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Making of a Druid (hc) by Christian J Guyonvarc`h Because ancient druidic knowledge was transmitted orally, most of what has been represented as the teachings of the druids has been conjecture or fantasy. Now eminent Celtic scholar Christian J. Guyonvarc`h tears away the obscurity surrounding what the druids taught and how they taught it with his magisterial examination of the little-known Celtic text, Imcallam in da Thuarad, generally translated as The Colloquy of Two Sages. Up to now, this text has been regarded as merely an elaborate battle of wits between two bards, a dispute centered on a younger bard`s attempt to unseat an older bard`s position in the court of Conchobar. Thanks to the present translation and its accompanying commentary, we now can see that this text depicts the examination by a teacher of a druidic candidate. Consequently, the reader gains valuable insight into the actual nature of druidic science and the vast store of knowledge--acquired over an arduous fifteen- to twenty-year period--necessary to become a druid. Both modern druids and Celtic aficionados alike will find The Making of a Druid a fascinating storehouse of forgotten wisdom. This is a 133 page hardcover book.22.95
A living tradition of nature spirituality rooted in Celtic antiquity and revived to meet the challenges of contemporary life, Druidry offers a path of harmony through reconnection with the green Earth. The Druidry Handbook is a hands-on manual of traditional British Druid practice. Explore the Sun Path of seasonal celebration, the Moon Path of meditation, and the Earth Path of living in harmony with nature. From ritual and meditation to nature awareness and ecological action, John Michael Greer opens the door to a spiritualy rooted in the living earth with a mix of philosophy, rituals, spiritual practices, and lifestyle issues. Paperback 272 pgs. 20.95
Druids by Jean Markale A comprehensive and revealing look at the druids and their fundamental role in Celtic society that dispels many of the misconceptions about these important religious figures and their doctrine. Druidism was one of the greatest and most exalting adventures of the human spirit, attempting to reconcile the unreconcilable, the individual and the collective, creator and created, good and evil, day and night, past and future, and life and death. Because of the oral nature of Celtic civilization our understanding of its spiritual truths and rituals is necessarily incomplete. Yet evidence exists that can provide the modern reader with a better understanding of the doctrine that took druidic apprentices 20 years to learn in the remote forests of the British Isles and Gaul. Using the descriptions of the druids and their beliefs provided by the historians and chroniclers of classic antiquity, as well as those recorded by the insular Celts themselves when compelled, under Christianity`s influence, to utilize writing to preserve their ancestral traditions, Jean Markale painstakingly pieces together all that is known for certain about them. The druids were more than simply the priests of the Celtic people; their influence extended to all aspects of Celtic life. The Druids covers everything concerning the Celtic religious domain, intellectual speculations, cultural or magical practices, various beliefs, and the so-called profane sciences that have come down from the Celtic priesthood. This is a 276 page trade softcover book. 17.95
Druid Magic is itself a magical book. It gives practical and imaginative ideas for a reader to develop her/his own intuitive, joyous Druid pathway. For newcomers to Druidism, it is a complete package that will be both a thorough introduction and a source of ongoing inspiration. For those who have traveled down the Druid Way for a while already, the book offers activities and insights that are fresh, undogmatic and grounded in good scholarship. I can't imagine anyone with an interest in Druidism who would not be enchanted by this book. A new "classic."20.95
Here is a reconstruction of Celtic mythology and Arthurian legend combined into a program of practical instruction in mythical thinking and magical techniques. This is a complete introductory course in Celtic Druidism, packaged within the framework of 21 authentic and expanded story-lessons. You will be studying your own program of druid teachings based on the actual, never-before-published 16th century manuscript entitled The Book of Pheryllt. 418 pgs 17.95

 


Merlin Master of Magick by Gordon Strong. Merlin is celebrated as the archetypal wizard, an enigmatic mage whose gifts fo prophecy and miracle working have made him the greatest magician of all time. Bringing his unmatched knowledge of medieval history, myth, and magick to the legend of Merlin, Gordon Strong vividly reconstructs the famed wizard`s life among kings and knights, damsels and dragons, and lost kingdoms. From serving as King Arthur`s adviser to obtaining intimate knowledge of Atlantis to launching the quest for the Holy grail, each aspect of Merlin is illuminated as never before. Piecing together fascinating connections to Druidry, Celtic and Welsh Culture, and Tarot, Strong offers new depths of insight into an existence steeped in war, madness, love, lust and above all, sorcery. 16.95
