Book Review -Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day by Carl F. Neal.


3 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. for a free ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review.

Another great reference book from Llewellyn Worldwide for those wishing to learn more about the sacred ‘Wheel of the year’.

This is the second book in the ‘Llewellyn Sabbats essentials’ series I’ve read and, although again strongly focussed on the faith in the northern hemisphere, it still represented the quality of work I’ve come to expect from this series.

And, what I liked a lot was that I’ve never really done much for Imbolc, as I focus more on Ostara at the end of September (here in Australia) and I do love how the book not only taught me the importance of this Sabbath, it’s inspired me to do more for it come the end of July next year.

As with the other book I’ve read in this series, ‘Imbolc’ encouraged me to keep doing things “my way”. While also teaching me a few new things that I feel will really help lift the darkness of winter and bring a little light back into my home a little earlier. A book not only of knowledge, history and ritual… but inspiration and passion too.

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes I would. Again, the stronger connection to the northern hemisphere (just like the book ‘Yule’) means other southern hemisphere folk may draw more inspiration than actual ritual practices from the book… but it is still a worthy reference book and guide for those wanting to know ‘what it’s all about’ and reconnect to the cycles of our seasons and our glorious Mother Nature. It also gives us a broader look at the world and our Pagan faiths within it.

Would I buy this book for myself? As with ‘Yule’… I might. I do have some books that follow the Wheel that are more Southern Hemisphere orientated that work for me… but I did enjoy reading this series and do find the books so inspirational that they are a strong contender to add to my library of faith reading.

In summary: A well written book of reference for anyone wanting to get back in touch with the Sabbath of Imbolc, the Quickening, the Goddess Brigid, and so on. Although a book better suited to those of the Pagan faith in the northern hemisphere, it is still a good reference book for southern hemisphere Pagans too. It’s a good nudge in the right direction, rather than a strict statement of how it should be. A perfect book to embrace into your faith, and to help you find more balance in how to live.

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO


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