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The Duille – Elements of the Druids

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(Note from Daven:  When I first found this document, I wanted to reprint it, but despite multiple communications to the author, none of them were ever responded to, despite the fact that he was receiving them.  I know this because he responded to me once.  Be that as it may, I put this here.  One year of waiting is enough, and this article needs to be seen by more than just me.

This system of elements, while not what the Wiccans practice, is an interesting one.  I started using it, and also the three elements, Sky, Land, and Sea, and found the energies were extremely different.  The flavors were changed, and in a much more subtitle way, the entire lattice of magick was changed.  It was not bad, or negative, just changed.  Kind of like chewing nothing but Wrigley’s Spearmint gum for all your life, and then being given a piece of Juicy Fruit gum.  It takes a little while to readjust your expectations.)

The Duille ~ Elements of the Druids

By Kenneth R.White

Druidry doesn’t use the standard four element system that other Neo-Pagan traditions use. The common four element system of Earth, Air, Fire and Water derives from the Eastern Occult schools and the Greek mystic/philosopher Pythagoras is usually credited with its introduction to the West. There is some evidence that the Celts and Druids used a system known as “Duille” (pronounced Dool-Yeh). The Celts obviously had and understanding of Microcosm and macrocosm and that the external is mirrored by the internal. Those familiar with the Wiccan system may find this elemental system a little difficult to grasp at first, but given time it will make sense. The Celts used this system from birth, it was part of their mind-set, and once we make it part of our own it becomes easier.

The Celts probably didn’t use the system the same way that we do, what we know for sure is it was used by medical doctors to help assess a patients health. Upon meditation with the system you should see it’s practicable application over a broad base. What makes this system unique is that it is composed of nine elements which the Celts believed were necessary for life. Take any of these elements away and life would cease (at least as we have become accustomed to). This is a three fold system, it includes an internal, external and a “directional” point of view. And there being nine elements in each of the three categories, there are sacred numbers within sacred numbers.

Internal External Directional
Face Sun South
Mind Moon Inwards
Blood Sea West
Breath Wind East
Head Sky Above
Hair Green World Outwards
Flesh Land Below
Bones Stone North
Spirit Clouds Through

If you are familiar with the four element system, you’ve probably noticed that there is not mention of fire in this system. The reason for this is that the ancient Celts viewed fire as a personification of deity. Fire is alive, and was deemed worthy of all the respect that other creatures were given. To understand this look at it this way, fire is born and it dies, it feeds and grows and in it’s own way it reproduces itself just like any other being. When we think of fire remember that fire is the embodiment of creativity and inspiration.

Each individual Duille matches with a specific hallow and the list of correspondences can grow from there making the whole system quite complex. It is believed that all of creation and magic fits into this system and becomes again a three fold system of Mental, Physical and Spiritual characteristics.

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