Pagan Portals - Artio and Artaois
Weaving together archaeology, folklore and spiritual practice, this book honours the Celtic Bear Gods.
Out of the Forest of Time come two Gods for the Twenty-First Century.
Join Andrew Anderson as he makes a pilgrimage to discover more about the ancient Celtic Bear Gods. Weaving together archaeology, folklore and spiritual practice, this book pieces together the evidence to create a clearer picture of who Artio and Artaois were and how they can be honoured today. The journey will take the reader from the medieval city of Bern to the depths of an English forest, from the Rothar Mountains in Germany to the Highlands of Scotland, from the slopes of Glastonbury Tor to the rocky headland of Tintagel. With voices from an array of practitioners and experts, this is a journey back to the very beginning of human belief.
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Andrew Anderson leads us on a pilgrimage into the wild forests of our Ancestors in search of the ancient Bear Gods of the Celts. Through his own perceptive personal experiences with these little known but intriguing deities, we discover that far from being lost in obscurity, they wait to be rediscovered, still holding a deep relevance and meaning for us today. With some fascinating historical and cultural references, plus useful modern resources and tips for ceremony, this fabulous little book is a wonderful introduction and guide to working with Artio and Artaois. ~ Philip Carr-Gomm, author of 'Druid Mysteries', Email
This is a beautiful, thoughtful book for anyone who loves bears and is curious about Bear Gods. It is also an excellent example of how to blend research, historical practices, personal experience and the insights of other modern seekers. Highly recommended. ~ Nimue Brown, author of "Druidry and the Ancestors", Email
"Pagan Portals: Artio and Artaois - A Journey Towards the Celtic Bear Gods" By Andrew Anderson is a beautifully warm and clear guide to a beloved yet lesser known pair of Celtic bear divinities. Well researched and deeply personal, this is an excellent, friendly and far reaching guide on a subject that really needs more exploration…"Pagan Portals: Artio and Artaois" is a gift to all those upon the Celtic paths. ~ Danu Forest, Celtic Scholar and traditional wise-woman is the author of several books including “Gwyn ap Nudd” and “The Druid Shaman” (Moon Books)., Facebook message
"A beautiful personal journey of exploration and discovery. You won't fail to fall in love with the spirit of bear once you have read this book" ~ Rachel Patterson, author of Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft, Facebook message
If you're looking for some divine exploration that's a little off the beaten path, look no further than Andrew Anderson's book "Pagan Portals: Artio and Artaois - A Journey Towards the Celtic Bear Gods". Though it's short, this book is packed with archaeology, history, comparative mythology, and personal experience that acquaint the reader with the Celtic bear-goddess Artio and her son Artaois. Tying together threads of culture and religion from the Stone Age to the present day, Anderson skillfully connects clues from across Eurasia to flesh out the mythos and meaning of this divine pair. Whether you want to veer off on a new path or simply add another facet to your current spiritual practice, you'll find this book to be a fascinating resource to turn to again and again. ~ Laura Perry, author of Ariadne's Thread, Facebook Message
“Pagan Portals: Artio and Artaios is a superb exploration of bears in myth, legend and the natural world. It looks at ancient traditions and representations of bears in the modern world, including films, fiction and art. It is full of wonderful tales, inspiring interviews, and oodles of information. There’s information about bear festivals, and insights into the wider cultural significance of bears, such as the gay bear scene. The final chapter suggests practical ways to honour the goddess Artio and the god Artaios, including bear feasts. This is a book to curl up and enjoy in winter hibernation, as well as to learn from throughout the Bear Wheel of the Year.” ~ Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals - Candle Magic, Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls, Pagan Portals - Guided Visualisations and A Bad Witch, Facebook message
"This book elucidates a little-known and largely forgotten subject - exploring the ancient European links with the bear and also how it connects with Arthurian myth. Well worth reading if you are interested in bears, ancient religion or Celtic culture." ~ Luke Eastwood author of "The Druid's Primer" and "The Journey", Facebook message