For Druids and Witches following a Celtic tradition or path, the resources for learning how to incorporate magic into their practice may seem at once inexhaustible and at the same time underwhelming. It’s so challenging to be sure that the book or teacher you are working with actually understands magic, let alone how it might impact your practice. The Book of Celtic Magic: Transformative Teachings from the Cauldron of Awen by Kristoffer Hughes, however, is a treasure trove of Celtic wisdom, spells, real experiences, and foundational ideas that will enrich and inspire anyone following a Celtic, Pagan path.
This book is comprised of six parts. The first part gives readers a general overview of the author’s perspective on Magic and the basics for ritual and spellcraft. The second part of the book goes into surprising detail on the companions one can work with in using Celtic magic. This is by far the largest section of the book. The third part of the book dives into working with Ogham and trees; this is followed by part four covering plant magic. Finally, part 5 and 6 cover divination including an awesome section on using bone oracle.
Each chapter is short and to the point, wasting no one’s time (we have magic to do!). Chapters also include “exercises”. These are, at times, frustratingly in the middle of the chapter making for a somewhat disjointed reading experience albeit a generally very useful and interesting one. Many of these exercises are guided meditations or rituals. Other times these will be spell work or magical crafts, practical how-to’s which will be the draw for many readers to this book. Overall, I really enjoyed the balanced approach to “Why” and “How” in the book. You are encouraged to get out there and do stuff. The training wheels are only there as long as you need them.
I loved learning about the forts of truth as a divination system. I am eagerly investigating how this might impact my own practice. There are tabbed pages throughout the book of other ideas that I have or will be soon trying out. Books are best when they leave you feeling motivated to pursue action and magic!
My only complaint really is that there is no ending. I wanted a chapter to wrap things up for me, a chance to say goodbye to the author after all these brilliant ideas were conveyed. Oh well, I guess I’ll just go read another of Kristoffer Hughes books so I don’t HAVE to say good-bye.