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The Celtic Spirit: Daily meditations for the Turning Year / by Caitlin Matthews

Discover the Living Wisdom of the Ancient Celts The ancient Celts and their spiritual mediators, the Druids believed in the communion of all living things and sought harmony between nature and the human soul. Now, with this inspiring book of day-by-day mediations, renowned Celtic scholar Caitln Matthews shows you how to reawaken the power of this age-old spiritual inheritance.

Selector's Note: This was given as a gift to me. I have found this daily meditations book invalueable. I don't think you necessarily have to be of a Celtic persuasion to understand the meaning behind each daily meditation. It is only framed in that setting. The thoughts and visualization I feel are universal for the year.

Celtic Legends of the Beyond : A Celtic Book of the Dead / by Anatole Le Braz, Derek Bryce (Translator)

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Celtic Book of the Dead: A Guide for Your Voyage to the Celtic Otherworld (Cards-Spreadcloth) / by Caitlin Mathews, Caitlin Matthews

Synopsis In the tradition of The Book of Runes and the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead, this divination system contains 42 beautifully illustrated cards and a book that explains the meaning of the cards and how to use them for education and enlightenment. Matthews has made many original contributions to the fields of Celtic and Arthurian research. Boxed and shrink-wrapped.

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Awen, the Quest of the Celtic Mysteries / by Foreword by Gareth Knight Mike Harris

 

Awen is a Welsh word often translated as "inspiration." However, in its fullness it is untranslatable as a single word, comprising as it does a kind of irradiation of the soul from paradisal origins. In the end, our descriptions and our definitions must be rendered in poetic terms. Hence the importance of the Bard. It was the Celtic bards who laid the foundation of inner wisdom that has come down to us as the Arthurian Tradition. It was Celtic bards who, leaving Wales and Cornwall for Brittany, and thence seeking service with Frankish lords, provided the tales that informed the Arthurian romancers of twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Chretien de Troyes, Robert de Boron and others, wove them into tales of Merlin, Arthur, Lancelot and Guenevere, the Lady of the Lake and the Questors of the Grail. The pages you hold before you reveal the source of the hidden tradition as preserved for us in the Celtic folk soul. This, if not the only vehicle of inner wisdom, is nonetheless one of the most evocative.

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The Lost Books of Merlyn : Druid Magic from the Age of Arthur / by Douglas Monroe (Editor)

 

Amazon.com Part adventure tale and part grimoire, The Lost Books of Merlyn remains true to the Druids' methodof wrapping important knowledge in a story. Monroe's tale of the British Celts, their conflict with the Romans, and the last days of King Arthur, recounts the demise of the Druids but reveals the hope of their resurrection today. Coupled with an abundance of spells, charms, and sacred rites, this is more than just a well-written fantasy, more than just a well-stocked spell book. The Lost Books of Merlyn is both teacher and course. Whether you read it as a work of fiction or dig for a deeper meaning, you will hear a voice in these pages speaking to you as Merlyn speaks to the author: "Now, at last, it is your turn to understand what has already been lived, and what may come of it." --Brian Patterson
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ladiesoflake.gif (10322 bytes)Ladies of the Lake / by Caitlin Matthews, John Matthews, Marion Zimmer Bradley


Synopsis
This exhilarating exploration provides authentic textual background to a complex mythology about nine of the women in Arthurian legend. In addition, there are guided visualizations for each of the Ladies, which will open pathways to readers on their own personal quest.

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A study of nine women of Arthurian legend, their connection to the goddess and other mythical traditions, and their value to men and women today. This work accords first place to the true nature of feminine power and to the ancestral lore of the ninefold sisterhoods who have acted as priestesses in Celtic tradition

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The Bardic Source Book : Inspirational Legacy and Teachings of the Ancient Celts / by John Matthews (Editor)

 

This is the only large-scale source book on the Bardic mysteries,  it is important contribution to available literature on the subject, providing an accessible and readable collections of the Celtic literary heritage.  John Matthews, is  the author of more than 50 books on Celtic, Arthurian and related topics.  In particular his range of success, most recently with the companion volum to this book The Druid Source book.

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celbkofdays.gif (11191 bytes) The Celtic Book of Days : A Daily Guide to Celtic Spirituality and Wisdom / by Caitlin Matthews

 

Book Description
In Celtic tradition, spirituality is woven into and through the rhythms of daily life. Because the way we observe the unfolding year shapes the way we live, many have adopted the Celtic calendar strongly linked to natural elements and the seasons as a means of personal and spiritual discovery. The diverse writings and vibrant illustrations in this book have been carefully chosen to inspire daily reflection. Each month opens with a full-page illustration, and the daily entries are drawn from Celtic myth, poetry, prayers, and customs. Caitlin Matthews highlights the unique characteristics of each of the four Celtic festivals and the four magical gates of the year: Samhain (ancestral communion and introspection); Imbolc (beginnings and primal innocence); Beltane (creative and powerful expression); and Lughnasadh (maturity and consolidation).

