is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that on 9th
February 2014 our dearest friend John past away. We and all that knew
him will miss his great spirit, deep knowledge and the love he
had for the Sacred Celtic Lanscape.
John Sharkey is an International best selling
author, artist and researcher into Celtic ancient history, spirituality
and archeology. John's book entitled 'Celtic Mysteries', first
published in 1973, paved the way for the numerous books of this
genre thereafter. He has spent years researching the Celtic landscape
and Sacred sites to combine his deep historical knowledge with
his own very special spiritual philosophy. He is currently writing
a new illustrated book edition called 'Rays of Light' which will
be launched to coincide with the first film in the 'Sacred
Sites and Celtic Landscapes' series.
About Ogham stones:-
"The lore of the trees, or Ogham,
became part of a secret language by which different aspects,
qualities and uses of trees could be repeated like nursery rhymes:
'How many groups of Ogham? Answer three, namely eight shrub trees'
. The eight noble trees-birch, alder, willow, oak, rowan, hazel,apple,
ash - formed the initial consonants of an ancient cryptic alphabet,
the Beth-Luis-Nion, that could be used as a seasonal calendar
if necessary. There were many kinds of Ogham for different parts
of the body; thus a tic-tac hand language used the joints of
the fingers as letters. Such dactylological codes could be quite
useful in the feasting halls and night-long banquets where honour
was always seen to be done and the protocol of the spoken word
Celtic Mysteries - The Ancient Religion
Softcover - 96 pages (with 117 illustrations,
24 in colour)
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
The last tribal culture in Europe was that
of the Celtic Lands, whose landscape and traditions hold echoes
of the ancient religion of nature and its symbols of death and
The Mysteries begin in the frenzy of battle,
where the hero is transfigured and the god appears; or in a ghostly
circle of stones left by an unknown people; or in the mystic
centre of the Celtic cross; or in the stone heads of Gaul and
Ireland which face both ways; or in the illusive in-between place
of mist and twilight.
A richly illustrated and fascinating volume
that traces the social life and arts of the Celtic people from
about 500 B.C. through their spread into Britain and Ireland.
A must for students of Celtic Art and Art History.
New Book out Now!
Sharkey’s new book is a fascinating compilation of the enormous
range of traditional healing practices found in Wales, from pre-history
to the present day. Split into three historical periods, each
subdivided to reflect different aspects of medicine, it is
well-planned, well-researched, and well-written.
This massive historical sweep encompasses
material including; the operative techniques used by Roman army
surgeons, and their legacy; an enlightening discussion of the healing
powers of the Welsh saints; the cultural outlook of the Welsh
humanists, and the relation of medicine and law in medieval Wales. From
the opening section covering the plagues of the early to late medieval
period and then moving on to healing associated with sacred sites,
other sections touch on spells and herbs, wizardry and cancer cures.
This is an unusual and welcome addition to the
history of Wales and provides us with an insight into the lives of its
people. Packed with fascinating detail, it is both an enjoyable read
and a scholarly work containing very substantial notes.
This book is published by Llanarch Press and is directly available through Llanarch Press Bookshop
John Sharkey can be contacted directly through his email address at:-
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