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The Quest: A Search for the Grail of Immortality [Paperback]

Rhuddlwm Gawr
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Feb. 5 2004
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I read the Quest first and then logged back on to read all the reviews. I'd never done that before. I'd expected to see some thoughtful reactions and, of course, I have.
What left me "stunned" were the viciously ignorant ravings of the one-star reviewers. My first thought was that they must be part of a deliberate campaign - okay, conspiracy - to shout the author down. My second thought was, "No,a deliberate campaign would suggest a measure of intelligent planning, arming them with facts, encouraging them to sound as if they'd actually read the book, etc."
So instead I'm just saddened to realize that there are some dangerously stupid people out there. I say saddened, but not surprised, and I do mean dangerous. Throughout history, tyrants seem to have had no trouble recruiting death squads numbering in the tens of thousands. They were recruited, I'm sure, from the
same simple minded idiots who are writing those one star reviews.
This was a well thought out and factual book. I am well aquainted with the Dynion Mwyn group in North Wales, and this book describes their religious philosophy very even handedly. Haven't met the author or anyone from his group in the US, but hope to when I visit in December.
Great Book.
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The Quest by Rhuddlwm Gawr was one of the first books that I read dealing with the subject of Witchcraft. I found it refreshing in that it didn't espouse "goddess worship" or basic candle magick. I did find that it could induce paranoia. Most Welsh Pagans don't like it because it was written by an American. And it talks about Welsh Faerie Witchcraft. It actually gave the process that a true Welsh Witch would have to undergo before they would be adopted into a coven. And because it is authentic Witchcraft which has a core of traditional philosophy and an aura of modern techniques, they scoff at it for not appearing to be 10,000 years old. I respect the author for putting up with the politically correct non-pagan reviewers who want to debase the book, because they don't like the spelling of some Welsh words. I hope they are getting something from the experience of attacking a real pagan religion which has many more adherents in Wales than they could ever imagine.
Most of The Quest deals with spiritual processes of how a young man began the process of becoming initiated into Welsh Witch. He also seemed to have an obsession with trying to convey to the reader the emotional roller coaster he experienced as he set out on the journey. It was entertaining though and there's one method that I did like alot. Meditation helps me to quiet myself and at the same time energize for an upcoming ritual. It helps the Witch to concentrate on the purpose of the ritual. I actually could picture myself experiencing what he experienced. Definitely different from a female authored book.
The previous personal comments about the Tradition is laughable. The founder of the American branch is one of the most ethical people I have ever met.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Controversial Dec 10 2003
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Definitely Controversial
The Quest by Rhuddlwm Gawr was one of the first books that I read dealing with the subject of Witchcraft. I found it refreshing in that it didn't espouse "goddess worship" or basic candle magick. I did find that it could induce paranoia. Most Welsh Wiccans don't like it because it was written by an American. And it talks about Welsh Faerie Witchcraft. It actually gave the process that a true Welsh Witch would have to undergo before they would be adopted into a coven. And because it is authentic Witchcraft which has a core of traditional philosophy and an aura of modern techniques, they scoff at it for not appearing to be 10,000 years old. I respect the author for putting up with the politically correct non-pagan reviewers who want to debase the book, because they don't like the spelling of some Welsh words. I hope they are getting something from the experience of attacking a real pagan religion which has many more adherents in Wales than they could ever imagine.
Most of The Quest deals with spiritual processes of how a young man began the process of becoming initiated into Welsh Witch. He also seemed to have an obsession with trying to convey to the reader the emotional roller coaster he experienced as he set out on the journey. It was entertaining though and there's one method that I did like alot. Meditation helps me to quiet myself and at the same time energize for an upcoming ritual. It helps the Witch to concentrate on the purpose of the ritual. I actually could picture myself experiencing what he experienced. Definitely different from a female authored book.
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When I picked up this book during a visit at an occult store in London, something inside said, "Buy It Buy It!!!" So I did. I didn't realize I would be purchasing one of the best books I had ever read. I know quite a bit about Witchcraft, having been initiated in the late 80s and again in 1995 and 96. I am a third degree of a Gardnerian linage. I have read about the Craft since the late 70s. So I'm not a neophyte of any tradition.
This story is real. Not because I checked it out but also because I feel it in my insides. This tale took place. During holiday two years ago, I went to Palma and took the tram to Porte de Solier (Port of the Sun) and heard the story about the house with the large boulder in one corner. I visited Puige Major (the mountain rhuddlwm climbed) I also took a trip on an excursion boat mentioned in the story.
Initiations are strange things at best. The initiation that Rhuddlwm mentioned was very strange as well as the story leading up to it. This is not a how to book. This is a what happened book. This book tells the story of a young man's journey from being a child to being an initiated man. It is an exciting book in which you will learn many many lessons and much esoteric knowledge. real knowledge.
Please buy it. Dance in the fairy ring.
Ellen
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1.0 out of 5 stars byddwch yn ofalus
llyfr darllenadwy a wnai'r tro i blant bach diniwed a diddeall. Fyddwn i ddim yn trafferthu i'w ddarllen os nad oes gennych amser i'w wastraffu ar ddim. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2005 by meinir
1.0 out of 5 stars wow
This must rank as the most deluded piece of deliberate fabrication ever written about Wales - by a man who doesn't even have the capacity to understand how little he knows. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2005 by morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars This also my Quest for the Grail
I have lived in North Wales for over nineteen years. When I first learned of this book I was skeptical - I mean here is an American - a Yank! - writing about US!!! Read more
Published on July 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to get this book!
I plead with you. If you are a new seeker after the Celtic traditions of Paganism, you HAVE to read this one. Covers all pagan spirituality. Written by Rhuddlwm Gawr. Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by "clarginsmyth"
5.0 out of 5 stars I Protest
I have been a member of YTT for several years. I love this book and wish these "nasty" reviewers would stop harassing us. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The Slander Continues
I have been patient with the slanderous reviewers of this book. But since I wrote it I feel I have an obligation to reply to the BS which has been placed on this section of... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Rhuddlwm Gawr
1.0 out of 5 stars ***
The author portrays himself as a victim, apparently never stopping to reflect, or at least discuss in the book, how his actions and inaction have affected others, including family,... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beginner Book on Welsh Witchcraft
What can I say. I recommend this book to all my students. It is the only book which represents Welsh Paganism in a good light.
Published on Dec 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good book and an interesting religion
I find this to be a wonderfully well written book. Some find witchcraft to be evil and that if you have anything to do with it, you will go not get into heaven. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by "tawlbwrdd"
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