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A Brief History of Nakedness - Philip Carr-Gomm

In A Brief History of Nakedness Philip Carr-Gomm traces our preoccupation with nudity in three distinct areas of human endeavour: religion, politics and popular culture. Rather than study the history of the fine-art nude, or detail the ways in which the naked body has been denigrated or imprisoned, this book explores new territory - revealing the ways in which religious teachers, politicians, protestors and cultural icons have used nudity to enlighten or empower themselves, or simply entertain us.

"I absolutely loved A Brief History of Nakedness. Besides being a fascinating read, it contains the most fun, intriguing, and diverse collection of nude photographs anywhere. A must for anyone interested in art, political activism, and cultural studies. This ''brief'' history must have taken forever to research. It makes me want to rip off my clothes for a good cause immediately." --Annie Sprinkle PhD, artist / sexologist

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"In this lucid and wide-ranging book Philip Carr-Gomm . . . strips bare the paradoxes of humanity''s attitude toward its own naked figures. Using a snappy blend of history and imagery, he invites readers to join him in making thrilling, confusing, funny, and beautiful realizations about that simultaneously mysterious and obvious state of unclothedness. From the rituals of witchcraft to the human art installations of Spencer Tunick to the non-nakedness of the Naked Chef, Carr-Gomm offers the revelation that far from being merely a basic physical state, human nakedness - sacred, obscene - holds the key to understanding politics, culture, and our very nature as human beings."--Kathleen Rooney, author of Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object

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"A Brief History of Nakedness admirably uncovers religious, political and popular performances of and reactions to nudity in a remarkable array of cultures. Everything from ancient religious devotional practices to recent streaking controversies is discussed in an expert and delightful manner."--Graham Harvey, Open University

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"Not only the best book on its subject, but a marvellous read: racy, compassionate, candid and perceptive."--Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol

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A Druid Abroad - Sandra Parsons

The male in Druidry can be seen to equate to direct energies such as courage, focus, the hero, light, strength and power, and the use of directional tools. The female in Druidry is a pulse or rhythm, an apparently divided energy in itself, a series of apparent contradictions and paradoxes; a very different type of knowledge, light and power. She is intuition and patience, love and fury, and she is both the ebb and flow of energies, of life and death, renewal and decay. This book came about as a result of a visit to Ireland and a personal need to learn more about the Lady in Druidry, 'abroad' is meant in the wider sense of 'out and about' rather than being in another country. To analyse the Goddess is to restrict her, her ways are too complex for linear thought. We need to experience her rather than expect to understand her and substitute our restricted vision for a wider, holistic view of this incredible world into which we have been born. This is a book of discovery, intuition and enlightenment - shared rather than taught.


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A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year - Ellen Evert Hopman

This book shows the reader how to use herbs when celebrating Druid festivals and rites of passage. Also included are chapters on how to prepare herbal tinctures, salves and poultices; herbs used by the Druids; herbal alchemy and the planets; and the relationships between herbs and sacred places.


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A Druid's Tale - Cat Treadwell

What do people think of when they hear the word Druidry? The real questions, not questions about the old men in white robes stereotypes. What makes a Druid? What do they do? Having been a practising Druid for over ten years, Cat Treadwell wondered too. Asked to present a talk at a national Pagan Festival, and unsure exactly what the audience would want to hear, she started a blog, asking friends and colleagues (Muggle and Pagan) what they would like to know about the Druid Path. Two years later they are still asking. This book answers some of those questions. Cat has compiled and expanded on the common queries (So, do you worship the sun?) as well as the day-to-day aspects of Druidry as a lived path. She reveals how Druidry is constantly evolving to be relevant and accessible in the modern world.


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Celtic Tales of Birds and Beasts - Mara Freeman

Ancient tales from the Celtic Lands set to the exquisite sounds of harp, whistle and pipes. Adapted and narrated by Mara Freeman. Includes: The Children of Lir, The Selkie and the Legend of the Oldest Animals.


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Contemplative Druidry - James Nichol

Contemplative Druidry is an evolving aspect of modern Druidry. Rather than talking in purely abstract terms, this book focuses first on the experience of people practicing contemplative Druidry now. Only then does it look at the bigger picture and draw conclusions for the developing spirituality of modern Druidry as a whole.

'Contemplative Druidry' takes the five months of March-July 2014, and offers a snapshot of how 15 practitioners of Druidry in England today understand and practice contemplative Druidry, and why they value it. Responding to a set of questions either in live interviews or through written responses, they describe both what contemplative Druidry means to them personally, and how they see it fitting in to the context of Druidry as a modern pagan spirituality. In this way 'Contemplative Druidry' acts as a contemplative inquiry, with many voices offering perspectives on contemplative Druidry, its place within Druidry as a whole, and its wider contribution to the development of modern spirituality, particularly within pagan traditions. The contributors, in alphabetical order of first names, are: David Popely, Elaine Knight, Eve Adams, JJ Middleway, Joanna Vander Hoeven, Julie Bond, Karen Webb, Katy Jordan, Mark Rosher, Nimue Brown, Penny Billington, Robert Kyle, Rosa Davis and Tom Brown.

