Library – Almanacs

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In our Grove library sits a small, but growing section of Almanacs. Of course you may question why anyone would want to read out of date almanacs. Or why we would want almanacs set for the Northern Hemisphere. They are good questions.

 

The answer is that you totally ignore the calendar parts of the Almanacs. The 4 different Llewellyn almanacs that are on offer all have very insightful articles on pagan life.

 

The Magical Almanac contains articles on “Practical Magic for Everyday Living.” They are laid out in sections relating to the 4 elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This means there are pieces about soap making in the Water section and articles talking about food and kitchen witchery in the Earth sections.

 

The Witches Companion is again divided into 4 sections.

  • Community Forum with essays comparing Eclectic Wicca with Traditional Wicca, or discussing community issues like children, elders and coming across pagans we might not personally like.
  • Witchy Living has articles about day-to-day practice of paganism.
  • Witchcraft Essentials looks at different witchy practices, rituals and spells. This isn’t as cheesy as it sounds. The 2014 edition has an article called ‘Solitude and Quiet: Important Tools for the Magical Partitioner’ which urges you to take a break form the busy world we live in.
  • The last section is Magical Transformations – Everything old is new again. I can’t really work out what these articles seem to fit into, other than they seem to look at a variation of different views in paganism including looking into specific deities. There is also a good piece in the 2015 edition about why myth matters, for all those Bards out there.

 

The Sabbats Almanac is sectioned into the 8 seasonal Sabbats. Within each Sabbat there is an initial article about the season and then articles related to the following: Cosmic Sway, The Old Ways, Feasts and Treats, Crafty Crafts, All One Family, and a Ritual suggestion.

 

The Herbal Almanac contains 5 sections – Growing and Gathering Herbs, Culinary Herbs, Herbs for Health and Beauty, Herb Crafts and Herb History, Myth, and Lore. These are great little articles to help get you started on using and understanding herb use. However, word of warning, these have not been checked over by our resident herbalist and you should always check your sources, especially before digesting herbs.

 

The articles in these books range from a couple of pages to 7 or 8 pages long. So next time you arrive early to a ritual, and you have spare moment, please check out this section and read some articles. Let us know if they spark off any thought provoking ideas worth discussing in a blog post!

– Mary

 

Book Review: Warrior Goddess Training; Becoming the Woman You Are Meant to Be

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“Warrior Goddess Training; Becoming the Woman You Are Meant to Be”

HeatherAsh Amara, Heirophant Publishing, 2014.(Available through NZ Fishpond website, $16.99 including delivery).

 

“If you don’t love and honor yourself with every fibre of your being, if you struggle with owning your power and passion, if you could use more joyful play and simple presence in your life, then it is time for an inner revolution. It is time to claim your Warrior Goddess energy” (p xv, 2014).

 

I was looking for some help to reignite my spark for life and myself when I serendipitously found HeatherAsh Amara’s Goddess Warrior Training book online. This teaser introduction quoted above follows through in the earthy, helpful and compassionate journey of self-discovery that she invites you embark on. HeatherAsh comes from an unashamedly earth based spiritual stance in honouring the seasons and deeply knowing the power of the elements yet writes in an accessible way and provides excellent introductions for those not familiar with this path. This rich spirituality is woven throughout the book and had my soul dancing with the pages.

 

The journey of personal transformation is not an easy one, and so too with this book, HeatherAsh goes beyond the theory of living compassionately from your authentic Self to actually helping you achieve this. She guides you through a journey designed to enable you to unpack some of the mental, emotional, spiritual and life baggage that might be holding you back and not serving you anymore. Written with warmth and sharing her own and other women’s life experiences and struggles, she helps you to notice things like; the inner judgement and victim voices we might have, the old stories and beliefs we hold about ourselves and our situations that are no longer true, the ways we might focus on pleasing others, being overly busy, looking after others to the detriment of ourselves or getting caught up in distractions, over controlling or hiding and giving away our power. If these are some things you struggle with, this book may well help you on your way. She assists in transforming these patterns and habits by teaching tools and ways to cleanse your being, reclaim your truth, challenge your thinking and old agreements, let go what no longer serves, mend your heart, ignite creativity and passion, and listen to your intuition and find wisdom and strength in your inner being.

This might seem like a tall order but I have found Goddess Warrior Training delivers with compassion and humour too.   Reading this book is not a passive journey but one that requires your inner Warrior Goddess to step forward! Certainly this beautiful book has helped me enormously and I highly recommend it.

– Sara