Portals and Pathways

Apr 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Book News, Portals & Pathways

Moon Books offers a range of introductory texts Рsmall books with big ideas to help you explore some of the many exciting  paths that exist within Paganism. Ebooks retail at £2.99/ $3.99 and paperbacks at £4.99/$9.95

jhp56587dc4a566aCeltic Witchcraft, by Mabh Savage

Learn how Celtic legend and mythology can bring magic into your daily life. Walk with the Tuatha Dé Danann and hear their wisdom on the wind. See colour as a doorway to a magical world. Speak to animals and become one with the turn of the seasons. Including practical exercises that can be performed by witches of all abilities, this book will teach you how your Celtic forebears are still alive, in the sorcery and skill of the magical practitioner






jhp563383c26ba72Pagan Portals – Brigid, by Morgan Daimler

Pagan Portals – Brigid is a basic introduction to the Goddess Brigid focusing on her history and myth as well as her modern devotion and worship. Primarily looking at the Irish Goddess but including a discussion of her Pan-Celtic appearances, particularly in Scotland. Her different appearances in mythology are discussed along with the conflation of the pagan Goddess with Catholic saint. Modern methods for neopagans to connect to and honor this popular Goddess include offerings and meditation, and personal anecdotes from the author’s experiences are included as well.¬†Who was Brigid to the pre-Christian pagans? Who is she today to neopagans? How do we re-weave the threads of the old pagan Goddess and the new? Learn about Brigid’s myths among the pagan Irish, the stories of Bride in Scotland, and the way that people today are finding and honoring this powerful and important deity to find the answer.



jhp560a6b221513dCandle Magic, by Lucya Starza

Candle magic is something almost everyone has tried, even as a child Рwho hasn’t made a wish over a birthday cake? Candle spells are among the easiest yet also the most effective to perform. They are perfect for anyone who wants to have a go at casting a spell for the first time and for the solitary witch with a busy life. Yet candles are also an important part of modern pagan witchcraft rituals. They are used to mark the quarters of the circle, placed on the altar and can represent the changing seasons of the year. This book is aimed at all who want to use candle magic, from beginners to those experienced in the craft; with everything from simple castings to elaborate and beautiful ceremonies. It offers a background to candle magic as well as spells, rituals, divination techniques, meditations, a guide to making your own candles and more.




jhp55b7a65f63409Your Faery Magic, by Halo Quin

Have you ever felt that you were ‘different’? That the Otherworld was closer for you than it is for other folk? Have you ever wondered how you can tap into the wild, untamed magic of your own faery heart? Then this book is for you. Once upon a time ‘Fey’ meant both the spirits of the natural world and the nature of those humans that were in touch with that magic in themselves; the seers, the spirit workers, the ones who walked between. This is your guide to finding that Fey magic which sings in your heart. Through this book you will meet your guide, visit faeryland, learn about the beings of the faery worlds and develop your own faery craft to work in harmony with the power and cycles of the earth by unlocking the nature of your Fey spirit. Time for you to become the Fey you truly are.




jhp55b7bbf8207e8Meditation, by Rachel Patterson

An introduction to the beautiful world of meditation… This book will take you on a journey giving hints and tips on how to meditate succesfully, breathing exercises, chants and visualisation tips. Also included are lovely meditation tea and incense blends, how to meditate with crystals, make meditation beads and a whole host of guided meditations for you to experience. Together with introducing you to other meditation skills such as pathworking, shape shifting, astral travel and working with meditation to cleanse your chakras. The ability to bend into a pretzel shape and chant ‘om’ optional.





jhp55b7a59596defHekate – A Devotional, by Vivienne Moss

The Goddess of Witches, Queen of Shades and Shadows, and the ever-eternal Dark Muse ‚Äď Hekate, Fair Queen of the Shadow-Lands, haunts the pages of this poetic devotional, enchanting those who love Her with the charm only this Dark Goddess can bring. Join in the journey as we meet Hekate, Queen of Sorcery, in the realms of Dream and Enchantment, weaving magic through the Worlds ‚Äď Seen and Unseen. We take flight to the Lands Eternal in this part devotional, part grimoire and learn how to venerate this Great Goddess of antiquity and connect with the Spirits of the Shadow-Lands.




