The Ancient Order of Druids in America offers books relevant to our traditions and study program. Several books relevant to our work are also published by Weiser Books, and a correspondence study program is also available to members and nonmembers interested in traditional Druid Revival spirituality. We also have information on the Dolmen Arch Study Program.
Since 2014, AODA has produced a number of publications to support our members and share the gifts of druidry in the broader world. This is a full list of our publications – we start with our “open” publications that are available for anyone and also include a list of our members-only publications that members can request or gain along their journey in AODA.
The Druid’s Book of Prayers, Ceremonies and Songs Volume II
Our second volume of the Druids Book of Ceremonies, Songs, and Prayers: Volume II was released at the Fall Equinox 2023. The book features over 38 druid contributors, nearly all of them AODA members. You can purchase it via Amazon here.
About the Book: As the druid tradition continues to develop globally, many druids are developing beautiful material for blessing, energizing, honoring, and working with the living earth. The Druid’s Book of Ceremonies, Songs, and Prayers Volume II represents a collection of distinct prayers, songs, ceremonies, meditations and more that were created by members of the modern druid community. These materials may be used by individuals, groups, and groves to enhance their practice and connect with the living earth. The book is pan-druid in nature, thus, these materials may be of use by anyone following a nature-based spiritual path. Our second volume in this series offers a wide range of material: poems and prayers for celebration, sorrow, and connection; songs to sing to the earth or with each other; rituals and ceremonies for cleansing, blessing, weddings, and funerals; and a wide variety of devotional pieces to honor deity, the elements, and more. In this volume, we include full moon ceremonies and alternatives to the traditional wheel of the year. Our series represents the diversity of the Druid tradition, and nearly everyone who practices nature spirituality will be able to find inspiration within these pages.
The Druid’s Book of Prayers, Ceremonies and Songs Volume I
Our first volume of The Druid’s Book of Ceremonies, Prayers and Songs is now available. You can purchase it via Amazon using this link.
About the books: The Druid’s Book of Ceremonies, Songs, and Prayers represents a collection of 35 distinct ceremonies, prayers, chants, blessings, recognitions, and meditations created by members of the modern druid community. These materials may be used by individuals, groups, and groves to enhance their practice and connect with the living earth. The book is pan-druid in nature, thus, these materials may be of use by anyone following a druid or nature-based spiritual path. The collection includes songs and chants with musical notation, that represent joy and connection. It also offers a wide range of poems and prayers for everything from connecting to the seasons to honoring nature. Poetry and prayer may be used on their own or worked into other aspects of ritual or daily practice. Rituals include coming of age and recognizing life passages, honoring the trees and the earth, honoring the self, and experiencing the world around us. Meditations include guided meditations and calendars for the moon, tree meditations, and forest bathing. The contributions to this collection show us remarkable pluralism, resilience, and sustainability at the center of our growing spiritual network. Our collection represents the diversity of the Druid tradition, and nearly everyone who practices Druidry will be able to find inspiration within these pages.
Trilithon: The Journal of the Ancient Order of Druids in America
We have been publishing a regular journal rooted in the Druid Revival tradition since 2014. All issues are free on PDF to download, or you can purchase printed copies. For more information on Trilithon, you can visit the Trilithon page.
AODA Members-Only Books
All AODA members receive copies of these books as they work through our curriculum as part of their membership. These are not available for purchase publicly and are restricted to members of the AODA at various levels.
The AODA New Candidate Guide (2018, updated in 2022)
The AODA New Candidate Guide represents the practices, traditions, and explorations that our new members receive on the first steps of their AODA journey. Filled with articles, information, rituals, and suggestions, this manual supports you through the first year of your druid studies in AODA. Specific information includes building a relationship with nature, meditative practices, learning the Sphere of Protection, celebrating seasonal rituals, developing a druid/bard/ovate practice, and much more.
All AODA members receive both a PDF and printed copy of the New Candidate Guide after they join as part of their membership.
The AODA Apprentice Guide (Released 2021).
