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. Sample Playlist
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. 48 pages.
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.
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).
No, your eyes do not deceive you! This is indeed a digital version of the 2008 issue of The Druids' Voice: The Magazine of Contemporary Druidry. It is, we think, the best issue to date, featuring a superb selection of articles by many of the finest writers in contemporary Druidry. It's also the first issue to be illustrated in full colour throughout. It's rendered even more special by the fact that only 150 copies were ever printed, the reason being that our high tech, bulky, expensive A3 laser printer couldn't take the strain and broke down, never to print again, and we were unable to find anyone who could produce it for us within the cover price. It is, therefore, with genuine pleasure that we make it available in this shiny new format with every page and every beautiful, carefully chosen illustration intact. Yay!
Articles in this themed issue include:
Clothed with the Sky: A Spiritual Form of Naturism Within Druidry, by Philip Carr-Gomm
A Modest Look at Ritual Nudity - Pt .1, by Ronald Hutton
Ritual Nudity in Iron Age Europe, by Philip Shallcrass
Don’t Get Mad, Get Heathen: Madness, Despair & Spirituality, by Steve Rumelhart
A Theology of Reburial, by Emma Restall Orr
Tim Sebastion Woodman Remembered, by Kevan Manwaring
and more, including reviews, news and colourfully eccentric views.
The printed version sold for a very reasonable £3.95, and we're offering the digital version for a mere £2.75. What a bargain!
The Druid Tarot was created by Greywolf in the 1990s as a series of woodblock prints based on archaic images from British and European history and prehistory, ranging from the triple spiral illuminated by the rising Midwinter sun in the rear chamber of the Newgrange tomb-shrine in Ireland through to a Shiela-na-Gig figure from a medieval church in Herefordshire. Some images will doubtless be familiar, such as the 'Druid shaman god' from the Iron Age Gundestrup cauldron or the Bull with Three Cranes from a pagan altar found under the Christian altar in the Notre Dame de Paris church. Others will doubtless be less familiar, drawn from Celtic coins, Pictish carvings or bronze figurines found associated with pagan shrines in Northern France.
This new edition contains four new cards not in previous editions, these being the Stone, Cauldron, Sword and Spear, representing the four traditional elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air. The booklet that goes with the cards has also been revised, updated and expanded and includes some background on each of the images as well as divinatory meanings and suggestions for layouts.
It should be said that this is not a tarot of the traditional type as there are 29 cards rather than the tarot's usual 78 and while in some cases individual cards may resemble those of other tarots, many do not. We also wish to make clear that some of these ancient images are stark in a way that some folk today may find unsettling, including fearsome beasts and exposed genitalia. You have been warned!
As shown in our illustration above, the cards are printed in black and white. This is so that you can colour your own deck, personalising it and making it unique. Here are a few cards Greywolf has started colouring using standard water-colour paints. The card stock used will also take felt tip pens and is likely to take most water-based paints, drawing inks, etc., though we have not tested them for these. Hints and tips for painting the cards are included on a separate sheet as is a blank card for you to try out the colours you intend to use.
This unique deck is, we believe, one of the most original, ancestrally true and distinctly pagan divination tools available anywhere. We have had 200 copies printed. We like it. We trust that you will too... /|\
Awaited since the dawn of time! Brought to you in full 3D, Living Technocolor and Full-scale Epic Surround-Sound Quadrophrenia! Awesomely spectacular! Be the envy of your fellow humanoids! Impress your friends! Look over walls! Tease people mercilessly with your glowing Awenicity! Or you could just buy one of these BDO T-shirts... Exclusive to this website (where else?)! Available in every colour imagineable, as long as it's black. Or black.
Available in 3 awesome sizes:
M = Medium
L = Large
XL = eXtra-Large
Please be aware that this calendar only goes up to February 2016!
Having searched high and low for a calendar designed with UK/European Druids in mind, Greywolf gave up and made his own. The result is a 12-month calendar illustrated with beautiful photographs of British sacred sites including Avebury and Stonehenge, and of Druid activities and gatherings in a variety of sacred settings from a Cornish beach to our Shropshire roundhouse.
Information given includes lunar phases; the names of the lunar months from the Gaulish Coligny Calendar and from Scottish folk tradition; the dates when the sun enters the signs of the zodiac (given in accordance with the actual positions of the stars rather than Western astrology, which is now almost a month out due to the precession of the equinoxes); the eight major festivals of the Druid/Wiccan Wheel of the Year (names given in English, Welsh and Irish Gaelic); UK public holidays, &c.
We have only 20 of this print run in stock, so be quick!
Connecting or re-connecting with your spirit power animal for strength and healing over three days and two nights in a beautiful woodland retreat centre in rural Shropshire with an Iron Age roundhouse, stone circle, sauna, showers, kitchen and other facilities onsite.
Communal accommodation provided. Bring your own bedding. Bring your own food and drink or take advantage of the shop and excellent takeaways in the nearby village. Some food and drink will be provided for a Saturday night feast.
For more information, see the events page. Full details will be sent in advance.
Limited to 40 places.