jhp556c8b68d94edIrish Paganism, by Morgan Daimler

Reconstructing Irish Polytheism. Irish Reconstructionist Polytheism is an often misunderstood path, but it is one with great richness and depth for those who follow it. This short introductory book touches on the basic beliefs and practices of Irish Polytheism as well as other important topics for people interested in practicing the religion using a Reconstructionist methodology or who would just like to know more about it. Explore the cosmology of the ancient Irish and learn how the old mythology and living culture show us the Gods and spirits of Ireland and how to connect to them. Ritual structure is explored, as well as daily practices and holidays, to create a path that brings the old beliefs forward into the modern world.




jhp54f743a60d1fbNature Mystics, by Rebecca Beattie

The Literary Gateway to Modern Paganism.¬†Pagan Portals ‚Äď Nature Mystics traces the lives and work of ten writers who contributed to the cultural environment that allowed Modern Paganism to develop and flourish throughout the twentieth century. John Keats, Mary Webb, Thomas Hardy, Sylvia Townsend Warner, D.H. Lawrence, Elizabeth von Arnim, W.B. Yeats, Mary Butts, J.R.R. Tolkien and E. Nesbit.






jhp54e317c36150cSacred Sex and Magick

The members of the Web PATH Center, a pagan church and spiritual community in Lyons, NY, wondered what would happen if they wrote a book about sex. The book needed to be spiritual. It needed to be sexy. It needed to be explicit. Sacred Sex and Magick is the result. The group describes how ordinary ritual practices like grounding and creating a cone of power involve sensuality and rising kundalini energy. They explain how to use that power in making magick happen. Then they share secrets of the Great Rite and how to include the power of the sacred marriage at home. This book is for people who want a spiritual path that involves the physical ecstasy of sex and the dynamics of magick that works. Solitaries, pagan partners and spouses, and people with spirit lovers will all dance with the ecstasy found in this book.



jhp54009caf457b8The Morrigan, by Morgan Daimler

On shadowed wings and in raven’s call, meet the ancient Irish goddess of war, battle, prophecy, death, sovereignty, and magic. This is an introduction to the Morrigan and several related goddesses who share the title, including Badb and Macha. Combining solid academic information with personal experience, it dispels the confusion that often surrounds who this goddess was and is. The Morrigan is as active in the world today as she ever was in the past but answering her call means answering the challenge of finding her history and myth in a sea of misinformation, supposition, and hard-to-find ancient texts. Here in one place, all of her basic information has been collected along with personal experiences and advice from a long-time priestess dedicated to a goddess who bears the title Morrigan.



jhp53e87afc5058eThe Awen Alone, by Joanna van der Hoeven

Druidry is a wonderful, spiritually fulfilling life path. Through the magic that is Druidry, we build deep and abiding relationships with the natural world around us, and through our connection to the natural environment we walk a path of truth, honour and service. We aim to immerse ourselves in the present moment, in the present environment, in order to share in the blessing that is the cycle of life.  Throughout the ages, people have withdrawn from the world in order to connect more fully with it. This book is an introductory guide for those who wish to walk the Druid path alone, for however long a time. It is about exploration and connection with the natural world, and finding our place within it. It covers the basics of Druidry and how, when applied to the everyday life, enriches it with a sense of beauty, magic and mystery. This book is for those people who feel called to seek their own path, to use their wit and intelligence, compassion and honour to create their own tradition within Druidry.




Blacksmith Gods, by Pete Jennings

Blacksmith Gods is a unique compendium of fascinating facts, fantasy and mystery relating to that universal archetype, the blacksmith. Covering many countries and cultures the book explores charming folk tales and customs alongside the often cruel myths of the metal-working Gods. Discover the mysterious magic associated with them and their craft, from pre-history to the modern age.







