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Book Review – Pagan Portals: Gods and Goddesses of Wales – A Practical Introduction to Welsh Deities and Their Stories by Halo Quin

Book Review

Pagan Portals: Gods and Goddesses of Wales – A Practical Introduction to Welsh Deities and Their Stories

by Halo Quin

I think most of us are aware of Moon Books, and their series entitled “Pagan Portals”. Our journeys start somewhere and Pagan Portals is the perfect starting point. They have numerous books on various Pagan topics. If you are not aware of them, this may be a good place to start; if you have read any of them, you might like to continue with this one.

This book is exactly what it purports to be, “a practical introduction to Welsh deities and their stories”.

I have a basic knowledge of the Four Branches of the Mabinogian, which the author, Halo Quin, has used as her main resource. Even after reading the Mabinogian, and other interpretations of it, I still find there is so much there to comprehend and understand.

I wish I had had this book before I had originally read the Mabinogian. Ms. Quin puts forth the Four Branches in a very easy-to-read, easy-to-understand manner.

Ms. Quin tells the story, describes the main characters and then lists their attributes, symbols and suggests ways in which you can best work with them.

There is a follow-up chapter listing those within the story who are not front and center, with a small paragraph for each of them.

She also, fortunately, has a pronunciation guide, which, for Welsh, is a must.

Her list for further reading also has some excellent follow-up books.

If you are interested in a basic introduction and simple understanding of the Welsh deities, this is a great place to start.

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Priestess, Healer, Witch, Writer, and Teacher.

She is entering her 21st year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute.

She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through Imagine A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing local Red Tents.

She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speakand Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess, as well as Mago Publications She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She is the author of “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, part of the “My Name is” series of children’s book. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines.

She is a a Reiki Master and a proud member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at MysticalShores.com