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Spirit Rescue
by Wilma Davidson

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Love Lives On
by Louis LaGrand, Ph.D.

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Pagan Christmas
by Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling

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Llewellyn's 2007 Almanac Series
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Chakra Mantras
by Thomas Ashley-Farrand

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The Mystic Foundation
by Christopher Penczak

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The General Principles of Astrology
by Aleister Crowley

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Calls to Mystic Alice
by Alice Rose Morgan

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Brady's Book of Fixed Stars
by Bernadette Brady

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Four Seasons of Mojo
by Stephanie Rose Bird

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The Key
by Echo Bodine

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PSIence
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The Yoga of the Nine Emotions
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Wicca for Beginners
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The Museum of Lost Wonder
by Jeff Hoke

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Ghosts of War
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Dream Exploration
by Robert P. Gongloff

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Darkside Zodiac
by Stella Hyde

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The Ghosts of the California Missions
by Richard Senate

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The Knights Templar in the Golden Age of Spain
by Juan Garca Atienza

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The Way of Four Spellbook
by Deborah Lipp

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The Wicca Handbook
by Eileen Holland

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The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary
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The Essence of Tantric Sexuality
by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

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Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh
by Richard Salva

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The Revelation of Saint John
by Zachary F. Lansdowne

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Family Wicca
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Phantom Felines And Other Ghostly Animals
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Kabbalah, Magic and the Great Work of Self-Transformation
by Lyam Thomas Christopher

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Founding Fathers, Secret Societies
by Robert Hieronimus with Laura Cortner

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Hymns of Hermes
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Protection & Reversal Magick
by Jason Miller

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Spirit Faces
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Creative Visualization for Beginners
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Breakthrough Astrology
by Joyce Levine

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Ghost Science
by Vince Wilson

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Elemental Witch
by Tammy Sullivan

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Jesus, King Arthur, and the Journey of the Grail
by Maurice Cotterell

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Our Haunted Lives
by Jeff Belanger

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A Treatise on Angel Magic
edited by Adam McLean

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Dancing the Goddess Incarnate
by Dorothy Morrison and Kristin Madden

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Pet Ghosts
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Dragonlore from the Archives of The Grey School of Wizardry
by Ash "LeopardDancer" DeKirk

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Walking with Grandfather
Joseph M. Marshall III

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Pagan Every Day
by Barbara Ardinger

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Be Blessed
by Denise Dumars

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Witch in the Bedroom
by Stacey Demarco

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On the Prayer of Jesus
by Ignatius Brianchaninov

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Voices of Flowers
by Rhonda PallasDowney

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Creepy Chicago
by Ursula Bielski

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On The Toltec Path
by Ken Eagle Feather

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Tarot Talismans
by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

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The Remote Viewing Training Course
by David Morehouse

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The Dream Culture of the Neanderthals
by Stan Gooch

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The Mysteries of Druidry
by Brendan Cathbad Myers

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Astrology for Yourself
by Douglas Bloch and Demetra George

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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes
Richard Firestone, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith

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The Pocket Guide to Rituals
by Kerri Connor

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Ghosts of the World
by Susan Smitten

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Reader of Hearts by Darrin Owens
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Supernatural California
by Preston Dennett

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Da Vinci Tarot
by Mark McElroy

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The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy
by Brian Cotnoir

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The Case For Ghosts
by J. Allan Danelek

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Interview with author Devadatta Kali
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The Healing Power of Neurofeedback
by Stephen Larsen

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Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century
by John Jay Harper

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Companion for the Apprentice Wizard
by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart

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The Lost Civilization of Lemuria
by Frank Joseph

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Haunted Rhode Island
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Kali: the Feminine Force
by Ajit Mookerjee

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So You Want To Be A Medium
by Rose Vanden Eynden

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The "True" Story of the Woodland Haunting
by Dennis Baker

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Glimpses 2
by Martha Jette

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Chakra Yoga with Gurutej Kaur
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Sacred Signs
by Adrian Calabrese

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The Mystery Traditions
by James Wasserman

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The Book of Lilith
by Barbara Black Koltuv

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An Unlikely Prophet
by Alvin Schwartz

