All books by Steve Eddy and Claire Hamilton are available in bookshops, or online from Amazon. Just search for our names. All are paperback and published by Hodder Arnold unless stated.
Myths included: The Beginning of Time Echo and Narcissus Oedipus The Birth and Heroic Deeds of Perseus Theseus and the Minotaur Odysseus and the Cyclops The Abduction of Persephone Orpheus and Eurydice In Search of the Golden Fleece Jason and Medea The Judgement of Paris Ares and Aprhodite Pygmalion and Galatea
144 pp; price UK £9.99, US $16.00
Themes in this book include 'The Hero', 'Tragic Love Stories' and 'The Otherworld'.
Myths included: The Harp of the Dagda (Irish) The Birth and Boyhood of Cuchulainn (Irish) The Death of Cuchulainn Finn and the Salmon of Wisdom (Irish) The Sorrows of Deirdre (Irish) Diarmuid and Grainne (Irish/Scottish) Math, Son of Mathonwy Part 1: The Birth of Lleu (Welsh) Math, Son of Mathonwy Part 2: The Flower Bride The Otherworld Oisin's Journey to the Otherworld (Irish) The Voyage of Maeldun (Irish) Pwll and Arawn (Welsh) The Drowned Island of Ys (Breton)
144 pp; price UK £7.99, US $10.95
When I first encountered Native American myths I found them very different from the Greek and Celtic traditions. They contain few recurring characters, and - for most tribes - few deities.
However, they are full of a sense of all-pervading spirit, magical possibilities, and timelessness.
144 pp; price UK £7.99, US $10.95
This book explores the rich cultural background to Chinese myths, which includes influences from shamanism, Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. It also shows relates the colourful imagery of Chinese myths to Western psychology.
Pangu and the Creation Yi the Archer Yu and the Floodwaters His Father's Grave The King of the Underworld The Eight Immortals The Feng Shui Master Wen Cheng, God of Literature The Silkworm Goddess Monkey King Tales of Dragons The Willow Pattern
128 pp; price UK £7.99, US $10.95
The tribes we now call Celtic were diverse, but our view is that their beliefs and outlook formed an identifiable culture and one from which we can learn today.
This compact but highly readable guide describes Celtic culture and beliefs and suggests how we can apply Celtic wisdom to our own lives.
gods and goddesses druidism shamanism the four elements
lunar and solar festivals
Otherworld the Celtic Church Ogham symbols myths
Written in the first person, these provocative and surprising renderings of Celtic tales take us on a challenging journey in which the twelve most ancient and extraordinary goddesses of the land reveal their light and dark faces. In bringing their symbolism to life for today they restore our earlier understanding of war, sex and death. Encounter the endurance of Branwen, the wit of Rhiannon, the daring of Medbh, the magic of Ceridwen, the testing of Arianrhod, the betrayal of Deirdre and the power of the Morrigan. Share the Goddess’ spiritual journey. Learn from her loves, her challenges, and how she triumphs through her pain. Travel with her and be ready to receive the gifts she has to offer.
O Books (John Hunt Publishing), pb, 320pp; price UK £12.99, US $16.47
This beautiful collection of prose and verse allows us to share Celtic wisdom and to appreciate the passing seasons through Celtic song, stories, meditations and myths.
Following the changing moods of the year, The Celtic
Book of Seasonal Meditations includes: inspiring descriptions of the
Celtic festivals; tales of warriors and lovers, goddesses and gods, maidens
and crones; nature poems and elegies; insights into mysteries, and glittering
glimpses of the Otherworld.
Rider, hardback, 288pp; original price £8.99.
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In this book, the Celtic myths are put back into the mouths of the bards in order to restore their original meaning.
Tales from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany.
This highly readable book explores:
The magical symbolism of Arthur, Merlin and the Round Table knights goes back into Celtic history and legend. Did you know that in an old Celtic story, Arthur the chieftain lusted after a young Welsh girl called Gwladys but was restrained by his followers, Cai and Bedwyr (who became Sir Kay and Sir Bedivere), and that he had a trusty sword called Ron?
The rough-hewn original characters contrast with the smoother versions in the French Romances. Gawain, the suave ladies’ man, was originally Gwalchmai - Hawk of May, whose strength in battle reached its height at noon and waned again at dusk. And did you know that Lancelot, the modern-style psychological hero, was brought up on the mysterious Island of Maidens? Such rich archetypal material, and so relevant today …
112 pp, £5.99
The book was a journey for me too. Spiritually it took me into the esoteric mysteries of gnosticism, alchemy, the Templars and the Tarot, and I found surprising links between them.
On a literal and historical level, it was sometimes shocking and challenging, especially when I looked into recent ideas about the nature of the Grail. But it was very exciting to search, physically as well as spiritually, both within the book and at the Grail sites. And, of course, on a quest there is always an element of the unexpected ...
This book is a historical, mystical and spiritual quest. It also operates on both an individual and a collective level. Starting with the very earliest Grail story the reader journeys through the following areas:
112 pp, price £5.99
The aim of this work is to confirm and verify our relationship to the cosmos, and, I think, it succeeds.
This book compares the ways in which humanity has perceived and related to the universe over the ages, from myth and the ancient art of astrology, to quantum physics. In doing so it shows how they connect, ancient insights seeming to anticipate scientific and astronomical discoveries.
Bloomsbury (US Trafalgar House), hardback, 288 pp, price £25.00