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The Lost Books of Merlyn
Druid Magic from the Age of Arthur

By: Douglas Monroe
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9781567184716
English  |  432 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 IN
6"x9", illus.
Pub Date: September 2002
Price: $24.99 US,  $28.95 CAN
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The real King Arthur lived about 500 years before the King Arthur of myth. The mythic magician, Merlin, was actually the Druid priest, Merlyn, a teacher of the real Arthur. Now, Douglas Monroe reveals Druid magic in The Lost Books of Merlyn.

The information is presented in three stories derived from an ancient manuscript called the Book of Pheryllt. Each story is followed by a grimoire filled with rituals and practices that explain the meaning of the story. In ancient times this was not needed — the wisdom was understood. But now, much of the wisdom has been forgotten, so the explanations are necessary.

The first section is called "The Battle of the Trees." In this section you will learn the oracles and advice of a wide variety of trees and plants. You will also learn how to build sacred fires, evoke the Guardian and, call forth the God of the Woods (the Green Man). Also revealed are 12 mixtures of incense for magic and ritual which have not been previously published; how to use dreams for divination; how to chose a magical name; the Druidic Tree of Life; the ranks of different types of trees (British, Irish, and Gaulish versions); and the secrets of ancient Celtic astrology. Finally, you'll learn the ancient Druidic pantheon of deities and how the Druids saw signs in the skies as omens.

Part two, or the second book, is "The Book of Pheryllt." In it are revealed the Quatrains of Bran which will remind you of Nostradamus. You will also learn how to create the bard's charm known as a "Silver Branch," and the secrets of the Celtic oracle of the skull. The book shares several rites of purification and gives a powerful method of astral projection. Also revealed are the lost Celtic Signs of Power, eight healing herbs and the nine states of matter. You'll also learn how to contact the Faerie Folk, the bardic secret of words and much more.

The third part is called "The Gorchan of Maeldrew." Here you will learn how to make the Druid's cape and what herbs to use to dye it the desired color. Also revealed are charms of making (which were known many centuries before a movie made one famous), Druidic charms of protection, a rite to achieve spiritual exaltation, and magical dances and rites for attuning with the sun and moon. Here is an example: "Greeting to you, gem of the night! Beauty of the skies, gem of the night! Mother of the stars, gem of the night! Foster-daughter of the Sun, gem of the night! Majesty of the stars, Be thou my light!"

You will also discover information on the music of the Druids and how to make and use dowsing rods to find ley lines along with other rituals and techniques.

The Druids were the priests, bards, and spiritual leaders of the Celts. If you are involved with Celtic traditions, or simply want to know more about them, this book is a must.

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