The Lore of the Bard – The only book I ever published under a pseudonym. It is no longer in print but can still be found at used and a few new bookstores.
From the jacket: The bards were lore-keepers, great magic workers, and soul singers of healing. They were highly esteemed and considered untouchable by Celtic nobles and otherworldly beings. This book fills an untended gap in the Celtic tradition. It lays down a philosophy for living in accordance with the Old Ways, with a complete magical practice combining the innate magical properties of objects, locations, and times with the passionately moving and enchanting forces of poetry and music.
An Ogham Wood – A novel so steeped in the lore of the Faerie Faith, Avalonia Esoterica Press decided to print it as their first fiction. Hailed as a myth awaiting the telling, An Ogham Wood was described by one reader as “magick that would take your breath away.”
From the jacket: Where does one begin the tale of An Ogham Wood? Perhaps with the Lady Elidurydd who was born three thousand years ago in wooded Wales and fell in love with a stag of the forest. Or perhaps the tale should begin fifteen hundred years later with Dylan O’Shee, exiled prince of a lost Irish kingdom who had the gift of finding souls. Maybe it truly begins with the vanishing of the Hundred Horsemen, for it was then a band of wandering Celtic tinkers appeared with a vision to save the fading faerie folk of the West.
Aye, in any and all these places the tale could begin, and others too, for the lives of many, mortals and not, have been woven into the myth of the Ogham Wood. But let us begin it in the moment, in the last days of the Island of Manannan, with Sweyn deSauld, a man bereft of family, of hope, and even his right mind:
Once upon a time, there was a sailor who had lost all he loved, and fell to doing terrible things. And then he found he was empty, and all that was left for him was the lonely sea. So there he passed the wandering days, trying to forget. But he was not forgotten. For his lost wife was from the Island, a hidden place where enchanted things still dwell in the green world. And the old witch of the Island made plots for the sailor. She called up a magic wind, and forgetfulness, and drew him into something terrible and wonderful, and far too big for a shattered man who walks the brink of madness. But ghosts and a pinch of faerie luck may yet shape the fate of Sweyn, heir to a legacy he does not want, and quite beyond his imagination. For on the Island he shall encounter Coppin, a cantankerous old codger who keeps the secrets of Dundubh Cottage. And Oak Peg, a recluse who dwells in the wood, brewing potions and making cheese. And Donald, the woodsman who broods on a terrible loss. But, most wondrously, he shall encounter Caitlin, a strange raven-haired girl who sings by night in the lonely wood, and who is said to have no soul. And over them all is the Pact, and the fate of the Island depends upon whether Sweyn can keep it. But how much hope can one hang upon a madman?
In 2007 Cliff Seruntine and his wife, Daphne, along with their two daughters, relocated to a remote, forested homestead in the Nova Scotia highlands. The Seruntines discovered the Hollow held many wonders: vast Acadian forests, abandoned cottages rumored to be haunted, abundant wildlife, ancient rock walls like those that partition Scotland, and a living faerie faith. They determined to live gently upon the land, so they grew most of their own food or hunted and gathered it from the great forest, taking only what was in abundance. They wanted to understand the lifeways of early folk in order to better grasp their reverence of natural cycles and yearly festivals, so they practiced nearly lost skills such as goat husbandry, cheesemaking and woodscraft. They determined not to merely drive off the woodland creatures that might be attracted to their immense gardens but to find ways to live in harmony with them. And as they lived and worked with respect for Nature, they found a profound peace as their lives attuned to the spiraling cycles of season and land.
But they were also followers of the Old Ways and made it a point to honor and respect the spirits of the land. They left the last apples on the trees for the Apple Man, set out faerie plates near the season of Samhain, and spilled the first milk of the goats for the barn bruanighe. In return, they soon found the land’s spirits drawing closer and looking after them. Their goats always yielded the best milk. Their gardens were always overflowing. The ale was always good, and no predator ever entered the barn even though they rarely shut its doors.
Seasons of the Sacred Earth follows life at the homestead through a magical year. It is an enchanted journey along a green path, written in a warm, deeply personal style. Readers will relive the old meaning of Imbolg—the festival of coming into milk—when the goats birth their spring kids and remind us that spring shall come no matter how dark and long the winter. They will run with the Seruntines’ daughters through the night meadows when thousands of fireflies come out in late spring and it feels like stars have come down to earth. They will encounter a green man who keeps an ancient woodland. They will discover the wonder of entering the barn one frosty morning near Bealtaine and finding playful faeries have braided the horses’ manes. And as readers share the Seruntines’ journey deep into the heart of Nature, a profound truth becomes ever more evident: the magical and the mystic are never farther than Earth and Sky.
Discover the profound inspiration of a life lived in truly wild places. Author Cliff Seruntine and his family have lived their lives in the wilderness—homesteading, hunting and gathering, farming, and treading lightly on the land while honoring its spirits. Let Cliff’s graceful pen lead you to a deeper understanding of Nature”s magic as he shows you practical bushcraft skills such as woodland navigation, wild food foraging, tracking, herbalism, camouflage, and much more.
The true stories in the book have powerful truths at their heart. In these pages you will read tales of bear and deer, of towering maples and mysterious brooks, of the spiritual forces to be found outdoors. The best way to come to the fullness of Nature’s truths is to become a part of the adventure.
Books & Periodicals I’ve Contributed To:
Over the past decade, I’ve been asked to contribute several times to Llewellyn’s renowned Witches’ Calendar. Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar has been a bestseller among the Earth-based community for many years, and it has it all: magical spells, correspondences, invocations, historical information, and folklore. For fifteen years, this treasury of Craft wisdom has provided both new and experienced Witches with everything they need to tune into the earth’s cycles and work their magic: the Moon’s sign and phase; planetary motion, including retrogrades; daily color correspondences; solar and lunar eclipses; even lunar gardening tips.
Featuring Jennifer Hewitson’s beautiful original scratchboard art, this trusted calendar offers more Witchy content than any other calendar on the market—a seasonal essay for each month and a special bonus section with eight in-depth articles, written by your favorite authors and fresh voices in the Wiccan/Pagan community.
October 2002: The Song of the Wind
October 2005: Samhain
September 2009: September Transformations
October 2012: Sacred Hunt
The Faerie Queens ~ In Magic, Myth and Legend
From their roots in the myths and goddesses of the ancient world, through to their influence in the grimoires, literature and folk traditions, this collection of essays explores the role of the female rulers of the faerie kingdoms throughout European Folklore. The diverse contributions spans the all the major fairy queens, and also includes a glossary of thirty-five European faerie queens from myth and literature. — — with Helena Lundvik, Joanna Mullein, David Rankine, Dorothy L. Abrams, Thea Faye, Felicity Fyr Le Fay, Frances Billinghurst, Halo Quin, Emily Carding, Cliff Seruntine, Sorita D’Este, Pamela Norrie and Daniel Harms.
Working with the Faery realm is not about escaping from reality—it is about engaging with it on every level. Prepare to embark on a spiritual journey unlike anything you’ve ever known! Faery Craft is a comprehensive guide to the modern Faery lifestyle and an essential handbook to human-faerie relations. Brimming with practical and spiritual advice, you’ll discover how to use Faery magick, create altars, and find a Faery ally. Learn about proper etiquette, find your unique gifts, use the Faery zodiac, explore Faery festivals around the globe, and much more.
Enjoy nearly 200 beautiful photographs alongside original art, poetry, and meditations, as well as interviews with renowned Faery authors, artists, and musicians. R. J. Stewart, John and Caitlín Matthews, Brian and Wendy Froud, Linda Ravenscroft, S. J. Tucker, and Charles de Lint are all featured in this glittering introduction to the fae and the people who love them.
Now in its 16th year, and better than ever! Discover herbal remedies for insomnia and anxiety. Create natural insect repellent and learn the secrets of wildcrafting with weeds. Make herbal balms, salves, and love charms. There are hundreds of ways to benefit from nature’s versatile plants inside Llewellyn’s Herbal Almanac. This treasury of innovative herbal ideas spans gardening, cooking, crafts, health, beauty, and myth/lore. You’ll discover friendly fungi for the herbalist, permaculture and the herb garden, herb perfumes, herbs for the mind, misunderstood mint, a salute to spuds, inspiration for blackberrying, and how to take inventory of the herb cupboard. You’ll even find information on dream gardens and shade gardens! From herbal pickling to herbs and trees of the coniferous forest, this practical almanac is your gateway to the herbal kingdom