I had never heard Katrins music before I received this disc (this is her third release). I dont get a chance to listen to many new artists (or even old, established artists, for that matter). But I am glad I had the opportunity to sit down and listen to the engaging lyrics and compelling music presented on this album.
The songs are universal in their appeal with a strong country/blue flavor. Even if you dont think you like that style of music (its not one of my personal favorites) you may be surprised to find yourself tapping fingers or toes as you listen. The words and music kind of creep up on you and guide you subtly into Katrins world.
There is something here which is sure to resonate for you. Whether it is the overcoming of misfortune (One Years Time or putting your life together from many little things (Steppin Stones), or any other number of life experiences, Katrin offers her take on it and shows an appreciation of those components of life.
Ms. Roushs debut album was released in 2001, her next came out in 2005, and this third one was released this year, so it looks like I will have a four year wait for the next release (I really hate waiting), so it seems I will have to scrape together a few dollars and get the earlier releases to add to my musical library.
The Secret of the Dread Forest: The Faire Folk Trilogy by Gillian Summers © 2009 Llewellyn ISBN: 978-0-7387-1411-0 281 pages Paperback $9.95
According to other reviewers this is a Young Adult
chick fantasy series. Unfortunately for me, this is another
series I discovered by accident and long after it started. This is
the final book in the current trilogy (the Scions of Shadow trilogy
will continue the story).
Mastering the Art
of Ritual Magick Book 1: Foundation by Frater Barrabbas © 2008
Immanion Press ISBN: 978-1905713202 Paperback 204 pages $21.99 (U.S.)
Ordinarily, I dont read other reviewers
comments before I start reading a book, but the author alerted me
to a review which had panned this book, so I took a look to see what
had caused the dislike. The gist of the comments amounted to the fact
that this book was confusing. While this may have been true, it is
somewhat expected for two reasons. First, this is a book of Ritual
Magick, which is slightly different from the more common Ceremonial
Magick. Second, this is NOT a 101 book, but is designed
for intermediate (at least semi-experienced) practitioners, so it
makes certain assumptions.
Magical Bride: Craft an Interfaith Wedding for a Goddess by Clea Danaan © 2009 Wyrdwood Publications eISBN: WYRDWOOD-0017 e-Book 194 pages $6.99 (U.S.)
As a member of the Craft, and as a reviewer, I have read a lot of information on how to create a handfasting and/or an interfaith ceremony. Almost all of them have concentrated on the symbols involved and the writing and performance of the ceremony itself. It would be fair to say that I expected more of the same from this book. I WAS WRONG.
Thats not to say that this type of information isnt included, because it certainly is. Its just that this offering is AT LEAST as concerned with the nuts and bolts of a wedding finding appropriate (for the individual) attire , setting budgets, locating the ideal site for the ceremony, and all the rest of the details that will make or break your memories of this wonderful day.
By the time I was half-way through the book I had only encountered a few pages on the meanings of colors, stones and metals. And most of that was couched in thoroughly mundane terms. This truly is a book which is appropriate for the bride- or groom-to-be at every level of Craft knowledge, from merely supporting you new spouse in their path to full-blown initiate.
Clea provides some very basic information on deities associated with marriage and family life scattered throughout the book. Each box of information is kept short and very general. Again, the idea is to be appealing to the widest possible readership.
This book is aimed at real world brides and grooms. Amongst the best advice she gives is to be organized (even though she admits to her own shortcomings as time grew short for her own ceremony) in your planning and to remember to have fun and be realistic (i.e., keep you expenses to a reasonable level. There is no reason to start a new life deeply in debt).
It is about making your guests comfortable as they share your big day. Your dear Aunt Martha and Uncle Tom may be good Methodists, but there are ways to help them appreciate why you chose THAT particular candle color, or why you chose a song including names from Greek mythology without compromising your own beliefs. By the same token, your coven-mates need not feel they have been forced to endure something which causes shivers. You can be inclusive and accommodating without compromise if you follow some of the suggestions put forth in this book.
If you have a wedding, handfasting, or commitment
ceremony of any kind coming up, this inexpensive little offering is
well worth the price. In fact, it is worth far more than its price,
if only for the common sense reminders contained within it.