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Reading Lists / Websites
« on: July 04, 2011, 03:23:06 pm »
Again cribbed from the original similar post on the old board here


ADF Dedicant's Reading List:

ADF Additional Reading List:

AODA Articles List (the original link to the AODA reading list was broken):

AODA Publications:

RDNA (Unofficial) Reading List:

Henge of Keltria Reading List:

Basic Celtic Studies Reading List:

The CR FAQ / Reading List (more CR obviously but good info):


Imbas (More recon as I understand it and no longer an active organization but the site is chock full of information):

Alexei Kondratiev's Lorekeeper's Course (again probably more CR but it combines excellent short 'lectures' with excercises and suggested readings):


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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 11:39:22 pm »
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Here is a link to the online version of "Principles of druidry" for anyone who wants to read it but not buy it:
Principles of Druidry
(I think this should be put in the primer when we do it. Also I will be writing my review here in a few days)
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2015, 08:04:10 pm »
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There are several sorts of Druidry out there. One type seek to reconstruct Iron Age Celtic religion or other Indo-European religions. This reading list is not about that type of Druidry.

This reading list is useful for those, who wish to seek inspiration from sources like: Nature, Neo-Pythagoreanism, Celtic myths, Celtic Christianity, chivalric romances of the middle ages, what Enlightenment Era and Victorian authors (erroneously) believed the ancient Druids did and taught, the 19th century Occult revival, and the modern environmental movement. The list does not at all claim to be exhaustive, but it may be somewhere to start.

To begin with
P.B. Ellis: The Druids
T.W. Rolleston: Illustrated Guide to Celtic Mythology
John Michael Greer: The Druidry Handbook

History: Modern
Ronald Hutton: Blood and Mistletoe

This study is very important for anyone who wish to put historical truth according to critical methods (which belongs in the class room and the study desk) in one pile, and creative myth-telling (which belongs beside camp fires) in another pile. They serve entirely different purposes. There didn't exist any Mount Haemus Grove in 1717.

Modern Druid spirituality
Brendan Cathbad-Myers: Mysteries of Druidry
John Michael Greer (ed.): The Druid Revival Reader
Emma Restall-Orr: Living Druidry
Graeme Talboys: Way of the Druid

Celtic myth
Rachel Bromwich: Trioedd Ynys Prydein: The Triads of the Island of Britain
Koch & Carey: The Celtic Heroic Age

When it comes to Mabinogion, a short collection of Welsh myths, fairy-tales and chivalric romances, there are several translations. The proper Mabinogion, strictly, only contain the so called four branches (the tales about Pwyll, Branwen, Manawydan and Math), but it is customary to add several other mediaeval Welsh tales, the exact content never defined.

The most recent one is done by Sioned Davies (2007) in the series Oxford World's Classics. Gwyn and Thomas Jones' translation from 1949 contain valuable notes. The reader who wish to read the famous Hanes Taliesin have to chose either the translation of Patrick K. Ford or the translation of Lady Charlotte Guest, since other translations doesn't contain that tale.

Arthurian literature
Jon B. Coe & Simon Young: The Celtic Sources for the Arthurian Legend
Geoffrey of Monmouth: The History of the Kings of Britain
Eugene Mason (ed. & tr.): The Arthurian Chronicles of Wace and Layamon (1970)
Chr├ętien de Troyes: Arthurian Romances
Robert de Boron, Nigel Bryant (tr.): Merlin and the Grail
Nigel Bryant (tr.): The High Book of the Grail (1978)
Norris J. Lacy (ed.): The Lancelot Grail: The Old French Arthurian Vulgate and Post-Vulgate in Translation; Vol. I-V (1993-1996)
Thomas Hahn (ed.): Sir Gawain: Eleven Romances an Tales (1995)
Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte d'Arthur Vol I-II

Revival Druidry sources
Although we now know that Iolo Morganwg was the author, not the finder, of certain alleged Welsh myths, some of these Enlightenment Era myths (and their 19th and 20th century expositors) have a literary and existential (but not historical) value of their own. For a century, several authors developed systems out of these younger myths. These systems does not describe historical facts, but they may be useful for persons of the present age who seek for a spirituality (Morien obviously influenced the Wiccan Gerald Gardner, for instance). For this, see:

William Stukeley: Stonehenge, a temple restored to the British Druids (1740)
William Stukeley: Abury, a temple of the British Druids (1743)
William Owen Pughe: Heroic Elegies (1792)

Edward Williams (Iolo Morgnwg): Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales I-III (1801-1807)
Edward Williams (Iolo Morgnwg): Cyfrinach Beirdd Ynys Prydain (1829)
Edward Williams (Iolo Morgnwg): Iolo Manuscripts (1848)
J. Williams ab Ithel (ed.): Barddas (1874)

Edward Davies: Celtic Researches (1804)
Edward Davies: Mythology and Rites of the British Druids (1809)

Godfrey Higgins: The Celtic Druids (1829)
D James: The Patriarchal Religion of Britain or a Complete Manual of Ancient British Druidism (1836)

Owen Morgan (Morien Morganwg): Mabin of the Mabinogion ()
Owen Morgan (Morien Morganwg): Light of Britannia (1893)

Dudley Wright: Druidism: The Ancient Faith of Britain (1924)
Lewis Spence: Mysteries of Britain (1905)
Lewis Spence: History and Origins of Druidism (1949)

Ross Nichols: The Book of Druidry (1990)

Dion Fortune, Margaret Lumley Brown, Gareth Knight: The Arthurian Formula (2006)
John Michael Greer: The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual Magic Rooted in the Living Earth (2007)
Gareth Knight: The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend (1983)

For a taste of other, contrasting, styles of magic the following two are useful:
Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Donald Tyson: Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Patrick Dunn: Postmodern Magic (2005)

The following is a good special study on its subject:
Nick Farrell: Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic

And for philosophy:
Ramsey Dukes: SSOTBME Revised: An essay on Magic (2002; First edition 1975)


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