Priestess of the Forest: A druid Journey

by Ellen Evert Hopman

Llewellyn, 350pp, PB

reviewed by John Canard

This is a historical fantasy novel set in the 3rd century CE, in an Ireland which is starting to feel the influence of the Christian expansion through Europe. The plot and style are both reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon, though not in a bad way. The book is an enjoyable read, with the plot moving at a good pace, and the characters are given a good degree of rounding which engages the reader.

The central themes of duty and love as poles or partners is a well-tested one, and there are no real surprises in the plot. One of the most obvious uses of this book is of course to give a flavour of how druidry could have been. To this end there is an inevitable juxtaposition of our modern views on how the ancient world was, along with chants and theological views that we cannot attribute hisotrical basis to. Nonetheless it would be a good teaching aid for those wishing to get more of an appreciation of the use of herbcraft, and the essence of druidry as a nature-based spirituality. This book is an easy read which will benefit those interested in the subject matter.

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The Voice within the Wind
of Becoming and the Druid Way
Greywind

to be born of the earth sweet mother of life
to know that i shall return to the rich darkness
and become one with she
who gave me my moment of self
i am her child and i love her”
From Earth Songs

The Voice within the Wind by Greywind is a thought provoking look into the world of a Druid.

Starting of with some absolutely beautiful nature poetry and then looking at the journey and life of a Druid, the beliefs, religion and looking at the metapsycal truth – its a personal journey. This book is not an instruction book, it does not tell you how to become a Druid, it does not give you rituals and creeds – but it does give you a deep insight into the Path – from someone who has been walking the path for more than 30 years, insight that can only be given from experience and practice.

The Druid Animal Oracle
Working with the Sacred Animals of the Druid Tradition
Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm

If you are a lover of nature and animals, and have ever wanted an alternative to the Tarot, here it is! Drawing on their vast experience as two of the foremost writers and proponents of the Druid revival, Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm have produced a modern masterpiece.

The 33 cards are beautifully illustrated, and full of symbolism in every plant and aspect of the landscape within them, as well as the beautiful depictions of the sacred animals.

The book is full of information about the qualities of the animals, enabling the reader to use the oracle to help develop themselves, their relationship with nature and with the power animals they may discover and work with. There is also a wealth of folklore about the various animals in the Celtic myths and legends.

The book is well laid out, with useful cross-reference tables for ease of use, and details of different ways to work with the cards. As you may have guessed I fell in love with The Druid Animal Oracle when I first saw it years ago, and would strongly recommend it to anyone irrespective of their spiritual path. Buy it now!