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    Celtic Religion and Practice — Books

    Books, Tarot Decks and Kits |  Celtic Religion and Practice — Books

    Celtic Religion and Practice

    In ancient times the Celts were a number of interrelated peoples in central Europe sharing many cultural and linguistic traits indicative of a common . . . learn more about Celtic People, Celtic Mythology, Celtic deities, mythological beings and historical figure, Druidry

    A Stony Gaze
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    A Stony Gaze

    Ref: B771-7


    Price: 10.95

    John Billingsley

    An air of mystery has always surrounded the crudely carved stoned heads found at prehistoric sites, on churches and on farmhouses all over the British Isles. Long known as ‘Celtic Heads’, John Billingsley explains why this is a mistaken term as he puts them in a context extending from some of the earliest prehistoric remains to the fold traditions of nineteenth-century and even modern Britain. From the skulls in Celtic sacred sites to the stone heads on farmhouses in West Yorkshire, a common theme can be discerned — the widespread human belief in the head as the seat of the soul, the source of our communication with the Otherworld. This belief has been expressed in an artistic and religious motif of ‘tete coupee’, or severed head. A Stony Gaze presents the history of the severed head tradition from prehistory to today, and demonstrates where such motifs are likely to be found, and how they are likely to appear. The close association between these severed head images and the world of the supernatural and divine is explored, and examples from Celtic literature and later folklore assist the quest for the meaning of this uncompromising symbol.

    The archaic carved heads of Britain look to our world, and to the Otherworld. This book is the most complete investigation of the severed head motif yet published. John Billingsley removes this topic from the narrow archaeological, Celtic or pagen confines that previous writers have emphasised and places it in a broader setting of widespread folk tradition that interrelates all venues for the appearance of the severed head image.

    Between Earth and Sky
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    Between Earth and Sky

    Ref: B050-6


    Price: 9.95

    Julia Day

    ISBN: 1861630506
    Paperback 180 pages

    Julia is a member of a Celtic Tradition. “I believe that whatever our beliefs or Tradition, we each make and follow our own path. I hope this book may help you to follow yours.” Between Earth and Sky is a collection of articles, environmental reports, thoughts, visualisations, poems and stories, together with inspired writings which may help the reader to explore their own thoughts and feelings in many areas of magical, Pagan life.

    Celtic Devotional
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    Celtic Devotional

    Ref: G197-1


    Price: 7.99

    Matthews, Caitlín

    ISBN: 1841811971

    Hardcover 144 pages

    This enlightening and spiritually uplifting book is designed to help those with a lively questioning spirit who want to create and develop their own spiritual pathway in today's hectic world. Illustrated with original artwork, the book is simple to use, as each of the Celtic Seasons has meditations, blessings and rituals, divided into morning and evening practice. Each day of the week has its own devotions and there are also blessings for special occasions that can be incorporated into daily practice. Drawing on the influence of early Celtic times, the text combines traditional blessings with specially written prayers and meditations.

    Celtic Faery Shamanism 2
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    Celtic Faery Shamanism 2

    Ref: B059-X


    Price: 10.95

    Catrin James

    ISBN: 186163059X
    Paperback 220 pages

    Much is currently written about the 'higher self', but we read less about the deep, instinctual, lower or dark self, the part which encompasses the subconscious, the collective consciousness and more. We must learn not to deny or repress this lower self, but to work with it. When all the aspects of our being, High, Lower, Light and Dark are brought into balance, then we awaken and can move beyond the boundaries of space and time. Darkness here means our Earth consciousness, our roots and links with our ancestors. Because negative emotions such as guilt have often been programmed into the 'dark one' at an early age, much work, in the form of meditations and visualisations, needs to be conducted to re-establish links with this important aspect of self. This book is full of exercises, symbols, images and visualisations which will help you to strengthen the links with your own 'dark one'.

    Celtic Folklore Cooking
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    Celtic Folklore Cooking

    Ref: K044-2


    Price: 15.99

    Asala, Joanne

    A treasury of delectable recipes, Celtic Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala will help you select foods to serve at your celebrations of the Sabbats and Esbats: the festivals and ritual times for Witches and Wiccans. It is also a terrific introduction to Celtic culture. The recipes in this book were gathered during four trips the author took to Ireland and Britain, as well as visits to Scotland and Wales. She searched for people who still cooked in the traditional of their ancestors, passing down recipes from generation to generation. The result is a book that is rich in Celtic tradition. And the foods are delicious any time, too!

