January 27, 2013

Queen of the Night by Sharynne Macleod Nicmhacha

Queen of the Night by Sharynne Macleod Nicmhacha is a historical and spiritual book about the ancient Celts, and how they used the moon in some of their practices. Discover how they used the moon for power, and how you can use it in your life, too.

Book Description
Queen of the Night helps readers understand the role and power of the moon in the ancient religions, folklore, and mythology of Ireland and the British isles and then discover how to tap that power in their daily lives.

Queen of the Night is a journey into the world of Celtic cosmology, shamanism, and sacred animals, as well as Celtic language, art, and culture, to discover the power and centrality of the moon. Since the earliest times, from stone circles and passage graves to the rites and customs of Druids, the moon has been the symbol of the Goddess and has played a crucial role in worship and celebration.

In 13 chapters representing the moon's monthly and annual cycles, NicMhacha tells the story of Celtic moon mythology, as well as touching upon Greek, Hindu, and Norse traditions. Each chapter sets forth the role of the moon in Celtic tradition and culture and includes poetry, quotes, or prayers honoring the moon. At the end of each chapter, she offers meditations, ceremonies, and exercises to help readers connect with the moon and apply its power to their lives.

From the world of fairies to bards, seekers, and shamans; from the moon's role in the secret meetings of women spinners to the role of sacred animals and mythic beings, Queen of the Night is a lively, informative, and transformative book for anyone who wants to understand and experience the power of the moon.” – Queen of the Night

My Thoughts
Queen of the Night is a book that I was really excited to read. I love Celtic lore and am quite interested of anything having to do with the moon and lunar cycles. This book does not disappoint. It is actually much better than I thought it would be. Sharynne Macleod Nicmhacha lays out the book magically, and I enjoyed all of it.

I enjoy learning about history and spirituality, and this book is a fantastic mixture of both. It isn’t just a basic “101” style book that covers the same information covered in a hundred other books of similar content. It goes into much more depth and you can actually tell that the author did an excellent job researching the subject. As a reader and a scholar, I appreciate this tremendously. I enjoyed reading this book and will keep it handy for future reference and use. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Queen of the Night, Weiser Books, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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