Each year I like to look back over the previous year, and then set goals for the coming year. Many people do this on Jan 1st; I prefer to do it on my birthday. I often refine the accomplishments and goals until my new year, Samhain, but the bulk of the work is done on or around my birthday.
Storm season has begun here in the PNW! As I write this we’ve just had several days of rain, a storm front that meandered down into the burning lands of California. I’ve been collecting the rain to send to a friend in the Bay Area so she can do some rain calling to keep the fires away and replenish the land after a very dry summer.
In just a few days the moon will eclipse the sun over North America for the first time in 38+ years. Astrologers are predicting near-seismic changes and upheavals as the physical manifestation of the astral phenomenon. Be excited, be safe, and I hope you get a chance to experience it — even if its just watching the event online.
“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”
~Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
I just published the summer edition of Facing North!
We can take things a little slower during the summer, enjoying the weather and being outdoors all the more. It is, however, a great time for sitting in the shade with a tall glass of your favorite cold beverage and one of the many wonderful books we have been reviewing lately.
This month we have a great collection of books from a number of genres:
Dion Fortune’s Psychic Self-Defense and The Secrets of Dr. Taverner
The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher
72 Names Oracle Cards (our 2nd review of this item)
Wheel of Wisdom
Barbarian Rites: The Spiritual World of the Vikings and Germanic Tribes
Phantom Armies of the Night
The Yin Yoga Kit
The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook
Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (our 2nd review of this item)
We have several excerpts. Two from Barbara Ardinger’s new book, Secret Lives (we’ll be reviewing her book next month); we also have an exceprt from the forthcoming Silence of the Mind.
This month we are also offering the first of our semi-annual music reviews! Twice a year, in October and April we’ll publish reviews of all of the music we’ve received to date.
This month we have 12 albums:
Uwe Gronau’s Midsummer
Josh Johnston’s The Shape of Things
Janice Faber’s Carried Away
Eddie Gip Noble’s In the Lite of Things
Mike Longo Trio’s To My Surprise
Bell Book and Canto’s Invocation
Annette Cantor’s Songs to the Earth
Moonstruck’s Witch of the Wildwoods
Legend’s Cardinal Points
Aomusic’s …and Love Rages On!
Luna Blanca’s Provence
Tomas Michaud’s Beauty and Fire
Interestingly, this month seems to be great for books about divination and witchcraft, we have several of each topic for your pleasure:
Complete I-Ching 10th Anniversary Edition
The Diloggún: The Orishas, Proverbs, Sacrifices and Prohibitions of Cuban Santería
Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook
The Un-Spell Book: Energy Essentials for Mastering Magick
The Witch’s Bag of Tricks
As promised, our (glowing) review of The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life is now available.
As are reviews of:
Shaman in Disguise and
Bridging the Gap: Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society
Finally, we’ve started a new category for reviews: Buddhism. Our first review in this category is A Cup of Buddda: A Blueprint for Truth.
Opened on October 31, 2006 with just over 200 reviews, Facing North is — first and foremost — a community resource. We closed out 2006 with more than double our opening number of reviews (500+). Although we slowed our growth, 2007 ended with our database at more than 600 records, 2008 saw us at 900 and we edged over 1,000 by the end of 2009. We are committed to creating a practical site with honest opinions that are fair, even when critical.