    Like a well-stocked larder, Celtic Folklore Cooking offers plenty of tempting choices for daily meals or special celebrations. Pick from more than 200 tasty traditional dishes, all nestled among colorful food-related proverbs, poems, tales, customs, and other nuggets of folk wisdom. Each recipe lists ancient and modern holidays associated with the dish so you can select the perfect fare to complement the season. Recipes include:

    - Mushroom and Scallop Pie

    - Heather Wine

    - Pratie Oaten

    - Beestings Pancakes

    - Hot Cross buns

    - Figgy Pudding

    - Boxty on the Griddle

    - Barm Brack

    - Sweet Scones

    - Scotch Eggs

    - Colcannon

    - Cockle Soup

    - Flower Pudding

    - Flummery

    - Mead

    The ancient Celts celebrated their Sabbats with music, dance, games, food, and drink. Whether you are a solitary practitioner or a part of a larger group, food and drink should always be a part of your festivities, rituals, and ceremonies. This book can be the key to a wide variety of foods that will make you the talk of the town!

    If you are involved in Celtic traditions, this book is a must. If you simply like unique recipes for foods that are as tasty today as they were hundreds, even thousands of years ago, you'll want this book, too.


    Celtic Lore and Druidic Ritual
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    Celtic Lore and Druidic Ritual

    Ref: B724-5


    Price: 9.95

    Rhiannon Ryall

    Rhiannon Ryall is well known for her book West Country Wicca, which is primarily concerned with the overt/public face of Wicca. This new book brings some of the inner mysteries to those interested in the Pagan Path or Tradition.

    The tradition Rhiannon describes here has its roots in Western Ireland. Inevitably the Druidic Path crosses that of any genuine Gaelic Tradition of Wicca, so this book contains much Druidic lore. Background material pertaining to the Druids is also included as this explains much of their way of viewing the world and it enables the reader to understand more fully their attributions in general and their rituals in particular. The book is divided into five parts:

    Chapter 1: Casting circles, seasonal sigils, wands, woods for times of year, Celtic runes, the Great Tides, making cones and vortices of power, polarities and how to change them, the seasonal Ogham keys and some Ogham correspondences. Chapter 2: Old calendar festivals and associated evocations, the Call of Nine, two versions of the Six Pointed Dance”, Mistletoe Lore, New Moon Working, the Five-fold Calendar. Chapter 3: Underlying fundamentals of Magical Working and some related matters, Magical squares and their applications, use of the Oghams, the Diamond Working area, ancient Saxon curse and the East Anglian Shepherds counting system. Chapter 4: Five initiations, including a shamanistic one, some minor calls, some little magics. Chapter 5: Background information on the Celtic path, the Arthurian myth and its underlying meaning and significance, the Three Worlds of the Celts, thoughts regarding the Hidden Path, some thoughts and final advice.

    A veritable treasure trove for anyone interested in the Celtic path.

    Celtic Magic Essentials
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    Celtic Magic Essentials

    Ref: F736-2


    Price: 5.99

    Page, J L

    A creative and practical guide to an ancient and mysterious tradition that is enjoying an astonishing revival worldwide. He separates fact from fiction, myth from magic, and brings the reader closer to the truth in this fascinating study of the Celts: their traditional ceremonies, rituals and lore linked to the seasons; Hallowe’en and modern Witchcraft (or Wicca); the Celtic gods, goddesses and heroes. And then he tells us how to make the magic happen for ourselves, to harness its power and improve our lives.


    Celtic Myth & Magick
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    Celtic Myth & Magick

    Ref: K661-0


    Price: 20.99

    McCoy, Edain

    Tap into the mythic power of the Celtic goddesses, gods, heroes and heroines to aid your spiritual quests and magickal goals. Celtic Myth & Magic explains how to use creative ritual and pathworking to align yourself with the energy of these archetypes, whose potent images live deep within your psyche.


