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The Doctor and the Daoine Maith

May 31st, 2019 | By

Whovian Druids may be unaware that there is a Doctor Who adventure involving the Good Neighbours: Autumn Mist by David A. McIntyre (1999, BBC Books). I recently finished reading it for the first time. The book features the Eighth Doctor, as portrayed by Paul McGann on television, radio, and on licensed audio dramas produced by

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The Urban Ovate

Apr 4th, 2019 | By

Over the last couple of years I have much enjoyed the Pagan Portals series from Moon Books. They are very brief introductions to a wide range of topics. Usually around eighty pages, they can theoretically be read in one sitting. I would not recommend that though. The books I have read in the series have

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A Review of The Norse Shaman by Evelyn C. Rysdyk

Feb 7th, 2019 | By

It is remarkable what Evelyn C. Rysdyk has accomplished in her new book, The Norse Shaman: Ancient Spiritual Practices of the Northern Tradition. The rise of the shamanic renaissance is such that I stumbled across this volume at a Barnes & Noble (a Borders-like bookshop in the States).  An immediate delight in reading Rysdyk’s treatise

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On Norse Mythology, Freyja and The Franklin Institute

Jan 10th, 2019 | By

Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute is showing an exhibit until 3 March 2019 called, Vikings: Beyond the Legend.  Included is over 600 objects from the National Nationalmuseet/Denmark.  It is a generally well-designed exhibition on Nordic daily life during the Vik ing Age.  I recommend it for anyone with an interest who has not had exposure to such

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Lessons in Magic – The course with Philip Carr-Gomm

Dec 17th, 2018 | By

Psychologist and magician Philip Carr-Gomm has created a fabulous online course called Lessons in Magic.  It is based on his 2017 book, Lessons in Magic: A Guide to Making Your Dreams Come True. (See my review of the book in the blog entry for 31st October 2018.)  This course is a natural extension of the

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Lessons in Magic – The book by Philip Carr-Gomm

Oct 31st, 2018 | By

Philip Carr-Gomm’s 2017 book is titled Lessons in Magic: A guide to Making your Dreams Come True.  I always look forward to his publications as Philip is also a psychologist and shares a common quest: for a spirituality that is more psychological and a psychology that is more spiritual.  Highly accomplished, amongst other things, he

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On mother! – A Film for Druids

Aug 31st, 2018 | By

I finally got around to seeing the movie mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, which premiered last autumn. I had since then been planning to see the Darren Aronovsky film after reading an interview with the writer- director in which he referred to the film as an intentionally “allegorical work”. I watched the film

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The Essential Compendium of Irish Deities

Jul 9th, 2018 | By

One of my favourite offerings from Moon Book’s Pagan Portals series is Morgan Daimler’s Gods and Goddesses of Ireland: A Guide to Irish Deities (2016). There are certainly other texts that present Irish deities within the context of greater Celtic culture. (E.g., the excellent and scholarly Celtic Myth and Religion by Sharon Paice McLeod, which

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Gaeilge for Druids

May 28th, 2018 | By

A significant challenge on my Druid path has been the pronunciation of Irish words and names.  Fortunately, Dublin City University now offers free online Irish classes.  They do it through an educational platform called FutureLearn (, which was founded in 2012 by The Open University/UK.  Should documentation for CPD be required, one may purchase a

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The Iron Druid

Apr 12th, 2018 | By

The Iron Druid by Dr. Frank Malone   Kevin Hearne signing my copy of Scourged at the Doylestown Bookshop in Pennsylvania I am aware that not all Druids know of the American author, Kevin Hearne.  He is a former high school English teacher living in Colorado.  This week saw the publication of his book Scourged

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