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1. Daniel X: Demons and Druids
2. High Druid of Shannara: Straken
3. The Druid of Shannara (The Heritage
4. A Brief History of the Druids
5. Tanequil (High Druid of Shannara)
6. Jarka Ruus (High Druid of Shannara,
7. A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred
8. The Druid Plant Oracle
9. A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree
10. Druids
11. Druid Animal Oracle
12. Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic
13. Priestess of the Forest: A Druid
14. The Druids: Celtic Priests of
15. Celtic Astrology: How the Mystical
16. The Druid Isle
17. The Druids (Ancient Peoples and
18. The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual
19. Druids: A History
20. Under An Expanse of Oaks: A Druid's

1. Daniel X: Demons and Druids
by James Patterson, Adam Sadler
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2010-07-26)
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Asin: 0316036986
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Daniel X's hunt to eliminate each and every intergalactic criminal on Earth is always relentless, but this time, it's getting personal. Number Three on the List of Alien Outlaws takes the form of raging, soul-possessing fire. And fire transports Daniel back to the most traumatic event of his life-the death of his parents.

In the face of his "kryptonite", Daniel struggles with his extraordinary powers like never before, and more than ever is at stake: his best friends are in grave peril. The only way to save them is to travel back-through a hole in time-to the demon's arrival during the Dark Ages. Rip-roaring action and humor sets the pages afire in this gripping time-travel adventure with an Arthurian cast-and countless other surprises! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with twists, turns and high drama
A choice pick is James Patterson and Adam Sadler's DANIEL X: DEMONS AND DRUIDS, a survey of Daniel X, on a mission to eliminate every intergalactic criminal on Earth. His superpower allows him to take on some dangerous aliens - including Phosphorius Beta, the demon of fire. An excellent science fiction story evolves, packed with twists, turns and high drama!

5-0 out of 5 stars James Patterson and Adam Sadler take the Daniel X series to an entirely new level.
With DEMONS AND DRUIDS, James Patterson and Adam Sadler take the Daniel X series to an entirely new level.

Daniel X is an extraterrestrial who had been living with his family on earth. When his parents and sister were killed in a sneak attack by intergalactic criminals, Daniel made it his mission to wipe them all out. He is a fairly powerful guy who is still testing the extent and limits of his powers. He is able to travel in time, conjure up friends from his home planet, and occasionally and randomly experiences visits from his family, even though they no longer exist. It was Daniel's father who gave him a list of criminals who needed extermination the most, and while Daniel has not been following along in numerical order, he has been doing a good job of systematically whittling down the number.

Daniel's primary target in DEMONS AND DRUIDS is Phosphorius Beta, his strongest foe to date. Beta is a demon of fire --- one of the most basic of elements, and arguably the most dangerous --- and, worse, he comes with an army of similarly powered henchmen who are loaded with bad attitude. Beta is not a late arrival to Earth, either; he has been here for over a thousand years, biding his time while increasing his strength. Daniel soon discovers that the only way to defeat this enemy is to go back in time, to Europe's Dark Ages, and confront Beta before he has a chance to become so powerful.

Daniel has some interesting and unexpected allies in his quest. One of them, surprisingly, is his father, who puts him through a bit of criminal-elimination training, where Daniel learns there is much more to the job than he originally imagined. His other allies? Well, let's not spoil the surprise. All I can tell you is that if you are really good at guessing, you will be able to put it together. They also use a somewhat unexpected tool, one that has existed for almost 5,000 years and has been waiting to be put to its mysterious use.

Daniel X has become a franchise, complete with manga, graphic novels and video games that are based on the character being readily available and popular. However, Daniel X originally appeared in traditional books, and it is with installments such as DEMONS AND DRUIDS that Daniel and his friends are most fully realized.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific read
This series from James Patterson is a must read!My grandson (age 14) has read all of the Daniel X series and he loves them.I read them also and thought it is a "great read" for teenagers and adults.It also has some humor mixed in which is great!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not up to par
I couldn't finish this. This is the ONLY James Patterson book that I gave up on! I read the other two Daniel books and really liked them. This one I just couldn't get interested in. I kept flipping pages just to get through it, but it just wasn't going to happen. Maybe I'll try again down the road.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing.
i absolutely loved it. because of the aliens and dans powers the story is alyays so exciting. i could not put it down. every page is full of excitement wit and everything that makes a book amazingly amazing. just about all of james pattersons books are like this. i am a very picky reader but never have i been dissapointed by one of his books. he is one cool dude ... Read more

2. High Druid of Shannara: Straken
by Terry Brooks
Mass Market Paperback: 432 Pages (2007-08-28)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$4.01
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Asin: 0345499409
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and light square off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of bestselling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjuring at the peak of his skills.

For reasons known only to himself, the King of the Silver River has charged young Penderrin Ohmsford, barely more than a boy, with the daunting task of rescuing his aunt, Grianne, Ard Rhys of the Druid order, from her forced exile in the terrifying dimension of all things damned: the Forbidding. With the noble dwarf Tagwen and the prodigal elven princess Khyber Elessedil by his side–and with the outcome of the bloody war between the Federation and the Free-born at stake–Pen has accepted his mission without question. But not without risk . . . or sacrifice.

Because Shadea a’Ru, the ruthless Druid responsible for imprisoning the true Ard Rhys and usurping leadership at Paranor, has sent her agents and assassins in relentless pursuit of Pen and his comrades. And in securing the talisman he needs to breach the Forbidding, Pen has paid a devastating price. Now if the Free-born forces–already decimated by the Federation’s death-dealing new weapon–should fall, Shadea’s domination of the Four Lands will be assured. Nothing short of Pen’s success can turn the tide.

But Pen’s challenge grows greater when he learns that his parents, Bek Ohmsford and Rue Meridian, have fallen into Shadea’s hands. He must try to help them–but once within the walls of Druid’s Keep, where Shadea’s minions and dark magic lurk at every turn, Pen’s survival is far from assured. Yet it will all pale in comparison to the horrors that wait inside the Forbidding–horrors poised to break free upon the Four Lands when the time is right. . . .

From the Hardcover edition. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (72)

5-0 out of 5 stars Straken-06/05/2010
This series has Terry Brooks back to his excellent story telling. I am enjoying this series very much.

3-0 out of 5 stars I wish his books were Devoid of all Enigmas
As a young child I read TB's Shannara series.There were suitable for kids and young adults.Much like Tolkeen's works.The plots were very intriguing, broad, and flushed out.

He has added features to his book he was able to forgo before and they have not improved things at all.The later books are filled with regularly sexually violated women.Something never seen before.What has changed in him that he found he had to add this element to his books?

Further, these new books are shorter, not nearly written as well, and not nearly as concise as the older ones.

Finally, he needs to find some new words.Devoid and Enigma are used up, worn out, and have become distracting, at least to me.To the point of irritation.Really, how many people can be an enigma?

Getting bored...Perhaps I am just devoid of enjoyment and thus an enigma compared to the other readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Straken by Terry Brooks
As usual T Brooks has done a great job. I have yet to be disappointed in his work. Well worth the time to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderfully entertaining
Perfect conclusion in the this saga of 3 books, will keep you guessing till the the end.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not thrilled
I have loved every Shannara book Terry Brooks has written; except this trilogy.While it had all the necessary components of a good story, I felt it lacked depth.It seemed like it was a story that had been edited severly in order to make it into three books.I think the story could have been expanded into a four-book series in order to tell the story in better detail.Those of you who read the third book will understand what I mean.I do have one question:What happened to Atalan?Was he killed or not?This is just one instance of many that bothered me.Good job, Terry, on your other books.Boo on this one. ... Read more

3. The Druid of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara)
by Terry Brooks
Mass Market Paperback: 384 Pages (1992-01-22)
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Asin: 0345375599
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the three hundred years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the evil Shadowen have seized control of the Four Lands. If they are to be saved, the black Elfstone must be retrieved, at whatever cost to life or love....
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4-0 out of 5 stars All about the Druid!
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R4J2O0AEX2WX0 Interesting to see one man's journey becoming something he always denied.I loved the focus on the mysterious druids.. and their system of magic

5-0 out of 5 stars Ordering Books on Amazon
I order quite a few books on Amazon.com and I am always pleased with how quickly they come and the condition they are in. I have also noticed that not only is it cheaper in most cases to order off of Amazon.com for books, but also with text books as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition is terrible
I am a huge fan of Terry Brooks and the story line for Druid of Shannarra is wonderful. I would give the book 5 stars. Unfortunately, the Kindle edition is a terrible version. It is full of errors; punctuation, spelling, grammatical. It was very, very distracting.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too sluggish
Positives:Some good characterization, interesting locals and monsters, neat uses of magic, a few cool fights, fairly good climax and a decent amount of closure. Good secondary characters as well. Not a bad novel in all.

Negatives: Plotting ain't up to 'par'. Very repetitive in the following ways: Morgan Leah grappling with his misgivings; Pe Ell imagining his triumphant moment in identical ways; Walker Boh lamenting over his lost/not lost magic(it's really impossible to tell which). The events of the story are mostly plotted alright, but the character struggles of the story are thrown together poorly, especially Walker. The whole search in Eldwist drags on seemingly without any organization, and the beginning of the story, jumping between Par, Coll, Walker and Pe Ell is just odd. The references to Par and Coll's stories really do nothing to advance this one.
The main problem in this book is organization. The magic elements feel forced, and the rise and fall of character emotions is startlingly bumpy. This book could have used a lot more trimming and rearranging, especially with the inner feelings of the characters. Too much of it repeats for the pace to survive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Possible favorite of this series
Druid takes off directly where the last one leaves off, only this book focuses mainly on Walker and his quest. Not being a fan of the Druids, or how, in particular, Allanon manipulated his ancestors in the first trilogy's quest, Walker has been reluctant, so far, to take up his charge. But, enticed by information left to him by the long-lived Cogline, Walker had gone in search of the Black Elfstone, which is needed to restore Paranor,at the end of Scions...only to find himself poisoned by a creature called the Asphinx, left in the place the Grimpond told Walker the Elfstone would be. He is slowly turning to stone, and Cogline is unable to cure him. Walker is bedridden and Cogline at a loss for what to do when Rimmer Dal, head of the Seekers, shows up, ostensibly killing Cogline and burning down Walker's home.All seems lost until the daughter of the King of the Silver River, named Quickening, discovers him, buried in the ashes of his destroyed home. She has already picked up Morgan Leah and the unsettling assassin Pe Ell, and after healing Walker, explains to him that they must travel to the far, far north, outside of the known world, to a city now ruled by The Stone King, an ancestor just like the King of The Silver River. The Stone King has gone mad, hoping to turn the entire world to stone. He created a child, much like Quickening, but his child is a giant monster-worm who is slowly infecting the world with stone. The Stone King ventured to the Four Lands and stole the Black Elfstone to protect himself from his own child, who had grown so strong he was threatening his own father. The four must travel to his land and steal back the Elfstone so that Walker can restore Paranor.
Other than a small chunk of the book when the quad is wandering around Eldwist, the Stone King's northern city, which I found to get a bit boring, I think this might be my favorite book of the series. The four characters have an interesting dynamic working, plus the landscape is very creative. It was also interesting to have an "enemy" who really isn't out to destroy, necessarily, our protagonists; in fact, for the most part, he doesn't even notice they're in his kingdom. Yet the four are still in constant mortal danger. Plus this is the first book where Brooks' hint to the connection to the past becomes unavoidably obvious. Definitely a successful second in a series!
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4. A Brief History of the Druids (The Brief History)
by Peter Berresford Ellis
Paperback: 324 Pages (2002-04-10)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$6.98
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Asin: 0786709871
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Shrouded in legend, the mysterious cult of the ancient Druids continues to fascinate, inspiring latter-day imitators who often are only a poorly researched and romantic reflection of Druidic lore. In this compelling and readable history, respected Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis explores who the Druids really were and what role they played in the Celtic world. Ellis provides a fresh and convincing interpretation of the facts, based on both archaeological and etymological findings. “Remarkable ... offers much for the academician as well as the general reader. Fascinating reading!”—Joseph A. King, author of Ireland to North America ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Druids
Mr. Ellis does a commendable job on his exposition of the Druid, especially given the little we actually know about them with any degree of certainty. His education and erudition in the field plainly shows (as does his enthusiasm for things Celtic).

I would agree with a number of his conclusions, though find others either too speculative or not in keeping with the evidence.

Certainly the Druids were an important class in their society, as evinced by the Classical records, and by descriptions of their power and prestige in remnants of the native traditional literature. (Assuming here that the Insular traditional literature is an accurate reflection of the older Continental culture, as has been postulated in some quarters).

I would say that they were typical of the priestly upper class often found in tripartite Indo-European-derived cultures - a position that has found merit with a number of scholars.

