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Druid Paperback – 27 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Michael Conneely Michael works as a Western and Vedic Astrologer, a Munay Ki initiator and a shamanic healer. He co-leads the Druid Forest School of Corra and Llugh and has completed a five-year University-based anthropological field study of spiritual forms new to the west encompassing Hinduism, Buddhism, Paganism, Shamanism and Utopian Community. Michael offers regular workshops and distance learning courses and readings in the Ogham, the Runes, Shamanic Development, and Western and Vedic Astrology. He has written four previous visionary Earth Spirituality novels: Rune Magic, Sacred Earth, Vision Holder Munay Ki and Munay Ki Protection, all available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle. Michael’s vision is very much the Earth and the Stars. He lives with his partner, Maggie Pashley who is an Energy Healer and Channel and his son, Deaglan.
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Powerful weaving of true story, pagan legend and healing meditations. Do you believe in Magick ? you will after reading this - it is our birthright and our collective mission to make this a reality in our world. The time is NOW.
It is deeply touching, infusing the divine, love for our Earth, ourselves and each other. I believe this should and will be made into a film !!! Michael Conneely is the modern day MERLIN !!! Goddess Bless you. Lynda Haigh
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The book revolves around the legend of Corra, the ancient Land Goddess who Saint Patrick supposedly banished into a lake at the base of the mountain that now bears his name (Croagh Patrick).
Reading the book is a pleasure if you can forget that the Celts probably never called themselves that (they would have identified with their tribal names) and that there was no "Ireland" in 428 AD. Also that Lugh was never a "Sun God" (that is a Victorian conceit) rather a God of skill. Áine (Ir. "brightness, glow, joy, radiance; splendour, glory, fame") is a better candidate for an ancient Sun deity.
Wiccan (a modern religion circa 1930's, invented by Gerald Gardner) elements abound in the book such as calling the quarters in ritual (the ancient Celts thought in terms of Three worlds; Land, Sea and Sky and five directions at least). The ancient Celts were also polytheist and did not think of "The union of the Goddess and the God". Nor did they celebrate eight festivals (the ancient Fire Festivals were Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine and Lughnasad).
Other problems exist. A self-published work, the book is in real need of editing; sudden tense changes in mid-paragraph, typos, misplaced commas, odd lacunae in the type and anachronisms crop up frequently. For American readers the book needs a glossary; words like bothy, dun, geiss, and lough are not explained.
I would have given the book five stars if there weren't so many problems. But if you can follow the story with an uncritical eye you will find within it a paean to the Old Woman of Ireland, the Goddess of the Land. This is a rough gem of a story, penned by a true Druid, a man who passionately loves the soil and the Spirit of Ireland.