R – Kindling the Celtic Spirit

Title: Kindling the Celtic Spirit
Author: Mara Freeman
Publisher: Harper San Francisco
ISBN: 0-06-251685-X
Pages: 402 incl. back matter
Copyright: 2001 Mara Freeman

Kindling the Celtic Spirit is the perfect companion book for the Celtic pagan. While it sticks to basics, it goes beyond just a bit by adding a bardic quality.

Ms. Freeman has included snappy, updated versions of the Celtic Myths, perfectly suited to the pagan family sitting down for story time. As well, there are excerpts from classic poetry, some translated from Gaelic languages; music, crafts, recipes – one set (including mythology and bestiary) for each month of the year. The recipes included encompass a major part of the celebratory rites – whether that be an entire feast, or simple cakes and wine.

Quote pg. 265 “Rowan Jelly”

4 cups rowanberries (preferably from European mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia, which produces sweeter berries than the North American native Sorbus americana)
2 or 3 apples, peeled and quartered
1 cup sugar for each cup juice

Cover the washed berries and apples with water. Simmer about 40 minutes or until water is red and berries are very soft. Strain off the juice, but do not press the fruit or the jelly will become clouded. Measure the juice and return it to the pan. Add equivalent amount of sugar. Boil rapidly for half an hour or until some of it sets quickly on a plate when cold. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.”

It is obvious, through all of the wonderful “oral tradition” quality of the book, that Ms. Freeman knows her stuff and has devoted a good part of her life to her path. Any Celtic pagan equally devoted and serious to their path needs to get a copy of this book and treasure it as much as we are.

Jodi Lee, aka ierne, is a 20+ year veteran of pagan paths. A single work at home mom, she is currently hard at work on her first novel.


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