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Book of Keltria: Druidism for the 21st Century Paperback – June 1, 2015
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A Review of the Book of Keltria: Druidism for the 21st Century
I have now read the eBook version of the Book of Keltria and liked many sections of it regarding the different aspects of Keltrian practice and especially the history of the Henge as it grew along with Tony Taylor's own growth and search for the roots of Druidism. Some parts of the work appealed to me more than others and as is usual when many viewpoints are present, some viewpoints could disagree or be less than is desired by others. This is always the case in anything that matters until one has transcended such things.
Being human and living many lifetimes, insures that we are periodically bounded and limited in our perceptions, however. So, it is with Keltria and its members. I like the structures described that allow folks to come together and the promise that is presented to show there is a way to break out of the prisons of society and hierarchies. The strength of Keltria can be seen in its openness and organization, providing roles for those who seek them and understanding to those who wish to seek that aspect of self-growth. Some parts of the mysteries associated with obtaining knowledge and understanding are mentioned, but it seemed to me that the impact of pushing through the studies to the point where a symbiosis occurs was somehow minimized or omitted.
In future additions I'd like to see stronger hints and descriptions leading to these life changing experiences to be found in Druidism and particularly in the manner that Keltrian Druids discover them and experience them again and again. As the birth and life of the Henge of Keltria reflects Tony Taylor's own personal quest to find answers and fulfillment in spirituality, I would like to see a stronger, more detailed description of these things reflected in the descriptions of the Henge in its book.
The tale in Chapter 7 - The Relevance of Mythology in the 21st Century, seemed to me to be a distraction rather than an enhancement to the story of Keltria. It could be improved if it allowed the reader to play a role or to identify with one of the characters. I say this because the myths and tales are and should be an important part of ritual, wherein those in the congregation can strongly identify or learn from how the characters of these stories relate and are themselves impacted. The myths are our RPG from the past that allow us to live it. That is an important part of almost every religion's ritual structure and the resulting experience for participants. It is even the thing that makes modern social phenomenon like Star Wars so popular and impactful to society. Keltria has a similar story to be experienced by seekers, to be absorbed and emulated, and to be elevated through individual lifetimes of actions.
It is probably also the engineer and Druid within me that would like to see diagrams along with the word images to serve as a focal point for understanding and additional consideration of how things work. In that same vein, I would have enjoyed more detailed descriptions of how tools are used in rituals and divinations (along with those pesky diagrams). Additionally, the eBook (Kindle) edition does not seem to have a table of contents so that it is difficult to find and study the chapters. This would make it a much more efficiently used reference source.
Aside from those items and a few minor editorial/spelling changes, I thought the book to be a valuable addition to any Druid's or seeker's library and thoughts. Every book and course is immediately in need of being improved once it is published. I'd love to see the Book of Keltria continue its growth and assistance to those who follow the Druid way.
If you are seeking a home to learn and practice the Druid way. the Henge of Keltria is the best place to start: http://www.keltria.org
- Searles O'Dubhain
Unlike other Druid groups, the Henge not only focuses on academics but true spiritual growth of its members. Don't get me wrong. Academics is vitally important if you are going to follow any path of Druidry. But Tony and Wren Taylor have revealed the ups and downs of their own lifelong path and decided that something was missing from other organizations. Not that there is anything wrong with the others, because there isn't. But they have added a focus on the hearts of Henge Druids.
They want to make sure that you're not only on a true path of Druidry, but are thriving on that path. And, that you understand what it means to have a relationship with the Ancestors, the Nature spirits and the Gods and Goddesses.
I experienced the complete gambit of emotions during my first read. Some of the tales that they share as 21st century Bards had me crying, some had me laughing and some had me smiling in agreement.
I encourage you, whether or not you want to follow the path of Keltria, to get this book and read it over and over. You will be a better Druid and most importantly, a better person.
The book is true to its summary and the chapters reveal many of the mysteries of Druidry including magick, ritual craft, relations with the Gods and Goddesses, Ancestors, and Nature Spirits. The Book of Keltria serves the whole range of Druids from neophytes to advanced and will be a "go to" reference book. It is truly inspirational!