    Celtic Sacrifice
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    Celtic Sacrifice

    Ref: B023-9


    Price: 10.95

    Marion Pearce

    ISBN: 1861630239
    Paperback 170 pages

    Welcome to the world of the Celts, a world of magic, shapechanging, sorcery and divination, of heroism, strange rites and rituals. A world where legend mixed with fact, where the physical world and Otherworld blended together. By combining sources from Celtic mythology, archaeology and eye witness accounts from people of the time, we can build up an accurate picture of life all those years ago. This book presents a fascinating picture of Celtic religion, featuring places of worship, deities, the importance and significance of trees and animals, the use of bones, cults of the head and of the dead, burial practises and kingship. Marion Pearce is well known for her extensive articles on Celtic history and culture published in numerous magazines both in the UK and abroad. Illustrated by Simon Rouse.

    Celtic Saints and the Glastonbury Zodiac
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    Celtic Saints and the Glastonbury Zodiac

    Ref: B022-0


    Price: 9.95

    Mary Caine

    Mary Caine, intrigued by the fantastic tales in the lives of some of the Celtic Saints of Britain which “make one gasp and stretch one’s eyes”, felt that they could hardly be the result of unbridled Celtic imagination alone, and demand another explanation. An interpretation is offered here which makes numinous sense of what is often seen as pious, but preposterous nonsense. Much pre-Christian solar and lunar myth appears in these tales, and from her long study of the Glastonbury Zodiac, Mary has found many parallels to its figures embedded in these tales. The Zodiac is after all the path of both sun and moon in the sky.

    Katherine Maltwood, who found this Temple of the Stars in the Vale of Avalon, was convinced that it is the original Round Table, with Arthur himself and his chief knights still seated upon it, long fogotten, as the signs of the Zodiac. More, that this mysterious great circle is the fount and original of all Arthurian and Grail myth. The mediaeval Grail-questing knights were not only seeking themselves in the ancient astrological system of psychology — they were searching too for the effigies on the ground, by their time long lost through successive invasions and only dimly remembered in Celtic poems and folklore.

    Arthur appears in several saints’ lives and is related to some of them, and as the ancient Abbey of Glastonbury not only claims his grave, but also to be the first centre of Celtic Christianity in Britain, perhaps it is not surprising to find traces of more primaeval Mysteries shining through the lives of these early saints; some forty-five of these appear here.

    Celtic Tree Ogham, The
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    Celtic Tree Ogham, The

    Ref: B223-4


    Price: 13.95

    by Mark Graham and Heather Buchan

    Paperback: 252 pages

    The Ogham draws on the imagery and magic of trees native to Britain together with the inspiration of native British spirituality and myth. It offers reliable guides to the inner traveller in the form of the archetypal energies of our native trees and reliable tools in the form of a tree oracle which shows us how to communicate with the Otherworld. This book utilises the four paths of the Ogham to use it as not just a divinatory tool, but to work with the powerful archetypal forces symbolised by the trees to guide the soul through the initiatory journey into self-awareness. Spiritual questing allows us to make contact with our own souls and the Ogham can guide and support us as we enter into the mystery.

    Celtic Wisewomen
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    Celtic Wisewomen

    Ref: B213-4


    Price: 10.95

    Dilys Gater

    ISBN: 1861632134
    Paperback 179 pages

    Welsh-born Dilys Gater is a practising Wise Woman who shares the secrets of her calling in the form ‘thoughts, magic, wisdom and spells!’ This comprehensive book contains love spells; instructions for communicating with the dead; introductions to your totem animals; shape shifting; the spiritual paths along which to tread to seek the Celtic Holy Treasures and follow in the steps of heroes of myth and the Knights who sought the Grail. A remarkable personal reference work that opens the door to new richness of living and will prove invaluable to the worker in this field. “A basic primer of Celtic magic. Recommended!” — Prediction “A damn good read” — Encounters.