However, Mr. Ellis's work is IMO at times far too critical of Classical sources, which, although they have their faults, were often quite incisive, accurate, and are often confirmed by both the later Insular native literature and by archaeology. We shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Overall, though, a well-written and well-researched book, with interesting insights and perspectives. Well worth a read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty tedious
I am reading through this and I am disappointed how tedious it is to read. It is very detailed but the history gets bogged down in all the details and celtic names the author shares. All good stuff, but stilted. I was hoping it would be a good read in addition to being a history book on druids. It is the latter but not the former.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some parts are good. others are not.
The author has spent a lot of time researching this topic and it shows.However while some parts of the book are good, the book as a whole descends fast into supposition which is not well sustainable.

The first few chapters and the last chapter are pretty good.These chapters offer an overview of the Celtic world, a discussion of both classical and Celtic sources on the Druids, and the rise of Neodruidism.The rest of the book, which attempts to reconstruct what the ancient Druids were like, is of riddled with supposition and assumptions which must be discarded.

For example, in the chapter on female druids, all of his work here is affected by the idea that the Celtic culture had "decayed into patriarchy" by the time the Brehon code was written down.This allows him to project ideals onto earlier Pagan Celts for no more reason than that they follow from his assumptions.The section on "Druidic books" is equally problematic, and his dismissal of human sacrifice among the Celts seems to stretch some things to say the least.

On the whole, the book, read sceptically, would have made a decent introduction to the field, but the ideological biases seem to cloud the work sufficiently that it is really only suitable for advanced students looking for some points they may have otherwise missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Sound Critical Thinking

I've read this book with eagerness and passion. It has never been dry though very academic. The theories in there are the result of some of the best critical thinking of our day. It has always been respectful of the celts and mindful of common historical anomalies.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much Christianity
I would have preferred more focus on the main topic. He spent too much time relating later druids to early Christians. ... Read more

5. Tanequil (High Druid of Shannara)
by Terry Brooks
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (2007-08-28)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$4.01
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Asin: 0345499115
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Dark magic has opened a gateway to the Forbidding and trapped within it Grianne Ohmsford, rightful High Druid of Shannara. Rescuing Grianne will be merely the beginning of the effort to return the Four Lands to some semblance of peace. Only her young nephew, Penderrin, has any hope of returning her to power. But to breach the Forbidding and bring Grianne back to the natural world, Pen must find the fabled Tanequil . . . and the talisman it alone can provide. That means journeying into the Inkrim–a dreaded region thick with shadows and haunted by harrowing legends. And there, Pen will strike a bargain more dire than he could ever imagine.
Amazon.com Review
War threatens the Four Lands, and Shannara's only hope lies in Penderrin Ohmsford, but it's a dreadfully slim hope. To save his world, Pen must restore his aunt, the former Ilse Witch, to her rightful position as High Druid of Shannara. But first Pen must free his aunt Grianne from the Forbidding: the world of the demons. To have the slightest chance of freeing her, he must find the mystical tree called the Tanequil, and somehow craft a talisman from its wood. But Shadea a'Ru, the treacherous usurper of his aunt's position, will do anything to stop Pen--and she has alreadycaptured Pen's parents and forced them to reveal their son'swhereabouts. Sen Dunsidan, the monstrous Prime Minister of the Federation, has armed his greatest airship with a horrible new weapon. And Pen is just a boy, accompanied on his dangerous quest by only a Dwarf, a young Elf, and a blind Rover girl.

Filled with action, treachery, and sacrifice, Tanequil will enthrall Terry Brooks's millions of fans as it roars to a shocking conclusion. However, newcomers to the Shannara series should not begin with Tanequil. It's the middle book of the HighDruid of Shannara trilogy, and the thirteenth novel of acomplicated high-fantasy series with numerous characters andsentient races. Newcomers should start with Jarka Ruus, the first book of the High Druid trilogy--or, better yet, with The Sword of Shannara, the first book of the series. --Cynthia Ward ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tanequil-06/15/2010
I am eager to read this the third in the series. But I have to complete the second book first. I am in hopes that this series lasts for a while.

4-0 out of 5 stars decent fantasy
This is the 2nd of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, and the 13th Shannara book overall. It picks up where Jarka Ruus left off, with the young duo of Pen, who can communicate with plants and animals, and Khyber, who wields the Elfstones, set to rescue Cinnaminson, the blind Rover girl, then find the Tanequil and get a branch from it, which in turn is supposed to help Pen rescue his aunt, the Ard Rhys, who's been imprisoned in The Forbidding.

Again, it's pretty standard fantasy fare. I preferred the scenes with the Ard Rhys in the Forbidding, as she tries to understand why she's there and figure out how to save herself, and is tested by the demon lord. I also enjoyed the scenes with the conspirators, as things go awry with them, and those who thought they were in control find that maybe they're not.

The main storyline, though, fell kind of flat, as it did with Jarka Ruus, though I didn't realize what was bothering me until I read this one. It was the character of Cinnaminson. I kept expecting, then wanting, then hoping that she would end up betraying them. Otherwise, she was like the princess in The Neverending Story--weak and pitiful, but hey, at least she's pretty. Betraying them, even accidentally, would have given her some depth, but she's just bland and boring, and Pen is "in love" with her in the way only young boys are with pretty girls they think they can save. She's pretty much the sacrificial lamb of the story, and just about as interesting.

I'm hoping the third book will liven things up a bit, but it's still solid, entertaining fantasy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sophmore slump?Bah!
The modern world is one that is full of prejudiced expectations.We EXPECT the second book of a trilogy to fill in the gap between the exciting start and the big finale, therefore, the book itself is almost a lame duck.Not so in this case.If you expect the second book to be "typical" of sophmore offerings (usually worse than the first), how can you truly appreciate it for what it is?There are SOME things that must be true of EVERY second book of a trilogy, but if you can get past that part, then you can truly appreciate this book, which is better than its predecessor in many ways.

Tanequil starts off much the same way Jarka Ruus starts off, at a frenetic pace.This style has certainly established the series as a "plot-driven" series, which has tendency to ruin my enjoyment of a series unless it is well written.This series is well written, for the most part, and it is a very enjoyable read.The pages fly by your fingers as you get into this book, as the pacing and minimalist level of detail leaves you hungering for more.

There are two major reasons why this book is better than Jarka Ruus.Firstly, characterization is much better.There are better opportunities to develop characters in the second book of a series, so this is to be expected.The interactions between the primary characters is much more intense, personal, and well developed.Not only this, but more characters are introduced (as is typical in the second book) and each one is done quite well.These new characters greatly broaden the scope of the novel, in terms of character depth, which leaves the reader feeling more satisfied.

Secondly, the plot is much better.The Tanequil itself is much more interesting than I personally expected, as well as the other creatures they face.The plot twists are much more sinister, and have more of a "human" face on them, since the characters are developed much better.The plot itself is less straight forward, and more unpredictable than before (although the rough outline was given in the first book).Even the cliffhanger at the end feels right in pace with the rest of the book, and it is not as disconcerting as it feels in other series.

Things always get worse for the protagonists in the second book, but hopefully things don't get worse for the reader.Tanequil tells the tale of how things get worse for our heroes, just like countless sophmore books before it.This book just does it with a style that I find more compelling than most, and that is why I highly recommend this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars ask your doctor about Tanequil...
Tanequil.Sounds like a prescription sleep aid. Reads like a prescription sleep aid.

Side effects may include dry mouth, loss of appetite, primary systemic ennui, and rickets. In clinical trials these effects were mild to moderate and comparable to placebo. If you experience blurred vision, sexual side effects, or thoughts of suicide, discontinue using Tanequil and consult a decent fantasy author immediately.

1-0 out of 5 stars Supersize paperback book??C'mon!!
Ok, to others, it may be known as the "Trade Paperback."

To me, it's the paperback book that would look out of place with my regularly-sized paperback books on the shelf.

Del Rey, listen up!!!I REFUSE to buy this until it comes out in a regular paperback edition!End of story!I will not settle for this monstrous volume that might feel small in some NBA player's hands.

Does that mean I won't get to see how the story progresses??OH WELL!!!I'm NOT going to compromise just so you can pocket another $5-$6 on material that cost you far less. ... Read more

6. Jarka Ruus (High Druid of Shannara, Book 1)
by Terry Brooks
Paperback: 416 Pages (2005-07-26)
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Asin: 0345483898
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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More than a quarter of a century after The Sword of Shannara carved out its place in the pantheon of great epic fantasy, the magic of Terry Brooks’s New York Times bestselling saga burns as brightly as ever. Three complete series have chronicled the ever-unfolding history of Shannara. But more stories are still to be told—and new adventures have yet to be undertaken. Book One of High Druid of Shannara invites both the faithful longtime reader and the curious newcomer to take the first step on the next extraordinary quest.

Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch—saved by the love of her brother, the magic of the Sword of Shannara, and the destruction of her evil mentor, the Morgawr. Now, fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Third Druid Council, and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races, anddefense of the Four Lands. But the political intrigue, secret treachery, and sinister deeds that have haunted Druid history for generations continue to thrive. And despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys—the High Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies.

Among the highest ranks of the Council she leads lurk those who cannot forget her reign of terror as the Ilse Witch, who covet her seat of power, and who will stop at nothing to see her deposed . . . or destroyed. Even Grianne’s few allies—chief among them her trusted servant Tagwen—know of the plots against her. But they could never anticipate the sudden, ominous disappearance of the Ard Rhys, in the dead of night and without a trace. Now, barely a step ahead of the dark forces bent on stopping him, Tagwen joins Grianne’s brave young nephew, Pen Ohmsford, and the wise, powerful elf Ahren Elessedil on a desperate and dangerous mission of search and rescue—to deliver the High Druid of Shannara from an unspeakable fate.

Expect no end of wonders, no shortage of adventure, exhilaration, suspense, and enchantment, as Terry Brooks demonstrates, once again, that there is no end to his magic of invention and mastery of storytelling.

From the Hardcover edition.Amazon.com Review
With Jarka Ruus Terry Brooks embarks on yet another journey with the legendary Ohmsford family. Beginning 20 years after the conclusion of the The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, the High Druid of Paranor Grianne Ohmsford finds herself struggling to unite the druids amid political morass risen from her prior history as the dreaded Ilse Witch. Her enemies' schemes come to fruition quickly and she is banished behind the wall of the Forbidding, the anti-demon security feature that collapsed so spectacularly in the magnificent Elfstones of Shannara. Her fate falls in the lap of the youngest Ohmsford, Penderrin, who unlike his Aunt Grianne and his parents is without the gift of magic. Pen along with Khyber and her uncle, the Elven Prince Ahren Elessedil, learn they must jump through the usual Brooks' hoops to unlock the door of the Forbidding and free Grianne.

Brooks is right at home in this formulaic addition to the Shannara franchise. All the furniture is here: the Druid Keep of Paranor, dark creatures in pursuit of reluctant young heroes and, of course, the Elfstones. The good news is that Brooks remains a master of description and the book hums along with comfortable ease. Devout Shannara fans will find their favorite magical realm exactly as they left it and no doubt anticipate this cliffhanger's sequel. --Jeremy Pugh ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Seems very familiar, but well-executed as always
This one picks up 20 years after the close of the The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy, with Griane Ohmsford leading the Druid Council and with the rest of the Four Lands in essentially the same situation it was in then.Optimally, you should read the entire Shannara series before reading this one, but minimally you should read the Voyage trilogy.Compared to the rest of the Shannara saga, Jarka Ruus stands up well.Very similar to the common Brooks' fare you've read before in many ways.We have the same-old immature and naive protagonist (Pen Ohmsford, here) caught up in events that could determine the future of the Four Lands.We have rovers, dwarves, elves, gnomes, trolls, druids, shades, and of course the King of the Silver River.And we have an ill-equipped band traveling across the Four Lands on a quest that they don't really understand and is sure to be extremely dangerous, but which will undoubtedly be accomplished with a good dose of courage and a whole lot of luck.There is also the familiar love story developing, although with not-so-familiar characters, and there is the dark and mysterious villain that has only been partially revealed by the end of this first book.BUT!All of that is delivered in the highly-pleasing, attention-keeping, emotionally-charged way that keeps Brooks' readers coming back time and again.There is no denying that Brooks is one of the most skilled writers out there, and I think the fact that he can essentially rehash these old stories time and again, but keep selling books, goes to prove that.As usual, I fully enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to continuing the series, even though I can mostly predict the form it will take.

One thing that was surprising and a bit annoying about this one was the seeming helplessness of most of the 'good' characters throughout the book.Especially Pen, who possesses the newest magic to surface in his illustrious bloodline, the ability to communicate with animals and plants.Seems like a pretty powerful ability!But it is downplayed as nearly-useless throughout this book by both the author and Pen himself.A bit strange to have such a specific ability but not to utilize it or develop it in this first book.But, whatever, this is really a minor complaint.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable read that won't let fans of Shannara down.Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good
Book is good read. I have read the entire Shannara seris up to this book. They are all well written.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, from a great series
If you've read other books in this series you already know what to expect.Terry Brooks continues his Shannara series and adds another great book.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Brooks Classic
This is another classic that rivals his original Shannara series. I blew through all three books in rapid succession. If you liked Shannara you are going to enjoy the ride of High Druid. My one word review is "excellent".

