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A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine Paperback – 6 September 2008

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"Ellen Evert Hopman has put together a great resource for tree lore in A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine. Not only does this book offer an historical perspective on the culture and civilization of the Druids of Ireland, it provides a description of the herbal uses and spiritual aspects of each tree described by the Ogham Tree Alphabet." ― Kathryn Price, book editor, WomensRadio

"Not only is Hopman a Druid priestess extraordinaire, but a master herbalist. . . . I would suggest this book to anyone interested in Celtic history, mythology, herbalism, and/or Pagan religious practices. In other words, most everyone." ― The Magical Buffet, Nov 2008

"This could be a reference to keep in your library, or used as a place to start an entirely new avenue of education and learning. The presentation is simple enough not to be intimidating, but the depth of information and the bibliography are quite impressive." ― D. Tigermoon, The Pagan Review, Nov 2008

" . . . this will not be a one-read through book, but a book you will return to again and again, making new discoveries each time." ― Christopher Blackwell, AREN Alternative Religions Education Network, Jul 2008

"Not only will you get a lesson in language, but also in the various uses available to anyone wishing to connect with the magic carried by each individual type of tree. The Gaelic pronunciation guide in the back of the book alone is worth the price of this book. There is a plethora of information jammed into this one and well worth the turning of the pages." ― Veritas Newsletter, Jul 2008

"Ellen Evert Hopman is a sister to Trees, and can hear their countless whispers and songs, which is what makes this book so magical." ― Crow Birchsong (Mabyn Wind), reviewer

"This book is indispensable reading for anyone following the Druidic path and indeed anyone interested in the wider Pagan movement. But also, it has been expertly written in a way that any modern practitioner of traditional healing methods, or herbalist, will find a wealth of knowledge that will inspire and guide them to a much greater understanding of the use and history of each tree." ― Eolas, Wisdom of the Oaks, Feb 2009

"This is a great resource book for anyone looking to learn more about the herbal practices of the Druid's and to add working with herbs to their own practices. . . . This book also includes a pronunciation guide at the end that is really a nice added bonus." ― The Pagan Review, Mar 2009

"Hooray! A book that tells us how to pronounce a tongue-twisting Celtic phrase like Craobh a b'áirde de 'n abhall thu . . . the whole book is interesting to read, with its accounts of life and magic in Celtic Ireland." ― Barbara Ardinger, Pan Gaia, No. 50, Spring 2009

"The herbal remedies will be of great use to myself, and to anyone who decides to read the book. . . . this will be a cherished addition to any Neo-Druid's library." ― Druidic Dawn, June 2009

"As a guide for Celtic Reconstructionists, this book is invaluable. . . . Hopman's version of the Ogham meanings and use is just one of many; yet this book is so well researched and written that one cannot help but see the truth." ― Eolas, Wisdom of the Oaks, Sept 2009

"Hopman is an incredible resource for all of us seeking to take our health, medicine, and spirituality into our own hands. A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine deserves a place on the shelf next to her other guides of magical and medicinal love." ― Witches&pagans.com, September 2010

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PAGANISM / HEALING The Druids used the ancient Ogham Tree Alphabet to work magic and honor the dead, surrounding each letter with medicinal and spiritual lore. Poets and bards created a secret sign language to describe the letters, each of which is named for a tree or a plant. For centuries this language was only transmitted orally in order to protect its secrets. Combining her extensive herbal knowledge and keen poetic insight, Ellen Evert Hopman delves deeply into the historic allusions and associations of each of the twenty letters of the Ogham Tree Alphabet. She also examines Native American healing methods for possible clues to the way ancient Europeans may have used these trees as healing agents. Druidic spiritual practices, herbal healing remedies, and plant lore are included for each tree in the alphabet as well as how each is used in traditional rituals such as the Celtic Fire Festivals and other celebrations. Hopman also includes a pronunciation guide for the oghams and information on the divinatory meanings associated with each tree. ELLEN EVERT HOPMAN is a Druid priestess, master herbalist, and lay homeopath who holds an M.Ed. in mental health counseling. She is a founding member and co-chief of the Order of the White Oak (Ord na Darach Gile), serves on the Grey Council of Mages and Sages, and is a professor of Wortcunning at the Grey School of Wizardry. She is the author of A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year; Walking the World in Wonder; Tree Medicine, Tree Magic; and Priestess of the Forest. She lives in Massachusetts.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Destiny Books (6 September 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1594772304
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1594772306
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 1.27 x 22.86 cm
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Visit Ellen online at www.elleneverthopman.com

A recent video interview!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=293840531860553&amp;ref=watch_permalink

Ellen Evert Hopman is a Master Herbalist and lay Homeopath who holds an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling.

