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"In a gentle but insistent and courageous voice, Jane Meredith teaches us how to bend our spirit to listen to what the sacred land is telling us about itself, and to create ritual that is alive, vibrant, and flexible enough to adapt to whatever comes with honesty and grace."―Anne Newkirk Niven, editor, Witches & Pagans magazine
"Circle of Eight provides real, heartfelt, and practical methods of living our spirituality, of reminding us what our Paganism truly means, while keeping open and inspired by the lessons around us."―Cat Treadwell, Druid priest and author of Facing the Darkness and A Druid's Tale--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jane Meredith is an Australian writer and ritualist. Her books include Magic of the Iron Pentacle, Circle of Eight: Creating Magic for Your Place on Earth, Rituals of Celebration, and Journey to the Dark Goddess. Jane is passionate about myths and mythic realms, magic, co-created ritual, trees and rivers, and dark chocolate. She offers workshops internationally, both live and as distance courses. She is a Reclaiming teacher and one of the founders of CloudCatcher WitchCamp. Her website is www.janemeredith.com.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File Size : 4381 KB
- Publication Date : April 8, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 314 pages
- Publisher : Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2015)
- ASIN : B00TONI5D8
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,903 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So the Circle of Eight was born, a brilliant system based on ancient Celtic principles that can be embraced anywhere in the world, by any group of people. The Circle of Eight is a magical system that incorporates the unique features of each location – the weather, seasons, flora, fauna, elements, and other special conditions. Beginning as a structure for magic and ritual, and with participants holding the positions, the Circle of Eight engages magically, energetically, and literally with the cardinal and intermediate compass directions. True to the specific landforms that surround each community, layers of activity and meaning continue throughout the neo-pagan Wheel of the Year, with explorations, ritual workings, earth magic, animism, local magic, storytelling, nature walks, ceremony and festivals. The Circle of Eight becomes a real, living and immediate experience.
Intermixed with wonderful memoirs, and passages akin to the best in the genre of “nature writing,” the delightful chapters in Circle of Eight are also eight in number – Grounding, Casting a Circle, Elements, Invocation, Ritual, Myth, Inner Work and Release. Meredith takes us on a journey through the structure of the Circle of Eight in both the southern and northern hemispheres, how to form and facilitate a circle, how to map a geographic circle, casting the circle, how to incorporate special elements from locality into the circle, invoking the living land, correspondences in the circle, festivals during the Wheel of the Year, working with myth, exploring inner work, endings, and letting go. The author is deeply aware of previous claims to the land in Australia and the Indigenous Knowledge of those who came before, and at many points in the book expresses her deep gratitude for diverse First Nations and their teachings. Circle of Eight takes the most honorable approach, which is for European Australians to form their own deep bonds to the land, to “allow its presence to well up within us and begin to inform us more and more,” without appropriating any elements of traditional culture.
Of course there are unique challenges to acquiring land-based knowledge in Australia, such as volcanos, brush fires, tornados, mudslides and other extreme weather events. Meredith points out that Air, Water, Earth and Fire in Australia are nothing like the benign forces as portrayed in popular Pagan books! Each part of the landscape and each element has a unique quality and personality, and we feel them “like energetic anchors in the landscape, present to inform, support and guide us as we work.” As our practice widens and deepens, we discover features in the land that correspond to our own heritage and mythic traditions, and the Circle of Eight system can revive our own ancestral memories based on the sacredness of the land. Especially thrilling is realizing how the ancient European practices of marking the land with great stone circles and the ley line tradition can live on today, by incorporating the “lore of the land” into our ceremonies, rituals, magical practices and everyday lives. Wherever we are located, forming intimate relationships with the land feels familiar, and Pagans, Wiccans, Animists, Green Seers, Druids, Polytheists, Goddess Devotees and Reconstructionists alike will resonate with the superb teachings, guidelines, advice and wisdom found in the "Circle of Eight: Creating Magic for Your Place on Earth." Pegi Eyers, author of "Ancient Spirit Rising"