edited by Philip Shallcrass (Greywolf) & Emma Restall Orr (Bobcat)
This densely-packed book provides a concise introduction to Druidry the way we do it in the BDO. It contains essays by the two editors as well as guest contributors; historian, Ronald Hutton; Anglo-Saxon sorcerer, Brian Bates; musician, Andy Letcher; and shaman, Alan Tickhill.
It is divided into four sections: Past, Present and Future sets out where Druidry comes from, what it is like now and how it may develop in the future; Druidry in Theory and Practice outlines the fundamentals of Druid practice and the reasons behind them, including the nature of Awen, sacred time and space, etc.; The British Druid Order discusses the formation of the BDO, its development up until 2002, the formation of local groves, gorseddau, etc.; Things to Make and Do is just that – instructions for making robes and rattles. There is also a section of recommended further reading.
BDO Publications, 2nd edition, 2002.
Paperback, 88 pages, illustrations, index.
A remarkable collection of songs, spells and invocations from BDO chief, Greywolf, aka Philip Shallcrass.
Beginning with an invocation to the old Saxon gods of Britain, it moves into ‘Song at Wodnesbeorg,’ a song inspired by Greywolf’s meeting with Woden on an ancient burial mound in North Wiltshire. Next is an invocation of Awen, the sacred, flowing spirit of inspiration in our tradition. This is followed by a hymn to the divine feminine, ‘Lady of the Greenwood.’ Track 5, ‘Lover’ and the title track, ‘The Sign of the Rose,’ are lyrical love songs. ‘Autumn Spell’ is a prayer for healing, followed by ‘Hel’s Embrace,’ reflecting on the dark side of relationships, while the next track, ‘A Perfect Mirror,’ deals with love’s ability to find itself reflected in another’s soul. ‘Slide’ is an out-and-out rocker with some bitchin’ slide guitar work. ‘Sacrifice’ muses on what we may or may not be willing to give, or give up, for love. ‘Thanks’ is an expression of gratitude for the sheer strangeness of being alive. The final track, the 12-minute epic, ‘The Sweet Sorrow,’ is a tragic tale of love and loss, based on a traditional Scots ballad of the same name, here given a makeover with layered harp, bass, percussion and strings.
Running time 62 minutes.
Edited by Philip Shallcrass (Greywolf) & Emma Restall Orr (Bobcat)
Ever wondered why there are so many Druid groups and what they all do? In this book, 38 different Druid groups from Britain, Europe, the USA, Australia and elsewhere tell you about themselves in their own words.
Setting the scene are three introductory sections by the two editors, ‘What is Druidry?’ and ‘A History of Druidry’ by Greywolf and ‘Modern Practice’ by Bobcat. Then comes the Directory itself, in which groups are listed alphabetically and by geographical location. There are several pages of Druids on the web, plus a recommended reading list for Druidry ancient and modern. The reduced price is due to some of the information being out of date. We do, however, include an insert which updates some of the contact details and an online resource where you can find further updated information.
Paperback, 120 pages, illustrations, index.
A collection of poems, songs, spells and invocations
by Philip Shallcrass (Greywolf)
This is a second collection from Greywolf, following on from the very popular The Passing of the Year. Several of the pieces in The Remembering Soul have a darker hue than those in the earlier book, reflecting the fact that they were written at the time of Greywolf’s wife’s illness and subsequent death. The are written from the heart, often with a raw immediacy. Some are definitely not for the faint-hearted. Some contain explicit language that may cause offence. You have been warned.
Paperback, 52 pages, illustrated with drawings and brush-and-ink sketches by the author.
A collection of verses by bards of the British Druid Order
With an introduction by Bobcat (Emma Restall Orr), this collection brings together some of the best poetry produced by bards of the BDO.
Contributors include Dutch artist, Loes Raymakers and American High Priest and Druid, Leon Reed. The titles of some of the poems included will give you an idea of the subjects covered: West Kennett Long Barrow; Sweat Lodge; Holly; Mistletoe; Redemption; Low Slung Moon; Crow Dancing; The Green Imagination; Winter Solstice; Blessings; Ecstasy; Samhain; Consecration; A Poet’s Wish to his Dying Muse; Rainbow Wisdom; Forest Thoughts; Calling. As you’ll see, the verse included here respond to the awen of sacred places, the cycles of sun and moon and of human life, and of Druidry itself, the path and its magic.
