April 24, 2013

The Druid Magic Handbook by John Michael Greer

The Druid Magic Handbook by John Michael Greer is an excellent resource for those wanting to pursue a Druid path, or just learn more about it. Learn about the path of Druidry, and also how to use Druid magic in your life with this book.

Book Description
The Druid Magic Handbook is the first manual of magical practice in Druidry, one of the fastest growing branches of the Pagan movement. The book breaks new ground, teaching Druids how to practice ritual magic for practical and spiritual goals within their own tradition.

What sets The Druid Magic Handbook apart is that it does not require the reader to use a particular pantheon or set of symbols. Although it presents one drawn from Welsh Druid tradition, it also shows the reader how to adapt rites and other practices to fit the deities and symbols most meaningful to them. This cutting edge system of ritual magic can be used by Druids, Pagans, Christians, and Thelemites alike!” – The Druid Magic Handbook

My Thoughts
The Druid Magic Handbook is a guide to using Druid magic that focuses on what Druidry has become. The author doesn’t go into what ancient Druids “maybe” did, which is quite nice. Instead, he focuses on the revival of Druidry, and how it is used in modern times.

The handbook is laid out in three main parts: “The Foundation of Druid Magic,” “The Practice of Druid Magic,” and “The Way of Druid Magic.” Each part builds upon the knowledge of the previous parts, so it would be wise to read them in order.

A lot of information is contained within these pages, so be prepared to make notes and re-read things a few times to fully grasp what is being taught to you. It may not be an easy thing to grasp, but it is written with an ease that makes it easy to read.

Although I wouldn’t consider myself a Druid, I do find this whole concept to be exceptionally interesting and I love learning more about it. If you want to learn more about Druidry or practice it, this is definitely a book that you want to read!

* Thank you to the publisher of The Druid Magic Handbook, Weiser Books, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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