It's taken about eight years to write (largely because it was shelved for a while) but my first book, "Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats" is on the verge of going to the printers. The proofreader is going through the manuscript, the typesetter is doing the layout, my ISBN has arrived and printing quotes have been received. All exciting stuff.
What has surprised me is thst in the time I have been writing this book, only one other of a similar theme has appeared on the market, and even so, theirs catered for a completely different audience.
So what is "Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats" about? In short, it is a book about the Sabbats, the eight seasonal festivals that form the central focus to many modern Pagan spiritual traditions, with the emphasis being from the Southern Hemisphere. However, this book is not just for Southern Hemispheric people only. It is for ANYONE who, when cointemplating observing the Sabbats, finds themselves struggling to fit the "traditional" Wheel of the Year into what is happening around them.
Is this you? Each time a Sabbat comes around, you find yourself saying, "Something doesn't fit?" If so, then I hear you. Not only do I like south of the equator, but in the driest state on the driest continent - southern central Australia. And believe you me, after 20 plus years of following a more traditional Pagan path as well as doing ritual, observing the Wheel of the Year IS NOT a simple matter of merely "reversing" the Sabbat dates. There is a heck of a lot more differences between the two hemispheres than that, more so where I live.
In order to explain where I am coming from, I've had to explain the Northern Hemispheric folklore and mythos, especially as, being a traditionalist, I do love tradition ... but in doing so, I've had to rework the Wheel in order for this to fit. This is something very much work in progress and will continue to do so was each seasonal "gateway" continues to reveal its Mysteries (something that NEVER ceases). I've also including excerpts of what my group has done as well as what I have done in my own private practice - so this is a book for BOTH solitary and group alike. I've included simple craft activities, correspondences, altar ideas, evocations and prayers, examples of rituals and a lot more.
Pre-orders will be taken from 1 September 2012 with proposed printing date later September/early October, and for security, these will be accepted via Paypal only.
The book is estimated to be around 250 pages, weighing in at 0.304grams and costs will be (based on the single unit):
Australia (including postage) - $30.00 AUD
New Zealand (including postage) - $36.00 AUD
Rest of the World (including postage) - $42.00 AUD
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