New book reviews at Facing North

Compass_Card Stop over at Facing North and take a look at the following reviews I’ve written, and if you’ve read, tell us what you’ve got to say!

Ecstasia
“Before you grab this book eager to dance Roman-inspired steps of trance magic, you need to know the following: first, Ecstasia is created as a way of building upon the Nova Roma neopagan reconstructionist religion and is definitely anchored in a Roman context. Second, this anchoring as a Roman reference may here and there results in a few archaic concepts. Third, when it comes to dance practice, Julia Zay knows what she’s doing.”

Trance-Portation: Learning to Navigate the Inner World
“If the mind is the ultimate ritual tool, then Diana Paxson’s Trance-Portation is its boot camp. Written for use either as a personal tool or as a complete textbook for training groups, Paxson covers nearly all ground that there is to cover on the subject of using hypnosis and guided meditation to enhance ritual. While this book won’t make you a licensed hypnotherapist, it can and will make you a better magician if you follow through with Paxson’s programs. ”

Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations
“Karen Tate’s book of sacred sites throughout the world provides tour-guide patter in travel-ready form. Whether you’re in Greece or Arizona, check this book for a feminine-myth story while admiring the abandoned temple, natural formation or goddess-influenced art. Bits of history are mixed in with points of modern interest, and folklore merges with mythology. Whether you’re on a tourist bus and killing time until the next stop or at your computer at home with this book on hand, Tate will widen your world.”

The Dancing God
“To write poetry and then put it before the eyes of another is an act of courage. To write poetry and put it up as an offering to the gods is something more than courage; in that act lay the madness of true love. Poetry, while exalted as a romantic art, generally comes crashing down from its creative clouds when confronted with the way mortals receive a poem – they can’t see the context of the heart which wrote it. To make this soul-shaking exposure even more difficult, very few people know how to read a poem these days. All too often such reading is followed by someone saying “I don’t get it.” While it’s evident that Diotima is still pursuing her poetic voice and that the song of inner rhythm has some maturing to do, she’s coming from a place in her soul that needs to speak – and over the years I wish fervently on her behalf that she truly find her song.”

Also, if you’re just looking for something fun, check out my Spellcasting Picture Book.