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Shamanic Journeying
by Sandra Ingerman

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Herb Magic For Beginners
by Ellen Dugan

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The Virgin Mary Conspiracy
by Graham Phillips

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Facial Reflexology
by Marie-France Muller

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Ghost Tech
by Vince Wilson

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Silver's Spells for Love, Abundance, and Protection by Silver RavenWolf
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Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary
edited by James Wasserman

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Sacred Plant Medicine
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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Self Hypnosis
by Dr. Bruce Goldberg

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Merlin and the Discovery of Avalon in the New World
by Graham Phillips

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The Reflexology Atlas
by Bernard C. Kolster, M.D. and Astrid Waskowiak, M.D.

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Roads to Eternity
by Sarah Wilson Estep

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Beyond Reincarnation
by Joe. H. Slate Ph.D.

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Shamanic Christianity
by Bradford Keeney

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The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja
by Ross Heaven

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Trigger Point Therapy
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The Enchanted Cat
by Ellen Dugan

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Chinese Home Remedies
by Lihua Wang

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The Ibis Western Mystery Tradition Series
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Pagan Spirituality
by Joyce and River Higginbotham

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Inner Journeys
by Dr. G. Michael Vasey

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Encyclopedia of the Undead
by Dr. Bob Curran

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Oracles of the Dead
by Robert Temple

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Witch in the Boardroom
by Stacey Demarco

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The Druidry Handbook
by John Michael Greer

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The Cherokee Herbal by J. T. Garrett
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Conspiracies And Secret Societies
by Brad Steiger and Sherry Steiger

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Inner Power
by Colleen Deatsman

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The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult
by Clement Cheroux, et al.

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How Would It Feel?
by Mary Beth Goddard, illustrated by Anna Mycek-Wodecki

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Radical Knowing
by Christian de Quincey

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Sex and the Erotic Lover
by Mabel Iam

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Magickal Crafts
by Kristin Madden and Liz Roberts

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Raphael
by Richard Webster

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Crystal Ball
by Sibyl Ferguson

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The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity
by Jeffrey J. Butz

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Vocations: The New Midheaven Extension Process
by Noel Tyl

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The Secret History of Freemasonry
by Paul Naudon

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Three Oracle Card Collections from Connections Book Publishing
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The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran
by Robert Feather

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The Sacred Power of Huna
by Rima A. Morrell

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Hidden Language Codes
by R. Neville Johnston

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Tarot Journaling
by Corrine Kenner

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Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile
by Margaret Starbird

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Babylonian Tarot
by Sandra Tabatha Cicero

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Elemental Magick
by D. J. Conway

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St. Mary Magdalene
by Tau Malachi

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Coyote Healing
by Lewis Mehl-Madrona

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The Nightmare Encyclopedia
by Jeff Belanger and Kirsten Dalley

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Nocturnicon
by Konstantinos

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The Dreamer's Book of the Dead
by Robert Moss

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Dion Fortune's Book of the Dead
by Dion Fortune

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Sexy Witch
by LaSara FireFox

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Working With Fairies
by Anna Franklin

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Seeing the Dead, Talking with Spirits
by Alexandra Leclere

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March 20, 2006

The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth by John Michael GreerThe Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth
By John Michael Greer
Publisher: Weiser Books (February 2006)
Pages: 272 - Price: $19.95

Interview by Lee Prosser - leep@ghostvillage.com
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John Michael Greer is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Druidry Handbook. A highly respected Druid scholar, he is an expert on nature spirituality. Greer and his wife Sara live in Ashland, Oregon. John, let me start this interview by asking, what motivated to you to become a Druid?

I first became interested in Druidry in my early teens, when I was just starting to find my way into the study of occultism and esoteric spirituality. I read everything I could find on the subject, but at that time, in the mid-1970s, there was very little. I filed that interest away as I found other traditions to study that were more accessible to me. It was in 1992 that I finally made contact with a Druid order, the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD), and joined an OBOD study group in Seattle. I'm still active in OBOD, and I received OBOD's Mount Haemus Award for Druid scholarship in 2003. I became involved in several other Druid orders as well, and in 2003 I was also elected head of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), a Druid order founded in 1912.

