Title: The Book of Celtic Symbols: Symbols, Stories & Blessings for Everyday Living by Joules Taylor

Summary : The Book of Celtic Symbols” brilliantly encapsulates the enigmatic world of the ancient Celts–the civilization that once covered half of Europe and whose rituals are still an influential part of our world today. In Joules Taylor’s fascinating guide, meet the totem animals and sacred deities of Celtic lore, from warrior-poet Oisin to Brigid, goddess of healing; learn the Ogham, the secret language of the druids that was carved on stone and wood; or try the special rituals for empowerment and protection. This beautiful volume reminds us of our connection with nature, bringing the essence of Celtic beliefs into everyday living. *Everything you need to know about this ever-popular subject. *A body mind spirit approach to the Celts’ ancient culture (Amazon.com)

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My rating : ****

 

Title: Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey by Ellen Hopman

Summary: In the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon, Ellen Evert Hopman weaves Druid history and spirituality into an engaging love story. This Bardic teaching tale is set in a fictional third-century Ireland when Christianity is sweeping across the Celtic Isles. During this time of crisis, love blooms between Ethne, a Druid healer, and her patient, a Fennid warrior. Their passionate affair suffers a tragic blow when Ethne is called upon to become the high queen.

Told from the Druid perspective, Hopman recreates the daily life, magical practices, politics, and spiritual lives of the ancient Celts during this historic turning point. Druid holy days, rites, rituals, herbal lore, and more are brought to life in this Celtic fantasy—illuminating Druidic teachings and cultural wisdom (Amazon.com)

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My Rating: *****

 

Title: A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Hopman

Summary: Hopman provides the religious and historical background of the Druids before proceeding to the herbal information in chapters that progress through the seasons from All Hallows (the beginning of the Druidic year) through the fall equinox. Each of these chapters first sets the seasonal context, then presents a list of the herbs pertinent to that season. Each entry in a list cites the parts of the plant that are used and their herbal, homeopathic, and magical uses. Hopman follows the herbal with a discussion of planetary effects on herbs and the herbs used for major life events. Helpful appendixes guide the non-Druid in pronunciation, list sources of information and plants, and give a short list of references. Hopman’s effort will fascinate anyone interested in herbs and their lore as well as that sizable group that finds the Druids and their approach to life intriguing (Amazon.com)

My Rating: ****

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