Druid Priestess Book Review

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It is incredible that the First Chapter was named after the Sacred Sabbath of Samhain and it just so happens that it was on Samhain that I decided to Order the Book.



So far, I have Read the Introduction and it is about a Druid Priest giving an Interview to a Radio News Reporter and he found the resulting Broadcast New Report a bit lacking for what he was trying to present.


I have now from until Yule to get the First Chapter Read. After Yule, I will Read the Chapter dedicated to Yule. They I will have to wait until after Imbalc that I will Read the Chapter about Imbalc.


So Stay Tuned for this Thread will run a Year Long as I gradually Publish my Reviews.

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I chose the Morning of November 5th Bonfire Night to read over the Final Chapter about Samhain and marks the point when I started reading this Book a Year Ago.
 
 
The First Part of the Final Chapter goes on about the Rites of Humans going into their Autumn Years and this is a part where Bobcat describes how if feels to get Older going through the various Changes in Life such as Women going through Menopause.
 
 
Then she points out the Legend of St.Patrick and how he Drove Out the Snakes of Ireland and that the Snakes were a Metaphor for the Pagans and the Pagan Way of Life.  As we all have come to know, the NeoPaganistic Relics have always remained there and have been discovered and are now a Rallying Point for recreating the Pagan Way of Life.  Such Sites like Newgrange is a Good Example.
 
 
Then she writes a Story about how a Baby has Died during Childbirth bringing great Pains and Sorrows for someone who is a Priestess and how such Holy People have to deal with such Sorrows.
 
Finally, she writes of the True Meaning of Samhain and how it is the time when all the Harvests have been Gathered.  She then writes of how she has a Romantic Encounter after a Samhain Ritual had been Celebrated.
 
And at the end of the Book, there is a Good Glossary of Terms that has a Very Special Surprise and Invitation for those who had bought her Book.
 
The Special Thing that happened is right after Finishing reading the Final Chapter, I switched on the Radio and there was Fleetwood Mac Landslide being Played.  I thought that was a Very Appropriate Song to Hear right after Reading such a Book.
 
 
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It is the Saturday Morning after Autumnal Equinox and I decided to get the Autumnal Equinox Chapter read before going off to the Temple Community Garden and do some more Autumnal Equinox Celebrating there.
The Chapter Starts with pointing out that this is the Time of the Year that things are usually at their Most Abundance and it is Time to start bringing in the Harvests and getting them Stored away for the upcoming Winter Supplies.  As a matter of a fact, I was doing my Laundry at the same time and saw a couple of Squirrels who were hurriedly digging in the Ground Hiding their Stores of Nuts for the Winter.  So they are also doing such things.
 
 
Then Emma goes into a section on how a lot of People seem to expect everything to be Done without them participating in the actual Doing and how such People usually find their Expectations in Life as Not Satisfactory and slip into a Frame of Mind of Not Bothering to Try.
 
 
After that, Bobcat Writes of a Druidistic Thanksgiving Ritual done in a Forest (where else?) officiated over by a Druid Priest and Priestess in which Attendees put Offerings of the Harvest onto a Flat Temple Stone at the Center of the Circle.  I thought this Ritual Writing was Very Well Written.
 
 
Then she goes into the subject of various types of Pain and how Druids tend to deal with the Emotions involved with Pain such as Anger and Fear.  This is followed by the Magics involved with shaping various Emotions such as Fear and Anger.
 
And then finally, Emma writes of times when she Lived as a Child in the Caribbean on the Beach being Splashed by the Ocean Waves and finding a Druid Priest to have Love and Flirtations with thus solving her Emotions of feeling Lonely.  I thought this Thought Ritual was well Written and Very Entertaining.
 
 
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After doing my Annual Celebration of Lughnasadh by going off to the Japanese Powell Street Festival, it is time to Read the Chapter about Lughnasadh.
 
 
It Starts with Describing the Phenomenon of Crop Circles and how Bobcat has visited them and felt their Power and how they only appear at this time of Growth.
 