Dancing with Nemetona, by Joanna van der Hoeven

Nemetona is an ancient goddess whose song is heard deep within the earth and also deep within the human soul. She is the Lady of Sanctuary, of Sacred Groves and Sacred Spaces. She is present within the home, within our sacred groves, our rites and in all the spaces that we hold dear to our hearts. She also lies within, allowing us to feel at ease wherever we are in the world through her energy of holding, of transformation. She holds the stillness and quiet of a perfect day; she is the stillness at the end of it, when the blackbird sings to the dusk. She is the energy of sacred space, where we can stretch out our souls and truly come alive, to be who we wish to be, filled with the magic of potential. Rediscover this ancient goddess and dance with a Druid to the songs of Nemetona. Learn how to reconnect with this goddess in ritual, songs, chants, meditation and more.




 Fairy Witchcraft, by Morgan Daimler

Many neopagans today are drawn to honor the fairies but find that the modern-day path to Fairy is hidden in mist and shadow. Yet the path is still there, waiting for those who are ready to seek it out. This is a guidebook for those seeking a path that combines modern neopagan witchcraft with the older Celtic Fairy Faith. Topics include basic beliefs and practices, holidays, tools, altar set up, and theology, with the intent of giving the seeker a solid grounding in the basics of modern Fairy Witchcraft.





jhp520d4649421abMoon Magic, by Rachel Patterson

Moon Magic is an introduction to working with the phases of the Moon, what they are and how to live in harmony with the lunar year and to utilise all the magical powers it provides. It’s filled with the basics of the lunar cycle, the representations and correspondences of each phase, what magic to work and when and also includes a look at the lunar year, moon deities, moon spells, meditations, specific moon rituals, moon names, tree moons and moon recipes.





jhp4f53701b1ed5cRunes, by Kylie Holmes

Runes are an ancient Scandinavian writing system. They have been used for hundreds of years as part of magical rituals, spells and foretelling the future and are steeped in mystery and secrecy. This book contains meanings of the twenty-four Runes, providing a simple and easy to follow guide for any aspiring Rune caster. Discover how to use this ancient form of divination as a tool for your own personal and spiritual growth. Learn how to make your own Rune set, cast and lay them out. This beginner’s guide also encourages you to start a Rune Journal where you can record your ideas, interpretations and castings. Let your intuition guide you as you learn to connect with the energy of the Runes.




jhp51efa33de0960Spirituality without Structure, by Nimue Brown

Many people crave a spiritual life without wanting to belong to rigid religions with the almost unavoidable power structures and politics that involves. This book explores how to construct your own spiritual path, considering the implications of seeking a spiritual life without wanting organised religion to dominate it. As such it has applications for Pagans, atheists, agnostics, heretics from any mainstream faith, and seekers of all kinds.






jhp513b5fecda467Hoodoo, by Rachel Patterson

Pagan Portals ‚Äď Hoodoo is an introduction to the magical art, detailing what Hoodoo is and how to work with it as well as offering recipes and other ideas. The book details the author‚Äôs personal experiences with Hoodoo, deities, beliefs and the magical practices along with information on various Hoodoo crafts – bottle spells, foot track magic, crossroads magic, powders, spiritual washes and much more.






jhp4f5369d8716f5God Speaking, by Judith O’Grady

Pagan Portals – God-Speaking offers a new concept in Earth ecology incorporating mysticism and folk religion. The author is both a trance seer and a biologist, bringing a unique balance to an examination of nature philosophy. Storytelling examples from Irish folklore, NeoPagan theology, and scientific observations all contribute to a carefully reasoned theory about the future of the Earth and ourselves.






