New understanding of this potent archetype of fecundity, The Green Man. Today, the need for connection to The Green Man has never been stronger. The pollution on our planet has rendered him, paradoxically, even more influential to the future of humankind. Though shrouded in mystery, he speaks directly to anyone who wants to hear him. The reader is shown how to meet and interact with the spirit of The Green Man through * practical work * green awareness * magic * meditation This book fulfills a contemporary need for oneness to the Greenwood and nature.
From coloring eggs with natural plant dyes to spring cleaning rituals to spells for love and lust, this book helps readers connect with the spirit of the Ostara festival and incorporate its rituals and customs, both ancient and new, into their own Ostara celebrations. Illustrations.
Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
The stories in this anthology are ripe with magic of new beginnings and will change the way you look at life, forever. With an introduction by Charles deLint Urban Green Man is a large anthology of urban and contemporary short literature; from an international cast of authors. Every story follows the theme of renewal surrounding the mythology of the Green Man.
Grimassi has written extensively about Wicca, and Llewellyn specializes in books sympathetic to occult ways, so the combination is pretty predictable. He describes not only the usual magic practices, but also the religious and spiritual aspects of what believers say is inherited ancient European wisdom and scoffers say is made-up, new-age nonsense. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
One wonders whether there really is a need for another volume of essays on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Clearly there is. Especially when the volume takes new directions, employs new approaches, focuses on different texts, or reviews and then challenges received wisdom. This volume intends to do all that. The entries on sources and analogues in The Lord of the Rings, a favorite topic, are still able to take new directions. The analyses of Tolkien’s literary art, less common in Tolkien criticism, focus on character—especially that of Tom Bombadil—in which two different conclusions are reached. But characterization is also seen in the light of different literary techniques, motifs, and symbols. A unique contribution examines the place of linguistics in Tolkien’s literary art, employing Gricean concepts in an analysis of The Lay of the Children of Húrin. And a quite timely essay presents a new interpretation of Tolkien’s attitude toward the environment, especially in the character of Tom Bombadil. In sum, this volume covers new ground, and treads some well-worn paths; but here the well-worn path takes a new turn, taking not only scholars but general readers further into the complex and provocative world of Middle-earth, and beyond.
It is no secret that men are in trouble today. From war to ecological collapse, most of the world’s critical problems stem from a distorted masculinity out of control. Yet our culture rewards the very dysfunctions responsible for those problems. To Matthew Fox, our crucial task is to open our minds to a deeper understanding of the healthy masculine than we receive from our media, culture, and religions. Popular religion forces the punitive imagery of fundamentalism on us, pushing most men away from their natural yearning for spirituality and toward intolerance and domination. Meanwhile, many men, particularly young men, are looking for images of healthy masculinity to emulate and finding nothing. To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Grandfatherly Heart to the Spiritual Warrior. He explores archetypes of sacred marriage, showing how partnership becomes the ultimate expression of healthy masculinity. By stirring our natural yearning for healthy spirituality, Fox argues, these timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to reinvent the world.
A Comprehensive Field Guide to Over 100 Trees and Their Magickal and Medicinal Uses This unique illustrated resource helps you identify more than one hundred common trees across North America and Europe and discover their medicinal and magickal properties. Gregory Michael Brewer provides detailed information about the mythology and symbolism of trees from around the world along with an abundance of exercises and meditations suitable for Pagans of all skill levels and traditions. Featuring over two hundred illustrations, this book is the only one you'll need while studying trees. Whether you're seeking the scientific characteristics of a particular species or the folk traditions and remedies associated with it, this is a must-have guide for those who want to enhance their magickal practice and their understanding of our relationship with trees.
Breathe new life into your magical practice with the bounty of practical spells, rituals, and divinations inside Llewellyn's Magical Almanac. For more than twenty years, this trusted guide has inspired and enlightened magical practitioners of all skill levels. Get organized with the handy calendar section-shaded for easier "flip-to" reference. It features world festivals and holidays, 2012 sabbats for both Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and Full Moons. You'll find the Moon's sign and phase, plus each day's color and incense correspondences. Thirty-six original articles offer creative ideas for using elemental energy to maximize the power of your spellwork in 2012. —Make your home a magical haven using sacred geometry —Stir things up (in a good way) with a magical air altar —Dispel negativity with a cord-cutting ritual —Manifest, inspire, and heal with bathtub spells Published annually for over twenty years