Making Magic with Gaia

Author: Francesca Ciancimino Howell
Publisher: Red Wheel
ISBN: 9781609257682
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A Greenpeace activist, Wiccan High Priestess, and proud Soccer Mom, Francesca Howell has been involved in magical traditions and wildlife preservation since childhood. In this one-of-a-kind book, she shares her everyday suggestions for spiritual renewal through connecting with nature. The meditations, ceremonies, and spell craft in Making Magic with Gaia spring from an ancient Pagan tradition of Earth stewardship, which blends deep ecology, magic, and activism to bring the reader into a closer communion and harmony with Mother Earth. Packed with practical suggestions (recycling, gardening without pesticides, and conserving water) and mystical rituals (shamanism, crystal magic, and Power Animals) for helping the planet, this book is written for anyone with a spiritual ecological awareness. Not the witchcraft of Gothic novels, Making Magic with Gaia is based on a modern religion with ancient roots that can heal the Earth as it heals the practitioner.

Walk Gently Upon the Earth

Author: Linda Hogan
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 055717600X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Awaken your connection to Mother Earth as you journey through these peaceful encounters with the birds, the wind, and the trees. This collection of stories, poems, and meditations touches your soul and refreshes your spirit with its gentle wisdom and simple beauty. Evocative meditations will help you deepen your own connection to the Earth and will open your heart to the glorious world we are blessed to live in. Written by a shamanic healer and teacher who is deeply in touch with nature, Walk Gently Upon the Earth will awaken you to the living, vibrant beauty of this precious planet.

Subtle Activism

Author: David Nicol
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438457529
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Explores whether consciousness-based practices like meditation and prayer can contribute to social change. Can awakened consciousness contribute to social change and, if so, how? David Nicol introduces the concept of “subtle activism” to describe the use of consciousness-based practices like meditation and prayer to support collective transformation, such as global meditation directed toward peaceful resolution of a conflict. Subtle activism represents a bridge between the consciousness movement and the movements for peace, environmental sustainability, and social justice. It is not a substitute for physical action but rather a potentially crucial component of a more integrated approach to social change. Although ancient lore is rife with tales of shamans and adepts intervening on spiritual levels for the benefit of humanity, this book is the first comprehensive treatment of this topic. Nicol grounds his consideration in the available scientific research and in dialogue with a broad range of thinkers in the fields of consciousness studies, transpersonal theory, and New Paradigm thought. “Many good books are published each year but important books are harder to come by. One of the marks of a truly important book is that it challenges our deeply held convictions about what is real and what is possible in the world. It opens new intellectual horizons by showing us previously hidden connections. David Nicol’s Subtle Activism is an important book, a very important book.” — from the Foreword by Christopher M. Bache

Mystical Discourse in Wordsworth and Whitman

Author: D. J. Moores
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
ISBN: 9789042918092
Format: PDF
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In Mystical Discourse D.J. Moores builds on the work of current transatlantic scholarship in a lucid analysis of the connections between William Wordsworth and Walt Whitman. As he demonstrates, the "transatlantic bridge" between both poets lies in their privileging of a type of mystical language he calls "cosmic" rhetoric, which served the function of ideological resistance, as it enabled them to rebel against Enlightenment modes of thinking and being. In a thorough engagement with the work of Wordsworth and Whitman, Moores shows that the cosmic rhetoric of both writers involves a subversive reorientation towards self and society, nature and God, and knowledge and religion, as well as a radical revisioning of language and poetics.

The Magickal Life

Author: Vivianne Crowley
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780142196243
Format: PDF
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In this comprehensive guide, Vivianne Crowley shows that we can tap the mysterious power of the natural world and the creativity of the human mind by practicing true magic. With down-to-earth advice and detailed exercises that teach you how to perform magic such as rituals for health, prosperity, and love, Vivianne Crowley illustrates simple techniques for enhancing your life. She also shares her own inspiring journey, shedding new light on the connection between the ancient spiritual wisdom of magic and contemporary self-help techniques such as meditation, yoga, and positive thinking. Perfect for novices and seasoned practitioners alike, The Magickal Life illustrates how magic can help you lead a more successful and satisfying life and see the world as full of endless possibilities.

Cairns

Author: Chris Hoffman
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475986769
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Every page of Cairns conveys the sacral, as revealed by the indwelling spirit of deserts, glacial fjords, kitti wakes, bald eagles, bears, and pine forests. Chris Hoffman’s vision is prayerful but not preachy. His voice, reverential but never pretentious. If Cairns is anything to go by, one would be pleased to meet him. — Reg Saner, poet and essayist, author of So This is the Map, The Four-Cornered Falcon, etc. and winner of the Colorado Book Award How did he ever get that much light into this small book? Cairns is the kind of joy bears would want if they were human. — Evan Hodkins, Director of the School of Alchemy Chris Hoff man’s thoughts and imagery evoke a myriad of life’s experiences in a few rich, moving lines. This book is a journey you will be delighted to share. — Francesca Ciancimino Howell, author of Making Magic with Gaia: Practices to Heal Ourselves and Our Planet

Mother Earth Spirituality

Author: Ed McGaa
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062043978
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"A dear stream of practical knowledge with the mind change we need to save the life of our Mother Earth--and ourselves . . . This is a book for every person who loves this planet. Eagle Man shows us the joyful path home to our universal Mother." ?ynthia Bend, Water Spirit Woman, co-author of Birth of a Modem Shaman "A rich panorama of our native heritage which allows the seeker access to the heart of the Path of Beauty. Ed McGaa has walked this path so that all people may live in harmony." Samie Sams, Hancoka Olowanpi, author of Midnight Song: Quest for the Vanished Ones "Ed McGaa is one of the first persons who can write about 0glala religion in the first person because he has lived it. For years anthropologists have hoped a Native American would portray that society from the inside out. Ed McGaa has. It's about time." William K. Powers, author of 0glala Religion "Fascinating as well as inspiring reading. Ed McGaa makes an excellent spiritual guide and intellectual teacher . . . The information stimulates the mind, the drawings delight the eye, and the ideas soothe the spirit." Jack Weatherford, author of Indian Givers "Profound and insightful . . . Mother Earth Spirituality will be of great importance to those of us, both 'rainbow' and non-Indian people, who walk over land in search of a deeper spiritual life . . . For us, this book is an invaluable guide showing us how to do it." Fred Alm Wolf, Ph.D., author of Taking the Quantum Leap

Food Festival and Religion

Author: Francesca Ciancimino Howell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN: 9781350020863
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Food, Festival and Religion explores how communities in northern Italy find a restorative sense of place through foodways, costuming, and other forms of materiality. The festivals explored by the author range geographically from the northern rural corners of Italy to the fashionable heart of urban Milan. The origins of these lived religious events range from Christian to vernacular Italian witchcraft and contemporary Paganism, which is rapidly growing in Italy. Francesca Cianciminio Howell demonstrates that during ritualized occasions, the sacred is located within the mundane and communal feasting, pilgrimage, rituals and costumed events are forms of lived religious materiality. Building on the work of scholars including Foucault, Grimes and Ingold, the author offers a theoretical “Scale of Engagement” which further tests the interfaces between the materialities of place, food, ritual and festivals and provide a widely-applicable model for analyzing grassroots events and community initiatives. Through extensive ethnographic research and fieldwork data, this book demonstrates that that popular Italian festivals are ritualized, liminal spaces, contributing greatly to the fields of religious, performance and ritual studies.