ARIANRHOD'S DANCE - A DRUID RITUAL HANDBOOK

JULIE WHITE & GRAEME K TALBOYS

ISBN 0-9540531-2-5 ~ Paperback ~ 184 pages ~ £10.95



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All ritual is a focus. It makes you aware of the point at which you stand – be that of a time of year, of day or night, of a moment of potential when the way forward becomes apparent or a possible future is revealed, of an instant when one cycle closing opens the next. It also makes you aware of the place where you stand, for none of the events celebrated by our rituals takes place in limbo. They happen in the real world, marking real and often intimate events of enormous consequence. And by marking these events, we allow them to mark us – binding us to the sky, to the land, and to the sea from which they all derive.

The authors of the highly acclaimed the Path through the Forest – a Druid Guidebook now offer this as a companion volume. Written principally for Hedge Druids and those who work in non-aligned Groves, it is an exploration of druidic ritual practice. Along with sample rituals for the eightfold year and eight major rites of passage, it contains chapters on the nature of ritual and its place in our spiritual and everyday lives. There are also prayers and other workings.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
The introductory section of the book examines the nature and importance of ceremony, ritual, and prayer in our lives. It also looks at the practicalities of circle working and gives openings and closings for the rituals that follow for both solo practitioners and Groves.

PART ONE - THE SKY
THE EIGHTFOLD YEAR
The eightfold year is real and not an invention of the modern era. Its overall structure of interlocking lunar and solar cycles is considered, along with the aspects of our spiritual journey that are represented by these festivals. A sample ritual will be given for each of the eight annual festivals along with a brief introductory essay.

PART TWO - THE LAND
RITES OF PASSAGE
We no longer mark the important occasions of our lives in any meaningful way, despite their importance to us as individuals and as members of a community. Following a discussion of this and of how our personal journeys in this life are linked to the wider spiritual journey we make, there are rituals for eight of the major rites of passage.

PART THREE - THE SEA
THE PERSONAL

SMALL WATER
Everything we do is important, just as every drop of rain contributes to the creation of the sea. Our lives should be conducted as a dialogue with the sacred, with every thought and every action contributing to our own understanding of the worlds. Our ancestors had many prayers and blessings for all that they did and we offer some here.

BIG WATER
The Western Ocean across which we eventually travel is part of the great cycle of life. The book finishes with a look at the Otherworld and the notion of re-incarnation from a Celtic perspective.

PART FOUR - A CRANE BAG
Glossary
Book List

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID

...full of practical advice and ideas, making it a lovely read... this book is recommended to both Druids and Wiccans alike, as well as anyone interested in a nature based spirituality that reaches in and touches something inside. If you enjoyed the Path through the Forest, you will love this book too! (Avalonia website)

If you are new to the Druid Way this book guides you through a whole year of rituals and a whole 'lifetime' of rites of passage... I really loved the daily prayers and chants, so easy to do if you practice alone. Along with their other book, the Path through the Forest, you would have the best books on Druidry ever. (Vic Millard - Amazon website)

While these days ‘ritual’ handbooks from all pagan traditions are stacked a mile high in any branch of Borders, what makes this one stand out is the grounded attitude of the authors together with the breadth of information covered. If, like me, you’re fed up with the self-aggrandizement first person spiritually smug waffle of many pagan handbooks, then this will be a breath of fresh air. This book is one that I know I will use time and time again. While showing us that myth and ritual are interlinked, it also shows us that Druidism is a living, vibrant religion that can serve us well. (Julia Collings - PanGaia: A Pagan Journal for Thinking People)

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