The Way of the Seabhean: An Irish Shamanic Path
Release: February 2021
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-910559-63-5 | $15.99 | €13.99 | £10.99 | 8.5″x 5.5″ | 216x140mm | 250pp
eBook: ISBN: 978-1-910559-62-8
Categories: Irish/Celtic Studies; Sacred Feminine/Goddess; Shamanism/Earth Wisdom
“The seabhean (pronounced sha-van) is the Irish female shaman, healer and seer, the woman who walks between the worlds.”
What if we didn’t have to look to other traditions for our spiritual practice?
What if we could connect to the roots of our own ancestors’ rituals?
Amantha Murphy was schooled in the ancient and hidden lore of wise women and healers, rooted in the Irish landscape and guarded over the years by her female forebears. In The Way of the Seabhean, she brings to life shamanic practices from the Irish tradition, combining story, ritual, energy teaching and the insights gathered from her own shamanic journeying.
At its core lies the pre-Celtic understanding of the Tree of Life and the Wheel of the Year, containing the seasonal turning points such as Samhain and Imbolc, their attendant festivals and the role and powers of long-suppressed Irish goddesses. Along with the better-known goddesses, Medb, Brigid, Áine and the Cailleach, we also meet a pantheon that includes Tailtiú, Boann, Macha, Tlachtga. These goddesses are archetypes, aspects of ourselves, which can help us to understand and embrace our many facets.
The Way of the Seabhean outlines a range of shamanic practices as well as rituals and rites of passage. It explains the chakras as they are understood in the Irish tradition and how to balance them.
Amantha’s shamanic teaching in Ireland, the US and Canada has already opened the Way of the Seabhean to an eager audience.
The Way of the Seabhean delivers a powerful message for our time: we can find an authentic and viable set of spiritual practices by staying close to home and working with visible and invisible lineage keepers. The wisdom of our ancestors is held in the dreaming of the land, our own dreams, stories, rituals and childhood memories.
Imelda Almqvist, international teacher and author of Natural Born Shamans
This is an important and timely book. It gathers essential wisdom from our ancient traditions, wisdom crucial for us humans to embrace at this time. Amantha has crafted a deep resource book which has the capacity to awaken within the reader an awareness of the riches of our past spiritual traditions.
Dolores T. Whelan, author of Ever Ancient Ever New: Celtic Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century, spiritual guide and teacher
Amantha Murphy has created a beautiful tapestry that weaves together the threads of an authentic tradition of the Irish Wise Woman. She has brought into the light many wonderful truths, stories, and practices once hidden from mainstream culture. Now, through this book, these profound yet very accessible teachings are available to all those looking for genuine Celtic wisdom.
Mara Freeman, author of Kindling the Celtic Spirit and Grail Alchemy