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« Topic Start: October 27, 2010, 02:25:08 am »

I desperately need to get out of a rut, so I'm looking for inspiration in the form of a book or two.  Printable websites would also be fine.

Specifically, I'm looking for something that provides topics/questions for meditation and journaling, preferably focused on Celtic spirituality.  Maybe some kind of daily devotional sort of thing.

And, for this purpose, I don't really care about historical accuracy.  I'm good with the history -- I've read a LOT over the years and can readily spot the mistakes and misconceptions.   Wink  What I'm looking for is less about learning the facts, and more about thinking through my personal spirituality.  Something to make me think about things I otherwise wouldn't, and maybe to provide a little structure for my thinking.

The books that spring to my mind first are Caitlin Matthews's Celtic devotionals.  I think she has two or three out.  But I don't really know much about them. 

Does anyone have those books?  What do you think of them? 

Any other suggestions?
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« Reply #1: October 27, 2010, 10:18:10 am »


And, for this purpose, I don't really care about historical accuracy.  I'm good with the history -- I've read a LOT over the years and can readily spot the mistakes and misconceptions.   Wink  
The books that spring to my mind first are Caitlin Matthews's Celtic devotionals.  I think she has two or three out.  But I don't really know much about them.


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« Reply #2: October 27, 2010, 11:12:26 am »

I desperately need to get out of a rut, so I'm looking for inspiration in the form of a book or two.  Printable websites would also be fine.

FWIW, This site, while not scholarly, does present some rather common ideas for journaling.  Maybe you could start with this for now?  Also, think about specific ideas or topics within your spirituality...what do they mean to you?  Fe'x, write a few paragraphs as to what the six virtues mean to you.  How do you incorportate them into your life?  You could also use your journal like a "prayer" book.  Take a few minutes and simply "talk" to your Deity, then maybe you could meditate for a few minutes afterward to see if you get any responses. 

I'll see if I can dig up anything else.  I don't know anything about the Caitlin Matthews book, so I hope someone else will chime in with more info.  I took a look at the book on Amazon, but I'd rather read it before giving a solid opinion.
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« Reply #3: October 27, 2010, 11:48:38 am »

I think the epic fail says it all for me lol

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Oh, I'm fully aware that Matthews is not considered a reliable source for academic/historical material.  I would never use any of his or hers or their books (John and Caitlin Matthews) for factual info.

But that's not what I'm looking for right now.

So, do you dislike Matthews because of the shaky scholarship?  Or do you also have issues with the inspirational aspects?  If the latter, why?
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« Reply #4: October 27, 2010, 11:50:12 am »

FWIW, This site, while not scholarly, does present some rather common ideas for journaling.  Maybe you could start with this for now?  Also, think about specific ideas or topics within your spirituality...what do they mean to you?  Fe'x, write a few paragraphs as to what the six virtues mean to you.  How do you incorportate them into your life?  You could also use your journal like a "prayer" book.  Take a few minutes and simply "talk" to your Deity, then maybe you could meditate for a few minutes afterward to see if you get any responses. 

Thanks, Dara.  That site might be a good starting point.

Which six virtues are you referring to?  (I've seen a variety of groupings.)
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« Reply #5: October 27, 2010, 11:54:38 am »

Thanks, Dara.  That site might be a good starting point.

Which six virtues are you referring to?  (I've seen a variety of groupings.)

As I understand them: Honor, Justice, Courage, Hospitality, Truth, and Wisdom.  I think it's from the Imbas site.
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« Reply #6: October 27, 2010, 12:36:19 pm »

The books that spring to my mind first are Caitlin Matthews's Celtic devotionals.  I think she has two or three out.  But I don't really know much about them. 

Does anyone have those books?  What do you think of them? 

I've read through The Celtic Spirit but not Celtic Devotional.

I really enjoyed it. I've said it before and I'll say it again at the risk of sounding like a fluffy squish: I find a lot of inspiration in their works; not facts, not history: inspiration. I think of them in the same way I think of Robert Graves or Joseph Campbell. I can't deny the inspiration and profound influence both of these authors had on me, no matter how much fault I find with their facts/method/scholarship. If finding poetry in them makes me a fluffy squish, then so be it.

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Anyway.  Wink  It was a really nice way to begin working with specific images, and start a more meditative journaling practice.
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« Reply #7: October 27, 2010, 01:13:06 pm »


You dont need to apolgize for something that works for you.

As much as I am for correct history and facts, I am not trying to be a history professor, I am trying to walk my path.
So I see a necessity in drawing a line between historical and archaeological facts and what I need to go on.

Call it fluffy all you like, as long as I am not claiming it to be ultimate truth, force feeding others with it and as long as it helps me along - who cares?

And after all, it is not, that science has never gotten anything wrong either.
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« Reply #8: October 27, 2010, 01:33:32 pm »

not facts, not history: inspiration

Yes.  This.

Thanks, Finn and Tana.  I don't think any of us is particularly fluffy, and I think it's valid to draw inspiration from any source that works for you.

And thanks for the recommendation.  I think I'll start with the one you've read, and then go from there.

Caitlin Matthews also has a book out about "The Goddess".  I'm a bit leery -- shades of a Universal Mother Goddess -- but it might still be a good source of inspiration.  Anyone have thoughts about that one?
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« Reply #9: October 27, 2010, 03:56:04 pm »

Caitlin Matthews also has a book out about "The Goddess".  I'm a bit leery -- shades of a Universal Mother Goddess -- but it might still be a good source of inspiration.  Anyone have thoughts about that one?

I'm a little leery myself. But this is what I do whenever I encounter that sort of thing in texts. I say to myself, "Just ignore the UMG and take this information as information about (insert goddess here) instead."

Does that make sense? Basically I just ignore the UMG implication/label and focus on the information given as a source of inspiration to that particular goddess. It's given me a lot of food for thought with regards to Brighid and a couple of other goddesses.
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« Reply #10: October 27, 2010, 10:30:40 pm »

Does that make sense? Basically I just ignore the UMG implication/label and focus on the information given as a source of inspiration to that particular goddess. It's given me a lot of food for thought with regards to Brighid and a couple of other goddesses.

Yes, that makes sense.

Do you have any particular books in this vein that you like?
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« Reply #11: October 28, 2010, 12:40:35 pm »

Not necessarily what you're looking for, but...

I get a lot of inspiration out of daily/weekly cards. They'd give me a subject I can think through and research further. Often one would come up a couple of times in the same month. I've done this with Murray's 'The Celtic Tree Oracle' (with guidebook) and Garr-Cromm's 'Druid Animal Oracle' (with guidebook).

Of course the guidebooks don't have much of an acadamic information value and the cards are no where near historical accuracy, but bits and pieces of celtic lore and myth turn up with every card and its chapter in the guidebook, that often inspires me to research and meditate about something further.
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« Reply #12: October 28, 2010, 03:03:45 pm »

I get a lot of inspiration out of daily/weekly cards.

Hmmmm.  This is an interesting idea.  I have a couple different "Celtic Oracle" decks I could try.

Thanks!
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