BOOKS AND AUDIOS
Nature Healing Meditations
Four meditations to support deep rest and healing: Clothed
with Flowers - a journey to the healing world of the
Ovates and Druids, The Healing Island of Moy
Mell - a journey to
the Land of Honey, Drawing from the
Well - to help you take
a brief healing catnap, and Healing
Sleep - to help you
go to sleep and stay asleep.
In each of these meditations we have used aspects of the
Divine Proportion to convey and embody a deep sense of harmony
The language of Nature can be glimpsed
in the Divine Proportion, which is found in the human body,
in DNA, in the spirals of shells, the geometry of crystals
and the veins of leaves. It can be found in brain wave cycles,
in our skeletons, and in the branching of our veins and nerves.
The Golden Mean, expressed by the Greek letter Phi, and intimately
connected with the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, has been
used for centuries by artists, sculptors, architects, and
composers to produce aesthetically pleasing and harmonious
creations. By using the Golden Mean their work conforms to
one of Nature’s
most significant underlying principles and embodies Divine
Proportion. In these meditations, the soundtracks have been
engineered with the Golden Ratio, and the Fibonacci sequence
has been used in the creation of the music. Developed by
Philip Carr-Gomm, with the voices of Philip and Sophia
Carr-Gomm and Scott Reid, with music and voice by Charlie
Roscoe, Helen Glavin and Damh the Bard. Engineered and produced
by Damh the Bard.
Listen to samples or download the album from i-tunes, Amazon,
with Earth, Water, Air and Fire
Guided meditations on the four elements designed to bring
you into direct contact with the forces of nature, developed
and spoken by Philip Carr-Gomm, with music by Charlie Roscoe,
Nigel Shaw and Jonny Robels.
On this double-CD there are five meditations: one meditation
for each element, followed by a guided journey that weaves
together the power of all four elements. With them you will
feel the energy of each element - the fire of inspiration
kindled within your consciousness like clear water, with
the power of the earth beneath your feet, and with fresh
clear air bringing clarity to your mind. Each meditation
relaxes and at the same time energizes you - leading you
into deep silence, in touch with your innermost nature and
with Mother Earth herself. Engineered/produced by Damh the
Bard. Album cover designed by Charlie Carr-Gomm, photo by
Available on itunes or CD
Baby. Listen to a
sample track here. Also available in German. Details
Brief History of Nakedness
Nudity in Religion, Politics and Popular Culture
naked human body evokes powerful and often contradictory
feelings and ideas: it can thrill or revolt us; it can signal
innocence or sexual availability, honesty or madness, oneness
with nature or separation from society. Advertisers and the
media are aware of the complex and ambivalent associations
that most of us have towards the subject, and use images
of bare skin or simply the word ‘naked’ to compete
for our attention, while mystics have used nudity to get
closer to God, and political protesters have discovered that
simply baring all represents one of the most effective ways
to gain publicity for their cause.
A Brief History of Nakedness traces humanity’s
preoccupation with nudity in three distinct areas of human
endeavour: religion, politics and popular culture. Rather
than studying the history of the nude in art or photography,
or detailing the ways in which the naked body has been denigrated
or denied, this book explores new territory: revealing the
ways in which religious teachers, politicians, protesters
and cultural icons have used nudity to enlighten or empower
themselves, or simply to entertain us.
From the naked sages of India and St.Francis of Assisi to
modern-day witches and Christian nudists, from Lady Godiva
to Lady Gaga, via 'The Full Monty' and 'The Calendar Girls', A
Brief History of Nakedness surveys
the touching, sometimes tragic and often bizarre story of our
relationship to our naked bodies.
Available in English,
Japanese, Korean and Polish
of the Soul
The Life & Legacy of a Druid Chief
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 reproductions of his watercolours
are included with the letters and diary excerpts of Nichols’ own
journeys, continuing the theme of the book with stories of
travel in evocative places: by the pyramids in Egypt,
in the mountains of Bulgaria, in the 'House of Mysteries'
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.
'A splendid book - erudite and comprehensive.' Olivia Durdin-Robertson,
The Fellowship of Isis.
Illustrated 220pp hardback published by The Oak
Tree Press Only available through the
Order of Bards Ovates & Druids bookshop.
Book of English Magic
How did the one small island of Britain, and the country
of England in particular, become so steeped in magical practices
across the centuries, and why has it given birth to the finest
magical fiction ever written?
