Druidcraft – The Magic of Wicca and Druidry
Author: Philip Carr-Gomm
Publisher: Thorsons HarperCollins, 2002
The Oak Tree Press, 2013, in e-book, paperback and audiobook versions
French edition: The Oak Tree Press, 2014, in e-book and paperback versions
German edition: Aurum
Dutch edition: Deltas
Czech edition: Fontana New Editions
ISBN: 0-00-713388-X (2002) & 9781482769265 (2013)
Druidry and Wicca are the two great streams of the Western Pagan tradition. Both traditions are experiencing a renaissance all over the world, as more and more people seek a spirituality rooted in a love of nature and the land.
Increasingly, readers are combining the ideas of both traditions to craft their own spiritual practice. In this down-to-earth, inspiring guide, Philip Carr-Gomm offers a name for this Path that draws on the common beliefs and practices of Wicca and Druidry: DruidCraft.
DruidCraft draws on the traditions of scholarship, storytelling, magical craft and seasonal celebration of both Druids and Wiccans, to offer inspiration, teachings, rituals, and magical techniques that can help you access your innate powers of creativity, intuition and healing.
Foreword by Wiccan author Vivianne Crowley.
Available as an audiobook from audible.com (US) or audible.co.uk (UK)
***** Rich and Valuable, September 6, 2013
This book is one that I will listen to again and again, there is so much wealth here to absorb. After listening to it in the evenings I find it entering my dreams and then resonating throughout the next day, or several days. I listened to it quite slowly this first time so I would have time to think about it. Next, I think I will listen more quickly and then hone in on the areas I wish to think more about.
I loved the format of this audiobook, with the teacher and student discussion and my favorite part: the stories. I often found myself wondering why a particular story had been included and then after awhile a huge rush of insight would wash over me.
I found the audio version particularly evocative because I am a quick reader and sometimes the speed of my reading causes me to skim over things too quickly and not let them really take root inside my consciousness. This recording was beautifully done with lovely calming and mysterious music, the narrator’s voice is quite beautiful and almost hypnotic and his co-narrators have beautiful lyrical voices as well.
To say I love this audiobook would be an understatement – it is the best book I have listened to so far! I can’t wait to listen to it again!
‘Your book is becoming the must read for Northern California Pagans, and I believe it is one of the most important Pagan books to have come out in many, many years.’ email to author
‘A valuable and thought-provoking contribution to the growth of modern Paganism…’ The Druid’s Voice magazine
‘Elegantly written and inspiring, ringing with Philip’s distinctive tone and style…’ Touchstone magazine
‘This is a text to be savoured. To be read and re-read, allowing altered states of perception to take over and dance among the myriad insights concealed beyond the print on the page.’ Review by Francis Cameron
‘As a more-or-less full time member of the online pagan community for the past several years, I have often seen questions posed regarding the practicality and/or spiritual correctness of combining elements of Druidry with those of Wicca or Witchcraft. In his latest book, DruidCraft: the Magic of Wicca and Druidry, Philip Carr-Gomm addresses this subject in depth. From an examination of the friendship and interaction between Gerald Gardner, the father of Wicca, and Ross Nichols, founder of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and a major figure behind the modern revival of Druidry, to a series of lessons offering useful and practical ways to combine various aspects of these two paths, the author leads us on a spiritual quest involving integration through understanding. The subject matter is presented in a manner that tends to hold the reader’s interest while, at the same time, providing sound footing for the theories that are being promoted. It should be noted perhaps that, like virtually any material of this nature, this crossing of spiritualities will be warmly embraced in some sectors while being rejected out of hand in some of the more strictly traditional groups. The author habitually uses the terms Wiccan and Witch interchangeably, but offers a reasonable and rational explanation for doing so. It is relieving to note that nowhere does he claim that Wicca is an ancient Celtic path; merely that it draws some of its foundations from the older beliefs. The book’s most positive quality may well be its consistent emphasis on the common links that exist between these paths, as opposed to pointing out the differences.
In summary, I definitely considered it a good read and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in this subject, even more highly to those who may be questioning the wisdom of merging elements of these two belief structures; Wiccans who are drawn to certain aspects of Druidry, as well as Druids who embrace some Wiccan philosophies or practices. Carr-Gomm has done his usual excellent job, as his readers have come to expect, of presenting his case in a clear and concise manner, leaving the reader to reach conclusions and make choices based on knowledge and understanding.’
Review by Aldwyn Draig for Echoed Voices
‘The mysticism and magick surrounding the Craft is very appealing; the call of our ancestors and reverence of nature and Mother Earth in modern Druidism is strong within our hearts. Since their resurgence began, Wicca and Druidism have been considered two separate practices. DruidCraft offers a rational link that may bridge these two religions and give credence to a mystical and magickal path that also offers a foundation created from the ancient wisdom of these priests and priestesses of nature. Philip demonstrates this through his own unique philosophy, backed by historical facts about the history of these two revived paths of Neo-Pagan spirituality. Highly recommended to any Druid or Wiccan library.’ Stormseer, Tempe, Arizona