Munay Ki Shamanism, Inspirational Novels, Tarot Recommendations, Ogham and Runes

COVER Munay Ki Protection 1In this Newsletter from Michael Conneely, there’s news about our Munay Ki initiations and also my Northern European Shamanism Distance Learning Courses, then some news about my new book publications, and also I share thoughts with you about the differences between the Ogham and the Rune alphabets (since I teach and write about both of them). Lastly there’s news about the Silsden Druid Group and the Silsden Astrology Group, and I recommend two Tarot Packs: ‘Art through the Eyes of the Soul’ and the ‘Tarot of the Sidhe’, and, finally, I offer you a link to a mantra of praise to Lord Shiva. The cover image for this newsletter is the cover of my new novel painted by Magda Nel Wenek (see below).

Please note I also send out a monthly astrology column at the start of every month: this is high quality astrology for the ‘Happy Birthday Sign’ for that month, plus its ‘Year Ahead’, and then a monthly forecast for all 12 Signs. So, watch out for the August Starwheel Newsletter where the August Happy Birthday Sign is Leo.

Munay Ki Initiations:
Maggie and I have now initiated thirteen people into the Nine Rites of Munay Ki, hailing from Ireland, England, France, India and Poland. I want to say that I personally have found the Nine Rites of Munay Ki very life-changing. You will be so healed and empowered – providing you do the work of ‘germinating’ the seeds that are placed in your energy body.
The system is rooted in ethics: non-violence, truthfulness, integrity, moderation and generosity.
The rites were brought from Peruvian shamans to the West by Alberto Villoldo.
The first Rite connects you to the great ancient lineage of Healers and to the energies they carry, and they immediately begin healing you and then you are ready to heal others. I feel better now than I have felt for years, partly because of Maggie stumbling on a diet based on juicing.
I think you can expect to be significantly redirected and put on your true life course if you receive and then germinate the Rites. I was suddenly detached from a situation that was wrong for me, and now my work is really flowering.
The 4th Rite, the Seer Rite makes you so much more noticing of your own scripts and patterns and thus motivates you to shed those that harm you, even if they date back to the moment of your birth, and you become so much more perceptive about the patterns of those around you and this society, and more able to be strong and compassionate and bring about empowerment and change.
You can see details of our Munay Ki initiations on our web site: The Initiations can only be given face-to-face and we e offer initiations to people singly, in a pair with partner of friend, and in groups (of up to eight people).
If you are interested, come and see us, or get a group together to cover costs and we can travel to you.
There’s loads of after care: you get a manual and two DVDs a Germination Handbook, there’s a follow up monthly support group held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm at the Friend’s Meeting House in Keighley near where we live. There’s  a Face Book Support Group, and there’s also every opportunity for support sessions either face-to-face or via Skype, worldwide. I have also written two novels based on the Munay Ki: see

Shamanic Healing Courses:
I wanted to say that these courses are going very well, with very able students, and you definitely can combine the earthspirituality of Northern Europe with the Munay Ki.
My shamanic development course is distance learning on three levels: level 1 is purely working with and healing the self with: Shamanic Journeying, Power Animal Retrieval, Soul Retrieval and Spiritual Intrusions Healing. The Intermediate level teaches three modules: Heart-centred deposition, Soul renewal by working with Fort Holders, and life-script, curse or thought-form unravelling plus there’s also one case of healing another person using the skills you have learned. Finally, Level 2 is purely about healing other people. See my website:

My New Novel: Munay Ki Protection:
I am really pleased to announce the publication of my fourth novel. It’s the sequel to Vision Holder Munay Ki.
In ‘Munay Ki Protection’, Patrick and Ciara share to the world the ancient rites, lineages and visions of Munay Ki. Hearts are opened; healing occurs and magic happens. Qualities of forgiveness meet with vision and earth spirituality.
This book depicts the choice we and our society inescapably has to make between personal and social darkness, or ways to healing and love. In some ways, our experience of adverse circumstances or even oppression and exploitation can actually provide us with the impetus to become the powerful light beings we were born to be.
These sometimes horrific challenges can be the making of us; they can teach us to transform,  teach us how to empower our body-energies, how to develop vision. So this book is on ongoing counterpoint between forces of oppression and ignorance on the one hand and the opportunity for light and true power and love and healing on the other.
In the novel, the fate of a future North Britain, virtually destroyed by the Terrorist Wars, hangs in the balance. The heroes of the novel Patrick and Ciara develop their path of empowerment and healing. The forces of oppression browbeat and exploit. Months of fighting follow and the question arises: what do you do when your life around you is a total battlefield? They discover that if you are open, things will turn around. They see that when healing happens, unexpected solutions present themselves, and the seemingly impossible becomes possible.
Cover Images for my books are by Magda Nel Wenek:

See my New Inspirational Novels Web Site:
You can read about Munay Ki Protection and all my books, and order them on the new novels website that Maggie has so kindly created for me.

And two more books are on the way:
Ogham Web:
I have started writing a fifth earth spirituality novel. This one is inspired by the vision and world-view of the Ogham, the Celtic Tree Alphabet of the Ancient Irish Druids:
Finn and Aislinn travel through lifetimes and walk the Ogham Paths through the overlapping Otherworlds to work their fated task.

The Backpacker’s Guide to the New Spirituality 2013:
Also coming soon is this wonderful spiritual guide. If you look at the book cover on my new novels website: you will see my son, Deaglan (Now 17!), looking at a Glastonbury way-marker at the start of my five-year social-anthropological field study on spiritual forms new to the West. The way-marker points both to the medieval Abbey and to the Stars. This is a Guide Book to the great spiritual pathways I charted at Glastonbury: the many paths up the mountain. The book shows how the different spiritual forms can contribute to each other and to our lives. The chapters link to highly supportive Distance Learning courses and to powerful healing modalities.

The Difference between the Ogham and the Runes:
Starting writing a novel centred in the Ogham Pathways, and having already written the Novel ‘Rune Magic’, makes me want to reflect for a moment on the difference between these two ancient alphabets. I’d be really glad to hear from you if you have insights to build on what I feel here:
I have been teaching magical, visionary and personal empowerment use of the Runes since 1994. My mother’s blood line comes from Connemara, Co Galway, on the far west coast of Ireland, I don’t know if there’s ancestral memories here. There were quite a lot of Viking invasions and landings on that coast. The Runes are the alphabet of the ancient Norse and other peoples of Northern Europe. They are powerful and ancient magic. Each Rune tells us about a key facet of our life. Each is a key to deep personal transformation, and they are also a system of Divination. But they are also Gateways to new ways of being, ways of bringing in needed change. You enter the wonderful world of Odin, the Norns, Freya, Heimdall and Tir. You learn how to transform your understanding of the events in your life. You use the genuine magic of making a Rune, chanting its name, rune stance and journeying for its true meaning as applied to your life at the present.
The Ogham, too, is in my blood-line (and my grandmother was a fortune teller and match-maker in Connemara, though her family the Kyles originally came from the Western Isles of Scotland). I have meditated a lot on the difference between the Runes and the Ogham which is the Celtic Tree Alphabet of the ancient Irish Druids. I think they are very different magical and visionary worlds. The Runes are more linear and may-be they are will-based magic: the first eight Runes (Freya’s) are about what it is to be a human being, valuing yourself, having enough strength, being able to defend yourself properly and so on. With the second eight Runes (Heimdall’s Aett) you take a step onto the Rainbow Bridge that leads to the God Realm and you learn to perceive situations in ways that are above the human, and in the third Aett (Tir’s Aett) we actually co-create and share in god-consciousness. The Runes feel more active and masculine.
The Ogham, however, is not linear like the Runes. In the Ogham Worlds, the different Otherworlds merge and interpenetrate. There’s no sense of linear progression, but of merging with totality and experience of so much magic and vision, of meeting the beings and entities of the Ogham paths, who are very non-linear and heroic and laws unto themselves. There’s real fairy magic and the ancient wisdom and power of the Sidhe in the Ogham, it’s elusive, mysterious, gentle and spikey The Ogham feels even more out of time and multi-dimensional than the Runes. It’s much more rooted in the Earth. But what a privilege it is to have both of these ancient magical systems of power and vision flowing through our veins.