What appealed to me then about Druidry, and still forms one of the main appeals now, is that Druidry combines a profound, inner-directed spirituality with an orientation toward the world of living nature. From childhood on, many of my most powerful spiritual experiences have been centered on nature, and the presence of divine energies in nature. Druidry places that sort of experience at the center of its worldview, and that makes the Druid tradition deeply meaningful to me.

In The Druidry Handbook, you state that becoming a Druid is a lifelong work. Please share your thoughts on this with the audience as to the beginning steps which are most helpful.

In the Druid order I head, we like to describe the basic steps in terms of three paths -- the Earth Path, the Sun Path, and the Moon Path. The Earth Path consists of reconnecting with nature through study, living a sustainable lifestyle, and the simple but powerful spiritual discipline of spending time outside in nature. The Sun Path consists of celebrating a seasonal cycle of festivals; the solstices and equinoxes are the traditional festivals, but we encourage students to add any others that are relevant to them. The Moon Path consists of meditation. Those three things -- reconnecting with nature, celebrating the seasons, and practicing meditation regularly -- are the most important steps to start with, and they remain the most important steps as you proceed along the path. They aren't things you outgrow.

Define Druid and Druidism from your perspective.

I'm going to quibble a bit, because I've never liked the term "Druidism" -- that suggests that being a Druid is or ought to be an "ism," an ideology, and it's not. Ross Nichols, one of the most influential Druids in the 20th century, coined the term "Druidry" for the tradition, because it sounds like a craft; think of carpentry, for example, or pottery. The example of Freemasonry may also have been on his mind; nobody talks about "Masonism," because Freemasonry is a set of practices and rituals, not an ideology. Druidry is similar.

The word Druid has two different definitions. On the one hand, it refers to the priests and mages of the ancient Celtic peoples of Ireland, Britain, and France. On the other, it refers to followers of a set of modern spiritual movements inspired by the ancient Druids, that emerged in Britain in the early 18th century and in other countries a while later. Modern Druids draw their inspiration from what little is known of the ancient Druids. It needs to be said, though, that nobody nowadays can honestly claim direct descent from the ancient Druids. They went extinct more than a thousand years ago, and except for a few scraps preserved in bardic sources in the Celtic countries, their teachings were lost with them.

So Druids, in the modern sense of the word, are people following traditions of nature spirituality inspired by the ancient Druids but created in the 18th, 19th, 20th, or 21st centuries, and Druidry is the term for these traditions. That's one definition. Other Druids have their own; Druidry's a diverse movement. The standard joke is that if you ask the same question of three Druids, you'll get at least five different answers.

Do you see Druidry as an ongoing spiritual journey to last a lifetime, and beyond?

If it was anything else I'd have a hard time seeing any reason to practice it.

Do you see a conflict between contemporary Druidism and Christianity?

That's a more complicated question than it might seem, because there's more than one kind of Christianity out there. There are people who follow the teachings of Jesus, and then there are people who have hijacked those teachings and distorted them in the service of political ideology. These latter call themselves Christians, but seem to think that religion is about bullying people you disagree with; how they square that with the "Sermon on the Mount" I have no idea, but there it is. Obviously there's a conflict between that and Druidry, because one of the central values of the modern Druid tradition is tolerance. We believe that everyone has the right to make up their own mind about spiritual issues, and nobody has the right to force others to conform to some set of dogmas.

But it's a mistake to think, as too many people in the alternative spirituality scene think, that the bigots and the ideologues are all there is to Christianity. They're not even a majority -- they're just the ones with the biggest bullhorns right now. The majority of Christians are compassionate, caring people, who are happy to share their faith with others but accept that not everyone is going to agree with them. Between their Christianity and our Druid faith there's no conflict at all. In fact, there's a growing number of Christian Druids -- people who share the Druid reverence for nature, and participate in Druid traditions, but believe that the divine power present in nature is the Christian god. That's been one option for Druids for close to three centuries now, since the very beginning of the Druid Revival, and it's a perfectly valid path.

What is your view on the revivals of Druidism in contemporary times?

