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Where the Hawthorn Grows – review

Cosmic Dancer reviews Morgan Daimler’s Where the Hawthorn Grows.

I noticed from  reading a couple of pages, that this was  more of a personal journey. The author tells us this up front.. which I found very good.

Morgan has  brilliantly outlined and described how Celts and Druids practiced in the past. If you  yourself wish to learn these ways, or to place them into practice today in a more modern world.

Which ever path you may find yourself on, this is a book that is most  definitely an interesting book to have and one that I am sure you will read from cover to cover, and maybe time and time again.

It has a very interesting section on healing deities along with fascinating chapters on spirits of the land, ancestors, detailed celebrations, life passages , which I particularly likes  and which you don’t often see in books, and a section on Celtic magic, which I loved.  Community and sacred tattooing which is also  interesting to find.

More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/where-hawthorn-grows 

 

Pagan Plant Books, reviewed

Cosmic Dancer reviews these three plant books from Pagan publishing house Moon Books.

This book was not what I expected, not only was the book very informative, but I found it enlightening. I was unsure about the bio-dynamics side , but this is fully explained, but its described in such outline that a total beginner can understand, I love the way Elen writes her books, warmth and clarity, about subjects that are fascinating to me and others, For this book even if you don’t have a large garden, you can implement some of the techniques for the smallest of gardens. Total garden magic here.

More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/gardening-moon-stars 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book is totally fantastic, for me. I totally love the way the herbs are described and then full colour photographs of some of the herbs, It’s easy to use for those who wish to go out foraging for them too, not only does it tell and show you where to source then but what some are used for, and excellent reference book and a must for those into herbology.

More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/herbs-of-the-northern-shaman 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For me this is a great little book.  I use herbs a lot and this not only gives the history of the herbs, but habitat and the seasons in which each herb is grown. It goes in to detail of what you can use the herb for and what part can be used safely,and the chemistry of the herbs as well. This is defiantly my kind of book and a perfect reference one. I have read this book and found that I keep going back to it time and time again,

More here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/healing-power-of-celtic-plants

Cosmic Dancer recommends

Pagan book recommendations from Cosmic Dancer.

John Awen: Summerlands Pagan Death and Rebirth 2016

A very good book. Death as the author says is a taboo subject in today’s world, but the author manages to make it easier to talk about through this book. Making death seem not as morbid and dark as some would have you believe. It is something that will come to us all and this book makes it a little easier to understand and to not be as scared about, Well worth a read.

More about the book here – http://www.greenmagicpublishing.com/Products/Details/234

 

John Awen: Journey to the Summerlands. 2015

This is a brilliant short book that helps you understand the passing on from this world to the next, having had some bad news myself this book offers some comfort, as though the author was there chatting to me, and his description of being on a train and each stage of life is like getting off at a station, then as we pass to the next stage, getting back on the train, is brilliant, cannot recommend this enough.

More about the book here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Journey-Summerlands-John-Awen/dp/1512212520

 

Anna Franklin: Hearth Witch

5 stars in no way near enough for this book. I was gifted this, and I found it so hard to put down, it’s not often you find a book like this  that gives such detail, easy to understand follow, whether you are new to this path or have been on this a while, it’s an invaluable  reference book to have in your collection, the recipes are just great, and before I knew it I was out gathering things to try for myself, a highly recommended read, I cannot wait to collect the other books Anna has written.

More about the book here – http://annafranklin.webplus.net/page29.html

 

Deborah J Martin: Herbs  Medicinal Magical Marvellous

This is just the type of book I’m looking for, not only does it list the herbs, but also gives the Latin name too, then it goes on to say what you can use each one for, medicinal and therapeutic what element that represent, and whether male or female, for someone who wants to make fresh incense this is a great book to use alongside your workings. Such a shame I cannot give it more than five stars.

(Editor’s note, Cosmic Dancer also reviews on Amazon, where of course stars are finite….)

More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/herbs-medicinal-magical-marvelous

Cosmic Dancer reviews the Druids

A Legacy of Druids, by Ellen Evert Hopman

A fascinating book that will lead to discussions, a lot of the posts by Druids I don’t agree with (as a Druid myself), but is that not the point of this type of book? To read it and then discuss the points with other readers? I did struggle with the American contributors as I struggled getting to grips with making it more of an organised religion with people being ordained and such but that’s my opinion. I think this is a book that if discussed at local moots would lead to a good night of debate and conversation. A book well worth a read even if it’s just to see if what the contributors were hoping for years ago has come to pass(and some have).All in all I enjoyed it and whether I agree with the pieces or not I respect all those that contributed to it. I do recommend it.

 

Spirituality without Structure, By Nimue Brown

Even though it is only a small book, it contains such a wealth of information and insight that it makes you question yourself, which as a Druid is always a good thing. When you question your belief you stop taking it for granted. I also found myself agreeing with a lot of the content and finding that my belief is not a million miles away from hers.
If you are thinking of leaving the mainstream religions or have left and are in a bit of a panic then this book is for you (it also mentions cake).

 

 

Let’s Talk About Elements and the Pagan Wheel, by Siusaidh Ceanadach

It is mainly aimed at children , but I do feel that adults will enjoy it just as much. Each section has some questions and challenges set for children. A must read for all children, who wish to learn more, I’m sure they will come back to it time and time again.

 

 

 

The Handbook of Urban Druidry, by Brendan Howlin

As an Urban Druid myself I can agree with most of the things that he says in this book. For some Druids the thought of doing “Druidry” in an urban environment can be a bit hard to get their head round, as most are more used to a forest or woodland setting, but this book helps you come to terms and find a way to be a Druid no matter where you are. Lessons and observations are laid out very well and it is not a complicated book that you could get lost in. I did find it useful and it was good to know that another feels the same way about the cityscapes as I do. All in all a good read for those just starting on this path or maybe just want to look at their town and live in the same environment as the author.