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In the Shadow of the Shaman: Connecting with Self, Nature & Spirit Paperback – Sep 8 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (Sept. 8 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875428886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875428888
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #471,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Amber Wolfe is a master-level educator and psychotherapist in private practice. She follows an American Shamanic path, using the wisdoms found in the Celtic forms of Craft, Church, and myth that are her heritage. She also honors the sacred teachings of Native American medicine elders who have shared their knowledge of the nature of this land.

Amber Wolfe calls herself a Ban Drui, a term that has several meanings. Among them are Wise Woman, Druidess, White Oak Woman, and (as described by William Butler Yeats) a "Faerie Doctor." These titles represent her style as a writer, teacher, and therapist, whose work emphasizes the magick qualities of self-transformation and personal evolution.

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Wasn't it nice of the Native Americans to "adopt" Ms. Wolfe? I'm sure they regret it.
As long as I live, I will never forget the passage about how she reduced herself to tears trying to convince "her Native American family" that, since "nine million" of "her people" were killed during the "Burning Times," European pagans have suffered just as much as Native Americans. "I could not make them understand," she concluded, perhaps pausing to shed a tear for the ignorant savages.
Nowhere in the text did I see word one about some of the profits from this tome going back to the people who shared so generously with Ms. Wolfe and taught her so much. She seems to be a cultural pirate as well as a "religion-hopper" who's a Witch one minute, a Shaman the next, and authoress of her own full-blown Wiccan tradition the third.
Pass this one by!
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Well this book has some good idea only reason i do not give a magick 5 is it is alittle gear toward native american abit which i have np with but i would like to see it more open. Still a good book overall and their are other book outthere but few on celtic shamanism but for a good read try harner's Way of shaman which is a good book. This book by wolfe is good read and worth the cash but i would keep reading and looking for more souces on shamanism ya wish to work in
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Excellent du début à la fin: complet, simple pleins d'informations! Un excellent livre de base pour qui débute en chamanisme :)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x981cc228) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98335c6c) out of 5 stars The best introduction available Jan. 24 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been recommending this book for years. It's a hodge-podge blend of Native American and Celtic influences but it's real and it works. If you are a solitary practitioner or kitchen witch who is just beginning on your spiritual journey then I can't recommend this book highly enough.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9827f0f0) out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to Shamanism and Earth Spirituality May 29 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Amber Wolfe's beautiful introduction into the world of shamanism is a wonderful book that I have recommended to my cherished friends interested in native american spirituality and deepening their own spiritual journey. This is a spiritual lesson planner, and is not meant to be an anthropological study into any culture. To further understand and appreciate this work I recommend reading Soul Retrieval by Sandra Ingerman, the works of Michael Harner, the Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda or books by Lynne V. Andrews.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9827f06c) out of 5 stars Some Reviewers Too Harsh - Here's Why Dec 5 2006
By KarenS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think many of the negative reviewers of this book are too harsh and I want to address their comments. Amber Wolfe admits that she has pulled from many different traditions to assist anyone wanting to pursue a "Nature Path." I understand the purists, of any tradition, won't like this book and it will actually make some angry, but there is another side to be considered which I will go into. But first ...

I recommend this book because the basics are solid and Amber has explained a few things in a straight forward manner that I have no seen elsewhere. She cleared up some disconnects so that the information could come together for me in a more enlightened way. Her anticdotes are interesting because they give some insight into the author and her perspective, plus I identified with some of them in a way that reinforced my own experiences. Now for the negative reviewers and purists ...

I follow a Nature Path, but I have not had the opportunity to receive much useful or well-intended instruction from anyone - I have a blending of Celtic and Native American Blood, but no tribal family nor Scottish Clan to call upon. My Native Blood calls to me and that actually means absolutely nothing without the opportunity to participate in the oral tradition. I am a "blending" of cultures and traditions by my very nature, existance, and upbringing in America. I have no choice but to learn whatever I can from whatever sources are available to me and to follow a nature path from my own wit, wisdom, faith, and trust. This is what Amber is supporting.

A nature path is about what we all have in common ... can't we leave the dogma fighting to the organized religions of the world? I had a nice Christian woman ring my doorbell this very morning wanting to save my soul ... how nice for her. I believe the native culture is safe ... yes, it has been scavaged, but it has survived and will survive. Amber is writing a book to help those of us stuck in the melding pot. I have no idea what she does with her money, who she supports or not, but I know this book can't make up for the atrocities that have happened to the Native American tribes, nor is it meant to. To the negative reviewers that don't like her Native American references I will pose these questions ... "I am Celtic blood (caucasion) and I am Native Blood ... which side of me am I supposed to hate? Which side of me am I supposed to ignore?" At this point, no one can make up for the attempted genocide of the Native Americans, but we can respect and support the revival of the cultures.

Truth is truth regardless of what tradition it comes from. Joseph Campbell said something to the effect that ... the mind of all humans are similar and it is no wonder that disparate tribal groups came to the same understanding of the creator ... that the myths are all so similar.

But, I am here to tell you ... that unless you were born to be a Shaman you will not become one regardless of what you do. Plastic Shamans abound and it's sad. This does not mean, however, that we can't find and use some of the techniques for personal growth and healing. This book is about a nature path for those of us who do not believe in the personification of Spirit, the need to access Spirit through someone else, or that anyone needs to be saved to be accepted and loved by Spirit. As humans we have a need to express ourselves, to be creative, and to connect to Spirit and to one another, and Amber has provided a well organized set of tools to assist us in that purpose. She should be applauded for doing such a good job of organizing and relating such complex material.

(BTW, some of my comments here are directed at the reviewer who commented "Thoroughly Repulsive" and "Garbage")
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9827f42c) out of 5 stars one of the greatest of all time Sept. 3 2000
By dimitri ravenspire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for anybody, solitary or otherwise, who practices wicca/shamanism/magick and is hungry for a well of information and inspiration. Simple enough for a beginner, however, also advanced enough for the long-time student, this book is adsolutely phenomenal, by far Amber Wolfe at her very best. With its unlimited amout of correspondences on herbs, stones, rays, animals, alphabets, divination, tools, as well as Esbats and Sabbats, if I had to choose only one book out of my entire collection to use exclusively, I'd pick this one. Please buy this book. Not only will you find it an absolutely invaluable source of magick and the practice thereof, but you will also find it to be truly the most treasured book in your collection!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9827f33c) out of 5 stars Perfect for magickers that follow their own traditions July 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Amber Wolfe really helped me out of the mire of traditional magick and taught me to listen to the shaman within. Her book is my most valued literary source of magickal hints and ideas.