The basic premise of Druidry, as practiced by the Celtic race throughout Europe, was that God existed equally in all the Earth, in stones, trees, animals and people. They were all manifestations of his power and all contained his spirit.
Life was seen as a repeating cycle of circles. In man, the circle was of birth, growth, reproduction, death and rebirth, just as it was in the plants and lower animals. The Earth itself also moved through a yearly cycle of spring growth, summer harvest and mating, autumn harvest and maturity, winter sleep, death and spring resurrection and rebirth.
These cycles were intimately connected with the God of the Sun, Lugh, and the Goddess of the Moon, Tailltui. In their stories they symbolised these cycles, Lugh was born of Tailltui and grew from youth to strong manhood, kingship and leadership, through death to resurrection as he battled against his other self, the old man who killed him and immersed the world in winter and death before Lugh was reborn.
In the same way Tailltui was Maiden in spring, Mother in summer, Crone in autumn, gestated Lugh through the winter and was renewed as Maiden in spring. This progression was marked by special festivals.
Druidic Wiccans observe eight sabbats, or festivals, spaced equally throughout the year, The four minor celebrations fall on the quarter days of spring and autumn solstice and summer and winter equinox. The four major sabbats are between these, at Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain.
Imbolc is in early February, when lambs are born and snowdrops appear. At Imbolc Druidic Wiccans celebrate the return of life, light and fertility with music, poetry and candles.
At Beltane, in May, they celebrate the union of the Lord and Lady with maypole, bonfires and hand-fasting.
Lughnasadh falls in August, and celebrates the beginning of the harvest. Food is prepared, shared and symbolically sacrificed.
Samhain is the most important sabbat on October 31st. It is the eve on which the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest. On this night Druidic Wiccans remember lost loved ones and ancestors and invite their souls to join them for the celebrations.
These festivals had such a powerful hold on the mind of the Celtic world that they were carried over into Christian observance as Candlemas, Lady Day, Lammas and All Souls Eve or Halloween.
Druidic Wiccans accept the responsibility of wardenship of the living world, living in harmony with nature and holding their rites in sacred groves or nemeton, amongst living or symbolic trees.