Recommended Study Books
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The Sacred and the Profane
Mircea EliadeMircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred. He traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times in terms of space, time, nature, and the cosmos. This book serves as an excellent introduction to the history of religion, but its perspective also encompasses philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and psychology. It is a very readable book that will appeal to anyone seeking to discover the potential dimensions of human existence.
A Book of Pagan Prayer
Ceisiwr SerithThere are many reference books on elaborate pagan rituals but never - until now - a guide to the most basic of practices: prayers and offerings. A Book of Pagan Prayer provides the pagan community a comprehensive and thoughtful selection of prayers - and shows readers how they too can create their own. After an introduction on why to pray, author Ceisiwr Serith explores how to pray through words, posture, dance, and music. He explains how to prepare for and compose prayers, how to address and honor the deities, and how to conclude a prayer. Serith also answers important questions, such as: Why should pagans pray? Should prayers be spontaneous? What are offerings about? Is all this just trying to buy the gods off? Gathered from many traditions - including Celtic, Germanic, Egyptian, Greek, and Zoroastrian - this guide includes nearly 500 sample prayers organized by purpose: for the family and household; times of the day, month, and year; life passages; thanksgiving, grace, and petition; as well as litanies and mantras. Whether offering a blessing, celebrating new life, safeguarding travel, or honoring the seasons, readers will discover timeless pagan prayers for worship, spiritual connection, and personal relationship with the gods.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Celtic Wisdom
by Carl McColmanThis is an excellent beginner's sourcebook introducing important basic concepts and providing a comprehensive list of reputable resources for further study.
Sacred Fire, Holy Well: A Druid's Grimoire
Ian CorriganSacred Fire, Holy Well is an approach to the modern practice of Celtic Paganism and magical arts. Centered in the lore of the Gaelic Celts, it offers a simple summary of Irish mythic lore and ritual patterns for individual and group worship. It also provides complete instruction in practical Druidic magical work, trance vision, spellbinding and work with Celtic spirits.
Creative Visualization Meditations (Audiobook/CD)
by Shakti GawainThis is also a suggested resource to help in the cultivation of meditation. This Audiobook has guided meditations to help the novice.
by Shakti GawainThis book is a highly recommended resource for those new to meditation. It is straightforward, accessible, and provides instruction on many basic techniques in an engaging way.
Additional Notes[Quoting from the ADF Recommended Reading List web page]
We recommend that the beginning student avoid any nonfiction by Robert Graves, D.J. Conway, Lewis Spense, H.P. Blavatsky, Edward Williams (aka Iolo Morganwg), or any works by others based on their writings, or those of Merlin Stone, Barbara Walker, or other revisionist ideologues. Some of the assertions made in these sources can't be supported by current scholarship on the Druids; the use of common sense and a critical eye are highly recommended in dealing with these books (and all the other books listed on this page as well). This is not to say that they don't have their own possible worth or that people shouldn't know about these books, but that an understanding of these writers should come after understanding Druidry/Neopaganism in general. One has to get a firm grounding, four walls and a roof before she can decide on what kinds of curtains to look at.
When in doubt, consult your nearest tree...