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COVER: Volume V, Issue 3, Samhain 2010
Table of Contents
Dedication
Editorial
Oracle
The Wild and Grassy Slope
We Honor the Earth
The Berwyn Mountains of Poetic Adventure
The Coming of the Cailleach
An Isian Midwinter Meditation
Wenet the Swift One: Hare Goddess of Ancient Egypt
Awakening of Aengus Og and Tara Rite
Druid in the Garden
Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths
Announcements: From Olivia Robertson
REPORT: Convocation of the Fellowship of Isis at the Temple of Isis 2010
REVIEW: Avalonian Aeon
MUSES SYMPOSIUM: Bentreshyt: Harp of Joy
Hestia's Hearth Fires
Shadow Queen
Hymn to Isis
Prayer to Isis
Correspondent's Reflections
Mark Your Calendar
SUBMISSIONS GUIDE
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Nature Spirits
Wyrd Lore & Wild Fey Magic

by Danu Forest
Illustrated by Dan Goodfellow
Wooden Books, Ltd.

Review by Linda Iles

The publisher Wooden Books has put out a collection of ‘pocket guides’ on various interesting subjects. “Nature Spirits” is part of this series. The book is beautifully presented, a paperback edition printed on sepia toned laid finish paper for an ‘old world’ look. The printing is done in a complimentary dark brown ink, title on the cover in silvery iridescent letters. The overall effect is very striking in attractiveness. An added bonus - the materials for the book are entirely recycled.

The content consists of entries on over twenty seven different aspects of nature and faery lore, as well as an Introduction and an Appendix titled “Magical Miscellany, tools and techniques” all written by Celtic shaman Danu Forest.  Titles of some of the sections within the book include “The Web of the Wyrd,” “Spirit Doors” and “The Great Goddess”. The four elements are represented with additional succeeding entries on various aspects of the spirits and the magic that is associated with them. Even though the book is small and meant to be used as a pocket guide, the work within it is filled with information that is enjoyable and beautifully presented. Within its pages you will learn more about ‘Spirits of the Candle Flame’ (Kind Fire) and the opalescent beings mentioned by A.E. (George Russell) in ‘Faeries - the Strange and Shining Sidhe.’ The written material covers a wide range within the chosen subject and provides detailed information, along with conveying a sense of true personal experience. The book is alive with a spirit that can only be infused on the page by loving surety derived from actual devotional practice.

One of my personal favorite entries is titled “Birds and Bird Spirits.” Here is a sample passage: “Poised and precise, the eyes of the hawk and the spirit of the eagle are helpers of shamans across the world, teaching spirit flight to the upper realms. Celtic bards wore swan feather cloaks, called tugen, as objects of power for this purpose …”

An added bonus in this delightful book is the artwork of faery artist Dan Goodfellow. The beauty and magic of his work adds to the exquisite quality of this book. The matching of this artist and author is seamless. Every entry is graced with an accompanying full page illustration and very often an illustration in the form of a border below the written entry.  It is certain that more is to come from both this author and this artist. Work of this quality will not go unnoticed.

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The Golden One

by Catherine Bowman
Publisher: Soul Asylum Poetry

Review by Tristram
 
 
 
 
The author of this book, Catherine Bowman, has earned degrees in psychology and education. At thirty-two years of age, she changed the direction of her life and chose to devote herself to a spiritual path, resulting in a positive new self-image. Catherine is the author of Crystal Awareness, a best seller on the subject of using quartz crystals for better health and personal power. Crystal Awareness has been published in 12 languages, with over 200,000 copies sold to date. 'The Golden One' is her first novel. It is a story that reveals how Goddess teachings and temple practices of the ancient culture of Babylon manifest in the life of a young priestess. This story will draw you into another time and place with exquisite visions set against ancient historical scenes. The passion and intrigue are evident in every chapter. Grand Knight Commander Tristram of the Priory of Princess Scota writes: "The warmth of this tale is a delight seldom found . With the depth of research into the times of the story; this will be a superb read for many; plus an introduction to a lady author of much talent. The delightful "word paintings" will bring much of the flavour into crystalline clarity to be savoured through being read and re-read. The finesse of this work is surely the hallmark of Ms. Bowman's talent. To review The Golden One is a great joy, with highest commendation to the publisher."

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