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Shaman Pathways - The Druid Shaman: Exploring the Celtic Otherworld
 
 

Shaman Pathways - The Druid Shaman: Exploring the Celtic Otherworld [Kindle Edition]

Danu Forest
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A sound, practical introduction to a complex and wide-ranging subject. Danu Forest's guidance chimes closely with my own experience of working with spirits over many years. Integrating folk traditions, literary sources and archaeology with contemporary practice, Danu combines visually strong and spiritually apposite ideas with sensitive advice concerning our relations with spirit, as well as working with sacred sites. As Danu says, how we perceive the spirits we connect with as Druids does make a difference. Having been plugging the notion of Druidry as the native 'shamanic' tradition of Britain and Europe since 1974, it's good to see that it's increasingly catching on, not only amongst fellow Druids, but also amongst archaeologists. I believe we are heading in a direction that links us very firmly with the spirit of ancient Druidry. This is what I call rekindling the sacred fire of Druidry, and I believe Danu Forest's 'The Druid Shaman' will play a part in this rekindling. --Philip Shallcrass - 'Greywolf' Chief of the British Druid Order.

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Covering the basics of Celtic shamanism, with reference to traditional lore and source materials through the lens of both ancient and modern Druidry and shamanic practice, The Druid Shaman is a well rounded guide, showing the seamless cross over between Druidry and shamanism in the Celtic tradition. It covers topics such as how to attain and work with guides and allies, understanding the spirit realm and interaction with spirits of all kinds, accessing powers of place, traveling the world tree and working with the seven directions and exploring and navigating within the Celtic Otherworld. With practical techniques, exercises and core skills, The Druid Shaman can be used as a practical manual as well as a valuable resource for practicing shamans and druids as well as those new to the subject.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2057 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780996152
  • Publisher: Moon Books (1 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEU1ROM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant introduction to Celtic traditions 25 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
They say good things come in small packages and that is certainly true of The Druid Shaman. In just over 80 pages, accomplished practitioner Danu Forest introduces Druidry and Celtic shamanism and explains how to build a modern practice drawing the evidence from ancient finds and contemporary folklore. It is an astonishing feat and this slim volume beats several considerably longer books hands down. Taking readers on a journey, Danu starts by defining Druids and shamanism and finds evidence for their existence in the Celtic past. Being so well researched, this is fascinating stuff but Danu also includes practical guides and exercises right from the first chapter, and these are the real gems within the book. Exploring posture, the working space, finding an ally, meeting the ancestors, interacting with local spirits, and discovering the otherworld of the shaman, Danu uses her simple, direct, and down-to-earth style to guide readers through their first steps on the path and much more thereafter. She is a natural teacher. A final chapter looks at Druid divination, including several techniques drawn from the Irish myths, which were new to me. For anyone who is curious about Celtic traditions, about Druidry, or about shamanism, this book has it all. I enjoyed every page and would thoroughly recommend it. Good things do indeed come in small packages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and wonderful 14 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoy this unique and deep take on Druidry from a shamanic perspective. Reads will be given everything they need to dive right into these practices in a meaningful way that will surely help seekers grow in their path. Very easy to read and informative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price 10 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
if you want a clear, concise yet understandable book on shamanism you can't really get a much better one than this without going into, often boring, long descriptions and stories.

It's well worth the few pounds it cost me for my kindle.Even though there's a great deal missing, specifically concerning how the baby shamans or druids are known from others and the necessity for training and protection of these babies by a gifted shaman/mage/druid/priest etc etc as they will be cursed with magic and abilities far beyond the norm and very noticeably different (society treats different badly and others may want to abuse their powers/gifts), it is well worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Danu Forest’s The Druid Shaman is a lovely book, and a great addition to the Pagan Portals series. As part of this series, it offers a brief introduction to a subject, which then allows the reader to follow further down the path should they so choose.

Danu’s writing is clear, friendly, and easy to understand. It is obvious that she cares a great deal about the land upon which she lives, the spirits of place and the work that she does. The exercises provided are a real boon to this informative book, offering experiential rather than just intellectual stimulation. In particular, I loved her meditation that adopts the pose of the figure in the Gundestrup cup, which I now use in my own daily practice.

Druid Shaman is a brilliant addition to any Druid’s collection of Druid and Pagan writings. It will appeal to a larger audience as well, offering insight into the traditions both modern and ancient of the British Isles. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique perspective 12 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books that you will keep to refer back to time and again.

Being on the Druid path, I found the approach to both shamanism and Druidry completely unique. I have not really studied shamanism, and found this viewpoint both refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable.The author speaks to the heart and reaches into our very own cauldron of inspiration, which throws light on a very clear individual path. The suggested rituals have a Druidic flavour, but impart a deeper older ancestral knowledge. I particularly enjoyed reading the last chapter regarding the shining brough.
I shall be using this book as a guide for a long time to come - thanks Danu!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 14 Jan 2014
By Yvonne
Format:Kindle Edition
The Druid Shaman, as the title may suggest, looks at shamanism from a specifically Druid perspective, and its place as the ancestral shamanism of Britain and Europe. The book begins with an introduction to the Celts, Druids, what a shaman is and a look at the shamanic tale of Taliesin. Practical Druidic shamanic tools are shared, along with the very important basic tools of how to raise your own energy and power and how to create sacred space. The importance of the world tree and the need for balance reoccurs throughout the book.

Whilst there is no attempt by the author to teach shamanic journeying, through a series of guided meditations/pathworking exercises the reader is gently encouraged to learn to make contact with their own Druid guides and indeed the very Earth itself.

I have worked with Shamanism for a number of years and as such it was fascinating to read Forest Danu's Druid Shamanism whilst comparing and contrasting it to my own form. Of particular interest to me was the section on divination and as with other areas of shamanism, it was interesting to read about divination from a Druid perspective. As someone who has recently become a student of the OBOD I also enjoyed her explanations of some of the myths, legends and figures that accompany Druidry.

This is a well researched book, written by someone who clearly has both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience. The book is also well referenced and has a good reading list for follow up reading. I would highly recommend Druid Shamanism to anyone with any interest in Shamanism in general and in particular Celtic and Druid Shamanism.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great intro to shamanism
this is an excellent introducing to the shaman/Druid way of being. easy to understand with great exercises to deepen your connection with yourself and the earth.
Published 3 days ago by johnjo58
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile introduction to the subject
A clear introduction to Celtic Shamanism. Having delved into Buddhist meditation practices, the common thread of breath control and visualisation is quite marked. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Geoffrey Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done and thank you Danu Forest!
I am both a Druid and a practitioner of shamanic drumming and journeying (I won't specifically call myself a shaman), so I was intrigued to see how the author put the two subjects... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Flick-M
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had high hopes for this book but have been disappointed in the content.

The writing style is very accessible but aspects of the material seem poorly researched to me.
Published 2 months ago by Ms. P. C. Kennedy Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaman pathways
This is a well written, easily understood insight into the world of nature and man's ability to reconnect with the spirits of nature.
Published 4 months ago by gladysgibb
5.0 out of 5 stars great informative read
A must read for any Druid interested in Shamanism. Very well researched and written. Am looking forward to reading more by this author.
Published 5 months ago by Rayney
1.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
Very thin, little information, quite general, too. Guess I was expecting something more in-depth and comprehensive and this doesn't meet my expectations.
Published 6 months ago by Livia
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