4-0 out of 5 stars standard fantasy
This is the 12th Shannara book, and the first in the High Druid of Shannara trilogy. I've been reading them since The Sword of Shannara came out in paperback, so about 30 years. Unbelievable.

It starts 20 years after the end of the last trilogy--the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara. Grianne Ohmsford is now the Ard Rhys (head druid) of the newly restored Druid Council, but she's encountering resistance, as there are those who don't trust her based on her history as the Ilse Witch, and those who want power for themselves. And there are those who would use that dissatisfaction for their own ends.

When Grianne Ohmsford is abducted, it falls to her young kinsman, Penderrin, whose only magic is the ability to communicate with animals, and Khyber, the niece of the Elven Prince, to rescue her.

There's the mystery of who abducted her and who's behind it, and the coming-of-age adventure of the two young heroes, complete with magic, spirits, creatures, and treachery. And the flying ships, which my 12-year-old is quite excited about.

Jarka Ruus is pretty much standard fantasy--or maybe it just seems that way, because this world has been part of my fantasy reading for so long. It was a fun, interesting story, with likeable characters, and if it didn't have anything I didn't expect, it also didn't lack anything I did expect. ... Read more

7. A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year
by Ellen Evert Hopman
Paperback: 228 Pages (1994-11-01)
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This complete guide to the plant lore of the Druidscovers the eight major festivals of the pagan year and the appropriateherbs and rituals to celebrate these sacred days. Rich in traditionand folklore, A Druid's Herbal will be an important resource forherbal and ritual wisdom during the round of the sacred year.

Gives complete instructions in both the medicinal and magical uses ofthe herbs associated with each season.

Includes chapters on herbal alchemy and the planets; ancient grovesand stone circles; herbs for children; and information on the use ofherbs for consecration and purification, for marriage, and forfunerals.

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1-0 out of 5 stars 'fictional Wiccan fluff for fools'
I never think i know that much until i read books like this. This book is "WICCAN"- which to those who still think its Celtic- is a romantic rewritten history version that does not predate the 19th century, they filled in holes in the Celtic pantheon with anything they felt was cool from all around the world, if you dont like Christianity so your wiccan, ((remember the pentagram is from early jewish/christian, AND IS NOT CELTIC AT ALL!))
So the title "druids" herbal should be "Wiccan fool's herbal" this book cant help you do more than poison yourself on mistletoe or maybe get a good placebo affect when you drink a cinnamon tea for insomnia?.. good luck. Im personally offended by its fictional accounts, hearsay and the concept that Druids=Wicca, absolute pish. GET A MODERN EUROPEAN OR LOCAL-TO-YOU HERBALISM BOOK, IF YOU WANT REAL REMEDIES, but this books accounts are just.. silly. its NOT Celtic, its NOT from a druid. its NOT helpful. therefore-NOT a druids herbal.. its modern elective-spiritualism(Wiccan), think of this as comedy, or fiction. dont waste the $1.80. REMEMBER THERE IS NO "SECRET DRUID INFORMATION" ABOUT ANYTHING, ITS ALL LIES OR AT BEST HEARSAY. DON'T BE FOOLED. (remember that "druids" were spread from Bulgaria to Ireland- totally different worlds, and using that confusion to take information from far off worlds as being the same is wrong, Hungarian lore and Scottish lore is not the same.you cant just put it all under "druid" pick a culture. stick with it. dont mislead.. )
just imagine that Hopman made it all up, just sat there and looked at a plant and said "uh that looks like a digestive aid? no, maybe it opens a shakra!? (cuz druids were so into the 7 shakras?), its a purple flower so definitely related to the 7th shakra!..


1-0 out of 5 stars is mise
I purchased this book because it had such great reviews, but I have to say that I was disappointed with the lack of references, evidence and bibliography.I, at least, expected there to be references for the historical information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I have been a magickal herbalist for years, and I collect books on Herbalism of all paths.This book is my latest addition to my collection and it is a wonderful book! The author's writting style is clear, easy to read and engaging.She weaves in folklore along with with magickal practice and really gives you a wonderful big picture view of why things are done in a certain way.

She has detailed information of Druidic use of herbs for all Sabbats, as well as life changes (such as Handfasting, Rites of death, etc).The book is well organized, and is a wonderful resource both for novices and for the advanced practitioners.Although I read this book cover to cover it is also a wonderful reference book to keep around in case you wish to look up specific practices or even specific herbs.All in all a wonderful addition to anyone's herbal library - and well worth the cost!

5-0 out of 5 stars A surprise every time
A friend picked this book up for me when she noticed it said druid and herbal. It was cheap so I thought I would give it a try, it has yet to disappoint me. I have slowly been reading it for a while and find that it has moved from a random book in my library to one of my top must haves. Easy to read and from a librarian's point- the layout is nicely organized. A wonderful reference book to learn about the sacred times of years and some insight into the history and herbs for each.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Part of Your Studies!
I was asked to place my review of this book as part of my own studies with the Henge of Keltria. This is one of the books you are given the option to study in their correspondence coursework which I am finding very personally satisfying.

I have owned this book, or a copy of it, since it was first published. What attracted me to this book initially was the fact it was on herbs. After having read it a few times, including this last read, I find it an invaluable a wonderful resource not only for herbal lore, but also for actual usage for healing. This makes it an excellent resource for both the herbalist as well as the Pagan/Druid.Allow me to summarize this lovely tome for you.
The book opens with a wonderful invocation to Brighid. I have used this invocation for a number of different reasons from ceremonial invocation to prayer. Truly a blessing. The book is organized by chapters with the first covering what a Druid is and isn't, how to's and definitions of various herbal preparations, moving on into seasonal celebrations (Pagan associated times of the year), a bit of astrology and plants connections and on into information on groves, circles, marriage, blessings and rites of passage.
I cannot say one chapter is more a favorite than another, but I am partial to the Samhain and Imbolc chapters myself merely because those are favorite times of year for me. This book is not laid out by herbs found at certain times of the year, but by the use of herbs ceremonially at certain times of year. This is not to say those herbs are used only at that time of year, but in the Druid path they are more typically associated with these seasonal celebrations. For instance we see mention of Yellow Cedar, Ash, Bay Laurel, Blessed Thistle, Chamomile, Frankincense, Holly, Juniper, Mistletoe and Pine all discussed at the Winter Solstice chapter. I did find it interesting that she uses Irish lore to teach and relate the tales of these festivals throughout the book. This makes it excellent for those who seek knowledge with a more Irish perspective.
After going through seasonal recognitions and herbal uses both medicinal as well as magical, she moves into Druidic uses for these herbs medicinally as well as continuing to mention the magical properties. Next she moves into the astrological and planetary alignments of the herbs presented. I did not see any new herbs presented here but she did use herbs that were mentioned before and now associated with the astrological correspondence. Her following chapters all involve rites of passage be they marriage, puberty, death or others. There are no new herbs presented but the ones already mentioned are reinforced in their uses for these various rites. I do love how she opens each chapter with a bit of history or lore as well as Bardic poetry.
The book ends with a lovely concise pronunciation guide, resource guide and excellent bibliography that will allow a reader to pursue further studies. All in all, Ellen has written a very nice introductory book to herbs of the Irish as well as their uses for various healing or ritual aspects. I have and will continue to recommend this text to students of herbalism as well those seeking to know about herbs of use in various types of rites of passage. This book is an invaluable resource for its many facets it presents and does so very clearly and concisely. There are many more herbs, but this book focuses on those that are useful to people on the Irish path as healer or pagan.
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8. The Druid Plant Oracle
by Philip Carr-Gomm, Stephanie Carr-Gomm
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-08-05)
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In the Druid tradition, many plants, herbs, flowers, and mushrooms are considered sacred and to have special meanings, and are prominent features of mythology and legend. The Druid Plant Oracle presents these stories and the virtues and qualities that have been traditionally ascribed to these plants, through an oracle that is able to offer unique guidance and inspiration.
The thirty-six cards each show a plant within its natural habitat and offers details within this 'miniature landscape' that are also described in the text. The book gives detailed descriptions of the meaning of each card, with keywords for upright and reversed positions, and information on the mythology and lore associated with each plant. Six ways of conducting a reading are offered, ranging from The Pentagram, a simple spread useful when exploring blockages to personal and spiritual development, to Ceridwen's Cauldron, recommended for issues concerning creative projects, and for those times when life seems to be in a state of flux.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Close...
While this deck is pretty and a decent introduction to working with plants as totems, I just didn't connect with it.Having been a devout student of modern Druidry for some time, as well as neoshaman and plant spiritualist, my approach to such has been largely guided by personal relationships to the plants, themselves.Trusting the Carr-Gomms' reliable track record on druidic research and modern application, I felt comfortable making this investment.As with all of their work piecing together a reasonably cohesive path through Druidry, the sources for their information on plants is from varied sources, some of which are indeed lore and legend.I appreciate their ability to state that the sources are a bit fuzzy as they relate directly to Druidry, instead of stating presumption as fact.That said, having spent a fair amount of time with horticulturists and botanists, the presentation of the scientific data on the plants presented is fairly thorough and sound, if not informative.It is imperative to distinguish that while medicinal use of the presented herbs is covered, that is not the intent of the material.

One thing that is evident in the feel of this deck is the inclusion of the Divine Feminine and that nurturing comfort of the plant world.However, in the writing, itself, Her voice doesn't come through.From a divinatory tool observation, the deck includes the usual features of plant name and meaning, along with reversed meaning and lore--not limited to druidic sources.Despite the inclusion of thirty-six plants, all valiant efforts, the insatiable plant enthusiast in me wanted more.Three blank cards are included for use as an "Unknown" response to inquiries or to create personal plant symbols.I would have rather seen more effort put into the perfection of the existing cards.Imperfections in the production of the deck, itself, yields uneven coloring of the card backs--some are a vibrant green and some are a forest green-- and some blurry artwork.Generally speaking, the artwork is nice, with each card including the focus plant and symbolic backdrop.Suggestions for spreads are for the most part stock, though The Airmid's Cloak Spread resonated with me, given its chakra correspondences and their connections to plants.

While some of the information included in this book and deck doesn't have the "official Druid" stamp, regarding authenticity and bonafide use, the scholarly method of culling the available information and honoring it on the mundane and spiritual levels to some helpful end is decidedly Druidic. It is a good starting place for beginners working with plants as spirit teachers, though I think seasoned animists will crave more depth.I hope the level of detail given to the research of this deck will yield future additions to it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was expecting a book that went deeper into the healing qualities of plants but instead this book deals with the spiritual healing powers of plants.As an apprentice herbalist, I wanted the physical aspects that I could usein my studies.
I wish the description of the book was more specific.

5-0 out of 5 stars Suggested for any Druid
The cards are stunningly beautiful.The symbols are exquisitely drawn, and the colours are amazing.

The book contains excellent information.

Every druid or pagan should have a set of these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this deck!
I am an herb gardener, tarot enthusiast, Irish decent, lover of all things Celtic, practical mystic, watercolor artist, business woman, part-time astrologer.I think the paintings are beautiful.Herbs connect the earthly to the etherial and this deck makes that connection beautifully.I just recently got them and so far have only tried the pentagram spread and the reading was right on target.I can't wait to try other spreads.And to the reviewer that was so disappointed - I definately did not see what you saw.To each their own.I'm glad I bought them in spite of having read that review.I also have the Druidcraft Tarot Deck and it is my favorite regular tarot deck.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pleased but...
I anxiously awaited my copy of the Druid Plant Oracle, being both Druid and having an affinity for herbs and I was quite pleased. This set called to me as no other, though I've worked with the Animal Oracle and other sets before. And, I cannot say I was displeased with the art, the book, or the overall presentation in any way. My only disappointment, and it is truly one of personal preferences, is the choice to include and/or omit certain plants from the set. However, as Carr-Gomm pointed out, you cannot please everyone in every way. So, I shall make my own additional cards for my set to include those plants I feel should not have been omitted.

Overall, a great set... ... Read more

9. A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine
by Ellen Evert Hopman
Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-06-09)
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An in-depth look at the history, herbal uses, and spiritual aspects of the sacred trees in the ancient Celtic Ogham Tree Alphabet

• 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

• By the author of A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year

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. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars You need this one in you tree collection.
If you are a tree lover, natural medicine lover or have the previews book, you will want this book. It completes the other part adding some new stuff you will enjoy lots.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom of Trees
This was such an interesting read.I may never indulge in tree medicine but the history of the druids was very intriguing and enlightening.I would suggest it for anyone that wants to know more about our ancient trees and if your interesting in druid knowledge and ways.I rented it from the library and couldn't take enough notes to satisfy my curiosity, so I ended up buying it from Amazon.Best to read in the spring as many of the tinctures and poltices use spring time bark.After reading this book I wanted to identify all my neighborhood trees and really enjoy what we take for granted every day.Hope you enjoy the read too.

