us that women were Druids
both in the insular areas as well as on the continent. We
do not derive our traditions from medieval romances about
Arthur and Merlin. We are not Wiccans or Witches of any sort,
as witchcraft and Druidry have been separate though coexistent
paths throughout their mutual histories. We do not believe
we are the only true Druids.
We do not seek to control all Celtic Pagans as a dogmatic
priesthood. We do not even hold all of our members to one
interpretation of the ways of the Celts, as not even they
worshipped identically to each other across the multitude
of tribes and centuries.