The Awen Alone is a beautiful and exemplary tool-set for those looking to practice Druidry on their own or researching the path. As with most “beginner” books, this book covers many of the topics you’d expect to see. There is a bit about the history of Druids, the Eight-fold Year, Gods/Divinity, Ancestors, and how the Earth plays a part in the path. All of this information is well researched and written. A complete novice will find it to be quite comprehensive. There are even some tidbits or metaphors that could prove to be most useful to someone who has been walking Druidry for many years.
But really, this book shines in all the parts that go beyond giving out standard information. The author does a wonderful job opening doors to the many ways one might enrich their Druid path without ever pushing readers to do, think, or feel a particular way about something. I especially enjoyed the way ethics were addressed. Ethics did not have its own chapter or specific set of rules. Instead, there were delicious moments that helped to reinforce the tenants of Druidry that guide a person to live a truthful and honorable life.
I’ve come away from reading this book feeling a bit more inspired about my path and am eagerly going to put some of its ideas into practice!
2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid by Joanna van der Hoeven”
Every time I start reading a new book about Druidry, I discover you’ve already reviewed it! Thanks for the posts- it helps me decide what to read next. I’m really interested in this one, because there’s no OBOD group near me. It seems like you’re mostly practicing on your own? Did you feel like this book helped you define a path mainly by yourself.
lol I try to read them all. My To-Be-Read list is crazy! If you beat me to a book, send me a note letting me know if I should read it lol.
I am mostly practicing on my own. I tried working with an OBOD study group but I had to drive almost 45-60 minutes away. My schedule at the time just didn’t allow for that. I really enjoyed this book and have used some of the ideas in my own practice. It’s not the end all be all of practicing on your own, but still a useful title.