Book Review The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat

Book Review The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat Review by Dawn Thomas 288 Pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Middle Grade, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Magic, Faeries This is a story of two girls, Izzy and Hen (11 and 7 respectively). They move with their mother to their father’s childhood home. Izzy is not happy about the move especially since there is nothing to do in this small town. The clerk at the grocery store tells them to be careful of the witch that lives next door to them. Izzy is curious and goes back to talk with the clerk to find out more. Izzy and Hen want to find out more about their neighbor, Marian. While sneaking around her house, Marian catches them and invites them in. She begins to tell them about their grandmother and her love for them. When Hen goes missing, Izzy goes to Marian for help. She describes the flute music she heard. Concerned, Marian goes looking for Hen in the woods. She tells Izzy not to follow but of course, she does not listen. When Marian goes into a hole in the ground, Izzy is not far behind. She lands on the ground and is amazed by…

Book Review: The Tree Mothers, Living Wisdom of the Ogham Trees By Mut Danu
Faeries , Nature , Ogham , Trees , Uncategorized , Women Studies / August 25, 2014

  Book Review: The Tree Mothers, Living Wisdom of the Ogham TreesBy Mut DanuCover design and illustrations by Alexis Umowski Review by Dawn Thomas Print Length: 212 pages When I heard there would be a second edition of this book I rushed to get my copy. The details of each tree show the depth of Mut Danu’s knowledge. Her writing style is easy to follow and provides insight into the Ogham and the trees they represent. Each chapter is dedicated to a tree represented by the Ogham with the B-L-N version of the Ogham alphabet. Each chapter provides a background on the Ogham along with a story.  She also includes references to the world of Faery and provides visualizations and meditations for the reader. Each chapter has several elements – prepare the circle, going underground, returning to the world above, journaling, and share your unique findings with others. I will use Duir as an example of what the reader will experience with each chapter. The chapter begins with a description of the Ogham letter and the number of moons relative to a Solstice. In the case of Duir the summer solstice occurs during this Ogham cycle. Mut Danu includes the…

Book Review: Faeries and Elementals for Beginners by Alexandra Chauran

  Book Review: Faeries and Elementals for Beginners by Alexandra ChauranReview by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.Nonfiction (Adult) Outdoors & NaturePrint size: 218 Pages Faeries have always been in my life. Now I realize elementals have been present as well. I enjoyed her story advising us to stay balanced with the elements. She worked and perfected her connection with fire but suffered the consequences for being out of balance. The book is divided into faeries and each elemental. The author does a wonderful job describing the different categories of faeries. I was not aware of most of them. The author provides ways to scry with all of the elementals. She also gives meditations and ritual ideas for each section which is a great way for people to get started with that elemental. The section on Sylphs and the element of air was very interesting. I now look at the air element differently. In the past I have had a hard time connecting with this element when in reality I should have embraced it. As a fire sign, I need air to fuel my fire. The author gave me ideas of working with air. About seven years ago at a ritual…