A BRIEF STATEMENT ABOUT MY THREE "CELTIC" BOOKS


In the early 2000s, I penned three books, all published by New World Library, that explored a variety of themes related to so called "Celtic" spirituality" ("Celtic" certainly having become a buzzword for Northwest European-inspired animism and earth-based spirituality).


My entrance into these domains occurred in the only way they could, given my particular genetic, creative, and spiritual leanings. The written account of my various experiences also occurred in the only way they could, given my rather tumultuous and map-less tumbling journey of trying to make sense of experiences of ancestral energy and the spirit of place.


I am not an archaeologist, a Celtic linguist, a scholar, or a professor of Scottish or Irish antiquities. Instead, I am a poet given to visionary experience. I am not of the scholarly lineage of Alexander Carmichael, Anne Ross, or W.Y. Evans-Wentz. While I am grateful for the gift of such compilation and documentation, I live closer to the stream of the old contemplative poets, East and West, who threw themselves with wild abandon into the phenomena of lived experience and, for better or for worse, took up the quill or brush to record what was seen, heard, felt, and known. In other words, these are not textbooks.


Sadly, while many (if not most) who read these works knew completely what they were getting themselves into (the soul of a poet on a visionary journey), there are some who took issue with my woven verses, thinking I was some kind of "professor" or "Celtic specialist", or feeling I should not have explored how concepts from different cultures have a resonance or shared affinity.


Hopefully, if you are so moved to read any of the following, you will experience these works in the spirit in which they were offered --- encouragement to follow your own path of earth and spirit.


Deep Peace,

Hawk

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The Mist-Filled Path


"A rich and poetic book that seems to bring together the very best aspects of the Celtic vision of the world. Warm, personal, and adventurous, this is a book that should be read by everyone remotely interested in the human spirit."

-- John and Caitlin Matthews, authors of The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom



"A distinctive and evocative book that makes a worthy contribution to our understanding of Celtic tradition and, best of all, inspires us to participate in Celtic consciousness."

-- R.J. Stewart, author of Earth Light and The Merlin Tarot



"Frank is a brother of the Otherworld. He is a Western man, of Celtic roots, who has learned the importance of listening to the ancestors."

-- Malidoma Some, author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa



"Frank is an astute learner, a visionary teacher, and a sensual storyteller. This refreshingly pragmatic literary sojourn into perennial Celtic wisdom is a timely, heartfelt gift to the world."

-- Oscar Miro-Quesada, Peruvian kamasqa curandero, founder of The Heart of the Healer Foundation



"A beautiful and passionate description of a soul journey along the old Celtic roads between earth and sky. It is also a spirited invitation to collective soul recovery, inviting us to reclaim ways of being and seeing that were shared by our ancestors. To read Frank MacEowen is to go hillwalking with a friend who speaks the language of trees and birds, and knows the 'thin places' where we can slip into the Otherworld for adventure and initiation. This book is a gift and a delight." -- Robert Moss, author of Conscious Dreaming and Dreaming the Soul Back Home

Available through New World Library


The Spiral of Memory and Belonging


"The Spiral of Memory and Belonging dips deeply into the well of Celtic and pre-Celtic spirituality, exploring a fascinating premise: that the empowering spirit of Dana, the primordial life-force itself, is re-emerging in our time, heralding the beginning of the next cycle of ages, in which the limiting labels of culture and religion will be transcended -- a time in which our souls will be brought into a new relationship with the energies of the earth, the spirit world, and the ancestors who care for us. Frank MacEowen is to be commended, as he has created very good medicine indeed."

-- Hank Wesselman, Ph.D., anthropologist, author of The Journey to the Sacred Garden and co-author of Spirit Medicine


"For those who are exploring Celtic mysticism or shamanic spirituality, Frank MacEowen's The Spiral of Memory and Belonging is an imaginative map of one wanderer's journey through the kaleidoscopic realms of nonordinary states and personal mysteries."

-- Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche


"This is the book we've been waiting for! Frank MacEowen's retelling of the primal myth of the Irish dreamtime is simply wonderful in its lyricism and relevance for today."

-- Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head and Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul


"The Spiral of Memory and Belonging offers us hope for the future. It is inspirational and entrancing, while at the same time guiding us in deep and powerful ways to open to our soul's discovery."

-- Philip Carr-Gomm, author of Druid Mysteries and co-creator of The Druid Animal Oracle


"Frank MacEowen is one of the very few permitted to get a glimpse into the realm of the shining ones by ancestral guardian spirits of Ireland."

-- Martin Duffy, director of the Irish Centre of Shamanic Studies


"This book leads us down a fertile path, inviting us to grind our suffering into new seeds by showing us how to call our souls to be present for the planting."

-- Elena Avila, curandera and author of Woman Who Glows in the Dark


Available through New World Library

The Celtic Way of Seeing

"Frank MacEowen teaches us to see in the Irish way: within and beyond and through. He is a great and generous guide to the mysteries. His words open doors to the past and windows to the future."

-- Patricia Monaghan, author of The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Irish Myth and Spirit


"The Celtic Way of Seeing combines a modern psychological awareness with the language of a poet and the vision of a shaman. As a result, the book is both highly practical and inspiring."

-- Philip Carr-Gomm, author of The Druid Way


"The Celtic Way of Seeing inspires and equips all of us, regardless of our personal heritage, to perceive the world around us with wiser and more compassionate eyes. By breathing new, visionary life into the ancient myths and rituals of the Celts, Frank MacEowen helps us map a better future for ourselves and for humankind."

-- Jack Maquire, author of Essential Buddhism, Waking Up, and The Power of Personal Storytelling


"The Celtic Way of Seeing is an important contribution to the reclaiming of indigenous wisdom for modern life. Frank MacEowen's deep insights into what he calls the Irish Spirit Wheel places it alongside the medicine wheels, mandalas, and sand paintings of other Earth-honoring cultures. I heartily recommend this book for everyone wanting to deepen their connections to the vast horizon of Celtic spirituality."

-- Tom Cowan, author of Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul


Available through New World Library