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Shaman Pathways - Elen of the Ways: British Shamanism - Following the Deer Trods [Kindle Edition]

Elen Sentier
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Elen of the Ways is about the ancient shamanism of Britain. Elen Sentier grew up in a long family lineage of following the Deer Trods; in this book she tells of the old, forgotten ways of our ancestors. Through her own experience, stories, practical exercises and journeys with the deer, Elen takes you into the realm of the Boreal Forest, of which Britain is a part, to show how the Deer Goddess is the spirit of this land. To walk the deer trods is to realise how close and connected you are to nature and everything in this beautiful world which we share with our non-human brethren. You learn, too, that our everyday world and otherworld are intertwined. Elen of the Ways is both here and there at the same time. You will find her everywhere.

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About the Author

Elen Sentier is a spirit keeper and taleweaver from a long family lineage. Her mothers mother was a witch from the Isle of Man while her father was a cunning man whose family were very closely involved with Annie Besant and Rudolf Steiner. She was born on Dartmoor, grew up on the edge of Exmoor and now lives (with husband, cats and wildlife) in the back of beyond, by the river Wye in the Welsh Marches where she writes and teaches British native shamanism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3204 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Books (26 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJFB9T4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elen Sentier was born on Dartmoor and grew up on Exmoor. She now lives, with her husband, cats and a host of wildlife in the back of beyond by the river Wye, in the Welsh Marches, where she writes magic/mystery/romance novels as well as books on British native shamanism. When not writing she may be found walking the wilds, painting, spinning, weaving and knitting, cooking up hedgerow brews and gardening. And reading!

She comes from a long family lineage in the British native tradition and lived her early childhood years on Dartmoor learning the old ways from her father, uncles, aunts and neighbours. Her dad was an engineer and amateur historian-cum-archaeologist, he took her all over the moor playing and telling her the stories of the wonderful ancient places on the moor. One of her uncles was a woodsman, he could call a wild falcon down to his fist or sit with an adder twined around his wrist. Another uncle was a smallholder, he would carry a ball of swarmed bees in his bare hands.

When she was eight years old her dad's engineering job moved him from south to north Devon so Elen came to live on the edge of Exmoor. As well as her dad and other relations their next-door neighbour was the village midwife and healer who also did the laying out of the dead. Elen learned herb lore, healing and lyke-lore (the ways of the dead) from her. Her aunt owned the village sacred well, and others in the village who walked the old path took her to participate in the old seasonal rituals, like the Night of the Mothers and calling the land spirits with the harness-bells before ploughing. Ploughing continued in the village up to the late 1960s.

Her mother's mother was a witch from the Isle of Mann. Her dad's family were connected with Annie Besant, Rudolf Steiner, and with the Theosophical Society through her grandmother's cousin, Ursula Bright. Ursula bought the Benares Centre for the Society and Ursula's daughter, Esther, was the close friend of Annie Besant.

Elen studied dance, drama and art at university but decided she wasn't good enough to make a career out of it so she went on to work for the MOD, first as a finance officer and then as a computer engineer and software designer. In her spare time she continued dancing ... working as a demonstrator for a friend who taught for Arlene Phillips at the London Pineapple. After a successful twenty-year career with the MOD she changed horses to train as a transpersonal psychotherapist with Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers, she then developed a flourishing practice in London specialising in dream-work.

Elen has walked the shaman path all her life and made many friends including C Maxwell Cade, Rose Gladden, Colin Bloy, Paul Devereux, Michael Poynder, Tom Graves, Hamish Miller, Vicky Wall, Theo Gimbel, Lilla Bek, Caitlin and John Matthews, June Kent, Suzi Crockford, Ros Simons. She also studied Alice Bailey's work for seven years and found it very valuable. Elen never stops learning with the land, the spirits of place and otherworld as well as with people. There is always more to learn ... our pre-historic ancestors were quite amazingly knowing, knowledgeable and refined people and gave us wonderful ways which we can rediscover if we wish. As she says, there just aren't enough hours in the day to fit everything in!

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really inspiring and interesting book 25 July 2013
By Sarah
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I have read a little about shamanism in the past and having walked very regularly along the deer (and other animal) pathways, this book appealed to me.

Elen Sentier has a wonderful way of communicating the history and essence of our inter-connection with nature and 'Mother Earth'. The book softly puts us in our place amongst (and certainly not above) the animals, plants and minerals etc., explaining how we all make up the cycles and flows of life-energy which our ancestors were much more closely connected to - and which much of modern life has lost touch with. There is a peace in this understanding and an important message for humanity.

The book is wise, up-lifting and written with kindness and spirit. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in reconnecting themselves with more Earthly things than the materialistic, worryingly unsustainable lifestyles that most of us find ourselves in today.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Account 22 Oct. 2013
This book is a weaving, wandering tale incorporating the author's own experiences alongside historical information and background info on some specific parts/places in the North of Britain. There are gems of insight and inspiration scattered within, however I often found it difficult to reach them as the text in between could be less engaging. The ordering of the chapters and sections is a little sporadic, with the most interesting bits (in my opinion) towards the end when clearer detail is given regarding the author's path and how the reader could begin to follow in similar footsteps (or trods).

