The 21 Lessons of Merlyn: A Study in Druid Magic & Lore

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King Arthur would get advice from his magician, Merlyn, in the mythic stories. The real Arthur (who lived over 500 years before the period of the mythic Arthur) was trained by a Druid bard and poet named Merlyn. The result was an unprecedented period of peace that lasted for twenty years.

In Douglas Monroe's The 21 Lessons of Merlyn, you'll read delightful stories based on the historic Arthur and Merlyn. Each one is followed by lessons based on the never-before-published 16th ...

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Overview

King Arthur would get advice from his magician, Merlyn, in the mythic stories. The real Arthur (who lived over 500 years before the period of the mythic Arthur) was trained by a Druid bard and poet named Merlyn. The result was an unprecedented period of peace that lasted for twenty years.

In Douglas Monroe's The 21 Lessons of Merlyn, you'll read delightful stories based on the historic Arthur and Merlyn. Each one is followed by lessons based on the never-before-published 16th century manuscript entitled The Book of Pheryllt. In a metaphoric sense, you'll see how Arthur learned his lessons. In a practical sense, you be learning the same sort of lessons that Arthur may have learned.

This is truly a complete course in authentic Celtic Druidism and magick. Filled with lore, philosophy, wisdom, rituals, and more, you'll be able to apply many of these concepts to improve your life.

If you are looking for accurate information, this is the place to start! Douglas Monroe has studied magick since he was ten years old and has taught in the United States, Britain, and South America, and is the founder of the New Forest Centre for Magickal Studies. His own illustrations and charts fill the book and clarify the deep teachings of the ancient Druids.

From learning about Stonehenge to the Rite of the 3 Rays for protective purification; from learning the four herbs that will aid in conserving male sexual energy to discovering the secrets of calling the Dragon (the power of the ley lines); this book is like a full course meal in a cafeteria of magick.

If you are really interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the real tradition of the Druids — what they believed, what they practiced and how to incorporate it into your life — then join with 120,000 other people. Get this book today!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875424965
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 367,446
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Monroe has been involved in practical Earth magick since his first apprenticeship at age 10. As a boy , he studied classical Magic under the guidance of Israel Regardie, and has studied and taught in the United States, in Britain, and in Argentina. He is founder of the New Forest Centre for Magickal Studies and has made many excursions to Celtic Britain to collect original materials on Druidism and Arthurian Lore. His Method of teaching - here seemingly presented as tales of magic and adventure - has many precedents in the Wisdom Teachings of the East and West, but most truly in the Druidic Tradition that he has followed, and of which he is a foremost exponent.

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There is a great deal that has been written about the ancient Celts. This is especially true among the Pagan community because many find that the myths and legends of the Celts strike a chord that rings true.

Sometimes, however, it is possible to see things backwards. By that I mean that because you do something a particular way today, you assume that the ancients did it either the same way or in a similar fashion. Ah, if only it were so!

That simply isn't good history. You have to get good information, not make assumptions. That's why I am very enthused with Douglas Monroe's The 21 Lessons of Merlyn.

When you read this book you will see that it was written by a person who is both a scholar and a bard. He instructs by way of stories, making the purpose and method of the philosophies, exercises, and magical rituals crystal clear and easy to apply, yet not limiting his brilliant research and scholarship. In fact, the teachings in this book are based on a manuscript which is now in the private collection of the Albion Lodge of the United Ancient Order of Druids of Oxford.

One of the things I really like is the traditional Druid triads, concepts that are broken down into thee short sentences. For example, the Three Virtues of Wisdom are to be aware of all things, to endure all things, and to be removed from all things. The three spiritual instructors of mankind are mastery of self, master of world, and mastery of unknown. You'll learn many of these and be able to discover how they are spiritually and practically meaningful in your life.

There is so much great material in this book that I can't say enough about it! Already, more than 120,000 people are using this book. If you want to find out what the Druids really did, and put it to use in your life, get this book.

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Table of Contents

There is a great deal that has been written about the ancient Celts. This is especially true among the Pagan community because many find that the myths and legends of the Celts strike a chord that rings true.

Sometimes, however, it is possible to see things backwards. By that I mean that because you do something a particular way today, you assume that the ancients did it either the same way or in a similar fashion. Ah, if only it were so!

That simply isn't good history. You have to get good information, not make assumptions. That's why I am very enthused with Douglas Monroe's The 21 Lessons of Merlyn.

When you read this book you will see that it was written by a person who is both a scholar and a bard. He instructs by way of stories, making the purpose and method of the philosophies, exercises, and magical rituals crystal clear and easy to apply, yet not limiting his brilliant research and scholarship. In fact, the teachings in this book are based on a manuscript which is now in the private collection of the Albion Lodge of the United Ancient Order of Druids of Oxford.

