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    Obviously, if you have read any of my posts, you know by now that I am not afraid to disagree with people. So in reviewing this great book, Principles of Druidry by Chieftess, Emman Restall Orr, I will try to stay on the all of the positive points of this great book. First, what I want to say is that the book is very poetic, and spiritual, and I already love it. The Chieftess, who I think is also known as Bobcat, really gives some great insight into druidry in this book. Let me just start off by giving a block quote from the book. The Chieftess is talking about an earth-ancestor spirituality of druidry.

    “The more widely accepted possible origins of the faith take us back into the primitive cultures of neolithic Europe and to the motivating drive behind any religion: the need to understand the world around us in our search for survival, together with some way of assuring the future through the fertility of the land and tribe. In this, Druidry connects with all of the other Earth-ancestor traditions around the globe, such as the Native American, the Maori and Huna, the Aboriginal, the Romany and the indigenous spiritualities of African and Asia. ………..But honoring the mysteries and manifestations of life is still a profoundly sacred and rewarding act, and it lies deep within the heart of modern Druidry. (The principles of Druidry, Chieftess, Emma Restall Orr. p.9-10)

    The book has a copyright of 1998, and it seems to me that the BDO druids were really fired up about druidry at that time. I like her take on being a druid, and if you can get the book, I think it would be wonderful if other people would post their thoughts about the book as we go through the chapters together. I hope we can all keep the spirit of the druids who were in the 1980s and 1990s. I think we can learn a lot from them about druidry. Welcome to the Hotel Druid, you can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave, Yes, I think this book has a spirit that reminds me of the song Hotel California by the Eagles

    Hotel California
    Eagles
    On a dark desert highway
    Cool wind in my hair
    Warm smell of colitas
    Rising up through the air
    Up ahead in the distance
    I saw a shimmering light
    My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
    I had to stop for the night
    There she stood in the doorway
    I heard the mission bell
    And I was thinkin’ to myself
    ‘This could be heaven or this could be hell
    Then she lit up a candle
    And she showed me the way
    There were voices down the corridor
    I thought I heard them say
    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
    Such a lovely face
    Plenty of room at the Hotel California
    Any time of year (any time of year)
    You can find it here
    Her mind is Tiffany-twisted
    She got the Mercedes Benz, uh
    She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys
    That she calls friends
    How they dance in the courtyard
    Sweet summer sweat
    Some dance to remember
    Some dance to forget
    So I called up the Captain
    “Please bring me my wine”
    He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969”
    And still those voices are calling from far away
    Wake you up in the middle of the night
    Just to hear them say
    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
    Such a lovely face
    They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
    What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
    Bring your alibis
    Mirrors on the ceiling
    The pink champagne on ice
    And she said, “We are all just prisoners here of our own device”
    And in the master’s chambers
    They gathered for the feast
    They stab it with their steely knives
    But they just can’t kill the beast
    Last thing I remember
    I was running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the place I was before
    “Relax”, said the night man
    “We are programmed to receive
    You can check out any time you like
    But you can never leave”