- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (23 Mar. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749920408
- ISBN-13: 978-0749920401
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Druidry: A Practical and Inspirational Guide (Piatkus Guides) Paperback – 23 Mar 2000
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Not so with this little gem. From the opening page you are made to feel as if you are being taken on a spritual journey with a personal mentor. The author explains things in detail but in such a way that is understandable also.
Far from discouraging people who may be taking their first steps on this path I feel personally it would do the exact opposite. As well as a wealth of information on the tradition both ancient and modern there are also pathworkings and details of personal journeys made by the author. This book is well worth the price.
In my opinion a compelling read!
I don't believe that this book will put people off druidry. On the contrary, if you are interested in the bardic tradition or want to see what a full druid rite looks like, then this book will be very interesting for you. People seek different things from druidry and the books that exist aim to meet those different needs. In writing this, I in no way want to downplay the excellence of Emma Restall Orr's book, "The Principles of Druidry," which I also own and heartily recommend. But I think there is room on our bookshelves for more than one introduction to the beautiful, wild and wide-reaching tradition that is druidry.
The information is useful to anyone who wants to know what Druidry is, and the exercises and guidance contained are an excellent way for anyone to get a _feel_ for the Path, if they are interested in following it or not.
I would definitely recommend reading both this and 'Principles of Druidry' by Emma Restall Orr, as they both give different shades of what it is to walk the Druidic Path, and combined give a greater insight that alone.
In writing this I do feel guilty about any impact my opinion may have on the author but I believe this is balanced by the benefit others could recieve by spending their money elsewhere.
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Unlike many other books on Druidry, Shallcrass' includes information about the shamanic aspects of Druid practice. He talks about a particularly striking incident that happened to him while he was spontaneously performing a rain dance. He also includes some nice rituals that can be done easily and allow for a gentle introduction to druidic ritual.
Overall, a very good introduction that I would recommend highly to anyone new to Druidry, as well as to long-time Druids. Read also Emma Restall Orr's "Druidry", and Philip Carr-Gomm's "Elements of the Druid Tradition" as introductions.