The Complete Idiot's Guide to Celtic Wisdom [NOOK Book]

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A comprehensive look at Irish, Scottish, Welsh and continental Celtic traditions, both Pagan and Christian , this guide includes the Celtic approach to shamanism, fairies, Wicca, neopaganism, magic and Druidism. It draws a map for today's Celtic quest, with the way of the pilgrim, honor of one's ancestors and the language and culture. Exploring the Celtic universe-gods and goddesses, mythic heroes and warriors, wonderworkers, underworlds, and otherworlds - this manual also covers lengers such as King Arthur, ...
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Overview

A comprehensive look at Irish, Scottish, Welsh and continental Celtic traditions, both Pagan and Christian , this guide includes the Celtic approach to shamanism, fairies, Wicca, neopaganism, magic and Druidism. It draws a map for today's Celtic quest, with the way of the pilgrim, honor of one's ancestors and the language and culture. Exploring the Celtic universe-gods and goddesses, mythic heroes and warriors, wonderworkers, underworlds, and otherworlds - this manual also covers lengers such as King Arthur, Merlin, and the Quest for the Holy Grail.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440695810
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 477,635
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

CARL McCOLMAN is a freelance writer and spiritual teacher based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of several books including 'The Well-Read Witch' and 'The Aspiring Mystic'. A practicioner of nature spirituality for more than a decade, he is the co-founder and former leader of a druid grove and currently is the co-leader of an interfaith pagan meditation circle.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Welcome to Celtic Wisdom 1
1 Introducing the World of Celtic Wisdom 3
The Heart of a Warrior 4
What Makes a Celt Tick? 6
Entry-Points to the Celtic Tradition 6
Spirituality, Wisdom, Tradition: Understanding the Path 13
What's in It for Me: The Benefits of the Celtic Way 14
2 A History of a Proud People 17
Why History Matters 18
Before the Celts Were Celts 19
Celtic Archaeology: From Hallstatt to La Tene 19
The Coming of Christianity 23
The Six Nations: Today's Celtic World 26
The Lessons of History 29
3 The Concept of Celticity 31
Defining Celticity 32
Real Celts and Cardiac Celts 36
The Wisdom of Being a Marginal Culture 37
Wisdom, Language, and Celticity 38
Of Pipes, Whistles, and Fiddles: Celtic Music 39
4 The Seven Dimensions of Celtic Wisdom 41
A Few Basic Celtic Wisdom Principles 42
The Seven Branches of Celtic Wisdom 45
Finding Your Path 53
Activity: Keep a Journal 54
5 The Sovereignty of Nature 55
The Secret of Celtic Wisdom: Partnership with Nature 56
Nature: The Heart of Celtic Wisdom 58
The Sovereignty of the Land 60
Putting Spirituality in Its Place 63
More About Holy Wells 65
Walk Your Talk 68
6 The Otherworld: Nature's Dance Partner 69
What Is the Otherworld? 70
A Geography of the Otherworld 73
Gateways to the Otherworld 74
Denizens of the Otherworld 76
The Psychology of the Otherworld 79
Part 2 The Three Paths 81
7 Singers, Seers, and Sages 83
"Song of Amergin" 84
What the Classical Writers Had to Say About the Druids 85
Celtic Quiz: Which Path Is Right for You? 86
The Bards: Keepers of the Past 90
The Ovates: Keepers of the Future 91
The Druids: Keepers of the Present 91
8 Songs and Stories: The Path of the Bard 93
The Quest for the Imbas: Fire in the Head 93
Taliesin: The Quintessential Bard 95
Other Elements of the Bardic Tradition 97
Samildanach: To Be Talented in Many Ways 101
Nine Steps Toward Becoming a Bard 104
9 Psychic Development: The Path of the Seer 109
What Is an Ovate? 110
The Elements of the Seer's Craft 112
Examples of Famous Seers 114
The Lorica: A Key to Psychic Self-Defense 115
Nine Steps to Becoming a Seer 118
10 Devotion to the Ways of Wisdom: The Path of the Druid 123
Just What Is a Druid? 124
The Three Ages of the Druids 124
More Than Just Priests: The Wisdom Aspect of Druidry 127
Druids as Counselors: The Anamchara 128
Other Pieces of the Druid Puzzle 132