This issue featured our first full-colour cover, a cover that relates to a number of the articles which give a variety of views of the controlled ritual access to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice, 1998.
Other articles include; Technopaganism, by Trudy Barber; Music, Magic and the Misty Mountain Hop, by Jack Gale; Mead, by Graham Harvey; Speaking for the Ancestors, by Paul Davies; Practical Spirituality, by Steve Hounsome; Blood, Earth and Soul: the Druid Trinity, by Andrew Smith; The Face of Druidry, by Dylan ap Thuin; Moseley Bog Sweat, by Mark Graham; and A Voice in Winter, by Gordon the Toad. Also includes news and reviews.
40 A4 pages, illustrated.
This issue features articles on Celtic Spirituality, by Gwalchmai;
plus In Memory of Gunnhildr, by Jenny Blain; Gerald Massey, by Stephanie Methavet; Seidr: Journeying the Wyrd of the Nine Worlds, by Jenny Blain; Druidry and Politics, by Philip Carr-Gomm; Morality and Honour, by Emma Restall Orr; Sacrifice, by Gwalchmai; The Goddess in Druidry, by Matt McCabe; Taliesin’s Trip: Celtic Shamanisms?, by Dr. Robert Wallis; Footprints on the Threshold, by Christine Rhone; Stonehenge Road Scheme, by Greywolf; and The Dragon Rune, by Adrian Harris.
Also contains news, reviews and an eisteddfod section.
56 A4 pages, illustrated.
Featured in this issue are: The Future of the BDO, by Greywolf and Bobcat (so you can see how much of it came true);
plus A Year in the Life, by Greywolf; Cat in Erin, by Bobcat; An American Druid in Solitude, by Ian Durham; Raven Revelation, by Kiri Johnston; In the Bone, by Alan Tickhill; Interfaith Interference, by Archbishop Greywolf (a bit of a giggle); Hell Theory, by Anon (another chucklesome treat); Druid Funerals, by Greywolf and Bobcat; Databases, by Dave Hughes, an eisteddfod section and various reviews, &c.
24 A4 pages, illustrated.
Featured in this issue are: The New British Druid Order (well, new then, we’ve got newer since), by Greywolf and Bobcat (look carefully and you’ll see the seeds of the Druid Network being planted);
plus On the Nature of Pagan Druidry – and being a heretic, by Emma Restall Orr; Reflections on the Cycle of Life and Death, by Ricardo Campos; and Volunteering for Druids, by Geoff Boswell. There’s also a cracking selection of bardic poetry in this issue, a report on the Awen Camp we held in the Forest of Dean, plus lots of reviews and other short pieces.
24 A4 pages, illustrated.
This issue features articles on the financing of the BDO and the Druid Forum event at Stourbridge;
plus On the symbolism of The Ram-Horned Snake, by Stuart Barrett; a Lughnasad Festival and Pilgrimage at Sleive Gullion in Northern Ireland; a piece on the Museum of Witchcraft at Boscastle in Cornwall, by Francis Cameron; an article on Druidical map-making; more fabulous bardic poetry, news, reviews, etc.
20 A4 pages, illustrated.
25-card set based on the ancient Irish Ogham alphabet with cards designed by Greywolf (aka Philip Shallcrass) and a 40-page booklet by Steve Rumelhart giving guidance on using the cards in divination. The cards are illustrated with leaves from each of the trees or plants associated with the Ogham letters, the letters themselves being shown in red, the colour of our life-blood and a perfect contrast to the green of the leaves. For a closer look at the cards, click on the small image above. The booklet gives information on the natural history, folklore and uses of the Ogham trees and plants as well as their divinatory meanings. Both booklet and cards also incorporate ‘phrase Oghams’ from the medieval Irish ‘Scholars’ Primer’ which is our primary source of information about the Ogham alphabet. A very accessible, practical way to connect with and use the Oghams. The cards measure 98 x 148 mm, or 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches (approx.). The first edition of only 100 copies is rapidly selling out and we’ve now printed a second edition of 200.
