Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: Celtic
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2020-05-16 13:53
Old Celtic Romances
Old Celtic Romances - P.W. Joyce

by P. W. Joyce


This is a lovely collection of old traditional tales from the Irish tradition like The Children of Lir, that many of us have grown up with. Most of these tales are told in prose, though some in poetry.


The Irish tales have always had a lyrical quality to them even in prose and have been the basis for many later stories that build on the tales of both ancestors and the fairy tradition that weaves its magic through this style of storytelling.


This book gathers several of these romance tales into one volume for easy reference and would be a lovely gift for someone who enjoys all things Celtic.


The commentaries are also very interesting and explain the background of the tales. Some readers might have a little trouble with pronunciation of some names and names of places, but there is some help for that in the back.

Like Reblog Comment
review 2020-04-30 12:32
Fairies:: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk - Morgan Daimler

by Morgan Daimler


This book is about the folklore and fairy tradition of Ireland. It may well be the most down-to-earth book on the subject on the market to date. Rather than the airy-fairy Victorian ideas of pretty little girl fairies that popular culture has spread, this is about the original tales and beliefs that are still prevalent in a mostly Christian Ireland.


The book is well researched. Tales from many places in the British Isles and Europe are cited and the folk beliefs are given context. Actual belief in fairies isn't required to enjoy the relation of the stories, though the author is mostly directing the information at a Pagan readership where some degree of belief is relevant.


There is a lot of repetition. Perhaps it was needed for context but I've seen the same information about fairy behavior in three different chapters and that gives the impression of padding. My only other complaint is that in an early chapter there was a promise to explain the difference between fairies and nature spirits, but only a passing reference to the latter later on. I pretty much understand the difference but would have liked to see it put into words to clarify.


Overall a good reference for anyone new to the subject, although the classic reference books are cited so often that I wonder if someone with more than a passing interest should just reading those works. Mostly well written, though it meanders in the last couple of chapters.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2020-04-26 16:12
The Book of Celtic Magic
The Book of Celtic Magic: Transformative Teachings from the Cauldron of Awen - Kristoffer Hughes

by Kristoffer Hughes

To start with this book has some beautiful cover art. I don't usually comment on bookcovers in reviews, but this one is both organic and magical and definitely made me want to pick up the book to see what it was about.

For anyone looking for a comprehensive explanation of the Druidic religion as it is practiced today, this is it. Hughes very clearly explains the definition of what is Celtic, something that isn't as simple as a specific tribe or nationality. He goes on to mention that the tradition represented in this book is based on Welsh roots rather than the Irish Celtic tradition which has been covered in many other books.

He succinctly describes a mytho-centric belief system wherein a pantheon of gods and goddesses and their mysteries are an inherent part of ritual and practice, as well as the role that singing and verse play in this form of magic. Hughes also gives sources, some of them not commonly known, for the historical basis of the tradition that is described. The Tale of Taliesin features highly.

I was pleased that he explains the particularly Druidic term 'Awen', the divine spirit of inspiration. This was something that people unfamiliar with the Pagan traditions and especially with modern Druidism may have needed clarification on.


Hughes also does a good job of explaining 'magic' in terms of natural forces. The philosophy expounds that all things are connected and everything we say or do affects the world around us. There are explanatory historic references of folk magic in Wales that tie history and modern tradition together.

Hughes does assume that the reader practices certain conventions, like keeping a journal, but he also reminds us of the accepted ethics in religions that practice magic and warns of natural consequences.

I'm not sure if I could agree with his statement that a magician must live a life of servitude, but the spirit of the idea of doing good is sound. Parts of the book did seem moralistic, but the explanation about living a magical life and direct consequences for magical actions is well placed.

The whole book is rich with symbolism and contains many meditation exercises to fully embrace the information imparted. I found some of the given rituals repetitive for my taste, but who am I try argue with the traditions of others?


Hughes explains that the Celtic tradition includes ritual other than the well-known Gardnerian formula and the Celtic connection to land, sea and sky as the elements, also explaining where fire fits in to this alternate view.

He emphasises planning and assessing reasons for performing ritual and offers ritual formulas with many variations to suit individual taste. There is a large section about magical allies or guides as well as Celtic gods and goddesses. Here he seems to qualify the information with a concession to those who choose not to believe in these deities. Do they exist or not? I appreciate that he's leaving room for disagreement, but I'm reading about his system and beliefs so why hedge?

I especially liked the material on the genius loci, or place spirits, which correlates with information I've read on these elsewhere.