Material from many eras of Celtic history is included to present both pagan and Christian streams of Celtic spirituality. The author has created new translations for many of the entries, including some material from rare and previously unpublished works. Throughout the book, full color art ranging from illuminated pages from the Book of Kells to modern illustrations highlight the text.

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oracles.gif (10380 bytes) Celtic Oracles : A New System for Spiritual
Growth and Divination
/ by Rosemarie Anderson

 

The Celtic way of life is an indigenous European belief system that honors both female and male images of the divine and holds the Earth to be sacred. This new divination system for personal development and spiritual growth based on Celtic symbols, folk wisdom, and spiritual principles will show you how to incorporate the Celtic way of knowing into your daily life. The 64 oracles are the primal forces identified by the Celts as goddesses, gods, faeries, and animal and tree spirits. Each oracle contains historical background, poetry, or verse from original Celtic sources; an interpretation for the contemporary reader; and beautiful, original black-and-white artwork, created especially for this book. Celtic Oracles works in a similar way to the I Ching: Just throw two coins three times to discover which of the oracles is influencing your life. The oracles are interrelated, reflecting the Celtic worldview that all aspects of our lives are woven together. Inspiring a deep connection with a powerful, ancient way of knowing and living in the world, this transformative system will help you understand the often hidden forces at work in your life and guide you in making practical decisions.

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Classic Celtic Fairy Tales / by John Matthews (Editor), Ian Daniels (Illustrator)

 

While fairy tales and their equivalent occur in all cultures throughout history, the Celtic tradition speaks especially of a universal humanity, and of a oneness with land, time and nature that we seem to have lost over the last hundred years. The current revival of interest is matched by a seeking for deeper understanding, both of self and of place in the universe. These tales and their lessons are wonderful in introducing the simple yet magical aspects of truth--entertaining, amusing and teaching all at the same time.

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The Western Way Omnibus / by Caitlin and John Matthews

 

This is the Native Tradition and the Hermetic tradition all in one volume. Beneath the well-mapped landscape of Western spirituality, runs a traditional esoteric pathway which has acknowledged the ancestral lore and hermetic knowledge of the West. This pathway has been trodden by generations of practitioneers for whom spiritual reality has more subtle and mystical variations than the received orthodoxies. The perennial wisdom of the Western Way has woven its bright and beckoning thread through religion, folklore, and magic, ever reminding us of our connection with the earth mysteries of our ancestors and the mysticism of the Gnostic traditions.

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Celtic Magic (Llewellyn's World Magic Series) / by Deanna J. Conway

 

Celtic magic is an ancient practice firmly rooted in the Celtic pantheon, Nature and the Elements. Included in this book are the various methods of spellwork, ritual, meditation, and divination that can help you influence or even change certain aspects of your life. Useful knowledge for everday living.

 

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By Oak, Ash & Thorn : Modern Celtic Shamanism (Llewellyn's Celtic Wisdom) / by Anna-Marie Ferguson (Illustrator), D. J. Conway

 

Many seekers are interested in shamanism because it is a spiritual path that can be followed in conjunction with any religion or other spiritual belief without conflict. But the Native American and African peoples were not the only cultures to traditionally practice shamanism. For centuries, shamanism was practiced by Europeans, as well--including the Celts. This book presents a modern system of Celtic shamanism inspired by old writings that suggest that the Druidic order was not the sole system of Celtic Religious practice--that other Celts, who were neither Druids nor bards, possessed and used shamanic powers of healing and prophecy. This practical guide blends the best of shamanism's old ways and new.

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Celtic Myth & Magic : Harness the Power of the Gods and Goddesses (Llewellyn's World Religion and Magic Series) / by Edain McCoy

 

This book describes the energies of over 300 cross-referenced Celtic deities and heroic figures so you can quickly determine which can best aid you in attaining specific goals through magick--such as greater prosperity (Cernunnos), glowing health (Airmid), or a soul partner (Aengus MacOg). Anything you vision. Undertake three magickal quests to the inner plane--where you'll merge in spirit with Queen Maeve, Merlin and Cuchulain--and activate their archetypal energies in your daily life. These quests will open channels for divination and past-life recall--permanently expand your physical, mental and spiritual potential [note description taken from backcover of the book].

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The Celtic Druids' Year : Seasonal Cycles of the Ancient Celts / by John Robert King

 

This well-packaged new book on the Celts puts substantive academic research into popular terms. King's focus is on the wheel of the Celtic year with its cycle of four celebrations: the fire feast of Lughnasa; the still-celebrated festival of the dead, Sarnhain (Halloween); the feast of the herds at Imbolc; and the wild abandon of Beltane, with its maypoles. Corollary to those festivals are the equinoxes and solstices, observed by the
Celts in less ritualized fashion but important to them as markers in the agricultural year. Besides the annual cycle, King describes the religious underpinnings of the festivals, the functions of the druid priests and bards, relationships to other mythologies, and the influence of historical assimilation and migration on what we know of Celtic myth. A good resource, well written and well researched. (From BOOKLIST 12/01/94 c.1994 American Library Association)

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