Magical Gardens: Cultivating Soil & Spirit [NOOK Book]

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Nurture your love of the earth with a garden rooted in your spirituality. In this updated 15th anniversary edition of the beloved classic, Patricia Monaghan offers fresh advice and guidance for creating a magical garden that will nourish your soul. Bursting with ideas and inspiration, this guidebook shows you how to plan, grow, and tend an enchanting garden that is sown with your unique spirituality.

Along with gardening advice for every climate and season, Magical Gardens ...

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Magical Gardens: Cultivating Soil & Spirit

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Overview

Nurture your love of the earth with a garden rooted in your spirituality. In this updated 15th anniversary edition of the beloved classic, Patricia Monaghan offers fresh advice and guidance for creating a magical garden that will nourish your soul. Bursting with ideas and inspiration, this guidebook shows you how to plan, grow, and tend an enchanting garden that is sown with your unique spirituality.

Along with gardening advice for every climate and season, Magical Gardens weaves together myth and ritual to help you bring added power and meaning to your garden space. Discover the best plants for your site—being mindful of sun exposure, soil type, and climate zone—and learn about composting, controlling pests and weeds, gardening organically, and caring for plants at all growth stages. Perform meditations based on the year’s gardening cycle, and celebrate each season and every milestone in your life with rituals, prayers, and ceremonies.

This book features more than a dozen themed designs for sacred perennial gardens that you can re-create in your own backyard or out on your patio. Easy-to-follow designs will show you how to create a garden in honor of:

—Angels
—Aphrodite
—Cats
—Dragons
—Fairies
—Kwan-Yin
—The Sun . . . and more

Praise:
“From preparing the soil to preparing the mind, Patricia Monaghan has written an informative, magical, and visionary book.”—Connections

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738732299
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,316,193
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

One of the leaders of the contemporary earth spirituality movement, Patricia Monaghan has spent more than 20 years researching and writing about alternative visions of the earth. Raised in Alaska, where much of her family still lives, she considers herself blessed to have learned the ecology of the taiga, the subarctic forest, in her youth. She was a writer and reporter on science and energy related issues before turning her attention to the impact of mythic structures on our everyday lives.

The worldwide vision of the earth as feminine--as a goddess, called Gaia by the Greeks--led her to recognize the connection between ecological damage and the oppression of the feminine in Western society. Much of her work since that time has explored the question of the role of feminine power in our world, in an inclusive and multicultural way.

An avid traveler, Patricia has researched earth spirituality and goddess worship on three continents. She has traveled widely in Europe, especially in Ireland. She holds dual US/Irish citizenship and has edited two anthologies of contemporary Irish-American writing.

Patricia is a member of the resident faculty at DePaul University's School for New Learning in Chicago, where she teaches science and literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Good for inspiring both rituals and gardens

    The first part of this book focuses on gardening, while the second part is a collection of themed gardens that readers can use as instructions and inspirations for their own gardens. In the first part, Monaghan looks at gardening from a spiritual point of view, discussing gardening-based rituals that flow with the seasons, gardening mythology, and gardeners' ties to the earth. I thought this section got a little heavy-handed psychologically, but it gave me lots to think about and incorporate into my own rituals. The themed garden section was wonderful, with gardens devoted to goddesses, mythical creatures, the sun, and more. Most of these are full-blown gardens, though: there is almost nothing sized to a balcony or deck. Recommended for gardeners who want to bring their gardening and their spirituality together.

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