Druidcraft: The Magic of Wicca and Druidry

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Druidry and Wicca, also known as "the Craft", are the two great streams of the Western Pagan tradition. Both traditions originated in the British Isles, and both are now experiencing a renaissance all over the world, as more and more people seek a spirituality rooted in a love of nature.

In the ancient past Druidry and Wicca probably weren't separate. Today, the ways of Druidry and Wicca are starting to merge again, as contemporary readers combine ideas and techniques from both traditions to build their spiritual practice.

In this down to earth yet inspiring book, Philip Carr-Gomm offers a name for this Path that draws on the common beliefs and practices of both Druidry and Wicca: Druidcraft. Then, in a series of six lessons, he empowers the reader to follow this practice by showing how anyone can work with its ways:

The Way of Blessing
• The Way of the Hearth
• The ways of Love
• The Ways of Healing
• The way of the Earth and Her seasons
• The Ways of Magic and Spellcraft

Druidcraft draws on the traditions of scholarship, storytelling, magical craft and seasonal celebration of both Druids and Wiccans, to offer inspiration, teachings, rituals, and magical techniques that can help you access your innate powers of creativity and healing, intuition and seership.

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About the author

Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer, psychologist, and Druid of world renown. He is the author of The Druid way, The Elements of the Druid Tradition, co-author of The Druid Animal Oracle, and editor of The Book of Druidry and The Druid Renaissance. He is the chief Druid of The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups, and he combines his role as Chief Druid with a private practice in psychotherapy, writing, and giving workshops world-wide.

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Mar 27, 2014
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780007555833
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Witchcraft
Religion / Ancient
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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As one common story goes, Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, had no idea that there was any shame in their lack of clothes; they were perfectly confident in their birthday suits among the animals of the Garden of Eden. All was well until that day when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and went scrambling for fig leaves to cover their bodies. Since then, lucrative businesses have arisen to provide many stylish ways to cover our nakedness, for the naked human body now evokes powerful and often contradictory ideas—it thrills and revolts us, signifies innocence and sexual experience, and often marks the difference between nature and society. In A Brief History of Nakedness psychologist Philip Carr-Gomm traces our inescapable preoccupation with nudity.

Rather than studying the history of the nude in art or detailing the ways in which the naked body has been denigrated in the media, A Brief History of Nakedness reveals the ways in which religious teachers, politicians, protesters, and cultural icons have used nudity to enlighten or empower themselves as well as entertain us. Among his many examples, Carr-Gomm discusses how advertisers and the media employ images of bare skin—or even simply the word “naked”—to garner our attention, how mystics have used nudity to get closer to God, and how political protesters have discovered that baring all is one of the most effective ways to gain publicity for their cause. Carr-Gomm investigates how this use of something as natural as nakedness actually gets under our skin and evokes complicated and complex emotional responses.

From the naked sages of India to modern-day witches and Christian nudists, from Lady Godiva to Lady Gaga, A Brief History of Nakedness surveys the touching, sometimes tragic and often bizarre story of our relationships with our naked bodies.

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