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’sHold 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....more
While I do like the basic idea behind this book (i.e., a collection meaningful rituals of blessing and cleansing), I found it off-putting that amongstWhile I do like the basic idea behind this book (i.e., a collection meaningful rituals of blessing and cleansing), I found it off-putting that amongst the quasi-tribal premise and (mis)information, there’s splashings of New Age thinking (chakras, auras, crystals, and more). There’s also a whole section on the Cycle/Wheel of the Year which seemed oddly misplaced to me as this book gave no up-front intentions of being Wiccan-esque or Neo-Pagan.
On the whole, people who already participate in eclectic religions or spiritualities will find this a valuable source of rituals for their life, but to me it is irreparably demeaning to the First Nations and other tribal societies around the world and should be avoided by those who do not wish to enter into the rising cultural appropriation trend seen in the New Age world....more
I wasn’t very impressed with Mr. Webster's latest writing venture. Praying With the Angels is his eighteenth book and his sixth on angels in particulaI wasn’t very impressed with Mr. Webster's latest writing venture. Praying With the Angels is his eighteenth book and his sixth on angels in particular. Within the last ten years, angel awareness has blasted the new age world onto a whole new level of consciousness. They are no longer the background watchers of many people's lives, but forces you can work with to help achieve a better life for both yourselves and the ailing planet.
That being said, I feel the information contained within this book has already been published, mostly by Richard himself in his book Spirit Guides and Angel Guardians (which is, in my opinion, the better choice on his new age angel writings). I am not saying it’s a terrible book, but for people who have already read his others, it’s not one to run out and purchase unless you’d like a tome containing it all in one place, rather than numerous books. Otherwise, it’s just redundant....more