“Legends of the Grail”

Legends of the Grail

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legends-of-the-grail-cvr-1When a woman discovers the Goddess within her own nature, she becomes whole. She becomes an embodiment of the Grail, the vessel in which the divine light can dwell. This is also true for men. They also become much more attractive to women. Legends of the Grail is a collection of ancient Irish myths, and the missing or untold stories of Goddesses told in first person. I begin the book by thanking my husband John Patrick Sullivan, who not only encouraged me to find my inner Goddess, but who found and integrated his own divine feminine. So this is not just a book for women, but a book for all people seeking love and wholeness.

It has literally taken decades to bring volume one of Legends of the Grail to the world. I collected the myths and legends in Ireland while obtaining my doctorate from 1985-1993. I literally walked to the areas where the stories were told and felt them etched in the land. If you listen carefully with the ears of your heart, the Earth speaks. Myths and legends are etched into the landscape.

A few years ago, dreams visited me in which Celtic mythological figures came to me and spoke. They were insistent that we remember the true essence of the feminine, for in doing so we heal and the Earth thrives. I recorded the stories they shared in dreams, meditations and deep contemplation. One of the stories is eight thousand years old, yet each Goddess in the book was demonized in some way. When each Goddess re-tells her story, she frees herself of centuries of misunderstanding.

In the book I also offer practices that can allow us to untangle and free ourselves of stories that no longer serve us. We have the opportunity to align with the Grail, a symbol of our wholeness, our personal essence. The Goddesses remind us that we have an unquenchable fire inside.

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This audio is a MP3 file of Ayn reading “The Shapeshifter” arising out of an ancient Irish story of Brigid and the Cailleach. It is followed by a healing Visualization and light transmission with Mirabai Devi. This story is part of the Legends of the Grail series.


December, 2017

Once in a great while, a book of profound insight comes along disguised as a collection of stories about magic. Joseph Campbell penetrated the familiar great world myths to reveal an incredibly rich and complex psychological reality in the lives we live, and thus made magic itself live again with both urgency and relevance. In her beautifully written and illustrated book, Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses, Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D. brings similar urgency and relevance to the psychological reality behind the Goddess within each human psyche. Her book, however, is not simply an academic rendering of a living spiritual principle. Dr. Sullivan offers something much more subtle, rich, and ultimately satisfying. She offers her audience a viable passage into their own personal mythic journey, with the healing consequences thus implied.

Legends of the Grail does indeed tell stories of Celtic goddesses, but Ayn Cates Sullivan also layers and enriches these stories of ancient Irish myths with vital background information robed with historical importance, with first-person stories told by each chosen Goddess to establish accessible resonance, with symbolic revelations for present-day applications, meditations, and visualizations allowing intimate contact with the Goddess herself. The author includes personal practical suggestions for utilizing the archetypal values embedded symbolically and firmly in the specified Goddess in order to facilitate psychological revival and continued health, and finally a poetic blessing to access the less structured but higher nature of the human mind. Dr. Sullivan accomplishes all this with concise and polished writing that appears deceptively simple, as all captivating stories do, but do not be misled – the Goddess calls.

— Reviewed By Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite

“I’ve been craving a certain type of magic for my mind to read and get lost with.Someone recommended “Legends of the Grail-stories of Celtic Goddesses” by Ayn Cates Sullivan . Wow! for you readers out there! In this world’ this is the kind of book you can truly enjoy.I highly recommend it. It is one of those books that you cannot put down.She is a master mind with stories. Loved it !”

— Mandy D

“With a title like Legends of the Grail who can refuse? The title alone conjures in my imagination the great stuff legends are made of, adventure, love, and, of course, a quest. This quest is one of rediscovering the grail, the holy chalice, the female. In Legends of the Grail, the author, Ayn Cates Sullivan, takes her reader into the world before convention, before organized religion, even before time itself. Ayn shares her stories with us which are imbued with rich tales and deep wisdom. Page after page there is something of value and something to reflect on. As a woman, through these stories, the author helps me feel a bit more rooted and complete. Lost have the stories of the female been, often times overshadowed by stories of the man, until now. Thank you Ayn for bringing back some of our stories in such a soulful, insightful and respectful way. Reading these stories is like reading a part of my history I never knew. These stories allow me to experience the power, strength, and magnificence we all are inside.”

— Jennifer Chapman Sendzimir, Teacher, Tennesse, USA

“Extraordinary! A tapestry of the writer’s gold is woven with legend, mystery, poem, prayer, history and myth! What Irish Goddesses of the far distance past can bring forth to this age is wisdom that is much needed for these times we’re in, the sacredness of nature and our communion with all life. We need to bring the honoring of the Goddess and the feminine insight into life itself. Legends of the Grail is a treasure to be savored as a sacred trust from ancient times
to be shared with us now!”

- Bruce L. Erickson, Teacher, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

“Reading Legends of the Grail is like being taken by the hand and shown stories. The book is delightful and beautifully illustrated, reminding us of the mothering and nurturing that we seem to be losing. The stories invite us to remember the gentleness, love, and also the strength that women have needed throughout history. There is a twist with the Goddess herself telling the story, which gives old tales new life. It’s a book to remind us to be human Beings rather than human doings. A wonderful book; inspiring, captivating and beautifully written.”

– Patsy Westworth, Nurse, Devon, UK

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