I'm very much in favor of them! All we have nowadays are revivals, since the teachings of the ancient Celtic Druids died out more than a thousand years ago. The Druid Revival, as the rebirth of Druidry in modern times is called, is one of the most remarkable events in the history of religion, and it's given rise to some profound and deeply meaningful spiritual teachings.

Recently in the Druid scene there's been a bit of a scuffle between the older Druid Revival traditions with roots in the 18th and 19th centuries, on the one hand, and a group of traditions founded in the 1990s called the Celtic Reconstructionists, on the other. The Reconstructionists are the new kids on the Druidic block just now, and a very small minority among Druids as well, and that's made some of them quite vocal in claiming that they're "real Druids" and the older traditions aren't. That's something brand new traditions do, of course, and doubtless they'll get over it eventually. It's caused some heat on a few email lists but it hasn't slowed the growth of Druidry any.

What are your thoughts on the Ancient Order of Druids in America (www.aoda.org), and the direction it is going? What do you see as your role in it now and in the future?

The AODA plays a large role in my vision for Druidry, partly because that's the Druid order I was elected to head, but also because it's a traditional order with roots in the Druid Revival of the 18th and 19th centuries, and this gives it a heritage that's extremely relevant to the present crisis of industrial civilization. The people who founded the Revival lived in the opening years of the Industrial Revolution and created Druidry as an antidote for industrial society's rejection of the value of living nature and its cult of the machine. Those first modern Druids saw a need for a new spirituality of nature as a way to balance the psychological and spiritual costs of life in an unnatural society.

Nowadays that's even more desperately needed than it was then. It's not just that our lives are even more out of step with the rhythms and patterns of nature -- it's also that industrial society itself is starting to crack under the burden of its own alienation from the living earth. Starting in the 1970s some of the world's top scientists started issuing warnings that unless something was done, our society would run up against hard environmental limits in the early 21st century. Now here we are, nothing was done and the limits are showing up on schedule, with global warming sending our weather spinning out of control and peak oil turning from a theory into a very awkward reality.

At this point we face a choice between accepting those limits and embracing sustainable lifestyles, or ignoring them until we crash head-on into the consequences of our own folly. If our society makes the first choice, Druidry has a lot to offer; we in the Druid community can help others make the transition to sustainability, and show them that a life in balance with nature isn't about deprivation and suffering. If our society makes the second choice, Druidry may be even more necessary. There's been serious talk in the Druid community about Druids filling the same sort of role that Irish monks did in the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire, preserving the heritage of the past while the society around them fell apart. That may seem like a tall order, but we haven't seen anyone else stepping up to the plate, and the work needs to be done.

As for my place in AODA, I was elected Grand Archdruid, and that's a lifetime post -- I'm only the seventh person to hold that office since the order was founded in 1912. It's my responsibility to see that the order remains true to its ideals and the principles of Druidry. That's something best done through personal example, of course, and through whatever influence my books, lectures, and online classes may have.

What is the Buddhism and Hinduism connection to Druidism?

Well, that depends on the Druid, and also on the Druid tradition. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Buddhist and Hindu teachings were among the main alternative spiritualities available to people in Britain and America, and some elements of both were absorbed by certain Druid orders. Some people today use those, others don't. Of course since tolerance is an important value in Druidry, you'll meet Druids who are also Buddhists, or who practice various branches of Hindu spirituality. 

What are the three Druid elements and what is their importance?

The Welsh traditions of Druidry, which are an important part of the AODA's heritage, include a set of three elements -- a little different from the four elements of most Western esoteric traditions. They're called calas, gwyar, and nwyfre. Calas is solidity, stability and manifestation; its image is stone. Gwyar is flow, transformation and impermanence; its image is running water. Nwyfre is life, meaning and context; its image is blue sky. Like every elemental system, the three Druid elements are a way of making sense of experience. Everything corresponds to one element, and where there's one, the other two are also always present.

What is Ogham?

It's an old Irish alphabet that has been adopted by many modern Druid traditions. The letters look like tally marks -- in fact, that's exactly what they are, one through five of each of four different kinds of tallies, plus some extra signs. In the Irish bardic literature, each Ogham letter is associated with a tree, a color, a bird, a craft, and much more; it was an important part of the old bardic studies.

