ARTWORK BY MARK BUTERVAUGH

This is The Shaman, and it is in front of the first chapter for The Myth of the Year which is "The Sequani Calendar and the Sacred Calendar of Eleusis." The drawing is an interpretation of a Cernunnos-like god in a Buddhic position on the Gundestrap Cauldron. The Shaman acts as a spiritual guide through the year, and his constellation is Auriga, The Charioteer. Also see Chapter One for more information.

This is a depiction of The Hero in Greek and Celtic Iron Age culture. It is in front of the second chapter for The Myth of the Year which is "Light Through the Hero's Eyes." The constellation of Cassiopeia is in the Milky Way in the background symbolizing the transference of power to the hero from the mother goddess, the Matrona in Celtic mythology and Demeter, in Greek mythology. The oak leaf and nut in the border symbolize the power of the Druids as well as the season of the oak, the Fall.

This beautiful piece depicts the Winter Solstice at Newgrange in Ireland. In the sky are Orion and the stars of the winter sky. This picture is in front of the third chapter of The Myth of the Year entitled "The Great Goddess of the Winter Sky" because it depicts the constellations connected to the winter goddesses, Brigit in Celtic mythology and Artemis in Greek mythology. The border is holly, a seasonal and sacred plant.

This picture is in front of the chapter "The Celestial Spring" in The Myth of the Year. It is a depiction of the bull god and the crane goddess of the spring with a morel as the sacred plant in the border. The bull god and the dying gods of the spring are best represented in the triskele of Esus, Taranis, and Teutates in Celtic mythology and Dionysus in Greek mythology. They are the gods of sacrifice and resurrection at the Vernal Equinox and their constellation is Bootes.

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