Spirituality, paganism, earth-love and esotericism • Rare and unusual to text-books and the well read classics
Featured Books for september
Plug for a dear friend here! Tree’s new book, Dreams: How to Connect With Your Dreams to Enrich Your Life is out and although I have not read it yet, I am eagerly awaiting it coming into the shop here in Canada. I’ve known Tree for years and been in one of her dream workshops - she’s a fountain of info on dreaming, going lucid, magic, sleep disorders and just about anything else to do with sleep and dreaming, that liminal space in which we spend so much of our time.
Discover how to create your own dream practice to help facilitate your work and relationships, self-exploration, soul growth, emotional healing and personal empowerment.
Tree is a Dream Guide, a Death Doula and witchy-sister - I highly recommend checking her work out. I know it’s gonna be stellar.
Her website is Lucid Dream Tree
Used book find this month! Grabbed this one from the used book section of the shop. Glad I did! I’ve run across Melusine Draco before with interest. Love it when the tides bring things back to me. Makes my ears perk up.
This book is hilarious! Draco ghost wrote it for a working coven ‘somewhere’ in the UK. It’s full of day to day stories of their lives, loves and tribulations, there’s a lot of accounts of the New Age ‘pagan’ movement colliding with them in the countryside and omg, I literally laughed out loud a few times reading this on the bus.
Also hidden amongst the comedy are little nuggets of seasonal wisdom, magical tips and arcane knowledge from the ‘Old Craft’. Brilliant!
Interested? Here’s at least one of Draco’s projects, The Coven of the Scales
This one is gorgeous! Such a cool idea for a graphic novel - great art and important stories. Also check out the publishing company. And noted: this was printed and bound in Canada.
Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.
HighWater Press (HWP), an imprint of Portage & Main Press, publishes a wide range of award-winning Indigenous-authored stories. These authentic stories, told by some of Canada’s most recognized Indigenous writers, include globally relevant social justice themes and the re-telling of historical events. HWP’s vibrant and thought-provoking books include a rich mix of non-fiction, novels, graphic novels, and children’s literature.
Thoroughly enjoying Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology this week with my son (age 10). I’ve tried to read the Norse myths with him before - they are some of our ancestors after all! But to no avail. Don’t know if it’s timing or Neil’s fantasticly easy-to-understand rendition, but he’s loving them this time. The other day he said randomly, “Mama - I’m not Christian (smacks fist into palm), I’m Norse! I’m Pagan!”
Deep thoughts my boy, deep thoughts. (And of course, not much prouder could I be!)
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
PT Mistleberger Provides a comprehensive manual in both theory and practice to enable either the newcomer to spiritual work, or the more seasoned traveler of the path, to advance in their inner development and outer success in life
Julio Cesar Ody An essential text for those who want to practice Solomonic magic.
Manly P. Hall A codex to the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. Students of hidden wisdom, ancient symbols, and arcane practices treasure Hall’s magnum opus above all other works.
John Michael Greer Explore 100 dramatic incidents, arcane knowledge, and key historical figures from around the world.
Gordon White Join Gordon White as he shows you how to use chaos magic not only to navigate these trying times, but to triumph as well.
Peter Grey The Red Goddess takes you through a tale of sex, drugs and violence. This is an ecstatic journey through the unheard history of Babalon. This is an explicit and challenging vision of a very modern goddess coming into power.
Frater Acher Acher gives a full account of his own personal communion with his holy daimon. As a magical record of a modern practitioner it is an important testimony for those embarking on the path.
John Michael Greer In these talks, written and presented to a variety of audiences between 2001 and 2010, John Michael Greer explores the forgotten history of occultism and its unexpected possibilities in our time.
Donald Tyson Ceremonial Magic Using Golden Dawn Correspondences
Graham King Explores the wealth of traditional spells and charms of Britain’s folk-magical tradition.
By Charles G Leland Exploring Italian magical folklore, charms and sorcery written towards the close of the nineteenth century, one of the primary source-texts for the witchcraft revival. Leland has been called ‘the grandfather of modern witchcraft’.
Gemma Gary Explores potent examples of the folk-ceremonial magical practices and witchcraft of the south-west of England.
Nigel G. Pearson Hallowing the Compass; Tools, Calling the Directions, Content of the Rite, Closing Statement & Thanksgiving, Honouring the Directions, Opening/Dismissing the Compass, Place of Working, Examples. Wand Crafting; What is a Wand?
Compiled by Melusine Draco
Folk & Magical Herbalism
Nigel G. Pearson This useful, pocket-sized book is presented as two books in one; in an intriguing ‘double-fronted’ format. The first side, A Folk Medicine Herbal, presents the medicinal herbal information and recipes as passed on to the author. He has complimented this material with the addition of the second, ‘reverse’ side of the book, A Folk Magic Herbal, giving the traditional magical uses for the same plants presented in the first.
Corinne Boyer This is a trilogy that guides us into the realms of plant lore, folk magic and folk medicine. The second book, Under the Bramble Arch, explores the magical and medicinal applications of the plants of the wayside; those liminal places where the wild meets those unkempt and forgotten landscapes of humankind.
by Wolf D. Storl Traveling back to the healing arts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners takes readers deep into this world, through the leechcraft of heathen society and witches’ herb bundles to the cloister gardens of the Middle Ages.
Folklore & Fairytales
Carolyn Hillyer This vintage collection of one hundred songs and chants was gathered from 11 years of Carolyn’s early recordings, over eight song albums from House of the Weavers (1992) to Weathered Edge (2003).
Carolyn Hillyer Wrapped around travels into old age and towards ancientness. Old women, elders, grandmothers, crones and hags inhabit its pages and propel it through cycles of time and wild landscape as they traverse the winter years.
Various authors and artists Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.
Co-creating with the Elemental Kingdom R. Ogilvie Crombie
Illustrated by Kate Greenway
TAROT & ORACLE
Benebell Wen Designed for beginning as well as experienced tarot readers, Holistic Tarot offers a fresh and easy-to-follow approach to the use of the tarot deck for tapping into subconscious knowledge and creativity.
Rachel Pollack The bible of tarot readers.
Bakara Winter Young Blood, Old Magic: A No-Nonsense Approach to the Ancient Art of Reading Tarot
T. Susan Change Focusing on four main systems of correspondences—the elements, astrology, numbers, and Kabbalah—this book helps you explore and integrate the images, associations, and myths that give tarot its unique and powerful qualities.
Angeles Arrien Angeles Arrien takes Tarot beyond the limits of the fortune-telling realm and shows us how to see it as a “Book of Wisdom and a Map of Consciousness.” Uses the Thoth deck.
John Michael Greer A complete guide to the lost art of geomancy - one of the major divination systems that are part of the Western magical tradition.
YOGA, BREATH & BODY WORK
Essential reading for yoga teachers.
One of the Top 100 Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century.
Donna Farhi A return to wholeness. For students of all levels and traditions, by Donna Farhi
Bernie Clark Provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga with illustrated sections on how to practice Yin Yoga, including descriptions with photographs of 30 Yin Yoga asanas.