Celtic Shamanism

Celtic Shamanism refers to the Shamanic practices, traditions, and ways of the people native North-West Europe including England, Ireland, Isle of Mann, Scotland, and Wales.

Celtic Tree of Life in green

The word ‘shaman’ was not used in the Celtic world. The Celtic title for “vision poet” in Irish Gaelic is File (fee’lyee) or Awenydd (ah-wen-ith) “inspired one” (Welsh).

The core beliefs of Celtic tradition are based upon an understanding, a knowing, that everything is alive and has a soul.

The Celts believed that Otherworlds interpenetrate the mortal realms in all parts of life and that spirits, faeries, ancestors, and deities associate regularly with humans.

Omens of the elements, plants, animals, and people can give premonitions of outcomes.

In fact, the Celtic early people had a predominately Shamanic culture.

Most people reading this will have heard of the famous British Shaman Merlin.

I have found the work of Tom Cowan, John Matthews, and Caitlin Matthews to be a wonderful place to connect with Celtic Shamanism.

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John Matthews

John Matthews is a respected initiator in the Shamanic, Celtic and Arthurian traditions, and who has opened many doors to a reappreciation of the mythic heritage of the Western World.

The material in his books and those of his wife Caitlin Matthews is based upon practical knowledge, which they teach worldwide. Together they have pioneered the shamanic use of the vatic and spiritual elements within ancestral and Celtic traditions.

The Matthews are co-founders of The Foundation of Inspirational and Oracular Studies.

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