My Thoughts on The Bardic Book of Becoming

IvanIvan McBeth was one of those people — you know, a character. He had a big personality and was enthusiastic and infectious. The world needs more people like him in it. While his particular flavor of paganism was a wee bit estranged from my own worldview, his heart was always in the right place.

I did not know him well at all, but I was on friendly terms with people who moved in his circles, and he was a constant subject among them. We had a mutual fascination with standing stones and circles, of the power that coursed through the very earth, and of telluric currents and ley lines and the like.

I had not read any of his works before The Bardic Book of Becoming: an introduction to Modern Druidry, recently published by Weiser Books. His personality is on display throughout and as an initiation into the practices of the pagan folk who are trying to keep the fires of druidism alive in the 21st century, you’d be hard pressed to find a more inspiring book. How much is Ivan, and how much Fearn Lickfield, his co-author and partner, I cannot say. But what I can say, with confidence, is “buy this book”.

fearnThere is a simplicity to the writing, not that it is dumbed down or lacking in skillful acumen, but it speaks to the core of self. It is a testament to McBeth’s life’s work. There is a beauty in his dissertation, a joyful reverence for the sacred and of the sacred spaces, both natural and of those we construct.

While druidry is not my path, I was swept up in McBeth and Lickfield’s fervor and thus inspired to rethink, to reevaluate some of my own beliefs and theories about the nature of awareness and existence.

There are bold thoughts and erudite scholarship throughout. And if you’re not careful, like me, you’ll be swept away by the promised majesty and the kindling of boundless creativity that such mindfulness embraces.

druidryI loved this book. It made me want to lose myself in the woods and reconnect with the beings that call it home still.

I recommend The Bardic Book of Becoming wholeheartedly and doubly so the feelings that it inspired within me.

The Bardic Book of Becoming: an Introduction to Modern Druidry by Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield is available wherever books are sold, including amazon.com.

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