Review; The Book of Hedge Druidry: A Complete Guide for the Solitary Seeker by Joanna van der Hoeven

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book The Book of Hedge Druidry: A Complete Guide for the Solitary Seeker by Joanna van der Hoeven through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Experience the Mystery and Magic of Contemporary Druidry

The Book of Hedge Druidry is for those who feel called to explore a powerful earth-based spirituality rooted in Celtic lore. With hands-on practices as well as fascinating perspectives on what it means to be a Druid, this book walks you through the magic of the liminal realm and helps you fill your own cauldron of inspiration.

Longtime Druid Joanna van der Hoeven guides you in creating an altar and crafting rituals based on the Wheel of the Year and important life passages. You will discover enchanting moon rites and ideas for daily practice as well as insights for working with herbs, spells, and the ogham alphabet. When you step onto the Hedge Druid's path, you learn to work with the in-betweeen places, straddling the boundary between this world and the next and developing profound relationships with ancestors, goddesses, gods, spirits of place, and the Fair Folk.

Druidry is a powerful tradition that evokes the mystical spirit of times past. This comprehensive guide to solitary Druidry will connect you to a higher wisdom for the benefit of all.

My Thoughts on the Book
The Book of Hedge Druidry was an informative and in depth book, which covers a lot of ground. The book is also very easy to read, as it's split up in four sections - theory, practice, study, skills & technique. The author also bothered to historical texts to back up her claims and cite them on the bottom of each page that has a reference.

What I didn't like was that the book was sometimes a bit repetitive and a lack of explanation or practice involving hedge riding, Otherworld and spirit work in the book.

Though, overall, this is a good introduction to hedge druidry and a great reference book.


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