We heard, in 1928 of a "Druid" celebration at Stonehenge.
Shortly afterwards we read of another, an initiation ceremony, at Penzance
where "12 bards of Britain, including Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the author,
were initiated by the Archdruid of Wales into a sect revived after a lapse
of 2000 year." (The Daily Telegraph, September 24, 1928; Occult Theocrasy,
Some of us might prefer the lapse to have continued and as the
subject of the Druid Mysteries is here relevant we quote verbatim the chapter
entitled "The Druids' from Mr. Charles William Heckethorn's interesting
book "Secret Societtes of All Ages and Countries": "The secret doctrines
of the Druids were much the same as those of the Gymnosophists and Brahmins
of India, the Magi of Persia, the priests of Egypt, and of all other priests
of antiquity. Like them, they had two sects of religious doctrines, exoteric
and esoteric. Their rites were practiced in Britain and Gaul, though they
were brought to a much greater perfection in the former country, where
the Isle of Anglesey was considered their chief seat. The word Druid is
generally supposed to be derived from "an
oak," which tree was particularly sacred among them, though its etymology
may also be found in the Gaelic word Druidh, a wise man' or magician.'
Their temples, wherein the sacred fire was preserved, were generally
situate on eminences and in dense groves of oaks, and assumed various forms.
The adytum of or ark of the mysteries was called a cromlech, and
was used as the sacred pastos (Pastos: The altar upon which the ritual
desecration of virginity obligatory for initiation into the phallic cult
took place), or place or regeneration. It consisted of three upright stones,
as supporters of a broad, flat stone laid across them on the top, so as
to form a small cell. Kit Cotey's House, in Kent, was such a pastos. Considerable
space, however, was necessary for the machinery of initiation in its largest
and most comprehensive scale. Therefore, the Coer Sidi, where the mysteries
of Druidism were performed, consisted of a range of buildings, adjoining
the temple, containing apartments of all sizes, cells, vaults, baths, and
long and artfully-contrived passages, with all the apparatus of terror
used on these occasions. Most frequently these places were subterranean.
The system of Druidism embraced every religious and philosophical
pursuit then known in these islands. The rites bore an undoubted reference
to astronomical facts. Their chief deities are reducible to two, a male
and a female, the great father and mother, Hu and Ceridwen, distinguished
by the same characteristics as belonged to Osiris and Isis, Bacchus and
Ceres, or any other supreme god and goddess representing the two principles
of all being. The grand periods of initiation were quarterly, and determined
by the course of the sun, and his arrival at the equinoctial and solstitial
points. But the time of annual celebration was May-eve when fires were
kindled on all the cairns and cromlechs throughout the island, which burned
all night to introduce the sports of May-day, whence all the national sports
formerly or still practiced, date their origin. Round these fires choral
dances were performed in honor of the sun, who, at this season, was figuratively
said to rise from his tomb. The festival was licentious, and continued
till the luminary had attained his meridian height, when priests and attendants
retired to the woods, where the most disgraceful orgies were perpetrated.
But the solemn initiations were performed at midnight, and contained three
degrees, the first or lowest being the Eubates, the second the Bards, and
the third the Druids. The candidate was first placed in the pasto bed,
or coffin, where his symbolical death represented the death of Hu, or the
sun; and his restoration in the third degree symbolized the resurrection
of the sun. He had to undergo trials and tests of courage similar to those
practiced in the mysteries of other countries, and which therefore need
not be detailed here.
The Druids taught the doctrine of one supreme being, a future
state of rewards and punishments, the immortality of the soul and a metempsychosis...Their
doctrines were chiefly those of Pythagoras.
Their authority in many cases exceeded that of the monarch. They
were, of course, the sole interpreters of religion, and consequently superintended
all sacrifices: for no private person was allowed to offer a sacrifice
without their sanction. They possessed the power of excommunication, which
was the most horrible punishment that could be inflicted next to that of
death, and from the effects of which the highest magistrate was not exempt.
The great council of the realm was not competent to declare war or conclude
peace without their concurrence. They determined all disputes by a final
and unalterable decision, and had the power of inflicting the punishment
And, indeed, their altars streamed with the blood of human victims.
