January 17, 2005

Druids should focus on spiritual issues.

MPs blast 'tawdry' Politics Idol show: "Although ITV is refusing to reveal the finalists' identities, the competitors include a former porn activist campaigning on prostitutes' rights, the druid Arthur Pendragon and a single mother who wants to reform housing benefit. The eventual winner will be allowed to stand in any constituency.

I've seen a lot of press about "Vote for Me," the British Reality TV show on ITV. Most of the material talks about the Celtic Druid who is lumped in with all of the other odd-ball people (porn star who insisted on taking her top off, a shaven-headed dude who want people offenders publically flogged)

Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher's former press secretary, called the group a "bunch of nutters" (see BBC News) and it is hard to disagree.

It wasn't until I saw this article that I learned who the proported Druid was. I think that Arthur Pendragon does a lot to damage the credibility of Druids world-wide. I sincerely wish he would focus his attention on valuable Druidic spiritual issues instead of narcissism.

January 10, 2005

No new Celtic or Druidic Offerings from Inner Traditions

I received the latest Inner Traditions/Bear & Company catalog (Spring-Summer 2005). I certainly have mixed feelings about the latest turn in books. Dan Brown's books are extremely popular but to see a catalog where none of the new books are Celtic or Druidic (or even Wiccan for that matter) is disheartening. On the other hand, maybe that means that being Celtic is no longer the "in thing." I didn't see any books of particular interest to me; but my friend Dan might find Colloidal Minerals and Trace Elements: How to Restore the Body's Natural Vitality worth looking at. There is a CD on Ritual Drumming: Evoking the Sacred through Rythms of the Spirit that is of interest. It is to be released in April 2005 ISBN 1594770727. I guess I'll put it on my wish list.