DUIR – URA – Druid Cord

DUIR – URA – Druid Cord

by Eibhlean/Owl GryphonSong Clan

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Cord work is widely adaptable. One very basic use is for protection. A cord can be made with the intent to protect the wearer from harm. Then, when worn, the cord protects from specific types of harm as the need arises. One caution: these protective cords should only be used when needed, not casually worn day in and day out. They work well when sleeping in an unfamiliar place, or visiting somewhere the wearer is uncertain about.

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Review: Celtic Visions

Celtic Visions: Seership, Omens and Dreams of the Otherworld

by Caitlin Matthews

Reviewed by Autumn Rose

Celtic VisionsTypically for this author, Caitlin Matthews’ newest book is a blend of information and practical suggestions.  On the information side, she gives us nine meaty chapters describing and interpreting the psychic practices of our druidic Irish and Welsh ancestors.  The descriptions go well beyond dictionary definitions and are illustrated by quotations mostly from original sources.  In addition, Matthews offers in some cases interpretations not previously encountered by this reader.

For example, she touches on the corrguinnacht, the crane posture.  In this posture the practitioner stood on one foot, with one hand raised and one eye closed, while performing a spell.  According to Matthews, the aim was to “cancel” one side of the body in the physical world so that it could appear in the Otherworld, thus allowing the practitioner to exist in both realms simultaneously.

Another such interpretation involves the ancient Irish custom of imposing geasa, or taboos.  Matthews describes geasa as soul contracts, designed to protect the soul for as long as the contract was not broken.  If the person in question was a king, the protection extended to his kingdom.  Violations of geasa chipped  away at the soul, and successive violations weakened it progressively.  Thus, in the tales of Cú Chulainn and of Conaire, when each had violated all his geasa, he became vulnerable to death.  It’s interesting to note that this interpretation links the strength of the body to the integrity of the soul.  In the case of a king, again, the health of his soul determined the health of the land.

Beyond these and other explorations of ancient Celtic psychic beliefs and customs (e.g., the bull ceremony , the Three Cauldrons, poetic inspiration and so on), Matthews seeks to help readers adapt these customs for personal use today.  To quote the author herself, “This book will not make you a seer, but it will help you become better attuned to your instincts, imagination,  insight, and inspiration.”  When an author makes a claim like this for his or her work, it should always be understood that fulfilling the promise depends almost entirely  on the effort the reader/practitioner puts into it.  Reading the book is not enough by itself.  Nobody gets from Point A to Point B by reading a map.  One has to undertake the journey.

Matthews gives the reader plenty of help along the way.  At the end of each chapter she provides a suggested exercise intended to put the practitioner in closer touch with both the proximate world of Nature and the Otherworld.  For example, after the chapter titled “Omens and Divination” she shows how readers, by habitually observing their natural surroundings and noting events that follow, may learn to recognize omens that can inform and guide them.

The icing on the cake of this book is a pronunciation guide---always a gift to those not versed in Old Irish.  I recommend Celtic Visions, especially to beginning students, for its wealth of  information and  its usefulness as a guide to personal development.

[amazon_link id="1780281110" target="_blank" ]Celtic Visions: Seership, Omens and Dreams of the Otherworld[/amazon_link]

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 inches
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing, 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-78028-111-7

Review: Reiki for the Heart and Soul

Reiki for the Heart and Soul: The Reiki Principles as Spiritual Pathwork by Amy Rowland.

Review by Rovena Windsor

I approached this book with no prior knowledge of the subject but with a curiosity about the topic.

One of the first things I do when I get a new book is check out the footnotes or

Reiki for the Heart and Soul

bibliography and the suggested reading list.  This tells me quite a bit about the scholarship.  I prefer books that act as a guidepost pointing me in the direction of further study and Ms. Rowland does this.

What is her goal for this book?  The title says it all:  Reiki principles as a spiritual pathwork or, in other words, to show the reader how to use the Reiki principles for personal development and spiritual growth - - not a bad goal.  She makes her case that this aspect of the training is not being adequately addressed in most Western Reiki training.

What are the Ms. Rowland’s qualifications to write such a book?  She is a certified Usui Reiki Master for over 20 years and a Reiki teacher since 1994.  She is also a certified hypnotherapist as well as a clinical therapist.

I am first struck by the description of the first Reiki technique and how similar it sounds to grounding techniques that we have all be taught.  This similarity between the things I have been taught and what she is advocating runs throughout the book.

She presents the goals of Reiki as a spiritual path, an expansion of our awareness of our personal potential and healing of the mind, body, and spiritual both of the client and the practitioner.  Ms. Rowland says to start where you are -- very practical advice for anything.  She does not show any physical representation of the three Reiki symbols so as not to violate her oaths.  The purpose of the first symbol is power and protection; the second is mental-emotion healing and intuitive insight; and the third is distant healing and connection to spirit.

The Reiki principles are more of a creed that has many similar versions of it as with anything that was originally an oral tradition:  Don’t be angry today.  Don’t worry today.  Be grateful today.  Work hard today.  Be kind to others today.  The five principles are universal principles.  The majority of the book is spent discussing how to develop a working relationship with each of the five principles.  There is a chapter on each principle.  There are exercises at the end of each chapter.