The only disadvantage to the book is knowing where to cut the bark and how to really prepare the medicines in the book.I would like to engage but the directions are not in print.

5-0 out of 5 stars The trees are our life
I love, love, love this book!

I recommend this book to anybody who wishes to live a healthy, Earth-friendly life.

Hint:Mix a little cream with the tea made from the inner bark of the apple tree, you will never forget the incredible flavour!

4-0 out of 5 stars Druid Herbal
As someone who has studied Celtic herbalism with Master Herbalists -- and as a practising Druid, I can attest that the herbal constituents, effects, and uses described in this book are spot on. In addition, the author provides little-known folkloric information and background, as well as anecdotal information on how these herbs are used by her own Tradition of Druidism today. Along with her book on Tree Medicine, Ms. Hopman provides information vital not only for Druids, but for herbalists and traditional healers everywhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phantasmic Exploration of Arboreal Altercations and Allusions
This author is a true Bard and Namer to her brothers the Trees. She interprets their meanings, their power, and the history of their cosmogony. Much like the famous reconstructionists, she recognizes that the sign and the signified are not neccessarily the same when it comes to truly diving into the unique marks of the Ogham [Ogam]. She poetically enumerates on the history of the signs, their religious significance, as well as the many "differing" Ogams that have existed throughout time, from as far back as as we can reach, through the latest dicipherings... Ellen Evert Hopman is a sister to Trees, and can hear their countless whispers and songs, which is what makes this book so magical.-- Crow Birchsong ... Read more

10. Druids
by Morgan Llywelyn
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (1992-11-23)
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An exciting reimagining of the ancient Celts, young Ainvar is an orphan taken by the chief druid of the Carnutes in Gaul.Ainvar's talents would lead him to master the druid mysteries of thought, healing, and magic.And with his friend the warrior king, they would attempt to rally the splintered Celtic tribes against the encroaching might of Rome....

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
The book, Druids, cost all of 1 cent.The only thing wrong with it was that someone had dropped it in the mud and the dust cover was dirty.I wiped it clean.The first pages are smudged.The book looks old, but I think no pages are missing.All in all, it's a great book in very acceptable condition.As long as the book is readable, I am happy with the purchase.The book arrived in a timely manner and was well-protected.I highly recommend this vendor and consider this buy an excellent purchase.Carolyn Norton

3-0 out of 5 stars The subtle side of this novel sneaks up on you
"Life is change, and simplicity had been swept away on a Roman floodtide."

Morgan Llywelyn's Druids is the story of the eradication of free Gaul by the Roman general Julius Caesar. It takes place in what would someday be called France during the first century before the Christian era. The Chief Druid is the "soul friend" of the great Gaulish leader Vercingetorix, whose skepticism about Druid magic is an ever present division between the two men. Ultimately, however, neither might nor magic can stop the flood tide of the Romans' technology and discipline. The entire society based on the druidical earth religion is fated to be squeezed ever north and west and ultimately blotted out by Christianity.

Llywelyn's plot is subtle, though you don't notice that at first. Romans are a threat on the border when the tale begins, becoming more ruthless and more immediate as it develops. The Gauls at first are willing to let Rome in the backdoor in exchange for the luxuries traders bring in, but the Roman genera's best ally is the inability of the Gauls to work together to present a unified resistance. This is partly their tradition but also in reaction to brutality of Roman retribution for "rebellion". Vercingetorix and his Druid seek to remedy this, and here's where the subtlety sneaks in, for they start to adopt Roman discipline, tactics and technology in order to defeat the Romans, surrendering their unique identity quite voluntarily.

In Ann Parson's Mystery Book Discussion group recently we talked about whether you can like a book without liking a main character. I can categorically affirm that you can, as I really rather detested the narrator, the Chief Druid. I rather wish the main character had been Vercingetorix, but that is the author's decision. I know she had her reasons. I felt cheated on Vercingetorix's part as he loses all while the narrator simply retires into the woods with his three wives. I know he lost much more, but if he believed his own view of death, that it is a short phase in life, he definitely made out much better than his friend, whom he annoyingly calls "Rix".

The novel itself also sneaks up on you. I almost hit the off button a few times early in the book, finding myself not enjoying it as much as I have other Llywelyn's. But I stayed with it and am glad I did. There is a sweet bit of information revealed in the brief author's note at the end that tickled me and would not have come as any sort of surprise to the Chief Druid that you will just have to learn for yourself.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exploration of Druidry and the Gaulish fight for freedom
A compelling historical novel, exploring both Celtic Druidic belief, and the struggle of the Gauls to hold onto national freedom against the Roman conquest by the legions of the ruthless and scheming Julius Caesar..

It tells the story from the narrative of Ainvar, an orphan taken in by the chief druid of the Carnutes, and marked from an early age as having talents as a Druid.
It explores the Celtic religious beliefs, in everything emanating from the Source, or the Creator. "Nothing ceases to be" Ainvar assures his beloved Briga, "Therefore we are, all of us, perfectly safe, even though the conditions of our existence change".

We learn of Julius Caesar's utter brutality in his massacres of Gaulish, Helvetic, Belgic and Germanic tribes.
Through all of this Ainvar journeys with Vercingetorix through all seasons in Gaul.

Morgan Llyewelyn is adept at drawing up the touching scenes that grows between Ainvar and the feisty Briga, and the loyalty of the Egyptian slave woman rescued by Ainvar, Lakutu.
An exciting read wherein the author demonstrates a passion and understanding for all things Celtic and Druidic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vercingetorix/Caesar/Gaul through the eyes of a fictional Druid
Historical fiction based on the Vercingetorix/Caesar/Gaul saga as seen through the eyes of a fictional Druid. The story runs out of steam about the last third of the book so I can't consider this on the level of her best work like Lion of Ireland or Red Branch but its still worth reading. I enjoy Morgan Llywellyns Celtic themed books and would recomend them to any Celtophile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
I really enjoyed everything this book has to offer. The only fault I find is that it is quite long in getting to the inevitable downfall of the druidical society of Gauls and says very little about how they end up escaping. Other than that, this is a wonderful novel! ... Read more

11. Druid Animal Oracle
by Philip Carr-Gomm, Stephanie Carr-Gomm
Hardcover: 184 Pages (1995-02-01)
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Bring the Power of Ancient Druid Wisdom into Your Life

You are holding a source of great power and influence -- the wisdom of the animal world drawn from the wellspring of ancient Celtic tradition. The Druids, like the Native Americans, revered animals as sacred guides, guardians and protectors. Today, the book and beautiful card set of The Druid Animal Oracle can bring healing and will help you draw strength from its intuitive knowledge. From the interpretations of the card spreads and the animal lore given, you will gain powerful insights into your life-situation and receive positive guidance for the future. Authors Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, who live in England, are Chief and Scribe of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the animals speak
we really like this oracle...
dear shamans,
... although we seldom use it as an oracle alone, preferring to utilize it in conjunction with the The Celtic Shaman's Pack: Exploring the Inner Worlds/Book and Cards and the The Celtic Tree Oracle: A System of Divination. More often than not, however, we consult it as a reference book when we have had a dream involving an animal or have had some sign or omen involving one, in that case searching the book that comes with this deck and the Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals/Book and Cards book for hints that can help us decipher the sign.
When we drew a card from the Druid Animal Oracle about this review we got the Hawk, a card of Nobility, Recollection and Cleansing, which among other things helps one "connect to their ancestral roots". These elves, cannot help but feel a certain kinship with the Druids and the Celts, as well as the animal kingdom. How about you? If so you may wish to use these cards to help you grow closer and to understand the mysteries of the animal world.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful box set
I purchased the box set, with cards, book and cloth for spreads, and it's just fantastic.I just started looking at it now, and I just love the art work.It was one of the things that drew me to this particular set.The book seems to be very informative, and goes along with the card set.For the price, it's well worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!
This is my first oracle deck -- I'm more of a Tarot fan.But I bought it for the artwork and love it.The companion book is enjoyable and informative as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars an absolute treasure
For me, a truly powerful and useful oracle deck doesn't give standard interpretations and "answers" to questions, it augments my own meditative process so I can hear the answers from within.

I've bought many different decks over the years and the two that have remained my greatest sources of inspiration and self knowledge are this deck and the Brian Froud Faery Oracle.Neither deck/system is based on the traditional Tarot, which I don't personally resonate with no matter who does the artwork and descriptions. Instead, this oracle deck offers stunning images of animals sacred to the Druidic tradition with a brief description of the card's picture, a way to possibly interpret it (either upright or reversed) and is then followed by lengthy, beautiful tales explaining the mythic and historic connection to the animal.

The point of a deck like this is to support us in accessing our own inner power and knowing, so it doesn't give linear interpretations like so many oracle decks out there, but that is precisely why it's so useful, at least for me.

When you use these cards and reflect on the images, the feelings and thoughts evoked by them and their mythic significance, you can really unlock some deep treasures.Doing a reading for oneself is basically a form of intense meditation, and these cards and stories really help me to deepen that practice.

The pictures are so incredibly lovely, I usually display one or two of them on my altar at any given time, and for years had one in each of the four corners, like energetic pillars of the animal world.They are that gorgeous and that powerful.

The beauty of oracle decks is that there is something out there for everyone.This deck might not speak to those who enjoy traditional tarot or more linear thinking, which is not to undermine those systems at all. But for those who are truly aching for a deeper connection with nature and that part of themselves, this is an invaluable tool for self healing and deep reflection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly Beautiful Cards
This deck of cards is breathtakingly beautiful, but I resonate much more with the Jamie Sams and David Carson American Indian Medicine Cards.

For those who don't have a good understanding of Druid history or a detailed map of the British Isles, the book is difficult to use.The book is full of historic details at various locations, but unless you know the original tale and the history of the story or the historic figure that's noted, you're lost.

It's like trying to see the forest through the trees.You get bogged down with the details that you don't understand and miss the main point.

I'm sure that after reading many books on Druidism, that will not be the case.But for someone who's more interested in the Druid's perspective on the significance of each animal, it's a tough proposition.

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12. Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom
by Nicholas R. Mann
Paperback: 368 Pages (2000-03-08)
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  Perhaps the most mystical, magical people ever known were the Druids. They were wizards, storytellers, teachers and spiritual leaders. They were attuned to the Earth and the Sun. And they were very powerful.
ouldn''t it be amazing if you could be a Druid? Now you can with the secrets revealed in Druid Magick.
This book presents everything you need to know to become a Druid and even start your own Druid "Grove" (the name of a Druid group). You''ll learn about the Druid''s tools - the sickle, wand, cord and more - and how to make and use them. You''ll discover all of the beliefs the Druids hold, including the emphasis on honor and ethics. You''ll learn how a Druid sees the Divine in everything and how even sex can be sacred.
 And of course you''ll learn the secrets of the magic of the Druids. You''ll learn how to do protection spells and how to use magic to find missing items. You''ll learn how you can visit other "worlds" or levels of reality. You''ll even learn how to do shapeshifting and experience the world as an animal!
  Are you having a mental block? With this book you''ll learn how to tap into the creativity that was a hallmark of the Druids. You''ll be able to write, draw, write or perform music with much greater ease and depth than ever before. Become a Druid can bring you all this and more!
  Druidry is far more than historic Celtic leadership. It is a living, growing, spiritual tradition that can bring you more self-assurance and self-development than you''ve ever had before. Jump out of the ordinary! Try something new to bring that spark back into your life. Discover the secrets of Druid Magic.

Winner of the 2001 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for best Magic Book
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I was very pleased with this purchase. It was received in excellent condition as well as in a very timely manner. THANKS

1-0 out of 5 stars Anti-christian, anti-male, neopagan laugh
It has become my observation that the vast majority of New Age/Neopagan books written by women are nothing more than soapboxes from which to sneer at Christianity (in all it's forms) and anything male. Here in the book Druid Magic we have Maya Suttons feminist doctrine disguised as Druidry. The Celtic legends are about goddesses, the Otherworld is rarely called anything but "The Isle of Women" and so on. In her chapter on journeying to the Otherworld she warns of the dangers and traps therein "If you want this image to become clearer and stronger, be very cautious. This is the magic of glamoury and what you create here is likely to run your life."
This warning seems to apply only to men since she later writes;" Woman,in particular, may be interested in the magic of glamour...it may be an exciting power." Those poor stupid men just can't understand Druidry.
Her depiction of the meeting of Druidry and Christianity as battles against foreign invaders is pure historical comedy. In fact, during the 5th century A.C.E. The fledgling Christianity and Druidry began to cooperate and even eventualy to meld together. For example, a quick check through Vatican records would have told her that the famous Irish christian leader Saint Patrick was a druid.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource!
There's lots of information in this book, including what is and isn't a Celt, what is and isn't a Druid, info on shapeshifting and other magic, spirituality, symbols, the Tree Alphabet, sources for further reading, and much more. I'm not a Druid, but I have an interest in Celtic history and culture. This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Celts, Druids, or magic in general.