jhp50c744ccde4d5Zen Druidry, by Joanna van der Hoeven

Taking both Zen and Druidry and embracing them into your life can be a wonderful and ongoing process of discovery, not only of the self but of the entire world around you. Looking at ourselves and at the natural world around us, we realise that everything is in constant change and flux – like waves on the ocean, they are all part of one thing that is made up of everything. Even after the wave has crashed upon the shore, the ocean is still there, the wave is still there – it has merely changed its form. The aim of this text is to show how Zen teachings and Druidry can combine to create a peaceful life path that is completely and utterly dedicated to the here and now, to the earth and her rhythms, and to the flow that is life itself.



jhp5096de8f3277eGrimalkyn, the Witch’s Cat, by Martha Gray

Exploring power animals in traditional magic. There is no middle ground with cats ‚Äď we either love them or loathe them ‚Äď but the cat adopted as a power animal represents independence, cunning, dexterity, agility, sensuality, inscrutability and ferocity. And whether the great wild hunter of forests, deserts or grasslands, or an ordinary domestic tabby, they are beautiful creatures. Some would dismiss them as merely killing machines, but we only have to look at the history of their evolution alongside mankind to realise there is nothing on this planet quite like them.





jhp508db54d3183bKitchen Witchcraft, by Rachel Patterson

Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, sit back and take a glimpse into the world of Kitchen Witchcraft. This little book will give you an insight into what a Kitchen Witch is, what they do and how they do it. It gives an overview of the Sabbats, working with the Moon, the elements and candle magic. Packed full of ideas for crafting such as washes and smudges for your home and your body, witch bottles, incense, medicine bags, magic powders and offerings. Take a stroll through a Kitchen Witch’s garden and discover what you will find there and finish up with some lovely meditations. Follow the heart of a Kitchen Witch.





jhp4f536e5ff29c5Pathworking through Poetry, by Fiona Tinker

Poetry talks to the heart as well as the head. It can move us, make us think and guide us. This book explores how poetry can help develop a Pathworking through exploring wisdom hidden in plain view. It is a look at creative processes, inspirations, how nature and the Divine move us ‚Äď and how to apply this on a personal level to Pagan Pathworking.







jhp4fc0dce5c5868By Spellbook & Candle, by Melusine Draco

Curses have given the world some of its greatest legends and folklore, and the more grisly and gory, the better we like them. But cursing, or ill-wishing, is not a practice confined to magical practitioners – black, white or grey – it is a form of expression intended to do harm in reparation for some real or imagined insult and can be ‚Äėthrown‚Äô by anyone of any race, culture or creed without any prior experience of ritual magic or witchcraft. According to the dictionary, however, a curse is defined as: To invoke or wish evil upon; to afflict; to damn; to excommunicate; evil invoked on another person. If this is the clear definition, then under what circumstances can we challenge this established way of thinking and ask ourselves can cursing ever be justified? And if we hesitate for just a moment, then we must ask the next question: Is cursing evil? Like all aspects of life, however, it is advisable to put things in their proper perspective before passing judgement.



jhp4f536c482011aHedge Riding, by Harmonia Saille

One aspect of hedge witchcraft is engaging in a form of Otherworldly travel called hedge riding. The hedge is the symbolic boundary between the two worlds and this book will teach you how to cross that hedge. While hedge riding, the hedge rider‚Äôs consciousness travels to another place, the otherworld, which is also the realm of the collective unconscious. There the rider guided by his or her animal and spirit guides, encounters archetypal symbols and assimilates this knowledge to help guide her or him on their pathway.¬†The hedge riding aspect of hedge witchery is perhaps the most difficult part of the hedge witch pathway. This book focuses on that aspect alone and is an experiential guide. If you want to learn more about Hedge Witchraft, there is an accompanying book in this series, Pagans Portals ‚ÄĒ Hedge Witchcraft. Hedge Magic is to follow in a few months.

jhp4f536b2cf2ec2Hedge Witchcraft, by Harmonia Saille

Hedge witchery in general is experiential and a slow and natural progression of interests and events often experienced from childhood and persisting all through your life. As Aristotle said, ‚ÄėFor the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.‚Äô¬†Learning by experiencing is about trusting your instincts and connecting with your inner spirit.¬†There is no dogma attached to hedge witchcraft. There are no tenets to follow. The path of a hedge witch is very much an individual one, and it is a solitary practice. In this way, this book is based on my own experiences as a hedge witch living in Ireland and following a Celtic path.¬†This book will guide you if you wish to read more about hedge witchcraft as a pathway, or are already following such a path and wish to progress.




