COMING SOON: Animal Wisdom for a New Age

Nature-centered forms of spirituality are enjoying a revival all over the world. Even more traditional forms of spirituality are starting to incorporate greener practices. In our post-industrial society there is often a hunger for the natural world, and as this hunger grows spiritual communities are changing to accommodate this need.

One way this desire for the natural world is manifesting is in a renewed interest in spirit animals. Ancient and aboriginal peoples from all over the world sought the wisdom to be gained in the practice of taking on an spirit animal.

A spirit animal is an animal spirit guide. Such a guide helps people to transition through significant changes and rites of passage by granting wisdom and inspiration in a time of need.

A spirit animal is an animal soul or animal archetype that functions as a teacher, companion and helper. Some consider the practice of taking a spirit animal as the practice of drawing the archetypal energy of that animal into yourself. In any case, there is much to be learned from spirit animals.

In Animal Wisdom for a New Age, we’ll look at what your spirit animals might be and how you might benefit from their wisdom.

Available in summer of 2022!

Foundational Druidry

In the Black Mountain Druid Order

Foundational Druidry in the Black Mountain Druid Order

“Druid” is probably the Gaelic equivalent of the word “shaman.” It means “oak wisdom” or “one whose knowledge is great.” The first version of the book you are now holding was written as a foundational course for members of the Black Mountain Druid Order. It was our manual for training those new to the Druid Path in what it means to be a contemporary Celtic shaman.What is now the Black Mountain Druid Order was founded in 1997 by former members of Emerald Coast Druid Grove in Pensacola, Florida. When we moved to the Western North Carolina mountains in 2000, we often met in the town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, near Asheville.

Our Mother Grove was then called the Black Mountain Druid Grove. The Grove became an Order in 2003 when it began training apprentices in the teachings of the Black Mountain Druid Grove. As we grew as an Order, we gradually found ourselves shifting to an emphasis on Celtic shamanism. This book is a new version of the old Black Mountain Druid Order Handbook, which was revised and greatly expanded to reflect the changes in the nature of our Order as we introduced more shamanic teachings. The result of that revision is this book.

The primary mission of the Black Mountain Druid Order is to foster the growth and development of individual Druids and Druid Groves through the Black Mountain Druid Order’s educational programs, while helping our members to develop in mind, body spirit, and emotion through the Way of the Druid.

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