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The Celtic Shaman: A Practical Guide [Paperback]

John Matthews
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1 Nov 2001
Probably the oldest known spiritual discipline, shamanism is the timeless art of living in harmony with creation, providing a universal system to work with today, whatever our religion or spiritual affiliation may be. A reflection of a living tradition with a supremely practical approach to life, it teaches skills for living and ways to utilize latent abilities which we all possess. Celtic Shamanism derives from the native traditions of North-West Europe. The shamanic contribution of the Celts and their predecessors has been overlooked until recently, and is one of the last shamanic traditions to be explored. While it shares common elements with American, Australian and Siberian teachings, it derives entirely from Celtic source material. The Celtic Shaman offers a varied and easily followed plan of self-tuition for anyone interested in Celtic mythology and the Western mysteries.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rider; New Ed edition (1 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712614176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712614177
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi. I'm John Matthews. I've written nearly a 100 books over the last 30 years or so. Books about many things. Pirates, King Arthur and the Grail Quest, Faeries, Robin Hood,and many more. I love folklore, history and film and I recently began writing for movies and TV, creating documentaries, TV scripts and motion pictures. I write in collaboration with many of my dearest friends, including Wil Kinghan, Ari Berk,and David Franzoni, and with some of the finest artists in the world, including Brian Froud, Charles Vess and Alan Lee. I have also written many books with my partner Caitlin Matthews, with whom I sometimes think I share a brain, and who knows what I'm thinking before I think it. I'm also beginning to collaborate with our son, the actor Emrys Matthews, with whom we wrote the wonderful Teen Oracle. I recently began to write books for younger readers, including graphic novels and the fabulous StoryWorld series. Writing so many books has always been hard work and it continues to be so, but I love the act of creation and cannot imagine ever doing anything else. I'm greatful to all the countless people who have read my books, especially those who made my book on Pirates a New York Times best seller in 2006. There are many more books to come, so I hope you'll keep reading, and keep pestering your booksellers to stock them!

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In The Celtic Shaman John Matthews presents for the first time the techniques and methods of Celtic shamanism

About the Author

John Matthews is internationally renowned for his research into ancient Celtic Wisdom. He has written many successful books including The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom and Winter Solstice. He lives in Oxford with his wife Caitlin Matthews and their son.

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3.0 out of 5 stars One foot in twilight 9 July 2009
Format:Paperback
The one problem with any work that wishes to address the beliefs, religious and magical practices of the Celts is lack of written records and unbroken oral traditions.This book acknowledges this fact and does it's best to present a working sytem of shamanic technique that relies upon a past of twilight and dream that has been, thanks to the 'Bloody Romans' Monty Python's Life Of Brian (Immaculate Edition) [DVD] [1979]forever lost to us. Thankfully, the author's knowledge of Native British mysticism helps to fill in the (considerable) blanks, leaving us with a work that is refreshingly free of sugary 'new age' sensiblities unlke certain other publications Faeriecraft: Treading the Path of Faerie Magic. The end result is a practical guide to shamanism, that at the time of it's first publication managed to free the practice from the cliche of Native American trappngs.
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By J. Scott TOP 500 REVIEWER
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For anyone interested in the Western traditions, *anything* by either of the Matthews is always worth a look. This book provides a useful introduction.

My only quibble with this is its dogmatic tone.

There was so much dogmatic '*this* is how it is' stuff in the book that I was going to give it three stars (being a catmatic person, myself). However, I've reconsidered and award it four.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb for the Celtic Shaman 24 May 2008
By Ogmios
Format:Paperback
An excellent and practical hands on guide to working Celtic shamanism, incorporating well researched and interesting practices. A Quality shamanic manual from some of the Masters of the Celtic Tradition.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK MUST BE THE GUIDE TO SHAMANISM!!! 25 Sep 2005
By Dr.J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In 28-years, I have not encounter a more easily read, used and real world book. Truly, this book WILL take an individual from determined, but raw, to adept.

Buy this book to safely step from one to infinity; a new Shaman wanna-be, towards a SHAMAN. You will understand EVERYTHING that you are doing, and the order of the practices are placed perfectly.

If I could give this book a 25 out of a 5-highest possible, I would!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Sep 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book with high hopes about learning genuine Celtic shamanism. However, I quickly realized that the Celtic connection was tenuous at best. The author pulls out bits of Celtic myth and draws parallels with what we know of different types of shamanism or shamanistic experience, but for actual practice the author pulls from other sources such as Michael Harner and then gives the practices a Celtic gloss to create "Celtic shamanism."

I still give the book 4 stars out of respect for the authors effort at synthesizing Celtic mythology and shamanistic practice into a workable system that may inspire or aid spiritual seekers on their quest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Review 10 Oct 2007
By Robert A. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
By reading this text you will not become an adept at Celtic Shamanism. This text will provide you with decent information if you feel pulled to this path, as will texts by McKeowen, Cowan and Harner. Let us all remember that the word "shamanism" was unknown among the Celts. This word does describe in general terms some of the spiritual practises of the Celtic/Gaelic peoples. I am also including the present Gaelic peoples as well, for the tradtions of the file and senachie live on.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on Celtic Shamanism 11 Nov 2010
By J. Heick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There are very few books that really delve into Celtic Shamanism. Celtic Shamanism is different from Core Shamanism or other Shamanism. I recommend first reading Fire in the Head by Tom Cowan for a great introduction to Celtic Shamanism. Then this is a great book for more information. There are specific rituals on Celtic 'Wheel' if someone wants detailed structure and rituals on something to learn and revolve their rituals around.

The things that I found to be the best from this book that I have not seen in any other shamanism books were the 12 stages of the Shaman's Ladder in Chapter 5. I also loved the Meditations suggested for finding your Totem Beast, your Inner Shaman, your Inner Teacher, and other various beings that can bring you great knowledge and insight that is unique to Celtic Shamanism. I have seen similar meditations/journeys listed in other books but the way they are written here were easier for me to relate to.

I believe that the hardest part in studying shamanism in our modern times is to find a way to incorporate shamanism into our daily lives that fits into how we need to live today. Most of us have a full time job, a family, other responsibilities that keep us from isolating ourselves, creating elaborate altars or outdoor Wheels. I found the meditations/journeys suggested in this book to be helpful in bringing Celtic Shamanism into my daily life without all the material trappings (some that are even suggested within this book).

Some books say that you are a shaman when your community declares that you are a shaman. In our modern world Shamans do not have the role and respect that earlier communities gave. Most people view shamans as unnecessary or even as crazy people. This does not mean that the spirits are not claiming Shamans without the community's recognition. And books like this are helpful in letting us communicate with our spirit teachers to learn when there are no teachers available around us.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One foot in twilight 11 Aug 2011
By Broch Gwrthryfelwr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The one problem with any work that wishes to address the beliefs, religious and magical practices of the Celts is lack of written records and unbroken oral traditions from the Brythonic Celts. Yes many of the Goidelic myth cycles remain, but are coloured by the beliefs of the christian monks who recorded them in writing .This book acknowledges this fact and does it's best to present a working system of shamanic technique that relies upon a past of twilight and dream that has been, thanks to the 'Bloody Romans' Monty Python's Life Of Brian - The Immaculate Editionforever lost to us. Thankfully, the author's knowledge of Native British mysticism helps to fill in the (considerable) blanks, leaving us with a work that is refreshingly free of sugary 'new age' sensiblities unlke certain other publications Faeriecraft. The end result is a practical guide to shamanism, that at the time of it's first publication managed to free the practice from the cliche of Native American trappngs.
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