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Dwelling on the Threshold: Reflections of a Spirit-Worker and Devotional Polytheist Paperback – 4 May 2012

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Sarah Kate Istra Winter, also known as Dver, is a spirit-worker on the margins of Hellenic polytheism, with ties to English, Germanic and Slavic folk traditions as well. She has been a priestess of Dionysos for 15 years, and has also long been devoted to Hermes, Apollon, Persephone, Hekate, and a host of personal and local spirits. Her main practices include oracular trance, pathwalking, bone-working, devotional worship, and serving the spirits in both worlds. A passionate writer before she could even properly read, she currently writes mostly non-fiction with occasional poetry, and has been published in several pagan magazines and newsletters; her first book was Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored. She is also a visual artist and crafter, working in an ever-changing variety of mediums. She earned her undergraduate degree at Goddard College, specializing in comparative mythology and ritual. Dver was raised in New England, but has found a home in the lush, green, nymph-haunted Pacific Northwest. She spends her days doing ritual and making art, tramping through the woods, reading and researching, and intermittently trying to teach herself German. Her many blogs, websites and other projects can be found at www.winterscapes.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Polytheist Reading 24 Dec. 2014
By Mealla - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a collection of essays written by the same author on subjects relating to Devotional Polytheism and spirit work. Most of the essays are brief and can be read separately, though she has tried to arrange them in a logical order. The writing contained in this book is both thought-provoking, and gives insight into what it means to be someone thoroughly devoted to Gods and spirits. This book is likely to resonate with anyone who views honoring Gods and spirits as integral to their spiritual practice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellenic Polytheism Explored' and thoroughly enjoyed both books 26 Dec. 2014
By Silvereyn - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book and 'Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored' and thoroughly enjoyed both books. As a series of essays, 'Dwelling on the Threshold' provided a candid and thought provoking insight into the path of a spirit worker. This book is accessible and relevant for anyone interested in spirit-working or paganism in general - a must have for your library!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 30 Jun. 2014
By April Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Ms. Winter's blog during a random search on the web. I can't say enough on how happy I am that I did. This book is a compilation of her online essays. She gives an wonderful inside view spirit work and dedication to the gods. She gives some great advice and makes you think deeply on matters concerning the Pagan community at large. Buy it. You won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book 11 Aug. 2012
By K✝honios - Published on Amazon.com
After having read Kharis by Sarah Kate Istra Winter and being a regular follower of her blog, [...] , I didn't hesitate a second before buying this book, and do not regret it. The author manages to be highly inspiring and at the same time so easy to read and down to earth that I could finish her books without putting them down for a second. In Dwelling on the Threshold, Sarah shares her experiences and reflections as a devoted hellenic polytheist and spirit worker, and manages to give the reader lots of insight. I would highly recommend this book to anybody interested by spirit work and polytheism, regardless of the tradition or current one is working with or interested in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential text 31 May 2012
By Duffimac - Published on Amazon.com
These are the reflections and stories of a woman who has dedicated herself to the Powers. Her understanding is deep and nuanced; her stories both compelling and thought-provoking. Throughout, the writing is clear, focused, and near-flawless. Winter is both deeply devoted and deeply intelligent. For a modern take on a Hellenic version of the mystic at the edge of the forest, you can't do better. I don't have the guts to be her, but she inspires me to connect more to my own Powers. Highly recommended.
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