January 12th, 2008

AODA Essential Library: 2nd Level/Druid Companion Studies

Like many folks on the Druid Path, I am not rolling in dough, and our local library is underfunded as well it seems. As a first level Druid Apprentice studying for the level of Druid Companion, I wondered how many of the books on the AODA recommended/required lists for the various levels might be available to read free online through such projects as Google Books and the Gutenberg Project and the Internet Sacred Texts Archive and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

This list specifically pertains to the recommended and required readings for the coursework as part of the Second Degree level of Druid Companion; other levels will have other readings. I did not include any of the books for the Spiral Studies at this time, because there are seven spirals and potentially dozens of books in each spiral. Nor did I include books for each region as that was part of the Level One studies, and could run into hundreds of books in total, depending on one's region.

I only actively hyperlinked the entries below with complete copies online. The others, like those with limited previews on Google Books, I gave URLs you can copy and paste as needed. There are a few additional free online books I found as full free versions online, but which are not on the core list. I took the liberty of adding some of these; my additions are marked with an asterisk *. Actually, when I did a search on Google Books for books with the keyword "druid," there are 2,030 books available with a limited preview (http://books.google.com/books?q=druid&as_brr=3) and 1,670 books available with a full view (you can read the whole thing online) (http://books.google.com/books?as_brr=1&q=druid&btnG=Search+Books). Oddly enough, when I used the "All books" search with keyword "Druid," only 1,960 books came up; even weirder, I was born in 1960!!


Adler, Margot
1986 Drawing Down the Moon. Boston: Beacon.
[No free online version]

Albanese, Catherine
1990 Nature Religion in America. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.
[Limited preview at: http://books.google.com/books?id=OD0vKTkfq0EC&printsec=frontcover&dq=albanese&sig=9m0Akm4BwIKtgI-bNZgTcyHNB48]

Ashe, Geoffrey
1975 Camelot and the Vision of Albion. London: Panther.
[No free online version]

Bateson, Gregory
1972 Steps to an Ecology of Mind. New York: Ballantine.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=FQvfqk31zFQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=bateson&sig=vOP35bjpU0LfqbENh70eNXLuQJ0]

Beck, Peggy V. and Walters, Anna L.
1977 The Sacred: Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life. Tsaile, AZ: Navajo Community College.
[No free online version available.]

Beresford-Ellis, Peter
1995 The Druids. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
[No free version of this one online; however his 2002 book A Brief History of The Druids has a limited preview online at http://books.google.com/books?id=PIXAREdVI_QC&printsec=frontcover&dq=the+druids&sig=l8dHmWW7p8fmfbiejINNi-bD5ZI]

*Bonwick, James
1894 Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions. London: Griffith, Farran & Co.

Bucke, Richard
(1905)1969 Cosmic Consciousness. New York: Dutton.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=6quOVMthgwsC&printsec=frontcover&dq=richard+bucke&lr=&sig=bbgnpAjWvmaLMzEHybJHvUwcb28]

Campanelli, Pauline
1998 Rites of Passage: The Pagan Wheel of Life. St. Paul: Llewellyn.
[No free online version available.]

Campanelli, Pauline
1989 Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life. St. Paul: Llewellyn.
[No free online version available.]

Carr-Gomm, Philip
1993 The Druid Way. Shaftesbury: Element.
[No free online version available.]

Carr-Gomm, Philip
2002 Druidcraft: the Magic of Wicca and Druidry. London: Thorsons.
[No free online version available.]

Carr-Gomm, Philip, ed.
1996 The Druid Renaissance (London: Thorsons, 1996; also published as The Rebirth of Druidry).
[No free online version available.]

Chadwick, Nora
1966 The Druids. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
[No free online version available.]

Cunliffe, Barry
1992 The Celtic World. London: Constable.
[No free online version available.]

Dass, Ram
1978 Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook. New York: Bantam.
[No free online version available.]

Wolfram von Eschenbach
ca. 1200-1225 Parzival (Percival).
Parzival at Bibliotheca Augustana.

Evans-Wentz, W.Y.
1966 The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries. New York: University Books.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=WfZu7lwy5msC&printsec=frontcover&dq=evans-wentz&lr=&sig=Ro9GbXP72Pwa0_Mk11Ua7f_j6cY]

Gantz, Jeffrey, trans.
1976 The Mabinogion. London: Penguin, 1976.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=4cSMy-lJwNEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=jeffrey+gantz&lr=&sig=bN_qWC6Xv_t-CkV1wVUeEyHGU2U]

Gantz, Jeffrey, trans.
1981 Early Irish Myths and Sagas. London: Penguin, 1981.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=jKQPlg6P3LMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=jeffrey+gantz&lr=&sig=Q1CIDAk537fB3QXK7Mnfyc5Q4VU]

Geoffrey of Monmouth
1966 History of the Kings of Britain. Penguin Books.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=NcQPSg_11X8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=geoffrey+of+monmouth&lr=&sig=ApVCUK7fiFKGyZgrjlEAucN4oMw]

Gray, William
1971/1980 Magical Ritual Methods. London: Helios.
[No free online version available.]

Greer, John Michael
1998 Inside a Magical Lodge. St. Paul: Llewellyn.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=CxIGlMD6_pgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=john+michael+greer&lr=&sig=jhC_d_0Mlv-j3SUEpYwoSsbCQgY]

Greer, John Michael
2006 The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth. Red Wheel/Weiser.
[Limited preview available at http://books.google.com/books?id=ItzbLZgVW2IC&printsec=frontcover&dq=john+michael+greer&lr=&sig=fYj6IDFMEQoCxsdojZooLJwZn9U]

*Greer, John Michael
2008 The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual Magic Rooted in the Living Earth . Weiser Books.
[No free online version available.]

