Guinevere has never been a character I enjoyed. In fact, I often find her the spoiled and nettlesome one from Arthurian legend and much like Viviane s...moreGuinevere has never been a character I enjoyed. In fact, I often find her the spoiled and nettlesome one from Arthurian legend and much like Viviane says of her in of The Mists of Avalon, a bit of a ninny. Indeed, the only version of Guinevere I have ever found myself rallying behind was Angel Colby’s adaptation on BBC’s Merlin.
In my mind (and if the adage of a man only being as strong as the woman behind him holds true), Arthur—High King and unifier of a warring Albion—would not fall in love with a mollycoddled and sapless damsel. He would fall in love with someone with spirit, with fire, someone multi-faceted and with such devoted belief in him and his abilities to rule Britannia that he would never need doubt himself … and this is what Persia Woolley delivers in Child of the Northern Spring and why it has garnered itself a spot in my permanent collection.
The Earth Path is certainly a book written from a Wiccan perspective yet it is one that harbors wisdom for any and all who read it, regardless of thei...more The Earth Path is certainly a book written from a Wiccan perspective yet it is one that harbors wisdom for any and all who read it, regardless of their creed. In fact, you could remove all religion from this book and still be left with something wholly spiritual and educational.
Topics discussed within The Earth Path include organic & green living, ecology, ecopsychology, bioregionalism, climate change, activism, evolution, social change, permaculture, feminism (though not in the overt manner one would expect from Starhawk), paganism, earth-centered values and wilderness awareness.
The point of this book is to help people become more aligned and connected (or re-connected) with the thing that surround us all and sustains our well-being: nature. Regardless of what we may think, we are not apart from nature but an integral part within it. Nevertheless, until we realize this fact and balance our lives with nature and everything within it, we will always be apart from it.
"Whenever we are able to live for a moment within that consciousness of the whole, we become more whole, more healed." (pp. 28)
While a good chuck of the book (chapters 7-10) go into great detail on the four elements of Wicca and Ceremonial Magic, and while the spiritual matters listed in these chapters didn’t impact me—because I, as a Gaelic Polytheist, have a different spiritual worldview than that of Wicca—from a scientific point-of-view there’s some great information to be found here. Even if it’s something one knows already, seeing it put from the standpoint of aligning ourselves with nature, it takes on a whole new meaning.
Overall, a fantastic read and highly poignant that I can't believe took me nearly six years to pull off the shelf and finally read.
"Bringing our lives into alignment with the earth should not become a burdensome, guilt-filled project, where are constantly in an unshriven state of eco-sin." (pp. 36)(less)
If you are looking to fuse your yogic practice with the Eastern philosophy it originally is a part of, look no further than here. Indeed, this book ba...moreIf you are looking to fuse your yogic practice with the Eastern philosophy it originally is a part of, look no further than here. Indeed, this book barely has any actual asanas (poses)—only containing around twelve—but the straightforwardness and laymen-friendly approach to introducing Westerners to the beauty of Yoga in its more-pure Eastern form is what this tome is all about.
The first part of the book concerns itself with introducing you to empowered living, while the second half dedicates itself to taking you down Patanjali's Eight-Limbed Path of Yoga (which is strikingly complimentary to Buddhism's Eightfold Noble Path), all written in a language that is easy to understand for beginners and a lovely refresher for advanced practitioners.(less)
This is an extremely nice and quality set. It comes with a 64-page booklet, sticks to draw, wheels to spin, a timer to turn and cards to draw--all with the aim of getting the right-brained person around that creative writing block. The author, Jamie Cat Callan, is a long-time writing teacher. She has taught writing at N.Y.U., Yale University, U.C.L.A. Extension, Fairfield University, and Wesleyan University. So this is definitely a set put together by someone who knows what they are talking about.
However, none of the games and exercises helped me at all. I get about two minutes of writing under my belt and then here would come another wall. I just didn't have the time to keep pulling cards or drawing sticks for ideas. Especially with NaNoWriMo just around the corner.
It's a fantastically well-designed set and I wanted so bad for it to work, and it may just be because of me that it wouldn't work, not the set. It's probably something that either works for you, or doesn't. I couldn't really find a middle ground.(less)
Halloweenland is a novel that had its first breath as the short story ‘The Baby,’ and it is this short story which opens the book (and lasts the first...moreHalloweenland is a novel that had its first breath as the short story ‘The Baby,’ and it is this short story which opens the book (and lasts the first 77 pages — and not to mention is included again at the end of the book as ‘The short Curious History of ‘The Baby”, serving no purpose but to seemingly take up space).
Marianne Carlin wants a baby more than anything else in this world. Her husband, Jack, would rather drink and hang out with his friends. On the night when they plan to conceive their child, Jack comes home late and smells of booze. But he promised, and so they make love. Marianne’s dream come true and she finds out she’s pregnant … problem is Jack died hours before they made love.