The book is written in a way that's easy to understand, even if you're not familiar with Celtic lore or magic. Even if you don't intend to practice, it's great reading, and will help you understand the difference between magic in fairy tales and real magic.

DRUID MAGIC dispels the myths that surround magic cultures and opens the path to Druid wisdom for those seeking it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for the advanced or intermediate
This book may be good for the beginner just starting out their quest or maybe even a beginner/intermediate but if you know all your basic facts and have done research dont bother. I read this book and learned nothing I didnt all ready know. Power comes from the mind not tools or outfits, but often enough this concept is hard to grasp so as I said for the "beginner".

1-0 out of 5 stars Complete fraud and lies
There are three types of books about Druidry, the scientific/factual ones, the spiritual ones and then there are those that exist out of pure lies and deception by the author. This book falls into that last type of book.

The author knows the word Druidry and might have read 1 or 2 paragraphs about it, but the rest of the "knowledge" comes from fantasy novels and the imagination. The claims of the author are completely ridiculous and lacking any logic, reason or even spirituality at all.

NOT a SINGLE text written by Druids themselves has survived, our knowledge is second-hand. What we do know is that Druids spent many many years studying, they did NOT "magick" themselves into powerful demi-gods or whatever nonsonse the writer of this book claims.

The writer obviously has no respect at all for both the ancient Druids and the modern Druids. He has no real knowledge about the subject. He clearly is one of those people trying to fraud others in buying his book so he can make money. ... Read more

13. Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey
by Ellen Evert Hopman
Paperback: 360 Pages (2008-02-08)
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In the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, Ellen Evert Hopman weaves Druid history and spirituality into an engaging love story. This Bardic teaching tale is set in a fictional third-century Ireland when Christianity is sweeping across the Celtic Isles. During this time of crisis, love blooms between Ethne, a Druid healer, and her patient, a Fennid warrior. Their passionate affair suffers a tragic blow when Ethne is called upon to become the high queen.

Told from the Druid perspective, Hopman recreates the daily life, magical practices, politics, and spiritual lives of the ancient Celts during this historic turning point. Druid holy days, rites, rituals, herbal lore, and more are brought to life in this Celtic fantasy—illuminating Druidic teachings and cultural wisdom.
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5-0 out of 5 stars love this book!
I love this book! I couldn't put it down.I love how Ellen Evert Hopman intertwines Druid herbalism, tradition and ritual with the journey of the characters.A great love story with all the needed twists, battles and heroism to make it truly epic.I just received the next in the series and it is living up to the first.I definitely reccomend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book from a different point of view!
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3NKUAWQK99SIQ A great historical fiction from a pagan perspective.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting tale of days gone by
An absolutely lovely story, filled with ancient celtic lore and legends. I enjoyed not only the unfolding of the characters lives, but the ancient wisdom and rituals woven throughout the story.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ambitious in scope, awkward and unfocused in execution.
Already well known for several popular nonfiction books on herbalism, tree lore, and Pagan spirituality, Ellen Evert Hopman ventures for the first time into fiction with her new novel, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey. In a setting full of potential social and spiritual conflict, we enter the world of fourth century Ireland to follow the story of Ethne, a Druid priestess and healer, as she struggles to balance love and duty, choice and fate, during a time when an increasingly Romanized Christianity has begun to seep its way into the culture and politics of pagan Celtic society. Hopman presents her book as a "bardic teaching tale," striving to present an engaging and historically accurate picture of a thriving pre-Christian society, while also providing newcomers to Druidry with the kind of basic information, inspiration and guidance they might find in the typical Druidry 101 instructional book. Ambitious in scope, Priestess of the Forest struggles at times to live up to its aims, with neither the consistent artfulness of a seasoned storyteller, nor the reliable organization and clarity of a handbook; however, moments of moving ritual and historical insight do speak to Hopman's burgeoning talent that will, hopefully, come to full bloom in future works.

3-0 out of 5 stars Informative, Interesting & Entertaining
I liked this book.It had a great glossary that helped with the terminology.The book itself (cover picture, etc) was beautiful.The story itself was a good story.The Druid lifestyle is very interesting to me, and this book covered it well.For some reason, however, the FLOW was off for me.It just did not flow right - skipped in places sometimes and there were some parts of the book that could have been expanded on - left me hanging.Other than that, it was a good book.I would have rated it a 4 or 5 if only it had flowed better.Worth reading though!!!! ... Read more

14. The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature
by Jean Markale
Paperback: 288 Pages (1999-02-01)
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A comprehensive and revealing look at the druids andtheir fundamental role in Celtic society that dispels many of themisconceptions about these important religious figures and theirdoctrine* Written by the world's leading authority on Celtic culture. Druidism was one of the greatest and most exalting adventures of thehuman spirit, attempting to reconcile the unreconcilable, theindividual and the collective, creator and created, good and evil, dayand night, past and future, and life and death. Because of the oralnature of Celtic civilization our understanding of its spiritualtruths and rituals is necessarily incomplete. Yet evidence exists thatcan provide the modern reader with a better understanding of thedoctrine that took druidic apprentices 20 years to learn in the remoteforests of the British Isles and Gaul.

Using the descriptions of the druids and their beliefs provided by thehistorians and chroniclers of classic antiquity--as well as thoserecorded by the insular Celts themselves when compelled, underChristianity's influence, to utilize writing to preserve theirancestral traditions--Jean Markale painstakingly pieces together allthat is known for certain about them. The druids were more than simplythe priests of the Celtic people; their influence extended to allaspects of Celtic life. The Druids covers everything concerning theCeltic religious domain, intellectual speculations, cultural ormagical practices, various beliefs, and the so-called profane sciencesthat have come down from the Celtic priesthood. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Druidry -- from All Likely Angles +++
Jean Markale, via "The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature", covers Druids from all likely angles. This author [of a number of works on Celtic and Druidic topics] pretty much uses available data and sources and fully-balanced induction and deduction based on that -- to go as far as likely possible along each angle of inquiry. Markale uses ideas from Plato, Hegel, Jung and Dumezil to aid in getting likely inferences from such Druidic sources. Unlike some authors on Druidic topics, Markale goes as far as likely possible -- using reasoning, like that of the above sages, only to flesh-out the bare-bones of Druidic sources -- pointing-out alternate ideas -- and then stops. The book, itself, is a little thinner than many of Markale's other works due to such intellectual integrity -- only willing to go with what can actually be known via relatively few and small Druidic sources. This same intellectual integrity is shown when this author does not spare Neo-Druidry and Neo-Druids from understandible skepticism. Instead, Druidic-seekers are advised to follow their own Quest for The Druids via what is known and can be known from careful reflection upon Druidic sources and authors. As a Rosicrucian, I especially appreciate Jean Markale's fine coverage of the continuum from the Druids to the Culdi [Dark Age Celtic Christians] thru later Medieval Christendom +++

1-0 out of 5 stars Not what the title says
I am surprised to read all the positive feedback on this book.I know very little about the druids, and was hoping this book will shed some light on the subject.Instead, the author mentions the word "druid" about 10 times throughout the book but spends 50% of the time on linguistic exercises such as "this name was probably derived from this word."Too many sentences start with questions that are never answered.Lots of extra information that has very little to do with the history of the druids.The author introduces multiple topics per paragraph so it's hard to follow the material.I wish I kept the receipt from the store so I could return it, but now I am just stuck with a useless book that has a cool title and a pretty cover.

1-0 out of 5 stars lot of nonsense
a lot of nonsense thrown together to sell to would-be modern pagans. At least they don't ask for "offerings." I respect this style of fund raising far better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Comprehensive.
Admittedly, I do not have much to add to the reviews already posted about this book. Markale does a wonderful job of developing each chapter into a comprehensive exploration of a given topic, presenting evidence and counter-evidence, weighing sources and coming to intelligent conclusions. I found the essays of Part Four: Druidic Thought particularly appealing to my personal love of theology/philosophy, but the chapters in Part Two on various deities within the Celtic pantheon were also of great interest (though perhaps not as valuable if the reader is not familiar with at least some basic Celtic myths and story-cycles).

Two aspects likely to raise objections, especially from Neopagan Druids today: Firstly, as more deeply explored in the final chapters, Markale puts forward a vision of druidic philosophy and belief which is essentially monistic/monotheistic in nature and, though perhaps politically opposed to Christianity at the time of the latter's arrival (or forced entrance) into the Celtic world, does not inherently conflict to modern, more tolerant eyes. Secondly, Markale insists that druidism, being an aspect of a particular class of priests and judges within the ancient Celtic social framework, is inseparated from that framework and so is not a valid spiritual tradition today (the single, four-page chapter devoted to the issue of "Neodruidism" displays this view perfectly).

If the reader can look past these two minor concerns (or, better yet, understand and appreciate the spirit of scholarship and intellectual honesty from which they spring), there is a great deal of valuable information and insight to be found in the pages of this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars A No-Nonsense Examination of the Druids
The difficulty of writing a factually accurate book about the druids is that not much is known about them. They passed on their tradition orally and no written record about their religion comes directly from them. An author has to rely on the accounts of them from their enemies--Christians and Romans.Markale states that much of the neodruidism of today is based on flights of fancy rather than historical accuracy.

The book goes on to cover who their gods were and what druidism actually is, relying on accounts of writers like Julius Caesar. It gives basic information about these topics and this primary section of book is rather dry.

I liked the beginning and ending of the book the best, in which Markale becomes more theoretical and speculates about how the Romanization and theChristianization of the West has had its downsides and Druidism has some attractive features to its belief system. It is a tantalizing theme that I wish the author would have explored more. The author suggest that Druidism could be beneficial to modern society, as some seek to return to their pagan roots. But then again, so little is known about Druidic beliefs, I don't think there is much to quest after.

The Druids did not believe in sin or an objective truth, but rather believed in relative truths based on different situations and in responsibility for one's actions and the consequences for those actions.

The druids themselves were the priests of the society that had power over even the king. They were also judges, teachers, physicians, and poets--the intellectual class of that society, as opposed to the warrior and artisan classes.

The many gods of the celts were in a system of false polytheism that represented the many functions of one god.

The druids believed that the world was an illusion, but did not seek to withdraw from the world, but to act in it, figuring that your body was given to you for a reason and was to be put to good use.

The druids had a deep knowledge nature, often living deep in the woods, and considered themselves part of nature, not masters of it.

The remains of Druidism can be still be found in places such as Wales, Ireland, and Brittany. Although Ireland was never Romanized, it did peacefully switch from Druidism to Christianity because there are actually some similarities between the belief systems, otherwise, Ireland would have kept to its old beliefs. Many from the Druidic class became Christian priests. The Celtic church has some remnants of druidic influence on its Christianity.

Markale is mildly critical of those in the west who have gone after the religions and philosophies of the eastbecause he thinks that such belief systems will not ultimately help solve the west's unique philosophical problems. In other words, you can't solve western problems with eastern beliefs; the two systems are not compatible. --But I must say that Hinduism was originally an indo-European belief system.
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15. Celtic Astrology: How the Mystical Power of the Druid Tree Signs Can Transform Your Life
by Phyllis Vega
Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-10-13)
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Asin: 1564145921
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This book reintroduces an ancient system of astrology developed by the ancient Druids through a mystical runic alphabet known as the Ogham. They used a Celtic tree calendar, in which each tree has a dryad or tree spirit, which represents the spiritual nature in human beings.Because the tree signs function somewhat like the moon signs in traditional astrology, these signs bring to light many of the details of your inner world: emotions, feelings, spirituality, and the subconscious mind.No prior knowledge of astrology is necessary to use this system; all you need to know is the day and month of birth to greatly enhance the interpretation of your natal chart by adding your tree sign and the new information it conveys. The book includes a comprehensive analysis of each tree sign and each sun sign of the traditional zodiac, with an analysis of each of the tree sign/sun sign combinations, plus an exercise, spell, ritual, or meditation specifically created for each combination. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not Remotely about Astrology
This book actually describes a system of seasonal meditations that will make your life better somehow. She has taken Mr. Graves' "White Goddess" and Mrs. Paterson's "Celtic Lunar Zodiac" and turned it into a spiritual system. The problem with this is that she strictly adheres to Mr.Graves' 365 day year, so her seasons will migrate backwards a day every three years or so until they are completely reversed. Her history is also off as well: the Celts practised aspects of Buddhism, Taoism and yoga before the Indians and Chinese did (pp. 17 and 213), and could teleport to Atlantis (page 199).

2-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
Based on previous reviews, I thought this book would have more substance or perhaps a new and unique view on astrology from the Celtic view. But it was poorly written and did not give any information that cannot be found free on the internet.

Pros of the book:
* Good to get quick information about what dates correspond to each Celtic tree sign
* Within the tree sign analysis, the info includes the Ogham alphabet letter, ruling deity, and general information about the tree (where it grows, what it looks like, etc)
* The combination of Celtic tree sign and sun sign are interesting.

