Review: Circle of Eight by Jane Meredith

ISBN: 9780738742151
Price: 17.99 (USD)
Edition: Paperback
Published by: Llewellyn Worldwide
Publication date: 8th April 2015

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Blurb

Circle of Eight is an exciting new approach to magic that is based on your geography, your climate, and your experiences. Circle of Eight can be used to celebrate the Festivals of the Wheel of the Year; to create an on-going ritual group; and to explore and develop magical relationship with the land around you. Providing instructions on how to set up your own Circle of Eight and stories illustrating important magical principles, the Circle of Eight radically re-invents our relationship to traditional circle magic. Suitable for beginners seeking ritual and magic that are relevant to them as well as advanced practitioners, this book helps you step deeply into the powerful magic of the directions and the great Wheel of the Year.

My Review

For once Llewellyn have published a book that isn’t vapid! I have great hopes that one day all their publications will be this good.

I’ll be serious now.

Part memoir, part practical advice about building geographically local relevant ritual and magic, this book is moving and inspirational. The author turns the usual and generic Wheel of the Year, seemingly written in every pagan books as though everyone lives in England, into a relevant and locally applicable system of observance and magic that can be used and adapted in any part of the world.

The author is in Australia, a place magical in its own right, with preexisting sacred sites and traditions. Instead of shoehorning European seasonal traditions and magic into the existing landscape, the author has sought to localise her magic and religion, not by cultural appropriation but by respecting existing magic and respectfully adding another layer in her little corner of the continent. Taking landmarks at the eight principle compass points as the borders of her magical circle, observing the land, and respecting Aboriginal sacred sites – such as not climbing the extinct volcano that anchored her north-west, nor entering the bora ring to the south-east – the author and her friends found, through experience a way to make their paganism local.

A useful read for experienced pagans and those only just stepping on to the road.

4/5

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