RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Moon Books Gods & Goddesses Colouring Book
    Rachel Patterson
    This book is fantastic,; if you have a interest in God's and goddesses you will probably know the ones in here but having an image to colour is so much fun. Every God and goddess has a brief description of then and a little poem or verse about them on the opposite page .
    There are many possibilities with this book,; it would be fantastic for beginners to learn about them while they colour,; pages could be removed and added to personal journals, you could complete the whole book and once done it would be a beautiful reference book to use and refer to when needed,, it would be a fantastic tool for teaching children and grandchildren about the gods and goddesses too
    The paper is lovley and thick too
    The only downside I can see is the pages are not perforated and they are doubled sided but if care is taken with your mediums you can still easily create a wonderful book xxxx ~ Dark Moon, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Gwyn ap Nudd
    Danu Forest
    Danu Forest eloquently places the shadowy figure of Gwyn on the secure foundation
    which he deserves – the ancient myths of Britain, Wales and Ireland – enabling
    him to take his place as the psychopomp (soul guide) between the worlds.  Nicholas
    R. Mann, author of‘The Isle of Avalon’ and 'Druid Magic'.

    ~ Nicholas. R. Mann

  • Reclaiming Civilization
    Brendan Myers
    Who would have thought a book about philosophy could be an utterly entrancing read? Actually, not just an entrancing read, but the perfect holiday reading for anyone who likes to think about stuff as well as be transported in the imagination to distant places and distant times

    Reclaiming Civilization by Brendan Myers did all of that for me. It starts with Brendan sitting by a lake in the Canadian wilds, pondering about civilisation in general and about whether to return to the city or stay out there in nature, living a simple life.

    His ponderings lead him to consider how our ancient ancestors lived when they were nomadic hunter-gatherers, and how civilisations have developed over the millennia to where we are today.

    As publisher Moon Books says about the book on its website: "What is civilization, and is it a good thing? It’s a name for the most glorious of humanity’s monuments and cultural achievements; yet it also speaks of the conquests, oppressions, and empires which make their glory possible. This book explains the essence of civilisation, then asks what’s wrong with it, and considers what can be done about it."

    It is a journey through time and through beliefs about social interaction and social structures. It is a journey of discovery that explains how civilisations break down and the problems they can have, but it also shows the benefits civilisation brings. It is not a nihilistic, depressing book.

    And Reclaiming Civilization is also about Brendan's actual travels in the real world - first to the lakes, then to an isolated location in Eastern Europe, where he spends glorious summer weeks in unspoilt countryside with just two dogs for company.

    Brendan shows there are many illusions about civilisation that need to be seen through, but he also shows that once those illusions are gone, we can work to create an environment that brings out the best in people and allows us to thrive in a society that works for the good of all.

    If you are about to head out for an August break from the rat-race, take this book with you. Enjoy it, and mull over how to start reclaiming civilisation when you return. ~ Lucya Starza, A Bad Witch's blog

  • Moon Books Gods & Goddesses Colouring Book
    Rachel Patterson
    This book, is not just a colouring book, but also a way to connect with the Gods and Goddesses in the book. I really enjoyed this book, as I have done with all of her books, she is an amazing Author and an incredible person. ~ Customer, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Gwyn ap Nudd
    Danu Forest
    "Pagan Portals: Gwyn ap Nudd is a fascinating and much needed look at this God. Balancing myth and modern practice, folklore and personal experience this short book is the perfect introduction to the Welsh leader of the Wild Hunt and King of Annwfn. A wonderful addition to any seeker's library and essential reading for anyone interested in the Welsh pantheon or fairylore."
    - Morgan Daimler, author of Fairycraft and Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk
    ~ Morgan Daimler

  • Pagan Portals - The Crane Bag
    Joanna van der Hoeven
    I read this slim volume on a two-hour ferry crossing between Dover and Dunkirk! This morning I woke up (in our house set in the forest in Sweden) to the call of two cranes in the field in front of our house. It seems that today is the day for writing my review of this book. The cranes themselves say so!

    This book is not actually about cranes though it does start with a Celtic crane myth. It is really a brief introduction to ritual tools and practices from the Druid tradition. “Held deeply within Celtic mythology, the crane bag is both a symbol of sovereignty, as well as an item containing the ritual tools of the Druid. With proper use, it can further the Druid in working with the tides of nature, finding his or her own place in the environment. Living in balance, harmony and peace” (- From the back cover).

