A beautiful shaman friend directed me to this book by Brian Bates, and hot on the heels after visiting many sacred sites of the UK it seemed entirely appropriate timing to dive into another aspect of my spiritual and cultural heritage.
It’s an unusual book in that although it reads as a richly written novel, it’s based on the mystical teachings, remedies and rituals documented in a thousand year old historical text known as The Lacnunga Manuscript, held in the British library. The author himself describes his book as “psychological archeology” which alone is intriguing enough to compel me to read it! If you like that summary as much as I do then I know you’ll love the novel.
I love synchronicity, and it’s often been mentioned in previous articles I’ve written. The more you open to it, the more and magically it occurs and I always welcome the universe’s message.
In recent weeks, it’s been the presence of deer that has caught my attention. I love the woodlands, and so we often choose to camp where the trees are plentiful, but in all my life I’ve never seen so many!The first appearance branded on my memory was in Devon, when out for a morning walk we saw a whole herd of fallow deer across a field from us, hovering shyly at the edge of the forest.
An increasing number of my clients are struggling with depression and anxiety, in addition to whatever issues they have brought to me for healing work. Only last night talking with friends we discovered we had all brushed up against depression to a greater or lesser degree. Recently then, I found myself searching the web for a course to equip me to help and understand these clients better.
I found this book as I was about to start researching the moon and its links to the goddess in original Celtic culture myself. This area of spirituality feels like home to me, being a quarter Irish and having chosen to live in Wales. I was aware that up till now I’d been working mostly on second hand information, much of which has been influenced by fairly recent neo-paganism (from the 1900s). So I was thrilled and a bit relieved to find that scholar and teacher Sharynne MacLeod NicMhach had already done the hard graft for me!
I’ll be honest and say that it’s not the easiest, lightest read in the world. The author, Christine Payne-Towler, is a serious Tarot researcher and scholar of many years and this is apparent immediately just by the size of the book. It looks like a text book and almost demands to be laid open on a desk and pored over intently, not curled up with casually on a sofa (although I did take the latter approach occasionally with the result of aching arms)!