Holocausts of men, women, and children, enclosed in large towers of wicker-work,
were sometimes sacrificed as a burnt-offering to their superstitions, which
were, at the same time, intended to enhance the consideration of the priests,
who were an ambitious race delighting in blood. The Druids, it is said,
preferred such as had been guilty of theft, robbery, or other crimes, as
most acceptable tot heir gods; but when there was a scarcity of criminals,
they made no scruple to supply their place with innocent persons. These
dreadful sacrifices were offered by the Druids, for the public, on the
eve of a dangerous war, or in the time of any national calamity; and also
for particular persons of high rank, when they were afflicted with any
The priestesses, clothed in white, and wearing a metal girdle,
foretold the future from the observation of natural phenomena, but more
especially from human sacrifices. For them was reserved the frightful task
of putting to death the prisoners taken in war, and individuals condemned
by the Druids; and their auguries were drawn from the manner in which the
blood issued form the many wounds inflicted, and also from the smoking
entrails. Many of these priestesses maintained a perpetual virginity, others
gave themselves up to the most luxurious excesses.
As the Romans gained ground in these islands the power of the Druids
gradually declined; and they were finally assailed by Suetonius Paulinus,
governor of Britain under Nero, A.D. 61, in their stronghold, the Isle
of Anglesey, and entirely defeated, the conqueror consuming many of them
in the fires which they had kindled for burning the roman prisoners they
had expected to make; a very just retaliation upon these sanguinary priests.
But though their dominion was thus destroyed, many of their religious practices
continued much longer; and so late as the eleventh century, in the reign
of Canute, it was necessary to forbid the people to worship the sun, moon,
fires, etc. Certainly many of the practices of the Druids are still adhered
to in Freemasonry; and some writers on this order endeavor to show that
it was established soon after the edict of Canute, and that as thereby
the Drudical worship was prohibited in toto, the strongest oaths were required
to bind the initiated to secrecy.
There is no mystery as to the existence in Berlin of the"Druidenordes"
today. It is a branch of Freemasonry and its Sovereign Grand Master, until
late, was Dr. Hebbe-Schleiden. (Occult Theocrasy, pp. 100-104).
The attitude of Jesus Christ to this sect is definitely
expressed in the New Testament. Ask yourself the following questions regarding
present day Jews Then you decide from the Word of God, who is true Israel.
1). Have the Jews been a blessing to all nations?
2). Have the Jews been "Circumcised In The Heart?"
3). Do the Jews glorify Jesus Christ?
4). Do the Jews declare that Jesus is God?
5). Do the Jews show forth the praises of Christ, God's
6). Have the Jews carried the message of "personal" and
"national" Salvation to the ends of the Earth?
7). Do the Jewish people have God's Spirit in their hearts?
8). Was the New Covenant (Testament) written to Jews or
Israelites and what is the difference between the two?
9). Are the Jews the "lost sheep of the house of Israel?"
10). Are the Jews the "children of God, scattered abroad?"
11). Are the Jews the servants of God?
12). Are the Jews a Holy Nation and People?
13). Are there any Jews mentioned in the "faith chapter" of
14). Are the Jews a righteous nation?
15). Are the Jews bringing forth the fruits of God's Kingdom?
16). Are the Jews kind to strangers in their midst?
17). Are the Jews called the "children of the living God?"
18). Do the Jews admit that they are not God's People?
19). Do the Jews have all of God's Word?
20). Are the Jews a Great and Mighty Nation?
21). Do the Jews possess the "gates of their enemies?"
22). Are the Jews a "company of nations?"
23). Are the Jews above all people in moral excellence?
24). Are the Jews today called through Isaac?
25). Have the Jews ever lost their identity?
26). Have the Jews ever been called by a "new name?"
27). Are the major heathen nations aligned against the Jews
28). Are the modern day Jews described as "a great lion?"
29). Did the Jews deliver Jerusalem from the power of the heathen?
30). Has the Jewish people ever had the name of "Great?"
31). Have the Jews been foremost in ending slavery?
32). Have the Jews been great colonizers?
33). Do the Jews recognize Jesus as Messiah?
34). Does your pastor teach that the "Jews are ALL of Israel?"
35). Do you honestly know what the Bible teaches about the Jews
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