    Creating Form from the Mist
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    Creating Form from the Mist

    Ref: B024-7


    Price: 11.95

    Lynne Sinclair-Wood
    Wisdom of Women in Celtic Myth & Culture

    ISBN: 1861630247
    Paperback 256 pages

    Relates the stories of powerful women in Celtic tradition, then looks beyond the storyline to the symbolic meanings behind these women characters to help illuminate the spiritual journey for women today. Explores and discusses the role of women in Celtic society, spirituality and religion, leading on to the importance of the wisdom of women in Celtic myth for modern culture. Topics covered include Arianrhod and Flowerbrides, the inspiration of Brighid, Macha, The Morrigan, Scathach, Warrior Women and their voice in the modern world, Grail Maidens, Branwen and reassembling the cauldron. Positive imagery is needed for women in the process of re-empowering themselves in a contemporary society and to provide space for women to lead a spiritual life. Enabling women to express their creative spiritual experience within society will benefit the whole culture including the healing of relationships between men and women and humanity and nature.

    Inner Celtia
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    Inner Celtia

    Ref: B752-0


    Price: 10.95

    Alan Richardson & David Annwn

    This is an experiential guide to the realm of the Celts, as it existed on the cusp between the Bronze and Iron Ages and as it still exists today in buried levels of Western consciousness. In a radical approach that turns the narrative into a vehicle for the readers ‘psycho-spiritual development’, Inner Celtia enables us to explore the strangest country of all . . . that which lies within. No matter what our national or racial background, no matter where we happen to live, this visionary exploration of that level of consciousness defined as Celtia can enable each person to awaken energies that they have long since lost, or locked away and which are intimately linked to that concept known as Spirit of Place. Inner Celtia regards the isle of Britain, not as a geo-political entity, but as an expression of that great and dark Goddess who lies behind the Celtic experience. It further shows how we can approach this goddess by means of two figures from the 4th Century BC, who we can enlist as guides. On one level these figures can be seen as manifestations of the anima and animus and can help us make sense of those lost and Celtic levels within the masculine and feminine consciousness. On another and overtly magical level, we can accept them as ‘telesmic images’ or vehicles for actual spiritual guides that can put us in touch with the Celtic Otherworld.

    Magic of the Celtic Otherworld
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    Magic of the Celtic Otherworld

    Ref: J0657-4


    Price: 13.99

    Irish History, Lore & Rituals
    by Stephen Blamires

    Paperback: 329 pages

    Many people today distance themselves from the Earth. They forget they are a part of Nature. Magic of the Celtic Otherworld offers a holistic, magical system that will break down the barriers between you and the natural world. Drawing upon Irish Celtic spiritual tradition, history, and mythology, this book provides wondrous stories, seasonal rituals, and practical exercises that will expand your spiritual potential. This self-enriching journey to the mystical Otherworld will help you attune to Nature, channel magickal forces, and harmonize with the Green World.

    Ogam Stones & Inscriptions
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    Ogam Stones & Inscriptions

    Ref: MP04


    Price: 2.99

    A study of the Ogam Alphabet and its use. Illustrated.

    Sacred Celtic Animals
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    Sacred Celtic Animals

    Ref: B775-X


    Price: 11.95

    Marion Davies

    Animals affected the everyday lives of the Celts. The Celts saw animals as representations, representatives and messengers of their deities. They took animal names for themselves and their tribes and saw portents and auguries in animals’ movements and behaviour. Animals featured extensively in Celtic legends and decorated their weapons, houses and accoutrements. Celtic shamans linked with the animal world and their warriors and hunters invoked the power of totem animals to help in their endevours.

    This book details the myths, legends and correspondences linking the Celts and the animal world. The authoritative, well researched text is enhanced by the beautiful illustrations of Simon Rouse.

    The Celtic Shaman
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    The Celtic Shaman

    Ref: R417-6


    Price: 9.99

    Matthews, John

    Probably the oldest known spiritual discipline, shamanism is the timeless art of living in harmony with creation, providing a universal system to work with today, whatever our religion or spiritual affiliation may be. A reflection of a living tradition with a supremely practical approach to life, it teaches skills for living and ways to utilize latent abilities which we all possess. Celtic Shamanism derives from the native traditions of North-West Europe. The shamanic contribution of the Celts and their predecessors has been overlooked until recently, and is one of the last shamanic traditions to be explored. While it shares common elements with American, Australian and Siberian teachings, it derives entirely from Celtic source material. The Celtic Shaman offers a varied and easily followed plan of self-tuition for anyone interested in Celtic mythology and the Western mysteries.

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