Thorson’s Principles of Druidry
by Emma Restall Orr
Review by Baisteadh
This book is one of the best introductions to Druidism I have yet read. Emma Restall Orr does a magnificent job of describing the basic structure of the Druid tradition. She explains well how diverse the tradition is and how the orders all differ, yet she manages to explain enough to give one a great view of what it is all about.
She covers the Feasts, Spirits and Gods, disciplines of Bard, Seer and Druid and more. Sources are also covered and the pros and cons of different types of source material are discussed as well. She also provides exercises to get more in touch with the spiritual aspects of Druidism. While many of the exercises suggest a trip to places overseas, I found that with some imagination I could benefit from them at home too.
What I enjoyed the most about this book was her respect for the many different Druid groups. She has made every effort to give enough information without favoring one group over another. She also demonstrates how other traditions, like Christianity, can weave into the Druid path.
The resource section was useful for a guide to further information. A mention of Keltria is made here as well. This book is an introduction and may not be as useful to the more experienced Druid, but I will certainly keep a copy handy for the next time I am asked, “What is Druidism?”