United Ancient Order of
Opening the Lodge
As soon after the appointed hour as there shall be sufficient Brothers
present, the Arch Druid shall give a knock on the table to attract the attention
of those present, and shall then say:
Officers and Brothers. Please rise,
clothe yourselves in your Regalia, and assist me to open the Lodge. My Bards
will take the Password.
The Bards shall report: All present are Brothers, worthy Arch Druid.
The Arch Druid shall then say: Worthy Vice-Arch, be pleased to inform me the cares of
an Arch Druid.
Vice-Arch: Your first care, Worthy Arch, is to see that the doors are
closed, that the Officers are in their places, and that none but duly initiated
brethren are present.
Arch-Druid: I will thank you for a proof that you are Members of the
United Ancient Order of Druids.
The Sign having been given.
Vice-Arch: The second
care is to remind the Brethren of the purposes of our Institution, and to open
the Lodge in due form for carrying out those purposes.
Arch-Druid: The purposes for which the United Ancient Order of Druids is
established are the diffusion of social and intellectual intercourse among its
members, and the maintenance of a system of general philanthropy throughout the
Brotherhood. The means of carrying out these objects are familiar to the
Brethren, and I need only repeat to them that in both the business and the
harmony of this meeting they are required to pay strict obedience to the Rules
by which the Lodge is governed, to abstain from all political allusions,
profanity, obscenity, and personality, and to conduct themselves in all things
as Brothers, in the benevolent bonds of Druidism. With these injunctions I
declare this Lodge duly opened.
CHORUS: “Here from jars,’ etc.
As soon as the Brethren are seated the ARCH DRUID shall say: Worthy Secretary, please call the roll of Officers, and read the Minutes
of the last Lodge Meeting.
The SECRETARY shall say, after reading the Minutes: Worthy Arch, Vice-Arch, Officers,
and Brethren, I believe of the proceedings this to be a correct record of the
last Lodge Meeting.
After the Minutes have been confirmed, the business shall proceed in
accordance with the Constitutional Laws and Standing Orders.
The ARCH DRUID shall call out each order, and no departure from
the prescribed order shall take place, except by a resolution of the Lodge. (One
knock of the gavel to call the Lodge to order, two knocks to raise the Lodge,
and one to seat the Lodge.)
Form of Initiation
The Brethren shall
form a circle prior to the entry
of the Candidate, and strict silence shall
be maintained during the Ceremony.
Where necessary throughout the Ritual
the word “Sister” for “Brother,” and “Her” for “His,” and
“She” for “He.”
The Master of Ceremonies’ position in the Lodge
be on the left of the Arch Druid Bards.
He shall make all the arrangements and conduct the
It shall be his duty to see that strict silence is
observed, and that the whole ceremony is performed in that spirit of reverential
decorum which shall inspire the Neophyte with respect for our Venerable Order.
He shall report to the A.D. anything which may have
tended to detract from the solemn character of the Ceremony.
He shall await the Candidate at the inside of the
door of the Lodge and lead the procession throughout the Ceremony, and shall
receive the newly-initiated Brother on his re-entry to the Lodge room to receive
the Test Sign. He shall introduce the Brother to the A.D. after the Countersign
be his duty to do all prompting that may
The Outside Guardian shall retire from the Lodge
Room immediately after the
ballot and prepare the Candidate for initiation and
remain outside during the Ceremony.
The Inside Guardian shall accompany the Candidate
during the Ceremony and assist him in repeating the signs after the instructions
of the Arch Druid.
SIGNS: The A.D. shall demonstrate each sign after
he has concluded the instructions in each of them.
Gowns shall be worn
during the Ceremony unless
dispensed with by permission of the Board of Directors, the White Gowns by the
Arch Druid, Vice-Arch and Bards; Scarlet Gown hy the J.P.A.; and Dark Blue Gown
by the Inside Guardian, who may carry an Axe. Wands symbolic of the Sun, Moon
and Acorns, respectively, may be carried by the A.D., V.A. and Bards.
A spirit lamp shall be placed in a convenient
position in front of the A.D. before the Ceremony is commenced, and it shall be
lit after the delivery of the
FORMATION OF THE TABLEAU: The Officers shall group themselves as follows:—From left to right: V.A.
Bard; A.D. Bard; VA., A.D.; J.P.A.; A.D. Bard; V.A. Bard.
The grip shall he demonstrated with the J.P.A.
The V.A. and his Bards shall take up their
respective positions during the singing of the chorus—”See, See,” etc.
The Candidate for Initiation having
brought to the door of the Lodge
by the Outside Guardian, that
officer shall knock.
Guardian: Who knocks?
Outside Guardian: A stranger who is desirous of becoming a member of our
Guardian to Arch Druid: A stranger is without who desires to become a member of
this Lodge and our Order.
Arch Druid to Secretary: Has he (or she) been duly proposed, seconded, and
Secretary: Yes, Worthy Arch.
Arch Druid: Admit the candidate.
While the Candidate is being led round the Lodge
Room, the whole of the Brethren will sing the following CHORUS—“Hark, Hark,” etc.
