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On Wings of Change: The Dragon in Celtic Magic
by Kristoffer Hughes - August 2014

Classical Latin writers specified that a "Draco" (which forms the origin of the modern word Dragon) referred to an unspecified or uncategorized serpent. The British Celtic name for Dragon, Dreig, continues to be used to this day in the modern Welsh language and is indicative of a mythical creature that is heraldic or emblematic of a Celtic Cultural Continuum. It is probable that the serpentine nature of the dragon and their expression in Celtic myth as worms and snakes seem to imply a possible land-based nature to these creatures; it may be suggested that the dragon started its life as a snake and developed through the popular imagination to become the mighty beast with which we are familiar. The dragon can be found in several cultures around the world, and is not exclusive to the Celtic nations; many have an earthy feel to them and seem symbolic of the relationship between a people and their land.

In Celtic magic, the true significance of the dragon is subtle, and they are not simply the enormous fire breathing beasts that we have been led to believe; they are so much more than their fictionalized expression. Not only do they represent the serpentine qualities of the land, of a creature in touch with the earth and moving into relationship with the people, they are also indicative of the spirit of a people, in this case the Celts of the islands of Britain. The dragon may have started its life as a lowly snake, but it rose to become the spirit of a place, genius loci, and then something remarkable happened: it became a part of our mythology, it sprouted wings and it moved with the people across the surface of the earth, over oceans and to new lands. Whereas the ordinary spirits of place are a part of the story of location, the dragon became something else; it became transferable and could migrate with the people. In order to gain an understanding of the significance and importance of the dragon in Celtic magic, we must descend into the past and find them in the misty corridors of mythology.

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Back to Top - Author Interview - May 2014

by Llewellyn

1. Your new book is titled, The Book of Celtic Magic, and has been described as a "complete" book of Celtic magic. What inspired you to write it?

My identity as a Celt is important to me; it expresses my connection to the land, to my ancestors, it is indicative of my love affair with a place, a life-long love affair. My entire spiritual practice is inspired by the mythology and wisdom of Celtica and of the Celtic Cultural Continuum. To this end, I am often asked to speak about that connection and about my expression and practice of Celtic Magic. I figured it was about time that I streamlined those thoughts into a cohesive narrative that, I hope, will not only inspire others, but to offer tools that may colour their own practices. Essentially this is my journey, and whilst I explore many aspects of Celtic magic, it is more or less a biographic account of how I have come to practice Celtic magic. This is my story.

2. Your previous books (including From the Cauldron Born) have focused on Celtic/Welsh traditions; you are also the Chief of the Anglesey Druid Order, a Mount Haemus scholar, and a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. How do you feel your Welsh ancestry and practices influence your Pagan spirituality?

I live on a small island with a big past, separated by a narrow stretch of turbulent sea from mainland Wales. I live a couple of miles south of the ancient Welsh city of Aberffraw, one of North Wales' ancestral capitals, and also the legendary home of the family of Llyr, the God of the sea. His offspring Bran, Branwen, Manawyddan and their half brothers Nisien and Efnysien are said to have lived here. Branwen herself died of a broken heart on the banks of the river Alaw, a place not far from my current home. When I look south from my bedroom window, over the estuary and the forest (which incidentally is home to the largest Raven colony in Europe), I can clearly view the entire Snowdonia mountain range. At its feet, swimming in the tidal shallows is Caer Aranrhod, a fort and island of the Goddess, also known as Arianrhod. To its east is the ancient seat of Caer Dathyl, the home of the legendary God/King Math. Further still, my work takes me to London, and there atop the White Hill, I sense also the same demigods and gods that I connect to at home. They are written into this landscape. I live in a sacred landscape. Many cultures have called this place home, the Normans and the Saxons, to name but two. My mother tongue, my first language, is Welsh. The Welsh continue to safeguard the old tales and myths of the ancient Briton; we are the Celts of today and within us we contain the memories of the ancient Celts. The Celts themselves never went anywhere; we are still here, thriving and alive.

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - August 2014

The Evolving Soul and Your Life Purpose: Connecting the Dots of Past Lives
by Dr. Linda Backman

Each and every one of us chooses to incarnate with an intended soul purpose—but how do we discover what that purpose is? And how can we learn to heal in our present lives when issues are caused by hurts in a past lifetime? Dr. Linda Backman, author of Bringing Your Soul to Light and the new Evolving Soul, explains.

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10 Creepy, Haunted Objects with a Hidden Past
by Stacey Graham

Is that clown doll looking at you funny? It may very well be. Haunted objects are more common than you think—and it might be wise to think twice before picking up objects from antique sales or flea markets. Here, Haunted Stuff author Stacey Graham details ten such haunted—and utterly creepy—objects with hidden pasts.

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Tarot: Group Dynamics Spread
by Barbara Moore

As readers, we are often asked for clarification about a situation. This technique and spread can help provide that clarification, if there is more than one person involved. Tarot expert Barbara Moore presents the Group Dynamics Spread, intended to to aid in understanding the other person (or people) involved so that the querent can develop the best plan to improve the situation or help progress a goal.

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Back to Top - Try This! - August 2014

An Angelic Herbal Enchantment for Motivation

Meditation to Contact the Archangel Uriel

Astrological Transits - New Releases - August 2014

The Book of Celtic Magic, by Kristoffer Hughes
The Book of Celtic Magic
by Kristoffer Hughes

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The Evolving Soul
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The Ghost in the Coal Cellar
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Haunted Stuff
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Homemade Magick
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Missing & Presumed Dead, by Gale St. John & Diana Montane
Missing & Presumed Dead
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Vanquishing Ghosts and Demons, by Sandrea Mosses
Vanquishing Ghosts & Demons
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