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Book Review – Cosmic Flow: A Creative Guide to Harnessing the Rhythm of the Moon by Nikki Strange

Book Review

Cosmic Flow

A Creative Guide to Harnessing

the Rhythm of the Moon

by Nikki Strange

Leaping Hare Press

176 Pages

 

 

Cosmic Flow: A Creative Guide to Harnessing the Rhythm of the Moon by Nikki Strange is a journey through the eight (8) phases of the Moon’s cycles. The book is separated into these as eight sections and provides the reader with bite-size pieces of information. The journey begins with recommendations about how to make use of the book and the basics of the Sun and Moon’s energies. A nice little chart is offered that outlines the astrological signs and how these express themselves as your Sun sign and Moon sign. These sections offer opportunity to write your own keywords expressing what you sense of Sun, Moon and the four alchemical elements expressed by the astrological signs.

Having set the stage for diving into the specifics of the Lunar energies, information about each of the phases of the Moon and suggestions for setting up altars to the Moon, moon gazing and intentions flow organically into the next sections. The structure of Cosmic Flow: A Creative Guide to Harnessing the Rhythm of the Moon is one that engages the reader to actively participate in the journey. Ample writing prompts and opportunities to sit in reflection, color, sing and more flow throughout giving the feeling of this title serving double duty as both informative and as a space of journaling.

Without reading the author’s biography you have a sense of an artistic and creative flare in the style and imagery of the book. Unlike many plain and graphically sparse readings, this book inspires your creativity in its look and style of writing.

There are some unexpected alignments and points of resonance that can be made as the reader goes through the meticulous process of recording the experience and sensation produced by each of the eight phases. Enough basic information about the particular phase is given to provide the reader with an understanding of the flow of the lunar cycles one into the other. This makes it easy to also bridge the connections as you journal, create and weave your own personal style of magick in communing with Mother Moon.

Would I Recommend:

Cosmic Flow: A Creative Guide to Harnessing the Rhythm of the Moon by Nikki Strange is a lovely little introduction towards expanding your connection to all of the phases of the Moon; not simply the traditional Esbats of celebration. Using this journal would definitely give you a bigger picture of your own place in the cycles of the moon and the effect they have on you at each step of the way. And, with that being said, sometimes the books that stimulate the greatest self-awareness and growth are not the densest, longest or most difficult to digest.

About the Author:

Nikki Strange is an East London-based artist and designer who draws her inspiration from nature, spirituality and well-being. Her international brand is focused on meditation and wellness, cycles in nature and connecting to these cycles for self-development. Nikki’s award-winning designs have been exhibited by the likes of Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Topshop, and she is the author of Watercolour Plant Art (2019).

Website: Nikki Strange (nikkistrange.co.uk)

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path.  

Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice.  A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers.

Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following a practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Elder) degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of two ASW covens since Samhain of 2001 and the Winter Solstice of 2015.

As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she uses Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work.

Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally.  She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented.  She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival. Her most recent projects include a channel on youtube: A Journey to the Inner Chamber. She also shares audio pathworkings and ritual on her bandcamp site: Teachings on the Path with Robin.

Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings.  She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.

Robin’s Websitewww.robinfennelly.com

Coven of the Mystic Path, ASWwww.covenofthemysticpath.org

Her books can be found on Amazon or purchased directly through her website:

For more infohttp://www.robinfennelly.com/books.html

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 1 It’s Written in the Stars-Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 2 Poetry of the Spheres-Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 3 Awakening the Paths-Qabalah

The Light of SELF: Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Learning to Breathe

Magickal Verse: A Collection of Poetry and Prose

A Year of Gaia: The Eternal Cord

The Elemental Year: Aligning the Elements of SELF

Temple of the Sun and Moon: Luminous Devotions

Sleeping with the Goddess: Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection: Musings for the Year

The Magickal Pen: A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

The Temple of the Sun: An Astrological Solar Year

Writings in the Shadow: An Exploration of the Shadow Nature