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After the death of her fianc-, Lyn Webster Wilde sought refuge in alcohol, meaningless affairs and her high-powered job as a film-maker. But a chance encounter changed her life and, after fulfilling a series of tests, she was cautiously welcomed into a secret fraternity. She discovered that her new companions were the guardians of an ancient tradition of knowledge every bit as potent and life-transforming as that of the Native Americans or Siberian Shamans. It is a tradition that reaches back through the wisdom of the Celts to the megalith-builders of the Neolithic age and which continues to this day in the British isles. This is Lyn's extraordinary true account of her experiences and adventures on her way to unlocking life-altering magical secrets and ultimately 'becoming the enchanter'.
Readers who like to flirt with the supernatural and have a penchant for Celtic intrigue will relish this trek through the borders of consciousness. Written by a British television producer with a gift for concise descriptions of the utterly fantastic, the memoir details what happens when she is challenged by an acquaintance to become a "woman warrior." Her aim? To help revive the mysteries of ancient British tradition through making pilgrimages to ancient holy places, helping to create dramatic mythical re-enactments and entering into what may truly be mystical experiences (or what skeptics might call self or group-induced hypnosis). The endearingly down-to-earth writer finds, and sometimes loses, fellow pilgrims willing to play elaborate and occasionally spooky mind games to unravel the riddle of the "house of Arianrhod," the virgin who bears a child. "Everything is One, and we must never forget it," one of the book's "wise elder" figures tells the author. "This is why there is no need for a battle between paganism and Christianity: the truth is indivisible." Sometimes gliding and sometimes lurching between her mythic quest and the necessities of hearth and home, Wilde is honest about the human cost of obsession with the "Otherworld": one fellow seeker temporarily abandons her family for another group member. Others, including the author, mine the boundaries of psychological disintegration. Defiantly impractical, often a touch self-indulgent, this interior travelogue ends as the author achieves her own quest for secret knowledge. Now it is up to readers, she suggests, to make their own journeys beyond space and time.