The Path of Druidry: Walking the Ancient Green Way
by Penny Billington
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Original edition (July 8, 2011)
(4 stars out of 5)
Listen to the call of spirit and seek truth in wild groves, the shifting seasons, and the beauty of the Old Ways. Discover how to embark on this sacred green path and enrich your life with its ancient wisdom.
Practicing Druid Penny Billington offers a clear and structured course of study grounded in Celtic history and mythology, and highlights the mysteries and modern practice of this nature-based tradition. Each chapter begins with an evocative visualization and captivating Welsh mythic tales from the Mabinogion are woven throughout, introducing lessons and key concepts. A series of hands-on exercises will help you internalize these truths, develop a spiritual awareness rooted in nature, build a relationship with the multi-dimensional world, and ultimately adopt a druidic worldview to guide you in everyday life.
—The Wheel of the Year
—Trees as teachers and healers
From joining a druidic community to starting out as a solitary practitioner, this unique spiritual guide offers advice on everything you need to know about practicing Druidry today.
The Path of Druidry: Walking the Ancient Green Way has a beautiful cover and it’s content is just as beautiful. The book starts off with a brilliantly written foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm. I enjoyed his comments about Dion Fortune and her work.
Having just read some of Fortune’s work, I can see Fortune’s fingerprints in Billington’s book. Billington’s The Path of Druidry is an easy yet deep introduction into Druidry and to a lesser extent the western mystery traditions.
Billington gives us a warm fluffy bunny version of modern Druidry filled with visualization exercises. “Stop reading. Breath deeply as you look in the corners of your room. Are there any cobwebs? If so, wave to the spiders that you can’t see … now turn back to this book.” I’m sorry Penny, but I am not waving to imaginary spiders. My neighbors think I’m weird enough as it is.
Having said that, I think Billington’s exercises are a great idea and I did many of them. I would recommend these exercises even to someone well versed in Druidry.
On the downside, I didn’t feel that Billington was talking to me. It seemed to me that she was talking solely to a British audience. She made a remark that it was easy to walk in summer weather. No Penny, 100 degree humid Florida summers are not the best weather for taking your imaginary dragon for a stroll. She used the term potholing (caving) and I would have used the word spelunking. These are only minor issues and I gleaned a lot from Billington’s book.
All in all, The Path of Druidry is an excellent book. It is a warm cup of green tea with your favorite esoteric-minded Aunt, I really enjoyed it.
I give it 4 imaginary dragons out of 5.
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