Oct 21, 2021

The Great October Book Giveaway - Stars and Seasons

Thank you to all who stopped by to enter! The folks taking books home this round are: Kathy, Catherine, Jennifer H, and Jessica. I've contacted everyone, and now we are gearing up for the last giveaway. Check back in the darkest hours of tomorrow night! (Or, pop by with your coffee on Thursday morning - no judgement.)
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I spent last night with my head thrown back, watching the stars while the first outdoor fire of the darktide kept the chill at bay. Owls questioned each other across the creek, and the full moon rose over the charred western hills. It was a bittersweet time, initiating a new fire bowl, welcoming back the flames that keep my spirits up all winter, giving thanks for the final harvests of the land I live and garden upon, all while acknowledging the loss of the forests under that moon which were ravaged by wildfire this summer. I lingered, noting constellations until the sky was overcome by moonlight, and all but the brightest, twinkling stars faded beneath the luminescence.

Marking time and tide is important to me. It all goes by so remarkably fast, so it gives me a sense of peace to sit with moments, stars and seasons, and feel my place alongside and within them. These next books I have gathered up for you are all bits of starlight that I have found invaluable in helping me observe my unique space in the world and settle into the deep magic of it all, even as time sprints by and the tides rise and fall.

For this giveaway, I have three enchanting books and one celestial planner which will assist you in charting your own life and seasons, in the best ways possible.


The calendar, or the year itself, has always seem particularly alive to me. I see it as having a tide or breath, and the seasons a result of the inspiration and expiration of this great being. Some places in the world, the tides of the year don't retreat and return as much as others. Perhaps you've never seen snow, or your winters settle in for half the year and spring and autumn are but a blink of an eye. But we all look to a calendar year to mark our days, and wherever we are there are seasons of some kind to observe. In Seasons of a Magical Life: A Pagan Path of Living, the marvelous H. Byron Ballard offers us a look at the waxing and waning of the year and its most common traditions and celebrations. She weaves in folklore and practical magic - activities, skills, and chores - and suggests ways for you to work in concert with your landbase. I especially adore the morsels she gives us at each season's end - that strange, liminal time as one part of the year melts into the next. There are such good tasks proposed here, beautiful tales of home and hearth, and an excellent smattering of essays at the forefront of the book, that "better inform the journey," as Ballard says. I can see "Seasons of a Magical Life" having a permanent place out on the side table with your favourite farmer's almanac, perpetual calendar, or book of days. 

And while you are charting your year, why not give yourself the added benefit of working with the stars? Especially the ones you were born under! Astrology can seem like a foreign language (and that's even before you are looking at your own birth chart) but when you have these next authors helping you out, it becomes more like a symphony. 

Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners, by Theresa Reed, is the book I would absolutely hand everyone who is starting their journey with astrology. The author has gifted us a wildly fun and sharp read, and makes you feel as though grasping the topic is not at all impossible. The book is packed with information, charts, exercises, and it's all put together in a friendly, visually pleasing way. If you ever wanted to have a good understanding of how to read your own chart, this is your book!


You might surmise that someone who didn’t want children, and then very-very-much-did, and then possibly couldn’t, and then raised abandoned kittens and wild/wonderful nieces and gardens instead, well…you might think that a book about understanding your child through an astrological lens, might be out of place in this someone's library. Ah, but you haven’t flipped through this treasure of an astrology book. Briana Saussy's latest release, Star Child: Joyful Parenting Through Astrology is not just for parents, but for all of us reaching back to comfort the awkward or confused child that we once were. It gives us an understanding of how we might have leaned this way or that - what might have influenced us - and why we saw things in a certain way. I'll admit to being a little wistful while reading it, wishing I could have handed it to my parents to help them understand this odd Virgo a little better when I was young. Star Child shows us how the glorious stars we were born under gave us tools to navigate a startling and baffling world, and if you are a parent it gives you extra vision into your child and how to relate to them based on their stars.

We round out this giveaway with an invaluable tool for outlining your year and marking your own time and transits. Planning by Starlight, is a collaboration between sacred artist and author Briana Saussy and photographer, visual artist, and magic maker Jacquelyn Tierney and it is a game changer. It takes you through the year at a glace, gives plenty of room for monthly and weekly notes and observations, and includes all the important planetary/astrological movements you need to know for 2022. Jacquelyn has graciously offered up a digital planner for one lucky person and I know this will shift the way you look at your year.

