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Druidry: A Practical and Inspirational Guide (Piatkus Guides) Paperback – 23 Mar 2000

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Product details

  • 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)

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I purchased this book and read the entire thing in just two days! I have read a lot on druidry and indeed paganism and to say some of it can be a bit `academic` is an understatement.
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!
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By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2002
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I bought this book and wasn't "disappointed,"..The section on "Inspiration and Creativity: the Path of the Bard" is worth the cover price alone. It is a clear introduction to the bardic arts -- intelligently written and very illuminating particularly with regard to how the cycle of the sun is reflected in the body of Celtic myth. The book is also very strong on the history of Druidry. It has a good section on the Ogham and also includes a Gorsedd rite -- a gorsedd being a gathering of bards. The Gorsedd rite was written by both Philip Shallcrass and Emma Restall Orr (the joint chiefs of the British Druid Order) and gives an example of how rituals can be structured while also including more specific sections (to be used as appropriate) for handfasting celebrations, blessings for children, bardic initiation and honouring the dead.
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.
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In all honesty, I can't understand anyone being disappointed with this book.
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.
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By A Customer on 3 April 2001
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I've thought long and hard about writing a review for this book. I normally subscribe to the view that if you haven't anything good to say about someone/thing then don't say anything. However for the same money you could get the much better written and researched 'Priciples of Druidry' by Emma Restall Orr. I feel that at this time of growth in the interest in Druidry/Pagan beliefs that this introduction may well dissuade some people from following up their initial interest - which may well be to their loss.
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x988183fc) out of 5 stars A very good survey that isn't just the same material 28 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Shallcrass (also known as Greywolf) is joint chief of the British Druid Order, and his introduction to Druidry is a very good one, that doesn't just rehash what's been said in a dozen other books.
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9846b00c) out of 5 stars A Lukewarm Reaction 19 Mar. 2003
By E. M. Hodge - Published on Amazon.com
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I have mixed feelings about this work because of its strange combination. While I feel it to be a fairly good background on some of the basics, with sound folklore and scholarly background, my problems with this book stem from the fact that all of the ritual practices follow the four element ritual spread common to Wicca, when there is next to no evidence to support that this is what the druids actually did. Thankfully, the author does not imply that these practices are authentic, and even informs the reader that he will be borrowing from several sources. Still, many readers who cannot make the same connection on their own are going to believe that this is true and authentic practice of the Celtic Druids. A more scholarly work, such as "The Druids" by Peter Berresford Ellis, would shed some light on what is known about the Druids, and what is simply inferred.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f1c7e0) out of 5 stars Love those Catmas! 14 Nov. 2002
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Format: Paperback
Wow, this man is Awesome, This Book is a wellspring of information! There are wisdoms in this Book that will give the reader a complete overview of the ways of the Bard Ovate, and Druid....Wonderful Rituals tooo..
Lady Morgeuse
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