Cauldron of the Gods: A Manual of Celtic Magick

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Mandrake, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 556 pages
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Imagine the forest. As darkness falls, the somber beeches disappear in misty twilight and shadows seem to gather under their branches. Far away, the blackbird's call tells of the coming of the night. The birds cease their singing, silence descends, soon the beasts of the night will make their appearance. Between tangled roots, hidden by nettles and brambles, the earth seems to ripple. A few humps of earth seem to emerge from the ground. They are the last traces of burial mounds, of mounds, which were tall and high 2500 years ago. Many of them have disappeared, hidden by tangled roots of beech and oak, ploughed flat by careless farmers, others again show caved-in tops where grave robbers have looted the central chamber. The locals shun these hills. There are tales that strange fires can be seen glowing on the mounds, and that on spooky nights, great armed warriors arise from their resting places. Then the doors to the deep are thrown open and unwary travelers have to beware of being invited into the halls of the dead and unborn. Here the kings of the deep feast and celebrate, time passes differently and strange treasures may be found. Who knows the nights when the gates are open? Who carries the primrose, the wish-flower, the strange blossom that opens the doors to the hollow hills?
 

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Contents

Welcome to
ix
People of the Mounds
23
The Mound Journey
38
Dangerous Dead and Unusual Burials
54
Places of Worship
67
Roqucpertuse
82
Cernunnos
95
Druids in the Classical Period
108
Brides Bed
249
Taliesin Penbeirdd
263
Chair of the Bards
280
A Question of Identity
294
The Rite of Cursing
311
Spells of Healing
324
The Secret Arts
377
The Ever Hungry Cauldron
393

Riddles from Antiquity
129
Druidic Revival
147
A Confusion of Faiths
163
Book of Taliesin 9
176
The Poets Path
191
From a Dark Cell
200
The Wild Man from the Mountains
216
Three Inspirations of Ogyrven
233
Nine British Otherworlds
407
Rites of Dismemberment
422
Trees of Eternity
439
HGroup
454
A Hand Full of Forests
506
Appendix
519
Index
533
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Jan Fries lives in Frankfurt near the Taunus Mountains. He is a musician, artist and magician.

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