Spirituality, paganism, earth-love and esotericism • Rare and unusual to text-books and the well read classics
Featured Books for July
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Trying to keep a journal, but not in the mood to write? Here’s six games that will challenge your creativity without challenging your writer’s block.
Looking for facts on witches? Interested in Ronald Hutton’s “The Witch”? Check out these 4 facts about witches, witchcraft, and magic I gleaned from this highly recommended book.
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.
Ayis Lertas The 72 demons, devils and monstrous beasts constrained within this 'book without words' by Ayis Lertas are iconic of all the vices, ills, impure appetites and perverse passions that thrive in the life of humankind.
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?
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.
by Corrinne Boyer
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.
Co-creating with the Elemental Kingdom by R. Ogilvie Crombie
Illustrated by Kate Greenway
by David Holmgren
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.
YOGA, BREATH & BODY WORK
Essentail 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.