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Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth [Paperback]

John Michael Greer
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578633540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578633548
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The Druidry Handbook A living tradition of nature spirituality rooted in Celtic antiquity and revived to meet the challenges of contemporary life, Druidry offers people a path of harmony through reconnection with the green Earth. The Druidry Handbook is the first hands-on manual of traditional British Druid practice that explores the Sun Path of seasonal celebration, the Moon Path of meditation, and the Earth Path of ... Full description

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction into Druidry 27 Jan 2008
By Clare VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Firstly I am not a Druidess nor do I practice druidry, what I am is a pagan and like to learn as much as I can about other paths, that said I am very drawn to Druidry and my online name, Cerridwen is my patron Goddess (oor Ceridwen) who has very strong links with Druidry.

It has been such a long time since I have read a non-fiction book, mainly a lot of Pagan texts go over the same ground, especially Witchcraft & Wicca books, I'd forgotten how much I enjoy reading non-fiction!

This book I feel is more aimed at the new druid or someone wanting to learn more about the Druid path, the book does state that it can be used by experienced Druids but, I am not sure there is anything here that someone who has been on the path a long time would find of use.

You can read through the book end to end as I did, or you can just read sections as you go through. It has a very good section on the Ogham and there are some excellent methods for meditation, this would be a really good reference book as well.

The first part of the book looks more at the history of Druidry and its roots which was very fascinating and also very useful was at the end of each section a list of useful other recommended reading material.

The final two sections was more on the practical part of druidry and it was very interesting, the author I found seemed quite flexible in how he feels the reader could practice Druidry given where they may live etc. Obviously any path of Paganism is a nature path and the best place for ritual is outisde although as we know this is not always possible so some good alternatives are listed here.

Overall,this was a really good insight and for someone just getting into druidry I think this would be an excellent first book, its not comprehensive of course I don't think any book could be burt, this would definitely help with that first toe in the water into Druidism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Druidry Handbook 7 Oct 2007
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Druidry Handbook is a beginner's text for those interested in finding out more about Druidry (past and present) as well as those individuals who think they might want to become a Druid, either as a solitary or part of an organized study group. This book is divided into three parts.

Part one looks at the history of Druidry. I was quite impressed with this section as the author was not intimidated to discuss the lack of substantial resources about the Druids of ancient times nor did the author shy away from discussing the complexities associated with the Revival Druidry period. I was also pleased that the author looked to the Celtic myths for answers as many scholars tend to ignore these important resources completely.

Part two and three of this book look at specific aspects of Druidry. Part two introduces the reader to basic concepts such as the importance of triads in this belief system. Part three goes into more detail on general Druidic beliefs including a very good explanation of proposed calendar cycles and their associated ceremonies. The author also includes a very well thought out initiate program for those wanting to try on the Druid lifestyle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Druid dogmatix 16 Jan 2013
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John Michael Greer is (among other things!) the Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). In this book, he explains the faith and practice of this particular Neo-Pagan group. The book comes with a foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm of the more well known Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

Greer freely admits that the AODA doesn't have a direct connection to the ancient Druids of the pre-Roman Celtic lands. In fact, no modern Druid group has, although some have attempted to reconstruct the ancient tradition through painstaking research. By contrast, the AODA is based on so-called Revival Druidry, a modern British cultural phenomenon no older than the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Revivalists, chief of them Iolo Morganwg, claimed to have rediscovered the true traditions of the ancient Druids. In reality, their ideas were an eclectic mixture of Masonry, Rosicrucianism, Romanticism and even Anglican Christian meditation techniques. Iolo seems to have forged many of the "ancient" documents he claimed as his sources. Later, Theosophy, the Golden Dawn and Wicca were added to the stew. Or magickal potion? There have also been conflicts between British and Celtic druids, largely based on nationalist sentiments. Today, a faction of Druidry known as Reconstructionists rejects the Druid Revival en toto, seeing it as an acute embarrassment. One Revival group, the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA) was originally a prank before evolving into a real spiritual group!

