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Following the Old Ways On an Enchanted Homestead - a book for everyone who wants to live closer to Nature.|
Seasons of the Sacred Earth
Author: Cliff Seruntine
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Category: Green Spirituality Level: All
In 2007 Cliff Seruntine and his wife, Daphne, along with their two daughters, relocated to a remote, forested homestead in the Nova Scotia highlands. The Seruntines discovered the Hollow held many wonders: vast Acadian forests, abandoned cottages rumored to be haunted, abundant wildlife, ancient rock walls like those that partition Scotland, and a living faerie faith. They determined to live gently upon the land, so they grew most of their own food or hunted and gathered it from the great forest, taking only what was in abundance. They wanted to understand the lifeways of early folk in order to better grasp their reverence of natural cycles and yearly festivals, so they practiced nearly lost skills such as goat husbandry, cheesemaking and woodscraft. They determined not to merely drive off the woodland creatures that might be attracted to their immense gardens but to find ways to live in harmony with them. And as they lived and worked with respect for Nature, they found a profound peace as their lives attuned to the spiraling cycles of season and land.
But they were also followers of the Old Ways and made it a point to honor and respect the spirits of the land. They left the last apples on the trees for the Apple Man, set out faerie plates near the season of Samhain, and spilled the first milk of the goats for the barn bruanighe. In return, they soon found the land’s spirits drawing closer and looking after them. Their goats always yielded the best milk. Their gardens were always overflowing. The ale was always good, and no predator ever entered the barn even though they rarely shut its doors.
Seasons of the Sacred Earth follows life at the homestead through a magical year. It is an enchanted journey along a green path, written in a warm, deeply personal style. Readers will relive the old meaning of Imbolg—the festival of coming into milk—when the goats birth their kids and remind us that spring shall come no matter how dark and long the winter. They will run with the Seruntines’ daughters through the night meadows when thousands of fireflies come out in late spring and it feels like stars have come down to earth. They will encounter a green man who keeps an ancient woodland. They will discover the wonder of entering the barn one frosty morning near Bealtaine and finding playful faeries have braided the horses’ manes. And as readers share the Seruntines’ journey deep into the heart of Nature, a profound truth becomes ever more evident: the magical and the mystic are never farther than Earth and Sky.
Author's Notes: Cliff was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and lived half his time deep in the bayous and the other half in New Orleans. Such a life gave him the opportunity to experience the wild Acadian back country as well as the old Creole history and magic for which the city of Mardi Gras is so famous. Cliff’s father was a detective, but Cliff opted to pursue a different path. He began college at seventeen but was compelled by his love of Nature to explore the spirit and magic of the untamed north. He left college to see Alaska at the age of nineteen. With nothing but a few hundred dollars, an axe and an old rifle, Cliff wandered his way into the subarctic wilderness and ended up dwelling there nearly half his life, ensconced among some of the most rugged and beautiful wilderness on earth. There Cliff studied aboriginal shamanic traditions and its intriguing faerie faith which he found to have many curious parallels to Celtic and Scandinavian traditions. Cliff became a practitioner of the old shamanic path during this time and felt an especial pull to the Celtic traditions. Endeavoring to live a life deeply in tune with Nature, Cliff considers the Green Man his patron and strives to walk a simple, peaceful path cultivating his own food, honoring the spirits and living out a philosophy that draws happiness and satisfaction from wholesome and simple goodness: friends, family, sustainability, spirituality and closeness to Nature.
Cliff is often a speaker on Earth-based spirituality and naturalist topics. Cliff is also a psychotherapist and frequently provides talks on overcoming life’s emotional challenges through adopting fuller, richer perspectives.
Cliff Seruntine is the author of Seasons of the Sacred Earth (Llewellyn, 2013) , An Ogham Wood (Avalonia Press, 2011) and The Lore of the Bard (Llewellyn, 2003) . He is a contributing author to a number books, including The Fairy Queens (Avalonia, 2013) and Faery Craft (Llewellyn, 2012) and has been invited to contribute several times to Llewellyn’s bestselling Witches’ Calendar. Cliff has also been published in magazines on Celtic history, paranormal phenomena and written for webzines about ecology, sustainable living and earth-based spirituality.
To learn more about Cliff's books, or Woodslore courses on Nature and spirit, visit his website where you will also discover a growing collection of articles.
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