Cons of the book:
* The descriptions of character and personality traits of each Celtic tree sign are very superficial. More time is given to showcasing the characterics by profiling a famous person or, in my tree sign, profiling a personal friend of the author. I found these examples to be useless and thought it would have been better to go indepth about the specific traits and characteristics of each sign.
* The sun sign analysis is also very weak. There is no new information nor is any of it presented in a novel way. Again - information that can be found on the internet.
* The exercises at the end of the book are dreadful! There is only one exercise per Celtic tree/sun sign combination. Of the ones I read through, none of them sounded interesting or enlightening.

I was very disappointed by this book as I have a great interest in Celtic history and beliefs and thought this book would provide a new level of understanding. Maybe I found it to be too elementary because I have knowledge of astrology.

Yet of the parts I did not know - the information regarding Celtic tree signs - I also found those parts to be underwhelming. The details were superficial and the examples unnecessary and uninformative. A quick search on the internet gave me almost all of the information provided in the book. For an author who has written a number of books, the overall content and style was poor.

In short, I found this book read like a lame undergraduate report on Celtic tree signs as they relate to astrology. There was no evidence that the author really put much indepth thought or research into the topic.

I would say this book may be useful to those with absolutely no knowledge of astrology or for those who want a very barebones reference to Celtic tree signs.But for others, they would be better off thumbing through and reading relevant pages of the book in their local bookstore, instead of spending money to make it part of their personal library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take a Tour of the Celtic Tree Signs (and much more!)
"According to Druid teaching, which is thought to reach back to 500 B.C.E., each tree contains a dryad or magical tree spirit. Celtic Astrology, based on the mystical tree calendar in which the tree dryads represent the nature in human beings, will help you gain new understanding of yourself and others." -From the book

Celtic Astrology is a 13-sign Zodiac where each month is represented by a tree sign. People born during the days ruled by a specific tree tend to exhibit characteristics associated with that tree. In her book, Celtic Astrology - How the Mystical Power of the Druid Tree Signs Can Transform Your Life, astrologer Phyllis Vega provides a comprehensive analysis of each tree sign and the Nameless Day of the Celtic calendar, as well as each sun sing of the traditional Zodiac.

The Celtic tree signs are as follows:

Birch: December 24 - January 20
Rowan: January 21 - February 17
Ash: February 18 - March 17
Alder: March 18 - April 14
Willow: April 15 - May 12
Hawthorn: May 13 - June 9
Oak: June 10 - July 7
Holly: July 8 - August 4
Hazel: August 5 - September 1
Vine: September 2 - September 29
Ivy: September 30 - October 27, 2004
Reed: October 26 - November 24
Elder: November 25 - December 22
Nameless Day: December 23

In this book, the tree sign analysis includes:

*Ogham alphabet letter
*ruling deity
*indepth analysis of the tree itself
*character and personality traits of those born under its influence

The sun sign analysis includes:

*key phrases
*brief outline of personality and character traits

As if that weren't enough, Celtic Astrology also features tree sign/sun sign combinations including an exercise, project, spell, game, visualization, or meditation specifically created for each tree sign/sun sign combination. Black and white photographs and illustrations are peppered throughout the book, and there is an extensive bibliography and internet resource section for further reading.

Both my husband and I are Scorpios, but his House placements are different from mine, as well as his Ascendant. I've often wondered "How in the world can he be a Scorpio?" He lacks the intensity, curiosity, and interest in transformation that seems so prominent in my psyche. When I read Celtic Astrology, I began to understand some of the differences between us. I am Reed/Scorpio, but he is an Ivy/Scorpio. His temperament is conciliatory, artistic, and creative-and indeed, he's a very talented acrylic painter. I, on the other hand, am forceful, independent, uncompromising, and complex. Bearing an indomitable spirit, I am a survivor.

Vega's deft interpretation of Celtic myths and heroes-as well as the traits of the individual trees themselves-provides additional insight into the differences of individuals born under the same sun sign (as is the case with my husband and myself). This delightful book requires no previous knowledge of astrology, but the additional information of the Druidic tree signs enhances traditional sun sign interpretation. Celtic Astrology is a great book for those wanting to expand their astrological knowledge, as well as those interested in Celtic mythology, Druidism, and the tree signs.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Book for Beginners and Experts both
Celtic Astrology, by Phyllis Vega is enjoyable to explore. After I had read about myself in the Druid Tree Signs, I found myself looking up my friends and relations. The author thoughtfully includes the traditional sun signs as well as the Tree Signs. Best of all, she includes spells and rituals for each Tree Sign, making the book practical as well as interesting.

Subtitled How the Mystical Power of the Druid Tree Signs Can Transform Your Life, the book begins with a brief introduction to the Druids and their culture along with an explanation of the difference between Sun Sign and Druid, or Celtic astrology. The author's lucid style continues to illuminate the tree signs themselves, including associated deities and animals. As a perpetual student of ancient lore, I appreciated the myths and legends associated with the signs.

The author weaves information about nature, the Celts, ecology, and much more into every chapter. I was impressed by her knowledge and understanding of how things work. For instance, when she discusses The Reed, she details their uses by Native Americans as well as their place in nature, and their relevance as a Tree Sign. Because I am an herbalist as well as a student of nature, I am happy to read a book that not only adds to my knowledge but shines enough light to educate the average reader.

Phyllis Vega's rituals and spells are simple and beautifully explained. My only criticism of this book is that I would have enjoyed it if there were more than one exercise per sign. This carefully written work is a good read as well as a fine source of what may be new information to many. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in learning more about the world of the Druids, their sun own Sun and Tree sign, and those of their friends and relations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
This beautifully packaged book is a must for anyone interested in astrology or Celtic astrology. Phyllis Vega takes us on a magical mystery tour of the Celtic signs, from the Birch through the Elder and Nameless Day. She gives us the mythological backgrounds of each Celtic "tree" sign, vivid descriptions of people born under these signs, and shows how the energy has worked in their lives. There's also a separate section about Western astrology & on tree sign and Sun sign combinations. Highly recommended. ... Read more

16. The Druid Isle
by Ellen Evert Hopman
Paperback: 288 Pages (2010-04-08)
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For Aífe, the beautiful adopted daughter of Drui healer Ethne and her warrior partner Ruadh, life revolves around the sacred beauty and ancient mystery of the Old Ways. Surrounded by lush, green trees and frolicsome wildlife, the Forest School has been the heart of her Druidic education-and her beloved home. But to become a healer and priestess, she must leave behind all that she loves and journey to the Druid Isle . . .

Handsome and spirited, Lucius is resolved to seek adventure outside of the Christian monastery where he was raised. Following a daring escape one night, Lucius arrives at a Pagan Gaulish village and discovers their gentle way of life. But a political firestorm is brewing, and Lucius is caught in the middle as the church and the Romans attempt to destroy everything the Druids hold dear. In his desperation to escape ruthless enemies and untold dangers, Lucius finds himself on the Druid Isle, where he will face the biggest decision of his life.

Set on a third-century island off the coast of Scotland, this instructional Celtic tale delves deeply into the spiritual mysteries of the Druids, offering glimpses of Druidic daily life, herbal lore, and ancient rituals, along with a fascinating look at the Romans, Gauls, and Britons. Includes a Celtic/Druidic glossary.

"One of the best features of the book is the small bits of old lore from the Druids scattered throughout . . . I would definitely recommend this book!"—Rev. Skip Ellison, Archdruid of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) and

author of Ogham: The Secret Language of the Druids 


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5-0 out of 5 stars Hurray Ellen's done it again!
Thank you Ellen for once again pulling me in to the lives and ways of your characters.I loved "Priestess of the Forest", and was sorry to see it come to an end, and was thrilled when this next novel " The Druid Isle" finally came out to wrap up what was started in book one.I was happy with the story and impressed to find that, though it answered questions left open from Priestess, it was a great story unto itself.You don't have to read one to enjoy the other, but WOW!you should!I love the history that is infused so nicely you hardly know you're learning anything.Great job...got more?

5-0 out of 5 stars A top pick for any fiction collection focusing on spiritual and new age elements
The nature of the Druids is mysterious to outsiders, and therefore it was sought to be destroyed. "The Druid Isle" is a novel following Aife and Lucius, two individuals who find themselves on the Druid Isle, in the third century AD. Faced with the coming Roman army, Ellen Evert Hopman tells a story of the Celts and druids that is riveting, intriguing, and steeped in Celtic history. "The Druid Isle" is a top pick for any fiction collection focusing on spiritual and new age elements.

5-0 out of 5 stars Continuation of a great story
This book is the sequel to Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey and continues to follow the lives of the druid healer Ethne and the warrior Ruadh years after the first book took place, as well introducing the new characters of Aife, their foster-daughter who is studying to be a druid, and Lucius, a young monk with a mysterious past.
The story itself is detailed and well told, with strong charcterization and a fast paced story. The reader is quickly swept up in the lives of the four main characters, as well as several minor charcters, and the ending is very satisfying, answering a question left open from the earlier book.
Beyond it's value as a good work of fiction - and it's worth recommending just for the story - the book is also a subtle primer on druid belief and practice. Reading this will help the reader understand Gaelic culture circa the 3rd century CE and will also help with an understanding of different druidic principles on a practical level. Unlike a non-fiction book on the same topic the reader isn't spoonfed step-by-step instructions and explanations, instead you see the concepts and practices in action as the characters live them out. Very reminiscent of the old mythologies.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a good story, or for anyone who wants to learn more about druidry.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Can't Rave Enough About The Wonderful Story and Druid Lore
As an enchanting mesmerizing story, I couldn't put the book down.As a book that is now part of my reference library, I found the historical Druid practices, descriptions, and information to be invaluable and enlightening.I bought the book as a companion to Ellen's first novel, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey.The book is excellent even if you haven't read her first novel; as a follow-up sequel, it is terrific.The Druid Isle satisfies that desire to continue on with Ethne's journey that you wish had never ended in the first book.You can't go wrong making the purchase. ... Read more

17. The Druids (Ancient Peoples and Places Series)
by Stuart Piggott
Paperback: 216 Pages (1985-05)
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Asin: 0500273634
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2-0 out of 5 stars Slanted in some regards
From a scholarly standpoint, Piggott does an extremely thorough job of presenting the information in a clearly segregated fashion from purely archeological data, written documentation of the Roman and Greek authors of the time, and the romanticized/revival era later in history.He makes good points in terms of the slanted views of outside cultures that percieved the Celts as well as the gaps in vital information that modern people have in understanding this culture.That being said, he is also looking at it from a purely archeological standpoint and that needs to be taken into consideration when reading this text.

My biggest issue with his work is that he seems to side with Roman viewpoints of the Celts being barbarians and the idea of "noble savage" in his view of civilized nations vs uncivilized nations.He presents this slightly in his presentation of human sacrifice in Celtic culture while not weighing it agains Romans throwing prisoners into the ring to be mauled and killed by lions for the entertainment of the masses and in the tone of his presentation of hard veiws vs soft views of Celtic culture as presented by Nora Chadwick.He also left me with the feeling that Irish literature a few centuries later could not be as trusted for valid information and had less direct merit than the writings of Caesar, Strabo, and others during the actual time of the Celts even though he admits that Ireland was least touched by outside forces during that time. His view is that because Ireland was insular and had no outside body (Romans) to critique it, its merit is questionable.I think the book is good in terms of how it is organized and getting an understanding of secondhand accounts of the Celts as well as making the reader think about the obstacles to getting a clear understanding of Celtic culture and the religious mindset, but other scholarly sources from all sides of the spectrum, including linguistics and anthropology need to be included if someone is truely going to get a sense of the Celts or the Druids. My copy was a reprint in the 1990's but there was no indication on the copywrite page of a recent revised edition or additional information and changes since the first print in 1968.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Druids
This book debunks some of the myths of new age druid groups by the use of archealogical evidence.

5-0 out of 5 stars An extremely important work
I generally think that this is the first book anyone should read about the Druids, not because it contains a lot of information about the Druids themselves, but because it discusses the issues one faces when looking at the typical sources.

This is less a book about the Druids as it is a history of the image of the druids.Thus he helps to put the writings of Posidonius, Pliny, and others into a perspective which is sorely lacking elsewhere.Yet this perspective is absolutely necessary if we are to be able to conduct proper studies of the subject.

This book does not reveal the Druids so much as it reveals the problems in approaching the subject.

A great deal of work has been done on the topic of the Druids in recent decades.Such material is of varying quality.This book helps set in place a framework for evaluating such scholarship, and I would highly recommend it to all interested in the topic.

3-0 out of 5 stars Stuart PiggottThe Druids Past and Present:
This book "The Druids" is somewhat of an ambiguous introduction about the life and history of a people who's culture has been ingrained in almost every walk of life in the western world. What makes the druid historical axiom so difficult to deduce is that for centuries these eclectic occultist practiced oral traditions insofar as telling their own histories and legends.

