The Summer Solstice: Celebrating The Journey Of The Sun From May Day to Harvest - John Matthews
Paperback, 144 pages, Godsfield, 2002
Embark on a journey through the light half of the year. This illustrated guide to ancient Sun Worshiping cultures shows us how we too can come together on May Day, Midsummer and Harvest and connect more deeply to the natural rhythm of earth and sky.
Only £5.95+p&p Published price £12.99, a saving of over 50%
Cures and Curses, Ritual and cult at holy wells - Janet Bord
ISBN 9781872883953. September 2006.
245 x 175 mm, 200 pages, paperback.
Why are some wells said to be miraculously created by saints? Why are the rituals associated with them sometimes about divination or cursing? What evidence is there for the water curing illnesses? Do the wells have guardians? If so, are they humans, fairies, or even dragons? Is there treasure hidden there? What should be left there -h rags, pins, coins, pebbles or even votive offerings?
Until recently the answers had been almost entirely forgotten. However a revival of interest in holy wells started in 1985 with the publication of Janet and Colin Bord's book Sacred Waters and in recent years research has gathered pace. In this entirely new book Janet brings together the latest understanding of such lore as 75 topic-by- topic descriptions, including their links to pre-Christian practices. There is also a list of 25 recommended wells to visit. The 135 illustrations include historic photographs of wells and rituals.
Cures and Curses provides an enticing overview for those looking for an introduction to holy wells and a source of reliable but little- known information for those already seduced by the allure of sacred springs.
Janet Bord lives in North Wales, where she and her husband Colin run the Fortean Picture Library. They have written more than 20 books on folklore and mysteries since their first successful joint venture, Mysterious Britain (1972).
'Charming and comprehensive dip into well folklore' Richard Alexander Fortean Times
'... an invaluable book.' Carl Merry, Facts and Fiction
'Highly recommended.' Michael Howard, The Cauldron
Published Oct 2003, 184 pages. Published by Explore Books, an imprint of Heart of Albion Press.
Shamanism is a complex and confusing subject. There are many different ideas about what shamanism is, who is a shaman, and what a shaman does. Explore Shamanism provides a much-needed up-to-date guide to the study of shamanism.
'... this book I consider essential for anyone claiming a serious interest in shamanism... '
John Billingsley Northern Earth
'Despite the literature devoted to it (or perhaps because of it) shamanism remains a complex and confusing subject for many beginners. Alby Stone focuses on indigenous forms of shamanic belief and practice including spirit journeys, working tools, the spirit world and the role of trance and possession. There are also chapters on the academic aproach to the subject and modern forms of urban and New Age shamanism. Recommended.
Michael Howard, The Cauldron
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The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic, Vol 6 - The Twentieth Century Willem De Blecourt, Ronald Hutton, Jean La Fontaine, Bengt Ankarloo (Editor), Stuart Clark (Editor)
Hardback, no dustjacket, 352 pages (September, 1999) Continuum International Publishing Group - Athlone Press; ISBN: 0485890054
The end of the 18th century saw the end of witch trials. This volume charts the processes and reasons for decriminalizing witchcraft. It also surveys the social role of witchcraft in European communities to the end of the 19th century. No Dustjacket
For two millennia, European folklore and ritual have been
imbued with the belief in the supernatural, yielding a rich trove of histories
and images. Witchcraft and Magic in Europe provides a modern, scholarly
survey of the supernatural beliefs of Europeans from ancient times to the
present day. Each volume of this ambitious series contains the work of
distinguished scholars chosen for their expertise in a particular era or region,
and combines the traditional approaches of political, legal, and social
historians with a critical synthesis of cultural anthropology, historical
psychology, and gender studies.
In this volume the contributors are;
* Willem de Blécourt
with 'The Witch, Her Victim, the Unwitcher and the Researcher: The Continued
Existence of Traditional Witchcraft' * Ronald
Hutton, University of Bristol with 'Modern Pagan
Witchcraft' * Jean La Fontaine, London
School of Economics with 'Satanism and Satanic Mythology'
Witchcraft today continues to play a role in European
societies and imaginations. This volume includes a major new history of
the origins and development of English 'Wicca' and an account of the
circumstances in which the term 'Satanist' has been used to label individuals or
groups. The widespread prevalence of such phenomena proves the
contemporary reality of beliefs in witchcraft and its threats.
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