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    Paganism — Books

    Books, Tarot Decks and Kits |  Paganism — Books

    Paganism

    Paganism is any of a very broad set of religious beliefs and practices characterized by polytheism and less commonly animism. Many pagan religions . . . learn more about Paganism

    A Breath Behind Time
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    A Breath Behind Time

    Ref: B070-0


    Price: £10.95

    Terri Hector
    Healing Through the Goddess and the Revealer

    ISBN: 1861630700
    Paperback 200 pages

    Following several near-death experiences, Terri Hector was catapulted into a series of spiritual visions and experiences. Accompanied by her guides, The Goddess and The Revealer, the true nature of reality, life and death were shown to her. She passed through spiritual flames which transformed her, and entered the Earth Womb. As the reader progresses through the book, they are given insights which will help them to transform their own energies and their lives, being able to accept at last their own golden bodies and their true nature.

    Book of Beasts, A
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    Book of Beasts, A

    Ref: B144-8


    Price: £11.95

    Pennick, Nigel & Field, Helen

    ISBN: 1861631448

    Paperback 212 pages

    In A Book of Beasts, world-renowned author Nigel Pennick and artist Helen Field present personal visions of what certain beasts mean to them, how they see them living and interacting with the human and divine worlds, through the medium of our cultural heritage. Their vision stems from the European Traditional Spirituality, with the natural understanding that humans are one with Nature, and must behave accordingly. A Book of Beasts explores certain aspects of a wide range of subjects ranging from the creation legends and fables of antiquity and the medieval Bestiaries to the otherworld of the gods; from the European Martial Arts to remedies, superstitions and geomancy, from urban horses and pigeons to the tups and dragons of mummery. What they all have in common is their underlying spiritual connection, the oneness of human beings with the world of beasts.

    Callanish Dance, The
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    Callanish Dance, The

    Ref: B105-7


    Price: £9.95

    Jill Smith

    ISBN: 1861631057
    Paperback 170 pages

    The cycle of the year celebrated in the sacred landscape of the Western Isles. This is the story of one woman's journeying through life, through the sacred landscapes of the British Isles and primarily the journey round the cycle of the years during a decade lived on the Island of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland. This is a very personal story of self-discovery set in a magical landscape, illustrated with original artwork and photographs by the author. Jill Smith's articles, poetry and drawings have appeared since the early 1980s.

    Carnival of the Animals
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    Carnival of the Animals

    Ref: B217-7


    Price: £10.95

    Gregor Lamb

    ISBN: 1861632177

    Paperback 190 pages

    The role of animals, animal disguise and animal images in the folk customs of Northern Europe. A fascinating text which explores the origins, meanings and making of the straw bikko ‘straw bitch’ in Orkney. Following confirmation that these straw animals were still made in the 1920s, the author managed to track down octogenarians and nongenarians who could pass on direct information of its history and survival, and even make one. Readers can see within these pages not only what the bikko looked like, but also an explanation of this old custom set in a Europe-wide context in addition to a far-ranging look at folk customs, folk beliefs and the supernatural. A valuable asset to the library of anyone interested in the folk culture of Northern Europe.

    Celebrating Nature
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    Celebrating Nature

    Ref: B168-8


    Price: £14.95

    by Gordon MacLellan

    Paperback: 330 pages

    A practical handbook of celebration. For a small youth group, a family or a gathering of several hundred people, this book offers guidelines and a range of ideas for designing and leading celebrations that will grow from people's own imaginations. Activities are generally short and might stand alone as small celebrations in themselves or can be combined to create longer and more spectacular events. A number of ways of exploring the natural world and the sorts of celebrations that might arise from these adventures are presented. Different structures for celebrations are described and how to make the most of the enthusiasm and creativity of the participants. The many topics covered include: The importance of celebration; Historical celebrations and their survival into current times; Celebrations as ways of sharing experiences; Principles and activities to use in finding ideas; Inspiring a group; Personal celebrations; Working with natural materials; Working with stories; Developing storytelling skills; Animated Trails: an application of story work: creating performance pieces: activities include puppets, twig people, foam toadstools, and more. Plotting and planning a trail with a group; Activities for making and working with flags, banners, standards. Planning and leading a procession, Working with music; Performance and presentation skills: movement activities for puppets, masks and costumes, working with the spoken word, telling stories, creating characters; Working with groups of people of various sizes and minimal equipment: mumming plays, instant meditations, leading dances; Behind the scenes planning; Putting it all together: structures of celebrations: atmosphere and activity, mapping out a whole celebration, managing your participants, keeping people involved, practical tips. An immensely practical, inspiring book for everyone - another masterly work from Gordon the Toad!

