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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (31 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859061036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859061039
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello! I'm Caitlin Matthews. I live in Oxford, England with my partner, John Matthews. If you want to know more about our courses, events and forthcoming books, you are cordially invited to visit us at www.hallowquest.org.uk.

Here I am in a stone-built farmhouse on Orkney that uses a similar construction for beds and cupboards as the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. The peat fire is smoking and the saithe herring are curing nicely. Time for a little dusting of the dresser. Why don't you come over for a cup of tea?

I'm primarily known for being the author of many books including Singing the Soul Back Home, Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, Psychic Shield, and Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom. I write in the fields of metaphysical non-fiction, poetry, fiction, folkstory and myth, as well as writing books for children. I'm known for my research into the Celtic and ancestral traditions, and the ways in which I provoke exploration of the creative metaphysical field, and how we can apply it to our spiritual path.

With John Matthews, I've written the Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, the Arthurian Tarot and Walkers Between the Worlds. Our latest collaboration is the StoryWorld series of cards and books for storytellers of all ages, which now has seven packs - two more titles to come in Autumn 2010.

Although I'm the author of over sixty books, most of my work is oral rather than written. As a teacher of ancestral, shamanic and metaphysical traditions, I go all over the world, working with communities and spiritual institutions. With John Matthews, and my dear colleague Felicity Wombwell, I co-founded The Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, which is dedicated to the mythic, oracular and sacred arts. Our FiOS shamanic training programme teaches students the ancestral wisdom and healing arts as living sacred traditions in which we still engage.

As a singer, I play Celtic & medieval harps, sruti and psaltery. My CDs include Deep Well in the Wild Wood: Songs from the Place Beyond and the latest, Earth's Own Heart: Songs from the Faery Hills appears soon. I was the Pictish language originator and song-writer of Song of the Exile for the 2004 Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur and I appear frequently on international radio and television.

For the last 20 years, I've had a shamanic practice in Oxford dedicated to healing soul sickness and ancestral fragmentation. I use my voice to help open the way between the worlds, to sing the soul's essential nature, tracking it through the client's story and bringing it homeward, with the help of spirit allies who have chosen to work with me.

I'm currently working on Rekindling Ancestral Hearths: a book to help us come into good relationship with our ancestors. I believe that being in communion with our ancestors and gifting spirits is essential for the wellbeing of our world, and lies at the root of war and peace. I'm also completing the Celtic Ancestor Oracle and going on to a book on Celtic Seership and Vision.


For new readers of my work, there is no 'one book' that conveys all that I teach, but the following practical books may be a helpful guide for you to begin somewhere:

Walkers Between Worlds - for a grounding in where our spiritual traditions arose.
Singing the Soul Back Home - for a guide on how we come into come relationship with our gifting spirits
Celtic Devotional - for a post-denominational way of spiritually acknowledging each day and season
Psychic Shield - for those who need a friendly guide to how the universe and ourselves rub off each other and how we can do it more harmoniously with attention to the care of the soul.

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About the Author

Caitlin Matthews runs a shamanic practice in Oxford and is well known for her research into ancient Celtic wisdom and related areas. She is author of many successful books, including The Elements of Celtic Tradition, Celtic Wisdom Sticks and The Celtic Book of the Dead.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Brian Covert on 8 Nov 2008
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There are many books out there nowadays about the concept and practice of what we call 'shamanism' and how to integrate into it our daily lives. Sometimes it can be difficult trying to figure out who's real and and who's not in the world of shamanic practice.

Author Caitlin Matthews is indeed the real thing and Singing the Soul Back Home is one marvelous book. Written for laypersons in the field of shamanism, this beautifully designed book aims to help the reader become a 'walker between the worlds' in a very genuine, substantive way.

The many exercises in the book help the reader in understanding what shamanism is (and what it is not), what making a shamanic journey encompasses, and what to expect when journeying to the traditional three worlds (under, middle, upper) of core shamanism. Although Matthews specializes in Celtic shamanism, this book touches on the very basic shamanic wisdom that is shared culturally all over the world.

I had to put this book down many times during reading, just to pause and reflect on the very deep concepts it was introducing. I took my time reading this book and tried to absorb every idea that the author presented. Even now, having long finished reading it, I still find myself coming back again and again to this book to re-read and re-absorb the wondrous truths it shares with the reader. This book truly is a gem.

I encourage anyone with an interest in spiritual matters and how we can 'walk between the worlds' in our own lives to pick up this book, along with Psychic Shield, also by Caitlin Matthews. For me personally, these two books are the most valuable books in my whole personal library. They will stay with me for a long, long time -- and that is the best criterion I know for judging a book about shamanism and matters of the Spirit.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ann Ingham on 19 Nov 2004
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This book is excellently written. Its inspiring. Its also a well structured introduction to Shamanism.
I have been a practitioner for some time and found this book informative and thought provoking.
I recommend it to anyone novice or experienced in Shamanism.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun 2003
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After reading this book I come to the conclusion that ANYONE, yes thats right anyone can pick up this book and learn something. It doesnt matter if you have a religon or not. this book is about taking your first steps into the world of a shaman.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Mumby on 16 Sep 2011
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I love ths book, it provides clear detailed advice for anyone interested in Shamanism. The unique thing about this book is that it does so in such a way that it doesn't favour one religion or belief structure. I've read it a few times and it's one of those books you will constantly pick up for reference again and again.
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This is still a reference book for me, years after I bought it. There's so much common sense in there, but written in a most beautiful style.
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