Plant Spirit Wisdom by Ross Heaven

Ross Heaven starts the book off badly with a lot of things which are culled from that well-known faker Iolo Morganwg and clearly a whole lot of rubbish.  Five pages in and I was wanting to be sick.

Fifteen pages later and I found that the number of things the author manages to ignore are amazing.  For example, he talks of an Irish world tree and names an oak called (according to him) Crom Bile as the Irish world tree.  There are several named trees in the Irish texts and the ones I know are oak, ash and yew.  So the oak tree alone was not venerated as the Irish world tree as various tribes had their own tree, for example the Yew of Ross.  But that’s a lot less convenient than having a single type of tree as the Irish world tree.

At several points he says the name of a tree is X in Celtic and goes on to mention an Irish or Welsh name.  Since he can’t even differentiate between Irish gaelige and Welsh what he writes is seriously suspect.  He also says that the Celtic name for rowan is luis, which actually means “flame” in Irish gaelige and does not mean rowan.  He got luis from the Irish ogham, where rowan is associated with luis.  Scholarship, what scholarship?

I managed to get through twenty pages of this book before it got too much and had to put it down.  I paid £1 to the local library to get this pile of neo-pagan claptrap, and £1 is too expensive. Avoid, avoid, avoid this book at all costs.  Even if you get this book for nothing it’s really not worth the time spent reading this rubbish.



  1. Valiel said,

    March 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Damn’ I feel guilty… I suspected some things you said, but I wasn’t able to detect such huge mistakes…

  2. March 5, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Don’t feel too guilty – if you haven’t been reading the stuff that will allow you to detect mistakes, then you’ll only suspect them. A few years ago I wouldn’t have been able to detect half the mistakes I did.

    At least you suspected them, unlike the person who recommended this book to me…

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