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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

Pagan Book news for June

This is a spotlight on recent Pagan book releases. If you’ve got a Pagan title coming out and would like it mentioned in a future post, do please get in touch.

The Art of Ritual by Rachel Patterson

Hand fastings, baby namings, Goddess rites, Celtic tree celebrations, and other elemental rituals from a kitchen hedge witch.





Pagan Consent Culture edited by  Christine Hoff Kraemer and Yvonne Aburrow

Druids, Wiccans, Heathens, Polytheists, and others show how to ground good consent practices in Pagan stories, liturgies, and values. Although many Pagans see the body and sexuality as sacred,




Herbs of the Sun, Moon and Planets by Steve Andrews

Herbs of the Sun, Moon and Planets combines herbalism with astrology and explains how the ancient herbalists like Culpeper assigned specific herbs to planetary rulers. Various characteristics were used to decide what planet ruled particular herbs.



Godless Paganism edited by John Halstead

Godless Paganism is the first ever anthology of writing by and about non-theistic Pagans.  The goal of the anthology is to educate others in the Pagan community about both the diversity and the depth of non-theistic Pagan practice.


Ancient Calendar: Old Midsummer, Lamps at Zau: June 24, 2010

We have a VERY interesting Ancient Calendar today and it all revolves around herbs, plants, fires, and magic. In ancient calendars past, today was considered to be Old Midsummer day. So if you were trudging through the countryside, it would have been normal to see huge bonfires burning on the top of hills, and or many gatherers out there picking herbs, harvesting plants, and so forth.

See on Midsummer day, the power and healing properties herbs and plants are known to have, are intensified big time! So this day was excellent for grabbing what one needed for potions, spells, healing, and or so on.

This day was also all about celebrating the highest point of the year.  It was a time when the sun and our solar system (celestial sphere) moved equally towards the stationary stars.


Now off to Ancient Egypt….

In Egypt, there was once a city called Zau (today Sa el-Hagar) located in what is known as the Nile Delta. Once long, long ago, when Egypt was true to their gods & goddesses, a great festival would be had in Zau where all would gather and burn lamps.

If you would like to read more on the Dynasty and those of Zau, I found these links for you:

Sais, Egypt – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zau (Sais)




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