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The 21 Lessons of Merlyn
The 21 Lessons of Merlyn
A Study in Druid Magic & Lore

By: Douglas Monroe
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780875424965
English  |  448 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 IN
6"x9", illus
Pub Date: September 2002
Price: $19.99 US,  $22.95 CAN
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In the fourth century of the common era, a boy named Arthur was born. He became a student of a bard and poet (that is, a Druid) named Merlyn. In myth, Merlyn became Merlin and Arthur became the king of mythical Camelot.

Now you, like the real Arthur of old, can learn Druid lore and magick in The 21 Lessons of Merlyn by Douglas Monroe. You will discover their notions of God, the world, and your relationship to it. For example, the Druids were monotheistic, but saw ultimate divinity manifesting as a 3-fold goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone) and a 2-fold god (light and dark). Thus, there were five aspects to the one God, making the number five especially sacred. If you cut an apple horizontally (with the stem up) you will see a five-pointed star: a pentagram. Thus, this symbol became sacred to the Druids and their followers.

You will also learn numerous rituals, exercises, and practices. You'll discover the truth about the ancient holidays and how they were celebrated. Also revealed are the secrets of making offerings to the elements: burn incense to honor fire, scatter the petals of a flower to respect air, pour out some wine to grace water, and bury some bread and salt to bless the earth. You may have heard of this before, but do you know why? It's because doing this will help you gain the favor of the elemental beings who dwell between the worlds. This will help you gain authority as a magician in those realms. In addition, by regularly making offerings at specific locations, a higher level of sensitivity can be maintained. Thus, you not only make offerings to the elements, but you improve your own magical abilities.

Perhaps the biggest question people have concerns what comes before birth and after death. In this book you will find revealed the veils of magical and spiritual development, through which only rebirth can take you. You'll find, too, how you can chose words of power to strengthen your magick.

But is Druidry viable today? Absolutely! Right now you are probably familiar with many things which started with the Druids. Awarding stars to top pupils, kissing under the mistletoe, the Easter Bunny, carving pumpkins for Halloween, bobbing for apples (originally aimed at otherworld contacts), giving hearts on Valentine's day, and many more common customs started from these ancient wise folk. By understanding their original sources you'll be able to discover the meanings of common practices and use the underlying wisdom to improve your life.

Yes, the wisdom of the Druids is still useful today. Perhaps, due to society's rapid moves to abandon the past, the knowledge of the Druids is needed more today than ever before. This book presents that information in a way you can understand. And whether you want to use Druid magick to make changes in your life or just understand the way they comprehended the universe, you'll find the information here.


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