In their own words,
"We believe that an excellent planner is going to do a few things really well and skip a bunch of stuff that, at the end of the day, really doesn’t matter. As two ladies who LOVE planners, agendas, and calendars of all kinds, and as two astrologers who actively work with the moon, sun, stars, and planets, to plot out the days, weeks, months, and years of our lives, we know that there are certain things we look for in a planner.

First and foremost, we want a planner that supports our lives by helping us remember our purpose. The point of a planner (agenda, calendar, etc) is not to spend all of your time working on your planner - updating lists and ticking off check boxes.

Nope.

The point of a planner is to support you so that you can do more of what you love, less of what you don’t, and most importantly fully engage in whatever it is you are doing at the time. In other words, a good planner supports you in being present."

 


This giveaway is for a digital copy of 
Planning by Starlight - the photos are used for illustration - but you can follow the link and buy the hardcover book if you like (which come with a course).



I have one copy of each book and one digital copy of the planner to give away. Please click through the links to take a better look at each item or check out the lovely authors.

The game remains the same - your comment is your entry. Please ensure I have a way to get in touch with you if you win. Leaving your email address in your comment in safe manner (Jen loves books AT gmail) makes it easy for me to let you know if your name is drawn. You can feel free to let me know which item you would prefer if your name is picked and I'll do my best to match people with their choices. Please have your entry in by 9pm on Monday, October 25th! Also, while it is never necessary, if you want to share this month's festivities out in the world (social media post or the like) then I'm happy to give you a second entry - just let me know you've spread the word and I'll put your name in the hat again!

Special thanks go out to Byron Ballard for generously offering up a copy of Seasons of a Magical Life, and to Jacquelyn Tierney for gifting a digital copy of Planning by Starlight!


 Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.

I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop.






45 comments:

Mountain Sage Studio said...

Oooooo yes please..add my name to the hat🧡🧡

Mountain Sage Studio said...

Mountainsagestudio@gmail.com

Unknown said...

This is something I've wanted to delve more into. These would be a great start!

Unknown said...

This is wonderful, good luck to all. Very excited.

Laura Reading said...

I adore Teresa Reed, so her book would be my first choice.
Second would be Seasons of a Magical Life.
Your lyrical prose has me wanting to sit under the stars and give thanks to nature.

LaurasReadingBlog ATGmail dot com

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mxtodis123 said...

These all look wonderful. Would love any one of them. mxtodsi@yahoo.com

Margarita said...

I LOVE Byron Ballard's work, and would love to check out Seasons of a Magical Life!

MRubiano15 at gmail dot com.

Rue said...

Hi there, “Unknown.” If you see this, please leave an email address or a name for me to find you on social media (for example I’m @rueandhyssop everywhere). I can’t use this comment as an entry because there is no way to find you if you win.

petoskystone said...

The Astrology for Real Life looks particularly interesting! jonquilsgrdn at gmail

Iesadora said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I'd love to win Seasons of a Magical Life

Tania Esten said...

Thank you for this giveaway, I'll love seasons of a magical life. Thanks ❤️ taniatrejosblog at gmail dot com

Guinneth said...

Yay! Any except Star Child (which I already own) would be lovely. Thank you, dear Jen Rue. ❤️ larochellejennifer AT yahoo.

Sharon said...

I enjoy reading Ballard's Seasons of a Magical Life. While reading it, I feel more appreciative of the blessings Earth gives us. The tone of the book has a cozy, intimate feel -- perfect with hot tea on a damp, chilly October evening! When I was pregnant, I thought I'd get some practice drawing up an astrology chart, using my son's projected birthday. He'll be a Virgo, I thought. Well, that didn't surprise me. My dad was a Virgo, I married a Virgo, and some of my bosses had been Virgos. It made perfect sense that I'd give birth to a Virgo. The Universe evidently decided I needed more logical and analytical minds in my life. Well! An emergency C-section led my son to be a Leo rather than a Virgo! All in all, learning as much as you can about astrology is an excellent idea -- once a child is born, you can draw up the child's natal chart and present it as a gift to the mother. Or you can understand why your son acts so dang crazy sometimes.

