Featured Books in July

Gardens of the Soul  - Gifts for Mystics

OMG Gardens of the Soul: Making Sacred and Shamanic Art. It’s a gorgeous book. If you don’t paint fantastical shamanically inclined dreamworld art, this book will make you want to.

Through her paintings and writings Faith Nolton shares the creative processes of sacred art — both the inner journeying work and the practical art techniques. She weaves together her own shamanic practice and spirit conversations with her skills as a painter and poet.

Here’s a link to Faith’s gallery too.

Treading the Mill - Gifts for Mystics

Just finished this 2nd edition of Treading the Mill by Nigel G Pearson. Oh man what a book! I wish I had read it years ago when I first came accross it. It’s a brilliantly useful, practical and succinct 101 for Traditional Witchcraft. If you were looking to start somewhere, this is it.

Here’s a review on For Puck’s Sake, Patheos.

The author also has an online store where you can buy his books along all sorts of ritaul objects and goodies. http://sacredearth.org.uk/store

There’s more editions at Troy Books including soft cover and a black edition.

Encounters With Nature Spirits - Gifts for Mystics

A friend of mine directed me to this little gem, A Findhorn Classic, Encounters With Nature Spirits by R Ogilvie Crombie (1899- 1975). ‘Roc’ to his friends, Crombie was a Scottish scientist, mythologist, psychologist, esotericist, historian and writer. He was affiliated closely with the Findhorn Foundation founders and spent much time there. He also lived in a remote cabin for 10 years, getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life due to heart problems. In the wild and in contemplation, he engaged fully with the Spirit of nature. Or, the Spirit engaged with him! In this book he tells of his first meetings with the god Pan, lord of all nature, along with other fauns, fairies and spirits.

Roc had a deep respect and appreciation for the other forms of consciousness. Nothing I love more than a scientist who crosses over! The book also has sweet little illustrations too, that remind me of the original Narnia series. Love love love.

Encounters With Nature Spirits Illustration - Gifts for Mystics
A Tolkien Bestiary - Gifts for Mystics

And for my used book find this month, any Tolkien fans out there? Of course you are! Check out A Tolkien Bestiary by David Day. I am SO excited to read this book. Originally published in 1978, it presents beautifully illustrated definitions in alphabetical order of all the imaginary beasts, monsters, races, nations, duties, fauna, and flora of the worlds of middle-earth and the Undying Lands. Also includes a map and a chronology of all the ages.

A full immersion, seriously. Check this art out!

A Bestiary of Tolkien - Gifts for Mystics

However, interesting to note that I have found online that many Tolkien fans are cirtical of Day’s Tolkien books, saying they are not factual. Who knew? At any rate, this is a gorgeous picture book of middle-earth. Still glad to have it!

Note in my travels I also found this colouring book. Serious want.

A Bestiary of Tolkien Illustration - Gifts for Mystics