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Book Review:
Pocket Guide to Celtic Spirituality

Author: Sirona Knight
Trade Paperback, 110 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication date: 1998
List: US$6.95, C$10.95
ISBN: 0895949075
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Ms. Knight has written books on a variety of topics ranging from biographies of modern-day Witches to Celtic Druidism and Faery Magick; as such she brings wide experience to the topic of Celtic Spirituality. She is a practicing member of the Celtic Gwddonic Druid Tradition and a Third Degree Craftmaster.

This book contains an overview of Celtic folklore and mythology, the spiritual teachings of the Celtic peoples; it explains the yearly observances, the rituals and ceremonies and divination tools and practices. Some of her assertions may be regarded with suspicion by many readers (e.g., the ability of Druids to assume the form of various animals), but depending on how such assertions are viewed, there might be truth within them.

Her perception of the meaning of "dark" patterns within life strike me as wrong. She appears to be saying that negative is also destructive and life destroying, and therefore should be avoided at all costs. However, without a balance of positive and negative, light and dark, etc., chaos results.

Her assertion that the Celts used the Tarot as a divination system seems unlikely since the Celtic culture, as such, was pretty well extinct by the time of the appearance of the Tarot. Individual Celtic families may have held on to their heritage until that time, but the wholesale use of the Tarot by the Celts seems unlikely.

More than other books in this series, this particular book appears to be less about the reality of the topic, and more about how modern individuals perceive it to have been. I have enjoyed other books by Ms. Knight, but I was moderately disappointed with this one.

Reviewed by Mike Gleason

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