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Author: Alexei Kondratiev
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Publisher: Citadel (July 1, 2003)
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The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual by Alexei Kondratiev



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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This is an essential exploration of Celtic magic, history, and myth for Pagans and Christians alike.
Reviews: 7
Fomand
Dr. Kondratiev is actually very insightful. I have done a lot of research into the Celtic/Gaelic past, yet I have seen new things by reading this book. Chapter One dealt with the history of the Celts. He wasn't biased. He did not romanticize. He simply stuck with the facts and illuminated some great points. This book is fairly easy to read, though I did have to have a dictionary handy for a few words. It is scholarly, but written with a general audience in mind. He is a deep thinker and has a very unique perspective, but I have found it rather consistent with what I had known already...

This book is potentially upsetting to some. Dr. Kondratiev does emphasize learning a Celtic language. I emphatically agree. When a person knows the language of the culture, he or she has an insider look into how people think, how they organize their thoughts in order to express them. Right from the last ten pages of chapter one, he describes how the English have suppressed the Celts of the British Isles and how the French have suppressed the Bretons of France. He argues that that was a cultural genocide and the only way to keep it alive is to be immersed into it. The best way to do that is to know the language. He brings this point home in chapter two. He even states that a person who speaks Welsh but likes only rap music would have far greater potential of knowing how the ancient Celts would think than a person who knows all about the traditional music, art, archaeology, metallurgy, architecture, etc, etc; but did not know a lick of the language.

Though this book does emphasize sticking with Celtic culture, it does not bash Christianity per se. In fact, he even says that to completely dismiss that religion would distort Celtic Spirituality, simply because for the last several centuries, Christianity played a major role in every Celtic nation that is. However, he differentiates the Celtic forms of Christianity from the Roman and show how both were actually different from one another, and how Rome coerced the Celtic Church over and over again to conform to their doctrine, their way.

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. He encourages further research, but most especially, to learn a Celtic language... For all that plus sharing some wonderful "aha!" insights, I proudly give this book 5 stars! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for those who are BEGINNING the Celtic/Gaelic Path...
generation of new
This book is one I have referred to OFTEN. I love this information which is so thorough and researched as well as can be hoped for. The author has done a great job of filling us in. I continue to use it so, yes, it is on my reference shelf and getting worn, so I may need to get a reserve copy for the future in due time.

GREAT SERVICE! Great copy! Happy to GET THIS BOOK!
Dalallador
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Ballalune
Kondratiev has been hailed as one of the founders of 'Celtic Reconstructionism'. However, in my opinion, this book is less about Celtic Reconstructionism and more along the lines of Celtic Wiccan.

1. CR's celebrate the 4 celtic holidays, but Kondratiev has 8, following the historically inaccurate Wiccan model.

2. Kondratiev insists on 'casting the circle' another Wiccan invention.

3. Kondratiev follows the Wiccan model of the elements and cardinal directions, even though he acknowledges that the Celtic elements were Sky/Land/Water.

There's many more conflicts in the book as well. Although Kondratiev has clearly done a lot of research on the Celts, he is still closely intwined with Wicca.

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Although I gave this book a bad review 5 years ago, I have to admit that it sits proudly on my bookshelf and I've deferred to it often. Actually, I even have two copies of it, the US and UK version. Although I still wish that Kondratiev had been able to exclude the wiccan elements from this book, his research was still top notch.

If you are a "Celtic Wiccan", you will love this book. And actually, this is the perfect book for serious celtic wiccans who are tired of all the fluffy crap you may find in other books geared specifically for your demographic.

If you are a "Celtic Reconstructionist", this is still a good book, but take it with a grain of salt. Also, make sure to read plenty of other non-religious scholarly books written on the ancient Celts.
romrom
Majorly set back due to the review by Michael McGrath on the back cover. He turns out to not be very polite in public. Google him to find out.
Otherwise, great style in pen and look. I love the Celts, and Alexei brings a refreshing sense of renewal to the topic.