What do people think of when they hear the word Druidry? The real questions. Not questions about ‘the old men in white robes’ stereotypes. What makes a Druid? What do they do?
Having been a practising Druid for over ten years, Cat Treadwell wondered too. Asked to present a talk at a national Pagan Festival, and unsure exactly what the audience would want to hear, she started a blog, asking friends and colleagues (Muggle and Pagan) what they would like to know about the Druid Path.
Two years later they are still asking.
This book answers some of those questions. Cat has compiled and expanded on the common queries (So, do you worship the sun?) as well as the day-to-day aspects of Druidry as a lived path. She reveals how Druidry is constantly evolving to be relevant and accessible in the modern world.
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In her very readable and rewarding book, A Druid's Tale: An Ancient Path in the Modern World, which has been developed from her blog, Cat does indeed 'tread well' in a tale told with humanity and humility. In doing so, she provides one of the best accounts of experiential Druidry I have encountered.
~ Geoff Ward, Suite 101
As a blogging witch, I was delighted to read a book by fellow pagan blogger Cat Treadwell. Cat is a Druid, and her book A Druid's Talewas developed from her blog - the Catbox - at www.druidcat.wordpress.com
A Druid's Tale explains what it means to be a Druid from an inside perspective. It intersperses accounts of personal experience with answers to questions people ask, such as what do druids do and what makes Druidry different from other modern pagan paths.
There are beautiful descriptions of rituals both private and public conducted out in the countryside on cold wintry mornings and on glorious summer days. There are also accounts from daily life at work and at home, similar to the things most people living in modern cities experience, but seen through the eyes of a Druid. Yet these also show how reverence for nature and for the changing seasons can help bring balance - and beauty - to days that seem full of stresses and problems.
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I have rather too many books on paganism on my shelves, many of them slightly – well weird. I had a feeling that ‘A Druid’s Tale,’ would be different, but I still found myself taking a deep breath …
Then I read on with delight. This little book is wise, warm and moving, and although I am not a druid, it made total sense – especially the chapter on listening, a concept close to my heart.
I don’t think Cat would be offended if I said this book would suit most broad-minded people. It’s not necessary to be a druid to understand her kind, sensible spirituality.
I’m not sure what the pagan word for ‘theology’ is – but the ‘philosophical thoughts’ are brief, to the point and illustrated with insightful anecdotes.
‘A Druid’s Tale’ is an open, honest approach towards achieving balance within life. It carries a sense of joyful integrity with the world and it’s inhabitants. It’s about listening, learning and taking responsibility for one’s own life.
Above all it’s a book about being human, filled with honest joy and well worth reading. ~ Beth Webb, Author of the 'Star Dancer' series
Cat is one of those rare gems. What you see is what you get and what you get is all good. In this her first book she demonstrates very accurately her own view and personal commitment to her path. Typical of her she is a guide and never dogmatic, but certainly worth following. I was fortunate enough to be at her first talk where we rather put her on the spot and she took up the challenge. I was even more fortunate to be at the following year’s talk where she filled the room. I am even more fortunate to have her as a dear friend. ~ John Belham-Payne, Co-Founder, The Centre for Pagan Studies
I think there’s a huge need for Druidry books that are not just introductions, and that are a bit more about living and doing than Bobcats writing really offers. It would be great to see your stuff out there. ~ Nimue Brown, Author of Druidry and Meditation
This is a very lively and interesting example of a how it is book of modern spirituality, as opposed to a how to one: and thus one of the best illustrations of how Druidry is lived that I have seen. ~ Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol, Author of The Triumph of the Moon and Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain
This book is full of little insights that have that Oh yes! quality to them; the world needs more of these writings. Its lovely, I can sense you and hear your voice through your words. It is a joy. ~ Kris Hughes, Head of the Anglesey Druid Order, Author of Natural Druidry
From the spring of new introductory guides to Druidry, this is a book very much written in the informal style of a modern web blog. Warm, bubbly and accessible, it reveals the honest thinking and wakeful self-reflection that should be the foundation of every personal exploration of Druidry - indeed, any belief system - today. ~ Emma Restall Orr, Founder of The Druid Network and Author of Living Druidry and Living with Honour
Spun from personal experience, A Druids Tale is a refreshingly honest, accessible guide to a belief system that is as valid today as it was in ancient times. Non-formulaic, non-exclusive and never preachy, this is an essential read for anyone interested in this vast and fascinating topic. ~ Russell Whitfield, Author of Gladiatrix and Roma Victrix
What strikes me the most, when I’m among modern Druids, is their sheer love of life! They are able to express their connection to the land, respect for living things and reverence for the gods in a far richer way than I have been used to as a Priest of another tradition. Yes, like other religions, Druids use ritual and ceremony, but not in a dry and formal way. They have MORE. They have an extra ingredient - ART. Druidry is an artistic belief system that awakens and celebrates creativity with passion and power. It holds together, in perfect balance, both the Priestly and the Bardic dimensions. It is this combination of Priest and Bard that comes across with shining lights in Cat’s beautiful book. It is alive, alive with life itself! It is a book written from the heart of a true Priest of nature, with every bit of Bardic magic infused. Covering much new ground, Cat imparts information in a perfectly natural and conversational manner, her poetic imagination making the reading a pure delight.
It is also deeply human. Interspersed are deliciously authentic and highly personal anecdotes that give the book an extra spark of raw humanity. Unlike many modern day spiritual guides and gurus Cat does not attempt to be the archetypal wisdom teacher, sat high upon a throne of perfection. She sits down with us, and opens her heart, sharing both her vulnerability as well as her life-learned lessons. Life can be hard or mundane or confusing, and the Druidry spoken of here is for just such a life. You will find no pie in the sky platitudes, but earthy soul-guidance for real people. Cat paints a picture of a spiritual way of life that stretches, breathes, allows movement and flexibility. Not a religion of perfection and certainties but one that makes sense of life with all its mess and muddle. One that can adapt, embrace and grow.
And not only is this book informative, it is also incredibly practical with pages of time tested and experience gained suggestions on how to bring a dynamic and authentic druidry into one’s own life. In the future, when people ask me which book on Drudiry I recommend for someone who really wants to experience what being a Druid means, this will most definitely be among the first that come to mind. I know for certain that it will make enormous sense to all those who have felt that natural inner stirring of nature’s magic them, yet have never found the words to name it or express it.
~ Mark Townsend, Author of Jesus Through Pagan Eyes and The Path of the Blue Raven
In the American West, in the days of open frontier, there was a character known as the Wagonmaster, whose job it was to gather folks together in the city, and guide them across dangerous, wonderful and uncharted wilderness to a new life in a new world. Pilgrims chose a Wagonmaster not just by what he had to say, but even more so by how he looked and felt. He looked like someone who had spent ages in the wilderness; felt like someone who understood the unknown. In A Druid’s Tale, Cat Treadwell looks and feels like a spiritual Wagonmaster. She has been there. She has made the journey before. She not only knows how to tell us about it, she knows how to take us in hand and lead us into the wilderness. She is a reliable guide. That is the value of her book. Anyone can write about Druidry, but only a few special folks can take us there. Be prepared for a deep and meaningful journey. ~ Walter William Melnyk, Author of Tales of Avalon, and co-author, with Emma Restall Orr, of The Apple and the Thorn