The AODA Apprentice guide represents the next phase of the AODA journey and is for members after they move into their Apprentice studies. The Apprentice Guide includes information on rituals, deepening your druidry, wildcrafting druidry, ritual creation, facilitating initiations, developing your own bioregional approaches to nature connection, and establishing a bard/ovate/druid practice.
All AODA members who complete their candidate year and gain the degree of Apprentice receive a PDF and printed copy of the guide as part of their membership.
The AODA Guide to Home Circles, Study Groups, and Groves (2020).
The AODA Groups Guide is available to all AODA members who want to form a group and is sent to all AODA members after their candidate year. The AODA Groups Guide offers a comprehensive overview of how to host a druid group, including forming a group, supporting members, activities to do with your group, facilitating ritual and initiation, dealing with difficulties, and more.
This guide is sent free of charge (PDF and printed) to any members who wish to start their own group in AODA. Current AODA members can request a copy at email@example.com.
The Gnostic Celtic Church Guide (2022)
Our new GCC Guide is an updated version of Greer’s Gnostic Celtic Church that reflects the current practices of the GCC as of 2022. This significantly expands the practices in the original GCC guide as well as introduces the practices in the GCC Monastery. All GCC Deacons and above receive a printed copy of the guide.
Starseed Press Books
These books represent material at earlier stages of our tradition and are still available to purchase through Starseed / Lorian Press.
The Druid Grove Handbook
Compiled from the records of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, and edited by the AODA’s Grand Archdruid Emeritus, widely read author and environmental blogger John Michael Greer, this book provides a detailed survey of the evolution of AODA’s ceremonial traditions, and the complete rituals for opening and closing a Druid grove, initiating candidates for membership, and celebrating the solstices and equinoxes, the four primary holy days of the traditional Druid year.
90 pages, $15.95
Druid Revival Reader
In the midst of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, a handful of British intellectuals turned their backs on the social and cultural trends of their time and set out to reinvent the spirituality of the ancient Druids. The movement that rose out of this effort played a central role in struggles for cultural identity in most of the Celtic nations of Europe, provided inspiration to such world-class creative talents as William Blake and Frank Lloyd Wright, and inspired an innovative tradition of Western nature spirituality that remains active to this day. The Druid Revival Reader provides the first collection of original writings from that movement. Its selections, beginning with William Stukeley’s survey of Druid theology from 1743 and ending with Ross Nichols’ 1947 essay “An Examination of Creative Myth,” cover two centuries in the life of an evolving tradition.
Edited and introduced by contemporary Druid John Michael Greer, The Druid Revival Reader is essential for understanding the sources of modern Druid and Pagan traditions and offers a wealth of insights relevant to the ecological and spiritual crises of our own time.
232 pages, $19.95
The Gnostic Celtic Church
The Gnostic Celtic Church (GCC) is an independent sacramental church of nature spirituality affiliated with the Ancient Order of Druids in America. Drawing its teachings and practices from a rich medley of sources, including the Druid Revival, the Gnostic Revival, the old Universalist Church, and the modern independent sacramental movement, it offers a contemporary vision of spiritual practice rooted in the Gnosis of Nature—the recognition of the natural world as a core source of meaning, value, and spirit. This manual and book of liturgy covers the teachings, ceremonies, and requirements for ordination in the GCC that were in place up until they were updated in 2020. Current GCC members receive an updated version of the GCC manual.
Please note: The Gnostic Celtic Church: A Manual and Book of Liturgy is no longer the authoritative guide to the Gnostic Celtic Church. It has been replaced by The Gnostic Celtic Church Clergy Guide, which contains relevant teachings but has been updated to include the Gnostic Celtic Church Monastery and the new GCC curriculums. The Gnostic Celtic Church Clergy Guide is sent in pdf form to all new Novitiates and in hard copy to all Deacons and above. Free pdf copies are also available to AODA members only and can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
109 pages, $15.95
Other AODA-Related Books
The final set of books represents books produced by our members (in some cases, as part of our curriculum or GCC work).
