The Book of Keltria: Druidism for the 21st Century
"Druids, long the source of myth and mystery, were not lost in the mists of time. Once central to ancient Celtic culture, the spirits of the Druids periodically return to inspire new generations to find solutions for the spiritual needs of new eras. The Book of Keltria tells the story of a modern branch of Druidism that has evolved to be relevant in the 21st century.
Decades of oral and written lessons developed by the key individuals who shaped the Henge, are consolidated into book form for the first time. Derived from material once found only in its correspondence course and workshops, The Book of Keltria includes information on Druid history, Keltrian Druid theology, invocation techniques, and ritualcraft. Also included are chapters on meditation, use of divination, magick, and the history of the Henge. All are presented with the goal of assisting readers in their spiritual evolution through honoring the Ancestors, revering the Spirits of Nature and celebrating the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Celts.
"A feast of information for anyone interested in Druidry. The Book of Keltria provides a fascinating account of how the Keltrian path has developed, and of the ways in which Druidism is able to respond to the spiritual needs of growing numbers of seekers." - Philip Carr-Gomm
- Publication Date: Jun 01 2015
- ISBN/EAN13: 1481215108 / 9781481215107
- Page Count: 246
- Binding Type: US Trade
- Paper Trim Size: 6" x 9"
- Language: English
- Color: Black and White
- Related Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit / Celtic Spirituality
- Tags: Druid, Druidism, Keltria
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Table of Contents
- Prelude: The Mistletoe Rite
- Chapter 1 - Druid History
- Chapter 2 - Keltrian Theology and Hallmarks
- Chapter 3- Nature of Religion, Divinity & Keltrian Spirituality
- Chapter 4 - Celebrating the Gods
- Chapter 5 - Ancestors
- Chapter 6 - Nature Spirits
- Chapter 7 - Relevance of Mythology in the 21st Century
- Chapter 8 - Keltrian Tree Meditation
- Chapter 9 - Keltrian Ritual and the Three Keys
- Chapter 10 - Magick
- Chapter 11 - Invocations
- Chapter 12 - Divination
- Chapter 13 - History of the Henge of Keltria
- Epilogue: Twenty Years Later
- Appendix I: Quick Reference Guide to Keltrian Druidism
- Appendix II: KeltrianAltar Tools
- Appendix III: Publications
Alexei Kondratiev, the author of the well-respected book The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual, became a member of the Henge of Keltria in 1994 and remained so until his untimely death in 2010. Alexei studied archeology at Columbia University in New York and then later at the Ecole des Hautes Etues in Paris. He was probably most well-known for his Celtic scholarship and extensive knowledge of many languages. Alexei spent extended periods of time in France, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, immersing himself directly in the Celtic cultures and languages. He taught all six living Celtic languages, and taught Irish Gaelic for many years at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan. He contributed significant portions of the text used on the website of the Celtic League's American Branch and book reviews for the organization's magazine, Keltoi. He graciously provided a wealth of information for the Henge of Keltria, especially regarding the nuances of the Irish language. He was also a science fiction fan and an accomplished musician.
Cindy Leigh McGinley joined the Henge of Keltria in 1992. She is an Elder of the Ring of the Oak and the founder of the (chartered) Grove of the Golden Horse. She served the 3-term limit as both Secretary (1998 – 2003) and President (2004 – 2009) of the Order, and is currently serving on the Board as a Trustee. During her presidency, she was instrumental in obtaining non-profit 501(c)3 status as a church for the Henge. She is the editor of Alf'S Little Book Of Wisdom Sayings and author of Purple Roses And Other Poems . She wrote "Druidism: A Glance at the Past Reveals a Vision for the Future" for the Keltria Journal, and has been a frequent contributor to Henge Happenings. Cindy Leigh is the owner of Black Horse Consulting and the mastermind of SpiritedScience® Transformational Life Coaching & Shamanic Counseling, which serves both humans and horses. Her new book, The Sacred Celtic Horse: One Woman’s Ride into the World of Spirit, will be released in 2016. She pays it forward as a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in neonatal fawn care. She lives in central NY with her partner, four horses, two rescued white-tail deer, and three domestic housecats.
Karl Schlotterbeck, MA, CAS, is a longtime student of the Druid way and has served the Henge of Keltria in the roles of trustee, treasurer, Elder and Archdruid. He is a licensed psychologist and musician, and has been a student of Swamis, Sufis, Rosicrucians, Shamans and Druids. He is the author of [ Living Your Past Lives: The Psychology of Past-Life Regression (1987 and 2002), The Karma in Your Relationships: Bonds from Other Times and What They Want from Us (2003, Russian edition 2012), The End of Karma (2015) and Lion of Satan Lion of God (co-author, 1993), and other manuscripts in progress. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, chickens, cats and bees, and occasionally makes wine.
Tony Taylor is one of the cofounders of the Henge of Keltria. He has been a follower of the Druid Path since the early 70's. He was Secretary of the Henge from 2003 to 2009 and president from 2009 to 2015. Tony co-authored The Henge of Keltria Book of Ritual and was Editor-in-Chief of "Keltria: A Journal of Druidism and Celtic Magick." Tony is in the Ring of the Oak, on the Henge of Keltria Council of Elders and is Archdruid Emeritus for the Henge of Keltria. He lives in Maine with his wife and three cats. Tony is researching a new book, Three Paths to the Ancestors.
Wren Taylor has been active in the Neopagan community since 1979. She was an avid festival participant. She conducted classes and workshops in Keltrian Druidism and related subjects, utilizing the disciplines of Bard, Seer and Druid. Wren served as president of the Henge from 1997 to 2003, and as vice-president from 2003 to 2009. She is in the Ring of the Oak and was elected to the Council of Elders in 2000 and reelected in 2009. In her “spare” time, she enjoys tending her collection of houseplants, playing with her cats and walking the shore at low tide.