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"An excellent study of the way in which Druid spirituality can inspire and help us today." —Philip Carr-Gomm, Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, author of The Druidcraft Tarot, and Druidcraft

"Within an oral tradition such as Druidry, those who write of its teachings tread a fine line, yet in this book Myers succeeds. For with gentle clarity, he writes as if telling stories, not only of myth, folklore and Celtic history, but also of and for our Celtic present. With his words, he inspires, calling the reader to breathe in the songs of the ancestors, and so to sing those songs with both a celebratory pride and a profound relevance for today." —Emma Restall Orr, Joint Chief of the British Druid Order Author, Principles of Druidry and Druid Priestess

"Cathbad's The Mysteries of Druidry is an excellent account of this often shrouded topic. He brings a deft touch to this highly informative and illuminating book." —Nicholas R Mann, Author, The Isle of Avalon and Druid Magic

About the Author

Brendan Cathbad Myers has studied and practiced Irish Druidry for more than 12 years. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, and his articles on Celtic spirituality have been published in numerous journals and magazines in four countries. Originally from Ontario, Canada, he now lives in the west of Ireland. This is his second book.

Isaac Bonewits is one of the America's most well-known Druidic leaders and teachers. He is the founder of the ADF, the largest Druid organization in the United States. Bonewits is also the author of several books, including Real Magic, The Pagan Man, and Witchcraft: A Concise Guide.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 1 edition (May 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564148785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564148780
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brendan Myers, Ph.D., is originally from a small town in Ontario Canada. In 2006 he earned his Ph.D in philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Brendan is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, and his work has been featured by Celtic cultural associations, interfaith groups, political activist groups, and humanist societies around the world. Presently he serves as a professor at Heritage College, in Gatineau, Quebec. He loves fairy tales and space exploration, and he lives in a library next door to a forest.

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Well, as a Druid myself I have looked at the texts out there on Druidism and been sorely disappointed. At one end of the spectrum are the excellent works by such people as Isaac Bonewits, Philip Carr-Gomm and other such noted Druids. They are packed full of information, dense with it, and as a result of that, they tend to lose the audience since most of they write about is beyond the average reader.

At the other end of the spectrum are the popular books on Druidism which are good for use in paper-mache; works like 21 Lessons of Merlin and other such landfill fodder.

There has not been a book to successfully bridge the two ends, making a good book that has lots of information which has the potential to become popular because of how that information is presented to the reader. That is, until now.

Make no mistake, I have known Cathbad from a list we were on together and I have spent many hours reading his articles on that list and off. He is an extremely knowledgable man and I consider him one of the contemporary masters of Druidism. In this book, he brings his formidible knowledge to those who wish to know what he knows.

What emerges in this book is a snapshot of what the Druids could be now, and might have been in the distant past. He uses myth and story to construct possible rituals that the Druids could have performed. He shows how the myths fit together and what principles the Druids and Celts could have lived their lives by. He uses all this and then he admits that he is constructing from what he has been able to assemble in years of study, not that this is the only way or that this is THE way. He is very clear in saying that this is only an extrapolation based on what we do know.

But, oh boy, what an extrapolation.
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Dr. Myers has written an excellent basic introduction to Druidry. This text covers the history of the ancient Druids, the modern revival of Druidry, and Celtic mythology and lore. It also presents an introduction to the philosophy of modern Druids and distinguishes among the different sects of Druidry without picking a side. Myers remains objective as he discusses the difference between Neo-Druids and Traditionalists.

Also included are several suggestions for Druid ritual practice that draw on the history of the Celtic people to add depth and dimension.

There could have perhaps been a little more discussion about the different types of Druidry and more information on distinguishing between sincere practitioners and the many hucksters out there who are attempting to market our religion and philosophy for profit, but all-in-all Dr. Myers has written an excellent guidebook for those investigating Druidry as a possible spiritual path.
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Another title of this book may well be The Chalice of Druid Wisdom for such is the achievement of the author that it far surpasses any other book written on the subject of what it is to be a Druid and is well illustrated with drawings and photographs.

The research is that of a learned person in truth for it is a well crafted document, that skilfully carries the reader's eye and interest from the very first page to the end.

This is a book that I highly recommend to those interested in the practise of Druids in particular for both the apprentice druid to use as a study and for the professed druid to gain further insights of their chosen path.

Melvyn Lloyd Ard Draoi of The Owl Grove & Founder of the Hibernian Order Of Druids.
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For those who are interested, curious, or well-versed in Celtic spirituality, Brendan Myers' second book, "The Mysteries of Druidry", will provide food for thought and different perspectives. Beginning with the Call of the Morrigan, Myers challenges the reader to consider how they have chosen to live their lives - are we wielding our power over our own lives? He suggests that life is far simpler and far more complex than many people recognize.

It is this sort of philosophical discussion which sets "Mysteries" apart from many other Pagan and natural spirituality books available. Myers does not shy away from asking difficult questions of the reader, and one comes away with the sense that one has grown a bit after reading this book - not only in knowledge, but also in the development of a different perspective about what is involved in Druidry and Celtic spirituality.

He leads the reader through the history of Druidry and then weaves it into a modern way of practicing this ancient spirituality. He encourages the reader not to just go through the motions, but to really learn about the world and invest time in the contemplation of it. He provides a unique perspective on ogham, incorporating biological information on the trees into his interpretation of the meanings. This deepens the understanding of their interaction with the natural environment and how that may have influenced their meanings and use in divination.

Myers' book provides accessible philosophical discussion and guidance for those who are on the Celtic spiritual path. He proposes ideas that will excite, will engage and will cause the reader to pause and reflect on their life. It is a truly worthwhile book, and I recommend it highly.
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