jhp5135021762fb1Elen of the Ways, by Elen Sentier

Elen of the Ways is about the ancient shamanism of Britain. Elen Sentier grew up in a long family lineage of following the Deer Trods; in this book she tells of the old, forgotten ways of our ancestors. Through her own experience, stories, practical exercises and journeys with the deer, Elen takes you into the realm of the Boreal Forest, of which Britain is a part, to show how the Deer Goddess is the spirit of this land. To walk the deer trods is to realise how close and connected you are to nature and everything in this beautiful world which we share with our non-human brethren. You learn, too, that our everyday world and otherworld are intertwined. Elen of the Ways is both here and there at the same time. You will find her everywhere.




jhp5423fc87b679cFollowing the Deer Trods, by Elen Sentier

Following on from the author’s successful book Shaman Pathways – Elen of the Ways, this is a practical handbook filled with tried-and-tested exercises, journeys and experiential work for the reader to engage in. Essential reading for anyone wanting to begin the old British paths.







jhp54243edbe0d68Way of the Faery Shaman, by Flavia Kate Peters

The Earth needs your help. The Fae are calling you to harness the power of Nature. In return they offer assistance to enable you to thrive in this very modern world, in balance and harmony, and with a sprinkle of very real magic. The Way of The Faery Shaman, gives insight as to who the Faeries really are, which element they are connected to, and how to work with that element in order to bring about the magic that is actually all around us.






jhp52d894a224871Trees of the Goddess, by Elen Sentier

Shaman, artist and author Elen Sentier writes, “I was first taught the trees of the goddess as a child. The old ones from the village would tell us about the tree, how it lives, what creatures it lives with, its whole environment. They would tell us stories then we would go to the tree and sit with it, listen to what it had to show and tell us. Later, we would ask it for a piece of its wood to make its spirit- home. These were rituals but all so natural and normal they were just a part of life and living for me as I grew up. TREES OF THE GODDESS will help you find your way of doing this.”





jhp52455b9f5f54eThe Druid Shaman, by Danu Forest

Covering the basics of Celtic shamanism, with reference to traditional lore and source materials through the lens of both ancient and modern Druidry and shamanic practice, The Druid Shaman is a well rounded guide, showing the seamless cross over between Druidry and shamanism in the Celtic tradition. It covers topics such as how to attain and work with guides and allies, understanding the spirit realm and interaction with spirits of all kinds, accessing powers of place, travelling the world tree and working with the seven directions and exploring and navigating within the Celtic Otherworld. With practical techniques, exercises and core skills, The Druid Shaman can be used as a practical manual as well as a valuable resource for practicing shamans and druids as well as those new to the subject.




DogcoverAubry’s Dog, by Melusine Draco

The term ‘power animal’ was introduced into contemporary language in 1980 by anthropologist Michael Harner in his classic work The Way Of The Shaman, and refers to a broad-based animistic and shamanic concept that has entered the English language from the fields of anthropology, ethnography and sociology. The animal is conceived as a tutelary spirit that helps or protects individuals, lineages, and nations.¬†Dogs and man became companions a long time ago, and the dog adopted as a power animal represents speed, agility, courage, protection, justice, nobility and loyalty. Aubry’s Dog: Power Animals Within Traditional Witchcraft guides your footsteps on this most ancient of paths.




jhp5057526ade7afBlack Horse White Horse, by Melusine Draco

Horses and humans became companions a long time ago, and the horse adopted as a power or totem animal represents power, speed, courage, nobility, freedom and chthonic energy. Black Horse, White Horse: Power Animals Within Traditional Witchcraft guides your footsteps on this most ancient of paths.







