Review: ‘The Crane Bag’, by Joanna van der Hoeven

I was sent this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

(My reviews are always honest and I’ll frying pan anyone who slanders me by suggesting otherwise).

Pagan Portals - The Crane Bag

Published by: Moon Books

Publication Date: 22nd June 2017

Format: Paperback

Price: £6.99 

I.S.B.N.: 978-1-78535-573-8


An introduction to the ritual tools and practices found in the Druid tradition. Held deeply within Celtic mythology, the crane bag is both a symbol of sovereignty, as well as an item containing the ritual tools of the Druid. With the proper use, it can further the Druid in working with the tides of nature, finding his or her own place in the environment, living in balance, harmony and peace. In ritual, these tools and practices can guide one to deeper levels of meaning and understanding within the tradition, helping the Druid on his or her journey through life and towards integration with the natural world.

My Review

The ‘Pagan Portals’ books produced by Moon Books provide introductions to specific traditions or practices, deities and shamanic traditions. Joanna van der Hoeven’s contribution to the library is well written, clear and practical, the writing shining with the author’s love of the natural world.

The brevity of the book belies its comprehensive nature, giving you all the information you need in five chapters subdivided for ease of use, covering the rituals, tools and practices of the Druid tradition. The retelling of the ‘Crane bag’ story is lovely, and the use of the ‘crane bag’ as a modern druid’s ritual tool is explained in a way that is easy to understand. Like the author’s practise the information given is grounded in her local landscape, and Joanna encourages the reader to really get to know their own landscape.

A useful introductory text.


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