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The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual
Alexei Kondratiev

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"Certain cultures in different parts of the world have maintained a respectful and balanced relationship with their natural environment, and some people today, especially those in industrial/capitalistic societies, are turning to them to learn how to rediscover these ancient and sacred attitudes toward the land and the environment. The traditions of Celtic-speaking communities in particular offer a highly effective method, expressed through mythology (as in the symbolic apple branch) and implemented through seasonal rituals.

Alexei Kondratiev outlines rules for Celtic-circle membership and shows how to become conversant with Celtic culture and mythology, and at least one of the surviving Celtic languages. He also provides the actual formula of words given for each of the Celtic rituals and visualization sequences. These rituals are closely connected with the passage of time, especially the four seasons, as well as other feast days. In this book the ancient traditions of all six Celtic nations are brought to life. Alexi Kondratiev, who knows sixty-four languages well enough to teach them, conducts classes in a variety of Celtic subjects at the Irish Arts Center in New York City, and has been a contributor to a number of magazines and journals, including Keltoi, Carn, and Keltria."

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Paperback - 258 pages (January 1, 1998)
Collins Pub San Francisco; ISBN: 189825642X ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.84 x 9.20 x 6.18

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Celtic Women's Spirituality : Accessing the Cauldron of Life
by Edain McCoy

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"The Celts provide some of the strongest, most accessible images of strong women. This book shows readers how they can successfully create personalized pathway linking two important aspects of the self--the feminine and the hereditary (or adopted) Celtic--and as a result become a whole, powerful woman awake to the new realities previously untapped by the subconscious mind. 25 illustrations."

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Paperback - 352 pages 1 Ed edition (February 1998)
Llewellyn Publications; ISBN: 1567186726 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.98 x 10.02 x 7.03
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To Light a Sacred Flame : Practical Witchcraft for the Millennium
by Silver Ravenwolf

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"In a working handbook for the dedicated witch, RavenWolf leads readers into uncharted territory, educating them on the secrets of witchcraft and delighting them with personal anecdotes of her life as Craft Elder. Appendices."

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Paperback - 300 pages (January 1999)
Llewellyn Publications; ISBN: 1567187218 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 9.98 x 7.04

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The Celtic Spirit : Daily Meditations for the Turning Year
by Caitlin Matthews

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The ancient Celts and their spiritual mediators, the Druids, believed in the communion of all living things and sought harmony between nature and the human soul. Now, with this inspiring book of day-by-day meditations, renowned Celtic scholar Caitlin Matthews shows you how to reawaken the power of this age-old spiritual inheritance. Using poetry, myths, reflections, rituals, and visualizations, Matthews leads you on a yearlong pilgrimage that will help connect the cycles of your soul to the circle of the seasons. From the winter months of Samhain to the summer months of Beltane, from meditations on the gifts and blessings of life to the insights and promises of the soul, she enables you to complete your own sacred circuit of the turning year. Brimming with the legends and lore of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and Britain, The Celtic Spirit is a brilliant introduction to the sacred wisdom of the Celtic path - and a potent resource for daily spiritual renewal.

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Paperback - 398 pages 1 Ed edition (January 1999)
Harper San Francisco; ISBN: 0062515381 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.06 x 7.35 x 5.48

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