Nine Steps to Becoming a Druid 134
11 Rituals and Tools: Supplies for the Celtic Wisdomseeker 141
Your Personal Altar 142
The Virtue of Asking 146
What Is Ritual? 147
A Sample Ritual 150
Part 3 Mythology and Lore 155
12 Storytelling: The Waltz of Remembering 157
The Role of the Shanachie in Celtic Wisdom 158
The Monks and the Myths: Preserving the Stories 161
Overview of the Mythic Sources 163
Common Themes and Motifs in Celtic Myth and Legend 166
Making Your Own Connection with the Lore 168
Storytelling for the Future 169
13 The Irish Tradition 171
The Four Cycles of Irish Myth 172
Key Themes in the Myths 174
Meet the Characters of Irish Myth 175
Where to Go for Further Study 183
14 The Welsh Tradition 185
The Main Stories and Themes of Welsh Tradition 186
The Poetry and Triads of Wales 188
The Legacy of the Welsh Tradition: The Arthurian Cycle 188
Who's Who in Welsh Myth 189
Where to Go for Further Study 194
15 Archaeology, Folklore, and the Living Tradition 195
Archaeology: Every Picture (and Artifact) Tells a Story 196
Folklore as a Source of Wisdom 197
The Power of Place 198
Modern Interpretations of Celtic Deity 200
A Who's Who of Other Celtic Deities 203
Comparative Mythology: The Ultimate Research Adventure 204
Where to Go for Further Study 205
Part 4 Further Steps Along the Path 207
16 Quest for a Disciplined Mind 209
Please Pass the Elbow Grease 209
The Disciplined Mind of the Druid 210
Elements of a Disciplined Mind 212
Unleashing Your Inner Druid 217
17 Reaching Out to the Otherworld 219
The Path of the Celtic Shaman 220
What Is Shamanism? 220
Entering the Otherworld: The Quintessential Shamanic Activity 222
Contacting Otherworld Guides 223
What Is the Purpose of Shamanism? 224
Key Voices in Celtic Shamanism 225
Tree and Landscape Meditation 226
18 Revering the Ancestors 229
Honor Your Father(s) and Mother(s) 230
The Concept of Worship 231
How to Honor the Ancestors 233
Celtic Reconstruction: One Way to Honor the Ancestors 237
The Ultimate Honor: Living an Honorable Life 238
19 Befriending the Good People 239
Where Do Faeries Come From? 240
What's Unique About Celtic Faeries 241
The History of Faery Contact 243
Sites Associated with the Faeries 245
What's So Wise About the Faeries? 250
Faery Protocol 251
20 Celtic Spirituality and Christianity: Cultivating the Heart of Holiness 253
The Story of the Coming of Christianity 254
How Celtic Wisdom + Christianity = Celtic Christianity 257
Brigid: Christian Saint, or Goddess Makeover? 259
Christianity and Hostility 261
Christopaganism: A Celtic Possibility 263
Key Voices in Celtic Christianity 265
Cultivating the Heart of Holiness as a Celtic Wisdomseeker 266
21 Mastering the Magical Arts 267
The Controversial Concept of Magic 267
Celtic Magic 101 269
Celtic Witchcraft?! 273
Wicca and Celtic Magic 275
Magical Ethics: The Wiccan Rede and the Law of Three 279
Key Voices in Celtic Wicca 280
22 The Quest for the Grail 281
The Grail Tradition 282
Key Themes of the Grail Quest 288
Embarking on Your Own Grail Quest 291
Key Voices in the Grail Quest 292
Part 5 Applied Celtic Wisdom 293
23 Divination: The Theory and Practice of Spiritual Guidance 295
The History of Celtic Divination 296
Celtic Divination Today 297
The Tree Ogham: A Modern Celtic Oracle 300
Commercially Available Celtic Divination Systems 306
24 The Cycles of Time 309
The Real Reason Why Clocks Are Round! 310
The Wheel of the Year 310
Samhain: Roaming Spirits and the Chill of Death 314
Imbolc: Bridget's Milk and Pregnant Ewes 315
Beltain: Blossoming Hawthorn and Nighttime Revels 316
Lughnasa: Sporting Games and a Harvest of Grain 317
Solstices and Equinoxes 318
The Dark Comes First: The Symbolism of the Cycle 319
The Cycles of Time and the Nature of Human Existence 320
25 Practical Celtic Wisdom: Living the Celtic Life Today 321
A Nine-Step Process to Living the Celtic Life 322
By Yourself or with Others: Living the Life of a Wisdomkeeper 328
Celtic Spirituality in a Group Setting 329
Honoring the Path of Wisdom: Celtic Ethics 331
The Virtues of Brigid as a Template for Honor 332
Appendixes
A Bibliography 335
B Online Resources 345
C Timeline of Celtic History 351
Index 357
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