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Saturday, March 24th, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Historic Dance Pavilion
Oaks Park 7505 SE Oaks Park Way Portland, Oregon 97202
*(The Faire is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
SisterSpirit Spring Ritual for Everyone at 5:00 pm in the Gazebo.
Facebook page for the event – https://www.facebook.com/SisterSpirits-PaganFaire2018-Primavera-in-the-21st-Century-142545419713606/
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,
Pagans of England and Wales, the Pagan Federation is looking for nominations for Pagans who are making a difference in their communities.
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for the work they do? event organisers, moot leaders, celebrants of local rituals, teachers, healers – who do you feel should have their work celebrated?
Reviewed by Frank Malone
Elen Sentier’s latest book continues the fabulous Pagan Portals series from Moon Books. These brief volumes constellate an author’s accumulated wisdom on a specific subject. From my perspective as a psychoanalyst, I had heretofore approached Merlin as an archetypal image of the Wise Old Man. Amongst other things, Sentier is trained in transpersonal psychotherapy. She has opened my eyes so that I can begin to see the depth and complexity of Merlin. Furthermore, Sentier teaches us that Merlin is available to us now for relationship.
To my surprise, Sentier shows us that Merlin is the spirit of the land of Britain – and Brittany to boot! She thus explains the many (apparently) contradictory places in Britain and the Continent associated with Merlin in the legends. As spirit, he is far older than the figures in the stories. Sentier takes us through the divers guises of Merlin in literature. This includes, inter alia, the Green Man. The author discusses the light that these incarnations shed on Merlin as spirit.
Sentier is also one of the awenyddion (Celtic shamans). I was fascinated to learn about the Celtic way of journeying to the Otherworld. The trance-induction is different from the auditory-driven induction used in core shamanism, which is my training and practice. The author draws contrast between these two shamanic approaches. Additionally, the Celtic journey process described is, as she observes, “far closer to what Jung calls ‘active imagination’. It was also interesting to read how she integrates shamanic knowledge with her practice of psychotherapy.
I was delighted and grateful for her chapter on Nimue/Vivian. This was the most satisfying treatment of the topic I have seen. I enjoyed as well the integrated biographical material woven throughout the book. I appreciate authors who can be genuine and not hide behind an intellectual defense. The book is also infused with her gentle good humour. Sentier’s book is fun and informative, and I shall keep it around to refer to for years to come.
More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/pagan-portals-merlin
I’ve been approached to shout out so many new Pagan books this month that I’ve had to split them into two groups. You can find the new Pagan fiction here. We’ve also got a new resident reviewer, do check out frank Malone’s review for The Norse Shaman.
Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Blodeuwedd
By Jhenah Telyndru
Blodeuwedd. Flower Face. Keen-Eyed Hunter in the Night. Dwelling for centuries in darkness, flying on owl wings along the liminal boundary that straddles superstition and sacred symbol … this world and the Otherworld … archetype and Divinity… the essence of all that is Blodeuwedd is venturing once more into the light of consciousness. Simultaneously Flower Bride and Owl of Wisdom, Unfaithful Wife and Lady of Sovereignty, this complex figure holds many lessons for those who seek to know her, and through her, learn to shed the fragile petals of illusion wrought by the expectations of others, in order to birth the authentic Self that is able to see Truth with owl-wise eyes. Whether she is simply a legendary figure from Medieval Welsh lore, or is in truth a Sovereignty Goddess once worshiped in Celtic Britain, there is no doubt that Blodeuwedd is celebrated and honored in modern times as a Divinity in her own right.
Find the book here – https://www.amazon.com/dp/0978904591/
Celebrating The Seasons with Children
By Helen Royall
Celebrating The Seasons follows the seasons of Mother Earth. This wonderful treasury of stories enthuses children with the beauty of nature, engages them in creative activities and offers soul food for the imagination. Helen Royall describes vividly the ancient festivals of Samhaine, Imbolc, Beltaine and Lammas, each with fascinating stories, crafts, food and songs for us all to enjoy. She brings the ancient Goddesses alive, relating them to each season. Topics include: – The Celtic Festivals and Seasons – The Goddesses – Nature tables and crafts for the seasons – Year round rituals and rites of passage – Nurturing health, self respect, creativity and spirituality.