The Guardian shall then conduct the Candidate to
the V.A., and address him (or her) thus: You are
now within the Lodge Circle, attend well to the instructions you are about to
Vice-Arch to the Candidate: You have necessarily been informed by your Proposer that
the objects of this Society are entirely philanthropic, and that you will he
required to contribute your fair proportion towards the resources by which that
philanthropy is maintained, in order, should you ever need it, that you in
return may be entitled to the assistance and sympathy of the Brotherhood. It is
essential that this should be fully impressed upon your mind, because it is the
basis and bond of Druidism; and your knowledge of it will prevent you from
entertaining, now or hereafter, any misconception as to the character of the
Society. The Order has adopted secret signs and symbols, simply because without
the utmost precaution it would be liable, from its extensive diffusion, to great
imposition and abuse; and because true philanthropy consists in doing good for
its own sake in such a way that they who are benefited shall not afterwards be
reminded of their obligations. What is required of you, therefore, previously to
your Initiation, is a Declaration that you are desirous of becoming a Subscribing Brother of the Order, that you are willing to preserve its signs and
secrets, to conform to all the Laws and Regulations now subsisting, or hereafter
to be made for the proper governance and direction of the Society; and that, by
your conduct, you will never seek to degrade or injure the Brotherhood. Are you
willing to make such declaration?
Candidate: I am.
Vice-Arch to Guardian: Worthy Guardian, be pleased to conduct the Candidate to the
Secretary, that, he (or she) may receive the Obligation.
The Guardian shall conduct the Candidate to the
Secretary, and say:
Secretary, by direction of the Vice-Arch, I have conducted
hither a Candidate to
receive the Obligation.
Secretary to Candidate: Place your right hand on your left breast, and repeat
after me the following solemn Obligation: “I pledge myself before the Brethren
now assembled by my faith and honour and my hopes of credit and respect from the
Order to which I have voluntarily sought an introduction that I will, at all
times, pay due obedience to the Laws and Rules of the Society and that I will
never disclose or be the means of making known the signs secrets or proceedings
of the United Ancient Order of Druids which may now or hereafter be entrusted to
During the Obligation the strictest silence must be
observed, and at its close the whole of the Brethren will sing the chorus—
“See, See,” etc.
Arch Druid: Unbind the Candidate’s eyes.
In remote ages there
existed in Britain, and in other parts of the world, a ruling order of Priests,
called Druids, who not only presided over the religious celebrations of the
people, but were the judges, legislators, lawyers, philosophers, physicians, and
instructors of youth. They believed in one God, and taught the sublime doctrine
of the soul’s immortality, in a state of happiness or misery, proportioned to
the conduct of individuals on earth. By their justice and benevolence they
rendered themselves beloved by their countrymen, and this is the point of
imitation which the United Ancient Order of Druids would impress upon its
members. The love of knowledge and science, and the practice of truth, morality,
and benevolence, will make you at once worthy of the Druidic name, and valuable
members of society. The Laws by which the Order is governed will be put in your
possession by the Secretary.
I will now instruct you in
the Signs used in a Lodge of Druids. There are four of them— First—THE ENTER
SIGN, WITH PASS WORD.
Second—THE COUNTER SIGN.
Third—THE PROVING SIGN.
The Enter Sign consists of
an alarm at the door, which is made thus: The Brother seeking admission gives
one light, distinct rap, which, if answered by two raps from an officer
stationed inside, whom we style the Inside Guardian, thus, signifies that
business is going on, and that the Brother has to wait for admission. (Raps to
be made with knuckles, not gavel.)
The Counter Sign is made by
making a slight bend of the head to the Arch Druid, signifying obedience,
stretching forth the right arm, horizontally, at full length, then drawing it
towards you and placing the open hand on the left breast.
A.D. to Candidate: Please repeat the Sign.
The Proving Sign is made by
stroking the chin three times with the right hand, and then placing the index
finger on the lips.
A.D. to Candidate: Please repeat the Sign. The first of these motions
signifies reverence, the second silence.
The Grip is made by
grasping with your right hand the right hand of the Brother, pressing firmly on
the knuckle-joint of the second finger, and turning the Brother’s hand towards
you, whilst he (or she) will turn yours towards himself (or herself)
A.D. to I.G.: Worthy Guardian, please demonstrate the Grip with
The mode in which we use
these signs is as follows: Wishing to gain admission, you will give the Enter
Sign. The Guardian will then open the wicket, and you will give your name, rank
in the Order, and the name of the Lodge to which you belong. The Guardian will
report you, and then return to the wicket, and you will give the Password, which
will be given to you by the Secretary. You will then enter, and, having allowed
time for the door to be closed, you will advance to the centre of the room and
salute the Arch Druid with the Counter Sign. You may then take your seat. Should
you wish to leave the Lodge, you will salute the Vice-Arch with the Counter
The Proving Sign is given
during the ceremony of opening the Lodge.
The Grip is used when you
desire to prove whether a stranger is a Brother.
