Hold out your hand, top facing you. See your knuckles? See the small space between your first finger’s knuckle and your middle finger’s? Yeah, that’s...moreHold out your hand, top facing you. See your knuckles? See the small space between your first finger’s knuckle and your middle finger’s? Yeah, that’s about how little "Celtic" this book contained.
Goddess Initiation is based around De Grandis’ own The Third Road®, a 'Celtic' shamanic path which is taught in the book. As Francesca was educated in the Faerie Tradition of Victor and Cora Anderson ("I completed a rigorous seven-year training to become a traditional spiritual healer and Celtic shaman" [page 15:]*), you can bet this influences her work.
There are thirteen lessons total in the book, which should take a month per module. Some of the lessons seem quite meaningful and others are just downright silly. At the end of the twelfth lesson, she honestly says, "Zap, You’re a Shaman!" (page 303). Riiiight. So it’s that easy? Wow, someone should alert the Tungus peoples. Seriously people.
On page 15, she says, "some of what is presented in this book as traditional shamanism Third Road style is what I was taught, but a great deal, whether ritual, ancient Celtic worldview, prehistoric cosmology, or so on, is as I decided it must have been", a.k.a., I made something up and labeled it as authentic and ancient. This is why we have so many new people to the Celtic traditions who are misinformed, deceived, and lead astray. It does not make the lives of those who want to teach the truth about the Celts, like me, any easier. The "Goddess Religion" is not Celtic. The Celts did not worship a "great mother goddess" over all deities. The Mists of Avalon was a book, people, a work of fiction. Things like that are not how it really was.
Overall, while I may have huge problems with this book, I don’t have any doubts that those of the goddess religions (i.e., Reclaiming Tradition, etcetera…) would have any problems with it. And technically, I wouldn’t have as misgivings had she not labeled this a "Celtic program" and decided to make stuff up.
___________________________________ * Hard to be a traditional Celtic shaman when the Celts didn’t even have shamans, but okay.(less)
I thought this was a crappy ending to the Vampire Chronicles [I'm not a big fan of Anne mixing the Mayfair Witches with the Vampires Chronicles:], but...moreI thought this was a crappy ending to the Vampire Chronicles [I'm not a big fan of Anne mixing the Mayfair Witches with the Vampires Chronicles:], but I'm afraid it will take a miracle to get her to continue the series. :((less)