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Rituals of Celebration: Honoring the Seasons of Life through the Wheel of the Year Paperback – July 8, 2013
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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.
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My women's spiritual circle used her Yule ritual pretty much exactly as it is in the book, and many of us felt it was one of the most powerful we'd ever done. I love that her ideas and thinking about rituals -- and their significance -- is not "fluffy bunny." In my view, ritual is an important time to experience and re-align ALL of the self, not just the light parts, but all of the parts loved and respected and nurtured equally. Jane's book is an excellent, balanced guide in that work.
Oh, and the writing is very good as well!
Previous study in the book's material (festivals, seasons, ritual, meditation, community, and so on) is not really required at all to be able to dig and appreciate this read. The material lays a very personally-relatable groundwork for exploration in all of these areas.
I would recommend this book for anyone looking for guidance or inspiration in creating community-building, nature-related activities, involving the whole family (children very much included).
Many books involving nature-based spirituality can have an alienating effect in the language they use (too specific to certain locations or cultures, too much unsupported jargon, claiming unsubstantiated authority in ancient roots, etc). That is not so with this book; Jane Meredith makes it very clear in just about every section, except for the memoirs in which she shares her personal experiences, that this is just a framework to begin from, referring to and demonstrating a healthy variety of different options without going overboard.
In all honesty, this book is probably a life-changer for me. I re-read and reference it often. It is a great tool for developing a personal relationship to ritual, especially where such a relationship may have been lacking under the instruction of other groups or faiths.
My full review of the book can be seen at: speakofsecrets.com