Covering the basics of Celtic shamanism, with reference to traditional lore and source materials through the lens of both ancient and modern Druidry and shamanic practice, The Druid Shaman is a well rounded guide, showing the seamless cross over between Druidry and shamanism in the Celtic tradition. It covers topics such as how to attain and work with guides and allies, understanding the spirit realm and interaction with spirits of all kinds, accessing powers of place, travelling the world tree and working with the seven directions and exploring and navigating within the Celtic Otherworld. With practical techniques, exercises and core skills, The Druid Shaman can be used as a practical manual as well as a valuable resource for practicing shamans and druids as well as those new to the subject.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
What an enchanting read! This little book resonates with the profoundly insightful teachings of Druidry and Shamanism all woven together with wisdom and sensitivity by Danu Forest. The book represents a starting point, it takes you on a journey, leading you confidently to a magical doorway and then, like a loving mother, it encourages you to take your first tentative steps. In reading this, feeling it, you can be confident in the knowledge that Danu has gifted you the wisdom to stand your ground.
Danu offers exercises to help you prepare yourself and to meet your allies. Those who will accompany you as you travel onwards through and between the veils. She offers supportive guidance that you can choose to follow, or not, while she reminds you that it's entirely your choice. Expertly researched, The Druid Shaman helps the reader to align with the cycles of the land infused with energies upon which you can draw. And while she urges curiosity she reminds us to talk always with honour and respect.
Danu introduces us to the tools of the shaman trade before leading us on an introductory tour of the three realms. Abred, the Middleworld, where the indwelling spirits are found and then to visit the Underworld and Upperworld, each with their own extraordinary gifts, tantalisingly close, ready for the novice shaman to connect with. I'd recommend this book for people taking their first steps since the platform is solid, it is beautifully written and Danu has shared her experience with love and deep respect.
~ Penny Billington, Touchstone
A sound, practical introduction to a complex and wide-ranging subject. Danu Forest's guidance chimes closely with my own experience of working with spirits over many years. Integrating folk traditions, literary sources and archaeology with contemporary practice, Danu combines visually strong and spiritually apposite ideas with sensitive advice concerning our relations with spirit, as well as working with sacred sites. As Danu says, how we perceive the spirits we connect with as Druids does make a difference.
Having been plugging the notion of Druidry as the native 'shamanic' tradition of Britain and Europe since 1974, it's good to see that it's increasingly catching on, not only amongst fellow Druids, but also amongst archaeologists. I believe we are heading in a direction that links us very firmly with the spirit of ancient Druidry. This is what I call rekindling the sacred fire of Druidry, and I believe Danu Forest's 'The Druid Shaman' will play a part in this rekindling.
~ Philip Shallcrass - 'Greywolf' Chief of the British Druid Order.
Another slim volume. Can't be much in that, you might think. And if you do,
you would think wrong. This is an introduction to a complex subject and to
write a primer with such clarity as this author has done requires a deep
understanding of the subject and an equally deep understanding of how to
communicate that to others. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis in this book on
balance, on personal responsibility, and on service.
That is why this book introduces you to the basics and no more. You have to
make the journey; you have to establish a relationship with the worlds
beyond and those who live there. No one else can do that for you and there
is no system beyond what you will learn here. You can read more deeply into
the subject if you wish, but that won't make the journey any easier. There
are no secrets beyond the one revealed in this book...It is your journey and your
relationship. You can only learn more about that by doing it, by journeying
as often as you can.
Clear and unpretentious, based on good and thorough research as well as
sensible practice, and full of sound advice; you really do not need any
other introduction to this subject. ~ Greame Talboys