Is Ogham a continuing central theme of Druidity?

It's not so much a theme as a tool, or better still, an entire toolkit.

Does Ogham serve as a major role as a magickal alphabet in divination, ritual, and other forms of contemporary Druid practice? What is your opinion?

It has that potential, though it hasn't always been used as extensively as it could be. It's rich enough in symbolism and meaning to be put to work in all the ways other magical alphabets are used. In my own personal practice, I've been doing a lot of work on this, and there will be a book on the subject down the road a little.

The Druidry Handbook is a remarkable book. It is well-researched and well-written. How long did it take you to research and write it?

The writing took about two years. The research? That's harder to say, since everything I've learned and experienced goes into my books in one way or another. That was more true of this one than most. I had to look up details now and again, but quite a bit of what went into The Druidry Handbook has been a daily part of my life for years now. I wrote the section on meditation, for example, drawing mostly on my own meditation practice, which has involved half an hour of meditation every day for more than 20 years.

What do you see as the Druid connection in modern times to King Arthur, Taliesin, and Merlin?

The Arthurian legends are a very important resource for modern Druidry. Quite a bit of our traditional lore relates to these legends, and to the mythic figures you've named, among many others. Of course, there's also a parallel in terms of current events. The historical King Arthur, the historical poets Merlin and Taliesin, lived in an age when old certainties were falling apart; the Roman Empire was collapsing, and none of the old rules worked any more. We live in an age of the same sort, and face some of the same challenges they did.

The Druidry Handbook discusses many themes and topics. You discuss paths, such as the Earth Path, the Sun Path, the Moon Path, and pathways to the Forest Temple. What would you suggest to those approaching these paths?

Take it a step at a time. Too often people try to plunge into a new spiritual path too quickly, and they end up overloaded and bewildered; that way lies burnout. Slow and steady, the way an acorn turns into an oak, is a better option.

Is Druidism for the solitary seeker?

Absolutely. Quite a few AODA members are solitaries, either by choice or because they don't happen to live near one of our groves or study groups, and the Druid path seems to work quite well for them. Since Druidry is rooted in each person's encounter with the divine in nature, it's a path that can be followed alone just as well as in a group.

Does Druidism face competition from Wicca and Witchcraft as a movement?

Who's competing? There's a lot of overlapping membership between Druidry and the Craft, and plenty of common ground in terms of ideas, practices, and goals. Instead of competition, I think Druidry can look forward to cooperation.

Why is there disagreement among Druids about which order is the better one to become associated with?

Well, there's not a great deal of this in the first place, because very few Druid groups are exclusive. You can belong to as many as you want. Some people have strong opinions based on their own experience. For example, I highly recommend OBOD's correspondence courses for those who want an intensive, structured training program, and AODA's more freeform program for those who want something more flexible and self-directed, because I've worked with both of them. Other people have their own preferences. On the whole, though, the Druid tradition of tolerance has helped people remember that everyone has their own needs, and each Druid order has something different to offer.

Do you foresee a peace between the various Druid factions?

We're nearly there right now. Most of the large Druid orders and many of the small ones get along wonderfully. Some of the Celtic Reconstructionist groups, as I mentioned earlier, are caught up in the notion that they're the only real Druids, and denounce everyone else on that basis, but Reconstructionism is a very young movement. They'll grow out of it eventually.

Do you agree with Jean Markale's statement that the Druids are the Celtic priests of nature?

Certainly that's one thing that Druids can be. Not all Druids nowadays self-identify as Celts, and not all of them are priests -- or, for that matter, priestesses. As I see it, modern Druids are people who follow a living tradition of nature-centered spirituality inspired by the ancient Druids and shaped by three hundred years of modern Druid tradition. What they do with that heritage is up to them.

John Michael Greer, it has been a pleasure visiting with you. Your interview will help many gain a more insightful analysis of Druidism. Thank you for the interview.

You're very welcome. It's been a pleasure. In the final analysis, Druidry isn't about orders, teachers, and books. It's about each person's experience of living nature, and if the orders and books and teachers get in the way of that, set them aside, go out beneath the open sky, and find the Druidry that works for you. Ultimately, that's what matters.

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