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First Degree Recommended Reading

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Please note: the books listed here were selected because they have been helpful to other Druids working with the subjects covered by the First Degree program. They embody many different viewpoints and approaches, and quite often disagree with one another. None of them should be taken on blind faith. (If you want something you can take on blind faith, Druidry is probably not what you're looking for.) Read, think, question, and draw your own conclusions. When in doubt, consult the nearest tree...

The Earth Path

The Sun Path

The Moon Path

The Seven Spirals:

Recommended Reading for the Earth Path

Brown, Tom, Jr., Tom Brown's Field Guide to City and Suburban Survival (NY: Berkley, 1984). Details and ordering info

-----, Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking (NY: Berkley, 1983). Details and ordering info

-----, Tom Brown's Field Guide to The Forgotten Wilderness (NY: Berkley, 1987). Details and ordering info

Charles Cook, Awakening To Nature (New York: Contemporary, 2001). Details and ordering info

Duane Elgin, Voluntary Simplicity (rev. ed. New York: William Morrow, 1993). Details and ordering info

Eugene Kinkead, Wildness is All Around Us: Notes of an Urban Naturalist (New York: Dutton, 1978). Details and ordering info

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac (New York: Oxford University Press, 1949) Details and ordering info

Georgene Lockwood, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Simple Living (Indianapolis; Alpha Books, 2000). Details and ordering info

James Lovelock, Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). Details and ordering info

Jim Nollman, Spiritual Ecology (New York: Bantam, 1990). Details and ordering info

Arthur Plotnik, The Urban Tree Book (New York: Three Rivers, 2000). Details and ordering info

Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1972). Details and ordering info

David Shi, The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985). Details and ordering info

Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings (New York: Modern Library, 1992). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for the Sun Path

Janet and Colin Bord, Earth Rites (London: Granada, 1982). Details and ordering info

Marian Green, A Harvest of Festivals (London: Longman, 1980). Details and ordering info

Ellen Evert Hopman, A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year (Rochester, VT: Destiny, 1995). Details and ordering info

Ronald Hutton, The Stations of the Sun (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996). Details and ordering info

John King, The Celtic Druids' Year (London: Blandford, 1994). Details and ordering info

Alexei Kondratiev, The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual (Cork: Collins Press, 1998). Details and ordering info

Maire MacNeill, The Festival of Lughnasa (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1962). Details and ordering info

Margie McArthur, Wisdom of the Elements (Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1998). Details and ordering info

Claire Nahmad, Earth Magic (Rochester, VT: Destiny, 1994). Details and ordering info

Nigel Pennick, Practical Magic in the Northern Tradition (Wellingborough, Northants: Aquarian, 1989). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for the Moon Path

Books on Discursive Meditation

Adelaide Gardner, Meditation: A Practical Study (Wheaton, IL: Quest, 1968). Details and ordering info

William G. Gray, Western Inner Workings (York Beach, ME: Weiser, 1983). Details and ordering info

Manly Palmer Hall, Self-Unfoldment by Disciplines of Realization (Los Angeles: Philosophical Research Society, 1942). Details and ordering info

Gareth Knight, Occult Exercises and Practices (Albuquerque, NM: Sun Chalice, 1998). Details and ordering info

-----, The Practice of Ritual Magic (Albuquerque, NM: Sun Chalice, 1998). Details and ordering info

Mouni Sadhu, Concentration: A Guide to Mental Mastery (No. Hollywood, CA: Wilshire, 1959). Details and ordering info

-----, Meditation: An Outline for Practical Study (No. Hollywood, CA: Wilshire, 1967). Details and ordering info

Rudolf Steiner, How To Know Higher Worlds, tr. Christopher Bamford (Hudson, NY: Anthroposophic Press, 1994). Details and ordering info

-----, A Way of Self-Knowledge, tr. Christopher Bamford (Hudson, NY: Anthroposophic Press, 1999). Details and ordering info

Ernest Wood, Concentration: An Approach to Meditation (Wheaton, IL: Quest, 1949). Details and ordering info

Books on Movement Meditation

Robert Chuckrow, Tai Chi Walking (Boston: YMAA, 2002). Details and ordering info

Kenneth Cohen, The Way of Qigong (New York: Ballantine, 1997). Details and ordering info

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide To Walking Meditation (Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 1996). Details and ordering info

Lam Kam Chuen, The Way of Energy (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991). Details and ordering info

Dan Millman, The Warrior Athlete (Walpole, NH: Stillpoint, 1994). Details and ordering info