    Experiencing the Green Man
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    Experiencing the Green Man

    Ref: B249-5


    Price: £10.95

    Rob Hardy and Teresa Moorey

    ISBN: 1861632495

    Paperback 200 pages

    Gaining insight into the ancient and mysterious Green Man is much more than an intellectual exercise. There are two principle ways you may discover him — the practical, external way and the abstract, but very vivid, inner way. There are excellent sections on the practical side of the quest, but, at least as importantly, this book includes a Green Man pathworking, celebration descriptions, and a full-blown ritual for invoking and linking with the Green Man, mask making and much more.

    Green Man, The
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    Green Man, The

    Ref: CP067-6


    Price: £14.99 (Including VAT at 9.58%)

    John Matthews

    ISBN: 1859060676

    The Green Man beckons you to join him in the ongoing dance of the seasons – to celebrate the spirit of nature and its ability to transform our lives into something richer and sweeter. Also known as Puck, the Green Knight, Pan, Robin Hood, and the Jolly Green Giant, so prevalent is the Green Man’s image that this ancient symbol of nature, fertility and wildness is currently an icon for the environmental movement. This gift box is a wonderful introduction to the Green Man and all that he represents. It features a uniquely crafted plaque, depicting the Green Man in his friendly, leafy guise, perfect for home or garden. The 64-page book chronicles the Green Man’s myths and legends and includes over 25 images of the Green Man throughout the ages. Pack contains a ready-to-display Green Man plaque and a 64-page full-colour book.

    Handfasting & Wedding Rituals
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    Handfasting & Wedding Rituals

    Ref: J0470-9


    Price: £13.99

    Raven Kaldera and Tannin Schwartzstein

    For Pagans who are getting married or handfasted and want to create their own meaningful ceremony, this book contains original, never-before-published rites from more than two dozen Pagan traditions. Plus, it grades all rituals as to their level of non-Pagan acceptance. Assemble the wide variety of mix-and-match ritual segments into the perfect wedding. Two of the most unique chapters are on nontraditionalist (handfasting for gays, lesbians, transgendered couples and polymourous group marriages) and interfaith weddings (with sample ceremonies that honour both faiths).

    Heathen Paths
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    Heathen Paths

    Ref: B286-9


    Price: £14.95

    Viking and Anglo Saxon Beliefs
    by Pete Jennings

    Paperback: 270 pages

    This book is being written from a different perspective to other books published on aspects of what is known variously as Asatru, The Northern Tradition and Odinism to present a handbook of accumulated data so that people can read and interpret it for themselves, aided by sometimes conflicting or complementary opinions clearly labelled as such. This enables the modern reader to develop and adapt their own theories and practices, rather than have them laid out by someone else. Trying to glean odd kernels of Heathen truth from academic writers who have not much interest in Heathenry, from a scattering of books and journals that do not invite easy access is not for the faint hearted. Although the author frequently uses academic methods and arguments, he is an individual trying to make sense of a spiritual path that he was drawn to a couple of decades ago. The process has not been easy. Few books have been written about historic Heathen belief systems and even fewer have presented fresh material bar some notable and honourable exceptions. Even the terminology has had to evolve, and the term Heathen itself has only become the preferred description by many adherents more recently. Trying to subjectively observe a movement from within, whilst being a part of it oneself is a delicate path to tread, but in this book Pete does an admirable job, separating them from the historical data being presented. This work attempts to show that there were several different sub-paths within the one particular group of religious beliefs labelled as Heathen, and that they are still all separately available today.

    In Search of the Green Man
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    In Search of the Green Man

    Ref: B246-0


    Price: £11.95

    Peter Hill

    ISBN: 1861632460

    Paperback 230 pages

    There is no clear-cut answer to the search for the Green Man. Even medieval bestiaries where real and composite creatures were depicted and their symbolism known, have nothing similar existing for the Green Man. However, this book, the result of years spent on a quest for the Green Man, gives a tremendous amount of information and insight on this major symbol. From the many church carvings, to the Woodwose and Jack in the Green of folklore, this book brings facts and inspiration together. The different types of figure are investigated together with the various forms of foliage with their varying magical and medicinal uses. Green Men are found not only in England, but also in Europe and the Middle East; their roots and artistic development are traced, together with Green Women, green beasts, wild men, Woodwoses, the Horned God and supernatural hunters. Lost Green Men, connections with the Knights Templar, pub signs, the Green man in modern literature and a host of other information is included with many photographs. The book concludes with a list of recommended sites, concentrating on quality rather than quantity, from the hundreds visited by the author.

