- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (8 Mar. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1508644039
- ISBN-13: 978-1508644033
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Finding Elen: The Quest for Elen of the Ways Paperback – 8 Mar 2015
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I have been waiting to read this book for a long time. Now that it is finally published I am happy that it has not disappointed in the slightest. I have been interested in Elen of the Ways ever since reading about her in Andrew Collins's The Seventh Sword" and know that her revival is almost entirely due to the work of Caroline Wise and Chesca Potter back in the 80s. That was a long time ago, however, like plants some books need time to grow and develop and that is totally the case here. This is the definitive book on Elen.
"Finding Elen" is an edited book with essays from other fine writers too. It is broken into 4 main sections; Elen of the Ways, The Deer Mother, The Green Lady, and The Sun Path and the Waters at the Shaman's gate. Caroline has an essay in each section; each exploring a different aspect of this Goddess; written in her own wonderful and contacted way which pulls in different associations as they become relevant. The book however is very much a fine weave of words and the voices of other luminaries such as Andrew Collins, John and Caitlin Matthews, Maria Teresa-Harmer and John Merron add richness and authority to the text making it into a fine distillation of learning and insight into the ways of this beautiful Goddess and her associated lore and legends.
Each essay was a wonder and a delight to read and this is a book which I will keep and I feel frequently return to. As someone who has worked with Elen for many years now I have found that I have learned a lot and I am sure will learn a lot more upon re-reading. This is really a great book which incorporates a wide range of experience and insight from may practitioners who have worked with her mysteries over many years.
Very highly Recommended as a book of learning and a wonderful and enjoyable read.
Having read a lot of John & Caitlin Matthews works I knew this book was going to be a winner, and it is. Andrew Collin's essay takes us a little bit further than the British Isles in search of Elen, but all of the essays are nicely linked and Caroline Wise has produced a book that is essential reading for those interested in the Western Traditions and the Mysteries of Britain.
To sum up the book is a spiritual quest in search of the Deer Lady and the Green Woman.
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