Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Penny Billington, author of The Path of Druidry and The Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew as well as co-author of the new Keys to the Temple.
"One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again," wrote C. S. Lewis to his god-daughter. Hopefully we have all reached this stage, for magic demands the openness of the child. Unfortunately, our life experience teaches us to button up, raise a shield, to avoid, avoid, avoid… Until we fall in love, and learn that to be vulnerable and open to relationship is worth the risk. Then we get hurt and close down a bit more even though we know it's a retrograde step…and so the merry-go-round
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It’s that time of year again…time for gift shopping! Whether you celebrate Yule, the Winter Solstice, Christmas or Hanukkah with your family and friends, the season has come to be synonymous with the giving of thoughtful gifts, trinkets or tokens of goodwill. This puts some degree of stress on all of us; though giving is joyous, often the expense and energy spent on tracking down “the perfect gift” is not.
I am a book lover, so I happen to think books always make good gifts. There’s no need to worry about whether it fits or is the right color; no need to buy