Mountain Magic : Celtic Shamanism in the Austrian Alps
By Christian Brunner
“Mountain Magic: Celtic Shamanism in the Austrian Alps” explores the traces the early Hallstatt Celts (and even older people) have left in lore and tradition in the Eastern Alps. This is a leisurely stroll through the mountains, building bridges to and finding parallels with lore found on the British Isles, and giving the reader ideas on how to weave these old traditions into modern magical practice.
Find the book here – https://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Magic-Celtic-Shamanism-Austrian/dp/131299519X
The Witch’s Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels (The Witch’s Tools Series)
By Laura Tempest Zakroff
Explore the spellbinding history, tradition, and modern uses of the Witch’s cauldron. From blessing and using your cauldron in ritual and divination to practicing kitchen witchery with it, this easy-to-use book provides essential information for Witches of all ages and skill levels.
The Witch’s Cauldron shows you the ins and outs of one of the most iconic tools in Witchcraft. Learn about the cauldron’s role in lore and mythology, its development through the ages, and old-world witchery. Discover how to choose, personalize, and care for your cauldron, and find unconventional ones already in your home. This entertaining book also features advice and spells from well-known writers, helping you delve into the endless possibilities for using a cauldron in your practice.
Find the book here – https://www.amazon.com/Witchs-Cauldron-Magick-Ritual-Vessels-ebook/dp/B01LWKJSZA/
The Path of Paganism: An Experience-Based Guide to Modern Pagan Practice
By John Beckett
Paganism is a way of seeing the world and your place in it. It means challenging the assumptions of mainstream society and strengthening your relationships with the gods, the universe, your community, and your self. The Path of Paganism provides practical advice and support for honoring your values and living an authentic Pagan life in mainstream Western culture.
Discover tips for establishing or deepening a regular practice. Explore how your spirituality can help you deal with life’s inevitable hardships. Learn the basics of leadership roles and other steps to take as you gain experience and move into more advanced practices. With questions for contemplation as well as rituals to help you integrate new concepts, this book guides you through a profoundly meaningful way of life.
Find the book here – https://www.amazon.com/Path-Paganism-Experience-Based-Modern-Practice/dp/0738752053
I’ve had such a lot of recommendations for new Pagan books this month that I’m going to have to do two posts! It doesn’t seem so very long ago that ‘new pagan book’ was a rare occurrence to get excited about. We’ve grown as a community in so many ways.
So, here’s the new Pagan fiction and poetry….
Poetry and prose by Michael Forester
This collection of Spiritual Learnings in prose and poetry form a unique meditation that will support you in exploring your own journey, and the life events, both great and small, that will offer themselves to you as you travel forward.
More here – http://michaelforester.co.uk/books/forest-rain
Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella
Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.
The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.
More here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MRCASMU
Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings, by Philipp Kessler
It was a simple protection spell, what could possibly go wrong? Everything and then some!
Sandra Blackwell wants to help her friend find peace and protection after a nasty break up. Little did she know that Elaine’s home was already under protection – if you call flickering lights and depression protection. After the bulbs begin to blow and they realize something has backfired, they battle their own mental and emotional demons to fix what Sandra did. Two Egyptian Gods play with Sandra’s understanding of who she is and Elaine is floating in her own personal limbo after the blow up of her relationship and the backfire of a well intentioned spell. Can they fix things without it all blow up in their faces?
More here – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XTSBM9W/
The Shadow Crucible by T.M. Lakomy
In a world where angels, demons, and gods fight over the possession of mortal souls, two conflicted pawns are ensnared in a cruel game. The enigmatic seer Estella finds herself thrown together with Count Mikhail, a dogmatic Templar dedicated to subjugating her kind. But when a corrupted cardinal and puppet king begin a systematic genocide of her people, the two become unlikely allies.
You can read my review here – https://druidlife.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/review-the-shadow-crucible/
Find out more here – https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Crucible-Blind-God/dp/1590794141
Moon Song, by Elen Sentier
(Previously published by Cosmic Egg, recently re-released by Moon Books)
When Isoldé hears that her lifelong hero, Celtic folk singer Tristan Talorc, has just committed suicide, it strikes home and makes the oppressive London, where she works just after “nine-eleven”, feel nearly as oppressive as the Belfast of The Troubles where she grew up. Fate intervenes when an ex-boyfriend offers her a job with him down in Exeter in the West Country. And so begins her enchanted journey to find the lost song of Tristan Talorc, the Moon Song…
More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/moon-song