The Silsden Druid Group
The Silsden Druid Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, at 7.30pm, and we have studied Gwersi from OBOD, celebrated the Eight Great Festivals, there was some sacred work on the land at Janet’s Foss waterfall and cave and we meditated on the links between shamanism and the Druid path. The group is led by Suzanna Simpson. See:

The Silsden Astrology Group
The Silsden Astrology Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm, and we are currently engaged in in-depth chart analyses of members. There’s first-rate professional astrology here. Past discussion topics have included Your incarnational life purpose as revealed by Vedic Astrology and on the list for future discussions are the following none very worthwhile topics:
1. The meaning of the planets in the western and Vedic birth chart. Jung, the Archetypes and the Grahas: The nine planetary Deities of Vedic Astrology. The qualities of each planet can be experienced ‘positively’ or ‘negatively’ and on different planes of manifestation, for example: Physical, Consciousness, Psychological, Biological, Sociological, Events and spiritual/karmic planes.
2. The twelve astrological Signs plus the 12 Constellations of Vedic Astrology. The Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs.
3. The twelve astrological Houses and the chart angles. ‘Nature versus Nurture’ study of the houses from the Swiss Huber School. Vedic Astrology: Favourable and Unfavourable Houses: Kendra, Trikona, Dusthana, Trik, Upachaya and Maraka Houses. Elements and Modalities. In Vedic Astrology: Rulerships, Malefics and Benefics, Exaltation and Fall, masculine and feminine signs, Moveable, Fixed and Dual Signs.
4. Aspects between the planets. Assagioli and Chart Aspect Shapes, sub-personalities, psychosynthesis and Individuation. Aspects in Vedic Astrology.
5. Chiron, your existential wound. The Wounded Healer in your Birth Chart and Predictive Astrology.
6. Predictive astrology, the Age Point of the Swiss Huber School and the Dashas of Vedic Astrology (their system of predictive periods that unfold from your birth).
7. The Nakshatras: the 27 Lunar Signs of Vedic Astrology, power animals.
8. The wonderfully sure Vedic Relationship Astrology.
9. The wonderful Sidereal Symbols of Vedic Astrology.

I’d like to recommend two Tarot Packs:
Art through the Eyes of the Soul by Cheryl Yambrach Rose

This was recommended to me by Alan Burns, and I have found it key in loads of professional Tarot Readings I do, and there’s a lovely IPad Ap for it as well. It really does cut to the heart of the matter and is such worthwhile guidance for life.  And

The Tarot of the Sidhe by Emily Carding
I found the Tarot of the Sidhe by chance and feel it is so wonderful, I use it in all my readings. It is exalted, canny and penetrating, and beckons the Querent to a better vision. There’s a really acute call to contact one’s soul and beauty, and the purity of one’s essence and life-path.

Krishna Das: Lastly, I wanted to say how much I got from listening to Krishna Das’ blessed praise of Lord Shiva:

About starwheel

I am an experienced and highly qualified astrologer, combing both Western and Vedic astrology. I offer birth chart interpretation, prediction, and understand your child astrology as well as relationship astrology. I also teach many worldwide distance learning astrology courses in both western and vedic astrology, complete with webinars. I also offer powerful, learned and caring worldwide distance teaching courses linked to healing modalities in the Ogham, the Runes, the ancient Irish Druid Path and shamanic healing. My visionary earthspirituality novels are available on Amazon. They are: Druid, Rune Magic, Sacred Earth and Vision Holder Munay Ki, Munay Ki Protection and my spiritual guide book: The Backpackers Guide to the new spirituality 2014. you can email me at or phone me on 077 – 992 – 96821. My websites include:, and and
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