    Lamp of the Goddess
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    Lamp of the Goddess

    Ref: RH884-0


    Price: £9.99

    Rae Beth

    Rae Beth feels the world can change by sharing our personal spiritual experiences with each other and has gone within herself for this book of recollections, inner guidance and ancient teachings.

    Modern Pagan, The
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    Modern Pagan, The

    Ref: R294-2


    Price: £14.99

    Brian Day
    How to Live a Natural Lifestyle in the 21st Century

    Paperback: 224 pages

    Paganism means living in harmony with nature and respecting all that nature has to offer. It is a sustainable way of life that has existed in the British Isles for thousands of years and that has survived secretly among scattered households throughout the UK. Although it is not a religious path (true pagans do not worship deities), paganism will appeal to anyone who cares about the environment, who is interested in maintaining an organic lifestyle or who believes in respecting their roots whilst catering for the future. Paganism may be thousands of years old, but it is particularly suited to meeting our twenty-first century concerns. In The Modern Pagan, Brian Day explains how to live in a way that honours the land and its inhabitants. There is advice on celebrating seasonal festivals, on cultivating a true pagan garden, on creating delicious food and drink from hedgerow fare, on herbal medicine and on working for the benefit of all. The core principles of Modern Paganism will make sense to anyone who is tired of the hustle and bustle of our polluted lifestyles, and who is looking for a way to connect with their surroundings.

    Nature’s Children
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    Nature’s Children

    Ref: B285-2


    Price: £7.95

    Celebrating The Seasons in a Pagan Family
    by Rachel Mayatt

    Paperback: 98 pages

    It is strange that so few good books on seasonal celebrations that include children. With three children and over 20 years experience as a Third Degree Wiccan, Rachel is well qualified to write this book. Rites of passage and seasonal celebrations are included as are thoughts on the wider aspects of bringing up children in a Pagan family. Ideas and suggestions can easily be picked out and adapted to suit particular situations.

    Old Stones of Elmet, The
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    Old Stones of Elmet, The

    Ref: B134-0


    Price: £13.95

    Bennett, Paul

    ISBN: 1861631340

    Paperback

    Elmet was one of the smaller regions that made up the huge northern kingdom of Brigantia, which was the largest single pagan-Celtic kingdom of the ancient Britons, comprising the six modern northern counties of England. Here, the powerful influence of the great Triple Goddess, or High One, known in this ancient land as Brigid, Brigantia, Verbeia, Mab and variants of such names was integral to the nature of the people. A number of stone circles described in this work are still known as temples to this ancient and primal force and would, at the very least, have been ritual moots where Brigantia’s triple goddess was venerated. The subject examined in this book is looked at from a holistic or multi-disciplinary approach; drawing on information from astronomy, archaeology, folklore, geomancy, magick, geometry, history, anthropology and spirit essence. This approach surely gives us a more comprehensive survey of the sites and enables us to draw firmer conclusions on their true nature to find out what these sites meant to our ancestors.

    Pagan Feasts
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    Pagan Feasts

    Ref: B009-3


    Price: £15.95

    Seasonal Food for the Eight Festivals

    Anna Franklin

    Food is very much a part of Pagan festivals. This book commences with an introduction to the Wheel of the Year, the cycles of growth and the ritual relevance of the feast. This is followed by chapters on each festival, dicussing the themes of each celebration together with recipes for food, wine, beer and incense. The ritual importance and significance of the ingredients is also investigated.

    Pagan Paths
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    Pagan Paths

    Ref: R106-1


    Price: £10.99

    Jennings, Pete

    Pagan Polyamory
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    Pagan Polyamory

    Ref: J0762-7


    Price: £13.99

    Raven Kaldera
    Becoming a Tribe of Hearts

    ISBN: 0738707627
    Paperback 288 pages

    The term polyamory describes non-monogamous relationships based on honesty and affection. Presenting a fascinating peek inside the polyamorous lifestyle from a Pagan perspective, Raven Kaldera offers practical insight and spiritual depth into a vastly misunderstood way of life. Relating polyamory to astrology and the elements (air, fire, water, earth, and spirit), the author addresses all aspects of the polyamorous life, including family life, sexual ethics, emotional issues, proper etiquette, relationship boundaries, and the pros of cons of this lifestyle. Kaldera also discusses polyamory as a path of spiritual transformation and shares spells, rituals, and ceremonies for affirming one’s relationships and spirituality.

    Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future
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    Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future

    Ref: J0824-0


    Price: £14.99

    Edited by Ly de Angeles, Emma Restall Orr and Thom van Dooren

    ISBN: 0738708240

    Paperback 336 pages

    Do Pagan practices lead to an ecological approach to life? What is the role of magic in contemporary Paganism? How can ancient Pagan codes of behavior be applied today? Representing diverse arenas of Paganism, eleven established activists, authors and academics passionately debate the critical issues facing modern Pagans. These provocative discussions — exploring feminism, magickal ecology, ancient Egyptian ethics, political activism, globalization, the power of truth, sacred communities, and environmental spirituality — challenge readers to reconsider what it means to be Pagan in the twenty-first century.

    Paganism
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    Paganism

    Ref: J0222-6


    Price: £12.99

    Higginbotham, River & Joyce

    Paganism For Teenagers
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    Paganism For Teenagers

    Ref: B173-2


    Price: £7.95

    Thinking Like a Pagan
    by Jess Wynne

    Paperback: 112 pages

    Jess Wynne has been working with teenagers for 12 years, and was the Youth Officer for the Pagan Federation. She now runs Minor Arcana, a membership organisation for 12-18 year olds and therefore has considerable experience in answering questions from teenagers about Paganism in a professional and responsible way. This book is very much about the joy of Paganism, its place as a very personal belief involving taking responsibility for one's own beliefs and actions. It gives a sound introduction to Paganism, dis-spelling many media-induced myths and covering basic beliefs held in common by the various paths. Spell casting is discussed, stressing the idea of cause and effect, explaining how spells work and what to do, what to use spells for and when and the importance of thinking it through beforehand (i.e. is a spell actually needed?).

    Pagans & Christians
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    Pagans & Christians

    Ref: K228-3


    Price: £14.99

    diZerega, Gus

    Power Within, The
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    Power Within, The

    Ref: B153-7


    Price: £13.95

    Pennick, Nigel

    ISBN: 1861631537

    Paperback 260 pages

    This book is an introduction to the basic principles that underly the perception of the human body in the European tradition, with regard to the fighting traditions of the Pagan north. It is from this tradition, that the true understanding of the nature of the human can be gained. This tradition has been recognised and honoured throughout history, by Pagan, Muslim, Christian and Atheist alike. It has served people well, in spirituality and medicine, as well as the fighting arts that are one of the distinguishing characteristics of the human being. This book is not a manual of the martial arts, for as in all crafts, one can only learn by doing.

    Practical Paganism
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    Practical Paganism

    Ref: RH787-3


    Price: £16.99

    Anthony Kemp & J.M. Sertori

    This book provides readers with a practical step-by-step introduction to Pagan ideas and practices, which they can try for themselves without having to `join' anyone else's coven or organization.


    Quest for the Green Man, The
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    Quest for the Green Man, The

    Ref: G232-3


    Price: £14.99

    Matthews, John

    ISBN: 1841812323

    Paperback 143 pages

    Explores the image of the Green Man as it has appeared throughout many cultures and ages. Readers are taken along a path from the heritage of western paganism to the practice of shamanism. Practical sections and rituals are included to enable them to start connecting with the Green Man.

    Real Halloween
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    Real Halloween

    Ref: G166-1


    Price: £12.99

    Morgan, Sheena

    Rites of Passage
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    Rites of Passage

    Ref: B086-7


    Price: £9.95

    Christine Hall

    ISBN: 1861630867
    Paperback 180 pages

    In our so-called civilised society, the points at which we move from one major stage of our lives to another are often pitifully ignored. The traditional birth, death and marriage gatherings often seem shallow and inadequate, unable to convey the personal feelings to or about the individuals concerned. Many people would like to create their own magical celebrations, but are unsure how to. Here, in easy to understand language and with many practical tips included, are a wealth of simple rites and celebrations, from birth and puberty right through to death. Illustrated.

    Ritual Body Art
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    Ritual Body Art

    Ref: RH574-3


    Price: £9.99

    Charles Arnold

    This fascinating book includes a brief history of body art and how it works, symbols and colours (and their meanings) used in body art, ritual makeup, jewellery, masks and masking, scents in many different rituals.