Grimes, Ronald L.
2002 Deeply Into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage. Los Angeles: University of California Press.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=v_AXM_qgwTAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=ronald+grimes&lr=&sig=uQKMBvemkg_fRVkAFr7PHLzTO3Q]

Harvey, Graham, ed.,
2000 Indigenous Religions: A Companion. London: Cassell, 2000.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=aAvB4m7lFhAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=graham+harvey&ie=ISO-8859-1&sig=CZE0NoA98siLLKXdStj_ZG6bIkY]

Harrow, Judy
2002 Spiritual Mentoring: A Pagan Guide.
[No free online version available.]

Hoeller, Stephan A.
1975 The Royal Road: A Manual of Kabalistic Meditations on the Tarot. Wheaton, IL: Quest.
[No free online version available.]

*Hutton, Ronald
1993 The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy. Wiley-Blackwell.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=ifjw5Ce_NgEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=ronald+hutton&lr=&sig=VtSqGkfdUjtXLaIIXr3QU4N42yg]

Hutton, Ronald
1996 The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=0WhvTFmRDCQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=ronald+hutton&lr=&sig=Js2Gr8TTteBx2luzrjxIPOUj7qk]

Hutton, Ronald
*2006 Witches, Druids and King Arthur. Hambledon & London.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=JBEYAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=the+druids]

Hutton, Ronald
*2007 The Druids. Hambledon Continuum.
[No free online version.]

Huxley, Aldous
1970 The Perennial Philosophy. New York: Harper and Row.
[No free online version.]

James, William
1902 The Varieties of Religious Experience, A Study in Human Nature.
[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/621; and hyperlink version at http://www.psywww.com/psyrelig/james/toc.htm]

Kendrick, T.D.
2003 Druids and Druidism. Minneola, NY: Dover. Also published as The Druids, or a Study in Celtic Prehistory.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=7WZAWAIydvoC&pg=PA103&dq=kendrick+druid&lr=&sig=8UWNFPuBzOIlnIpMta77MwH9N-g#PPR2,M1]

Gareth Knight,
1983 The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend. Wellingborough: Aquarian.
[No free online version.]

Lao Tsu
1972 Tao Te Ching, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English. New York: Vintage.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=KpWSh9GGhHUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=lao+tzu&sig=_y5qdl6dCqVLVcAAeoPgcLErUBw]
==[An earlier translation by James Legge is also available free online at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/216]

Leopold, Aldo
1949 A Sand County Almanac. New York: Oxford University Press.
[Limited preview at http://books.google.com/books?id=LICERWI0YJYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=aldo+leopold&sig=uToXMxZgaM8yaSaqbfOT5mSJ9Pk]

Lovelock, James
2000 Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
[No free online version.]

Malory, Sir Thomas
Le Morte d'Arthur, Vol 1. Vol 2.

Matthews, John and Green, Marian
1986 Grail Seeker's Companion: A Guide to the Grail Quest in the Aquarian Age. Wellingborough: Aquarian.
[No free online version.]

Margie McArthur,
1998 Wisdom of the Elements: The Sacred Wheel of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press.
[No free online version.]

Moore, Thomas
1992 Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life. New York: HarperCollins.
[No free online version.]

Murphy, Michael
1993 The Future of the Body: Explorations Into the Further Evolution of Human Nature. Los Angeles: Tarcher.
[No free online version.]

Nichols, Ross
1990 The Book of Druidry. London: Aquarian.
[No free online version.]

Nollman, Jim
1990 Spiritual Ecology: A Guide for Reconnecting With Nature. New York: Bantam.
[No free online version.]

Owen, A.L.
1962 The Famous Druids: A Survey of Three Centuries of English Literature on the Druids. Oxford: Clarendon.
[No free online version.]

Piggott, Stuart
1985 The Druids. New York: Thames and Hudson.
[No free online version.]

Ponce, Charles
1991 The Game of Wizards: Roots of Consciousness and the Esoteric Arts. Wheaton, IL: Quest.
[No free online version.]

Pufendorf, Esaias
*1886 A Dissertation Upon the Druids. Edinburgh.

Alwyn Rees and Brinley Rees,
1961 Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales. New York: Thames and Hudson.
[No free online version.]

Ross, Anne
1967 Pagan Celtic Britain. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
[No free online version.]

Roszak, Theodore
1972 Where the Wasteland Ends. New York: Anchor.
[No free online version.]

Skelton, Robin
1998 Spellcraft: A Handbook of Invocations, Blessings, Protections, Healing Spells, Love Spells, Binding and Bidding. Custer, WA: Phoenix.
[No free online version.]

Smiles, Sam
1994 The Image of Antiquity: Ancient Britain and the Romantic Imagination. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
[No free online version.]

Sobosan, Jeffrey G.
1999 Romancing the Universe: Theology, Cosmology and Science. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
[No free online version]

Nash, David William
*1858 Taliesin, or, The Bards and Druids of Britain. London: John Russell Smith.

Thoreau, Henry David
(1854)1992 Walden and Other Writings. New York: Modern Library.
[Also a full hypertext version at http://thoreau.eserver.org/walden00.html and at http://books.google.com/books?id=yiQ3AAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=thoreau]

Tolstoy, Nikolai
1985 The Quest for Merlin. Boston: Little, Brown and Co.
[No free online version]

Underhill, Evelyn
(1911)1961 Mysticism: A Study in Native and Development of Spiritual Consciousness. New York: Dutton.

Weston, Jessie
1993 From Ritual to Romance. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith.
[Limited preview at: http://books.google.com/books?id=4APPA9tIyW8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=jessie+weston&sig=2_tGUD-wyU77kTMmc36PUdJakD0]

J. Williams ab Ithel, ed.
2004 The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg. York Beach, ME: Weiser.