The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth

The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth

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Paperback, Pages: 288

Genres: Spirituality, Religion, Paganism, Nonfiction

Language: English

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A living tradition of nature spirituality rooted in Celtic antiquity and revived to meet the challenges of contemporary life, Druidry offers people a path of harmony through reconnection with the green Earth. The Druidry Handbook is the first handson manual of traditional British Druid practice that explores the Sun Path of seasonal celebration, the Moon Path of meditation, and the Earth Path of living in harmony with nature as tools for crafting an earthhonoring life here and now. From ritual and meditation to nature awareness and ecological action, John Michael Greer opens the door to a spirituality rooted in the living Earth.

Featuring a mix of philosophy, rituals, spiritual practice, and lifestyle issues, The Druidry Handbook is onestop shopping for those seriously interested in practicing a traditional form of Druidry. It offers equal value to eclectics and solitary practitioners eager to incorporate more earthspirituality into their own belief system/ it also appeals to the merely curious.

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  •    Fenriran Glud
    2020
    Oof, oof. There were bits about this book I liked - the myths are told beautifully, the meditation exercises are useful & well designed, and I appreciated Greer's decision to be transparent about his source materials, and his attempts to separate historical fact from mythology (old and new). BUT:

    A glaring historical flaw:
    - The existence of a historical King Arthur figure is controversial, mainly because the earliest source material (Nennius) was written 300 years after the fact, and contains many outlandish claims. But Greer acts as if Nennius wrote incontrovertible fact, which made it hard for me to trust the rest of his scholarship.

    And the worst:
    - When it comes to environmentalism, Greer not only overemphasizes individual lifestyle choice, he *completely* rejects political or collective action. You can't choose to take the bus if there's no public transit in your region—and making those things happen requires political action of the kind he labels "forcing" your view on others. It's cringy enough that his list of potential changes assumes every reader is a middle class, able-bodied suburban homeowner, but then he goes out of his way to call direct action "tantrum" at every turn, claims that polluting industries are simply "responding to demand," and makes ridiculous claims like, "No one forced Americans to use 5x more carbon than Europeans," as if the (non)existence of transport infrastructure has no impact, as if everything is about laziness. I could go on and on about how this worldview disproportionately hurts poor & disabled people. Even Greer admits that people who can't adopt his lifestyle changes are more likely to die in a climate crisis.

    Bottom line, this guy is self-identified conservative, and his environmental politics have all the bootstrap mentality, condescension, and ignorance of systemic forces that you'd expect with such a worldview. It's completely out of sync with how nature, and society, actually works. A nature spirituality that fails to acknowledge our interdependence on each other & our responsibility to participate in shaping the future at a societal level is both intellectually and morally lacking. And if your spirituality does not lead you to want to help fellow humans, what are you even doing??

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