My Celtic Library

My Celtic Library

last updated: Nov. 27, 2016

This page will list my Celtic, Gaulish, Norse, and other European pagan books. I have not read most of them yet. I also intend to acquire most of the books listed here as I’m able.

An italicized book title in the list below means I do not necessarily recommend it; take it with a grain of salt. I had a lot of neopagan Celtic books in my youth, and I’m listing them here for sake of completion, but it doesn’t mean I recommend them as scholarly or deep resources. Books with a † are (translated) primary sources: myths, fairytales, sagas, poetry, etc. Books with †† are modern devotional anthologies or “encyclopedias” of gods of a particular pantheon. The remaining books are broader treatises either of the historical culture, the historical religion, or the modern interpretation of the religion/spirituality.

Physical Books

Advanced Celtic Shamanism (DJ Conway)
The Ancient Celts (Barry Cunliffe)
Animals in Celtic Life and Myth (Miranda Green)
A Bard’s Book of Pagan Songs (Hugin the Bard)
The Bardic Source Book (John Matthews)
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (John O’Donohue)
The Book of Druidry, 2nd Edition (Ross Nichols)
A Brief History of the Druids (Peter Beresford Ellis)
††Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess (Courtney Weber)
By Oak, Ash, & Thorn (DJ Conway)
†Carmina Gadelica, Vol. I & II (Alexander Carmichael)
Celtic Book of Days (Caitlin Matthews)
The Celtic Book of Living and Dying (Juliette Wood)
The Celtic Gauls: Gods, Rites and Sanctuaries (Jean Louis Brunaux)
†Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses (R.J. Stewart)
Celtic Heritage (Alwyn Rees)
A Celtic Miscellany (Kenneth Jackson)
Celtic Myth & Magick (Edain McCoy)
Celtic Rituals: An Authentic Guide to Ancient Celtic Spirituality (Alexei Kondratiev)
The Celtic Seers’ Source Book (John Matthews)
The Celtic Spirit (Caitlin Matthews)
Celtic Totem Animals (John Matthews)
Celtic Tree Mysteries: Practical Druid Magic & Divination (Stephen Blamires)
The Celtic Way of Seeing (Frank MacEowen)
Celtic Wisdom and Contemporary Living (Phyllida Anam-Aire)
†Classic Celtic Fairy Tales (John Matthews)
Composing Magic (Elizabeth Barrette)
††Depth of Praise: A Poseidon Devotional (Terentios Poseidonides)
The Druid Animal Oracle (Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm)
The Druid Source Book (John Matthews)
The Druid Way: A Journey Through an Ancient Landscape (Philip Carr-Gomm)
The Druidry Handbook (John Michael Green)
The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom (John & Caitlin Matthews)
†Eyrbyggja Saga (Hermann Palsson, Paul Edwards)
The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries (W.Y. Evans-Wentz)
From Saga’s Hall: Norse Myths from a Different Point of View (Susan Eaves)
††From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional in Honor of Poseidon (Bibliotheca Alexandrina)
Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine (James Lovelock)
††The Gaulish Pantheon (John Rhys)
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe (H.R. Ellis Davidson)
Gods, Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece (W.H.D. Rouse)
††Hearth and Field: A Heathen Prayer Book (Hester Butler-Ehle)
The History of the Kings of Britain (Penguin Classics, Geoffrey of Monmouth)
In Search of the Indo-Europeans (J.P. Mallory)
†Irish Sagas and Folk Tales (Eileen O’Faolain)
Landscape and Memory (Simon Schama)
Living Druidry (Emma Restall Orr)
Magic of the Celtic Otherworld (Steve Blamires)
The Making of a Druid: Hidden Teachings from The Colloquy of Two Sages (Christian J. Guyonvarc’h)
††A Mantle of Stars: A Devotional for the Queen of Heaven (Bibliotheca Alexandrina)
††Masks of Dionysus (Carpenter, Faraone)
The Mist-Filled Path (Frank MacEowen)
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe (H.R. Ellis Davidson)
Pagan Portals – The Awen Alone (Joanna van der Hoeven)
††Pagan Portals – Dancing with Nemetona (Joanna van der Hoeven)
††Pagan Portals – The Morrigan (Morgan Daimler)
The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages (Brian Bates)
The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog (Patricia Monaghan)
Symbol & Image in Celtic Religious Art (Miranda Green)
†Tales of the Norse Warrior Gods (A. Keary, E. Keary)
††Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman (John Matthews)
††Tending Brigid’s Flame: Awaken to the Celtic Goddess of Hearth, Temple, and Forge (Lunaea Weatherstone)
††Walking with the Green Man (Bob Curran)
The World of the Druids (Miranda Green)
Yearning for the Wind (Tom Cowan)


