Cauldron of the Gods: A Manual of Celtic Magick
Jan Fries

Mandrake of Oxford, 552p, £24.99/US$40, PB

Review by Sorita d’Este for Avalonia
December 2006

This huge tome from Jan Fries continues his exposition of the practices of our ancestors. As would be expected from the author of Helrunar, Visual Magick and Seidways, this book is full of material to make you think and material to get you doing! The book starts with an overview of the development of the Celts, their culture and spirituality. There are copious illustrations throughout the book to expand further on the ideas and material being detailed.

One of the rare qualities of Jan Fries is that he makes the material accessible and encourages the reader to try things out and draw their own conclusions from their experiences. He does not tell you “this is the absolute truth”. As such this much-needed work fills an important gap in the market for people wanting to work with the Celtic gods and spirituality but stuck for material.

It is divided into fourteen sections, with many chapters within them.
These sections are:

People of the Mounds; Mysteries of La Tène; Druidic Dreams; Evolution of the Bards; A Confusion of Faiths; The Filid of Ireland; Three Rays of the Awen; Taliesin Penbeirdd; Enchantment; Tales of Transformation; The Secret Arts; The Ever Hungry Cauldron; Trees of Eternity; The Bed of Taliesin. Enjoy!