    Rituals of the Dark Moon
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    Rituals of the Dark Moon

    Ref: J0582-9


    Price: £10.99

    Wood, Gail

    ISBN: 0738705829

    Paperback 162 pages

    Everyone is familiar with the image of pagans performing rituals during the Full Moon. The Dark Moon (the night before the new moon) is lesser known but equally powerful. Mysterious but not frightening, the journey of the Dark Moon is like the shamanic journey to the underworld, where we are stripped of our adornments, meet the unknown parts of ourselves, and emerge as a brilliant jewell. This book presents the thirteen Dark Moons of the year by the zodiac sign in which they fall based on the solar calendar, and includes instructions for rituals (e.g., Aquarius and The Unseen; Aries and Identity; Cancer and Emotion). Deepen your understanding of the Moon as the Goddess when you explore the intuitive and deep healing powers of the dark.

    Secret Places of the Goddess
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    Secret Places of the Goddess

    Ref: B740-7


    Price: £10.95

    Philip Heselton

    This book is a practical and evocative encouragement to seek the Earth Spirit in those special places where it dwells, embracing a wide definition of Paganism to include all those inner yearnings towards a closer contact with the land. It will appeal to all who are drawn to visit such natural and archetypal locations in the landscape as tree groves, sacred springs, special rock outcrops, the seashore and the Wild Wood. All these are Secret Places of the Goddess.

    The Author shows why certain locations have been considered numinous and magical and how we can each go about finding these special places in the landscape. He provides a vision of the variety of ways in which we might respond to the spirit present at such sites and thereby enter into a closer relationship with the Old Ones.

    Seeking Pagan Gods
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    Seeking Pagan Gods

    Ref: B204-5


    Price: £9.95

    Teresa Moorey

    ISBN: 1861632045

    Paperback 134 pages

    In today’s challenging social climate what cultural and psychological issues are men facing? How can these issues be addressed? What does it mean to be a hero? Seeking Pagan Gods will help you to unravel the answers to these questions and many more. This thoughtful book presents images to inspire and uplift. Read about ancient gods, address issues such as sensitivity in men, the warrior ethic and respect for Nature, and explore fresh approaches to these and other contemporary issues. Whatever your age or persuasion, you will find something in these pages to provoke thought, motivate and hearten.

    Summer Solstice
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    Summer Solstice

    Ref: G134-3


    Price: £16.99

    Matthews, John

    The Art of Conversations With The Genius Loci
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    The Art of Conversations With The Genius Loci

    Ref: B169-3


    Price: £13.95

    Barry Paterson

    ISBN: 1861631693

    The Art of Conversation With the Genius Loci looks at the relationship between our spiritual path and our immediate environment. The mystery of place — finding our place and developing a relationship with it — are a powerful, if simple, magic and are also an ideal reference point from which to examine broader issues. As a society we are insulated and alienated from nature and tend to look at it from an idealistic or political viewpoint. The problem of our loss of integration with the environment isn’t just a physical one about pollution or an ecological one about our present lifestyle not being sustainable, it is also at the heart of the spiritual crisis which our culture has created for itself. This book is aimed not only at modern pagans who are already engaged with these ideas, but also at people who have a more general interest in ecology and spirituality. In a down-to-earth and practical way it suggests ways for people to explore, find and make deeper contact with their own special places. There is also a very personal journey through the inner landscape of the mind and the book deals with various methods of dealing with the issues that outdoor meditation and magic are likely to bring up, including privacy, safety and protection for both the place and the person.

    The Pagan Path
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    The Pagan Path

    Ref: RH786-5


    Price: £9.99

    Janet & Stewart Farrar and Gavin Bone

    'The Pagan Path will be easily understood by a novice as well as the more highly initiated. Another in a long list of very impressive books on Paganism which the Farrars have to their name.'

    Loretta Hoback, New Age Retailer

    The Sacred Grove
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    The Sacred Grove

    Ref: B712-1


    Price: £10.95

    The Mysteries of the Forest

    Yvonne Aburrow

    The veneration of trees was a predominant theme in the paganism of the Romans, Greeks, Celtic & Germanic peoples. Many of their rites took place in sacred groves & much of their symbolism involved the cosmic tree; its branches supported the heavens, its trunk was the centre of the earth & its roots penetrated the underworld. This book explains the various mysteries of the tree & how these can be incorporated into modern paganism. This gives a new perspective on the cycle of seasonal festivals.. The Sacred Grove is the companion volume to The Enchanted Forest - The Magical Lore of Trees, but can be read in its own right as an exploration of the mysteries of the tree.