The ADF Dedicant Path Through the Wheel of the Year (Michael Dangler)
Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (David Abrams)
†Best of Russian Short Stories (Anonymous)
††Book of Hours: For Daily and Seasonal Practice (Clann Bhride)
††Brigid: Goddess, Druidess, and Saint (Brian Wright)
†The Celtic Twilight (William Butler Yeats)
Deep Ancestors: Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans (Ceisiwr Smith)
†Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks (William E. Griffis)
The Elder Troth: An Introductory Course of Study (Kvendulf Hagan Gundarsson)
†English Fairy Tales (Joseph Jacobs)
†Faeries and Folk of Ireland (William Henry Frost)
†Folklore of Europe Anthology: 12 Books (Joseph Jacobs)
A Gaelic Grammar (George Calder)
The Gaelic Songs of Duncan MacIntyre (Duncan MacIntyre)
††Hearth and Field: A Heathen Prayer Book (Hester Butler-Ehle)
††Hoofprints in the Wildwood: A Devotional for the Horned Lord (Richard Derks)
†Irish Fairy Tales (James Stephens)
Kissing the Hag (Emma Restall Orr)
†The Mabinogion (Edwards, Anonymous)
Mysticism (Huginn Magazine)
The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids (Edward Davies)
Nature and the Human Soul (Bill Plotkin)
††Out of Arcadia: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Pan (Galina Krasskova)
††Pagan Portals: Brigid (Morgan Daimler)
††Pagan Portals: Pan (Melusine Draco)
The Pathwalker’s Guide to the Nine Worlds (Raven Kaldera)
†The Poetic Edda (Bates)
†Popular Tales from the Norse (Sir George Webbe Dasent)
†The Prose Edda (Snorri Sturluson)
The Religion of the Ancient Celts (J. A. MacCulloch)
Sacred Fire, Holy Well: A Druid’s Grimoire (Ian Corrigan)
The Serpent Faith of Ancient Ireland (James Bonwick)
The Solitary Druid: Walking the Path of Wisdom and Spirit (Rev. Robert Skip Ellison)
The Spell of the Sensuous (David Abrams)
The Story of Ireland (Emily Lawless)
†The Tain (Kinsella)
Taking up the Runes (Diana Paxson)
†The Treasure of the Tuatha De Danaan (Morgan Daimler)
††Unto Herself: A Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses (Bibliotheca Alexandrina)
The Wakeful World (Emma Restall Orr)
†Welsh Fairy Tales (William E. Griffis)
The Work (Huginn Magazine)
A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism (John Michael Greer)


Very Short Introductions: Druids

Reading Order

This section is primarily for my own reference.

General Druidry

The Druidry Handbook (John Michael Green)
A Brief History of the Druids (Peter Beresford Ellis)
In Search of the Indo-Europeans (J.P. Mallory)
Living Druidry (Emma Restall Orr)
Landscape and Memory (Simon Schama)
Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (David Abrams)

Celtic (Irish)

Celtic Heritage (Alwyn Rees)
The Celtic Way of Seeing (Frank MacEowen)
Animals in Celtic Life and Myth (Miranda Green)
Symbol & Image in Celtic Religious Art
The Mist-Filled Path (Frank MacEowen)
The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog (Patricia Monaghan)
Yearning for the Wind (Tom Cowan)


Gods and Myths of Northern Europe (H.R. Ellis Davidson)
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe (H.R. Ellis Davidson)
The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages (Brian Bates)

Since I am reading up on shamanism and totemism to compare/contrast/integrate with druidry, I’m also going to list my shamanism books here.

Physical Books

Animal Magic (DJ Conway)
Animal Speak (Ted Andrews)
Animal Spirit Guides (Steven Farmer)
Animal Wise (Ted Andrews)
The Art of Shapeshifting (Ted Andrews)
Deerdancer: The Shapeshifter Archetype in Story and in Trance (Michele Jamal)
Learning Their Language (Marta Williams)
The Magic of Shapeshifting (Rosalyn Green)
Nature Spirituality from the Ground Up (Lupa)
Nature’s Way: Native Wisdom for Living in Balance with the Earth (Ed McGaa, Eagle Man)
New Paths to Animal Totems (Lupa)
The Personal Totem Pole (Eligio Gallegos)
Plant and Fungus Totems (Lupa)
The Quest for the Shaman (Miranda and Stephen Aldhouse-Green)
Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the Spirit Power Within You (Jose and Lena Stevens)
Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life (Tom Cowan)
Shamanism in the Interdisciplinary Context (Art Leete, R. P. Firnhaber)
Shamans of the World: First-Person Accounts (Nancy Connor, Bradford Keeney)
Shapeshifting: Shamanic Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation (John Perkins)
Totem Magic: Dance of the Shape-Shifter (Yasmine Galenorn)
The Way of the Shaman (Michael Harner)
Weather Shamanism (Nan Moss, David Corbin)
Where The Spirits Ride The Wind: Trance Journeys and Other Ecstatic Experiences (Felicitas Goodman)
The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition (Roger Walsh)
The World Is As You Dream It (John Perkins)
Urban Shaman: Based on the Hawaiian Way of the Adventurer (Serge Kahili King)