Secular Order of Druids

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The Secular Order of Druids or SODs emerged after the Battle of the Beanfield, violent clashes between police and members of the public surrounding the Stonehenge Free Festival in June 1984/85.

The Founder of the SODs, Tim Sebastion, created the order using the Druid's customary rights to perform ceremonies at Stonehenge,[1] making a humorous but political point that everyone should have a customary right to freedom of worship, to freedom of movement, and to freedom of assembly at Stonehenge as ancient tradition.

Its secular nature is non-religious.[2] The Order is concerned with worldly natural spirituality.

Sebastion went on to found the Council of British Druid Orders with Rollo Maughfling, Archdruid of Stonehenge and Founder of the Glastonbury Order of Druids. Working with the Secular Order and other Druid Orders, he set the Council to be a representative body that could liaise with other organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage. He was instrumental in the 1992 Petition to the Queen for the establishing of an English National Eisteddfod.

Tim Sebastion was chosen as Chief of the SODs by the members. Up until his death in February 2007, he represented the Secular Order as Archdruid and Chosen Chief.

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  1. ^ Wallis, Robert (2003). Shamans/Neo-Shamans: Contested Ecstasies, Alternative Archaeologies, and Contemporary Pagans. Routledge  – via Questia (subscription required). p. 145. 
  2. ^ Vidal, John (22 June 2000). "The weird and wonderful return to get stoned at Stonehenge". Guardian. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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