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  • Paperback: 750 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (10 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875428886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875428888
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 1999
Format: Paperback
Amber Wolfe's beautiful introduction into the world of shamanism is a wonderful book that I have recommended to my cherished friends interested in native american spirituality and deepening their own spiritual journey. This is a spiritual lesson planner, and is not meant to be an anthropological study into any culture. To further understand and appreciate this work I recommend reading Soul Retrieval by Sandra Ingerman, the works of Michael Harner, the Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda or books by Lynne V. Andrews.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 1999
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I have been recommending this book for years. It's a hodge-podge blend of Native American and Celtic influences but it's real and it works. If you are a solitary practitioner or kitchen witch who is just beginning on your spiritual journey then I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 1999
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Amber Wolfe really helped me out of the mire of traditional magick and taught me to listen to the shaman within. Her book is my most valued literary source of magickal hints and ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Mccann on 21 April 2012
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Professor Dale Cannon (Six ways of being religious) defined the shaman's function as to "channel supernatural power to meet mundane problems". He gave examples, from Japanese Buddhism and American Catholicism, of shamans healing those who need their aid. The British shaman Gordon MacLellan ("Dancing on the edge", in Paganism today) similarly stated that "The shaman communicates human needs and desires to the spirits and interprets the spirits' own needs to his community." He added that one does not choose, but is chosen: "some spirit person has reached out ... as the shaman reached out to it, and together they have said: We are one."

Amber Wolfe, however, tells us that anyone can become a shaman, and that the goal is to "achieve balance" and "expand our consciousness". This is a New Age message: it's all about the self and its goals. She is also a Wiccan, and the book displays one of the less agreeable features of that faith: the appropriation of ill-understood practices from others. How reliable are her frequent references to Native American culture? Probably as reliable as her opinions on "Celtic" runes. This is the sort of book that gives Llewellyn a bad name.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Nov. 1998
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I found Amber Wolfe's book informative, eclectic and easy to incorporate into a modern day existence. She made me feel very welcome and did not make me feel inferior or imply that I may not be "ready" to work in her world as so many "esoteric" books can. Her methods were very in-tune with nature and could be utilized in many ways. An excellent introduction to the many different paths within the general sphere of "paganism", with a distinct leaning to the female shamanic path. It reminds me of the excellent books by Kenneth Meadows in its open arms attitude and the way in which no-one is excluded from participating. His books, "Earth Medicine" and "The Medicine Way - A Shamanic Path to Self Mastery" are equally easy to read and use. Very good book for all interested in a more harmonious relationship with the Great Spirit, the life around us all and the eternal spiritual link between past, present and future. Read and feel your place within the universe become more clearly defined.
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