Philip Carr-Gomm

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From Book Jacket: Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist, living in Sussex with his wife Stephanie and their children. His is author of books on druidry, wicca, and sacred places.

From the age of fifteen he studied with his teacher, an old Druid Chief, Ross Nichols. He has a degree in psychology from University College London, and trained in psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, and in play therapy for children with Dr Rachel Pinney.  

In 1988 he was asked to lead The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups, and he combines this role with a private practice in psychotherapy, writing, and giving workshops worldwide.


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A Brief History of Nakedness - Philip Carr-Gomm 2013

Amazon Synopsis: As one common story goes, Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, had no idea that there was any shame in their lack of clothes; they were perfectly confident in their birthday suits among the animals of the Garden of Eden. All was well until that day when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and went scrambling for fig leaves to cover their bodies.  

Since then, lucrative businesses have arisen to provide many stylish ways to cover our nakedness, for the naked human body now evokes powerful and often contradictory ideas—it thrills and revolts us, signifies innocence and sexual experience, and often marks the difference between nature and society. In A Brief History of Nakedness psychologist Philip Carr-Gomm traces our inescapable preoccupation with nudity.

Rather than studying the history of the nude in art or detailing the ways in which the naked body has been denigrated in the media, A Brief History of Nakedness reveals the ways in which religious teachers, politicians, protesters, and cultural icons have used nudity to enlighten or empower themselves as well as entertain us. Among his many examples, Carr-Gomm discusses how advertisers and the media employ images of bare skin—or even simply the word “naked”—to garner our attention, how mystics have used nudity to get closer to God, and how political protesters have discovered that baring all is one of the most effective ways to gain publicity for their cause. Carr-Gomm investigates how this use of something as natural as nakedness actually gets under our skin and evokes complicated and complex emotional responses.

From the naked sages of India to modern-day witches and Christian nudists, from Lady Godiva to Lady Gaga, A Brief History of Nakedness surveys the touching, sometimes tragic and often bizarre story of our relationships with our naked bodies. 

 

The Book of English Magic - Philip Carr-Gomm & Richard Heygate  2009

Amazon Synopsis: The Book of English Magic explores the curious and little-known fact that of all countries, England has the richest history of magical lore and practice.

English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling, dominate the world of magic in fiction, but from the earliest times,
England has also acted as home to generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched and explored every conceivable kind of occult art.

The Book of English Magic explores this hidden story, from its first stirrings to our present-day fascination with all things magical. Along the way readers are offered a rich menu of magical things to do and places to visit.

 

Druid Animal Oracle - Philip Carr-Gomm & Stephanie Carr-Gomm, Bill Worthington, Illustrator 1995

Amazon Synopsis: Bring the Power of Ancient Druid Wisdom into Your Life.
You are holding a source of great power and influence -- the wisdom of the animal world drawn from the wellspring of ancient Celtic tradition. The Druids, like the Native Americans, revered animals as sacred guides, guardians and protectors. Today, the book and beautiful card set of The Druid Animal Oracle can bring healing and will help you draw strength from its intuitive knowledge. From the interpretations of the card spreads and the animal lore given, you will gain powerful insights into your life-situation and receive positive guidance for the future. Authors Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, who live in
England, are Chief and Scribe of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups.

 

Druidcraft: The Magic of Wicca & Druidry - Philip Carr-Gomm 2013

Amazon Synopsis: Druidry and Wicca are the two great streams of Western Pagan tradition. Both traditions are experiencing a renaissance all over the world, as more and more people seek a spirituality rooted in a love of nature and the land. Increasingly, readers are combining the ideas of both traditions to craft their own spiritual practice. In this down-to-earth, inspiring guide, Philip Carr-Gomm offers a name for this Path that draws on the common beliefs and practices of Wicca and Druidry: DruidCraft. DruidCraft draws on the traditions of scholarship, storytelling, magical craft and seasonal celebration of both the Craft and Druidry to offer inspiration, teachings, rituals, and magical techniques that can help you access your innate powers of creativity, intuition and healing.

