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Posted January 16, 2005
Enjoyable look at Irish Witchcraft
There have countless books written that discuss Celtic lore or wisdom but rarely did they touch upon Paganism as it applied to Celtic lore. Yes there are lots of books available about Druids, Celtic Shamanism, and even 'Celtic Paganism.' But up until now there weren't any books that combined the Celtic path with Irish witchcraft. This book addresses this topic and does so in a way that's common sense. The author also throws in gentle humor at times to make her points. A lot of what is read in this book seems to be common sense (ie, having to learn and 'do the work' to be a high priest/ess or taking the concept of Paganism seriously without resorting to 'fluffiness' as so many Pagans seem to do) and yet it all bears repeating. I found myself nodding in agreement and even softly chuckling at some of the author's comments. As I've studied more about 'Celtic lore,' I've come to realize that I can read and learn all I can, listen to Celtic music, learn the language, but still not understand the full Celtic experience. This experience includes things like an Irish wake, or the 'good people,' the mythical 'OtherWorld.' or even exploring your Irish roots. She also shows how a number of Irish 'terms' and holidays are pronounced. Reading this increased my desire to learn the Gaelic language. The author touches upon these topics and many others throughout the book. She discusses myths and legends, various deities and their importance (including Brigid, the goddess near and dear to my heart), the four main Celtic Sabbats (Samhain, Imbolg, Bealtaine, and Lughnasadh), even the stages of a witch's life (while pointing out again the amount of work and time involved in attaining them). There's also a chapter in the book devoted to 'witch trials.' Thankfully at least in Ireland, there were very few women accused and/or tried as witches. This is clearly a book that needed to be written long ago for those like me interested not just in Celtic lore but how it relates in conjunction to Paganism and/or witchcraft.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2004
Real Information at last!!!
This is not like the usual authors who promise genuine information but just want to cash in on the connection I feel with Ireland. I found O'Brien's work intelligent, funny, insightful, and what she writes about feels so real and so right.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2009
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