To the information already
given you, I should add that Reports are regularly issued by the Grand Lodge, in
which is given the official accounts and transactions of the Society. You have
now become a Brother of the United Order, and entitled to all the privileges
conferred by your Initiation. By attending to the signs and instructions with
which you have been furnished, you can obtain admission into any Lodge in the
union; and in this, your parent Lodge, you are entitled to vote on all questions
concerning its regulation or direction. Your future usefulness and distinction
as a Druid must depend upon yourself; but to gain the esteem and confidence of
the Brethren nothing more is required than that you should be zealous in your
endeavours to maintain the reputation of the Order, to promote its welfare, and
in your conduct through life, and at the social meetings of the Brothers, so to
demean yourself that you may never be ashamed to meet your friends face to face,
nor give them any occasion to blush for you.
Past Arch Brother (or
Sister) ... will now address you.
Past Arch to Candidate: Confiding in your integrity and honour, we have admitted
you a Member of this Order; and I trust your conduct will reflect credit on the
Society and promote the prosperity of our ancient Institution. We seek to be
irreproachable in our own demeanour, and we consider it our duty to guard
against the admission of the unworthy and unprincipled We trust that, in adding
your name to the roll of our members, we shall acquire accession to our strength
and add lustre to our Venerable Order. You will be required to attend our
appointed meetings, provided you can do so without interfering with the claims
of your family or your business arrangements. In conclusion, I would impress
upon you the necessity of ever keeping in view the cardinal principle of our
Order— “BENEVOLENCE.” However secure we may feel in our social positions
in life, we know from experience that adversity often overtakes the most
fortunate. In view, then, of the assistance we owe to each other in the hour of
need, and in support of those works of truth and benevolence which we have
unitedly espoused, let us be careful to tender kind offices as cheerfully as we
receive them, for we do not know how soon our own case may require fraternal
sympathy. And may the Great Giver of all good direct and strengthen us in
carrying our the obligations and duties which we have so solemnly professed.
You will please remain in
your present situation while the Brothers greet you with a hearty welcome.
CHORUS—”You are Welcome,” etc.
Arch Druid to Master of Ceremonies: Worthy
Master of Ceremonies, be good enough to conduct the Brother to the Secretary to
receive the Pass Word.
Master of Ceremonies to Secretary: Worthy
Secretary, by direction of the Arch Druid, I have conducted hither the
newly-initiated Brother to receive the Pass Word.
Secretary to Brother: The Pass
Word is ...
Arch Druid to Master of Ceremonies: Worthy
Master of Ceremonies, you will now conduct the newly-initiated Brother outside,
and instruct him (or her) how to enter the Lodge Room.
The newly-initiated Brother will then be conducted
from the room. The Officers will unrobe and resume their places. The Brother
will then re-enter in the usual way, give the Countersign and then be introduced
to the Arch Druid.
The Chorus, “ Welcome, Thrice Welcome” will then be sung.
Arch Druid to Brother: I have
now to instruct you in the use of one more sign, which we term the “TEST” Sign.
It is used outside the Lodge Room when you wish to know if a Druid is present,
and is made thus: Place the right hand Just above the right hip, and stretch
forth the index finger and thumb in a horizontal line. Please repeat the sign.
This signifies, “Are you a Druid?” A Brother, seeing this, will respond by
placing his left hand in a similar way above the left hip. Please repeat the
sign The Brother who made the first sign will then go up to the one who
answered, and say, “ You are a Druid, I believe?” The other will reply, “ To be
sure.” Both parties will then give the Grip, and shake hands. You will now be
seared, and during my term of office it will be my duty and pleasure to afford
you all the information in my power; and I have little doubt that the evenings
you spend in this Lodge will be both harmonious and agreeable.
Arch Druid to Brothers: Our newly-initiated
Arch Druid to Brothers: Please be
Closing the Lodge
Arch Druid: The hour for
closing this Lodge having arrived, I will thank you, Worthy Vice-Arch, to inform
me of the last care of an Arch Druid.
Vice-Arch: Your last
care is to thank the Visitors, Officers, and Brothers, who have been present
this evening, for their attention and kindness; to announce any meetings for
Druidical purposes connected with this Lodge or its Members, which are to take
place before the Lodge shall be re-opened, and then to declare the Lodge duly
Arch Druid: Worthy Secretary, have the goodness to announce
any Meetings or Committees which the Members or Officers of the Lodge may be
required to attend prior to the next Lodge Meeting, and to read over the names
of any Visitors who have favoured us with their attendance this evening.
The Secretary shall here make the necessary
announcements of Visits, Committees, Grand Lodge, or other General Meetings, of
which he (or she) may have notice, and read the names of the visiting Brethren.
Arch Druid: It only
remains for me to cordially thank you all, collectively and individually
(especially the Visitors named by our worthy Secretary), for your support of the
objects and your obedience to the laws of the Order during the present meeting,
and, as we commenced the business of the evening, so to close it in harmony.
CHORUS—”Now let your voices ring.”
Arch Druid: I declare
this Lodge duly closed till the hour of opening on this night fortnight, in
Unity, Peace, and Concord.