I wouldn't say this is a very clear introduction to Elen, but then again it doesn't promise to be. It felt as if there was an assumption that the reader already has an understanding of what 'Elen's Ways' are; but if you already have some experience of this Goddess or similar traditions it is possible to follow regardless.

What this book is however, is is a varied chronicle of the experiences and opinions of the author whose relationship with Elen is deep and clearly well established; inspiring for those already walking the deer trods.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This book is not big but is packed full of insightfulness and wisdom. Archaeology, ancient history, spirituality and modern life are all in this little book, from the ancient Boreol Forest that covered a large proportion of the Northern hemisphere to the tribes that still follow the deer trods, be they the Sami people and their reindeer or the Native tribal people in North America or Canada. You can feel the connection with our ancient ancestors of this part of the world, when reading the book. Most enjoyable, especially if you enjoy walking in the woods and forests. I would definitely recommend this to anyone Pagan who lives in northern realms.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elen Sentier is tops 28 Aug. 2013
Enjoyable and informative read for anyone wanting to understand our native traditions. I would like to read more of Elen Sentier's work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intuitively written 5 Sept. 2013
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A good book written using a practical approach, with the author at first offering her perspective from some historical literary sources before going on to detail her own personal experiences that formed her own personal practice. The writing style is easy to read and to relate to. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The old ways presented in a new light 15 Oct. 2014
Exactly who were the people whose carvings of stunning beauty were crafted with such remarkable skill13,000 years ago? Elen Sentier opens her delightful exploration of shamanism, with an artefact depicting swimming reindeer, indicating a maker with the cultural understanding, time and motivation to produce a work that can only have an artistic and possibly sacred meaning. The beauty and intricacy of the carved mammoth tusk suggests a sophistication not usually associated with those scraping a living during the last ice-age. With this fragile work we start, with Elen, to walk the Ways of Elen, the silvery threads of a history not quite forgotten but generally overlooked.
Like the reindeer who walked the Boreal (northern) Forest that encircled the globe from western America to Eastern Russia, we take a journey sometimes personal and sometimes mythical following the ‘deer trod’. Elen writes with great fluency and often movingly about the hunter gatherers who – far from struggling to survive – often had more time than those whose more settled agricultural existence would later keep them working from dawn to dusk, often near poverty. She gradually evokes a world, within, behind and before our current era, a world marked by dolmens, old roads and sacred landmarks, where Elen - the Goddess Energy - leaves her traces. Like the Sami, we follow the wisdom of the grandmother deer who guided the reindeer herds, never controlled by those tribes who followed them, teaching which deer to take in the hunt and expecting gratitude in return.
This is a book to savour. We often walk with the author, and in places like the far north of Britain perceive her world and enjoy her discoveries as though we were there. It is a gift to teach to see the world with fresh eyes, a world hidden and ever present. Elen Sentier has that gift and that is why this is such a significant book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey into connection 12 Jun. 2014
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Highly recommended as a corrective in a world where loss of connection with nature (and thus spirit) is so prevalent. Elen Sentier describes herself as “awenydd, a spirit weaver and tale keeper from a long family lineage”. The word is from British Celtic tradition, but it is being used to name a quality of being extending back much further in time, and of universal application. “Walking the deer trods is to learn how close we are to nature … how we are connected to anything whether or not it appears inanimate and this is what the awenydd knows”. The presiding spirit of this path is the elusive deer goddess Elen, Elen of the Ways, who the author encountered as a young adult, thereby entering a lifetime of service to her. This book is about both context and story of this service, an invitation to “open yourself to Elen’s complex, multiple and beautiful ways”.

Elen Sentier takes us back to an archaic northern world in which most people lived by following herds of reindeer on their migrations – following rather than leading or managing: the deer decided when and where to go. She evokes the culture and spirituality of this relationship, describing a hunter gatherer society that once lived well without private property or long hours of work. She talks about communities that understood reciprocity and interdependence and lived by a practice of gift-giving and receiving both in the everyday world and that of spirit – themselves seen as hardly separated from each other. She sees this as a culture of sensitivity to all life, including the interconnectedness of “what you eat and what eats you”, and alive to the energies of the land itself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Story book
Ok as a personal story but no aid to shamanic work
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking.
Star rating 9. A nice easy read with lots of good information and content. The writer being shaman herself explain things from the heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written work that is packed full of wisdom, knowledge,...
A beautifully written work that is packed full of wisdom, knowledge, ancient history and spirituality! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gary Curson
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a ramble
A strange sort of book: part history, part travelog, part shamanic guide. The information is interesting enough, but the book as a whole is a bit of a ramble; and I found it... Read more
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I found this book very helpful, and gave me more knowledge to incorporate into my practice In working with Elen of the Ways.
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A really interesting book which has led me on to investigate more on the subject and even buy more titles of Elen Sentier.
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