Seasons of a Magical Life: A Pagan Path of Living- Celebrations, Festivals, and Rituals for the Wheel of the Year by H Byron Ballard
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Magical Life Back Cover:
For all those who are inspired to reconnect with the seasons, whether they live in the country, the city, or any place in between, Seasons of a Magical Life serves as a guide to earth-based spirituality and ritual living.
Seasons of a Magical Life looks at the Wheel of the Year and its basis in agriculture as a starting point for deepening spirituality. Folklorist H. Byron Ballard offers a set of backstories to ease the reader int a time between preindustrial era and the modern one, into a place where the fast-moving stress of contemporary life can be affected by a better connection not only to the natural world but also to the elegant expression of the year through seasonal festivals and celebrations.
The chapters are broken into the four seasons and feature simple skills that accompany each marker in the year. The author provides advice on spiritual and physical immersion into the seasons that applies to readers from all areas: rural, urban, and suburban. This is also a deeply practical book that includes insights into food, fiber arts, sewing, household crafts, farming and gardening, and health.
H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a teacher, folklorist, and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at a variety of conferences and gatherings. A senior priestess, she is the cofounder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions/CERES, both in Ashville, North Carolina, where she lives. She Writes as “The Village Witch” for Witches and Pagans Magazine, where she is also a regular columnist. Visit her at myvillagewitch.com.
Seasons of a Magical Life by H Byron Ballard table of contents:
Forward by Amy Blackthorn
Introduction: Notes from a Small Forest-Farm
Part One- Reaching Bedrock: Background Essays
Animism, Mutual Aid, and Permaculture
Tower Time and the Conceit of the Ever-Turning Wheel
A Different Means to Recon Time
Re-enchantment and the Uses of Magic
The Good Neighbors, the Land Spirits
Part Two- The Wheel of the Agricultural Year
Winter: The Waxing Year
The Season of Samhain, Summer’s Ending
The Solstice of Winter: A Thoughtful Quarter Day
The Season of Imbolc: Light in Hand, in Heart, in Hearth
The Vernal Equinox: A blooming Quarter
Summer: The Waning Year
The Season of Beltane: Dancing Life
The Bright Solstice: Midsummer
Lammas: The Season of First Harvest
The Autumnal Equinox: A Fruitful Quarter
Part Three- Hearth
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