    This is a useful book for complete beginners taking their first steps in exploring Druidry. It will help you find out if this tradition is for you or not. If you want to delve deeper there are other books on the market (some by this same author but also by other authors) and if not, there is no harm done as this is a small and affordable book.

    The author takes us through all the basics, from “What is ritual?” to why we may choose to carry staff and drum, as well as a bowl, knife, candles and incense in our crane bag. Having described the tools she takes us through the elements of Druid ritual: the Call for Peace, Casting the Circle, honouring the Spirits of Place and Three Worlds, the directions and ancestors and so forth.
    I like the way she emphasizes the need to source our equipment in an environmentally conscious and sound way. She points out that a number of items can often be found in charity shops ( recycling is always preferable to using Mother Earth’s precious resources to make new items). She also explains how making tools for others is a sacred art for craftspeople (like drum makers). As a teacher of sacred art I agree completely!

    This makes great summer reading for anyone keen to know a little bit more about Druids and their craft. ~ Imelda Almqvist, July 2017, PaganPages.org

  • Pagan Portals - The Cailleach
    Rachel Patterson
    I wasn't looking for this book but I was hooked as soon as I started reading it. The Cailleach is a very interesting woman, whom I'm sure I will work with soon ~ Betina Jackson, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Gwyn ap Nudd
    Danu Forest
    "Gwyn ap Nudd was figuratively and literally lost to the mists of time (his name means "White, son of Mist"). But now Danu Forest has brought the lore and his stories back out into the world, retrieving it from where it lay in the shadow of the Otherworld. In this book, we learn the tales of Gwyn, alongside his queen and his competitor, presented beautifully with exercises and practical advice for the seeker. Having just begun my quest to develop relationship with Gwyn ap Nudd, this book was a treasure trove of information, well-researched and brilliantly executed. Danu's skill with words and presentation of the material shines through all of her work, this book included. Her passion and work in the world is evident throughout, and inspires us on our own paths as we seek out the Old Ways, the the gods and goddesses, the songs of the land and the awen within our own hearts." - Joanna van der Hoeven, author of the best-selling The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid and The Crane Bag: A Druid's Guide to Ritual Tools and Practices. www.joannavanderhoeven.com ~ Joanna van der Hoeven

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    Excellent book!
    Full of ideas I cannot wait to try, including the animal wheel meditation....
    This has really inspired me to work with my animal guides more and build upon our connection.
    Another fantastic offering from Rachel Patterson ~ Willowmoon, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    Informative and extremely readable. The author puts the animal spirits in clear and understandable terms. Really enjoyed using the information to connect. Thank you! ~ Margaret Holmes, NetGalley

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    When Rachel releases a new book, I'm sure a lot of her fans have certain expectations, and yet again she meets every single one, and then some!! This is an excellent book that I had to fight with myself to put down, I love Rachels writing style, it's so user friendly and to the point. The exercises and meditations are well thought out and it doesn't matter if you are right at the beginning of your journey or have been practising for some time, there is something for everybody who is interested in connecting with their Spirit Guides. ~ Latayvia, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    As I've grown to expect with Patterson's books, "Animal Magic" is truly a wonderful book, written in a very personable style that gives the reader a sense of authenticity at knowing Patterson is the real deal. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in exploring animals' roles in magic. The book is written with the beginner in mind with even explanations of basic terminology, yet those who have already explored animal magic will find plenty of great ideas and suggestions that will help them on their journey. Perhaps one of the best aspects of this book is that Patterson never presents her ideas with a prescriptive approach of "you have to do it this way." Instead, she encourages the reader to follow his or her own intuition. This book will not disappoint you! ~ Paul Miller, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    This book is amazing ❤️ I would highly recommend it xx ~ Customer, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    Good book..I read it and immediately shared it with friends (animal lovers). ~ Carol B, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - The Crane Bag
    Joanna van der Hoeven
    On the day of the Summer Solstice I received a lovely and unexpected present - a copy of the book Pagan Portals - The Crane Bag: A Druid's Guide to Ritual Tools and Practices.

    It really cheered me up because I had not been able to spend the solstice celebrating. On the solstice eve I had had to go the dentist to get a crown put on tooth I'd managed to break and on the longest day itself I had been working in an office all day. To come home and find The Crane Bag on my doorstep was a reminder that the best gifts can be totally unexpected.

    Pagan Portals - The Crane Bag is by Joanna van der Hoeven, whose previous books on Druidry include The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid, which is deservedly a best-seller.

