REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
An excellent book on Druidry. I like the fact that the author has used his extensive knowledge of ancient Celtic sources... Very highly recommended to all those of a Druid path, or indeed Pagans interested in ancient Pagan Irish culture and its use in the modern world. ~ Pentacle
...Well, if you like a bit of ancient authenticity to your Druidry, then this is the book for you, It does exactly what it says on the tin! It's a 'primer', arm yourself with the knowledge here and save a lot of time and money, and inspire yourself to journey off onto various tangents, thanks to the excellent source references. ...I recommend this book to anyone starting out, and to anyone who feels part of Druidry's long and ancient journey. ~ Touchstone, OBOD
I have to admit that I started out with quite a pissy attitude towards this book, as I have built a perception of an almost universal ‘druidry’ that is based on Welsh mythology and the literary forgeries of Iolo Morganwg. And before anyone comments, yes, I know I’m jaded and cynical. I expected more of the same ‘druidry’ as I had previously encountered, but found something quite different from my expectations.
Overall, this book is significantly different from other sources on druidry in that it is uniquely Irish (the first Irish druidry book I know of), well sourced and substantiated, and a resource of starting points for developing personal practice. This is a book I recommend to people interested in something beyond ‘Celtic’ authors who make broad generalisations about ‘the Kelts’[sic]; to people who want perspectives on druidry not obviously rooted in Welsh romanticism; and lastly to Pagans in Ireland, or who identify their practice and worldview as Irish Pagan. This book is for you… ~ Standing At The Centre, http://fraterdocetumbra.blogspot.ie/2012/11/review-druids-primer-by-luke-eastwood.html
This book has attracted the positive attention of a number of established writers and practitioners within the Druidic Tradition, notably Philip Carr-Gomm, john Michael Greer and Caitlín Matthews. This book is a distillation of knowledge by the author who brings together his extensive knowledge of known written works and knowledge gained from personal experience... It is a story of Luke's personal quest, but it is also, as its title suggests, a primer for a person who would like to know more about the subject. Certainly worth a read! ~ Brigid's Fire
The Druid’s Primer is certainly a very informative work. It talks about the many aspects of Druidry from cosmology to the Gods and Goddesses to divination and Ogham. I’ve seen a lot of reviews of this book (as well as the blurbs on the book) saying that this book is distinctly Irish in flavor. Well, yes and no. The book does have a lot of Irish materials in it, however it is not JUST about the Irish material as it does have a lot of Welsh concepts in there like Awen and the Welsh names of some of the Feast days.
My favorite chapters in this book actually occurs at the end of the book, namely the divination and Ogham chapters. The author really did a good job in both instances.
In short, I would recommend this book to newbies as it does a very good job of explaining Druidry in an easy and simple way. ~ Celtic Scholar, http://celticscholar.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/the-druids-primer/
A useful and practical resource for seekers of druidry, as well as providing a template for what it means to be a modern druid in the present age. Recommended. ~ , The Cauldron
A Druid himself, being co-founder of the Irish Druid Network, Luke Eastwood has written an indispensable handbook for both those already in the orders and those considering joining, as well as anyone interested in this fascinating subject.
One concurs with Luke that Druidry is perhaps the most obvious choice for someone looking for a holistic system based on or linked to the indigenous practices of Europe. Certainly, the ethos of modern-day Druidism embraces a praiseworthy brand of eco-spirituality – and a literary munificence, too, which is expressed through the bardic tradition.
The Druid's Primer is an extremely worthy undertaking which distils the immense wealth of Druidic knowledge and wisdom found in authentic ancient sources and Celtic mythology into a timely and user-friendly volume. ~ Mysterious Planet, http://www.mysteriousplanet.net/bookspage%20four.php
Use of the definite article in the title of The Druid's Primer indicates the author's hoped-for primacy in the field, and Luke Eastwood has every right to expect such reward for his worthy endeavour.
A Druid himself, being co-founder of the Irish Druid Network, he has written an indispensable handbook for both those already in the orders and those considering joining, as well as anyone else interested in the subject.
Inspired by the medieval Irish Scholar's Primer, the book is the product of 15 years' research and examination of the role of the Druid in today's world, and has the special quality of an Irish perspective which adds to its uniqueness. It also has the endorsement of a foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm. chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in the UK.
~ Geoff Ward, Suite 101
Comprehensive it certainly is and a must read for anyone interested in the path of druidry and even for those already on that path I would think as well. For someone on the druidic journey it will end up being very well thumbed and one of those books that will always be referred back to for reference. ~ Kitchen Witch, http://kitchenwitchuk.blogspot.com/2012/02/druids-primer.html
There are many books on the market that aim to introduce the seeker to the basics of Druidism, but The Druid's Primer by Luke Eastwood is perhaps the single best introduction book I have read. It's greatest strength is that it manages to present a great deal of modern Druidic material fairly and with clear references to the sources. The author has done a great deal of research into the historic material, which is also presented well and in an easily accessible manner. ~ Woden's Wandering Witch, http://lairbhan.blogspot.ie/2012/02/book-review-druids-primer.html
For me as a Wiccan, whose only experience of druidry has been a few workshops, talks and rituals over the years, reading this has been an invaluable way of learning more about what druids do. If you want a single book on druidry that covers both the history and modern approaches to this pagan path, then this book by Luke Eastwood could well be what you are looking for.
~ Lucya, A Bad Witch's Blog - www.badwitch.co.uk
At last, a reader-friendly book on druidry that doesn’t rely on Wiccan input and suspect Welshmen to pad out the text. ‘ The Druid’s Primer’ is believed to be the first serious attempt to collate the vast body of druidic knowledge from verifiable ancient sources and surviving Celtic lore and customs into one usable and practical volume, as a handy reference for druids and a learning tool for the would-be druid. Inspired by the medieval Irish ‘Scholars Primer’ this work is the culmination of 15 years research and practical exploration of what it means to be a druid in a modern context based on ancient texts.
Neither is the author a dilettante. Luke Eastwood joined a druid grove in 2003 and the following year joined OBOD; he is now facilitator of the grove and the only original member left, he is also now a Druid grade member of OBOD, an Archdruid of Druid Clan of Dana and a regular contributor to several pagan magazines in Ireland and UK. In 2006 he founded irishdruidnetwork.org as a networking and information tool for the 32 counties of Ireland.
‘The Druid's Primer’ is his third book and has attracted the positive attention of a number of established writers and practitioners within the Druidic Tradition, notably Philip Carr-Gomm, John Michael Greer and Caitlín Matthews.
This book is an attempt by the author to collate the key aspects of a huge body of generally little-known Druidic knowledge, brought together by his extensive knowledge of known written works and personal experience, not to mention twenty-years involvement in the exploration of spiritual and esoteric development. As the editor of Brigid’s Fire magazine wrote “... It is a story of Luke's personal quest, but it is also, as its title suggests, a primer for a person who would like to know more about the subject. Certainly worth a read.”
~ Melusine Draco, amazon.co.uk
A solid introduction to Druidry from a distinctively Irish perspective, The Druid Primer is a welcome addition to the still very modest list of practical books on the Druid path, and deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in Celtic spirituality.
~ John Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America
Luke shares his insights in a sensitive and open manner that honours the spirit of the original texts whilst leaving space for the reader to draw his own conclusions. ~ Philip Carr-Gomm, Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids., Foreword to the book
Luke Eastwood gives us the first accessible Irish study on druid history and practice. This book opens the door to Celtic spiritual practice with clarity and grace.
~ Caitlan Matthews, Author of Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom & The Celtic Spirit