Gabrielle Roth, Sweat Your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice (New York: JP Tarcher, 1998). Details and ordering info

George N. Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980). Details and ordering info

Koichi Tohei, Ki in Daily Life (Tokyo: Japan Publications, 1978). Details and ordering info

Yang Jwing-Ming, The Root of Chinese QiGong (Boston: YMAA, 1997). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for Spiral One: Poetry

John Hollander, Rhyme's Reason (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989). Details and ordering info

Judson Jerome, The Poet's Handbook (Cincinnati: Writers Digest, 1980). Details and ordering info

John Matthews, ed., The Bardic Source Book (London: Blandford, 1998). Details and ordering info

Robin Skelton, The Shapes of our Singing (Spokane, WA: Eastern Washington University Press, 2002). Details and ordering info

Susan G. Wooldridge, Poemcrazy (New York: Clarkson Potter, 1996). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for Spiral Two: Music

Madeline Bruser, The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart (New York: Bell Tower, 1996). Details and ordering info

Kay Gardner, Sounding the Inner Landscape (Stonington, ME: Caduceus, 1990). Details and ordering info

Joscelyn Godwin, Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: The Spiritual Dimensions of Music (Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International, 1987). Details and ordering info

W. A. Mathieu, Harmonic Experience (Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 1997). Details and ordering info

O'Boyle, Sean, Ogam: The Poet's Secret (Dublin: Gilbert Dalton, 1980). Details and ordering info

Dane Rudhyar, The Magic of Tone and the Art of Music (Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 1982). Details and ordering info

R.J. Stewart, The Spiritual Dimension of Music (Rochester, VT: Destiny, 1987). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for Spiral Three: Divination

Books on Ogham

Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison, The Druid's Alphabet (n.p.: Earth Religions Press, 2003) Not yet available from Alibris

Nigel Jackson and Nigel Pennick, New Celtic Oracle (Chieveley, Berks: Capall Bann, 1997). Details and ordering info

Glennie Kindred, The Tree Ogham (Sherwood, Nottinghamshire: By the author, 1997). Details and ordering info

Caitlin Matthews, Celtic Wisdom Sticks: An Ogam Oracle (London: Connections, 2001). Details and ordering info

Paul Rhys Mountfort, Ogam: The Celtic Oracle of the Trees (Rochester, VT: Destiny, 2002). Details and ordering info

Liz and Colin Murray, The Celtic Tree Oracle (NY: St. Martin's, 1988). Details and ordering info

Nigel Pennick, Ogham and Coelbren (Chieveley, Berks.: Capall Bann, 2000). Details and ordering info

Edred Thorsson, The Book of Ogham (St. Paul: Llewellyn, 1994). Details and ordering info

Books on Other Methods of Divination

Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, The Druid Animal Oracle (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994). Details and ordering info

-----, The Druidcraft Tarot (London: Watkins, 2004). Details and ordering info

John Michael Greer, Earth Divination, Earth Magic (St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn, 1999). Details and ordering info

Nigel Pennick, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Runes (Shaftesbury: Element, 1999). Details and ordering info

-----, Games of the Gods (York Beach, ME: Weiser, 1989; also published as Secret Games of the Gods). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for Spiral Four: Healing

Judith Berger, Herbal Rituals (New York: St. Martins, 1998). Details and ordering info

Stephen Harrod Buhner, The Lost Language of Plants (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2002). Details and ordering info

Rosemary Gladstar, Herbal Healing for Women (New York: Fireside, 1993). Details and ordering info

James Green, The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook (Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 2000). Details and ordering info

-----, The Male Herbal (Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1991). Details and ordering info

Tammi Hartung, Growing 101 Herbs that Heal (Pownal, VT: Storey, 2000). Details and ordering info

Ellen Evert Hopman, A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year (Rochester, VT: Destiny, 1995). Details and ordering info

-----, Tree Medicine, Tree Magic (Custer, WA: Phoenix, 1991). Details and ordering info

Brigitte Mars, Natural First Aid (Pownal, VT: Storey, 1999). Details and ordering info

Nancy and Michael Phillips, The Village Herbalist (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2001). Details and ordering info

Matthew Wood, The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic, 1997). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for Spiral Five: Magic

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, The Ritual Magic Workbook (York Beach, ME: Weiser, 1998). Details and ordering info

Franz Bardon, Initiation into Hermetics (Kettig uber Koblenz, Germany: Osiris, 1962). Details and ordering info

