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Epona - Hidden Goddess of the Celts

Talk & Book Signing with P.D. MACKENZIE COOK
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Join P.D. Mackenzie Cook for a presentation and book signing at Banyen on the Epona: Hidden Goddess of the Celts.

Epona: Hidden Goddess of the Celts reflects the importance of gender in ancient religion, and the author explores the primacy of the Feminine through Epona’s sovereignty as Horse Goddess among the Celts; her identity as “Mistress of Animals” in her love affairs and working relationships, and the surprising role she apparently played in the ancient Greek and Roman Mysteries.

P.D. Mackenzie Cook’s unique study of Epona positions her in a broad cross-cultural context. The story he presents is at the same time historical, speculative, and deeply personal – at once a scholarly survey, intriguing detective story, and spiritual message to be taken to heart. The author offers fresh and original perspectives on Epona’s historical origins and her “birth” in human form.  He explores her early presence in southern Italy; investigates her probable identity as “Macha” in Ireland and “Rhiannon” in Wales as well as her indirect influences on the ideals of chivalry and courtly love in the Middle Ages. We are then introduced to Epona’s possible presence in a set of mysterious caves in the New World, and finally to her rediscovery by present-day equestrians, and in the personal lives and accounts of modern priestesses and men devoted to her.

Written by someone whose “Celtic bones” resonate deeply with Epona, his talents as scholar, story-teller and poet-seer all contribute to this, the first full-length book in English devoted entirely to this fascinating Goddess. Epona: Hidden Goddess of the Celts is dedicated to the hidden goddess in every woman, and to men who genuinely love them in all their depth, complexity and nuance.

P.D. MacKenzie Cook was born into a deeply pagan and matriarchal Celtic family, very much in tune with Nature and the Sacred Feminine. It was his grandmother who first began to nurture his love of the Goddess, teaching him to feel the divine in the caress of water, sun and wind, in the soft quiet of the night. He was also fascinated by the beauty and power of the women in his life, and often stayed up late into the night to watch and listen as they talked together in the firelight.

While still very young, his mother (an initiate of several traditions) introduced him to the realm of faerie, and later, after his grandmother had introduced him to divination and the uses of healing herbs, his mother gave him his first crucial lessons in the polarity dynamics of the Tree of Life. These powerful childhood experiences were strongly reinforced and deepened by Peter’s father – a war-hero with big healing hands who had saved lives by dismantling bombs and mines – who set a constant example of chivalrous and deferential reverence for women, and later passed on spiritual teachings he had himself received from his mother.

In 1968, at seventeen, Peter answered an inner call to Britain where he trained with a druid shaman, also studying astrology, tarot, mythology, sacred geometry, kabbalah and Hermetic philosophy. Later his interests focused on healing, and he began a nine-year apprenticeship in natural medicine. In exploring the ancient history of medicine, his studies brought him back to the healing alchemy of the ancient Goddess-centred Mysteries which he began to see as a living, though well-hidden, tradition: he was then fortunate enough to meet a young Priestess who led him into a deeper personal relationship with the Goddess, helped deepen his appreciation of the Sacred Feminine, and inspired his quest to know more about Epona.
Now, at sixty-four, Peter is firmly rooted in the ancient healing discipline of the Goddess and continues to learn her “deeper secrets”.