Ms. Hamilton eloquently captures the essence of the ancient ways of the Celts, the so-called "Mysterious Ones," truth, nature and knowledge being the mainstay of this richly diverse matriarchal society whose reverence for the earth and deep-seated belief in the close proximity of the spirit world are herein revealed.
Organized by season, starting with Samhain, this book shows how to invoke nature into our daily lives by appreciating the natural rhythms of the year. Meditations on the seasons and elements plus devices enabling us to interpret the symbols of nature are provided for us simple lessons via tales and songs. Ms. Hamilton says that "the purpose of these extracts is to give glimpses of the myths and to point to some of the deeper meanings embedded within them."
A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided, as well as informational sources, references and resources furnished for anyone wishing to follow up with further in-depth studies into this diversely rich heritage.
The Celtic Book of Seasonal Meditations will satisfy those seeking to learn the fundamentals and core concepts of Celtic ways. In addition, this is a valuable hardbound book small enough to be carried by those who have studied Celtic traditions and want something for easy reference.
~review by Lone Eagle Eye
Author: Claire Hamilton
Red Wheel 2003
pp. 263, $21.95