Since its origins in the early eighteenth century, Druidry-a modern movement of nature spirituality drawing much of its inspiration from Celtic tradition-has evolved a rich body of ceremonial and collective practice. Celebrated privately within groves this body of lore provides a ritual framework for the celebration of the seasonal cycle and the spiritual development of the individual. To this wealth of tradition, The Druid Grove Handbook is one of the few publicly available sources. Compiled from the records of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), and edited by the AODA's current Grand Archdruid, widely read author and environmental blogger John Michael Greer, it provides a detailed survey of the evolution of AODA's ceremonial traditions, and the complete rituals for opening and closing a Druid grove, initiating candidates for membership, and celebrating the solstices and equinoxes, the four primary holy days of the traditional Druid year.
John Michael Greer
Brand: Lorian Press
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My initial reaction to the book was surprise at how small it is. While Amazon.com has it listed at 96 pages, there's actually only 88 pages of readable material from the Introduction in the beginning to the address and website for AODA at the end of the book.
Upon further analysis, I recognized that this was simply because the book is rather succinct and stays true to the topic at hand. It is purely a handbook for Grove/group ritual and leaves out a lot of the history and theory that has already been covered in the other two books. Instead it covers the evolution of ritual work which has lead to the present AODA Grove format and the symbolism found in group work.
Otherwise, it describes actual rituals for the Solstices & Equinoxes, the Opening and Closing a Grove in a group setting (as opposed to the description in the "Druid Magic Handbook" for doing this solitary), and an Initiation ritual. There are also descriptions for the Sphere of Protection and...
ArchDruid Greer's books line my shelf and his written is not only elegant, but easy to understand. This book is obviously a must have for all AODA members.
I liked reading this book. I learned about AODA and Druidry from reading it. If you also purchase the Druidry Handbook, you'll notice some of the same material in both. My only problem with this book is that in one ceremony John Michael Greer clearly copied and pasted (which is fine) but forgot to change the words (not fine). Luckily it's not a huge problem because you can figure out what the words should say. If you are interested in the ceremony aspect of Druidry, I would suggest this short book.
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