Daughters of Danu, The
A spiritual, uplifting story created to introduce and encourage new and old Pagans alike to the new Old Religi
The daughters of Danu has been written to encourage people regardless of where they are on their chosen path, to excite and encourage the reader to deepen their knowledge by inwardly asking themselves such questions as; Who are these magical characters, and what do they represent? Most of the ancient teaching methods were done through metaphor, symbolism and even parable, why? Because they work.
For any beginner starting out on a Pagan learning curve, the Pagan scene can be very confusing and even disheartening. The key is is that once you know what questions to ask, the answers will be all that much easier to find, and this book will give the reader the incentive to unearth those questions. On the other hand, for the established Pagan, this book will be a joy to read and the roller coaster ride of an adventure that will resonate with what they have already learned. Regardless of who you are, how old or young, there will be something within this story that will inspire your spirit and lift your heart.
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Review: Daughters of Danu As I've mentioned before, I don't often review fiction on my blog. I have far too big a pile of non-fiction books to read on pagan subjects and so I don't have much time to read fiction. I actually asked to see a review copy of a new book by Piet Ceanadach - a Wiccan teacher who I admire a great deal - without realising that it was technically fiction. The book is called The Daughters of Danu and the description given by publisher O Books said: "The Daughters of Danu has been written to encourage people regardless of where they are on their chosen path, to excite and encourage the reader to deepen their knowledge by inwardly asking themselves such questions as; Who are these magical characters, and what do they represent? Most of the ancient teaching methods were done through metaphor, symbolism and even parable, why? Because they work. For any beginner starting out on a Pagan learning curve, the Pagan scene can be very confusing and even disheartening. The key is is that once you know what questions to ask, the answers will be all that much easier to find, and this book will give the reader the incentive to unearth those questions." I guess I was expecting something like Women Who Run With The Wolves - a series of short folktales and fairy stories interspersed with discussions about what they mean as allegories, parables and fables that teach psychological truths through symbol and metaphor. The Daughters of Danu is actually more of a straightforward fantasy story set in mythic Ireland - it doesn't offer explanations, analysis or interpretation alongside the tale it tells. What it does do is introduce the pagan gods and goddesses, villains and heroes, kings and druids of a past that may not be quite historically accurate, but is nevertheless enchanting and inspiring. It is a book designed to make people want to find out more about pagan spirituality and the ancient gods of the Celtic lands. It could certainly appeal to young adult readers - although I am sure many adults would enjoy it too. Links: The Daughters of Danu http://www.o-books.co.uk/ http://www.o-books.com/ ~ A Bad Witches Blog
Five Star Rating ... ~ Vicki McFall, GoodReads
Review: The Daughters of Danu By Morgana on 7 november 2011 The Daughters of Danu Piet Ceanadach Moon Books, see their review. First of all who is Piet? He is described as “a teacher of Paganism, especially the Wiccan and Druid-Craft paths. He is a third degree Gardnerian High Priest, well known throughout Europe. He has extensive practical experience of Circle Working, writing and organising Ceremonies, teaching workshops and legal weddings and handfastings. The Craft has taken him abroad where he meets regularly with other Wiccan’s, especially throughout Western and Northern Europe Piet has also been co-organiser of PaganCon Glasgow and had been Treasurer for both PaganCon and DruidCon until this year. He is also on the Scottish Pagan Federation Council in the capacity of Hospital Liaison Officer and is responsible for the whole of Scotland. Piet has written various articles for Pagan publications over the years and has been a keen contributor to many online discussion forums. Piet is married with children and grandchildren.” Indeed … I know Piet both as a witch and Pagan Federation Scotland officer. He and his wife Siusaidh have served the Pagan community for many years. As far as I know this is Piet’s first book but it is quite possible that he and/or Siusaidh have written other books. I wouldn’t be surprised This book is in fact a novel and is the story of a young girl Orla who becomes a Priestess or Daughter of Danu. She is born as the daughter of a blacksmith. Her story starts when the Land of Eirinn is suffering neglect … even the animals are depressed as the rains continue day in, day out. Through Orla’s belief in the Old Ones, at first unconsciously, she is chosen to restore the balance. Together with others she follows the instructions Dana give. We hear how she fares .. which rituals have to be performed … In the second half it is her niece and good friend Niamh whose story is told. Both girls, although young, are touched by the Otherworld and it is they who are ‘The Daughters of Danu’. This is lovely story and describes the necessity of observing the seasonal cycle, honouring the Spirits of the Land and the practice of seasonal rituals in the true storyteller’s tradition. ~ Silver Circle, Morgana
a wonderful and very enjoyable book to read. Though the blurb on the back and some other descriptions available make this book sound like its an instructional book, its really not. Its a story. And a good one at that! Once I started reading The Daughters of Danu I had a hard time putting it down.
Though a little short, this is a book that I would personally highly recommend to readers both young and old. Ceanadach takes the reader on an emotional and spiritual journey while the characters in their book, with the help of the young main character, re-discover their faith. This can really grab the hearts of anyone who chooses to read this book.
The Daughters of Danu tells the stories of two young women and the adventures they are swept into that change their lives. In the first part of the book we share in the story of Orla, the daughter of a village blacksmith whose faith in the gods results in her being chosen for a task that will restore balance to the land of Eirinn. In the second part of the book we are told the story of her niece Niamh who although young has the faith, wisdom and vision to see though another quest, this time averting the threat of war and bringing peace to the land. Both young women are touched by the Otherworld and aided in their quests by a range of beings.
This is a lovely book and one people of all ages can enjoy.