The Druidry Handbook by John Michael Greer
The Druid Magic Handbook by John Michael Greer
The first book to provide instruction in the distinctive methods of ceremonial magic in the contemporary Druid tradition, The Druid Magic Handbook draws on the traditions of the Ancient Order of Druids in America to provide a complete curriculum for the student of Druid magic.
288 pages, $19.95
Sacred Actions: Living the Wheel of the Year through Earth-Centered Sustainable Practices by Dana O’Driscoll
Dana O’Driscoll’s Sacred Actions is rooted in AODA’s Earth Path Practices and was the end result of her Adept studies into the synthesis of druidry, sustainability, and permaculture. This book offers a range of explorations for those AODA members who want to tread more lightly upon the earth in a sacred, sustainable manner.
A challenge that many earth-based spiritual practitioners face is how to integrate sustainable living with our everyday lives. This book responds to the challenge by offering a vision of “sacred actions”, or the integration of sustainable living with earth-based spirituality. Foregrounded by three ethics: people care, earth care, and fair share, Sacred Actions offers a comprehensive introduction to sustainable living through the lens of paganism. Within you will find a wide variety of accessible sustainable living activities, rituals, stories, and tools framed through the Neopagan eight-fold wheel of the year. Each chapter, tied to one of the eight holidays, offers a specific theme that deepens sustainable living practices. Topics include the home and hearth, lawns and gardens, food and nourishment, sustainable ritual items and offerings, reducing waste and addressing materialism, and much more. Consider this your manual of personal empowerment through sustainability as a spiritual practice.
Sacred Actions is the winner of the 2021 Ben Franklin Silver Medal in the Mind, Body, Spirit Category from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
The Sacred Actions Journal by Dana O’Driscoll
One of the core practices of AODA is reflecting on your journey as you deepen your druid practice. Dana O’Driscoll’s Sacred Actions Journal offers a framework for doing this. Spiritual journaling is a powerful, transformative practice that allows for a deeper understanding of yourself and your place in the world. Each of the eight wheel-of-the-year chapters offers “sacred actions” or ways of integrating nature spirituality and sustainable living. Each beautifully illustrated chapter offers themes for journaling and meditation, core spiritual activities that can prompt reflection, and a creative journaling strategy to deepen your writing practice. Each section also has plenty of blank pages for you to write and reflect. This unique offering is a perfect complement to deepening and exploring nature-based spiritual practices tied to sustainable living and envisioning a brighter future.
World Druidry: A Globalizing Path of Nature Spirituality by Larisa A. White
World Druidry presents the full findings of the World Druidry Survey of 2018-2020, the first large-scale, global effort to collect, interpret, and learn from the lived experiences of practicing Druids from around the world. The 189-item survey (including 18 essay questions) probed into the details of Druids’ physical, social, and cultural environments; their ethnic identities; their theological beliefs, ritual practices, and celebrated holidays; and the factors that had influenced their development as Druids. Completed surveys were returned by 725 Druids, from 34 nations, representing 147 Druid groups from around the world, as well as 131 unaffiliated, solitary practitioners. The book reveals some surprising patterns in the ways that contemporary Druidry has been growing and evolving “on the ground” as an international, new religious movement focused on nature connection and ecological stewardship. It illustrates the ways in which modern Druidry varies across Druid groups, national cultures, and regional landscapes, and identifies the spiritual common core which unites world Druids as members of a coherent, modern spiritual tradition.
Purchase at http://worlddruidry.com/
The Path of the Hermit by Avallach Emrys
Explore the world of Pagan Monasticism and discover a unique path to spiritual fulfillment. In this insightful book, the author delves into the challenges and considerations of practicing monasticism within a Pagan context. Through personal stories and spiritual insights, readers will gain a deeper understanding of prayer, devotion, contemplation, and discernment in the Pagan path. With a focus on integrating various aspects of Pagan spirituality into the monastic lifestyle, this book offers a fresh perspective on both Paganism and monasticism. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or simply curious about the intersection of these two paths, this book is a must-read. Join the growing movement of Pagan Monastics and discover a profound connection to the divine.
Purchase through Barnes and Noble.