Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses
A Guide to Their Spiritual Power, Healing Energies, and Mystical Joy
By Carl McColman and Kathryn Hinds
New Page Books (The Career Press, Inc.) © 2005
Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses is a well-written resource for anyone looking for a basic understanding of the Celtic pantheon. The reader will find many well known and some not so well know Celtic deities discussed in this books pages.
While this relatively short book (203 pages) only touches briefly on each deity, the information is presented in a scholarly manner. Myth and legend pertaining to each God or Goddess is written down. Even though some of the stories conflict with each other the reader is presented with an honest assessment of available knowledge regarding each major Celtic deity.
Each section of the book is divided into chapters devoted to a specific deity or group of deities. The stories and history pertaining to each chapter’s subject are presented first. Then the traditions associated with the Holy Day special to the God or Goddess is presented, followed by suggestions on how to honor the deity in daily life throughout the year. In cases where there are many incarnations of a particular God or Goddess that cross cultural or geographical boundaries, all names and stories are outlined, even when there are conflicting details.
This book is a good jumping off place for any person wanting to delve deeply into the Celtic Mysteries. The authors offer practical advice on visualizations, rituals and meditation exercises designed to bring the seeker closer to the Celtic Higher Powers. It is a thoughtful look at one of the most elusive of all the popular pantheons studied today.