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The Elements of... - The Druid Tradition [Paperback]

Philip Carr-Gomm


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5 Sep 1996 Elements of ...

Druidry is a powerful means of self-discovery, available to all. This book explains how Druidry can heal; what the Celtic Fire Festivals are; what the Druids believe today; and what the links between Druidry and other spiritual traditions are.

Who were the druids?; the recent past – druidry reborn; who are the druids now?; bards, ovates and druids; the eightfold year – the druid ceremonies and their meanings; spirits of the circle; circle and stones – trackways and stars; druid treelore.



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Philip always wanted to be a writer and wrote short stories when he was 11 and 12. But then he found the Buddha, the Druids, and Psychoanalysis, and this was all so interesting he forgot about writing until a publisher he met at a dinner party in London, when he was in his late thirties, invited him to write a book. The result, 'The Elements of the Druid Tradition', soon became one of the best sellers in the 'Elements Of' series, and he was asked to write a follow-up: 'The Druid Way'. Twenty years' later he's still writing, having broadened his scope from the topic of Druidry, with its contemporary environmental relevance, to include the history of magic in England in 'The Book of English Magic', the subject of sacred sites in the lavishly illustrated 'Sacred Places', and the subject of nudity in religion, politics and popular culture in 'A Brief History of Nakedness.' You can find his author website at http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com and his blog at http://philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com

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Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist, living in Sussex with his wife Stephanie and their children. He is author of ‘Druidcraft – the Magic of Wicca & Druidry’, ‘The Re-birth of Druidry’ and ‘The Elements of the Druid Tradition’ and editor of ‘The Druid Renaissance’.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The only introduction you'll ever need! 23 Jun 1998
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The current chief of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, the world's largest druid order today, presents a concise and easy-to-read introduction and history of what has become modern druidry. There are no attempts to pretensiously link the current movement with the ancient past and the author portrays a likely evolution of the celtic priesthood without resorting to so-called secret texts, lost documents, or wild speculations -- just the facts as known. This work also discusses the three grades within modern druidry, providing a reasonable description of how each functioned, and then compares the current thread with other neo-pagan movements emerging in the second half of the 20th century, such as Wicca. Above all it dispells the myths written mainly by the Romans over the past two millennia. For the open-minded. Read it and see!
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to understand modern Druidry 10 Jan 1999
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Many of the myths and misinformation that has surrounded modern Druidry are dispelled in this succinct presentation of the Druid tradition by one of the foremost authorities on Druidry. Along with this study of the history and founding spirituality of classical times are some very practical modern exercises at the end of each chapter that the reader can readily apply to his/her everyday life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book I have ever read. 27 Jan 1998
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This book has changed my life forever! I reccomend it to anyone who has any religous questions. This book will lead you on the right path. I would suggest that everyone read this book. After reading this book I now have a deeper feeling of purpose. READ THIS BOOK!
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book has three major problems 25 Nov 2002
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1. Revisionist history. The author postulates that Wicca and Druidry has endured more than 1000 years of persecution. This may be true for Druidry, but Wicca has only been around for that past 53 years.
Wicca did not exist until Gerald Gardner wrote his series of books after the anti-witchcraft laws were overturned in England. From my studies; Wicca appears to be a combination of mental mysticism, Freemasonry, and Witchcraft.
2. This author completely ignores the tools used in Druidry.
3. I believe this author read too much Wiccan literature and incorporated it into his vision of Druidry.
Wiccans believe in both a God and Goddess, Druids acknowledge a single creator (based on other druid material I have read).
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