The Celtic Year contains stories of the lives of the Celtic saints as well as descriptions of the major Celtic sites and festivals, and traditional prayers and blessings of the Celtic Church. The author takes us, month by month through the cycle of the four seasons of the Celtic year - Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas. For each month she suggests a pilgrimage we can take to a particular holy site - a temporal pilrimage which we can also make of our own inner journey. Beautifully written, Shirley Toulson's sensitively compiled selection presents the essence of Celtic spirituality. It evokes for us a neglected but valuable tradition which has much to say to us today, with its celebration of green spirituality and ecological values, about the necessity of being constantly mindful of the world around us.
Shirley Toulson, who lives in Somerset, was drawn into the spell of Celtic Christianity as she worked on her books dealing with the oldest roads and folklore of Britain and Ireland, and found herself following the routes taken on their journeys by the saints of the early church.