    The Sacred Ring
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    The Sacred Ring

    Ref: B734-2


    Price: £9.95

    Michael Howard

    From Yuletide to Hallowe’en, the progress of the year is marked in folk tradition by customs and festivals, recording the changing seasons. Some events are nominally Christian because the early church adopted many of the practices and beliefs of the pagan religions to supplant them. This policy had little success, demonstrated by the edicts issued as late as the 11th century forbidding the wearing of animal masks and costumes, known as guising, during the twelve days of the Christmas festivities. All over Europe, including Britain, seasonal customs and folk rituals dating from the earliest times are still celebrated. Some festivals belong to a seasonal pattern of the agricultural cycle, others record the mystical journeys of the sun across the sky, both dating back to pagan religions. Each is a unique happening combining Pagan and Christian symbolism to create seasonal celebrations which can be experienced on many different levels of understanding and enjoyment.

    The old festivals and folk customs which are still celebrated all over the British Isles each year represent a survival of the ancient concept of a seasonal cycle based on the sacredness of the land and earth. The Sacred Ring of the year is a reminder of our ancient past and is still a potent symbol for the 20th century. It reminds us of humankind’s integral link with Nature, even in our modern technological society, which is reflected in the ritual pattern of the changing seasons of the ecological cycle.

    Urban Primitive, The
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    Urban Primitive, The

    Ref: J0259-5


    Price: £12.99

    Kaldera, Raven & Schwartzstein, Tannin

    Learn how to live a magical life in the concrete jungle.

    Water Witches
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    Water Witches

    Ref: B049-2


    Price: £8.95

    Tony Steele

    Like their fellow lovers of bright colours, the gypsies, the Trent boat families, or Fryske as they sometimes call themselves, had a private Pagan religion of their own, concerned with the earth and, not surprisingly, water. For this reason they were often called water-witches by other boat families who took a more conventional religious outlook.

    Most of the families that worked boats on the River Trent, and later also the canals that joined with it, were descended from traders who originally came from the Netherlands in the 7th and 8th centuries. Closely related to the English in speech, they found a new home here, and for many centuries dominated trade in the North Sea, which they called the World’s Sea, after one of their most important deities, named simply The World (the Old One, or world-serpent).

    There are very few water-witch families left around these days (some would say “none at all”). Over the past fifty years most have simply left the water-ways and become absorbed into the general population.

    The author’s informants for much of the material in this book are surviving members of the Groom family, who ran a family firm based in Birmingham (the centre of the canal network) until it was finally forced under by the recession of the early 1980s.

    Water Witches describes, for the first time, the way of life and religion of the Pagan Fryske.

    Wellspring, The
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    Wellspring, The

    Ref: B078-6


    Price: £9.95

    Anna Franklin and Pamela Harvey

    ISBN: 1861630786
    Paperback 180 pages

    A book of inspirations for the eight festivals of the Pagan year cycle. The book includes rituals, for both groups and individuals, pathworkings, recipes appropriate to each festival, invocations and essays. A brief background to each festival is given, followed by details on the deities honoured at that time and ways of working magically with herbs and animals. The rituals can be used as they are, expanded or incorporated into existing practises. A book to enhance and inspire meaningful rituals for anyone following the natural cycle of seasons.

    Wheel of the Year
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    Wheel of the Year

    Ref: B186-3


    Price: £13.95

    Teresa Moorey & Jane Brideson

    ISBN: 1861631863
    Paperback 260 pages

    The eight seasonal festivals of the year were born form a deep respect for Nature and her powers. Focusing on the customs and mythology surrounding the festivals, the authors explore the ways in which these themes can expand our consciousness and revitalise our imagination. Crafts and activities for every season are suggested, to help the reader capture the spirit of each festival. There is much here to inspire you to rediscover the deep and wild magic of the seasons.

    Winter Solstice, The
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    Winter Solstice, The

    Ref: G123-8


    Price: £14.99

    John Matthews

    This book gives new meaning not just to Christmas, but to the whole winter season. Folklore expert John Matthews traces the history behind many of the sacred traditions of the holiday season and provides refreshing and practical suggestions for celebrating the Winter Solstice as a joyous, life-affirming, spiritual festival. He explores the multicultural origins of Santa Claus, the Yule Log, carolling, mistletoe and the Christmas tree. The author revives old traditions and suggests new ones to help celebrate the passing of winter and the coming of spring.

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