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About the Author

Ellen Evert Hopman (Massachusetts) has contributed to several Pagan journals and is a popular author of Druidry-related titles. A former teacher at the Grey School of Wizardry, Hopman has been active in American Druidism since 1984. She is a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages, co-founder and former co-chief of the Order of the Whiteoak (Ord na Darach Gile), a master herbalist, and a registered herbalist of the American Herbalists Guild.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738729256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738729251
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ellen Evert Hopman is a Master Herbalist and lay Homeopath who holds an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling.

Ellen Evert Hopman is the author of a growing number of books. Her newest offering is The Secret Medicines in Your Kitchen (mPowr Publishing, London, October, 2012) a book that teaches the uses of foods and spices already in your home, for health and well being.

Her most recent herbal is Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore (Pendraig Publishing, 2011), a study of the folk magic and healing plants of the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

Her first novel, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey (Llewellyn, February 2008), was an exciting new project for her, combining a heart-warming fictional romance with practical Druid rites, prayers and rituals. The sequel is called The Druid Isle (Llewellyn, April 2010). The third book in the series is Priestess of the Fire Temple: A Druid's Tale (Llewellyn, March of 2012). All three books are designed to illuminate the Druid path for seekers of Celtic wisdom.

Her latest book on tree medicine and tree lore is A Druid's Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine (Inner Traditions - Bear and Company, June 2008).

Other books include Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today (Destiny Books, 2001), People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out (Inner Traditions, 1995), Walking the World in Wonder - A Children's Herbal (Healing Arts Press, 2000), A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year (Destiny Books, 1994) , and Tree Medicine -Tree Magic (Phoenix Publishing, Inc.,1992, currently out of print).

Hopman is a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile, and its former Co-Chief, a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana. She was Vice President of The Henge of Keltria, an international Druid Fellowship, for nine years and has also been at times a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and of ADF, A Druid Fellowship.

She is the co-creator of the Virtual Shrine of the Goddess Brighid (

Hopman has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Hopman is a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages and has been a professor at the Grey School of Wizardry.

Hopman has presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, Paganism, and magic at conferences, festivals, and events in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States. She has participated in numerous radio and television programs including National Public Radio's "Vox Pop" and the Gary Null show in New York. She presented a weekly "herb report" for WRSI radio out of Greenfield, MA for over a year and was a featured subject in a documentary about Druids on A&E Television's "The Unexplained" (Sacred Societies, February 1999).

She has also released video tapes and DVDs on the subjects covered in her books through Sawmill River Productions. See clips at:
Purchase the DVDs for $20.00 plus $4.00 from Ellen at POB 219, Amherst, MA 01004

She has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990 and has co-lead tours to Celtic and Neolithic sites in Europe. She was the founder of The New England Druid Summit, a yearly gathering of Druids in New England.

She has been on the staff of Keltria: Journal of Druidism and Celtic Magick and has been a contributing author to many New Age and Pagan journals.

Visit to read Ellen's monthly blog.

Praise for Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore;

Many of the herbal and magical practices of the Scots are echoed in
traditional Norwegian folk medicine and magic. This is a valuable resource
book not only for the serious folklorist, but also for a wider audience
interested in a deeper look at rural Scottish practices. Ms. Hopman has done
an amazing amount of research, and her Scottish herbalism section is far
more detailed than I've seen elsewhere. A "must have" for the northern
European folklorist's library.
Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D., author of "The Hammer of the Smith" and "The Divine
Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods".

Through her books, Ellen Evert Hopman lifts the veil between worlds of the
present and the past. She guides the reader on a fascinating journey to our
ancient Celtic history, simultaneously restoring lost knowledge and
entertaining the reader. Be prepared to be educated and delighted.
Wendy Farley, Clan McKleod

"The first things is WOW! Ellen Hopman has given us a volume that belongs in
Harry Potter's library. This wonderful collection of enchantments, faery
lore and herbal potions, is presented by a practicing herbalist and (I
suspect) magician. It is a useful manual of magic, an unusual tourist guide
to Scotland, certainly a delightful read, and at the very least, a
comprehensive and thoroughly footnoted collection of folk lore for
humorless librarians and scholars."
Matthew Wood MS (Scottish School of Herbal Medicine)
Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild)

Every now and again, a book emerges from the waves of occult and magical
authorship that delves into the deep and ancestral waters of old magic! This
book is one of those rare occasions. From the lore of herbs to the blessing
of stones; from avioding the elf-blast to healing through Faerie blessing -
Ellen guides the reader through ancient groves of oral lore to discover a
power and spirit that connects the reader to the oldest of magics, the earth
and her elements. I am confident that the Scottish Ancestral Wise Ones, are
renewed through this book and the old ways live once again!
Orion Foxwood

