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Praise to the Moon: Magic & Myth of the Lunar Cycle [Paperback]

Elen Hawke
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Nov. 8 2002
Along with the eight seasonal festivals, the lunar cycle is the heart of witchcraft and Wicca. This volume presents each moon phase, exploring its inherent qualities and relevant deities, with appropriate celebrations, rituals, invocations and magic. In addition there are spells, recipes, incenses, the Celtic Tree Calendar, the Indian Lunar Zodiac, and the impact of eclipses and the zodiac signs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You couldn't ask for more than this! May 13 2003
Having enjoyed both of her previous books, I was really looking forward to reading Praise To The Moon, and again I wasn't disappointed. It's so refreshing to open a book and not find the same old material in different words.
This book delves deeper than the "waxing for growth, blah blah blah" mentality, and seriously explores the uses of the main phases as well as quarter phases, eclipses etc. The result is a much clearer perception of the lunar orb and her changing faces.
Elen has also included a consideration of some Goddesses whom could be considered of a lunar nature, and gone that step further to present some lunar Gods, thus allowing one to develop a sense of the masculine in the traditionally feminine luminary. Of course, many books have taken the feminist approach to reclaim the Sun for the Goddess, so it's nice to see this imbalance redressed.
There is also a chapter on the Indian lunar zodiac, which makes for interesting comparison with the western solar based zodiac. There is also material on the Ogham, gardening by the Moon and a lot more besides. It really is a fantastic resource of material with which one might explore the influence of the Moon, and in it's depth it is unrivalled. It's such a shame that there aren't more books out there that take a risk and go beyond the "how to cast a circle" stage and seriously explore some of the many parts that make up this diverse practice. My only question after reading this was whether or not we can expect a "Praise to the Sun"?!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars explore the moon and her mystery Dec 17 2002
Moon lovers rejoice! Author Elen Hawke has given us a wise, intelligent guide to deepen our awareness of ancient lunar mysteries. Her evocative meditations, gracious rituals, and practical magic skillfully incorporate the Goddess, Celtic Tree Calendar, Indian Lunar Zodiac, and so much more. Praise to the Moon is a resource you will cherish and live by...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Moon Book Out There! Dec 8 2002
A friend of mine was looking for a special book, and she said "why aren't there any good moon books out there, one that would tell me when to do stuff?" She wanted to know what phases of the moon were the most powerful, best for gardening, and maybe learn about some full moon rituals since she had always purified and cleansed her sacred items in the full moonlight. Most moon books available are tied in strongly with astrology, and this isn't the type of book either of us were looking for. When I stumbled onto Elen Hawke's Praise to the Moon, I knew our search was over. You can learn about the magic and myth of the lunar cycles, and it is exciting to expand my collection of works from this author, as her books In the Circle and The Sacred Round are excellent as well. Praise To The Moon is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the moon's power that is available to us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comrehensive book on the moon Nov. 18 2002
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A thorough and comprehensive approach to the role that the moon plays in modern paganism and occult practise. In this book, Elen Hawke goes way beyond the usual brief descriptions of waxing, full and waning, covering unusual events such as eclipses as well as the less commonly worked quarter phases. The author, who is also a very experienced astrologer includes chapters on the full moon through the signs of the zodiac, and how this may be utilized magically as well as the Indian lunar zodiac and how the moon's position within it may indicate personality traits. There is even a chapter on the celtic tree calendar which relates to the moons cycle. If you are drawn to the beuty, energy and symbolism of the moon and only have funds for one book, then you should seriously consider this one.
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