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Pagan Portals - Pathworking through Poetry: Pagan Pathworking through poetry: exploring, knowing, understanding and dancing with the wisdom the bards hid in plain view. Kindle Edition
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The way in which the author presents and guides the reader to begin exploring the texts is very well balanced. Enough background and context is supplied to help engage with the material whilst avoiding becoming sidetracked by things widely discussed elsewhere. The meanings and complexities of the poems chosen are not only explored, but also the beauty of the language itself, leading the reader to points of further exploration without becoming bogged down. I really enjoyed the selection of poets and works chosen to demonstrate as some were familiar but others were new to me.
Pathworking is to step off and explore our own experiences, and Tinker does an excellent job of guiding us to the threshold from whence we might find new inspiration and proceed by ourselves. Practical advice is given without straying into the realm of some kind of " 101", which leaves the reader with scope to find their own interpretation and fit in with their own practices.
This book is an excellent resource for Pagans of the Celtic persuasion and those interested in Pathworking. It has a wider scope however, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in accessing new ideas in their practice- or who is even a little bit interested in poetry.
Overall, Pathworking Through Poetry is a cracking book. My copy sits fondly dog-eared on my shelf and is a wonderful source of inspiration.
If you love the poetry of WB Yeats, Fiona MacLeod and Seumas O'Sullivan then this book is for you.
If you have never experienced the magic of the poetry written by WB Yeats, Fiona MacLeod or Seumas O'Sullivan then this book is certainly for you.
Fiona Tinker uses her vast knowledge and indisputable intelligence to take the reader on an enlightening journey, opening up the realms of her chosen poets in a way never before experienced. Fiona's style is deliberately easy to read. Her skills as a teacher allow her to share her passion in a way that is accessible to all readers.
I feel as though, until now, I have been reading poetry with my eyes closed. Fiona Tinker has not only opened my eyes but my heart and soul too. For years I have struggled in connecting with the Gods and Goddesses of this land. I have tried the elaborate circle casting, performed protracted rituals and read the plethora of pagan DIY manuals. Fiona Tinkers book has shown me the way to make strong, meaningful connections. This book feels as though it comes from somewhere deep in time and place. There is a great strength to this book. It has had a profound effect on me. Sadly I don't share Fiona Tinker's craft as a word smith to allow me to give you a true sense of that impact. All I can say is "Thank you Fiona x" and "READ THIS BOOK!".
I would thorough recommend this for anyone on a pagan path who wants to delve deeper into the mysteries 'hidden in plain sight' in the ancient mythology of the British Isles.
The author doesn't waste time describing what 1001 other pagan "how to..." guides are more than happy to dictate to you, the casting of circles and the like, that is taken as read and left to the reader to sort out what they are doing, what their tradition or practice suggests. This book is all about the journey of exploration and learning that can be found on a good focussed pathworking and having quality poetry as the gateway into that journey.
Fiona's knowledge of both poems and celtic mythology is strong (and this comes from someone who lives with a professional storyteller who has spent over 20 years studying mythologies of norther europe). I loved the way she is able to heap information about the mythologies, the characters and back stories into the text. This is delivered elegantly and smoothly, without it once departing from the sense of a relaxed conversation. At no point was there any sense of her showing this off or overloading, it was all palatably presented in the way to best stimulate your own knowledge and ideas.
This is not a text book nor an instructional, it is not a poetry book, or a book of literary criticism - what it is is something greater than all of these, and yet essentially combining elements of all, smoothly and with a clear purpose. An enjoyable read, filled with useful stimulating ideas and passages, built around a wonderfully sound concept, which seems so obviously of great value I wonder the book wasn't already in existance. It seems like poetry as a basis for pathworking, and pathworking to better understand and engage with poetry should be a normal practice, a traditional one we have been at for years, something referred to in school even as one of the most powerful ways to interpret poetry; and yet I would bet that this will be a new concept to many, even those who already practice one part or the other.
As well as a lovely addition to your own shelves it would make a great gift for anyone who has an interest in either poetry, pathworkings (narrative based meditations) or paganism.
Basically - Buy it - you won't be dissappointed.
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