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Elements of Magic: Reclaiming Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit Paperback – December 8, 2018
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Praise for Elements of Magic:
"Gede Parma and Jane Meredith have excelled themselves in putting together one of the most comprehensive compilations of practices found in the Reclaiming Tradition."—Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, teachers and authors of The Inner Mysteries and Lifting the Veil
"Elements of Magic is a soulful and grounded offering that honors the past while inviting the future."—Ivo Dominguez Jr., author and elder in the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
"Elements of Magic will be a valuable resource for those who seek a spiritual connection to our world, whatever their tradition."—Diana L. Paxson, author of Trance-Portation
|Magic of the Iron Pentacle||Rituals of Celebration|
|Also by Author Jane Meredith:||The Iron Pentacle is a tool for reawakening to our essential humanity and our sovereign selves. Exploring the themes of sex, pride, self, power, and passion, this book invites you to develop magic of the body that sings to the spirit.||Along with rituals, discover craft projects that go hand-in-hand with each festival—perfect ideas for artistic expression whether you are practicing alone, with a group, or celebrating with children.|
"Gede Parma and Jane Meredith have excelled themselves in putting together one of the most comprehensive compilations of practices found in the Reclaiming Tradition. This will not only be useful for anyone who is following the Reclaiming path, but also those who are solitary or want to build on their coven practices."―Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, teachers and authors of The Inner Mysteries and Lifting the Veil
"Elements of Magic is a soulful and grounded offering that honors the past while inviting the future."―Ivo Dominguez Jr., author and elder in the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
"In this approachable, engaging guide, Jane Meredith and Gede Parma seamlessly weave together an introduction to Reclaiming and a course in the foundations of natural magic. With brilliant contributions by more than a dozen witches, activists, priestesses, and storytellers, there is something here for you...You'll experience the Craft as practiced by one of its most longstanding and entrenched traditions."―Thorn Mooney, Gardnerian priestess and author of Traditional Wicca
"Reclaiming has so much to offer with its insights into community work, activist magic, and bringing healing to this planet...This book is like a dandelion seed-head, spreading wild wisdom and ecstatic practice."―Tony Rella, author of Circling the Star
"This array of essays, exercises, and rituals at once honors the practices from which our knowledge of the elements comes and explores the depth and richness that the Reclaiming movement has developed over the years. Elements of Magic will be a valuable resource for those who seek a spiritual connection to our world, whatever their tradition."―Diana L. Paxson, author of Trance-Portation
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.
Gede Parma (Fio Aengus) is a Balinese-Australian witch, international teacher, magical mentor, author, and initiate. Gede (they/them pronouns) cherishes the initiatory mysteries of four powerful witchcraft traditions, and is a co-founder of the Coven of the Wildwood and midwife and initiate of the Wildwood Tradition. They are also an active initiate of Reclaiming and Anderson Feri. Gede has authored or coauthored five books.
Gede/Fio's work links animism to heresy to sorcery to poetry to spirit-work to sex to faerie faith to folklore. Most of their time is spent reading Tarot, working magic, teaching and celebrating the Craft, mentoring witches and spirit-workers, singing and drumming, and laughing with friends.
They currently reside in the lands of the Jagera and Turrbal Peoples, in so-called Brisbane, Australia.
Starhawk is the author and coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Harper-Collins, 1979), long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing (Doubleday, 1993). Her works have been translated into German, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Japanese. She is also a veteran of progressive movements and deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. She travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism.
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0738757144
- ISBN-13 : 978-0738757148
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #440,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now, I’ve read a bit of elemental-centric literature before (namely Deborah Lipp’s work). While I’m more of a celestial kind of girl, I believe a working knowledge of the four elements to be foundational for witchcraft in the West. The book’s introduction describes it as, essentially, a written version of an elemental training program of sorts, usually hosted by the Reclaiming Tradition of witches.
I knew very little about the Reclaiming Tradition of witchcraft prior to reading this book. Frankly, I still cannot claim to know much about it - it isn’t my tradition. Certain aspects of this book are very Reclaiming-centric. If you’re amenable to learning from other traditions, you’ll find this book to be a good snapshot of what Reclaiming witches do and believe.
The focus on the elements goes far beyond listing correspondences - the authors actually cover how the essential force of each element manifests in the life of the witch. Some of the stories and anecdotes are heartwarming, others are harsh, but all drive home the point that the elements are much more than physical. They exist within us all, and around us all, constantly.
I recommend close attention paid to the sections referencing the Reclaiming principles of Unity. The discussion (in the Air chapter) of how these have evolved over time was delightfully enriching. This evolutionary approach will appeal to many, and is something we can all take home to whatever tradition we might call our own.
I found the progressive and egalitarian perspective very refreshing. Many books focus only on the technical aspects of magick, or at very least only the spiritual parts. This is all well and good, but I was happy that Elements of Magic goes further, striving to make the reader aware of how spirituality intersects with social issues in meaningful ways.
Magically, the most interesting part of this book was how easily the authors integrated the magical and the mundane. It really brought to mind the old adage “Magick is not what you do; magick is what you are.”
The aforementioned social activism parts are seamlessly interwoven in both a magical and mundane context. It drives home the point that witchcraft is about connection and weaving the web of life, and that we’re all part of the same universe. The authors took this farther than most do, making the impetus for social activism explicit.
I give this book five out of five stars. Highly recommended, mostly for intermediate to advanced witches, and anyone interested in the intersection between elemental magick and daily life. If you’re going to read this book, don’t just read it - actually do some of the exercises. As someone who can get a little unbalanced elementally, I found them very helping. The book wouldn’t be complete without them!
Reclaiming Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit
by Jane Meredith; Gede Parma
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
I really enjoyed this book written by individuals in the Reclaiming path of witchcraft. It was a good basis of how the path started and the branches that lined out from it. .I think it can give someone a solid foundation basis on getting in touch with yourself and metaphysics. It was written well and palatable making an easy read and comprehension of elements of thought and magic. I lucked out on reading material with this and another book I was reading at the same time. I can see adding this to my library just to pull out from time to time & look at as well as show and recommend to others to give them some insight and food for thought. This book is an excellent primer for elements and how to get in touch with them inside yourself and incorporated in your daily practices. While I actually was honored to meet Cora Anderson and was around some groups that practiced their form of reclaiming it wasn't until a couple of core members, Copper & Karen, teaching an elements class that I was able to gain a much deeper understanding of the transformative practices. I fully embrace the desire of working on social reform on all levels through conscious activism. Now more than ever that is needed to heal the earth, the creatures on it and societies as a whole
It one of those books that can help you to get new ideas for your path and your craft.
I liked how the essay were divided for elements and I liked the content of each essay.
Many thanks to Llewellyn Worldwide and Netgalley for this ARC