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From the Cauldron Born: Exploring the Magic of Welsh Legend & Lore [Paperback]

Kristoffer Hughes
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12 Jan 2013
This exploration of the Welsh-Celtic myth of the prophet/poet Taliesin and the witch/goddess Cerridwen takes the reader on a transformative journey. It introduces them to core Celtic philosophy and magic, then embarks on a powerful, experiential foray into one of Wales' most profound legends. Readers will gain a deep understanding of the myth that is the heart of Celtic mystery and become well-versed in a magical ritual for successfully working with one of Celtica's most esteemed goddesses: Cerridwen. Author Kristoffer Hughes, a practising Druid and scholar, examines the historical development of the Taliesin myth, provides an engaging in-depth analysis of each character's archetypal role in the story, and presents practical applications, including a year-long magic ritual. As lyrical as it is practical, this unique guide offers readers the tools and understanding to immerse themselves fully into the mysteries of Celtic magic.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (12 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738733490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738733494
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristoffer Hughes is a Pagan Druid and Head of the Anglesey Druid Order. He is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and a Mount Haemus Scholar. He frequently presents talks, workshops and courses in the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA. He contributes to Welsh and English television and radio. He works professionally for Her Majesty's Coroner service and is a teacher of Death Midwifery. He lives on the isle of Anglesey just off the northern coast of Wales.

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About the Author

Kristoffer Hughes is Chief of the Anglesey Druid Order, a Mount Haemus Scholar, and a member of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. He is a teacher, writer, workshop leader, and guest speaker at Pagan conferences, camps, and festivals throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Hughes is also a frequent contributor and consultant to Welsh and English television companies and the France 5 network.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformation is good for the soul 13 Jan 2013
From the Cauldron Born

Kris Hughes' new book is a deeply evocative exploration of a journey of initiation through transformation, by closely analysing the ur-myth of Cerridwen and Gwion Bach, one of the foremost Welsh legends.
The research conducted into the origins of the story is second to none; a native Welsh speaker and scholar of Welsh history, Kris makes extensive use of the original sources of the story, thus omitting the errors and preconceptions of previous translators. The magic and mystery of the story is in itself spell binding. However, behind that a deeper consciousness of the journey of the soul and its place in the universe is presented, traceable even by the most mundane reader.
By digging deeper into the myth we discover a universal truth: that we are connected with everything around us, other humans, animals, and the natural world. We depend on each other, and without this connection our soul withers, becomes less vital, less accepting of the beauty that exists in our world. We need guidance to rediscover our place in this world and From the Cauldron Born is an excellent place to start. This isn't just a book about a story, although it discusses the events and the characters in detail; in the book are contained a number of instructions and exercises for those who wish to enrich their lives by diving into Cerridwen's cauldron with courage and conviction, ready to face their shadow self, embracing it and working towards becoming the best person they can be. Only then can a life be lived fully and with honour.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Jean
I found this book invaluable in helping me to understand this seminal myth from Wales. The author has produced a unique work that gives insight into this particular myth but has also given me the key to understanding and working with the rest of the major British/Welsh myths.
The passion, love and understanding of the mythology shouts out loud and clear from the pages of this wonderful book.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how to work with mythology in a unique and practical way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
In this work, the author takes one of the seminal tales of ancient Wales, explores and dissects it, and explains each and every aspect in amazing detail and clarity. Kristoffer Hughes invites you not to simply read this book, but to experience and live the tale of the transformation of Gwion Bach into Taliesin. This work is refreshing and unique, the explanations are detailed but easy to understand, which makes it easy to immerse oneself fully into the story.

The passion of the author for the native tales of his country shines through and illuminates this tale as never before. Kristoffer Hughes is a well known and respected authority on this subject matter, and this work is set to become "the benchmark" for anyone seeking to obtain knowledge and understanding of this famous tale in the future.

This is not "just another book" on the tale of Taliesin and the cauldron of Cerridwen ...... it is the ultimate guide book, ready to take you on your journey of discovery ...... if you let it !
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By Xena
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A fantastic & unique book. I've never come across one like it! It explores the tale of Cerridwen & Taliesin-one of the stories central to the myth & lore of my adopted country, Wales. It is not a 'fluffy bunny' work but one that is in depth whilst still being eminently readable & enjoyable. There are many layers to it, like the myth itself. A must-have for all those interested in Welsh & Celtic lore it takes you on a fantastic year long journey of rituals, exploration & discovery, both of myth & ultimately of yourself. Do buy it. You won't regret that you did!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique approach 11 Jan 2013
By Chris
The author has produced a unique piece of work that examines the story of Taliesin and his birth. For anyone interested in the ancient mythology of Britain this work allows you to explore in a direct way with the myth and the archetypes associated with it. In the past the Islands of Britain were sought out by people seeking knowledge and understanding of the Spiritual, Mr Hughes has demonstrated that the mythology of the Welsh has retained that knowledge in a hidden form and has provided a unique method of exploration that allows you to get into the core of the mythology and work with it.

If your interested in Mythology, spirituality or the ancient indigenous spirituality of Britain then this is a must buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring 12 Feb 2013
One expects quality production standards from a major publishing house. "From the Cauldron Born" is well produced from it's enticing cover through to it's very last page.

All too often the written contents of a book let down it's good appearance, making a second-rate product.This is not the case with Kristoffer Hughes' work.The style of writing is entertaining and inclusive which is often not the case with esoteric writers.

By looking back to original source material the author avoids the traps laid down by many poor translations and brings to life the tale of Taliesin & Ceridwen in a manner worthy of Technicolor.

The book is enchanting and a delight to read.Worthy of the attention of followers of the pagan paths and also those with an interest in Welsh myth.

I look forward to having many other books by Kristoffer Hughes sitting on my shelves as much loved,well read friends.

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5.0 out of 5 stars SImply great!
With From the Cauldron Born Kristoffer Hughes has made a major contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the ancient mystical lore of Welsh Celtic magick. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. P. J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to know about Cerredwen, This is the book to read
This is a well researched book and Kris has a unique was of story telling for this book contains 3 versions of the tale including Kris's own. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dennis Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift.
This was bought as a gift for a client who was homeless. The author came into the office and signed it and added a personal message. Made the client's Christmas!
Published 4 months ago by Gary Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars magical
This is a very informative book . I needed it for study and it was invaluable , opened my eyes to welsh mythology.
Published 7 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars A true cauldron of inspiration
The author uses the traditional legend of Cerridwen and Taliesin to provide an inspirational framework for personal spiritual development. Read more
Published 15 months ago by willowherb
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in the making
A truly inspiring book, Kristoffers Hughes has successfully woven a thread of his magic through the text creating a compelling read that takes you on a journey few books can reach.
Published 15 months ago by G Oldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Kris Hughes does it with aplomb!
This book is both down to earth and highly inspirational, you can not only get your teeth into the practical exercises you can let your spirit soar with the archetypes and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Skydove
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant! Kris has done it again by really bringing life to the subject tackled. Found it really useful for my studies
Published 17 months ago by Tynan
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Original
I have just started From the Cauldron Born by Kris Hughes. It is totally refreshing to read a book which is written with such originality and from the heart. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Raven Seven England
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read..
This book is a must for anyone intreasted in myths, legends and tales of our ancestors. Kris travels with you into this wonderfully magical book exploring the story of Taliesin and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by joolz darling
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