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The Mysteries of Druidry Paperback – May 21, 2008
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"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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Brendan Myers has a talent for speaking to the reader as if talking right to you. His imagery and turn of phrase is eloquent and beautiful but down to earth. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cyn
"Mysticism is the practice of obtaining direct personal connection or unity with the divine force of the universe. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Jeff Martin
The beginning of the book was inspiring. I've never felt that close to Celtic mythos before, and the author manages to put me right there in the myth itself, and make it... Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by Eleth
Druidry, as a philosophy and a faith, seems to be aching to find a middle-ground between the history we long for and cannot have, and the modern day connections we need to survive. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Karl Smith
I love this book! So informational! It's very easy to follow, it's rich in history and folklore, and I am glad that I chose this as my first book on the Druids! Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Ashley Frazier
This is a good book for someone like me who is intrested in but undecided about druidry. I will be re-reading this one several times during my decision makeing process.Published on February 11, 2012 by tarotqueen
Dr. Meyers writes a historical perspective of Druidry as if a biologist might dissect a frog. Her explanations are winded and often good only for an insomniac. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by Kenneth S. Goodpaster
After reading all the good reviews i downloaded the kindle version of this book and wasted $10. They did a terrible job publishing it for kindle and it repeats paragraphs and also... Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Lia S.
Ever wondered what it means to be a druid? Is it wearing a long robe and carrying a staff? Is it reciting poetry in a powerful voice while meeting in secret in the darkest places... Read morePublished on May 29, 2008 by Deanna Joseph