Druidcraft: The Magic of Wicca & Druidry Paperback – Oct 2002
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Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist, living in Sussex with his wife Stephanie and their children. He is author of ‘Druidcraft – the Magic of Wicca & Druidry’, ‘The Re-birth of Druidry’ and ‘The Elements of the Druid Tradition’ and editor of ‘The Druid Renaissance’.
From the age of fifteen he studied with his teacher, an old Druid Chief, Ross Nichols. He has a degree in psychology from University College London, and trained in psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, and in play therapy for children with Dr Rachel Pinney. In 1988 he was asked to lead The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups, and he combines this role with a private practice in psychotherapy, writing, and giving workshops worldwide.
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So for any of you that were wondering about the quality of the audio book...It is Wonderful! Don't hesitate to purchase the spoken version along with your written version. The audio book is a complete unabridged version of the paperback. So Wonderful to listen to it. The stories in the book take on more meaning for me when listening to them spoken with the rich, clear voices of the author and his lady narrators. Thank you so much for this audio book. It is such a pleasure and a joy to hear!!!
The Ovates were the witches, if you will, of the Celtic peoples. The word Ovate comes from the Irish word Fáith which means Seer or one who has the Second Sight i.e. the ability to communicate with the dead and even the power of prophesy. These folks were also known as Piseog (witch) who practiced Piseogacht or witchcraft. The Piseog/Fáith was a local healer, wise or cunning person, and philosopher.
They were a blessing to those who were suffering and a terror to those who were their enemy. Through dispensing herbs to relieve common symptoms they could be very powerful healers. They were also able to speak with those who have passed beyond, relieving the stress of those left behind both for their hopes of better things and their own hopes for a continuation of life. The Piseog/Fáith therefore studied most especially the process of death and dying, and generally things unseen. Considering the above I can see why Wiccans seek to understand the practice of Witchcraft of the ancient Celtic peoples and in turn their religion which we call Druidry.
We can never know what ancient Druidry was really like because we do not know how it related within its ancient social contexts. We can know some particulars but never the full picture and so anyone thinking otherwise is just deluding themselves. However...
Druidry is seeing a come back, albeit a modern one, because people like Ross Nichols. These folks dared to be druids when it wasn't popular or convenient. People aught to thank them instead of vilify them. My question is what have you done that is as good or better? (People always hate mirrors turned on them) Druidry today, has become an acceptible spiritual path in the eyes of many Britians including its aristocracy because of the uprightness of heart and rectitude of conduct of the folks leading it.
I do not think Philip intended to create a seperate path but to show that within Druidry the path of Witchcraft/Seership is already present. Wiccans coming into Druidry do not have to leave what they learned and loved behind but can practice that which speaks to them and continue along a Druidic path.
Considering all the above I must give this book 5 stars.
I loved the format of this audiobook, with the teacher and student discussion and my favorite part: the stories. I often found myself wondering why a particular story had been included and then after awhile a huge rush of insight would wash over me.
I found the audio version particularly evocative because I am a quick reader and sometimes the speed of my reading causes me to skim over things too quickly and not let them really take root inside my consciousness. This recording was beautifully done with lovely calming and mysterious music, the narrator's voice is quite beautiful and almost hypnotic and his co-narrators have beautiful lyrical voices as well.
To say I love this audiobook would be an understatement - it the best book I have listened to so far! I can't wait to listen to it again!
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