Druid`s Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine by Ellen Evert Hopman A Druid`s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine provides for you an in-depth look at the history, herbal uses, and spiritual aspects of the sacred trees in the ancient Celtic Ogham Tree Alphabet. Find within: * Details the 20 trees of the ogham alphabet and their therapeutic and magical virtues * Examines the Forest Druid practices associated with each tree as well as the traditional uses in Native American medicine * Describes the Celtic Fire Festivals and how each tree is featured in these holy days Also within, find of how the Druids used the ancient Ogham Tree Alphabet to work magic and honor the dead, surrounding each letter with medicinal and spiritual lore. Poets and bards created a secret sign language to describe the letters, each of which is named for a tree or a plant. For centuries this language was transmitted only orally in order to protect its secrets. Combining her extensive herbal knowledge and keen poetic insight, Ellen Evert Hopman delves deeply into the historic allusions and associations of each of the 20 letters of the Ogham Tree Alphabet. She also examines Native American healing methods for possible clues to the way ancient Europeans may have used these trees as healing agents. Druidic spiritual practices, herbal healing remedies, and plant lore are included for each tree in the alphabet as well as how each is used in traditional rituals such as the Celtic Fire Festivals and other celebrations. Hopman also includes a pronunciation guide for the oghams and information on the divinatory meanings associated with each tree. This is a 248 page softcover book. 15.95
Magic of the Celtic Otherworld Explore a marvelous world of glamoury: the Celtic Otherworld of shadow and Sidhe, a realm where everything that ever was, is, or will be, exists right now. The Celts had a life-affirming, mystical way of living, in tune with the forces of Nature and magic. Drawing upon irish Celtic spiritual tradition, history, literature, and myth, this tried and true guidebook (formerly titled Glamoury) offers a holistic system that will help you reconnect with this enchanting realm; the Green World of the Celts. Magic of the Celtic Otherworld presents techniques for becoming attuned to the life forces of the Green World through seasonal rituals, visualizations, and practical magical workings. Learn how to find your way around the Otherworld, and gain an understanding of how each of us constantly shapes and affects the land on which we live. Most importantly, discover how to make contact with inhabitants of the Otherworld in order to deepen your spiritual practice and enrich your everyday life 18.95
Druid`s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman For the ancient Druids, the healing and magical properties of herbs were inseparable from the larger cycles of the seasons, the movements of the planets, and the progression of a human life. A Druids Herbal shows the reader how to use herbs when creating rituals to celebrate festivals and significant life passages such as births, house blessings, weddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies. Drawing on extensive research and a deep personal experience with Pagan traditions, Ellen Evert Hopman explores the history and folklore surrounding the eight major Celtic festivals: Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lugnasad, and Fall Equinox. Included in each discussion are complete instructions on the medicinal and magical uses of the herbs associated with each celebration. Using these Celtic traditions as examples, the author suggests ways to incorporate the symbolic and magical power of herbs into personal rituals that honor all phases of life from childbirth to last rites. Also included are chapters on how to prepare herbal tinctures, salves, and poultices; herbs used by the Druids; herbal alchemy and the planets; and the relationships between herbs and sacred places. Filled with practical information and imaginative suggestions for using herbs for healing, ceremony, and magic, this book is an indispensable and comprehensive guide to age-old herbal practices. This is a 213 page trade softcover book. 13.95
Drawing Down the Spirits by Kenax Filan and Raven Kaldera Drawing Down the Spirits presents an insider`s view of the inner workings, sacred traditions, and prevalence of spirit possession existing in our modern world. Spirit possession is an integral part of shamanism as well as many neo-pagan forms of worship that draw down deities or invite spirit possession. However, spirit possession is not for the unprepared. In Drawing Down the Spirits, Kenaz Filan and Raven Kaldera, both initiated and experienced in shamanic and Vodou traditions, present the practical guidance needed to participate in ritual possession. Addressing the benefits and the dangers that await the nave, Filan and Kaldera show that there is no such thing as a guaranteed "safe" possession, because spirits have their own agenda-and they are much more powerful than we are. The authors provide a variety of techniques to prepare for possession and abort possession and to promote the safety of the possessed as well as the spirits and witnesses present. With a wide-ranging look at the historic forms of ritual possession found throughout the world-including Uganda, Nepal, Korea, Bali, Greece, Turkey, Scandinavia, and France-the authors also include numerous firsthand accounts collected from witnesses of modern spirit possession. This is a 338 page soft cover book18.95