Stuart Piggott who was an Abercromby Professor of Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh from 1946-1977 wrote that "Druidism, it seems, was the religion of the Celts of pre-Roman Gaul and Britain. Described by Greek and Roman writers, it fell from view with the coming of Christianity, only to be rediscovered by classical scholars of the Renaissance." So, at best the druid history is extremely sketchy. The reason for this is that there wasn't enough information or documentation about these people because in one certain case around 60-BC Julius Caesar claimed he was the "only authority for Druidic organization under a single pontiff in Gaul (France)." Caesar wasn't exactly a credible source but the war with Vercingetorix and the Gauls and his war with ancient Britannia (Britain) makes his account viable to Druidic research at large.

Piggott's book can be summed up in three parts. The first 1/3 of the book is about the archaeological artifacts discovered in Celtiberia which is now modern day Spain and Portugal as well as Gaul, the British Isles and Galatia (Asia Minor) where it is believed that the Celts migrated through the Balkans to create settlements there. And if you'd appreciate a biblical account of the Galatians then I strongly suggest reading the bible if you are a religious person.
Furthermore, this book endeavors to explore many grave-sites, ritual shafts, and ancient villages that were discovered all across the European continent.

The second 1/3 of the book covers the historical and literary significance of these people. In chapter 3 page 110 Piggott writes about the human and animal sacrifices, which took place inside a wicker cage that was shaped like a human being. This cage was called the wicker-man and the Celts paid homage to their gods and goddesses by burning people alive in these things for the interest of winning wars and hierarchal propaganda .
"The aspect of druid function that has been found most embarrassing to certain apologists is their association with human sacrifice. Animal sacrifices are involved in (historian) Pliny's description of the cutting of the mistletoe from the oak-tree," plus "(Historian) Diodorus assigns animals and human sacrifice to the seer (manteis)," while "(historian) Strabo classes the equivalent vates as interpreters of sacrifices in general, but does not specify the precise practitioners among the hierarchy who actually carried out the animal and human holocaust in wicker figures." said Piggott.
This practice was abolished during the first century AD when the Roman Empire reigned supreme over the Celtic world.
At best for a better understanding of the Gallic Wars and Caesar's other Celtic wars I suggest reading "Caesar Against The Celts" by Ramon L. Jiménez, because Piggott's historical assessment lies in his field of expertise, which is archaeology, while Jiménez introduces the subject from a much broader historical perspective.

The last 1/3 of the book delves into the romantic images of the Druids and the Druidic practices in modernity (today). Piggott discusses the Druids' embracement of the forest and environment around them, which was the very nucleus of their religious belief system.
Furthermore, Piggot addresses the overly romantic facts and theories of Stonehenge. As a matter of fact Piggott writes, "The association of the monument (Stonehenge) and the (Druid) priesthood has become so established a piece of English folklore that it is too often forgotten that its origins lie no earlier than the late seventeenth century, and that[s] when (John) Aubrey[] suggest[ed], it was merely one among several alternative views about the origins of Stonehenge."
(John Aubrey, 1626-1697 was an English antiquary and writer.)
And what makes the Druidic religion even more enchanting is that modern Druids still celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.
It's simply amazing to think that this religion has survived virtual extinction from the ancient Roman Empire and the Vatican a.k.a the New Roman Empire.

Please beware, this book is a scholarly work, so if you're not into academia then this isn't for you because Piggot quotes many ancient historians such as Pliny, Suetonius, and Strabo. And if you're not familiar with these historical sources then you may not enjoy this book.

I do wish that Piggott discussed Freemasonry considering that Masonry borrowed a copious amount from this religion and inculcated it into their own belief system.

Overall, this book is a heavy read and it's not the most enjoyable book to state the least, but it deserves 3 stars because it's packed full of history and antiquities of pedagogical significance.
However, I do suggest reading other books on this subject especially if you want to fathom what Wicca is all about. And if you want to inquire about the Albion Lodge of the Ancient Order of the Druids at Blenheim, or York and Scottish-Rite Freemasonry in general.

For further reading I suggest reading:

"Who Were The Celts?" by Kevin Duffy. For a more ascertainable look at Celtic history.

"Celtic Magic" by D.J. Conway. For a clearer view of the Gods and Goddesses and magical rituals.

"A History of Ireland" by Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. For a proper perspective on Irish history

"Legends of Arthur" by Richard Barber. For some Arthurian mythology since it's heavily based on Celtic and Christian allegory.

And I already recommended "Caesar Against the Celts" by Ramon L. Jiménez.

For the most part this is a decent book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great partner with his "The Celts"
Fusing both historical research and anthropology this talented author brings to life figures that would require a lifetime of study to partially comprehend.I would suggest this book to anyone who thinks Celtic=Wiccan or that the Irish/Celtic natural spirit is anything but Heathen.A great read for curious Wiccans and well read Indo European sons and daughters. ... Read more

18. The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual Magic Rooted in the Living Earth
by John Michael Greer
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-02-01)
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The first and only Druidic book of spells, rituals, and practice.

The Druid Magic Handbook is the first manual of magical practice in Druidry, one of the fastest growing branches of the Pagan movement. The book breaks new ground, teaching Druids how to practice ritual magic for practical and spiritual goals within their own tradition. What sets The Druid Magic Handbook apart is that it does not require the reader to use a particular pantheon or set of symbols. Although it presents one drawn from Welsh Druid tradition, it also shows the reader how to adapt rites and other practices to fit the deities and symbols most meaningful to them. This cutting edge system of ritual magic can be used by Druids, Pagans, Christians, and Thelemites alike!

* The first manual of Druidic magical practice ever, replete with spell work and rituals.
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1-0 out of 5 stars No written or oral history of the Druids exist
How is it possible that someone could write of the magic of the Druids, when they primarily had an oral tradition, and were, in all practicality, wiped out by Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire? No written history, other than that of the Romans, and a few Greeks, exists. Total garbage.

3-0 out of 5 stars A disservice to his own excellent system of magic
The author does a disservice to his own excellent system of magic.

This book introduces a new form of Druidic magic, geared toward the beginning practitioner. It's symbolism and practice aim to foster relationships to the living Earth and re-enchanting our selves and the land. I think it does this successfully.

Early in the book, however, the author sets up materialism as the foil to his magical system. Materialism and materialists receive a steady trickle of criticism throughout the book. I believe a fair definition of the philosophy of materialism is the view that everything is the interplay of matter and energy on the field of spacetime.

It is easy to scoff at the facile stereotype of soulless materialists and their blindness to the magic around them as the author often does. It is difficult to give a cogent reason that real materialism is untrue. The author makes an attempt to do this but his arguments only serve to rally the already convinced.

The author's real conflict seems to be with consumerism or nihilism, not materialism. His system of magic with its "nwyfre" (i.e. a life force) could fit comfortably within materialism as I've defined it. The only difficulty is that nwyfre has not been observed in the laboratory. If it ever were, then the system of magic herein would be perfectly materialistic.

I tried the exercise that the author gives early in the book to demonstrate the reality of nwyfre. I definitely felt something: the activation of thermoreceptor neurons due to the dilation of capillaries in the palms of my hand combined with my powers of my imagination to fabricate sensations created a sensation that could be mistaken for a ball of life force between my hands by those who want to believe. If that parlor trick is nwyfre, then I'm disappointed at this half-hearted attempt at a demonstration.

It is regrettable that the author could not have been more ecumenical in his approach. As a materialist, I imagine that the magical system in the book will be useful in directing my own mind and will, altering my dysfunction outlooks into more skillful alternatives, and nurturing the creative powers of my imagination.

The practice of magic doesn't require a belief in unverified energies. In the interest of ecumenism, he could have made an attempt to see how an interested materialist would approach magic and give that as a valid alternative to his own views.

A note about the Kindle edition: As of this review, it seems to come from some early proof because it lacks some sections (e.g. an index) and has some notes to the editor that were never intended to be published.

Five stars for creating an engaging magical system that encourages mindfulness and stewardship for our living home. Subtract one-and-a-half stars for distracting this materialist reader from the meat of this book unnecessarily. Subtract another half star for a second-thought Kindle edition.

4-0 out of 5 stars insightful book
I bought this book not too long ago and found that there is a good deal of esoteric insight in this text and may not be as far removed from the original Druidry as many people (and perhaps even Master Greer!) seem to think.

For starters, his "wheel of life" diagram does contain the essense of the underlying metaphysics of the Celtic Tradition, ie it is a 9 fold schematic (8 basic seasonal times + a central station...the Grove character which is one of the ogham letters which is a kind of nexus point from which all of the other ogham manifest) which contains 24 pathways. The concept of 9/24 as numbers of pscychocosmogenic wholeness can be found in the Irish Mythological cycle. One example of this is how Cu Culaine juggles 9 apples at once. Apples are spherical objects which comes from trees, and trees are cosmological symbols. Now, I fully realize that the 8 seasonal festivals is a modern construction. However, this does not take away from the fact that the core Self (the Koad Station) is effected by the different facets of the year as it turns.

Furthermore, if one does cross cultural comparisons with a closely related culture, ie the ancient Germanics, one will find that they also have the 9/24 code for cosmogenic wholeness, ie the 9 Worlds and the 24 Runes, and that 8 of the 9 worlds can be placed in a wheel like schematic, the 9th world would be "Manaheim / Midgard" which would be the core Self experiencing the turning of the year.

The concept of the 4 elements plus spirit is virtually Indo European and you can find this in Indian as well as Greek Lore. Not only that, but this is also hinted at in Celtic Lore as well. For an example, there is the myth of the four legendary cities located in the four corners of the world which also hold four legendary objects which CLEARLY correspond with Earth, Air, Fire, Water.It should be also noted that the number four in Traditional Lore is being used to describe a horizontal dimension which is a common Indo European theme. Virtually ALL Indo European systems have what is called the Axis Mundi which contains an Upper World, Middle World, and Lower World which in turn corresponds with Spirit. The three-fold "levels of Consciousness"(verticle) combined with a four fold "aspects of nature"(horizontal) is an extremely common Indo European theme and forms this shape >I< which is universally Indo European. The Druids most certainly knew this so I believe that Master Greer apprehended the fundamental structure of what the Druids practiced. Strangely enough, he would actually contest what I am saying and would quickly point out that we don't know what the Druids practiced. Also, assigning the 5 elements to the five sets of ogham is hardly inappropriate, especially if one understands the general Indo European metaphysic.

Intelligent Indo European scholars know that the Grail Mythos is hardly Christian and has Celtic and Germanic pagan roots. The concept of the three cauldrons follows an Indo European pattern, as does the descending spear as well as the rising dragons / serpents. You can find this in Old Norse lore, for an example the rising of Jormungander and Nidhogger during "Ragnarok"(=transformation) as well as the twin serpents rising along the Staff of Hermes as well as the 7 chakras of Kundilini Yoga...both of which are Indo European and share the same roots as the Celts.

The underlying metaphysic behind Greer's methods are completely Indo European and the essence of it -from my view- was probably known by the Druids because there are underlying patterns in how Indo European occult systems develope. There are some great gems in this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars it might be a good book but...
First of all, I am not into magic, and I do not know much about druidry. I bought this book out of sheer curiosity for a nature-based system of spirituality. The book is interesting and well written, but two things got my attention and prompted me to stop reading the book: The author seems to think that science and our current knowledge of reality has turned the world into a lifeless mass, only relevant, he says, as a source of raw material. I have to disagree with that. Using our rationality has nothing to do with losing that sense of wonder, which, Aristotle said, was the force that led mankind to investigate nature and the world in the first place. Science is not about making the world a dull place to live in, actually quite the opposite, science is about disentangling the great mysteries of the world around and within us, about understanding them. About understanding what is real and what is not real. If a phenomenon is real, if it can be observed and reproduced, no matter how extraordinary, mind-blowing or magic it appears, it will not be deemed worthless by science.
Second, the author gives instructions about meditation. The method he proposes is interesting, but claiming that oriental meditation techniques may lead to reduced mental clarity because they emphasize the suppression of thoughts just shows that the author is not very familiar with them. Eastern cultures have developed extremely profound and sophisticated meditation systems over the centuries, and a young tradition such as the druid revival movement should know better than dismissing an older, more mature and more developed meditation tradition. it would actually greatly benefit from studying it and learning from it. Although practices such as samatha do aim at calming the mind from its endless chatter, they are part of a much more complex approach, whose purpose is not to turn practitioners into thoughtless zombies, or to distance them from reality, obfuscating their mind clarity. quite the opposite. Eastern meditation is not about getting lost in some otherworldly realm, but it is about being here and now, about being aware of the present moment. it is not about forcing the thoughts out of the mind, it is not about forcing the mind against it nature, but about regaining a natural clarity that we have often forgotten.

5-0 out of 5 stars Here, now... Druidry as a living practice..
John Michael Greer is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids (ADOA), which was founded in 1912. Greer is also a Tarot Grandmaster, an active member of five fraternal and two magical lodges and he has extensive experience in geomancy and sacred geometry.The Druid Magic Handbook is a synthesis of all these interests and Greer has been both highly criticized and highly praised for this work. In short, you will either love or hate this book.I am one of the ones who loved it!