Hughes asks us to use our imaginations and follow guided journeys through visualization. He draws on his personal experience and encourages the reader towards self evaluation as to why they want to do magic.

He shows us the meanings behind Ogham script and the significance of the wand and cauldron in Celtic ritual, and also teaches us a mixture of folklore and herbal medicine and where animals fit into this magical philosophy, often appearing as teachers.

Near the end of the book, he shows us a form of divination specific to this system that I haven't seen before.


I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to study modern Druidry or who just wants to round out their knowledge of Pagan paths with something different than the plethora of books on Gardnerian tradition. I found it interesting and informative.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2019-02-25 20:46
The Connelly Boys
The Connelly Boys (Celtic Witches #1) - Lily Velez

It's somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars, actually, as I quite liked this Celtic mystery. Scarlet has just moved to Ireland after her mother passed away, and she is still settling in her new school, an all male boarding school. Soon, however she finds out there is more to this world than she ever expected.

The story started with Scarlet stating how fabulous all the boys at her new school are, moving from one to the next, and I admit, for a second I was worried. Luckily once she has established how interesting all the Connelly boys are the story much improved. It had me guessing for a while and even though not everything came as a surprise to me in the end, it didn't bother me. Some things were a bit glanced over in this book, but I would like to see if they are explained further on.

What I liked was that while it is clear from the start who the love-interest will be, the other brothers are not entirely pushed into the sidelines but rather play their own part in the story. I would like to see where this is going.

The author provided me with a free copy of this book. This review, however, solely contains my own opinions.




This was my read for square 18. Set in a school. However, except for the opening scenes the book doesn't take place in school, so I will only roll one dice this turn.

Like Reblog Comment
review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-03 10:45
6 stores you don’t want to miss out

We as a whole need to put our best self forward from head to toe, and trust me these stunning online web stores got you shrouded in each part of fashion. We bring you astounding stores from where you can discover a wide range of accessories, garments and above all SHOES!


Celtic & co.



If you are looking for some comfortable shoes and good quality fabric then Celtic & co is definitely your dream shop. You really need to check out their mind-blowing shoes that includes sheepskin boots, flip-flops, jumpers, cardigans, coats, dresses, bags/clutches, scarves, gloves and more stuff. The options are endless and so is their amazing collection, now you too can flaunt your oh-so-perfect outfit. Use TVC’s Celtic & co voucher codes and thank us later.

Chi Chi clothing:



Searching for the ideal prom or night dress? Chi Chi clothing has amazing options for you. There is unquestionably something one of a kind for each person that makes them look wonderful than any time in recent memory. Chi Chi Clothing and its group dedicatedly work day and night to stock up their store with new restricted release ageless pieces that are especially selective to you. Get your perfect fit from there at a meager price by using Chi Chi Clothing discount codes.

Choice store:



We all love branded clothes, don’t we? But we cannot always afford them. But you don’t have to worry about that because you can find every top brand at choice’s online store and that too at chopped off price by using Choice online deals. Some of the top brands they have online are, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Levi’s, Ted Baker, Juicy Couture, Marc Jacobs, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Mallet and much more. So wait no more and grab this opportunity ASAP.

Clarks UK:



Clarks is certainly the place to shop in case you're hoping to purchase the most smoking and most recent in footwear. At Clarks, they comprehend the significance of an assortment of in your closet. They have an extremely dynamic and alluring accumulation on the online store that will help you in looking sharp through all seasons without a stress. They have regular choices, savvy styles, whatever meets your requirements. Their accumulations reach out to the two men, ladies, and children everything being equal. Use Clarks UK promotional codes to chop off some pounds.


Coast is the ideal goal for your mold and way of life needs. They offer an assortment on the majority of the inclining items a ladies can need from the best assistants to garments. Their items incorporate skirts, evening dresses, summer dresses, easygoing wear, formal wear, shoes, watches and numerous different things. Coast is the standout amongst other female attire shopping webpage all that you may require with regards to your dress necessities is accessible on their site. By using Coast free delivery codes you can enjoy their amazing collection by getting free delivery at your door step.

Charles & Keith:



Searching for a place where you can locate the ideal extras that will oblige all your our outfits? They have picked up a great deal of consideration in the previous couple of years since they will, in general, furnish their buyers with only the best. They have an amazing collection of Shades, Shoes, Handbags, mind-blowing collection of shoes. Despite the fact that a portion of the items on their site may be somewhat expensive, however, that is the place Charles and Keith promo codes come in. Do not miss out on this amazing offer.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?