Ellen Evert Hopman is the author of a growing number of books. Her newest offerings are The Secret Medicines in Your Kitchen, a book that teaches the uses of foods and spices already in your home, for health and well being (mPowr, 2012), Secret Medicines from Your Garden (Healing Arts Press, 2016), A Legacy of Druids (Moon Books, 2016), Tree Medicine Tree Magic - second edition updated and revised (Pendraig Publishing, 2017), The Real Witches of New England (Destiny Books, 2018), The Sacred Herbs of Samhain (Destiny Books, 2019) and The Sacred Herbs of Spring (Destiny Books, 2020)

Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore (Pendraig Publishing, 2011), is a study of the folk magic and healing plants of the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

Her first novel, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey (recently re-released by Oak Spirit Publishing, 2020), was an exciting new project for her, combining a heart-warming fictional romance with practical Druid rites, prayers and rituals. The sequel is called The Druid Isle (Llewellyn, April 2010). The third book in the series is Priestess of the Fire Temple: A Druid's Tale (Llewellyn, March of 2012). All three books are designed to illuminate the Druid path for seekers of Celtic wisdom.

Another book on trees, Celtic spirituality and the ancient Ogham alphabet is A Druid's Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine (Inner Traditions - Bear and Company, June 2008).

Other books include Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today (Destiny Books, 2001), People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out (Inner Traditions, 1995), Walking the World in Wonder - A Children's Herbal (Healing Arts Press, 2000), and A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year (Destiny Books, 1994)

Hopman is the Archdruid of Tribe of the Oak (Tuatha na Dara), an international Druid Order with on line instruction for seekers (www.tribeoftheoak.com). She was a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile, www.whiteoakdruids.org) and its former Co-Chief, a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana. She was Vice President of The Henge of Keltria, an international Druid Fellowship, for nine years and has also been at times a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and of ADF, A Druid Fellowship.

She is the co-creator of the Virtual Shrine of the Goddess Brighid (http://shrineofbrighid.com/)

Hopman has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Hopman is also a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages and has been a professor at the Grey School of Wizardry.

Hopman has presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, Paganism, and magic at conferences, festivals, and events in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States. She has participated in numerous radio and television programs including National Public Radio's &quot;Vox Pop&quot; and the Gary Null show in New York. She presented a weekly &quot;herb report&quot; for WRSI radio out of Greenfield, MA for over a year and was a featured subject in a documentary about Druids on A&amp;E Television's &quot;The Unexplained&quot; (Sacred Societies, February 1999).

She has also released video tapes and DVDs on the subjects covered in her books through Sawmill River Productions. See clips at: http://vimeo.com/user2687064/videos

Purchase the DVDs for $20.00 plus $4.00 from Ellen at POB 219, Amherst, MA 01004 and through her website www.elleneverthopman.com

She has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990 and has co-lead tours to Celtic and Neolithic sites in Europe. She was the founder of The New England Druid Summit, a yearly gathering of Druids in New England.

She has been on the staff of Keltria: Journal of Druidism and Celtic Magick and has been a contributing author to many New Age and Pagan journals.

Visit www.elleneverthopman.com to read Ellen's Moonthly blog.

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We are currently crafting a film based on the novel PRIESTESS OF THE FOREST - A DRUID JOURNEY.

Elyse Poppers our lead actress introduces herself

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Praise for Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore;

Many of the herbal and magical practices of the Scots are echoed in

traditional Norwegian folk medicine and magic. This is a valuable resource

book not only for the serious folklorist, but also for a wider audience

interested in a deeper look at rural Scottish practices. Ms. Hopman has done

an amazing amount of research, and her Scottish herbalism section is far

more detailed than I've seen elsewhere. A &quot;must have&quot; for the northern

European folklorist's library.

Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D., author of &quot;The Hammer of the Smith&quot; and &quot;The Divine

Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods&quot;.

Through her books, Ellen Evert Hopman lifts the veil between worlds of the

present and the past. She guides the reader on a fascinating journey to our

ancient Celtic history, simultaneously restoring lost knowledge and

entertaining the reader. Be prepared to be educated and delighted.

Wendy Farley, Clan McKleod

&quot;The first things is WOW! Ellen Hopman has given us a volume that belongs in

Harry Potter's library. This wonderful collection of enchantments, faery

lore and herbal potions, is presented by a practicing herbalist and (I

suspect) magician. It is a useful manual of magic, an unusual tourist guide

to Scotland, certainly a delightful read, and at the very least, a

comprehensive and thoroughly footnoted collection of folk lore for

humorless librarians and scholars.&quot;

Matthew Wood MS (Scottish School of Herbal Medicine)

Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild)

Every now and again, a book emerges from the waves of occult and magical

authorship that delves into the deep and ancestral waters of old magic! This

book is one of those rare occasions. From the lore of herbs to the blessing

of stones; from avioding the elf-blast to healing through Faerie blessing -

Ellen guides the reader through ancient groves of oral lore to discover a

power and spirit that connects the reader to the oldest of magics, the earth

and her elements. I am confident that the Scottish Ancestral Wise Ones, are

renewed through this book and the old ways live once again!

Orion Foxwood

Ellen Evert Hopman takes us deep into a world where folk magic and herbal

medicine are part and parcel of a daily life guided by the cycles of the sun

and the moon and the land. She strikes a perfect balance, combining

rigorous scholarship, deep understanding of the Scottish worldview, and

clear and accessible writing with just the right measure of the mystical and

poetic. At once a rich and detailed study of traditional Scottish ways and

a practical manual for bringing healing and magic into your own life. A

truly masterful work.

Sean Donahue, Traditional Herbalist

http://www.brighidswellherbs.com

Like a wee bairn sitting on grandma's lap absorbing legend, lore and

instruction from the talk around the hearth, you will learn from and delight

in this richly accomplished book. Take a sip or a long draught, you will be

nourished deeply.

Susn S. Weed author of the Wise Woman Herbal series.

Woven into this well-researched and beautifully presented book is a magical

thread. This thread forms a path and this path winds its way into the very

marrow of the old and forgotten ways of Scotland. Throughout these pages

Ellen lavishes the reader with a body of knowledge that she means to be used

in direct participation with Nature. The message is clear: The old Wisdom

endures and is more vital to us than ever before.

Michael Dunning - Scottish shaman, writer, artist and teacher.

A recent review of A Druids Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine;

SageWoman

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www.witchesandpagans.com

As a practicing herbalist, I am always on the lookout for books rich with

herbal lore. The problem is that most books are either medicinal or magical,

and when they're both, the information therein is not always especially

helpful. Enter Ellen Evert Hopman, whose book, however, is a thorough and

complete look at both. Hopman is not only an herbalist but a Druid

priestess, as well and she obviously has a keen intuitive sense of tree

medicine that she couples this with Druid lore (as well as Native American

lore). Sacred Tree Medicine traces through the Druid Ogham Tree alphabet,

giving the symbolic, liturgical, poetic, medicinal, and spiritual aspects of

each sacred tree.

Though there is focus on herb lore, the Goddess is given plenty of

attention, too. Hopman teaches her reader how each sacred tree assists in

spiritual practice and which face of the Goddess it represents. I had the

most fun taking this book to the forests by my home, identifying trees and

sampling their offerings. The book closes with a section on the Druidic arts

including magic, tools, festivals, and divinations. This gives the reader

the opportunity to put her newfound knowledge of trees and magic to

practical use.

Hopman is an incredible resource for all of us seeking to take our health,

medicine, and spirituality into our own hands. Sacred Tree Medicine deserves

a place on the shelf next to her other guides of magical and medicinal lore.

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