ARIANRHOD'S DANCE - A DRUID RITUAL HANDBOOK
JULIE WHITE & GRAEME K TALBOYS
ISBN 0-9540531-2-5 ~ Paperback ~ 184 pages ~ £10.95
All ritual is a focus. It makes you aware of the point at which you stand – be that of a time of year, of day or night, of a moment of potential when the way forward becomes apparent or a possible future is revealed, of an instant when one cycle closing opens the next. It also makes you aware of the place where you stand, for none of the events celebrated by our rituals takes place in limbo. They happen in the real world, marking real and often intimate events of enormous consequence. And by marking these events, we allow them to mark us – binding us to the sky, to the land, and to the sea from which they all derive.
The authors of the highly acclaimed the Path through the Forest – a Druid Guidebook now offer this as a companion volume. Written principally for Hedge Druids and those who work in non-aligned Groves, it is an exploration of druidic ritual practice. Along with sample rituals for the eightfold year and eight major rites of passage, it contains chapters on the nature of ritual and its place in our spiritual and everyday lives. There are also prayers and other workings.
PART ONE - THE SKY
PART TWO - THE LAND
PART THREE - THE SEA
PART FOUR - A CRANE BAG
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
...full of practical advice and ideas, making it a lovely
read... this book is recommended to both Druids and Wiccans alike, as well
as anyone interested in a nature based spirituality that reaches in and
touches something inside. If you enjoyed the Path through the Forest,
you will love this book too! (Avalonia website)
While these days ‘ritual’ handbooks from all pagan traditions are stacked a mile high in any branch of Borders, what makes this one stand out is the grounded attitude of the authors together with the breadth of information covered. If, like me, you’re fed up with the self-aggrandizement first person spiritually smug waffle of many pagan handbooks, then this will be a breath of fresh air. This book is one that I know I will use time and time again. While showing us that myth and ritual are interlinked, it also shows us that Druidism is a living, vibrant religion that can serve us well. (Julia Collings - PanGaia: A Pagan Journal for Thinking People)