    Her new book, which is officially launched in July, focuses on the practical tools and rituals of Druidry. The crane bag is a theme that runs through Celtic mythology - created to honour and remember the tragic tale of a woman who was turned into a crane by magic, it was said to hold the treasures of ancient Ireland. Bags used to hold ritual items as well as herbs and foraged items for spellwork are also often called crane bags by Druids and this book gives all the details.

    Publisher Moon Books says about The Crane Bag on its website:
    An introduction to the ritual tools and practices found in the Druid tradition. Held deeply within Celtic mythology, the crane bag is both a symbol of sovereignty, as well as an item containing the ritual tools of the Druid. With the proper use, it can further the Druid in working with the tides of nature, finding his or her own place in the environment, living in balance, harmony and peace. In ritual, these tools and practices can guide one to deeper levels of meaning and understanding within the tradition, helping the Druid on his or her journey through life and towards integration with the natural world.

    Getting this book has inspired me to make my own crane bag to take with me when I am out and about. I'm always filling my pockets with things I find for my altar or for the mandalas I've been creating from flowers each month this year. A crane bag will not only be a better place to put them, it will make my foraging seem more a part of a traditional spiritual practice. ~ Lucya Starza, A Bad Witch's Blog, http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2017/06/review-crane-bag-druids-guide.html

  • Faerie Stones
    Ceri Norman
    If you like to work with crystals and want to explore their connection to the world of Faerie then this is the book for you. Ceri explains how to work with the best Faerie stones and shares fascinating information on each one. The book also includes working with Faerie stones for your chakras and aura. Well written and extremely well researched. ~ Rachel Patterson, author of several books on the Craft including The Cailleach and Animal Magic

  • Pagan Portals - Rhiannon
    Jhenah Telyndru
    So much more than brilliant, precise scholarship, Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons is an exquisite melding of history, mythology and lore. Jhenah Telyndru entices a depth of historical insight out of rich range of resources to place it at your doorstep in an engaging, evocative manner and she takes dynamic relationship with Rhiannon out of ritual confines to place it actively in the nuances of everyday life. This important work is a linguistic archeological treasure; an invitation to hone awareness of how we know what we know; and an inspired guide for spiritual practice. Jhenah follows the trail of historical breadcrumbs to give us a feast, complete with ancient tales, poetry and song. Every morsel is a delight to savour. ~ Tiffany Lazic, author of The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year

  • Pagan Portals - Rhiannon
    Jhenah Telyndru
    As both literary character and goddess, Rhiannon is hard to get to know. But Jhenah Telyndru's book brings her to life. Here you find the historical and literary sources studied with logical clarity and precision, as well as a gentle and loving present-day devotional interpretation. This book is not only an informative text: it is also a work of art. ~ Brendan Myers, Ph.D., author of Reclaiming Civilization: A Case for Optimism for the Future of Humanity

  • When a Pagan Prays
    Nimue Brown
    "What a marvellous book this is: full of sayings, suggestions, & witty remarks which I've underlined to go back to, & add to my notebook of inspiring quotes. It's both a very personal look at prayer, and, one which draws from many religions & beliefs, not just the writer's Druid ones. While it was particularly fascinating to follow author Nimue Brown's journey from being a Pagan who does not pray, to one who does, this book has persuaded me of the value of prayer as a regular practice, regardless of faith or background.

    From the "petition prayer" – or, as the author puts it, "Please God, give me a pony" - to questions such as, "Who are we praying to, and why, and what for?", to group prayer, writing our own prayers, and much more, this is a thorough, insightful, and at times amusing look at the topic of prayer.

    Thoroughly recommended! My top choice as a Yule present to my book loving, Protestant sister." ~ Sheila North, Book It

  • Secret People, The
    Melusine Draco
    The Secret People was a well written and accessible book looking at the old wisdom that has been handed down for centuries from one country wise woman to the next. Melusine Draco drew from a wide variety of historical sources to trace the knowledge that would have been commonplace for our grandmothers or great grandmothers.
    I really liked the mix of practical and esoteric information. The advice was no nonsense and the practical warnings regarding herblore helped me trust the author.
    The Secret People should be appealing to a wide audience ranging from those interested in pagan rituals to people interested in incorporating some of the old ways back into their lives. The lively mix of history, modern anecdotes, and recipes makes this a fun and informative book!
    ~ Kimberly O'Hara Nunez (Educator) , NetGalley

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