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I'm a Druid author, speaker, workshop leader and celebrant.
You will find all information about my books on the book extract pages.
If you would like a list or information about my talk and workshop titles, contact me at touchstone[at]druidry[dot]org
I've worked with many groups, from enclosed Druid events to University students and the Brownies! Probably the most accessible general explanatory talk which I give to many groups is 'Living Druidry; nature as teacher.'
LATEST BOOK NEWS
The Keys to the temple: Unlocking Dion Fortune's Mystical Qabalah through her Occult Novels
If you are a Dion fortune fan, and if you would love a new, creative and accessible way of understanding the Qabalah, this book might fit the bill!
My co-author, Ian Rees, and I have been very pleased with the reviews that our book is gaining - see our amazon 5* reviews.
This is what it's about...
Dion Fortune’s esoteric novels were written as guides to magic and inner development to be used along with her great nonfiction work The Mystical Qabalah. This book shows how to work with her most popular creations, exploring how the stories and characters can help you integrate the secrets of the Tree of Life and discover what Fortune called “the keys to the temple.”
Authors Penny Billington and Ian Rees show how to use Fortune’s brilliant insights to gain a direct sense of being present in your body, master the art of the embodied imagination, discover your vitality, and open up to the clarity and love that arise from the root of your being. With an exploration of Fortune’s writings, experiential practices, and a hands-on workbook section, you will learn to utilize the wealth of esoteric wisdom found in The Mystical Qabalah, The Goat-Foot God, The Sea Priestess, The Winged Bull, and Moon Magic.
“This wonderful evocation of Dion Fortune’s esoteric novels offers initiatory and practical pathways to the neophyte and reader!”—Caitlín & John Matthews, authors of The Lost Book of the Grail
For a full list of my books, go to the book page. If you'd like a quick read of them, got to the Llewellyn Worldwide site, find the book and press 'browse'.
Latest on the Druid detective series...
This series is currently OUT OF PRINT and I am working on getting kindle versions out. Any enquiries from interested would-be readers would really help to keep this project cooking; it has been on the back burner for too long!
These cracking magical adventures follow the example of the great occult writers in incorporating occult practices and Druid teachings and wisdom, so they can serve as an introduction to the Druidic, animist, enspirited Celtic-inspired worldview as well as having you on the edge of your seats...
The Case of the Cornish Patsy:
a Gwion Dubh, Druid Investigator adventure
Druidry is about living lightly - and that includes lightness of spirit!
If you believe that spirituality is not only vitally important but should also be full of life, love and laughter, then the Druid Detective books, with their cracking adventures and laced with Druid wisdom and understanding of a magically lived life, might just be for you.
‘It was a dark night in the forest that never sleeps...' yes, that fabulous Druid Private Eye, Gwion Dubh (pronouce it Duv), has just wrapped up another case, and advance readers say it’s the most exciting yet. See the world through the eyes of a practising Druid as Gwion, robed and ready, is called once again to maintain the ancient harmonies.
Sent to magical Cornwall, he becomes implicated in human affairs and is marked man. As he acquires an entourage including girls, geese, giants and a fanatical geography teacher, he begins to realise that the Land itself is in peril - and where is Britain’s ancient protector?
Gwion’s crazy circus will traverse the length of the peninsula before the final showdown with the forces of evil, on May Day Morn.
For a free extract, just email touchstone[at]druidry[dot]org
Reaction to Gwion’s first adventures:
Gwion Dubh, druid investigator, delves into the bright-dark doings of certain faery-human relations. A tale for all in search of Genius Loci, Totem Trees, shamanic enlightenment or the lost leafmould of Iolo Morgannwg. Druidic drollery at its most flamboyant. I laughed to the point of metempsychosis.
Caitlin Matthews, author: Co-founder of FOIS