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Celtic Myth, Magic and Mysticism | Karen Frances McCarthy | Online

6 October, 2022.7:00 pm-9:00 pm

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Mediumship and Spirituality Course

Celtic Myth, Magic and Mysticism

Thursday Evenings 6 October- 17 November | 7pm-9pm BST/GMT | £120 for Full 6 Week Course (Over 7 Weeks, no class 10 November) | Online


Let History and Myth Guide your Future 

Whether you’re starting out on your spiritual path or want to bring more magic and enchantment to your current practices, this course offers a wonderful foundation for spiritual growth and transformation. Inspired by the archetypes of the Celtic Pantheon, it brings ancient practices into contemporary life to allow you to go deeper with your mediumship, psychic and intuitive development, trance/channeling, and healing work.

Its focus on myth connects you to the ancient gods and goddesses. The incorporation of magical intention allows you harness the natural energy within you to manifest dreams and aspirations. Mystical practices help you access your inner wisdom and offer you an opportunity to intensify your connection to the ancestors and An Saol Eile, or the otherworld.

In combining the ancient Celts appreciation of the elements, earth, and all its creatures with their divination and liminal work, the practices offered over the course of these six weeks will help you to access deeper wisdom and find a new levels power within your spirit. Each week will have a different focus, developing your intuition, spiritual connection, manifestation, and inner healing.

Course Structure

Week 1 Myth and Mysticism

The course begins by introducing the main gods and goddesses in the Celtic Pantheon. These are the Tuatha Dé Danann, which was the ancient supernatural race that ruled Ireland before the coming of the Celts. Students will then take part in a Druidic journeying practice to the beat of the bodhrán to meet one of these beings, develop a lasting relationship, ask a question, and receive the wisdom needed at this time in life. Since animals feature strongly in Irish mythology, there will also be an opportunity to meet your power animal.

Week 2 The Thin Places

Ireland has many Thin Places, where the veil is thin between the physical world and An Saol Eile — the other world that is now occupied by the supernatural beings of the Tuatha or the Sidhe. This week, you will learn about Thin Places, including Uaimh na gCait, the Cave of the Cats where Halloween was born. This will be followed by a practice in creating your own Thin Place at home, complete with various objects that will help you build the power in place to access An Saol Eile with greater ease. There will also be an opportunity to work with offerings and gratitude from this place.

Week 3 Ogma & Divination

Ogma, the warrior poet who is said to have created the ancient Ogham alphabet of Ireland, will be introduced this week, along with the ancient Ogham writing system. You will work in breakout rooms, using the Ogham symbols as a divination tool to access unseen wisdom and offer clarity to their partners for their path and purpose in this life. This practice also emulates one of the roles of the Druids, who acted as priests, teachers, and judges, and could access unseen information. (Ogham images and information will be provides in Course Resources.)

Week 4 Cloud Divination

Given the importance of the land and nature to the ancient Irish, it is no surprise that they engaged in the practice of cloud divination, pyromancy, and hydromancy. This week, you will have an opportunity work in breakout rooms with candle flames (fire) and water bowls to divine information for yourself and your partner.

Week 5 The Morrigan & Prophecy

This week we will meet The Morrigan, the Goddess of War, fate, and fertility. The Morrígan encourages warriors to do brave deeds, can cast spells to affect outcomes, and protects the fertility of the land. You will have an opportunity to do three practices this week in keeping with the threefold nature of The Morrigan. First, since The Morrigan was a shape-shifter, you will have an opportunity to invoke their power animal and journey to a place to receive a prophecy. This will be followed by a simple practice in intuitive magic (or intention) to help manifest that prophecy or whatever is needed most.

Week 6 Brighid & Healing

Brighid, daughter of the Dagda, the king of the Tuatha, is associated with wisdom, poetry, healing, and protection. This week, we will learn about Brighid. In the spirit of the Bard, you will have an opportunity to journey to An Saol Eile to channel wisdom and express it in the spirit of bardic poetry. The course will then finish with a healing practice, invoking the healing power of Brighid for the self, loved ones and the planet.

This course has been designed and taught by Irish Medium and best-selling author, Karen Frances McCarthy. 

If you miss a class, a recording will be available for 7 days after each class. 

Alexander McCall Smith is part of a Christmas Special at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.

 About Karen Frances

Medium, healer and best-selling author

An international, progressive medium, healer and best-selling author, Karen grew up steeped in the Celtic mysticism and spiritual traditions of Ireland. As a child, she communicated with spirits. As an adult, her desire to be of service evolved into a passion for social justice and the pursuit of truth, which led her to a career as a major media political journalist and an embedded Iraq war correspondent. A tragic loss became the catalyst that brought her back to spirituality, particularly Eastern philosophy, and working with the mediumistic faculty she’s had since childhood. 

Karen has undergone years of intensive training at the world-renowned Arthur Findlay College in England and holds three awards, Certificates of Recognition, in Demonstrating Mediumship (CSNU d), Spiritual Healing (CSNU h), and Speaking (CSNU s) from its governing body, the Spiritualist National Union. To further understand the complexities of grief, she obtained a Diploma in Bereavement Counselling from the Institute of Counselling in Scotland. 


In her work today, she blends compassion and loving kindness with ethical mediumship by fusing this work with her many years of Buddhist practice. In addition to her private practice, she teaches at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in Scotland, and in the USA at the Edgar Cayce Center, The Inner Spiritual Center, Montclair Psychic School among others. 


Karen is also passionate about writing for mindfulness and spiritual transformation. Her best-selling book, Till Death Don’t Us Part: A True Story of Awakening to Love After Life (White Crow Books, 2020) is a true and transformational story of a former journalist’s extraordinary journey from scepticism, through tragedy, to awaken to the knowledge that her dead fiancé́ is communicating from the hereafter. It has received considerable media attention and was a #1 New Release on Amazon. She has appeared on numerous TV interviews and podcasts, including New Realities with Alan Steinfield, New Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove, Seek Reality with Roberta Grimes and Psychic Matters with Ann Theato. She has appeared in Forbes, the Irish Times, and Psychic News among others. 

In television, she has written and produced documentaries, including producing Alchemy and The Crystal Cave with Deepak Chopra. She continues to write feature articles for Salon, HuffPost, the Irish Times, Beliefnet, among other publications. She is currently a PhD candidate, studying the cultural narrative informing contemporary ghost literature at the prestigious Russell Group University of Birmingham in the UK.

Visit her website here www.karenfrancesmccarthy.com


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Please note that sales for this course are final and that there will be no refunds. 



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