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For over 2,000 years, oppressors and natural disasters have worked against the Celts, threatening to obliterate the ancient tribe's language, traditions, and spirituality. "Yet in the past 30 years or so, many willing minds and hands have undertaken the task of rekindling the guttering flame of the Celtic spirit," writes author Mara Freeman in Kindling the Celtic Spirit. Freeman is, in fact, one of those maintaining the fire, having spent 35 years studying Celtic traditions and assembling this well-written and organized tribute. Following the format of the Celtic calendar, Freeman shares the stories, recipes, spells, and Gaelic expressions that go with each of the monthly festivals and celebrations. The February chapter celebrates the Festival of Brigit (the goddess who represents the bride or young maiden). October pays tribute to the Festival of Samhain (the celebration that marks the beginning of winter and may have been the Celtic New Year). She recounts the origins of Samhain Eve, or "Mischief Night," which Americans celebrate by trick-or-treating. She teaches magical spells, tells a spine-chilling spooky story, and shows readers how to carve turnip lanterns, using a large rutabaga.
Although she writes about faeries, tree spirits, and other mythological creatures, Freeman narrates with confidence and maturity, so that readers feel as though they are sitting with a learned scholar. The elegant pen-and-ink illustrations by Linda Carol Risso capture the humble pagan origins while respecting the sophistication of Celtic design. The upshot is a beautifully crafted book with plenty of substance for those who like immersing themselves in this enchanting, age-old tribe. --Gail Hudson
"...Mara Freeman brings a depth of scholarship and clarity of presentation that outshines the rest." -- R. J. Stewart, author of the bestselling Merlin Tarot, and many books on meditation, music and magic
"...a stunning book, rich in enchantments, legend and lore...abounding in practical wisdom to nourish body and soul." -- Margie McArthur, author of The Wisdom of the Elements
"A very important work...[a] long awaited and much needed inspirational manual..." -- Elizabeth Murray, author of Cultivating Sacred Space
"Mara Freeman has written a book that is fun, deep, playful, serious, useful, magical and enlightening." -- Matthew Fox, author of One River, Many Wells and Original Blessing
"Mara Freeman...has a profound understanding and appreciation of [Celtic] tradition, and a talent for sharing it effectively." -- Alexei Kondratiev, author of The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual
"This is an excellent book, offering a bright window into the Celtic World." -- John Matthews, author of Drinking From the Sacred Well
This is an awesome book. I have purchased a couple copies one for myself and one for a family member so that they can understand what it means to me to be pagan.Published 7 months ago by Tony
I had this book before and somehow it ended up in a box of books to the goodwill. Replaced it. This book I feel is a good look at celtic traditions and how to observe and celebrate... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dixepix
I am always looking for 'history' of the Celts and their 'worship' of the land they lived on. Celebrating the seasons, etc. This is a wonderful additional to my collection. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bluzbaby
Some friends and I started an Anam Cara (soul friend) group and this is one of our main references. I love the focal points... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Reader Cat
This book has everything, and more. Lots of history and old traditions, along with updated ones. It is beautifully written.Published 21 months ago by R. Miller
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The book itself is a great read, no matter what religion you belong to. Read more