 

The DruidCraft Tarot - Philip Carr-Gomm with Stephanie Carr-Gomm, 2010

Amazon Synopsis: At a time when we seek closer connection with the natural world, The Druid Craft Tarot Deck invites us to celebrate the earth and the rhythm of her seasons. This acclaimed deck created by practising Druids combines the two great streams of Western pagan tradition--Wicca and Druidry. Its powerful images have emerged from a vast store of teachings and story-telling rooted in the past, and also from the ancient concepts of numerology, which have provided the artist, Will Worthington, with inspiration from Sacred Geometry.

 

Druid Mysteries: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century  - Philip Carr-Gomm 2002

Amazon Synopsis: In this beautifully-written guide, Chief Druid Philip Carr-Gomm shows how the way of Druids can be followed today. He explains the ancient history and inspiring beliefs of the ancient Druids; Druidic wild wisdom and their tree-, animal-, and herb-lore; the mysteries of the Druids' seasonal celebrations; their use of magic; and how their spirituality relates to paths such as Wicca. This guide shows how the wild wisdom of the Druids can help us to connect with our spirituality, our innate creativity, the natural world, and our sense of ancestry.

 

The Druid Plant Oracle - Philip Carr-Gomm Stephanie Carr-Gomm, 2008

Amazon Synopsis: In the Druid tradition, many plants, herbs, flowers, and mushrooms are considered sacred and to have special meanings, and are prominent features of mythology and legend. The Druid Plant Oracle presents these stories and the virtues and qualities that have been traditionally ascribed to these plants, through an oracle that is able to offer unique guidance and inspiration.

The thirty-six cards each show a plant within its natural habitat and offers details within this 'miniature landscape' that are also described in the text. The book gives detailed descriptions of the meaning of each card, with keywords for upright and reversed positions, and information on the mythology and lore associated with each plant. Six ways of conducting a reading are offered, ranging from The Pentagram, a simple spread useful when exploring blockages to personal and spiritual development, to Ceridwen's Cauldron, recommended for issues concerning creative projects, and for those times when life seems to be in a state of flux.


The Druid Way - Philip Carr-Gomm 1993

Amazon Synopsis: Takes you on a journey through the sacred landscape of Southern Britain where Druidry is a living tradition as relevant today as it was in the past.

 

The Elements of the Druid Tradition - Philip Carr-Gomm 1996

Amazon Synopsis: Learn how this powerful means of self discovery can heal us anti link us to the natural forces of nature.


In The Grove of the Druids: The Druid Teachings of Ross Nichols - Philip Carr-Gomm 2002

Amazon Synopsis: This fascinating and wide-ranging selection of Ross Nichols' work contains writings on key themes and the links between Druidry and other ancient wisdom traditions. It is the essential resource for students of Druidry and lovers of Celtic spirituality. 

 

Journeys of the Soul: The Life and Legacy of a Druid Chief - Philip Carr-Gomm 2010

 

La Force des Celtes: L’Heritage Druidique — Entretiens avec Philip Carr-Gomm, Paco Rabanne and Philip Carr-Gomm,1996

 

Paneurythmy  - Philip Carr-Gomm 1980

 

The Rebirth of Druidry – Ancient Earth Wisdom for Today - Philip Carr-Gomm 2003

Amazon Synopsis: old title:The Druid Renaissance. This book compiles articles and essays that examine: the Druid tradition, the Druid as healer, the power of magic in modern Druidry, Druidic ceremonies, festivals and rites of passage, an Druidry's roots in the love of nature.

 

Sacred Places: Sites of Spiritual Pilgrimage from Stonehenge to Santiago de Compostela  - Philip Carr-Gomm 2008

Amazon Synopsis: Journeys to sacred places or shrines undertaken as acts of religious veneration or penance have been a feature of religious observance from the earliest times. Ancient religions had holy sites, temples and groves, such as Delphi and Dodona in Greece. On the other side of the Eurasian landmass, the Buddha specifically recommended four sacred sites for his followers to visit. After Christ's crucifixion, sites connected with his birth, death and resurrection became a magnet for Christian travellers. During the medieval period Christian pilgrimage - to Jerusalem, Rome, Constantinople and Santiago de Compostela - was a sacred obligation and a trial of faith.In Islam, pilgrimage to Mecca, or hajj, is one of the Five Pillars of that faith.



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