Praise to the Moon: Magic & Myth of the Lunar Cycle Paperback – Nov 8 2002
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About the Author
Elen Hawke is a practicing witch who lives in Oxford with her husband and a house full of animals. She also has two grown children. Elen is a photographer and illustrator, and has been doing professional astrology for 27 years and tarot reading for 10. She divides her time between healing and teaching witchcraft, meditation, and chakra work. She is Wiccan initiate in the Gardnerian tradition, a Circlework graduate from the House of the Goddess, and a member of the Pagan Federation.
Elen is of Irish, Welsh, Anglo-Saxon, and Jewish ancestry. She remembers having psychic experiences since youth, and feeling an intense connection to the natural world. Her love for reading began early with her grandmother's books on natural history and Greek mythology.
Elen has traveled through and lived in many other lands, including Iran, Afghanistan, and Brittany. She believes that this cultural exposure and appreciation made the transition to Paganism easier for her than many. She describes her spirituality as "eclectic," having explored Spiritualism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Druidry as well as Wicca. She has achieved both the Bardic and Ovate grades in the Druid path.
Elen runs the email discussion group witchcraft_uk on behalf of the Children of Artemis.
Top Customer Reviews
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"?!!
Ms. Hawke begins Praise to the Moon with "In the Beginning." This chapter harkens back to the eons when the moon was earth's only satellite. She discloses the many aspects of the moon in history, scientific fact, different religious beliefs, legends and lore. Moving on, Ms. Hawke explains the cycles in "New Moon", "Eclipses", "The First Quarter", "The Man in the Moon", "Full Moon", "Initiation" and "The Last Quarter". She continues on this wonderful journey with "The Indian Lunar Zodiac", "Old Moon", "The Moon in Astrological Signs" and "The Celtic Tree Calendar".
Just as you think Praise to the Moon is winding down, you are amazed at all there still is: "Circle Casting","Color Correspondences", "Moon Gardening", "Related Websites" and a very thorough glossary.
Adding her own Magic to Praise of the Moon, Elen blends in recipes, crafts, spells, gardening, rituals and invocations along with the many lunar deities from around the world. This is the book we have all been waiting for. Kudos to Ms. Hawke for Praise of the Moon...Bravo!
M.L. Benton, Publisher, Echoed Voices.
Copyright © 2002
Within each Moon phase is a discussion of how to work with that energy, suggested personal development. spells and meditations plus fascinating descriptions of Gods and Goddesses associated with the phase in question. I found these particularly interesting.
Elen Hawke's writing is very easy to read and down to earth yet a huge amount of material is packed into it and I found this inspiring. Included are several meditations and visualisations and these are beautifully written - rich in detail and texture so even just reading them you feel like you are being transported into another world.
I feel that this is a valuable inclusion for every witches library.
Most recent customer reviews
Moon lovers rejoice! Author Elen Hawke has given us a wise, intelligent guide to deepen our awareness of ancient lunar mysteries. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2002 by K Painter
A thorough and comprehensive approach to the role that the moon plays in modern paganism and occult practise. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2002
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