I have read Mara Freeman’s book with much interest and been much impressed by her combination of scholarly research, easy style, and practical esoteric insights and instruction. She gives a very comprehensive coverage of the legends of the Holy Grail from ancient Celtic mythology, through medieval Arthurian literature, to 20th century involvement of occultists such as Dion Fortune and Wellesley Tudor Pole at Glastonbury. This along with perceptive insights into the relevance of the alchemical tradition and Jungian psychology. The practical vision/journeys she gives, along with supporting exercises and some relevant ritual work seem valid, useful and eminently supportive of the theoretical text. -
Gareth Knight, author of The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend, etc.
Grail Alchemy encourages the reader to take up the quest in search of this most enigmatic symbol of spiritual healing and integration. Mara's richly detailed text documenting the Grail's mythic and cultural history is harmoniously balanced with a series of beautiful and powerful meditations and rituals that enable the seeker to open to the Grail's deeper Mysteries. Mara marries these elements with depth and wisdom, offering an experience of the Grail as a living, transformative presence at the heart of Self and Creation. A wonderfully inspiring book.
Philip Carr-Gomm, Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and author of DruidCraft, Druid Mysteries, etc.
….A fascinating wellspring of
lore, stories, and legends of the Celtic mystery tradition, with
wonderfully inspiring Vision Journey meditations following each
chapter. From cauldrons, cups, swords, gods/goddesses to Glastonbury
and its enduring legacy of Dion Fortune, and more, Grail Alchemy
is a Celtic literary temenos of our time, a sacred space, to further
explore one's own inner journey and transformation. Highly recommended.
Mara Freeman has written a beautiful and comprehensive book on the
Grail, drawing on many years of study, reflection, and spiritual
practice. She turns this jewel, examining its many facets, from ancient
origins to Christianized myth to 20th century developments (in the
teachings of Dion Fortune, W. Tudor Pole, and others). Carefully
constructed meditations and rituals provide the reader an opportunity
to contact and be nourished by the inner reality of the Grail, and,
in turn, to share that grace with others. All who seek the Grail
will find herein helpful direction for the quest.
Mara Freeman’s sure and steady hand will guide the reader through the mysteries of the Grail to the understanding that the Grail is the soul itself—held open to receive the purified, inspired and golden state of Divine consciousness. Nicholas R Mann, author of The Isle of Avalon, etc.
Mara Freeman’s Grail Alchemy is a fascinating and well-researched
book that weaves the many threads of both the historical and spiritual
aspects of the Grail legends into a harmonious whole. It’s
a *must have* for anyone interested in the history, lore, and spirituality
of the Holy Grail.
Wise-woman and scholar Mara Freeman is
a most skilled and intuitive guide to the Celtic Grail mysteries.
Her comprehensive course of study offers the reader a valuable
overview of the tradition’s
folklore and literature. More importantly, though, Freeman opens
experiential portals to the deep and often veiled teachings embedded
in the millennia-old bardic tales.
In this remarkable book Mara Freeman leaves no stone unturned
in her thorough and readable investigation of the often
veiled historic Grail lore of the West, disclosing its
perennial yearning for the restoration of the Divine Feminine. There
is a timely call, too, to embrace the Grail as a corrective to our current
aggressive attitudes and plundering of the planet's natural resources.