Today I'm reviewing another great book by Elen Sentier - you can check out my earlier review of Elen of the Ways as well. Today's review is of the follow-up book titled Following the Deer Trods. Both books are part of the Shaman Pathways series by Moon Books, the lovely people who were so kind as to let me publish Ariadne's Thread.
This is the best kind of sequel: Following the Deer Trods picks up where Elen of the Ways leaves off, giving the reader more information about this fascinating spiritual path. While Elen of the Ways introduces the major concepts of native British shamanism, Following the Deer Trods provides an in-depth set of practical exercises that guide the reader along the way to learning how to practice this tradition on a daily basis. Like the other Shaman Pathways titles, the book isn't terribly long but it is meaty, full of information and instructions that you can really use. The descriptions of the worlds and directions are particularly interesting since they differ from many other, more familiar traditions.
Ms. Sentier is honest when she warns the reader that they will have to work hard in order to learn these methods. Shamanism has never been an easy path; it requires an open mind and the ability to value life as a whole over one's own ego. But if you're willing to put in the work, Following the Deer Trods offers a worthwhile path for anyone interested in British shamanism, no matter where you may live.