W.E. Butler, Apprenticed to Magic (Wellingborough, Northants.: Aquarian, 1962). Details and ordering info

-----, How to Read the Aura, Practice Psychometry, Telepathy, and Clairvoyance (Rochester, VT: Destiny, 1987). Details and ordering info

John Michael Greer, Natural Magic (St. Paul: Llewellyn, 2000). Details and ordering info

Gareth Knight, Occult Exercises and Practices (Albuquerque, NM: Sun Chalice, 1998). Details and ordering info

-----, The Practice of Ritual Magic (Albuquerque, NM: Sun Chalice, 1998). Details and ordering info

Margie McArthur, Wisdom of the Elements (Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1998). Details and ordering info

Robin Skelton, Spellcraft (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1978). Details and ordering info

R.J. Stewart, The UnderWorld Initiation (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: Aquarian, 1985). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for Spiral Six: Sacred Geometry

Critchlow, Keith, Time Stands Still: New Light on Megalithic Science (NY: St. Martins, 1982). Details and ordering info

Gyorgy Doczi, The Power of Limits (Boston, 1994: Shambhala, 1994). Details and ordering info

Matila Ghyka, The Geometry of Art and Life (NY: Dover, 1977). Details and ordering info

Jay Hambidge, The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry (New York: Dover, 1967). Details and ordering info

S.K. Heninger, Jr., Touches of Sweet Harmony: Pythagorean Cosmology and Renaissance Poetics (San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1974). Details and ordering info

George L. Hersey, Architecture and Geometry in the Age of the Baroque (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000). Details and ordering info

H.E. Huntley, The Divine Proportion (New York: Dover, 1970). Details and ordering info

Robert Lawlor, Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice (London: Thames and Hudson, 1982). Details and ordering info

Miranda Lundy, Sacred Geometry (Presteigne, Wales: Wooden Books, 2002) Details and ordering info

John Michell, The Dimensions of Paradise (London: Harper and Row, 1988). Details and ordering info

Richard Padovan, Proportion: Science, Philosophy, Architecture (London: Spon, 2001). Details and ordering info

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Recommended Reading for Spiral Seven: Earth Mysteries

Keith Critchlow, Time Stands Still: New Light on Megalithic Science (NY: St. Martins, 1982). Details and ordering info

Paul Devereux and Ian Thomson, The Ley Hunter's Companion (London: Thames & Hudson, 1979). Details and ordering info

J. Havelock Fidler, Ley Lines: Their Nature and Properties (Wellingborough: Turnstone, 1983). Details and ordering info

Tom Graves, Needles of Stone (London: Turnstone, 1978). Details and ordering info

Francis Hitching, Earth Magic (NY: William Morrow, 1977). Details and ordering info

MacLean, Gordon, A Field Guide to Dowsing (Danville, VT: American Society of Dowsers, 1976). Details and ordering info

John Michell, The Dimensions of Paradise (London: Thames & Hudson, 1988. Details and ordering info

-----, The Earth Spirit: Its Ways, Shrines and Mysteries (NY: Crossroad, 1975). Details and ordering info

-----, The New View Over Atlantis (London: Thames & Hudson, 1983; revision of The View Over Atlantis). Details and ordering info

North, John, Stonehenge: A New Interpretation of Prehistoric Man and the Cosmos (New York: Free Press, 1996). Details and ordering info

Nigel Pennick, The Ancient Science of Geomancy (London: Thames and Hudson, 1979). Details and ordering info

-----, and Paul Devereaux, Lines on the Landscape (London: Robert Hale, 1989). Details and ordering info

Chuck Pettis, Secrets of Sacred Space (St. Paul: Llewellyn, 1999). Details and ordering info

Mike Pitts, Hengeworld (London: Century, 2000). Details and ordering info

Francis Pryor, Seahenge: New Discoveries in Prehistoric Britain (London: HarperCollins, 2001). Details and ordering info

Rob Roy, Stone Circles: A Modern Builder's Guide to the Megalithic Revival (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 1999). Details and ordering info

Michael Salvatore Trento, The Search for Lost America (Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1978). Details and ordering info

Guy Underwood, The Pattern of the Past (NY: Abelard-Schumann, 1973). Details and ordering info

Alfred Watkins, The Ley Hunter's Manual (repr. Wellingborough: Turnstone, 1983). Details and ordering info

-----, The Old Straight Track (London: Methuen, 1925). Details and ordering info

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