 
Then She goes into how Druids go about their Bardic Grade Training and the various Sacred Elements that they pay Homage and mentions that it is the Bardic Grade Level of Druid Training that is the Most Important.
 
 
She then goes into how this is the Time of Celebrating the Ripening Harvest and the Time of Festivals and when Meetings were held by our Ancient Ancestors at a Place called the 'Gorsedd' Mound.
 
 
The next Sections is a Story of a Bardic Celebration of taking down the Barleycorn and the Reaping of the Harvests in which a Bard Sings a Song as a King arrives wearing a Crown of Barley Stalks.
 
It is then Pointed Out that this is also the Time of Year that we know how well the Harvests have been and how we are going to Fair in the Upcoming Winter and that it is the Time for Serious Decisions for how much of the Harvest can be Devoted to becoming Seed for Next Seasons Plantings and that it tends to be the Time for Handfastings and how Handfasting Rituals are Composed and Carried Out.  Then Bobcat writes about a Handfasting Ritual that she actually Composed and made Invocations on a Nice Couple.
 
 
With that, the Chapter Ends.
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Having realized that it is now 3 Weeks since Summer Solstice and that I had Totally Forgot to read the Chapter devoted to the Summer Solstice, I chose this Saturday Morning to sit down and get the Summer Solstice Chapter Read.
 
 
First thing she does is write a sequence of Animal Transformations then she goes into how the Summer is the Season of the Sacred Element of Fire and is the height of Masculine Energy.  It then describes how a Circle of Druidcraft works at this time of Year and that the Energies Involved can cause all sorts of things to happen and can result in Mistakes being made and Failures to occur.
 
 
Upon Reading the part about Mistakes and Failures, I sort of reminded of how there have been some Mistakes and Failures at my New Job recently in the Past Week which resulted in a Supervisor (who was Very Verbally Abusive!!!) to be suddenly Dismissed.  Having read the Passage after that series of Events has caused me to think it was the Mystical Power of the Fates that caused me to forget to Read the Chapter until the Recent Events had Unfolded causing to relate to that Particular Part of the Chapter on a More Personal Nature.
 
 
She then goes on to Write about what caught her attention and drew her to Druidism which is quite Interesting.  Then after going over a History of Druidism, she Writes about a Earth Ritual that is Documented by a Reporter.
 
 
She then Concludes the Chapter by Writing a couple of Rituals and about some of her Past Life Experiences.
 
 
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So as a part of my Beltane Celebrations, I went to the Tuesday Night Meditation at the Buddhist Temple and while Meditation was on, I read over the Beltane Chapter 'Sex & Drive' of Bobcat's Book 'Druid Priestess' and this is what I found in it.
 
 
First thing, it is stated that not only is Beltane the Awakening of Sexual Fertility but also Creativity, Health, and Music.  Music being most predominantly coming from the Mating Calls of Birds.  Bobcat then observes how the Engergies of all things Stire & Awaken at this time of Year.
 
 
Bobcat then points that within all Males, an aspect of the Feminine exists as well as aspects of the Masculine exists within all Females.  Obviously, Bobcat is trying once again to create Balance and Understanding between the Sexes and put to an end the endless rhetoric of Battle of the Sexes with her Philosophies and Writings.  Bobcat then pays Homage to the Best Example of the Masculine which is in her opinion, the Green Man God.  Bobcat then describes a Beltane Ritual in a Grove of Maples with a Male Spirit called 'Tyroshai'. 
 
 
Then Bobcat writes of Dancing in the Beltane Grove with a Male Spirit and they Dance round & round making many Shape Shifts into various Animal Forms that they are Empathic with.  Once again, Bobcat pays Homage to the Animal Kingdom and tries to bring Balance between Humanity and Nature with this Creative Passage.
 
 
The next part of the Chapter starts with the Word 'Freedom'.
 
