Book Review: The Path of Druidry by Penny Billington
Published by Herne on June 1, 2014
This review was written by Herne for Wyldspirit issue 2 (The June 2014 edition of the Wyldwood Radio e-zine)
It’s been a long time since I opened a book on Druidry, so many seem to repeat the same information in different ways but ultimately have the same approach. Having been a member of several Druid Orders in my life I am still greatly inspired by the path but only because I found that beyond the books, Druidry encourages the practitioner to walk freely, discovering their path as they go.
I was very pleased to find that this book does not follow the same format as many other books on the subject of Druidry, and although throughout the author makes it clear that the reader will benefit greatly from being strict with one’s practice and following the material in the book, it is also made clear that one’s path is one’s own and should be walked how it feels right to the reader.
The book is effectively a short course in the path of Druidry, which encourages active participation and approaches the subject with a sense of wonder and creativity which seems to be lacking in many other books.
I enjoyed the way that the book had been organised into sections focussing on different aspects of the path and of the reader’s being; mind, body and spirit, and the inclusion of “study breaks” made the book easier to fit into my busy daily life.
The author has included guided meditations which require reading before undertaking and I feel that this book could perhaps benefit from an audio CD of those meditations to listen to, for those who may have trouble remembering what has been written.
I feel the author has touched on a very important point that Druidry is for anyone of any land, it does not need to be tied to the hills and fields of Great Britain; the emphasis is on creating a relationship with the land in which the reader lives.
The overall feeling I got from the Path of Druidry is a sense of adventure, a wish to discover more, to explore further, coupled with a renewed love of the land in which I find myself, I feel I am more able to connect with the beings beyond the human world.
The book is widely available through internet shopping sites and the author offers signed copies through her website which can be found at: pennybillington.co.uk