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  1. The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom: The Celtic Shaman's Sourcebook
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  2. The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom: The Celtic Shaman's Sourcebook

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A guide to Celtic spiritual traditions. It contains translations of primary Celtic texts, including stories, poems and prose pieces, some dating as far back as the 7th century. Topics covered include: shamanic memory; Druidic divination and prophecy; shapeshifting, soul-loss and restoration; and magic and healing. These ancient texts are accompanied by detailed commentaries, background material and practical shamanic insights.

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John and Caitlin continue to present Celtic material out of context, and often in contradiction from one book to another of theirs. I've met John,and had lunch with him back in April of 1993 in Seattle. At that time, he acknowledged that his training is as a librarian, that he neither read or spoke any Celtic language; both he and Caitlin are occultists. When it was mentioned that he called stories "lost" in some of his books that he quoted in others, he had no explanation. He blamed previously published sources for glaring errors of translation, and seemed to see no reason to have anyone-- including Caitlin, who does have translation skills-- check his material before publication. He was accompanied by David Spangler, and many of his views seem more reflective of Spanger's New Age thought than Celtic scholarship. There is a lot of useful material in this book (all of which is avaialble elsewhere), but also a fair bit out of context and without proper attribution, including material... Read more
The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom is, hands down, required reading for anyone interested in the primal Celtic traditions, especially of the Irish and Scottish traditions. Where John Matthews' Taliesin and the Shamanic Mysteries of Britian addresses largely a Cymric (Welsh) and British leaning, The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom is, largely, rooted in the Irish, with some exploration of folk Scots beliefs and expressions of the shamanic (as in the case of the late and well-loved Scottish seer, Eliadh Watt). As of January 2002 I consider this book to be one of the top three books on Celtic tradition, especially the visionary tradition of primal Celtic spirituality and the field of contemporary Celtic spirituality. It is a priceless addition to one's library, along with Tom Cowan's Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit, Mara Freeman's Kindling the Celtic Spirit. For a more classical exploration of these same themes I recommend The Silver Bough, by F. Marian McNeill.
At 456 pages this book is the most thorough work on this subject that I have seen to date. Chapters include: The Memory of the Earth; The Memory of Trees; The Memory of Animals; Shape shifting; Druids and Vision Poets; Dreams and Visions; In the House of the Sidhe etc. The bibliography is a perfect source for further reading. An excellent resource for those wanting to understand their Celtic heritage and a must for the serious student of shamanism or the occult. A great addition to the occult library.
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