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Solitary Druid based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Although Ellison's The Solitary Druid may contain many basic facts about druids and modern druidic practice, the way in which he organizes and presents this material makes this book practically useless. The most comprehensive, coherent and helpful chapters of this book deal with his discussion of the eight yearly holidays, in which he provides Celtic myths and deities appropriate to the more traditionally Wiccan themes already well established for each celebration. In these two chapters he also presents a general outline for ritual structure (which, yes, is markedly different from Wiccan rituals); unfortunately, a reader must wade through a large amount of repetition before getting a feel for the practices themselves. The first several chapters of this book are highly disorganized, often attempting to clarify one idea by referring casually and haphazardly to other ideas or activities that have not even been discussed yet, only adding to the reader's sense of confusion. (There are also a glaring number of typos and grammatical/syntactical mistakes in the writing itself.) Considering Ellison's own emphasis on the scholarship and creative artistry of the druid path, this book shows very little of either. It's scholarly work is bumbling at best, merely citing out-of-context references and "facts" from various sources in repetitive list form without making any attempt to draw general conclusions or theories of relevance. For example, his use of citations to support modern sexual practices (many of which are, even out of context, clearly accusing the Celtic culture of barbarism in the form of child-abuse and rape) belies a very shallow understanding of analytical scholarship and historical research. If you are looking for insight into the history of the druids, this book is beyond worthless. If you are interested in pursuing druidism as a spiritual practice, there are many sources available which present the same material in a much more comprehensive and practical way. With the exception of the chapters on holiday ritual and the final chapter listing various druid networks and resources, this book is not worth the price. Ellison may be a good group leader and in-person teacher, but he is clearly neither a scholar nor a writer. Books that I would recommend as alternatives to this one: - books by Emma Restall Orr (in particular Living Druidry, and Ritual) - The Druidry Handbook, by John Michael Greer - Essential Guide to Druidism, by Isaac Bonewits - books by John and/or Caitlin Matthews (in particular, Walkers Between the Worlds)
This book was a very good one concerning Druidry. This book gaves a nice general and basic overview of Druidry in a scholarly and yet accessible way. On top of all that, this book also gives many ideas for places to go to for research into what is known about the actual believes of the ancient Celtic druids. While a bit of a dull read in some parts hear and there is book was over all, very interesting and enlightening on Druidry and where certain aspects of it came from.