The World Drum Project founders, White Cougar and Morten Wolf Storeide, and fellow Norwegians, Lena M. Paalviig Johnsen, Bobby Kure, and possibly Anita Dreyer, members of the shamanic band, Baalfolket. All draw inspiration from the Saami traditions of Norway and related shamanic cultures. It’ll be an intense, powerful and enriching weekend of practical, deeply spiritual workshops and music from all the above, plus our very own Greywolf.
Here’s a draft itinerary (subject to change as we’re waiting to confirm a couple of items and may shift one or two between days):
Friday 9th May, evening: Chaga ceremony in the roundhouse. This one’s a definite. For an idea of what to expect, see the blog on Greywolf’s Lair.
Saturday 10th May, from 10am to 12 midnight: Journey to the Nine Directions – Opening up the Senses – Healing and Methods – Awakening Your Powers – New Perspectives on Life – Magic & Transformation – Sound Healing Sessions – Sacred Fire Ceremony – evening concert featuring Greywolf, Morten, White Cougar, Lena, Bobby and, we hope, Anita from Baalfolket, plus the possibility of a special guest or two…
Sunday 11th May, from 10am to 4pm: Chakra Breathing – Communicating with Nature – Journey Into the Dreaming…
The price for this weekend includes all meals and basic accommodation or camping. Bearing in mind that most shamanic workshop weekends cost well over £200, we think it’s a pretty good deal. Incidentally, if youWe’re really looking forward to this one and hope to see you there.
The theme of this all-day and evening event is connecting with primordial power through sound and the soul of nature. Our five guides are inspired by the Saami traditions of Norway and the spirits of the Northlands. They are: World Drum Project founders, Kyrre Franck White Cougar and Morten Wolf Storeide, with Lena Paalviig Johnsen, Bobby Kure and Anita Dreyer of the shamanic band, Baalfolket. They will be bringing shamanic teachings, Saami-influenced spirituality relating to spirits of land, plants and animals, of reality, depth, intensity and joy, and also fantastic music, whether you want to trance with the spirits or get up and dance. Workshops offered during a whole day in and around a beautiful reconstructed Saxon hall are aimed at awakening your latent shamanic abilities, enabling you to connect deeply with the spirits of the natural world. With over 60 acres of native, broadleaved woodland, Bishop’s Wood is an ideal setting. For more information, see our Event Page.
In short, you will not want to miss this. The Saxon Hall holds a maximum capacity of only 50 guests, so you might want to book for the event now, or register your interest by contacting Elaine on 01746 861992 or by e-mail, or you can download a booking form here: Bishops Wood Leaflet May 2014sm
Greywolf’s long-awaited – i.e. 14 years!!! – second cd is in preparation. He’s been recording tracks for it for about, oh, 14 years or so… There’s still a little way to go. However, while we’re all tapping our fingers and toes waiting, GW thought it would be a nice idea to make some preview tracks available for download as ‘singles’ for BDO folk and friends. It’s also a way of raising funds to get the cd pressed. Kind of a cloud-sourcing thing. You get an amazing, nearly 10-minute track for just 0.99p! We think that’s a bargain. So, if you like it, please tell your friends and point them here. Thank you!
The Hunter is an example of what Greywolf calls ‘shamanic rock’, opening with rattle, flute and frame drum plus, of course, wolves howling in the wild. Then it all kicks off with the addition of drum kit, bass, rhythm and twin-tracked lead guitars. All instruments are played by Greywolf, who also wrote, produced and sings it. The song is about Gwyn ap Nudd, the guide of the souls of the dead, leader of the Wild Hunt and Lord of the Faery Folk in native British tradition. He is also the Lord of the year’s Winter half. The track runs for just under 10 minutes and Greywolf tells us it’s his favourite track of all his recorded output to date. Guaranteed to have you bouncing around the room, as we trust the clip below will demonstrate:
This clip is 96 kbps (i.e. small file but fairly low quality), the full download is 192 kbps (i.e. much better quality and quite a big file – about 14MB).