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Magic of the Celtic Otherworld: Irish History, Lore & Rituals

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Explore a marvelous world of glamoury: the Celtic Otherworld of shadow and Sidhe, a realm where everything that ever was, is, or will be, exists right now. The Celts had a life-affirming, mystical way of viewing and living life, in tune with the forces of Nature and magic. Drawing upon Irish Celtic spiritual tradition, history, literature, and myth, this tried and true gui ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Llewellyn Publications (first published December 8th 1995)
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(was going through boxes of books and realized I never reviewed this one)

The rituals in this book remind me a lot of Alexei Kondratiev's (see The Apple Branch), and as I didn't much care for Alexei's, I had the same feelings here. However, the book does pull a fair bit from Irish history and lore, which is surprisingly different for a Llewellyn book. But it still doesn't meet my standards and, as always, I urge people to go to source lore before delving into any neopagan books. That way you are
Sarah Lampkin
Currently, I am working on my final thesis paper for my master's program. This was the first book I've read, and there was a lot of information about celtic gods and goddesses along with the festivals. The information is extremely helpful for my research. I would suggest this book for anyone trying to learn more about the Celtic beliefs and lore. Very informative.
Angie Curtis
Good book, great information especially on trance work which most authors do go into. He provides very in depth information on the goddesses and gods, sabbats and the mythical ans magical history of Ireland.

I do feel that I must warn anyone who reads this book that while is research and information on the subject matter is awesome his personal views/ beliefs are not. He believes that is form of Celtic spirituality is the only form and if anyone disagrees or can't perform or understand the ritual
I would have liked something with a little less of the authors personal interpretation of how he thought the Celtic people did things.
Heather Adkins
There is some interesting information, but I didn't really feel a connection with this book. I believe it's geared more for men, and the rituals are much too complex and traditional for my own personal path. I ended up skipping over his entire Wheel of the Year segment and Magickal Tools segment because I didn't agree with anything he said. This book is good for someone interested in a traditional, ceremonial way of practicing that focuses on Irish deities and very different ideas than found in ...more
Kait Nolan
Interesting collection of lore and in depth look at the Irish Celts and the historical roots of their connection to Otherworld.
Lugdag Severino
if you want to know Celtic shamanism and magic this is your book
Kerr Cuhulain
Very good book on Celtic spirituality.
Good book with interesting information.
Celtic spirituality.
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Steve Blamires was born in the West of Scotland where the Celtic culture and the Gaelic language are both still strong. He now lives in New York State but prior to emigrating to the States he lived on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, a place considered by the ancient Gaelic Celts as the mystical Otherworld. He has taken a passionate interest in his indigenous Celtic culture since his early teens. Stev ...more
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