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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (18 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738731552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738731551
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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John Michael Greer has practised magic of the Western mystery traditions for more than thirty years. His background includes initiation in several orders, including the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. Greer currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bard of Bwyd on 26 Oct. 2013
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An Excellent text book for Druidry and magic. I bought this off the back of the numerous other excellent JMG books I've read over the years. It gives you a curriculum to work through and explains things slowly. If you're interested in becoming a real wizard it's a great place to start. I would recommend a few companion books to go along with it such as the new encyclopaedia of the occult and perhaps the Druid magic hand book and Druidry handbook .

Update: Still going strong with this excellent workbook. It's filled with info on alchemy, sacred geometry, rituals, meditations and a whole host of other subjects. It's all delivered in a way that helps you engage with the material, giving you an exciting and enlightening path through the mysteries. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to start out on the path of Druidry, and it's a book I return to read nearly every day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Masterofthelight777 on 19 Dec. 2013
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A truly exceptional work created by John Michael Greer, the current Grand Arch-Druid of the AODA, a traditional Druid order rooted in the Druid Revival of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, offering an opportunity for modern people to experience the teachings and practices of Druidry in today's world. This book offers in my humble opinion an exceptional curriculum that any serious Bard, Ovate or Druid would benefit from incorporating into their personal magical path. I purchased on the strength of John Michael Greer excellent (The Druid Magic Handbook), which I would recommend as the perfect companion.
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A solid work, with a wonderful and innovative spirit. 8 April 2013
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It was in researching and studying the life and works of W.B. Yeats that initially drew me to the Golden Dawn tradition. I was very young and studying these things for purely academic reasons, when I found myself perplexed by Yeats love and life long devotion to the Western Mysteries. I had to know and understand what drew such a prolific and widely known poet to be so engrossed in a field that is often neglected and more often ridiculed. I found that his inspiration in the reality behind myth, and his belief in the human potential, all intersected in a very personal way in the mysteries. Rather than coming to the conclusion that his magical work was a temporary abandonment of reason, I came to believe that in the work of magic, Yeats was most himself.

So I searched diligently to find a modern Golden Dawn order. The rest is a tumbling down the rabbit hole of my personal history, and bears no importance in a book review, other than to say that I found more disappointment than enchantment. And in magic, the latter is so key to success, that I eventually left the Victorian tradition to pursue the path in other ways. Still, I always had a "back of the mind" wish that Yeats would have completed his Castle of Heroes project.

Well, this book is not that. Yet, it does combine what I think is the spirit of that work, and other Celtic/GD hybrid orders of the time. The imaginative aspect of taking on the role of a curious seeker finding dusty old papers in a library is rather fun, and should do well to keep the aspirant humble enough to not take himself too seriously.

So, equal parts light-hearted and profound, I can only conclude that if one was to take up this work they would see that rather familiar door of the mysteries reveal itself, this time with Celtic knot-work inscribed on its front.

Self-initiation is a hard, but not impossible task. And for one that loves the Work, and finds inspiration in the Celtic world, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Genius! 27 Sept. 2013
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I've read a few books by John Michael Greer, and I read his blog fairly regularly, and have always enjoyed his interviews, but The Celtic Golden Dawn is simply genius! I started working through it a few days ago, and performed the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram for the first time this morning - what a powerful change! It feels different, its not quite the same effect of the typical Golden Dawn version(s). It made the room feel more like the misted edge of an ancient forest, upon the trail leading to the Hollow Hills. Just....awesome! I've worked with various magical and pagan things for a couple decades, and so far this system is fantastic, it's exactly what I've been looking for as my next step. I look forward to taking the time to complete it piece by piece.

Another point that Mr. Greer touches on, and I would have liked to have seen him explore the topic a little more in the Introduction, but he does touch upon the purpose of pseudo-histories within the various magical lodges. Those of us who have been around the various Occult and Pagan communities for a while know that pseudo-histories are meant to set the mood of the ritual work within that Order, they generally aren't meant to be believed as legit history; think about Freemasonry and the story of Hiram Abif, Wica and the Burning Times, the Golden Dawn and the cipher manuscripts, etc. It was nice to see that topic sort of touched upon in the Intro, its something that is left out of most Occult and especially Pagan oriented books; and that misunderstanding usually leads to a LOT of unfortunate drama. ;)

Over all, this book is well worth your time. Excellent work Mr. Greer!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Work! 24 Oct. 2013
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This is one of Greer's finest works. Like some others who work within Celtic/Druidic/other earth-based traditions, I found the traditional Christian-based symbolism of the Golden Dawn uncomfortable, but I was still interested in learning more about the Golden Dawn system. The Celtic Golden Dawn provides one a means to do just that, using Celtic symbolism instead of the traditional Christian symbolism. For people who are already walking earth-based spiritual paths, this presents a delightful fusion of traditional Golden Dawn practice with Celtic material.

The rituals and daily practices work--and I mean work--if you are willing to put in the time to learn them and enact them daily. The symbolism is rich and layered; each time I re-read sections and meditate on the principles in the book, I gain new insights. I've spent the last six months working the system of this book, and as other reviewers have mentioned, it will likely take me over a year to complete the whole system. This is a magical system very much worth the investment. Buy this book!
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recomend 30 July 2013
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Brings together several schools of practice. Love the meditations. Just started it and it will take me awhile (like a couple of years) to feel like I have really utilized the book the way it is intended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
So far I love it. 8 Feb. 2014
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This book is a hands on practical guide to the mystical ways of Druidism, so while I have read through the first two parts, I have not reached part three as of yet. The writing is very clear and to the point with easy to understand pronunciation helps throughout. The author, John Michael Greer, really did take his time and start at the beginning. Being curious about the practice, I have read several books on the subject and this is the best by far if someone is interested in a hands on workbook that takes you from curiosity to participation. Be prepared though, for it is no small matter. The first part alone requiring four months daily participation and practice to gain full mastery of the subject. There are three parts and I think the time frame for the first part is actually shorter than the next two, making this a journey or process and not a novel.
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