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A study of Celtic visionary methods, from second sight and prophecy to reading omens and making divinations, which includes description of ancient practices as well as activities to encourage these skills in ourselves.
In the ancient realm of the Celts, the seer was a person who opened a window to reveal a complete view of the cosmos, in which the otherworld and the everyday world interconnect. This was the essence of true perception and wisdom, known as gléfiosa, or 'bright knowledge'. For the seer, the babbling of the stream, the swaying of treetops in the wind, the hunting and foraging of animals are all brimful of deeper meaning.
The Art of Celtic Seership shows how to connect with this visionary wisdom, nurture it in ourselves and harness it to live in harmony with each other and with the earth, and to bring profound insight and understanding to our day-to-day existence. It describes the tools and techniques of the druids, bards and seers of old, and explains how we too can draw inspiration from the natural world and open ourselves to developing our prophetic and visionary powers. Practical exercises include calling upon your ancestors, working with your dreams, cultivating a connection with the faery folk, experimenting with trance states, entering into the consciousness of the stones, trees and other natural features around you, asking a question of the universe and listening to the reply and reading omens and signs in the symbols you encounter through the day.
About the Author
Caitlín Matthews is acknowledged as world authority on Celtic wisdom, the Western Mysteries and cartomancy. She is the author of over 70 books, which have been translated into 19 languages. Her shamanic vocation emerged early in her ability to sing between the worlds and to embody spirits. She specializes in teaching traditional European spirit-consultation oracles in which the diviner draws directly upon the spirits of nature for answers.