A few weeks ago we reported on this website that “Never before, in modern times, has so much pagan symbolism been used by the British establishment for a state occasion. The 2012 Olympic opening ceremony was a triumph of expression of British identity that for once did not ignore our cultural and spiritual pre Christian roots.”

If you thought that parts of the para olympics ceremony sounded like a druid ceremony, you were right.

They were originally used in a BDO (British Druid Order) gorsedd ceremony back in 1997 written by Emma Restall Orr and Phillip Shallcrass (aka Greywolf)


The entire ceremony was opened  in the way of a Druid rite of celebration!


Closure for the 2012 London Olympics/Paralympics

Druid Style


"I call upon the spirit of Autumn

The spirit of WATER

of the ebb and flow of emotion

of open seas and running streams

of cleansing rain

spirit of the evening sun

of twilight and of Autumn


I call upon the spirit of Winter

the spirit of EARTH

the womb of creation

of night and the snows of winter

deep roots and ancient stones


I call upon the spirit of Spring

the spirit of AIR

the breath of life

of sunrise and of new life

and new growth


I call upon the spirit of Summer

The spirit of FIRE

of energy and of passion

the spirit of the noon day sun

the heat of summer, vitality and abundance"


"My friends, let the festival commence!"

“The circle is unbroken,

The ancestors awoken.

May the songs of the Earth


and of her people ring true.

Hail to the Festival of the flame

of root and branch, tooth and claw,

fur and feather, of earth and sea and sky.”


BDO Druid, Greywolf, tells how this came about in his own words:

We were sworn to secrecy beforehand, but Emma Restall Orr and I were approached by the organisers of the 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony with a surprising request. They wanted our permission to use parts of the gorsedd ritual we wrote in 1997. So, about 20 minutes into the ceremony, these words went out to 750 million people around the world, spoken by Rory Mackenzie on behalf of Help For Heroes: