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The Way of the Seabhean

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Amantha Murphy was schooled in the ancient and hidden lore of wise women and healers, rooted in the Irish landscape and guarded over the years by her female forebears. In The Way of the Seabhean, she brings to life shamanic practices from the Irish tradition, combining story, ritual, energy teaching and the insights gathered from her own shamanic journeying.

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What if we didn't have to look to other traditions for our spiritual practice?
What if we could connect to the roots of our own ancestors' rituals?

Amantha Murphy was schooled in the ancient and hidden lore of wise women and healers, rooted in the Irish landscape and guarded over the years by her female forebears. In The Way of the Seabhean, she brings to life shamanic practices from the Irish tradition, combining story, ritual, energy teaching and the insights gathered from her own shamanic journeying.

At its core lies the pre-Celtic understanding of the Tree of Life and the Wheel of the Year, containing the seasonal turning points such as Samhain and Imbolc, their attendant festivals and the role and powers of long-suppressed Irish goddesses. Along with the better-known goddesses, Medb, Brigid, Áine and the Cailleach, we also meet a pantheon that includes Tailtiú, Boann, Macha, Tlachtga. These goddesses are archetypes, aspects of ourselves, which can help us to understand and embrace our many facets.

The Way of the Seabhean outlines a range of shamanic practices as well as rituals and rites of passage. It explains the chakras as they are understood in the Irish tradition and how to balance them. Amantha's shamanic teaching in Ireland, the US and Canada has already opened the Way of the Seabhean to an eager audience.

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Weight0.34 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Amanthy Murphy






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Angie Latham


Praise for The Way of the Seabhean

The Way of the Seabhean delivers a powerful message for our time: we can find an authentic and viable set of spiritual practices by staying close to home and working with visible and invisible lineage keepers. The wisdom of our ancestors is held in the dreaming of the land, our own dreams, stories, rituals and childhood memories.
Imelda Almqvist, international teacher and author of Natural Born Shamans

This is an important and timely book. It gathers essential wisdom from our ancient traditions, wisdom crucial for us humans to embrace at this time. Amantha has crafted a deep resource book which has the capacity to awaken within the reader an awareness of the riches of our past spiritual traditions.
Dolores T. Whelan, author of Ever Ancient Ever New: Celtic Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century, spiritual guide and teacher

Amantha Murphy has created a beautiful tapestry that weaves together the threads of an authentic tradition of the Irish Wise Woman. She has brought into the light many wonderful truths, stories, and practices once hidden from mainstream culture. Now, through this book, these profound yet very accessible teachings are available to all those looking for genuine Celtic wisdom.
Mara Freeman, author of Kindling the Celtic Spirit and Grail Alchemy

Amantha Murphy is a living treasure.
It has been a great blessing to partake of sacred ceremony with Amantha both in Ireland and here in the United States, where she has brought her integrity and deep, rich spirit to my inipi purification ‘sweatlodge’ ceremonies and The School of Sacred Studies.
The antiquity of Amantha’s shamanic soul holds the wisdom of the ages. Through her written words, the voices of our ancestors speak to us. Within these pages are recorded priceless teachings, remembrances, and a gentle roadmap leading us to the spiritual knowledge of our ancestors.
Denise King Francisco, teacher, author, founder of The Temple Within School of Sacred Studies

Amantha teaches us how to weave our personal-cultural way of being in the world and how to relate to the world’s soul by retrieval our ancient original instructions in a new way. Amantha travels into the depths of soul; before there are forms. Then, as the masterful midwife she is, she facilitates the birth of archetypes so that we can transform and shape-shift our reality. This transformation will lead us into a new way of harmony with our Mother Earth and remind us that we are all related as we are children of the same Mother. Aho! Mi Takuye Oyacin – we are all related.
Dr Eduardo Duran, author and PhD psychologist

Take the time to relish this book. Curl up by the fire with a nice cup of tea or a glass of poitín, and let yourself remember the wisdom of the Grandmothers. Amantha Murphy as the seabhean and Orla O’Connell as her scribe create an environment of total immersion where the ways of the women are held as sacred. Murphy shares the teachings she received from her grandmother, and while these are specific to Ireland the knowledge also feels universal. I found myself wishing I could have sat at her Granny’s feet too. This world so needs all this wisdom right now!
Gina Martin, High Priestess of Triple Spiral of Dún na Sidhe, author of Sisters of the Solstice Moon, Walking the Threads of Time and She is Here (the When She Wakes series)

While this is not an academic book, it is full of heart. It shines with a love of the ancient Irish stories and a love of the Irish landscape. The Way of the Seabhean offers techniques for exploring the possibility of deep soul healing, through our connection to the land and the seasons, and through our relationship to our ancestors and the sacred. This book weaves together a modern tradition with an ancient flavour and resonance.
Eimear Burke, Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovate and Druids

A heartwarming introduction to the wise woman’s way in the Irish Celtic tradition. The personal stories, both handed down and intuited, add both genuine soul to the journey with the sacred feminine, via the wheel of the year, and encouraging accessibility to the teachings.
Heidi Wyldewood (Barefoot Heartsong), healer, teacher, mentor, priestess, ceremonialist, and sacred activist.

Teaching within the Celtic traditions myself, I was already following Amantha Murphy as a sister-priestess, but mostly in spoken form or online. Therefore, finding her new book felt as a significant synchronicity. Working in these traditions, we often reclaim the old ways, and Amantha does this beautifully and firmly grounded in her own Irish-Celtic heritage and Irish Shamanic tradition. With bringing in the new title of the Seabhean, Amantha offers a powerful introduction in how to walk this ancient pathway into our modern times. Through these very comprehensible teachings, she offers old and new ways of interconnectedness with Mother Earth, which is definitely what we all need in these times!
Marion Brigantia van Eupen, co-organiser of The Goddess Conference, tutor of the Brighde-Brigantia trainings

Meet the author: Amantha Murphy

Amantha Murphy, author of The Way of the Seabhean, Womancraft Publishing

Amantha is a mother and grandmother, celebrant, storyteller, Seabhean teacher, seer, and healer in the traditional Irish way, initiated by her grandmother. She lives in County Kerry, Ireland and began her spiritual work publicly in 1970 as a clairvoyant before moving into trance mediumship and healing. Amantha’s first book is Drinking from the Source.

Guided by her spirit and ancestral teachers, Amantha works with individuals and groups. She delivers apprenticeship training in Ireland, Canada and the United States on The Way of the Seabhean and Ancient Irish Shamanism. She has lead sacred pilgrimages in Ireland since 1995. Her passion is the land – working through the Grandmothers, the Tuatha Dé Danann, and the Ancient Ones.

Amantha’s website is: celticsouljourneys.com

As the material for this book is rooted in the oral tradition, it is perhaps fitting that dyslexia prevented Amantha from writing it alone. She turned instead to her chosen ‘scribe’, writer Orla O’Connell, whose work initially involved transcribing from more than two hundred recordings of Amantha’s lectures, workshops, shamanic journeys and rituals.

Orla O’Connell M.Phil.(Creative Writing) is an Irish writer living in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. She was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry, into an Irish/English speaking household. Her novel, The Man With No Skin (2005), is set in Africa and won first prize in fiction in the Colorado Independent Book Publisher’s (CIPA) Awards and was a finalist in the (US) Independent Book Publisher’s (IPPY) Awards. Her short story, Kikuyu Grass was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and her stories, poems and interviews have been published in Force 10 and other publications. Her latest novel is about the sinking of the Lusitania liner off the south coast of Ireland, in 1915.


Meet the artist: Angie Latham

Angie Latham, cover artist of The Way of the Seabhean by Amantha Murphy, Womancraft Publishing
Spirit of the Woods by Angie Latham, cover art of The Way of the Seabhean by Amantha Murphy, Womancraft Publishing

Womancraft Publishing is proud to celebrate not just the words, but the images of talented women too.

Creator of the cover image for The Way of the Seabhean, ANGIE LATHAM’S work is somewhere between enhanced reality and angelic fantasy. She uses her own photographs to create unique scenes inspired by the magic, legends and folklore of the British Isles. Because Angela uses real photographs in her artwork she manages to create images far more realistic than just drawing or painting can often achieve, enabling the onlooker to feel as if they have entered a real life magical realm.

“I have always been interested in and drawn towards the mystical and the magical. From an early age I was interested in ancient landscapes, ruined castles and the stories and folklore attached to them. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t intensely aware of the natural world around me, the energy of living things and the magic of the stars.”