In his introduction, the author describes the experience which led him, already a practising Druid, onto a more contemplative path. He talks of how he turned outwards to his own community, as well as inwards to his personal practice, and brought together a group dedicated to developing a practice of contemplative Druidry in Gloucestershire, England. The book is in many respects a fruit of this work, and 11 of the 15 contributors are involved in the group. The other four are independently engaged with contemplative and meditative practice in Druidry, and agreed to be part of the book. The main section of the book is divided into three parts. The first is about the people involved - their childhood spirituality, their histories of questing for a spiritual practice and home that made sense, and their commitment to Druidry as an identity and set of values. The second is about practice - formal sitting meditations, ways of contemplative engagement with nature, forms of group practice, contemplative arts, and having a contemplative stance in every day life. The third is about potential - what the practice of contemplative Druidry can do for the individual and its benefits to the community as a whole. The book ends with a set of author's reflections and conclusions, including suggestions about how contemplative practices can become more widely adopted within the Druid community. There are eight appendices, which include models of group programmes and solo practices for contemplative Druidry, and also two threads from the Contemplative Druidry Facebook group, one about contemplation and mysticism and the other on pilgrimage. The book has a foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm, Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, a significant contribution in its own right under the title: 'Deep Peace of the Quiet Earth: the Nature Mysticism of Druidry'. The foreword endorses the view that contemplative Druidry is an idea whose time has come.

'Contemplative Druidry' is an introduction in that it raises awareness of contemplative practice in Druidry, and potentially in pagan spirituality more widely. It provides documentary recognition of the approach. And it sets a note of contemplative inquiry and exploration, rather than offering a fixed set of teachings that people are invited to assimilate in a top-down kind of way. The book is therefore of interest both to people with a personal interest in contemplative Druidry, and to those with a more general interest in the life and development of modern Druidry, pagan paths more widely, and evolutionary spirituality as a whole.


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Cosmiels Gift - Philip Carr-Gomm

In this excerpt from the novel 'The Prophecies', beautifully illustrated with images by Angela Lemaire, we learn why Hermann no longer fears death after his Ecstatic Journey with the angel Cosmiel 'beyond the Sea of Stars', beyond even the Seventh Heaven:

"Since taking this ecstatic journey with Cosmiel, I no longer fear death. Instead I know of the wonders that lie in store for me, once freed of the physical body. Death, I now know, is a process of shedding, of letting go of attachments, of longings, of defences, of garments of thought and feeling that cover the pure radiance of the soul."

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Druidry and Meditation - Nimue Brown

Meditation has a great deal to offer anyone on a spiritual path. Through self-knowledge and inner peace, we gain insight. In contemplation and communion, we may hear the voice of spirit. This book offers a broad range of meditative practices, and explains how to develop your own visualisations. for those who want to go further; there is advice for running meditation groups and for using meditation in ritual.


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Journeys of the Soul - The Life & Legacy of a Druid Chief by Philip Carr-Gomm

Journeys of the Soul
The Life & Legacy of a Druid Chief by Philip Carr-Gomm

With the Selected Poetry, Letters, Travel Diaries, Watercolours and Drawings of Ross Nichols, Foreword by Christina Oakley Harrington

Ross Nichols was one of the key figures in the revival of interest in Druidry and Celtic Spirituality in modern times. The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, which he founded, is now the largest Druid group in the world. Journeys of the Soul vividly describes Nichols journey through life in the first complete biography of this enigmatic and influential Druid Chief, allowing us an intimate and controversial glimpse into the life and mind of one of the founding figures of the modern Pagan movement.

Photographs, sketches and colour reproductions of his watercolours are included with the letters and diary excerpts of Nichols own journeys, continuing the theme of Philip's biography with stories of travel in evocative places: by the pyramids in Egypt, in the mountains of Bulgaria, in the 'House of Mysteries' at Pompeii.

In these travel journals, Nichols weaves impressions of the countryside and the people with historical and archaeological information, psychic impressions, anecdotes, jokes and poetry. As we follow a historian and spiritual teacher on his journeys, we too are taken on journeys of the soul.

Illustrated 220pp privately published hardback signed by the author (Only available through the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids).


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Lessons in Magic: A Guide to Making Your Dreams Come True - Philip Carr-Gomm

A short focused book on how to bring magic into your life and into the world.

Deep down most of us believe in magic, because we know that sometimes just sometimes magic can come tumbling into our lives with a blinding flash, and suddenly there we are facing the person were destined to fall in love with, or being offered the job we never believed we would get, or we just find ourselves walking down that same familiar street, but this time its different this time weve fallen in love with life: this time everything looks different, and life feels wonderful and exciting again.

Most people believe that you cant make this kind of magic occur in your life. They say youre either lucky or youre not: it either happens to you or it doesnt. But what if we could make magic happen? What if we could do things that actually made these types of experiences occur more often in our lives? And what if there was a book that taught this kind of magic?

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