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Shaman Pathways: Trees of the Goddess by Elen Sentier

From time to time I will be introducing reviews for books that are complementary to traditional British Old Craft and the Khemetic Mysteries … or just because they contain their fair share of ‘magical truths’ that are pertinent to all Paths and Traditions.   Wisdom isn’t confined to a single belief system and sometimes we can benefit from a different viewpoint … even if it’s not remotely connected to the Path we personally follow. 

Shaman Pathways: Trees of the Goddess by Elen Sentier

Or everything you wanted to know about ogham but didn’t know where to look. And as the authors says in her introduction: ‘There are twenty British trees that work very comfortably with the goddess and link to humankind. Over the ages people have brought them together in what we know as the ogham. Some say they are just an alphabet, a means of writing, but they are far more than that and far older, too, than many give them credit for.’

For those who follow the old traditions, trees have a very special place in our psyche, folklore and magic.  Their roots are the spiritual anchors in our landscape and for those who follow these old paths, the death of a tree – either by felling or falling – can cause a physical pain that takes a long time to heal, especially if that particular tree has been a daily part of our lives.  Elen Sentier introduces us to the spiritual energy of the ‘goddess’ trees and step by step reveals the symbology and metaphor that underlies each of the ogham staves while teaching you how to create a magically imbued alphabet for yourself.

As Steve Andrews, author of Herbs of the Northern Shaman, said:Any book by Elen Sentier will reflect her very individual yet spiritual approach to the subject and will include her specialised knowledge and intuition. She has been a teacher of Ogham for many years and knows what she is talking about so a book about this written by her will be both authoritative in the truth of the information in it and educational in the true sense of the word!”

Couldn’t have said it better myself!”

Shaman Pathways: Trees of the Goddess by Elen Sentier is published by Moon Books in both e-book and paperback format.  ISBN: 978-1-78279-332-8 Paperback £6.99 || $10.95

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