But it goes into all the Antisocial Paradoxes that keeps us from having True Freedom then uses allegories about how we tend to be Labelled like Bottles with different contents and how such Stigmas keep us from being able to express True Freedom.  Then it is pointed out that it is only through Perfect Trust that Love & Freedom can follow.
 
 
Bobcat then describes a scene on being reluctant on taking on a Male Apprentice from a far away place and I can identify with this issue as I am in a Far Away Place so I took this part as being a Subliminal Message for me.
 
Bobcat then writes of how being an Overly Energetic Species causes us Uncontrolled Energies that causes to be becomes Traumatized and that is why we tend to have Negative Post Traumatic Stress.  That is why I enjoy being Quiet and Peaceful at Meditation Sessions as I get to take a Break from all the Traumatic Stresses that I have to endure with other Humans who Lack Control over their own Personal Energies.
 
 
Then the Chapter ends with a few passages that Bobcat writes about relating some Negative perhaps Personal Issues that might come from Bobcats Personal Past
 
 
I found the Chapter to be something showing how Bobcat is trying to being Balance between Males &  Females, Humans & Nature and how to deal with Personal Energies & Traumatic Experiences.
 
 
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I read the Spring Chapter called 'Nothing And Freedom' through today at Work and the first thing Emma goes into how in Mundane Life, one is always looking for Positive Reinforcements in order to have Good Confidence in Life as well as Spiritual Matters.  In this section of the Chapter, she creates a Story using one of her Past Teachers whose name was 'Fearn'. In this part, she mentions quit often how Fields are Ploughed so it is obvious to me that she considers the Sacred Element of Earth as being Representative of Spring Equinox.
 
 
Then she goes into how one is usually Safe and Secure when in amongst a Sacred Circle and goes into various ways how Female and Male Druid Priests create such Sacred Circles.  Then she Divides the Circles into North, East, South and West and describes various places she has been in those Hemispheres.  In the North, she spent time at a Scottish Castle and goes on about how Cold it was.  In the East, she spent time in Japan and describes how things were like for her there.  In the South, she had been in Spain and describes how Hot and Humid is was there.  And for the West, she goes on about her Travels in North America.
 
 
Then Emma goes about which Trees are representative of which Elements about how the Willow Tree represent Water, the Great Oak is represents North, the Yew represents Air and the Beech Tree represents South.  
 
 
Then she tells a Story of how 6 Druidistic Priestesses are in Seclusion in their Grove and how they tell each other Stories of their Various Adventures in Life which include their coming of Age, Relationship with Men and their Experiences with Sex.  They then do some Circle Dancing in their Grove.
 
 
She then goes into the Philosophies of the Nature Gods and they are Not Cruel nor Kind and that they just go Round & Rounds with the Changes of Life and how they are not for us and have their own Concerns and Affairs that they look after and don't necessarily care about what they do or do not do.
 
 
Then she goes into the Various Definitions of how the 'Awens' work and how it is the Spirits of Life and how it Flows through our Bodies & Souls and that Welsh it means 'Flowing Spirit'.
 
 
The Final Story is about her taking an Imagination Walk along a Creek during Spring and about how she is enjoying the Newly Bloomed Flowers of the Creek and then comes upon a Stag Deer that goes along with her and then gradually turns into a Young Man who goes off with her.
 
 
And that is how the Chapter Ends.
 
 
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Spring Equinox has come and gone and I just realized that it is therefore Time to get the Next Chapter of Druid Priestess Read and the Review of it Written.
 
 
I guess I will take it to the Buddhist Temple today after Work and get it Read while doing some Gardening Work done on my Allotment.
 
 
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It is Imbolc so this morning I read the Druid Princess Chapter on Imbolc and the first thing Emma writes about is that the Energies of the New Year start to Strengthen and Energize is that the Snowdrops start to Bloom. So when I read that, I ran out and got some Pictures of some Snowdrop Flowers that I had seen last Monday:



The Chapter then goes on about how with the Birth of the New Solar Power of the Sun, this tends to be the part of the Year that some Druidisitic Devotees like to do their Initiations as this part of the Year is the Start of New Life and points out that there is no longer any need for Secrecy as well are not longer under Siege from a Conquering Religion as it was during the Burning Times. Therefore it is no longer necessary to make Secret Oaths of Allegiance.