Ellen Evert Hopman takes us deep into a world where folk magic and herbal
medicine are part and parcel of a daily life guided by the cycles of the sun
and the moon and the land. She strikes a perfect balance, combining
rigorous scholarship, deep understanding of the Scottish worldview, and
clear and accessible writing with just the right measure of the mystical and
poetic. At once a rich and detailed study of traditional Scottish ways and
a practical manual for bringing healing and magic into your own life. A
truly masterful work.
Sean Donahue, Traditional Herbalist

Like a wee bairn sitting on grandma's lap absorbing legend, lore and
instruction from the talk around the hearth, you will learn from and delight
in this richly accomplished book. Take a sip or a long draught, you will be
nourished deeply.
Susn S. Weed author of the Wise Woman Herbal series.

Woven into this well-researched and beautifully presented book is a magical
thread. This thread forms a path and this path winds its way into the very
marrow of the old and forgotten ways of Scotland. Throughout these pages
Ellen lavishes the reader with a body of knowledge that she means to be used
in direct participation with Nature. The message is clear: The old Wisdom
endures and is more vital to us than ever before.
Michael Dunning - Scottish shaman, writer, artist and teacher.

A recent review of A Druids Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine;

BBI Media, Inc.

As a practicing herbalist, I am always on the lookout for books rich with
herbal lore. The problem is that most books are either medicinal or magical,
and when they're both, the information therein is not always especially
helpful. Enter Ellen Evert Hopman, whose book, however, is a thorough and
complete look at both. Hopman is not only an herbalist but a Druid
priestess, as well and she obviously has a keen intuitive sense of tree
medicine that she couples this with Druid lore (as well as Native American
lore). Sacred Tree Medicine traces through the Druid Ogham Tree alphabet,
giving the symbolic, liturgical, poetic, medicinal, and spiritual aspects of
each sacred tree.

Though there is focus on herb lore, the Goddess is given plenty of
attention, too. Hopman teaches her reader how each sacred tree assists in
spiritual practice and which face of the Goddess it represents. I had the
most fun taking this book to the forests by my home, identifying trees and
sampling their offerings. The book closes with a section on the Druidic arts
including magic, tools, festivals, and divinations. This gives the reader
the opportunity to put her newfound knowledge of trees and magic to
practical use.

Hopman is an incredible resource for all of us seeking to take our health,
medicine, and spirituality into our own hands. Sacred Tree Medicine deserves
a place on the shelf next to her other guides of magical and medicinal lore.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KW on March 21, 2012
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Priestess of the Fire Temple is the final book in a trilogy (the other two being Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey and The Druid Isle) about the loss of the old Druid ways in early Post-Christianity Europe.

This book concerns the Princess Aislinn, daughter of a king who follows the old ways and a mother who does not. Aislinn's story is rather unique in the trilogy as she is more sympathetic to the Christians then the protagonists of the other two stories. In fact I'd say this gives her a clearer voice then Ethne from Priestess of the Forest and Aoife from The Druid Isle. Characters from both books pop up in Priestess of the Fire Temple, however one need not read the previous two books to derive enjoyment from the third. It does help however if you have read them and there are bits and pieces of Aislinn's story that will make more sense if you do.

Interwoven in the story is bits of druid lore. Herbcrafting, blessings (both for places and people) as well as general knowledge about the old ways are just some of the topics covered. These are presented in such a non invasive way that one doesn't even know they're learning it, they flower effortlessly into the story.

My main issues with the story had to do more with pacing then anything else, I would have loved to see more abou the Fire Temple and learn about its guidehead and I think the romance between Aislinn and a character could have been fleshed out more. These are just personal issues though, your mileage may vary.

All in all it is a fitting conclusion to a lovely trilogy about the ways of the druids. I highly recommend it to both Pagans and non Pagans alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Mandelbaum on September 16, 2012
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Aislinn's story is very well constructed and offers insight about the conflicts between the Christian and traditional druid ways. The adventure is thrilling to read. Of particular interest is the historical note at the conclusion of the book. The author offers a short bibliography with web sources and concludes the book with a rich discussion of female druids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lyn on December 30, 2012
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i loved this book! It provides a beautifully told story of a young druid trying to keep her traditions alive in the face of cultural changes sweeping through the land. Read "Priestess of the forest" first
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. van Steen on March 22, 2012
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This third book in Ellen Evert Hopman's books is similar to the others. It is an easy read, and full of historical tidbits about Druids and how they may have lived in early Christian days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Maria Jaskolka on May 13, 2013
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this book here its so very most awesome too read an so very
interesting about the Druids they so very much ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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