|Title:||The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual|
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|Category:||New Age and Spirituality|
|Publisher:||Citadel (July 1, 2003)|
I emphatically agree. Throughout the rest of the book, Dr. Kondratiev describes how one can worship in a Celtic style. ADF members may disagree here, because the rituals he describes are kind of "Wiccan" in nature - calling the quarters, things like that. If one takes that with a grain of salt and substitute what one must do instead, then even this part of the book has a lot of value and insight. Dr. Konratiev writes like he knows what he is talking about and it shows. Even if one disagrees, he expresses himself in a clear and easy to follow manner
In this book the ancient traditions of all six Celtic nations are brought to life.
The Apple Branch book. He also provides the actual formula of words given for each of the Celtic rituals and visualization sequences. These rituals are closely connected with the passage of time, especially the four seasons, as well as other feast days. In this book the ancient traditions of all six Celtic nations are brought to life.
Alexei Kondratiev has created a textbook of Celtic spirituality and ritual that rings with authenticity and meaning. It begins with a clear and fascinating description of what is known of the history of the early Celts, including their class of priests and bards, the Druids, and what is understood of their culture. An Essential Book On Celtic Religion. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 17 years ago. There are very few books like The Apple Branch- the scholarship is impeccable and the author's knowledge of and passion for Celtic culture shines through on every page. This is the one book which everyone involved in Celtic spirituality must read. The underlying logic of Celtic religion is laid out in a clear and understandable way, but no easy short cuts are offered.
The problem of course is that the ancient Celts only celebrated the festivals that are used as the 4 major sabbats in Wicca and did not celebrate the solstices and equinoxes. But if one is Wicca, this may not be a concern. As long as one is aware of this, one will probably like the ritual ideas. A great book for finding ideas for rituals and accurate information on Celtic history and holidays in the context of Celtic cultures and traditions. It's not the be-all and end-all of Celtic ritual but it's a good starting point. It's possible for both Celtic Pagans and Christians to use it. Essential for anyone pursuing a Celtic path. Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism.
It is not Celtic Reconstruction. It is however, a great book to read if you want to start performing your own rituals. The author does have some ideas on the people following the Celtic path. He tries very hard to answer a lot of questions that might come up for people who want to follow this path but are scared somehow. For example he has a lot to say about genetics, mainly that being Celtic is a cultural association more than a blood related one though having Celtic ancestors is certainly a plus.
The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual. Cork, Ireland: The Collins Press (1998). Alexei Kondratiev was a guest on five of the show's broadcasts from 1993 to 2002, speaking on the subjects of comic books, Celtic culture, mythology, history, and works of J. R. Tolkien
ISBN 1898256314 - The Collins Press. Written with the clear insight and rich knowledge that all those who have come into contact with Mr Kondratiev, the Apple Branch details a mapbook for seekers of Celtic Spirituality.
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