Unlike many books on Druid magick, Greer does not attempt to recreate what ancient druids might have done (Paleo-Druidry). He is focused solely on the 18th century Druid revival (Meso-Druidry) and its roots in medieval ceremonial magickal practice, as well as modern Druidry (Neo-Druidry) and its connection to earth spirituality and Celtic values.This creates a very interesting, and practical, series of rituals that build upon each other to create a highly effective ritual magick system for modern practitioners. Unlike the ceremonialism of groups like The Golden Dawn, Greer's system demands that the practitioner connect with symbols that have personal meaning to the user. This does require more effort than a standardized approach, but it embraces the core Celtic value of freedom of conscience and the acknowledgement of differing perspectives of deity that existed in the various Celtic tribal groups.

I very much appreciated Greer's opening chapter that provides the reader with a simple construct that reintegrates spirit for the reader as a part of Self rather than an external element.This chapter also discusses Magic and Nature, Magic and Intentionality, and Magic and Ethics which are invaluable.His final chapter on The Reenchantment of the World is focused on how to heal the land and will appeal to anyone interested in eco-magick.

This book is not for anyone who is interested in Celtic Reconstructionism, but it will be of great interest to any NeoPagan who is interested in developing the discipline and skills to expand their magickal practice in a new direction.
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19. Druids: A History
by Ronald Hutton
Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-05-21)
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A comprehensive insight into Druids in Britain since 1500, with hundreds of sources never used before. The first major overview of the subject for over 30 years.Ronald Hutton's latest book is the first comprehensive study of what people have thought about the ancient Druids and why. Written in a entertaining and accessible style it is essential reading for everyone interested in exploring our mysterious past.Most books written on the Druids hitherto have been by archaeologists specializing in the Iron Age, who have occupied a great deal of space trying to find things to say about the 'original' ancient priesthood. Most have then devoted a final section of their books to people who have called themselves Druids since 1700 - until recently with contemptuous dismissal. Hutton's contention is that the sources for the ancient Druids are so few and unreliable that almost nothing certain can be said about them. Instead he reverses the traditional balance of interest to look at the many ways in which Druids have been imagined in Britain since 1500 and what this tells us about modern and early modern society.In the process he achieves many new insights into the development of British national identities, established and 'alternative' religions, literary culture, fraternal organisation and protest movements.He also suggests new ways in which the discipline of archaeology can be perceived - which will delight some practitioners and enrage others. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, on a foundation of sand
Somehow I was hoping for more in this book.Perhaps, even, a history of how Druids were portrayed.Strangely Stuart Piggot's work (which Hutton disparages here) seemed better in this area...

I agree with the other reviewer who found parts of the book very repetitive.However, I would however note that this is not my biggest complaint with the book.

Hutton in this work attempted to invert the normal priorities and study the history of misconceptions of the Druids before studying the actual original Druids.The problem with this approach is that it is impossible to know what the misconceptions are if you don't clearly establish who you think the Druids were to start with.In the end, Hutton ends up attempting to impeach just about every ancient source as it to suggest that we know absolutely nothing about the Druids, their cosmology, etc.

While this viewpoint is probably accurate from the viewpoint of a historian such as Hutton, who is fundamentally tied to written records, it is decidedly unhelpful in addressing the topics of who the Druids actually were and what they believed.I think that in the final analysis, the issues that Hutton points out may well be far better characterized as exaggerations than fundamental misconceptions.Unfortunately a study of this sort is not in the realm of history but rather of philology, comparative studies, archaeology, etc. paired with a careful look at ancient sources.Because Hutton seeks to impeach the sources like Tacitus without going into any of the other elements, it isn't possible to take his dismissals of these sources at face value.

All in all, I think Hutton failed to do what he had set out to do.Written history is not always the best tool for searching for the past.If he had instead simply talked about the history of modern druidic revivals, this would be OK, but if he wants to try to talk about its relation to the ancient Druids, he should probably establish his case as to what they were like first.Otherwise we have an interesting book, but without a solid foundation.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Druids; Again & Again
Hutton did what Hutton does best, dismantles previously held beliefs about an ancient religion, this time the Druids.His approach is fresh and unique.Honestly, given Hutton's past books, I was skeptical that he could write in a racy, accessible style and I was pleased to find that he could. I even found myself entertained and amused

There are a couple reasons I did not rate this book a full five stars. Firstly, I found myself a bit bored by the rehashing of the same information in each chapter.Hutton divides his topic into 5 Druidic characterizations (Patriotic Druid, Rebel Druid, Green Druid, Wise Druid and Demonic Druid) based upon how he perceives the Druids have been represented in the past and present.Due to the books structure, he reuses the bits and pieces of the same historical information in each chapter.He offers more information in some chapters than others, not recycling everything in all 5 chapters, but I still felt like I rereading previously presented information repeatedly.

More troubling was the lack of what the Celts themselves said about the Druids.He mentions the Celts written record, by the time they been converted to Christianity, and it seemed that this conversion was grounds, in his mind, to totally dismiss this vital information.Hutton mentions another book also entitled The Druids by Peter Ellis, I found this book far more interesting than I did Hutton's book.Ellis discusses the body of Irish works that recorded something of earlier Celtic life and culture.And while we may not be able to believe every detail, it is still a valuable resource for the historic Celts and Druids - one the Hutton ignores.

Finally, I am always suspect of any author who makes his mark almost exclusively through the dismantling of a tradition.I wonder how well respected Hutton would be if he took on a larger tradition, like Christianity...

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I could do this review in one word... FANTASTIC! This is a great read from a really interesting perspective. In the last year or so I have read about 7 different authors take on Druidry and about 4 more on Celtic history and I was expecting the same from this book. Instead Hutton takes on broad general concepts of druids, both ancient and modern, and covers each one in detail from the Greek and Roman writers up through to modern times. This book focuses almost exclusively on British Druidry and in the modern sense the British Revivalist Druids like OBOD and The Universal Bond but Hutton's sense of style and obvious knowledge of this subject makes this an easy to follow and enjoyable read. I feel I have a much, much better understanding now of the modern neo-Druid movement and a much clearer understanding of its beginnings and the characters involved. There is also a fairness to Hutton's explanation and an unflinching honesty about the dishonesty of the some of Druidry's more interesting characters.

I highly suggest this book to anyone with even a passing interest in Revival Druidry (which after all even the RDNA and therefore ADF can count as forebears), whether that person is a hard core scholar or just curious about the past this book is one of those rare finds that will appeal to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars The mythologising of a myth
Ronald Hutton has published a string of fine works exposing fallacies we've held concerning ancient religions and mysticisms.This volume, the first of a pair on the Druids, is one of the most devastating to prejudiced thinking.At the outset, Hutton reminds us that what we know of the Druids was produced by their enemies.Julius Caesar, likely the most famous of those, declared them the leaders of Gaul's resistance to imperial Roman invasion.Through the years, archaeologists, historians and others have attempted to form a picture of who the Druids actually were.These efforts have produced notable failures, and Hutton has taken a different tack with this book.Instead, in a carefully researched and comprehensive study, he reviews how the Druids have fared at the hands of those wishing to use their myth to create new ones.

In this finely crafted study, the author subdivides the Druid myth into themes that have been used to characterise them over the past few centuries.There are the "Patriotic" and "Rebel" Druids, "Green" ones, while others are "Wise" or "Demonic".Each of these portrayals has been forwarded by scholars, poets, social commentators, and not a few charlatans."Patriotic" Druids have been adopted by various writers to convey the notion that Druid rebellion against the Romans was a model for others rejecting imperial incursion, in Britain, notably against attempts by the Roman Church to overwhelm Anglican Protestantism."Rebel" Druids, Hutton considers a modern phenomenon, a form of 20th Century counter-culture - "hippies with a cause".The extensive chapter on the "Wise" Druids, on the other hand, covers a range of views.Druids as teachers, religious leaders and intense observers of Nature granted their image great influence.According to a given writer's agenda, however, this might be seen as either positive or negative. The collection and imparting of knowledge can either contribute to a society, or rend it through challenges to accepted dogmas.Druids who claimed to understand the cosmos better than Christian priests would be viewed as "heathen".

Over the course of the 18th and 19th Centuries in the British Isles, interest in the Druids waned, then waxed.As the threat of domination by the Roman Church evaporated, Druids as leaders of guerilla forces protecting British society faded.As the British Empire began its expansion, however, segments of the United Kingdom found the Druids an inspiration for giving their heritage a sounder foundation.Wales, in particular, used the Druids as the basis for its bardic tradition.One "researcher" went so far as to fabricate an extensive collection of Welsh poetry, a massive invention that went undetected for many years.The Welsh weren't alone in inventing roles for the Druids - the Scots, Germans, Irish and, of course, the British all exhibited high levels of creative skill in using the Druids for their own ends.

Because Hutton intends this book for the general reader, to be followed by a second, more scholarly volume, the present work is almost conversationally written.Each chapter opens with a summary paragraph describing the theme it will address.There are sets of drawings and photographs enhancing the text.These include those by, and of, William Stukeley, one of the leading early figures of British Druidry.Stonehenge figures largely in the narrative, as it was long thought a Druid construction.In modern times, reality notwithstanding, Stonehenge has become the focal point for a Druidic resurgence.Ceremonies, even weddings are held in the area by those thinking they are following Druid rituals.He concludes this work with mild speculation about where Druidry might tend in the future.Although the book is clearly intended for those interested in history, its excellent presentation and worldly viewpoint make it a fine read.[stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical review of druids in modern times
This book by a noted historian takes a look at Druids as they have been conceived of in modern times, and provides arguments for or against these conceptions.I found this book to be an incredible resource for adding to my knowledge about Druids.And, it is written in an enjoyable and often funny style.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the Druids. ... Read more

20. Under An Expanse of Oaks: A Druid's Journey
by David Smith
Paperback: 126 Pages (2009-10-23)
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Modern Druidry is a spiritual path that is close to nature. The wheel of the year is followed by druids and each group and individual has their own ways of doing this. It is a varied and intensely interesting path practiced by many people world wide. Many organizations exists such as the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, The Ancient Order of Druids in America, Ar nDraiocht Fein, The Henge of Keltria, The Order of the Mithril Star, and many more. "Under an Expanse of Oaks, A Druid's Journey" is a book about one Druid's path and the many lessons learned along that path. It contains various explanations and exercises to help the reader experience Druidry for themselves; because Druidry is certainly an experiential journey that one truly needs to live to learn from. David P. Smith (Duir) has dedicated his life since the age of 18 to the study of Druidry in all its forms and follows the deities of the Celtic Pantheon. He also teaches at the Grey School of Wizardry online (http://www.greyschool.com ), and runs a Druidry and related studies website at http://www.oaklight.org . He lives in Rhode Island with his family and enjoys traveling to sacred places throughout the US and the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone's journey
"Under An Expanse of Oaks: A Druid's Journey" by Rev. David P. Smith is a fantastic and concise introduction to Druidry.Rev. Smith takes us on an exploration of Druid beliefs, sacred sites,and sacred plants of the Druids.

I've read Bonewit's book on Druids, and I could not tell you if I liked it or not. I didn't have that problem with Rev. Smith's book. I liked it. I liked it a lot.

While the book is a diminutive 126 pages, it is packed with tons of info. I think that one of the most impressive parts of the book was the appendix. The appendix contains an impressive list of the mailing addresses of various Druidic orders. It also has a nice bibliography and suggested reading list.

I was really impressed with Smith's thoughts on Cyber Druidry or perhaps we should call it "E-Druidry.""Authors and teachers from all paths can be reached through this medium as well and can be an endless source of wisdom."

All in all, I found it to be an excellent book. I give it 4 1/2 stars.

I received this complimentary book from Rev. David Smithfor review purposes.

3-0 out of 5 stars In serious need of an editor/proofreader
This book has the potential to be a decent beginning resource, with some excellent and very helpful information in it. Unfortunately, it reads like a first draft, which is why I am only giving it 3 stars. I read the Kindle edition, so I can only hope the print edition is not this badly prepared. It is literally peppered with mistakes in grammar, word confusion (e.g., effect vs. affect, bough vs. bow), extraneous words that make no sense in context, missing words, sentences run together without punctuation, misspellings, etc. All this is very distracting to someone with a good command of the language, and has to be confusing for anyone reading it as a second language. I really would expect a Druid to be more meticulous about the details.

The information in about the first third of the book is generally suitable for a beginner on any spiritual path. I found the entries on the Celtic gods and goddesses, working with the elements and the visualization-meditations useful, even inspired in spots. Tree and plant lore is well done in terms of content, as far as it went.The comments on the nature of enlightenment and explanation of the concept of Awen were thought-provoking. The bibliography is pretty thorough and even online resources are offered. Those parts saved this messy little tome from a 1 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Druidry!
This is an excellent book on Druidry by a Practicing Druid Priest. It covers the basics you need to find your own path along the traditions of the Druids and answers many questions for those curious and want to learn more. It even has enough substance to satisfy those who are not new to the ideas presented. Bravo to Duir for his work here, and I hope to see much more of his work in the future. --Matt ... Read more

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