jhp508c1e21cee59Web of Life, by Yvonne Ryves

Every single one of us lives our lives within a wheel, a circle, a hoop or a web and every single one of us can benefit from learning how to live our lives to the full within it. The problem though, for many of us, is that because we do not belong to the culture of a medicine wheel or wheel of direction, we find that the wheels do not really fit us or we have trouble connecting with or remembering the attributes. This book provides information, guidance and exercises to help readers find ways to connect with the web of life and weave their path within it.





jhp503c7d2deb0b2The Celtic Chakras, by Elen Sentier

We’ve largely forgotten our ancient Celtic chakra heritage, indeed some people think there is no concept of chakras in the western tradition but this is not the case. The chakras are found throughout the mystery traditions all over the world, well known to our hunter-gather ancestors and the spirit keepers who led them. They are hidden deep in the ancient stories and myths of Britain. This book leads you through the lore of Arianrhod and her Spinning Towers, the riddling Gaelic poem The Cauldrons of Poesy, the rainbow bridge of Brighid and the ways and caers of the ancient British reindeer goddess, Elen of the Ways. There are journeys, meditations and exercises to help you get the feel of the Celtic chakra system into your bones.


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25 Comments to “Portals and Pathways”

  1. Melissa says:

    Way of the Fairy Shaman

  2. Stacey Geeters says:

    I would choose Kitchen Witchcraft or By Spell book and Candle. Both sound interesting. So if I win I will have to choose!

  3. Kathi Bergstrom says:

    Kitchen Witchcraft or Moon Magic.
    Thank you

  4. Kista Fritts says:

    I’d love to receive “Kitchen Witchcraft” by Rachel Patterson! This seems like it would be very helpful!

  5. Jonquil says:

    Black Horse,White Horse is the title I crave. I only have four of Melusine Draco’s books & am always on the look out to add another to my shelves.

  6. Jan Calloway-Baxter says:

    Very difficult to choose as I would like to read quite a few of these books, but the concept of Hedge Witchcraft is one I have wanted to learn more about, so it would be my first choice.


  7. Pathworking Through Poetry! ūüôā

  8. I’d love to win a copy of The Morrigan. I’ve had ravens and Magpies making them selves known to me for some time now both in meditation and everyday life. I think now is a good time to explore The Morrigan further.
    Bright blessings,

  9. Audra says:

    Would love to win Pathworking through Poetry, by Fiona Tinker!

  10. Sommer Theobald says:

    I do love moon books and if I was lucky enough to win I would love to have Pathworking through poetry. Good luck all, Crystal blessings xxx

  11. Katha Winchester says:

    Moon Magic….feel the pull

  12. Tammy says:

    I want to say I think it’s great that you are giving away such a special gift as a book. It can be a friend for life. If I’m chosen I would like The Awen Alone. Thank you so much.

  13. Mary Dean says:

    Following the Deer Trods looks like a fascinating book. I would love to win the giveaway to learn more and enhance my knowledge of British Paths. I am very drawn to deer. Pathworking through Poetry looks excellent also, I am a poet and I think it would be an inspiring read

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. Blessed Be!

  14. gwen owen says:

    These books look great. Hope I win one!

  15. tammy sorg says:

    The Morrigan

  16. I would love to have Dancing with Nemetona or The Morgan either one if I won. If I don’t win I might be back to order some anyway.

  17. Kitchen Witchcraft, by Rachel Patterson please and thank you

  18. Would love to win – ‘The Morrigan, by Morgan Daimler’ as she is so thorough in her research,
    Thank you!

  19. Mark Reynolds says:

    Runes one for me please ūüôā

  20. pamela says:

    Elena of the Ways!!

  21. Hermy Doniaz says:

    Fairy Witchcraft! So many great sounding books tho!

  22. Sally England says:

    Either Following the Deer Trods or The Druid Shaman if I get lucky! So difficult to choose from so many wonderful titles!

  23. Bee says:

    Kitchen Witchcraft, please! ūüėÄ

  24. Tessa pearson says:

    Awen Alone

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