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Emily Carding (Cornwall, United Kingdom) is an author, priestess, and artist. An initiate of Alexandrian Wicca and a member of the Starstone network, Carding has been working with inner world Faery contacts since childhood. She has been trained in techniques of Celtic shamanism by John and Caitlin Matthews, and has worked with renowned Faery teachers R. J. Stewart and Brian and Wendy Froud. A respected and active member of the Faery and Tarot community worldwide, Carding's work has received international recognition. Visit her online at ChildOfAvalon.com.
Kim Huggens has been studying Tarot since the age of 9, and is the co-author of Sol Invictus: The God Tarot (Schiffer Publications, 2007) and in-progress companion deck Pistis Sophia: The Goddess Tarot. She lives in Cardiff, UK, where she works as a veterinary receptionist part-time to fund her university studies in Ancient History. She moved to Cardiff in 2002 for her undergraduate degree in Philosophy, and also graduated with an MA in Religion in Late Antiquity from Cardiff University in 2007. Kim has given numerous talks and workshops on the subject of Tarot, divination, Paganism and mythology in the UK, and regularly runs Tarot courses. She is a practicing Vodouisante and Thelemite, and a member of the OTO. She lives with her partner and cat, and in her spare time plays Call of Cthulhu, Dungeons and Dragons, writes short fiction, goes for walks in graveyards and wishes she could translate Sumerian.
An interesting collection of essays detailing the element of Water from a number of viewpoints and traditions. Some of the essays were more intriguing than others and some had more information that I found of interest but considering this is a collection of 17 different pieces of work, I would expect that everyone would find at least one article more suited to them than the others.
If you are interested in the esoteric or would like to read about the element of Water from differing points of view then I can definitely recommend this book.
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From a drop of water all life began. From a mere book about a drop of water there opened for me an exciting learning experience about one of the most over looked elements of magic and that is water. Kim Huggens put together an excellent compilation and Avalonia keeps putting out these excellent books.
Essays come from a great variety of writers. To mention a few Sorita d'Este, Payam Nabarz, Emily Carding and Kim Huggens herself. That only barely scratches the surface as there are many more authors who contributed . The subject covered are just as wide reaching and broad. The use of water and the deities connected to water are very thoroughly covered. Payam Nabarz covers the Persian Goddess Anahita who was seen in a vision by the Caspian Sea. Flanking her were two silver lionesses. She was the mother of all and is very connected to water. Temple dedicated to her are scattered throughout Iran, Armenia and other parts of the Middle East. Some of the rituals performed by her followers are still being performed by Muslims and Zoroastrians. Egyptian bathing of the pharaoh in his private chambers is discussed as he is convered with the waters of life by Thoth and Horus so he can be cleaned and invested with Godliness. The water is depicted with ahnks which mean life. The water of life baptism is still followed in the Christian and Jewish religions. Yemanya the African Sea Goddess is the mother of all. Before traveling over seas even if by plane one should pray to her for safe traveling and one should thank her upon arriving safely. Do not mess with her followers as she protects them well. She grants wealth, maternal beauty and stability. Her children are the fish of the sea.
Water itself is imbued with many properties. It is a giver of birth and at the same time a taker of life. It cleanses and it transfers spiritual energy. It is said that moon charged water is healthier for plants then no charged water. This was proved by experiments performed by scientists. Another experiment showed that water charged with positive or negative emotion changed reality to match those emotions when drunk or used. Many opf the deities and well guardians tend to be female by and large. Water is a feminine element. Celtic lore is filled with female water deities. Check out the mermaids, you do not see many mermen. In the olden days bodies of water were seen as portals to the world of the Fae or Underworld. The ancient Europeans used to throw offering into the rivers and lakes.
This book is wide as it is deep. Excellent job Kim Huggens and Avalonia publication.
"A Drop of Water" speaks for itself. Whether you're someone like me who's been engaging in scientific illuminism for a hot five minutes, or you're a ceremonial magician from WAY back, this collection of essays will edify your mind. I know I'm not alone is seeking modern day treatises that can help me to understand and expand my knowledge, particularly when working with the element of water. The diversity of experience and observations documented by magicians/wiccans/esotericists in this book is invaluable. In the future, I hope to see more collections of essays from Avalonia on elemental magick.
Being a pagan who works primarily with the Ocean Mother I was very excited to find this book. When I read it I was unsure what to think. It has a lot of very good information from some very notable people, I just had trouble finding uses for such information as most of the essays were so path specific. Carding's essay on Nimue and the Portion on Iemoja by Reyes were beyond exceptional. They definitely brought this book from a three (or even possibly two) star up to a four star. I will admit that I might have been expecting much more from this book than I should have, but I feel like that has to do with the fact that Sorita D'este was given the forefront on Amazon's display system; I expect a high quality product when it is attached to D'este's name, and this just barely met that.
A beautiful collection of essays dedicated to the most versatile element. Each essay is a story of sorts, holding new perspectives and experiences as differing as snowflakes. A great food for thought book. Really makes you reconsider how you use water in magick as well as how you see the dieties affiliated with it.