English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, Terry Pratchett,
and J.K.Rowling dominate the world of magic in fiction, but
from the earliest times England has also acted as home to
generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched
and explored every conceivable occult art, and now more people
practice magic in England than at any time in her history.
The Book of English Magic, authored by Philip Carr-Gomm & Richard
Heygate, surveys England’s
magical past from the moment the first humans inhabited her
shores to our present-day fascination with all things magical.
Historical explorations and biographies of leading figures
are combined with interviews with modern-day magicians which
reveal the extent to which magic is alive and well in England
in the 21st century.
'This will remain the standard work for years to come.' The
Sites of Spiritual and Religious Pilgrimage
Journeys to sacred places or shrines undertaken as acts
of religious veneration or penance have been a feature of
religious observance from the earliest times. Ancient religions
had holy sites, temples and groves, such as Delphi and Dodona
in Greece, where oracles and their priestesses were reputed
to be able to tell the future. Even older is Stonehenge – whose
original religious purpose is still shrouded in mystery – and the Pyramids
of Giza which stand in the Egyptian desert, defying all attempts to fathom their
During the medieval period Christian pilgrimage – to Jerusalem, Rome, Constantinople
and Santiago de Compostela – was a sacred obligation and a trial of faith.
On the other side of the Eurasian landmass, the Golden Temple and Dome of the
Rock became two of the holiest sites of the Sikh and Islamic faiths, with pilgrimage
to Mecca, or hajj, becoming one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Whether for reasons of divine providence, immemorial tradition or sheer visual
power, certain locations have long been imbued with a sense of spiritual significance.
Philip Carr-Gomm tells the stories of 50 sacred sites across all five continents,
including sites venerated by all of the major religions.
Many of the world’s holiest sanctuaries and landscapes are here examined
in a series of concise, informative and lavishly illustrated essays.
Involving, instructive and steeped in spiritual insight, Sacred
a dramatic and distinctive perspective on more than six millennia of world history.
Available in English, French,
German, Czech and Bulgarian editions
Mount Haemus Lectures
Volume One - 2000-2007
Eight Lectures on Druid Scholarship
In this illustrated 309 page volume Philip Carr-Gomm introduces
eight unique contributions to the field of Druid Study, including
essays by Professor Ronald Hutton, Gordon Cooper,
John Michael Greer, Caitlín Matthews, Dr. Adam Stout,
Professor Roland Rotherham and Dr.J.Maertens. The book includes
Exploration of Michael Tippett’s ‘The
Midsummer Marriage’ and its Relevance
to a Study of Druidism which explores the way in which
the Bardic Grade teaching of the Order of Bards Ovates &
Druids uses an old Welsh story - the Tale of Taliesin - to
initiate us into the Druid mysteries and to help us access
and develop our creative potential. Michael Tippett’s
opera The Midsummer Marriage uses the same story
to help create an experience of initiation. The paper
first examines the common ground that inspired both Michael
Tippett and the founder of the Order, Ross Nichols, and
then explores the genesis and structure of The Midsummer
Marriage, with particular relevance to contemporary
Druid Plant Oracle
with the Magical Flora of the Druid Tradition
An oracular system based on Druid plant, tree and herblore.
36 full-colour cards (and three spares) and accompanying
book. The book gives a wealth of folklore, myth and interpretations
for each plant and gives both oracular spreads and ways
of working with plants that can act as guides, allies
Available in English, French, German, Dutch and Czech
Do Druids Believe?
An exploration of the beliefs, values and practices
of contemporary Druids
Druidism evolved out of the tribal cultures of Britain, Ireland
and western France over two thousand years ago. In the seventeenth
century it experienced a revival which has continued to this
Druidry's modern worldwide appeal lies in its focus on reverence
for the natural world, a belief in the value of personal creativity,
and of developing a sense of communion with the powers of
nature and the spirit. Its startling recent growth derives
from its broad appeal: some treat it as a philosophy, others
as a religion, still others as a path of self-development.
Philip Carr-Gomm explains the practical value of following
Druidism today, and examines its core beliefs and relevance
to the contemporary issues that face us all.
