Reviews of Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror: the inner work of witchcraft by Yvonne Aburrow

This is a new, revised and expanded edition of Dark Mirror, with new sections and new insights. 

Inner work is a name commonly given to the inner processes that happen in ritual. It can also mean the transformation of the psyche that comes about through engaging in religious ritual. However, the best kind of inner work also has an effect outside the individual and outside the circle. When rituals are focused only on self-development, they tend to be a bit too introspective. Ritual is about creating and maintaining relationships and connections – between body, mind, and spirit; with the Earth, Nature, the land, the spirit world, the community, and friends. It is about making meaning, weaving a web of symbolism, story, mythology, meaning, community, and love. Creating a community that welcomes and celebrates diversity. Creating strong and authentic identity to resist the pressures of consumerism and commercialism and capitalism. Weaving relationship with other beings: humans, animals, birds, spirits, deities.

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Interview with Eleanor Bone

Another gem from the Wayback Machine, by the same author as the obituary of Eleanor Bone that I posted previously. If anyone knows who the author is, please let me know; it seems to be by the person who founded the Occulture festival.

There are some very interesting points in the interview, such as the allegation that Gerald Gardner never received any initiations beyond first degree from the New Forest Coven.

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Fields of the Sky

My poem for July’s “Name that Vase” competition at The Alchemist’s Studio.

The lines on the vase
Are hedges and paths around
The fields of the sky

Sky people travel
Along the lines, pause to breathe,
Dazed by the blue glaze

The dots are deep wells
Where fresh memories gather
Dew from rising dreams.

It’s time to share our winner and feature another vase in need of a name! Welcome to my monthly feature – ‘Name that Vase’.

Name That Vase – July 2020