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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Press; First edition edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399522107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399522109
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Humans have always observed the passage of time and the changes in the heavens. Moreover, we have marked these observations with customs, celebrations, and observances. In this delightful compilation, Henes, an artist, writer, lecturer, and author of the syndicated column, "Celestially Auspicious Occasions," provides a lively narrative on the solstices, the equinoxes, mid-seasonal celebrations, eclipses, birthdays, and leap year as well as days, months, weeks. Combining folklore, customs, and poetry, she covers many different cultures in this well-written, readable book. Recommended for public libraries, folklore collections, and where there is an interest in seasons and ceremonies.?Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology Lib., Alfred, N.Y.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


An entertaining compilation of myths and rituals surrounding the four seasons and the planetary cycles of the year. Written with wit and reverence, the author often unearths some startling tales in her research into ancient and modern cultures. From the early origins of Halloween to the appearance of the blue moon to the connection between ancient Egypt and contemporary Easter eggs, this book presents a fascinating cross-cultural exploration of the rites and rituals inspired by astrological events. Here is a good introduction to the traditions that unite humanity to the cosmic center of the universe. --New Visions

This marvelous book, full of inspiration, wisdom and instruction, is useful for all occasions. --Joan Halifax, author of The Fruitful Darkness

I appreciate her sense of spirituality and how the workings of the cosmos have an influence on it. --Suzanne Chippindale, Director of the Santa Fe Planetarium

More About the Author

'Unofficial Commissioner of Public Spirit of NYC.' - The New Yorker
'For 35 years Ms. Henes has been putting city folk in touch with Mother Earth.' - New York Times
'Part performance artist, part witch, part social director for planet earth.' - The Village Voice
'A-List exorcist!' - NY Post
'The Original crystal-packing mama.' - NY Press
'Insightful, funny, a treasure. One of the best 'goddess gals' around.' - Olympia Dukakis

Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, ritual expert, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum, and serves as a ritual consultant for the television and film industry. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.



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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
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I found that once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. It reads so easily and with so many interesting and warming thoughts, it's a must! I have bought many copies to give as gifts to close friends.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2004
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If there were 10 stars, I would designate all 10. I love this book. I use it like a bible. At each turn of the wheel of the year, I take this fantastic study down from the shelf and re-read it. It helps me to understand the workingsa of the world and how they affect me. And more importrant, how I can affect/honor/celebrate the world. Thank you, Donna Henes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zaza karenna on February 24, 2013
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Mama Donna is a soulful, soulful poet as she explains the ancient aspects and understanding of the turn of the wheel of the year. I read this over and over, and get something new out of it each time. She's deep yet accessible--- there's a LOT here, and it's all gorgeous!!! I use this for designing my own rituals to celebrate the seasons, and am always reminded how crucial this understanding of the seasonal changes was for human survival. And if it's said that dull academic explanations are DRY, hers are dripping, sopping wet. Fascinating, satisfying, nourishing, and full of gifts of pleasure, insight and information, I couldn't recommend this book any higher. I keep it on the shelf closest to my reading chair and read about each season as it comes up, each year, year after year. I can't imagine anyone interested in this subject not enjoying it as much as I do.
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