''Far and away the best short introduction to modern Druidry
in print."John Michael Greer
Rated Four stars - The Independent
Available in English, German and Portuguese editions
A shamanic journey through an ancient landscape
The Druid Way is a book that weaves history, folklore,
Druidry, spirituality and psychology into the story of a walk
from a sacred hill in Lewes, Sussex, to the giant chalk hill-figure
of the Long Man of Wilmington. A reviewer writes: "The
book describes one person’s journey in the countryside
of southern England that evolves into any-person’s journey
of self-discovery, and discovery of the Goddess of the Land.'
Available in English, German and Dutch editions
Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century
This is a completely revised and updated
edition of The Elements of the Druid Tradition. It
includes much new material, and completely new chapters. It
gives a comprehensive overview of Druidry covering its origins
and history, the modern Druid movement, Druid ceremonies,
tree lore and animal lore, and an exploration of the work
of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Each chapter includes suggested
exercises, and there is a full glossary and Resources and
Recommended Reading section.
Available in English, French, Dutch,
German, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Czech, Bulgarian
and Braille editions
The Grove of the Druids
The Druid Teachings of Ross Nichols
In the Grove of the Druids is a major study of the
work of one of the seminal thinkers in Western Paganism. Ross
Nichols was Chief of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids
until his death in 1975. He was a man who believed passionately
in the power of myth, poetry, ritual, and drama, and in the
interconnectedness of the world's great religious systems.This
fascinating biography and wide-ranging selection of Ross Nichol's
work contains writing on key themes including ritual, festivals,
mythology, symbolism, temple architecture, and archeology,
and the links between Druidry and other ancient wisdom traditions.
Available in English and Hungarian editions
tarot deck plus in-depth practical book
The 78 exquisitely designed cards, painted in tempera, achieve
a depth of feeling and artistic quality rarely seen in contemporary
Tarot sets, while the accompanying manual explores the Tarot
and its relationship to both Druidry and Wicca, tracing some
of the earliest roots of the Tarot to the tales of the Bards,
and the numerology of Pythagoras taught by the Druids in their
Sacred Groves. The boxed set includes all cards of the Major
and Minor Arcana, together with a 192 page book which reveals
the way in which we can use the Tarot to deepen our spiritual
lives and practice.
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish,
Taiwanese, Bulgarian, Czech and Dutch editions, and audio
for the RNIB
Druid Animal Oracle
Working with the Sacred Animals of the Druid Tradition
An oracular system based on the totem animals of Druidry.
33 full-colour cards (and three spares) are accompanied by
a 176 page hardback book and divination cloth. The book gives
a wealth of folklore, myth and interpretations for each animal
and gives both oracular spreads and ways of working with power
animals that can act as guides, allies and healers.
Available in English, French, German, Dutch, Czech, Italian,
Portuguese, Swedish and Slovenian editions
- The Magic of Wicca and Druidry
A magical exploration of what happens when Wicca
and Druidry meet
Druidcraft draws on the traditions of scholarship,
storytelling, magical craft and seasonal celebration of both
Druids and Wiccans, to offer inspiration, teachings, rituals,
and magical techniques that can help you access your innate
powers of creativity, intuition and healing.The book invites
you to visit a 'forest school' of Druidcraft, and in each
chapter you hear a Bard's tale, witness a dialogue between
a pupil and teacher, learn the history of the subject being
explored, and are given practical suggestions that can be
applied in everyday life.
Available in English, Dutch, German and Czech editions
Rebirth of Druidry
Ancient Earth Wisdom for Today
The Rebirth of Druidry is the definitive guide
to the modern Druid movement, with contributions from chief
Druids from America, Britian and France, as well as writers
and mystics, healers and psychologists, professors and historians.
Together, they delve into the past and examine the history
and sacred rites of the Druids, as well as examining the
state of Druidry today. Includes a lyrical preface by Tom
Cowan and introduction by Professor Ronald Hutton. Edited
and Foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm.
Available in English, French and Bulgarian editions
Force des Celtes - L'Héritage Druidique
Entretiens avec Philip Carr-Gomm
In an extended conversation with Paco Rabanne, the French
fashion designer and perfumier, Philip explains the value
of Druidism in today's world. Their discussion is divided
into seven sections that explore the early roots of Druidry,
its recent renaissance, its relationship to Christianity,
and its relationship to the world of Nature, and the creative
spirit. Not available in English.
Available in French and Bulgarian editions