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Magic Of The Celtic Gods And Goddesses: A Guide To Their Spiritual Power, Healing Energies, And Mystical Joy [Kindle Edition]

Carl McColman , Kathryn Hinds
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Book Description

Celtic gods and goddesses are among the most popular of deities revered by today’s Neo-Pagans, Witches, Wiccans, and Druids. Figures like Brigid,
Cernunnos, Rhiannon, and CuChulainn are honored for their magic, their bravery, and their mythical deeds.
Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses is an intimate glimpse into some of the most powerful, but least understood, of Pagan deities. It includes visualizations, rituals, and exercises to empower your relationship with the gods and goddesses, starting today!

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  • File Size: 2191 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (January 1, 2005)
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  • Language: English
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly, considering its length and subtitle (A Guide to Their Spiritual Power, Healing Energies, and Mystical Joy), Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses is a decent, if broad, introduction to the Celtic deities. The authors provide very general introductions to a number of the "primary" (that is, popular or common) gods and goddesses in Celtic mythology, and then briefly extrapolate this information into suggestions and ideas for practice and for learning more. The descriptions of the gods and goddess are largely based on Celtic myth and legend, and the authors usually differentiate between fact and their opinions, but they fail to footnote or reference the original texts. The extrapolations have a Wiccan slant but for the most part are general and balanced. All in all, this is a good introductory text but doesn't provide much in the way of detail or authentic history or practice.

What this book does best is provide a general introduction to the goddesses, gods, and themes or trends that appear in Celtic mythology as a whole. All of these aspects are introduced in very broad terms, with little to no reference to the original texts, but they are for the most part accurate and, as stated, the authors differentiate between Celtic myth and their interpretations and understandings of those myths. As such, this text is a broad but fairly accurate introduction, and I recommend it to readers who are curious about Celtic myths and gods but don't yet want to delve into original texts or hard to read textbooks. Celtic Gods and Goddesses introduces some of the bigger ideas and characters that appear in Celtic mythology, and provides just enough information to help the reader figure out if the topic interests him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magic of the Celtic Gods & Goddesses (FOR WICCANS!) August 5, 2007
The content about the Gods & Goddesses in this book was pretty good, really well referenced and heaps of recommendations for further reading, I'm not sure on the accuracy of all the facts, but it seemed like a really good primer. On the negative side, I think it really should have been called celtic gods & goddesses FOR WICCANS. The author really wrote from a Wiccan perspective and suggested ways to celebrate the wiccan festivals in regards to the gods and goddesses, that detracted somewhat from it for me. But if that's what you're after, then its a good book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses August 10, 2006
If you are interested in Celtic traditions, this book has a lot of good information. It is very well presented and covers a wide variety of information on the Celtic Gods and Goddesses. It is only just over 200 pages, so you don't need to spend a lifetime going over the mnaterial. I think Carl McColman and Kathryn Hinds have done an excellent job of presenting this material, in a way that is easy to understand and appreciate.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for beginners )0( November 6, 2006
i liked this book. It explains practical ways to show devotion on a daily basis. Learning about the Irish ,Welsh and Celtic deities. Listing their different names and different aspect. Great read!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Katherine Hinds and Carl McColman's book is both delightful and informative. The authors combine several research streams into a succinct yet in-depth profile of their chosen gods and goddesses. The hypotheses that the authors make are clearly pointed out as such.

With the gluttony of books in the pagan and new age market, it is refreshing to read a book that uses research and historical documents as its starting point with the authors acting as both scholars and storytellers. The chapter on Cernunnos was one of my favorites and a shinning example of the authors explaining a deity's occurrences in history and archeology along with hypothesizing possible cross cultural connections.

This book is accessible to beginners as well as those who are more advanced in their studies and is a great addition to anyone's library that is interested in mythology.
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51 of 77 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Trust Carl, As A Researcher... June 5, 2005
By A Witch
This review is purposely overly harsh in an effort to achieve a counter-balance. In truth, it deals with one, inexcusible, chapter re: The Great Queen [i.e. The Morrighan]. He *really* fummbled the ball, here (and that's being generous!).

Having read nearly all of the books listed in these authors' Bibiography, I firmly disagree with their interpretations of The Morrighan, entirely. In essence, they seem to have been imposing their views onto the evidence at hand. Further insulting was the way in which they extended an olive branch to Medb in an effort to completely excuse Her from War-Goddess status. However, they refuse to extend the same grace to The Morrighan when, according to the Medieval concepot of war-fare [inter-tribal catle raids] Medb is more of a War-Goddess than The Morrighan will ever be!

Most scholars, today, seem to be referring to Her not as a War-Goddess, but as one of the following: Tutelary-/Sovereign-/Earth-Goddess. In fact, recent academic articles by one Maire Herbert have exploded this out-dated War-Goddess model as it's applied to The Morrighan. This out-dated model is, unfortunately, the result of early Classicist idealogy being imposed onto non-Classical Gods and Goddesses (this model stems ONLY from one article written in 1870, and has stuck ever sense, unquestioned, and undefied erroniously-so by Pagans).

He further insults any well-informed reader by calling Her a "Battle Fury" (scholars are unanimously firm in their belief that She never actually engages in battle). Some other choice descriptions (which are abhorantly over-stepping the bounds of all reasonable research) are: She is a Goddess of a severe psychotic episodes, and that She is the personification of the cool, calculated, mentality of a serial killer!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars review
This book is only an introduction to the old religions, and how the stories were told . Doesn't tell you much about the gods and the roles they play.
Published 15 months ago by robert 47
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Of The Celtic Gods And Goddesses: A Guide To Their Spiritual...
I loved the book it had everything I was looking for with my research. It was an helpful and informative read.
Published 18 months ago by Mikeart36
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, easy overview ofthe Celtic deities
This book almost reads as if written for young adults but it provides a good overview of the pantheon of the ancient Celts which forms a basis for the Druid spirituality and to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by G. M. Walton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure
I am still not sure why I didn't like it. Because it has the information I was looking for, or at least some if it, maybe it was because how it was narrated. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Patricia Avila
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Over-all Book On Ancient Celtic Beliefs
I think this is a very good book on the over-all belief's of the ancient Celtic God & Goddesses, and many of their spiritual practices. Read more
Published 23 months ago by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses: A Guide to their spiritual...
Very well written. Very informative. Never have I been so captavated by a book before. I would so buy this book for friends and family. A must have in anyones book colloection.
Published on October 3, 2012 by angela morrisey
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully insightful journey
With a bibliography to die for, this book proved to be an enlightening journey into the Celtic mythos. Definitely worth checking out, and making a staple of your collection!
Published on May 21, 2012 by Ezikiel
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource
The authors have presented one of the first popular efforts to explain the Irish and Welsh Gods in a way that Neopagans will understand and appreciate. Read more
Published on May 13, 2005 by Ian C
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