Sorita d'Este of Avalonia Books has graciously allowed us to read her essay, The Witch God Cernunnos, which is found in the wonderful book, Horns of Power, in the Spring Equinox 2009 Holiday Special, SP10. We are also very proud to present a small selection from the amazing book, Visions of the Cailleach in our Samhain 2009 Holiday Special, SP15. A section from the wonderful reference work, Isles of Many Gods, can be heard in our Spring Seasonal Special for 2010, SP17b.
Our books are different from those published by mainstream occult publishers in that we use our own expertise to push the boundaries, we produce books which contain original, new and progressive techniques and rituals; which present fresh and well researched material in an accessible, yet scholarly manner.
Our Work is rooted in tradition, yet we are forward looking and progressive in our approach to the Western Esoteric Tradition and encouraging of work which seeks to push the boundaries in an intelligent way (not just for the sake of it) and which provides information and ideas which will continue to fuel the modern magickal and spiritual renaissance and the revival of interest in the beliefs and religious practices of our ancestors.
The raw, ancient and primordial force symbolised by horns has long had associations with mystery, magick and power. Our ancestors often envisaged their gods as anthropomorphic beings who encapsulated this wild essence. Today the gods of the bull, the ram, goat and stag still hold tremendous power and are invoked at rituals by a new priesthood who continue to seek the wildness of nature and the inspiration that it holds. These deities transcend the safe and known boundaries of human structure, sometimes even luring us across the threshold of the known into the unknown worlds.
This unique anthology brings together the work of more than twenty dedicated scholars with that of modern day mystics. Through their written and artistic contributions they illustrate some of the many manifestations of the Horned God.
Standing astride the British landscape, looms the giant blue form of the Cailleach. Whether she is seen as a benevolent earth-shaping giantess, harsh winter hag goddess, shape-shifting crone, guardian of sacred wells and animals, or ancient bestower of sovereignty; the Cailleach appears in many roles and manifestations in myths and legends across the British Isles.
Tracking the Cailleach across thousands of years through folklore, literature and place names, the authors have uncovered startling references which hint at a hidden priestess cult worshipping the Cailleach from ancient times through into the twentieth century. By exploring her myths and legends, they demonstrate the hugely significant role of the Cailleach in the early history of the British Isles.
The British Isles have long been seen as a place of mystery & magic. For many thousands of years successive waves of invaders each brought their own gods & goddesses with them, often assimilating the beliefs of the tribes they conquered. The Celtic races merged with the indigenous people, they were conquered by the Romans, who brought with them deities from all over the Roman Empire (including Greece & Egypt). After them came the Saxons & other Germanic tribes, further adding to the rich tapestry that forms part of our spiritual heritage today.
The Isles of the Many Gods brings together, for the first time, information on the worship of these deities in Britain, in an easy to use A-Z. It includes both the native & immigrant gods & goddesses, from well known gods like Apollo, Brigit, Freya, Herne, Isis, Mars & Woden to lesser known ones like Abandinus, Arianrhod, Genii Cucullati, Midir, Vitiris & the Wheel God.
There are more than 240 entries providing information regarding the evidence of their worship in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland & the Isle of Man. Drawing from archaeology, architecture, art, artefacts, currency, place-names & literature thereby providing an excellent reference work for those interested in the spiritual beliefs of our ancestors.
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