Druid Mysteries: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century

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In this beautifully-written guide, Chief Druid Philip Carr-Gomm shows how the way of Druids can be followed today. He explains

- The ancient history and inspiring beliefs of the ancient Druids
- Druidic wild wisdom and their tree-, animal- and herb-lore
- The mysteries of the Druids' seasonal celebrations
- The Druids' use of magic and how their spirituality relates to paths such as Wicca

This guide will show how the wild wisdom of the Druids can help us to connect with our spirituality, our innate creativity, the natural world and our sense of ancestry. The life-enhancing beliefs and practices of this spiritual path have much to offer our 21st-century world.

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About the author

Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist living in Sussex. He is the author of The Druid Way and Druidcraft, and the co-author of The Druid Animal Oracle and editor of the Book of Druidry and In the Grove of Druids. In 1988 he was asked to lead The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups. He combines his role as Chief Druid with a private practice in psychotherapy, writing and giving workshops worldwide. He is always in demand worldwide for radio, television and newspaper interviews, and for lecturing. (A full listing can be found at his author's website at http://druidry.org/pcg.)
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Publisher
Random House
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Published on
Apr 20, 2011
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781446445891
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Celtic Spirituality
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A living tradition of nature spirituality rooted in Celtic antiquity and revived to meet the challenges of contemporary life, Druidry offers people a path of harmony through reconnection with the green Earth. The Druidry Handbook is the first hands-on manual of traditional British Druid practice that explores the Sun Path of seasonal celebration, the Moon Path of meditation, and the Earth Path of living in harmony with nature as tools for crafting an earth-honoring life here and now. From ritual and meditation to nature awareness and ecological action, John Michael Greer opens the door to a spirituality rooted in the living Earth.

Featuring a mix of philosophy, rituals, spiritual practice, and lifestyle issues, The Druidry Handbook is one-stop shopping for those seriously interested in practicing a traditional form of Druidry. It offers equal value to eclectics and solitary practitioners eager to incorporate more earth-spirituality into their own belief system; it also appeals to the merely curious.

John Michael Greer has been a student of the occult traditions and nature spirituality for more than 25 years. He began following the Druid path in 1993 with initiation in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD). In 2003, he received OBOD's Mount Haemus Award for Druid scholarship and later the same year was elected Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). Greer is the author of numerous articles and ten books, including Paths of Wisdom, Circles of Power, Inside a Magical Lodge, Natural Magic, Monsters, and The New Encyclopedia of the Occult. He recently coauthored Learning Ritual Magic.

Philip Carr-Gomm is Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Philip is the author of a number of works on Druidry, and since the publication of his first book in 1991 he has been in demand worldwide for radio, television and newspaper interviews.

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