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Celtic Mysticism: Your Personal Guide to Celtic and Druid Tradition

Wellfleet May 2023. 168p. ISBN 9781577153467. $16.99. REF
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The Celts, who once inhabited lands across most of what is now Spain, France, Great Britain, Scotland and Ireland, left a lasting impact on European culture, even as they were conquered by Rome and ultimately colonized. Body, mind, and spirit specialist Long’s (In Focus Wicca) compact title is a broad-based primer on the history and spiritual practices of these influential Celtic pagans and their religious leaders, the Druids. Simple but beautiful illustrations accompany brief, informative sections on Druidical traditions and belief systems that include sacred writing, trees and herbs, tools, myths and folklore, the wheel of the year (calendar of sacred holidays), and Celtic deities. Interspersed throughout this title are suggested activities, meditations, and crafts that accentuate the mystical aspects of Celtic culture. The author connects the dots from ancient Celtic earth-based spirituality to modern conservation ideologies. Information for further exploration on current Neo-Druid organizations is also included.
VERDICT A highly engaging book that will likely appeal to general readers of Irish, British, and Scottish Celtic heritage and folklore. Those interested in ancient and modern Druidry will likely be drawn to this book as well.
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