I treated myself to Every Day Magic in paperback in early December with some of my birthday money.
Every Day Magic, A Pagan Book of Days, is a gem of a little book. On every page are treasures, ideas, recipes, meditations, spells and so much more. Whatever pantheon you follow, or even if you don’t follow one at all, you’ll enjoy exploring thoughts from other lands and belief systems.
I read this book from cover to cover first but it’s an ideal book to dip into at Sabbats and Esbats or just because you feel like it.
A perfect book to bring a little magic into every day.
There once was an old bear who was a shaman for the creatures in the Cantley area of Doncaster. Though he was a powerful shaman – some said, the most powerful in all of the borough – one winter, he was plagued by owls.
Owls in his medicine bag. Owls on his prayer mat. Owls in his wardrobe. Owls in his hat.
That Solstice, he visited his great friend Rabbit, who lived in nearby Bessacarr. Rabbit was also a powerful shaman. Some said she was even more skilled than Bear. Certainly, even Bear agreed that she had a much better hedge and nest side manner than him, and she was frequently consulted by many of the animals in her area. However, some Bessacarr creatures were too posh to be seen consorting with a shaman. Consequently, Rabbit met them in the less swanky cafés and pubs in central Doncaster. Rabbit’s clients…
Elen Sentier’s Merlin Once & Future Wizard is a marvel, highly recommended. The author effortlessly charms us into a fresh and extended understanding of Merlin, introducing us to a “huge, ancient, wise and powerful” being – teacher, trickster and friend. For me, her introductory Who Is Merlin? chapter offers the best description of the essential Merlin I have ever read.
“Merlin is a liminal being. Liminal means a threshold, a place between past and future, between here and there, between one world and another … and he is always standing at that threshold. He is that place. And that ever-changing constant threshold is now, the here-and-now, and it’s constantly in motion like the sea”. Merlin teaches us, if we are willing, to “be continuously and consciously aware that you stand in the middle of change all the time, whatever is going on”. This is a lifelong learning. It cannot…
My child has been a bit of a handful lately, especially in the evenings. It’s probably a result of too many things packed into a week, fatigue, and the excitement of the holidays. The last couple evenings have been particularly trying.
In our home, we talk about Santa as a spirit of generosity and giving; Santa does not deliver gifts to our house. The spirit inspires us to give to each other. We honor this seasonal spirit during our Twelve Days of Solstice observation with prayers of gratitude and offerings of milk and cookies. Tonight, after my daughter was being exceptionally bratty about bedtime, I took a deep breath, and calmly explained what many people tell their children. She’s aware that most of her peers think Santa himself brings gifts. Today I shared another piece of that story – that parents tell their children Santa will not deliver gifts if…
Deathwalking: Helping Them Cross the Bridge is
a short book (88 pages) in the Moon Books Shaman Pathways series. It
is edited by Pagan author and
artist Laura Perry and features a dozen essays from Pagans and
shamanic practitioners from
traditions and backgrounds.
Its focus is the little known or
spoken about practice of deathwalking, or pyschopomping, which Laura
explains is ‘helping the helping the spirits of the deceased
move on from this world to the next.’
This interested me because, as a devotee of Gwyn ap Nudd, a god who
guides the dead to the Annwn (the Brythonic Otherworld) I have been
called on to retell the stories of the dead and to act as a guide on
a couple of occasions, and wondered if I will be led to work more
deeply in this area in the future.
Brigid: Meeting the Goddess of Poetry, Forge and Healing Well is an introduction to the multi-faceted Celtic goddess, Brigid, by Irish Polytheist Morgan Daimler. In this book, Morgan traces the threads of the ‘enormous, brightly coloured tapestry’ that gives form to Brigid in the twenty-first century to their original sources.
Morgan centres on the well-known Irish depiction of Brigid as three sisters in the 14th C Sanas Cormac: ‘Brigid of the Poets, Brigid of the Forge, Brigid the Healer’. She introduces Brigid’s earliest representations as the daughter of the Dagda and member of the Tuatha dé Danann in The Caith Maige Tuired and Lebor Gabala Erenn. Lesser know Brigids from the Ulster Cycle: Brigid the Hospitaller, Brigid of the Judgements and Brigid the Cowless are also introduced.
A chapter focuses on Brigid by other names: the Gaulish Brigandu, British Brigantia, Scottish Bride, Welsh Ffraid and Saint Brigid…
Pagan Portals: Gwyn Ap Nudd — Wild God of Faerie, Guardian of Annwn Danu Forest Moon Books, 2017
Review by Anthony Rella.
A contribution to Moon Books’ Pagan Portals series, Danu Forest’s Gwyn Ap Nudd is a slender book that provides an accessible and welcoming path to Celtic mythology, Welsh divinities, and a nature-centered practice. At only 94 pages, one still has the foundational material to begin a rich journey into nature worship, connection to the Fae, and devotional practice with this powerful god of the old Britons.
Through each section, Forest provides overviews and discussion of various myths associated with Gwyn Ap Nudd — as guardian of the underworld, as king of the fae, as leader of the Wild Hunt, and as one who lives in the glass castle of Glastonbury Tor. With each facet of this complex and intriguing figure, Forest offers suggestive insights into how a modern-day…