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Contemplative Druidry: People, Practice and Potential by James Nichol

Contemplative Druidry: People, Practice and Potential by James Nichol

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by Maria Ede-Weaving ~  Modern Druidry is an evolving spirituality; each of its practitioners is continually adding to the breadth and depth of this path through their experiences. What gives a spirituality its power is it practices and approaches, and these are far from static – they live and breathe, grow and change, as we…

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Crucible of the Sun – The Mabinogion

Crucible of the Sun – The Mabinogion

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Crucible of the Sun: The Mabinogion retold Stuart France ISBN 9781494785130 ~ Press Release: The tales of the Mabionogion capture a narrative deeply entwined through the history of the Celtic peoples of the British Isles, drawing on themes that are embedded in the heart of the land. In Crucible of the Sun, the author retells these timeless stories in his own inimitable…

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Facing The Darkness

Facing The Darkness

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A review by Les Prince of Facing The Darkness by Cat Treadwell ~ Moon Books ~ ISBN 978 1 78099 900 5 ~ On first inspection this book seemed a wonderful idea; like many people I know, clinical depression has been a constant presence in my life since childhood, and I applaud any and every attempt to offer help to…

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Gather Around The Flame

Gather Around The Flame

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A review by Nimue Brown of Gather Around The Flame by Daniel Boyle, Bia Helvetti, Roe Malan and Rae Smith. ~  Gather Around The Flame is  a  charming set of seasonal tales, dark, witty, playful and surprising.  Four contributors; Daniel  Boyle, Bia Helvetti, Roe Malan, and Rae Smith offer an array of poems and short stories that fit…

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Jesus Through Pagan Eyes by Mark Townsend

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes by Mark Townsend

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Reviewed by James Nichol ~  There are some who go into the water, and when they emerge, they recognise the Presence in everything. That is why there is nothing to be depised: a king in rags is still as king. This quotation from the second century Gospel of Philip sums up the feeling-tone of Mark…

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Magical Places Of Britain

Magical Places Of Britain

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A Review by Adrian Rooke of ‘Magical Places of Britain: A Guide to Britain’s Natural Sacred Sites’ by Rob Wildwood  ~  Enchanted  Forests, Haunted Waters, Magic Caves, Sacred  Springs, Holy  Wells, Mystic Mountains, Fairy Hills and places of Magic and Miracles in the landscape of Scotland, Wales, England and Cornwall…Discover Britain’s Magical Places using this handy guidebook packed with stunning full colour…

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Nature Mystics: The Literary Gateway to Modern Paganism

Nature Mystics: The Literary Gateway to Modern Paganism

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by Rebecca Beattie Moon Books, Winchester (UK) & Washington (US), 2015 £4.99 UK, $9.95 US 132 pages. This little book is a joy to read, delving into the lives and works of some well-known, and many lesser-known, British and Irish literary figures in search of the origins of contemporary Paganisms. The writers, five men and…

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Storytelling for a Greener World

Storytelling for a Greener World

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Nimue Brown reviews ‘Storytelling for a Greener World: Environment, community and story-based learning’ by Alida Gersie (Editor), Anthony Nanson (Editor), Edward Schieffelin (Editor) – Hawthorn Press ~  While this isn’t written as an explicitly Druidic book, this is an excellent text for the aspiring bard. It includes a wealth of relevant stories, many ideas for…

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The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid by Joanna van der Hoeven

The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid by Joanna van der Hoeven

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Druidry is a fast growing tradition and whether by necessity or choice, many of its practitioners walk the path alone. Sharing a tradition and its spiritual practices with others can be richly rewarding but it is not for everyone and Joanna van der Hoeven’s latest book The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary…

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The Druid’s Primer

The Druid’s Primer

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The Handbook of Urban Druidry

The Handbook of Urban Druidry

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Druidry is a spirituality that is associated with being in the beauty of nature but what happens when you live in an urban environment, which is where the majority of people live? Does Druidry also have a message for people in this situation? Any mature spirituality must appeal to people in all walks of life…

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The Isles of the Many Gods

The Isles of the Many Gods

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Having been drawn to Druidry through a keen interest in the ancient history of Britain, especially its cultural and spiritual heritage, this book was a welcome find…

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The Journey into Spirit: A Pagan’s Perspective on Death, Dying and Bereavement by Kristoffer Hughes

The Journey into Spirit: A Pagan’s Perspective on Death, Dying and Bereavement by Kristoffer Hughes

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Druidry teaches us to honour death and to remember the dead with reverence. However, for most of us, our wider culture has hidden much of death’s processes from view. The physical realities of this most inevitable and unavoidable rite of passage have been obscured and this has only served to intensify the fear of death…

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The Lie of the Land

The Lie of the Land

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This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Believing that magic springs from the soil, that our locality, our region, our land grows us as surely as it does potatoes or grapes, it’s always been a fascination that I know so little about the geology of my native land: and then came along this book…

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This Ancient Heart: Landscape, Ancestor, Self

This Ancient Heart: Landscape, Ancestor, Self

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This book explores how we humans in the 21st century relate to the spirits of the lands in which we live, their other-than-human inhabitants, and our collective and individual ancestors.

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Wood Wisdom

Wood Wisdom

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This is a book and card set designed to be a companion to exploring the sacred forest – both in the inner and outer worlds. 22 trees are explored with stories, rituals, meditations, poems and illustrations – all created by the talented author.

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Zen For Druids

Zen For Druids

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I am a massive fan of Joanna van der Hoeven’s books. They are wonderfully accessible whilst still conveying a depth and clarity that helps the reader to really connect with the wisdom of the subject. Her latest offering does just that. ‘Zen For Druids’ is a companion to her earlier work ‘Zen Druidry, exploring Zen…

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