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"An absolute must for Druids and Ban-drui (which includes the modern Avalonian path), A Druid's Herbal also holds significant appeal for herbalists and anyone interested in plant magic. Accessible to beginners but with plenty of detail for experts, this book is ideal for all levels of experience. Highly recommended."
"This book is a good summary and introduction to medicinal and magical herbs used by the Druids. This is another excellent book to add to your herbal library."
"Ms. Hopman demonstrates a wide knowledge of the Celts and their mythology as well as her understanding of modern homeopathy. Her book includes a Celtic dictionary, which makes it all the more appealing to anyone interested in ancient Celtic lore. She moves through the year describing rituals and herbal uses for Druidic holidays and celebrations. Herbs for marriage, funerals, births, and house blessings are discussed in detail. A fascinating herbal."
A Druid's Herbal For the Sacred Earth Year
Chapter 1. The Druids
Chapter 2. Herbal Basics
Chapter 3. Samhain (All Hallows)
Chapter 4. Mean Geimhridh (Winter Solstice, Yule)
Chapter 5. Imbolc/Oimealg (Candlemas)
Chapter 6. Mean Earraigh (Spring Equinox)
Chapter 7. Beltaine (May Eve)
Chapter 8. Mean Samhraidh (Summer Solstice, Midsummer)
Chapter 9. Lugnasad (Lammas)
Chapter 10. Mean Fomhair (Fall Equinox)
Chapter 11. Herbs of the Druids
Chapter 12. Herbal Alchemy and the Planets
Chapter 13. Sacred Groves and Circles
Chapter 14. Last Rites and the Celtic Otherworld
Chapter 15. Under the Marriage Oak
Chapter 16. Home, A Haven of Peace and Prosperity
Chapter 17. From Childbirth to Puberty and Initiation
Appendix A Pronunciation Guide
Appendix B Resources
Posted May 28, 2008
I wanted to place my review of this book as part of my own studies with the Henge of Keltria. This is one of the books you are given the option to study in their correspondence coursework which I am finding very personally satisfying. I have owned this book, or a copy of it, since it was first published. What attracted me to this book initially was the fact it was on herbs. After having read it a few times, including this last read, I find it an invaluable a wonderful resource not only for herbal lore, but also for actual usage for healing. This makes it an excellent resource for both the herbalist as well as the Pagan/Druid. Allow me to summarize this lovely tome for you. The book opens with a wonderful invocation to Brighid. I have used this invocation for a number of different reasons from ceremonial invocation to prayer. Truly a blessing. The book is organized by chapters with the first covering what a Druid is and isn't, how to's and definitions of various herbal preparations, moving on into seasonal celebrations 'Pagan associated times of the year', a bit of astrology and plants connections and on into information on groves, circles, marriage, blessings and rites of passage. I cannot say one chapter is more a favorite than another, but I am partial to the Samhain and Imbolc chapters myself merely because those are favorite times of year for me. This book is not laid out by herbs found at certain times of the year, but by the use of herbs ceremonially at certain times of year. This is not to say those herbs are used only at that time of year, but in the Druid path they are more typically associated with these seasonal celebrations. For instance we see mention of Yellow Cedar, Ash, Bay Laurel, Blessed Thistle, Chamomile, Frankincense, Holly, Juniper, Mistletoe and Pine all discussed at the Winter Solstice chapter. I did find it interesting that she uses Irish lore to teach and relate the tales of these festivals throughout the book. This makes it excellent for those who seek knowledge with a more Irish perspective. After going through seasonal recognitions and herbal uses both medicinal as well as magical, she moves into Druidic uses for these herbs medicinally as well as continuing to mention the magical properties. Next she moves into the astrological and planetary alignments of the herbs presented. I did not see any new herbs presented here but she did use herbs that were mentioned before and now associated with the astrological correspondence. Her following chapters all involve rites of passage be they marriage, puberty, death or others. There are no new herbs presented but the ones already mentioned are reinforced in their uses for these various rites. I do love how she opens each chapter with a bit of history or lore as well as Bardic poetry. The book ends with a lovely concise pronunciation guide, resource guide and excellent bibliography that will allow a reader to pursue further studies. All in all, Ellen has written a very nice introductory book to herbs of the Irish as well as their uses for various healing or ritual aspects. I have and will continue to recommend this text to students of herbalism as well those seeking to know about herbs of use in various types of rites of passage. This book is an invaluable resource for its many facets it presents and does so very clearly and concisely. There are many more herbs, but this book focuses on those that are useful to people on the Irish path as healer or pagan.
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Posted December 27, 2008
Although well researched I can't help thinking that this book should have been written by someone from the UK. A great effort and much, much better than some of the books out there on a similar topics. <BR/><BR/>This is a good introductory book to the whole subject and does have some great insights it would be great if it went into more detail. For example it tells us that there were many types of marrage but does not really tell us more than 2 or 3 of them.
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Posted October 31, 2014
While there are some points in which I would compare the author's instructions to my other herbal resources, (application creation instructions specifically), I really enjoy this book. Ellen Evert Hopman offers a beautifully laid out presentation that is easy to read without seeming condescending. She offers such a rich foundation of Druidic lore, Gaelic terminology and herblore. While I'm not certain I would not check and perhaps work with different instructions for creating herbal applications, I can't deny her wisdom. This is definitely a worthwhile purchase in my opinion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.