Greer takes a different approach. He points out (sensibly) that we know almost nothing about the beliefs and practices of the original Druids. Besides, all religious traditions are in some sense "invented".
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Druidry Handbook 23 Dec 2010
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I have only just received this and spent about half an hour reading the introduction and flicking through which was more than enough time to realise this really wasn't what I was after. The author has a background in Hermeticism and this book is based hugely on what came out of the Druid Revival of the 18th/19th centuries. It is very much a "handbook" in the sense that there are many descriptions of the details of ritual, tables of correspondences and has a very prescriptive tone to it as far as I have seen. The author is American, and so perhaps there is less emphasis on the importance of individuality and personal interpretation over there when it comes to Druidry. I've personally found Druidry very inspiring and liberating and accepting of individuality after having spent years trying to find an alternative to the structure and rigidity of other paths such as Wicca. The nature of ths book therefore means it just isn't for me. If you are more interested in the philosphy and spirituality of today's Druidry, rather than initiations, correspondences and rituals, try Emma Restall Orr's "Living Druidry".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for anyone considering the Druid Path 2 April 2006
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As someone who is extremely intriqued by the Druids and considering the Path for myself, this book has been immensely helpful. It's straight-forward, informative, and sometimes even humorous. John Michael Greer explains everything very clearly. Other books on Druidry have put me to sleep, but this one I pick up in the middle of the night because my mind keeps going back to it and I have to keep reading. I just finished it tonight, and I'm already looking forward to reading it all over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Manual for Druidry 15 Jun 2006
By Lance M. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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As noted by Mr. Greer, there is little we can know for certain about the original Druids of the Celtic world, outside of the anecdotes preserved about them by their Roman adversaries. However, as many continue to seek links with the past and with nature across time and space, the romance of what people imagine about the Druids continues to inspire and resonate with many seeking a spiritual path based on nature and the ancient past. Thus, the birth of modern Druidry.

Mr. Greer's book is divided into three parts, (1) "The Druid Tradition in the Modern World" (the Druid Revival which began in the 1700s and its various descendants), (2) "The Three Triads of Druid Philosophy" (which includes such subjects as the three rays of light, circles of manifestation, the elements of nature (three in druid tradition, as opposed to the 4 or 5 of alchemical or neopagan traditions), solar and telluric currents. stations of the year, ogham, and the place of Taliesin, Arthur and Merlin in Druidry, and (3) "Initiation into the Druid Tradition", which includes three paths of practice which connects one to nature (both contemplation and action), to ritual and the annual cycle, and to one's self through various practices of meditation.

This book also serves as a manual for the first stage of the study of Druidry according to the approach of the AODA (Ancient Order of Druids in America), which Mr. Greer heads as Grand Archdruid ([...] Mr. Greer is to be commended on an honest, pragmatic and very readable approach to an earth-oriented spirituality to which many find themselves drawn.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid reference for anyone seeking to practice or simply learn about this ancient spiritual tradition 5 Mar 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by a student of occult traditions and nature spirituality of 25 years' experience, The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted In The Living Earth is a straightforward manual of traditional British Druid practice. Chapters discuss druid traditions in the contemporary world, the three triads of druid philosophy, and the different paths of initiation into druid followings: the earth path, the sun path, and the moon path. From a practical outline to planting trees, to lists of druidic symbols with their pronunciations and definitions, to step-by-step instructions in druidic ceremonies, The Druidry Handbook is a solid reference for anyone seeking to practice or simply learn about this ancient spiritual tradition.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to Druidry 19 Jun 2006
By Sidhe - Published on Amazon.com
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This book serves as an overview and introduction to the history and beliefs of modern Druids and provides a year's worth of work - including meditations, festival rites and a an incredible amount of information on green living - to take the first steps down the path of Druidry.

Frankly, I adored this book. From the succint, easy to read beginning chapters on the history of druidry, right to the Afterword, I couldn't put it down. I was up to 1.30am devouring this book.

The thing that stood out most for me is the passion that John has for the environment and caring for our mother Earth. His passion was inspiring and his advice on green living was useful and also useable. It's the sort of advice I could go out and put into practice tomorrow. This section of the book was definitely my favourite.

I did find his chapter on mediation a little preachy in retrospect but not so much that it became distracting from the concepts being explained. The chapter also helped me figure out what kind of meditation I'm most procifient at and it was nice seeing a walking meditation explored.

I really enjoyed the chapter explaining the elements in a more traditionally Cetic sense (three realms actually being taked about, yay!). I also rally appreicated his talk on different energies such as nywfre and awen. Most Druidry books cover awen but very few also look at nywfre. I'd almost call the book worth it just for that chapter.

I suppose the best thing about this book, for me, was the overall inspiring sense of "I can do this," it instilled in me. He never said being a Druid (as opposed to calling yourself one without actually doing a thing about it) be easy - he actually said the opposite - but you're never made to feel it's an insurmountable challenge. You're made to feel it's a challenge worth meeting.

The only fault I could find was that people not as gung-ho about the environment and learning to do certain things "properly" may find it preachy. Passionate people do tend to sund preachy at times. :)

Overall, this is an excellent book and my favourite out of all the Pagan boks I've read so far this year.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to the Druid Path 10 Aug 2006
By BibliophilePagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I honestly can't say enough good things about this book. First off, it is written in such a way that you can be virtually any religion and still take some knowledge and advice away from it. Second, it is extremely well-organized and is a massive amount of information to absorb and use. It gives priceless advice on meditation as well. One thing I was surprised to find was a little section on how to plant trees! That was a pleasant surprise to come across, and ties in cohesively with the section on the Earth Path. If you want to learn about modern Druidry, or know about it already and want to add to your library, I highly recommend reading this book!
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