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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Hiraeth Press (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979924669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979924668
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.7 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Nichol on 17 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
At the age of 12, Jason Kirkey had one of those 'light bulb' moments that can set a direction for life. A relative told him 'nature does not require our belief. It is right there for us to experience'. Jason is from Massachusetts, of partly Irish ancestry and over time his new found awareness lead him to discover the 'interplay of nature, story and ancestry' as a practitioner of 'Irish Earth-based spirituality and shamanism'.

Jason presents personal story a thread within a larger, collective story; one in which spiritual traditions are moving through a process of re-imagination - of integration into the new story of the 21st century'. He describes going through a 'dark night of the soul' when an over-identified 'attachment' to his own tradition became narrow and constraining. He found resolution through the practice of sitting meditation and study at the Naropa University in Colorado. It wasn't a matter of moving from one tradition to another, but of integrating the qualities of both.

The Salmon in the Spring explores traditional stories - including the second battle of Maigh Tuireadh, Connla's Well and the Song of the Silver Branch - in a process of creative revisioning for Celtic spirituality. It is a pioneer's book and I recommend it to anyone interested in the possible futures of Celtic spirituality, Druidry and other paths in which the old stories are coming alive in new ways.
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By caswan on 30 Jan 2014
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Great book. Nothing really to add.If interested in Druidry you will love it. Well worth reading. It's your choice. /|\
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Much Needed Wisdom 10 Dec 2009
By Abeer A. E. Alkhamees - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book while I had two streams of thoughts on my mind. The first was the project I am working in which is a study of the theories of mythology and the second was the Copenhagen Climate Change conference and this book was a lovely and fitting companion for both streams. I went into this book knowing the ideas of the author having seen his work before, and read some of the same books he has read, all of that didn't prepare me for the depth of this book or the simple yet complex ideas in it. Once I started reading I just could not stop. I kept telling myself that I'll stop after this chapter but I never did until I finished the whole book.

Jason Kirkey's book is about ecology seen through the lens of Celtic Spirituality. He uses Celtic (Irish) myths to illustrate his ideas. This was especially interesting to me because of my study of the theories of mythology. Through this book I was able to see a practical application of one of the theories of myths in a setting that is very meaningful to me. This theory says that a myth is a story that gives a society the guidelines of how to act towards self, nature and others; that without myth we will have chaos in society. It is a theory that is found in the writings of Joseph Campbell, Robert Segal and Alan Dundes.

At the very beginning of the book Jason answers a question that I have been asking myself and I am sure every other person who follows a spirituality not of the land he/she is living in now has asked: How can I practice Celtic spirituality when I am in a non-Celtic land? The question is fully covered in his first chapter in a section called "The Ecology of Exile". I recommend this section at least to everyone who struggles with where he/she lives versus what he/she is practicing.

Kirkey uses the myth of the Second Battle of Maigh Tuireadh, the Settling of the Manor at Tara and other myths and stories to explore the human-nature relationship, and many other ecological and psychological concepts. For those who aren't very up to date on the ecological and ecopsychological writings and ideas, he provides synopsis of the ideas he discusses so you are never left wondering what he is talking about but at the same time it wets your appetite enough to send you searching for more.

There is a practical side to this book in that in some of the chapters there are exercises to perform, which are based on Buddhist practice, but are something that all practitioners of Gaelic paganism or paganism as a whole have no problem doing. Also as I read through the book I kept thinking that this was a road map into myself, into nature and into a spiritual pathway that blends the two together. I say pathway because this is by no means a tradition on its own, nor does the writer want you to think so.

The Salmon in the Spring is not a book that you read only once, and I know that I shall be going back to it a lot. I think that the thing that I liked most about the book is that the author doesn't talk down to the reader. He also states clearly where an idea is his own conclusion and thought and where it is a part of the traditions of Ireland or its history, and to me as a Reconstructionist that is VERY important.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Relevant Spiritual Exploration 5 Nov 2009
By SJN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jason presents a fresh and mature interpretation of Celtic tradition in the light of our current ecological dilemnas. While so many pieces that claim to be working from authentic tradition turn out to be so much personal fantasy, Jason makes it clear that this is not ancient tradtion but modern interpretation. An important new presepctive on where we need to go with the traditions embedded in where we have been. Innovative but grounded in careful scholarship.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Revisioning 'Celtic' spirituality 2 July 2012
By James Nichol - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At the age of 12, Jason Kirkey had one of those 'light bulb' moments that can set a direction for life. A relative told him 'nature does not require our belief. It is right there for us to experience'. Jason is from Massachusetts, of partly Irish ancestry and over time his new found awareness lead him to discover the 'interplay of nature, story and ancestry' as a practitioner of 'Irish Earth-based spirituality and shamanism'.

Jason presents personal story a thread within a larger, collective story; one in which spiritual traditions are moving through a process of re-imagination - of integration into the new story of the 21st century'. He describes going through a 'dark night of the soul' when an over-identified 'attachment' to his own tradition became narrow and constraining. He found resolution through the practice of sitting meditation and study at the Naropa University in Colorado. It wasn't a matter of moving from one tradition to another, but of integrating the qualities of both.

The Salmon in the Spring explores traditional stories - including the second battle of Maigh Tuireadh, Connla's Well and the Song of the Silver Branch - in a process of creative revisioning for Celtic spirituality. It is a pioneer's book and I recommend it to anyone interested in the possible futures of Celtic spirituality, Druidry and other paths in which the old stories are coming alive in new ways.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A compelling and timely book... 10 Dec 2009
By Kenneth J. Proefrock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very impressive book, I found myself compelled from the first page. The author presents important ideas and concepts in a poetic manner, through heavy use of the extant Celtic lore, and with beautiful syntheses of perspectives that shines a refreshing light on Celtic Spirituality and how it can be practiced in our modern world. One of my favorite aspects of this work is that the author emphasizes over and again that finding spiritual fulfillment is not a spectator sport, it is an activity of engagement. I also appreciate that the author seems to have captured a moment in the progressive evolution of Celtic Spirituality--this present moment where ecological and environmental concerns have become rallying points and common ground for even the most diverse of our membership. I admit that I came to the book already well-versed in Ken Wilber's work, carrying a love and deep respect for Tibetan Buddhism, ecopsychology and Celtic lore, but, it was really the author's earnest interest and engaging style that made the work compelling. A book that needed to be written, an author who rose to the challenge and kept on going; I predict that this one will be a classic.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Two Friends, One Named 'Exile' and One Named 'Belonging', Having Tea Together... 27 Dec 2010
By AlchemicalReaction.blogspot.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like the facets of a mystical jewel, the soul has infinite perspectives from which it may behold and therefore belong. In this his debut non-fiction work, and with the gentlest incisors ever afforded deconstructionism or the taxonomy of ideas, Mr. Kirkey first engages the self-inquisitive peering that is the trademark of true practitioners, and then answers your questions without pretense, simply by answering his own. With compassion, Mr. Kirkey shatters the self-concept and then lovingly puts humpty dumpty back together. That he does so with humility and ease is remarkable. He simply and exquisitely lights the torch of acceptance, and then the lamp of belonging. Any who have ever >found themselves lost< will relate to this work, and most importantly, will remember with gratitude their own exile. A bold, masterful, and relevant soup of gems. I am grateful.
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