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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; English Language edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564147290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564147295
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...No one is better than Wolf at helping us feel that wildness-deeply, experientially, beyond conclusion..." -- Edward Abbey, author of The Monkeywrench Gang and Desert Solitaire

"...Wild, sensual, insightful, and eloquent. Gaia Eros deserves a place of honor on any Pagan bookshelf." -- Diotima Mantineia, associate editor, The Witches' Voice

"...Wolf's voice inspires our passion to take us further-seeing the world whole." -- Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge

"Gaia Eros is a must-read for those who want to worship Nature in practical and transformative ways." -- Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Raymond on July 30, 2004
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Gaia Eros: Reconnecting to the Magic of Spirit and Nature by Amelia Raymond July 28, 2004

As a child, perhaps you felt that every tree was a living being, and that the wind brushed against your skin like a living wing. You might have been sure that fairies lived beneath a certain rock, or caused the flowers to open in the morning so they could arise from their bed of petals. You may have grown up to lament the destruction of forests, or of your favorite romps as developers transformed windswept oceans of grass into walled off tracts of exclusive homes. As you matured and your days were spent trying to make a living you began to accept these things as necessary. As the separation between you and the natural world deepened, you may have even have come to regard environmentalism as a youthful indulgence, abandoned now that you're out in the "real world." Or, perhaps you wondered whether you were the only person on the planet who knew that the Earth was a living being. Maybe the only way you could relieve that incredible loneliness was by going out to be alone with the Earth, far from highway noise and the chatter of those who seemed to not notice the miracle of madrone trees climbing the canyon cliffs above emerald-green waters. Perhaps you live in a city and your last truly spiritual experience was to honor the brave dandelion that found its way to bloom through a crack in the seemingly endless concrete.

If so, you're not alone. Jesse Wolf Hardin's latest work, Gaia Eros: Reconnecting to the Magic of Spirit and Nature is all about reconnecting. As emissary of the enchanted, ambassador of Gaia, the living Earth, Wolf brings us back to the essential truth we knew as children: that we are but one of myriad life forms that comprise this vital and fragile organism we call Earth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Martin on January 7, 2006
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As I began to read this book, I was puzzled by the title. Gaia Eros? What does that mean? I looked at the chapter titles, and discovered that each of them stands alone very nicely; there's no need to read doggedly from front to back. This is not a textbook, where each chapter builds on the instructions from the one before. Then it hit me, after I began to reread Wolf's words. This is no mere compilation of essays.

Perhaps this volume could best be described as a collection of love letters; some serious, some whimsical, some practical, some esoteric, but always spiritual. To the Great Mystery that is Mother Earth, the author passionately, eloquently, and tirelessly conveys his love, commitment, and reverence. As Wolf invites us to develop our sense of belonging to Gaia, to honor and care for the earth, he explains in inspired and picturesque language the how and why of New Nature Spirituality.

Calling upon his two decades of experience care taking and "rewilding" a stretch of river canyon in New Mexico, Wolf gives us lessons from Nature through the eyes of the bobcats and the roots of the red willows. He builds an indelible image upon the mind's eye of his Sweet Medicine Sanctuary. In "Lessons of the Furry Buddhas" he writes:

"To be wild is to be "willed:" true to our authentic needs and nature. Never pretend to be anything but what you are."

In "The Sacred Ground," Wolf writes of our "holy Gaian beings." He elaborates on the substance that forms us, feeds us, shelters and then ultimately reclaims us, then gently chides us for our foolish obsession with washing off any evidence of its existence.

Gaia Eros calls each of us to new levels of awareness and activism, to become teachers and healers.
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This book is a heartwarming mix of the magical and the practical. The section "Lessons from the Furry Buddhas" was really great. Highly recommended.
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By lisa biller on October 17, 2014
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Greek tradition and earth magic in perfect harmony!
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6 of 18 people found the following review helpful By tressa on February 16, 2005
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If you are already familiar with Nature-based spirituality, this book isn't going to tell you anything you don't already know. Mr. Hardin fills up the pages of his book with flowery words, elaborates on every minute detail, and gives no practical down-to-earth advice for living close to the Earth.

I think this book was written for entertainment purposes only. If you expect to learn anything from it, forget it.
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