A review by June Kent of Indieshaman Magazine
Sun Moon & Clock is a very informative, illustrated book about the seasonal festivals, moon phases and patterns of day and night. Packed full of interesting details the book includes suggestions for planning your own celebrations.
As the authors say in their introduction, here in the UK “Our indigenous shamanism, or spiritual take on life, has been missing (or taken a back seat) for centuries. Yet it is there, or here, in all of us because it relies on a relationship with our land and environment …”. Do read the introduction as it goes on to contain fascinating facts in its own right!
As an example of content: the book starts with a chapter on ‘Samhain – Hallowe’en’, the Fire festival traditionally celebration on 31st October and believed by many to be the end of one year and beginning of the next. This chapter includes sections on ‘Shadows’, ‘Witches or ‘Wise Women’ and ‘Remembrance’ followed by some suggestions for rituals, traditions and celebrations. The chapter is followed by one on the ‘Balsamic Moon’ (“betwixt waning half and dark moon”), then one on ‘Bedtime’. After which the book moves onto ‘Winter Solstice – Midwinter’.
All eight solar festivals celebrated in Britain are included as chapters, with accompanying lunar phases and patterns of time of day.
Sun Moon & Clock is a lovely, friendly and very accessible little book with 157 pages packed with information, written so you can read through at once if you like but also would make an excellent resource to save for when you want to dip into a certain time of year or day.