Loop of Brighid: The Cauldrons of Inspiration

A God Who Makes Fire

A God Who Makes Fire: The Bardic Mysticism of Amergin includes a new translation of the Cauldron of Poesy, a line-by-line analysis of the translation, a chapter on each of the three cauldrons exploring their symbolism and meaning, a selection of bardic poetry exploring the nine emotions that “turn” the cauldrons, and a new method for practicing the system of “cauldron mysticism” described in the text. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Moon Books Insights

Moon Books

News from Moon Books including a review of Robin Herne’s excellent new fiction collection (contains Druids) and a link to me interviewing Ronald Hutton. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Books for Druids

Nimue Brown

If you want to be a Druid, study everything, and try to find study materials written by people who knew what they were talking about. Let’s get away from fantasies of Atlantis and other such works of speculative fiction and educate ourselves about the world we live in. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: What Really Happens When We Die?

Old Graveyard, by Petr Kratochvil

As a Druid, I feel it is much better to try and understand the mysteries of life on its own terms, not with reference to a speculative hereafter. To be a Druid is to live this life well, honourably, deeply. Not by the rules of an ancient book, but by pragmatic standards, humanistic standards, reasoned out as best I am able. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Pagan Fiction

John William Waterhouse, Tristan and Isolde with the Potion

In fiction, there’s only so far you can push the Pagan magic before you move away from the normal experiences of normal Pagans. For most people, magic is a subtle experience. It’s doesn’t come with sound effects and flashing lights, but as a sense of wonder, awareness and possibility, a shift of consciousness that isn’t readily explained. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Druid Order FAQs

The Last of the Druids

Druidry is nothing like as orderly as many people seem to assume. It’s not even slightly like a church, it’s like a lot of small groups and gatherings with all manner of connections and overlaps between them. And no, you don’t need a beard. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Who Polices the Druids?

Nimue Brown

Do any Pagan organisations have the means to respond if there’s a pedophile priest accusation in our ranks? Would we handle a sexual abuse scandal any better than the Catholics have, or the UK’s Liberal Democrats? [Read more...]


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