Rue said...

Ha! I do love Leos (though their energy is WOAH). They keep you on your toes! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed ‘Seasons,’ Sharon. I found it cozy too. Perfect read for this time of year.

Kathleen said...

Thank you for this opportunity! I would like to enter the giveaway :)

LivingTheQuestion said...

I would love some of this magic in my life, thank you for the recommendations! -Gena (ibgena at gmail)

Kathleen said...

aragalen at gmail :)

Catherine King said...

Oh yes please! What a great selection of books. I originally had Byrons Seasons of a Magical Life, but found myself gifting it to someone who needed her insight more than I did at that time.

Catherine2447@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Finding your blog again makes me so happy. You were there when I started my "magikal" journey but then life took me down a different & difficult path that I had to see thru to the end on my own. Im so happy that now that that particular path is finished, and Im nack on my magikal path I found you once again. I love & missed you Lil Punkin!

BrigidsBlest said...

These all look great, but my parenting days are long over. The Seasons for a Magical Life book would be my choice, and thank you for running this giveaway!

Kathy Buxton said...

These all sound wonderful! I would be interested in any of them. I take a particular interest in astrology and the seasons of the year, so I would be most interested in the books involving them. However, as you said, the book about raising a child is still pertinent - and my daughter is 21 and still requires parenting!

My email is buckingstone at gmail dot com.

As always, thank you for your generosity - that goes for whether I win or not.

Jennifer said...

These "bits of starlight" all sound amazing. Would love to win any of them. :)

Jennifer
jenniferdavidhesse at gmail

Maria Isoldde said...

All this giveaway is awesome! Especially the seasons of a magical life that sounds so interesting. Count me in!

Melisa Glassford said...

Thank you for this giveaway! I eould be thrilled with any of these great books!melisaglassford@gmail.com

Laura said...

these all look really interesting. i'd love to have a chance to win. spiritwitch 5 2 3 at gmail

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Kgkathands said...

The books all look tasty!! Thank you again for allowing us a chance to give them a home.
kgkathands@gmail.com

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Ah! Seasons of a Magical Life is quite intriguing! Please throw my name into the hat!

Blessings of the season
Dianna x

Eveline Maedel said...

emaedel at gmail dot com :)

Debra Nehring said...

Lovely lovely! I so enjoy Bri and anything she does.
Debra dot nehring at yahoo dot ca

Rebecca P. said...

Any of these would be lovely!

rapowell4 at gmail dot com

Gigi Green said...

Any of these items would be a blessing to have ☺️
ninnae3@gmail.com

Flutter said...

I would love to read Astrology for Real Life. flutter.flute13 AT gmail DOT com

Jamesery said...

Toss my name in the hat for "Astrology For Real Life." :)
jgnelson126@gmail.com

Lily Felling said...

I would love to read Astrology For Real Life! Thanks for this opportunity!
Email: lilyfelling3@gmail.com
Instagram: @authorlilykathleen

John Breen said...

Thank you for being so generous! Please enter my name in the drawing.

Nathan Hall said...

Dropping my name in the pot! @elf_shot on Twitter

Jessica Hilbun Schwartz said...

Ooh Star Child had been on my wish list! My baby is a double Leo and I’ve been eager to learn more about his astrology! JessicaHilbun at gmail dot com

sonerbear said...

Would be happy with any! sonjakipka at gmail and I’m sharing on Instagram

Ellie said...

Seasons of Magical Life sounds right up my street! This Samhain marks one year since I opened up to my inner witch, and marking the seasons according to the wheel of the year at has felt SO right for me. emctracey(at)gmail(dot)com

Theresa N. said...

You always have such magical books to giveaway.
Theresa Norris
weceno at yahoo dot com

Deb said...

Thanks for the chance to win one of the books, I would love Seasons of a Magical Life if I were chosen. Thanks again, debq755 at yahoo dot com

Artlust said...

If I were choose I would like any books you give me as being a bookworm I can't decide on one. Thanks!

My gmail acc is @biswasprapti180@gmail.com
You can also find me on instagram @_artlust__
Have a great day!

Witchyshadows1990 said...

Oh they all look absolutely lovely! What a fantastic giveaway. I've shared on Facebook!!
My email is witchyshadows1990@gmail.com