The Chapter then goes on how there are many Decisions as to where we are going is done during the Early Years of Life between the 6th to 8th Years of Life. This I disagree with as I recall that the Most Decision Making I ever had to make was during Puberty of 14 to 18 Years of Age.


Then the Chapter goes into how the Druidistic Word "Nemetona" is the Celtic Word for a Druidistic Grove and that there is a Druidistic Goddess 'Nemetona' is the Goddess of Sanctuary with her Arms enfolding us in a Sacred Circle with various Spirits and Deities acting as Keepers of the Sacred Groves.


Then Emma goes on how at Gorsedd Festivals that even though all Gods and Goddesses are one in the same Singular Deity, there are several types of Deities represented at the Gorsedd Festival such as Priests for Murcury, Cernunnos and the Roman Diana. There are even representatives of Christianity, Bahai, Buddhism and Hinduism.


There are some Stories of Emma counselling her Devotees and Druidistic Apprentices through their Personal Trials and Tribulations during this time of year which are quite interesting.


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One of the things that Impressed me about the Yule Chapter about the Book was the way she starts off with Stating that the People of Areas of the World which are considered Poor actually are Not Poor as that they are able to Live off of the Land and have not use for Money or Wealth so do not actually consider themselves as being Poor and they have all they need and thus are actually Content with their Standard of Living.
 
 
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After sending out all my Happy Winter Sosltice Greeting Emails, I jumped into Bed with Bobcats Book and read the Yule Chapter 'The Womb'.
 
 
It starts out stating how far and wide Bobcat has Traveled and seen many various Cultures and how their Impoverished People cope with Life.  She notes and in many of those Cultures most of those People have No Concept of Riches or Poorness and are connected to the Spiritual Forces of the Land to such an extent that they do not consider themselves Poor at all and that they Live Contentedly without Riches or Wealth.
 
 
I have always noted that such Societies are Luckier than ours since they therefore do not have as much Vanity, Greed or Egotism that causes us to have a lot of Negative Emotions and Depressions.
 
 
Then after a Imaginative Meditation Story of being in the Forest, she goes into how we all are in need of Feeling Secure in a Good Healthy Tribe and if we do not have that then we tend to become Depressed and Apathetic towards others and tend to drown our Sorrows by becoming Dependent on Unhealthy Addictions such as Alcohol or Drugs.
 
 
Then towards the end of the Chapter, she goes into how Death is a Natural Part of Life that is something that should not be feared and goes into some concepts of how Reincarnation Works and that she has a theory that we might actually become Reborn in a Physical Body in the Past as well and maybe Reincarnating in a New Body in the Future.
 
 
That discussion on Death then leads into how her Third Yule Ritual with her Present Tribe was done and it basically gives Thanks for the Rebirth of the New Year and that all will soon become Lighter and Warmer as the Winter Solstice has come and gone signalling the beginning of the Sun's Return to Full Power.  I thought it was a Warm and Inclusive Ritual that she describes.
 
 
Next Chapter will be Read on the Morning of February 1st Imbolc.
 
 
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Just finished reading over Chapter 1.
 
 
The First Part involves a Druid going for a Samhain Hike through the Forest with a Spirit Friend 'Seabhac'.
 
 
Then it goes into a Rant about how Humanity had Assumed Superiority over Nature and therefor has Disrespected Nature for many Centuries and the necessity to be Subordinate to Nature rather than trying to Superior over Nature because would then become destined to Lose.
 
 
And the Final Pages describes the various ways one can Celebrate a Sacred Sabbath such as Samhain creating any Ritual you want that works best for you.
 
 
Looking forward to Yule when I get to Read the Next Chapter.
 
 
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