I would recommend this book for a variety of reasons.  It is written in a clear, easy to understand style.  Anyone with a curiosity regarding Reiki should come away from this book with a basic understanding and should know if Reiki is something they wish to pursue further or not.  The suggested reading list is divided up according to the chapters in the book.  This should help the reader target the books they need more easily.  Even a reader that is not interested in learning Reiki could learn a great deal about how to incorporate these principles into his own spiritual practice.

Reiki for the Heart and Soul: The Reiki Principles as Spiritual Pathwork (Paperback); 256 pages; Healing Arts Press; ISBN: 1594772525; ISBN-13: 978-1594772528 - Recommended.

A Special Gift

By Nione



The season of gift giving has recently passed, but gift giving goes on all year. I would like to share something that I do whenever giving a gift to a friend or loved one. I frequently make most of the gifts that I give; generally, I find store bought gifts lack a personal touch. Though store bought gifts can be just as dear as handmade if one uses wisdom when buying a gift for someone dear.

While I am constructing the gift, I try to imagine a protective white light entering each component as I assemble the gift to protect the recipient. A protective gift can be any object you desire, it can be as complicated as a quilt, clothing, or a simple stone hung on a cord. Your imagination is your only limit. Whatever the gift might be make it personal, make it a part of you.

Once the gift has been completed I frequently will hang it out in the sunshine and the wind to clean it of anything negative which might have entered during construction, and trust me there have been some negative energies flowing during a particularly difficult making. Sometimes many words are used and not all of them are good words. Once I am sure that the object has been cleaned thoroughly it is time to bless the item.

I generally bless the gift during the Mistletoe Rite, since it is a healing rite I feel this is a most appropriate time, but you do not have to wait for the sixth night of the moon for blessing an item, especially if the item is to be given before the sixth night falls. When performing any rite it is a good idea to mix your own incense. That way you are assured that all of the herbs in the mix are appropriate to the workings. There are several herbs, which add a protective value to the blend, such as the following:

  • Sage: Very cleansing and purifying.
  • Juniper Berries: Purifying, protection, enhances psychic abilities and draws love.
    Frankincense: Very spiritual, purification, protection.
  • Violet Leaf: Protection from all evil.
  • Mountain Ash (Rowan): A small cross of the wood hidden on oneself provides protection.
  • Chamomile: An herb of the sun, it brings light and power to spells to protect the home, protects the home form all dark influences.
  • Figwort: Smoked in the summer fire and hung in the home provides protection.
  • Fiddleheads: From ferns, if dried over a midsummer fire can then be used as a protective amulet.
  • Mugwort: Protects travelers from fatigue, wild animals and evil spirits
  • Mistletoe: Sacred, strengthens magical workings, especially for healings and protective magic
  • Oak: Provides strength, perseverance, and protection

The herbs listed above are only a few of the choices available to you, I would suggest that you find the book  A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman I have found this to be an excellent source book for herbal uses for many circumstances.

As for the wording when requesting assistance from the Gods, Nature spirits and the Ancestors to aide in infusing protective magic into an item, that is up to you. I would suggest that you choose your words carefully so as not to obtain an undesired effect.  The only example I can think of now is one that I had read a few years back.  A woman after having her house broken into and robbed several times, had placed protective magic around her home and it worked well for many years.  When she went to sell her house, no one could get in when she was not home. The realtor told her that the front door key did not work or they could not find the house. She needed to rework the magic to allow the realtors in. Once she reworded her spell,the house sold without further problems. The magic she had originally worked was too strong. Generally protecting someone from harm or illness doesn’t need a heavy hand. Most people don’t have a particularly dangerous job nor delve into dangerous places or practices.

Many crystals and stones have a protective nature as well and can be used as amulets. Turquoise and quartz crystal are only a couple of the many available. Quartz crystals buried at the corners of your land or placed at the outer corners of your house or apartment form a protective cage keeping safe all within its borders. You should choose these carefully. Pick each one up and hold it for a few moments, you will be able to tell which ones give off a good feeling, a feeling of life. Be sure to cleanse these as well and then charge them with the specific magic needed. As far as protecting things and people, your house is always a good place to start. My daughter rents and I lways cleanse and bless her apartment before she moves in.

The Henge of Keltria House Blessing Ritual is a very good ritual to perform if you wish to bless and protect your house from a myriad of things, from criminals to angry spirits.  If you do not already have this ritual, you can write to the Henge office and request a copy. It is always a good idea to cleanse and bless a new house or apartment when you move in.

I also made little bags from cloth or leather to place in a car, carry in a purse or pocket. These little bags contain crystals and herbs that carry a protective nature. I gather the ingredients for these bags and assemble them during the Mistletoe Rite as well. Our Native American bothers and sisters have made this type of “medicine bag” for centuries with great success. Though the contents remain secret, there is no reason that you cannot come up with a satisfactory combination that suits your needs.  Certain colors are useful as well, adding their special attributes to the mix. There are many books available in bookstores, occult shops and on the web to help you with your choices. The best advice I can give is to read and learn all that you can and learn.

Whatever you intend to bless with protective magic be sure to do it with sincerity. You are protecting those that are dear to you.

As Always,
Walk With Wisdom
- Nione