The Flaming Door

The Mission of the Celtic Folk-Soul

Eleanor C. Merry

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A majesterial work on the secrets of initiation hidden in Celtic legends and mythology.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality; Mind, Body, Spirit
304 pages
Publication date:
20 Mar 2008
Classics of Anthroposophy


"All myths and sagas and legends are like a shimmering veil of many colours, stirred now and then by the wind of our desires, but still hiding from most of us that Council of the Wise seated at the Round Table of the Stars... But between us and them lies the gulf of our arrogance and the mists of our unbelief."

The Flaming Door is perhaps Eleanor Merry's most famous work and made an important contribution to the renewal of Celtic mythology. Slumbering in the ancient sagas and legends are the secrets of initiation: when men and women found their way through the 'flaming door', the threshold between the physical and spiritual worlds.

The book falls into two parts: before Christ, which includes studies of The Bards, The Cauldron of Ceridwen and Hu the Mighty; and after Christ, which includes the Legends of Odrum, St Columba and the Legends of the Rose and the Lily.


'It's great to see Floris reprinting these Anthroposophical classics … The Flaming Door links Pagan and Christian stream of awareness … a revelatory book for its time.'
-- Inner Light Magazine, Summer 2008

'The re-issue of Eleanor C. Merry's anthroposophical work is yet another well chosen, well-produced and moderately priced effort by Floris Books to make works of alternative spirituality, both older and contemporary, available to a wider readership … the content and the context of the book are fascinating.'
-- Folklore, August 2009


Eleanor C. Merry was a poet, artist, musician and anthroposophist with a strong Celtic impulse and a life-long interest in esoteric wisdom. Born in Eton, UK in 1873, she studied in Vienna and met Rudolf Steiner in 1922 after becoming interested in his teachings. She went on to organise Summer Schools at which Steiner gave important lectures, and she was secretary for the World Conference on Spiritual Science in London in 1928. She died in 1956. Her other published works include The Flaming Door, Easter: the Legends and the Facts, Spiritual Knowledge: Its Reality and Its Shadow and The Year and Its Festivals.


Also available by Eleanor C. Merry:
The Ascent of Man

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