Book Review: Arc of the Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts

Book Review: Arc of the Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts Review by Dawn Thomas 272 Pages Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd / Moon Books Religion & Spirituality This book comes from a year-long online course they developed together. Each chapter is dedicated with a theme for the month. Within each chapter, the authors explore a different goddess as they travel the wheel of the year. What I liked about this design is they included the stages of a woman along with the elements and the seasons. There is a beautiful wheel diagram, which shows how the themes are connected. The authors include nine goddesses for each month. Since nine is a goddess number, this makes sense. There are also devotions, crafts and recipes written specifically for each month. I also like the authors’ advice that you do not have to wait until January to begin the book. You can begin at any point of the year. So many books do that and when I come across one in June or July I do not really know what to do. Sometimes I put the book aside for the new year and then forget about starting it. Since this is…

Book Review Tending Brigid’s Flame by Lunaea Weatherstone

Book Review Tending Brigid’s Flame by Lunaea Weatherstone Review by Dawn Thomas 290 Pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications Celtic, Goddesses, Paganism & Neo-Paganism I have had this book on my list to read for a while now. This is the perfect time to read about Brigid. The author has an easy to read style. Each chapter has short stories by different contributors. At the end of the book, there is an extensive list of resources. If you honor Brigid or Celtic deities, you will enjoy this book. The first chapter details the life of the Celtic goddess as well as the Christian saint. Her research reveals a wonderful woman who helped the poor and arranged her mother’s release from slavery. In the second chapter, the author gives examples for working with thresholds. They include blessing yourself and your guests. She discusses Celtic hospitality and the connections with faeries. There are several rituals for your home and hearth. Ms. Weatherstone also discusses the differences between shrines and altars along with how to care for them. The chapter ends with recipes for the Sabbat. The third chapter explains the importance of the number three. She includes the symbols triskele, triquetra, and beautiful Celtic…