Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses, is an award-winning collection of Irish myths and legends told in the traditional way with a twist; each Goddess is invited to share her story in her own way. In re-telling their tales, these archetypal figures free themselves of centuries of misunderstanding. The author, Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D, brings urgency and relevance to the psychological reality behind the Goddess within each human psyche.
The Grail is a symbol of the Goddess, the deeply nurturing and life affirming aspect of each awakened human. It is a cup of deep wisdom from which the brave drink, and transform. Ayn Cates Sullivan offers her audience a viable passage into a personal mythic journey. Meditations and visualizations allow intimate contact with each Goddess. The book includes personal practical suggestions for utilizing the archetypal values embedded symbolically and firmly in the specified Goddess in order to facilitate psychological revival and continued health, and finally a poetic blessing to access the less structured but higher nature of the human mind. The book invites each reader to invoke the Goddess within and take care of the Earth, and all the sentient beings that live upon her. Are you ready for your Grail Quest?
Once in a great while, a book of profound insight comes along disguised as a collection of stories about magic. Joseph Campbell penetrated the familiar great world myths to reveal an incredibly rich and complex psychological reality in the lives we live, and thus made magic itself live again with both urgency and relevance. In her beautifully written and illustrated book, Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses, Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D. brings similar urgency and relevance to the psychological reality behind the Goddess within each human psyche. Her book, however, is not simply an academic rendering of a living spiritual principle. Dr. Sullivan offers something much more subtle, rich, and ultimately satisfying. She offers her audience a viable passage into their own personal mythic journey, with the healing consequences thus implied.
Legends of the Grail does indeed tell stories of Celtic goddesses, but Ayn Cates Sullivan also layers and enriches these stories of ancient Irish myths with vital background information robed with historical importance, with first-person stories told by each chosen Goddess to establish accessible resonance, with symbolic revelations for present-day applications, meditations, and visualizations allowing intimate contact with the Goddess herself. The author includes personal practical suggestions for utilizing the archetypal values embedded symbolically and firmly in the specified Goddess in order to facilitate psychological revival and continued health, and finally a poetic blessing to access the less structured but higher nature of the human mind. Dr. Sullivan accomplishes all this with concise and polished writing that appears deceptively simple, as all captivating stories do, but do not be misled the Goddess calls.
-- Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers Favorite
An incredibly beautiful book that is empowering from the first line. A wonderful companion to those on a journey towards deeper understanding of their relationship to the ancients.
-- Lauren Tannenbaum
Great read, Love the way Ayn writes. Having grown up in Ireland it re-kindles the many stories and legends of this mystical land.
-- John Flanagan
Beautifully written book bringing to life a vast collection of Irish myths and legends. This is a great contribution on the author's part to keep these ancient myths and legends alive so they may live again.
-- Ramiro Mendes
This is a unique book that is not only beautifully written but transforms you into a magical world. Ayn Cates Sullivan has wrapped you in a fluffy blanket and handed you our favourite cup of tea before taking you on a journey of discovery.