One of the things I really like is the traditional Druid triads, concepts that are broken down into thee short sentences. For example, the Three Virtues of Wisdom are to be aware of all things, to endure all things, and to be removed from all things. The three spiritual instructors of mankind are mastery of self, master of world, and mastery of unknown. You'll learn many of these and be able to discover how they are spiritually and practically meaningful in your life.

There is so much great material in this book that I can't say enough about it! Already, more than 120,000 people are using this book. If you want to find out what the Druids really did, and put it to use in your life, get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    A Great Masterpiece

    I work with Douglas Monroe as a long-standing partner at New Forest Mex. In fact, I have trained with him for eleven years now. Throughout this long time, I have watched with a sort of morbid fascination, the controversy surrounding his work escalate until, with the publication of the final book in the Merlyn series in sight, I finally asked him `why he didn't directly address the points of greatest controversy?'

    His answer was not surprising, having been one that I had heard in several forms over the years. And, simply put, it is this: Anything I would ever answer in my own support, has already been written into my books--- those readers who have looked deeply enough, will have found it. Those who have not, were not primed to use the book in the first place. He suggested that I read it again, and so I did. And he was right--- it was there. I quote from the suggested source:

    "...lastly, let the reader be aware that the world outlined in this book is not intended for everyone... its views on religion and sexuality will only be appreciated by those for whom it is destined... and to those persons skeptical of such an approach, try it and see..." And, to me at least, this well explains his consistent reaction to public position. He will never engage in 'soap-box futility and baited word-bantering' [his own words from an email].

    Lastly, I would like to re-quote a few lines from the THE LOST BOOKS OF MERLYN, a rare instance where the author published a personal reaction to critics of his work:

    "...here we tackle a question [of authenticity] which has become, for some, paramount in regards to my work... let it here be stated in the records that [these] questions are without value to [me]... because my concern is not how authentic my sources are (this, one may only guess at), but how effective their philosophies and methodologies... I merely state that the [Pheryllt] manuscript, forged or original, ancient or recent, exists as an absolutely fascinating collection of writings, and that their framework works... historians and library scholars will never understand the essence of Druidism by examining mistletoe dust and monks' renditions--- only a true poet stands this chance today." [Prologue, xii/xii]

    Another example of web-hype I have constantly read about: Monroe advocates poisonous Mistletoe and deadly herbalism. An amazing statement, considering any 5-second Yahoo search under "Mistletoe herbal" will reveal countless sites specializing in Mistletoe tinctures/powders and pills, which have been used for ages to treat arthritis, heart and blood problems, etc. A good example is at Mountainroseherbs.
    And pumpkins (squash-like gourds) were absolutely imported into Britain as foodstuffs during their long occupation, a fact a small amount of web-search will reveal. These two examples go a long way in showing me how short-sighted Douglas's critics can be.

    In summing up, I think my favorite novelist (no, it's not Douglas Monroe!) William Styron had a good response to critics of his own work, which applies equally well to Merlyn critics. He said:

    "Writers have a duty to meditate on history and bring understanding through imagination."

    For us, Douglas has always been an honest man with a clear message. I welcome this final book #3.

    Francisco "Frank" Trias
    NF Mex

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    The story itself is descriptive and beautiful, reminiscent of a world that might have been. The modern occult concepts taught in this book are somewhat sound, however, the 'historical' details are erroneous, and are based off of the writings of a man who wasn't even a Celt.. then again, neither is the author. What little we know of the Celts and their leading class of Druids are hidden under a veil in other texts. The book mentioned below has a far better grasp of who the Celts and Druids were, and might shed some light where this fantasy novel doesn't.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2003

    A gem of understanding the forces of nature & intuition

    I have read this book through three times now. While written as a fictional book, the author has researched druidism. The lessons teach young Authur how to tap into his intuition and understanding. He is in tune with the earth, thru a series of exercises presented by the master. For those interested in learning about druidic lore and earth magic, a wonderful, entertaining read. I did not find the author tried to impress his religion over any other, he even goes on to say that druids accept all religions with respect. The author speaks of herbs used by the druids, but I found no specific suggestions to take them, nor does it act as an herbal reference to heal. The experiences of young Authur were riveting and entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2001

    You People Are Unbelievable

    This book is a gem. It should be used by those who want to know more about Druids and their way of life and should also be used in conjunction with The Lost Books of Merlyn. They are great. And in these reviews before mine, people have called it phony, and bashing of other religions. Hogwash, I say. How can you be so positive that YOURE right?? Not as easy to answer as it is to blatantly bash that which you don't understand or don't care to. The fact is no one knows what the Druids did or did not do. So to play a self-proclaimed expert is not only proof of your idiocy, but that you're obviously a neo-pagan protecting your ways because you put so much money into it which are more man made than these books will ever be. Congratulations. And another thing, speculation is speculation. And for the pot to call the kettle black is wrong. And as for bashing Christians. Read the Bible. I can't count how many times it is said, 'The pagans have been misled,' 'I am the only way to God,' ect. Do some research before you dump all over a guy that has produced some of the best works on Druidism.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    Best Book on Druidism

    First, I would like to say this is the best book I have ever read on real druidism (and I have studied AND practiced paganism for more than a decade)! What really amazes me is the fact that so many people misinterpret (or just cannot comprehend) what they read. Monroe clearly states that gourds, NOT pumpkins were used in England... and this Mistletoe thing really upsets me! PEOPLE... you make tea from Mistletoe leaves... ONLY the berries are toxic (and only slightly at that)! Read the labels on many of your herbal teas and you will discover that Mistletoe is used often. It is a sedative. I have been using it for years after first discovering it years ago when I was employed as an herbalist at a local greenhouse and nursery. As for as the actual magic is concerned... Monroe gives you clues, not spells. This book is not a spellbook for beginners... It is a course in druid magic for intermediate and advanced practitioners.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    This book is one of the best books

    Douglas Monroe has outdone himself in this book. He masterfully combines the storytelling of arthurian legend with easy and enlightened lessons to train you in druidic magick. I was skeptical at first but after reading this book and trying a couple of the lessons I am skeptical no longer. BUY THIS BOOK! It will be the best move you've in a long time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    One of the best books I have read!!!!!!!!!!

    The 21 Lessons of Merlyn is one of the best books I have ever read. It explains several of the mysteries of Druidism that most people think are strange. I recommend reading this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2012

    Not even worth a full sentence of insults, and it

    Not even worth a full sentence of insults, and it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    For a book based so much on "truth..."

    ... there sure is a long of incorrect information in this book. I was very excited to read this, until I started to recognize the flaws in the book; days, celebrations, etc. are attributed to the wrong Gods/Goddesses, while their origins are totally wrong as well. Once I noticed this, I began to research all about this author and the context. What I found was not pretty- it seems there is NO REAL BASIS for this book. Don't be fooled! While its stories are beautiful and reminiscent of days of old, its facts are wrong and have no actual proof of the supposed base of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    Great book

    This book is great, it is one of the best methodes of teaching in any book I have ever read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2001

    Recommended Read

    This book provides a look, not only in a historical perspective, but also compares the legend of King Arthur and Merlin to the common myth as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Paganistic are many peoples beliefs but should not attack others religous philosophy.

    After thoroughly reading this book, I quite enjoyed it. But, several times it seemed that attacks on other religous idea and beliefs were welcomed and introduced by the characters in the plot. Whether the author was trying too hard to express his own ideas through his characters, is a wonder to me. However, being as it is that I enoyed the aspect of Druidic magic and lore, I found it very informational and enlightening. The story is uniquely tied in to the 'lessons' it portrays and Douglas Monroe, uses his first person form to its utmost extent throughout the book, and he executed it well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    i felt the book was a good begining but was stetching the truth

    i thought that this was a good book...it was well written and the story line was very well thought out...however i felt that some liberty was taken and not everything in the book was backed up with truth...i felt the author to be writing history...he claims to be in possesion of some old manuscripts called the body of the dragon (in his 2nd book) If these manuscripts are so great then why are they not mentioned in any other books on druidry? i do not claim to know what the truth is but i felt that the book was a strain on what is natural...i would not recomend getting the second book...i found it to be a disapointment...i think the author was trying to immerse himself in the world and time of merlin a little too much...the second book should be filed under fantacy not magical studies... ~may the force be with you~ stormsparadox

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    An old story. Told with some history.

    I loved learning about Christian Churches. The way one or two events. Could be told different. It will open your mind. You will look at your world in a new way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2000

    21 Lessons?

    Not too bad a book for getting the *flavour* of Druidry, I suppose, but factually incorrect, for example the author states that pumpkins were a sacred tree, when the pumpkin is a New World plant unknown to the Druids (and a vine, not a tree). Also, he recommends the ingestion of mistletoe, which is POISONOUS. Maybe good for role-playing games, not great as a serious book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    The 21 Lessons of What?

    This book is a distrace! Merlyn has been made out to be something that he was not.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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