Book Review: Seasons of Moon and Flame by Danielle Dulsky

Seasons of Moon and Flame: The Wild Dreamer’s Epic Journey of Becoming by Danielle Duslky; photo by Mia Arsenault

I just had the pleasure of reading another of Danielle Dulsky’s amazing tomes, Seasons of Moon & Flame The Wild Dreamer’s Epic Journey of Becoming. (Please order through your local bookshop if you can!)

I adored the journey I took through her last book, The Holy Wild, and this one is no different.

First off, here is how the book is set up: each part of the book focuses on one of the elemental/seasonal hags, grannies who will show you how to dig deep into who you are. Within each part, we explore different concepts of being by the changing of the moon. We receive stories from these beloved hags, stories that speak to the deepest truths of the resistance we have to embodying our truest selves. And of overcoming those resistances.

There are rituals and spells to guide you through each moon in each season, simple, yet still steeped in the mysteries of the self. Of discovering what is most important to us, of manifesting those things, and of learning how to let go what doesn’t serve us in order to stay grounded in our true self.

What I really adored about this book is a constant reminder of those who came before us, and those who will come after us. Being ourselves in the moment, the manifestation of our ancestors, and the fact that what we do now will lead to the future world our grandchildren (of course not just of our own flesh) will inherit.

Danielle provides writing prompts in each part. They are set up so that we write out our self-observations, and experiences in a storytelling fashion. This allows us to see the weave of ourselves, our lives.
I’m looking forward to digging into these stories and accompanying spells/practices to explore deeply into my own ideals, my own self-made obstacles, as well as dismantling them, and the ones society has put before us all.

All in all, this is another wonderfully meaty book to help us connect into ourselves, and our own magick. A magick that connects us to our ancestors, and our descendants. A magick to be used to change the world to a place we desire it to be, wild, free, and full of wonder.

Book Review – The Holy Wild by Danielle Dulsky

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this book… wait, yes I can, and I will right now!

Holy Wild, A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman by Danielle Dulsky is such a gem of a spiritual book. Though aimed towards those who identify as women, I would say this would be a fantastic book to pick up for anyone who wants to dig deep into the feminine spirit and magicks.

So here’s the layout of the book: each section deals with the five elements and how they relate to the feminine spirit, how they can be expressed by feminine spirit. Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether.
Within each section, Danielle provides a retelling of 5 famous women of history and myth: earthy Lilith, Salome, the Mother of Babylon, the Magdalen, and Jezebel. 

The stories Danielle has imagined for these powerful women realigns them to a more realistic and balanced perspective, their own perspectives. This is so refreshing compared to the frequently damning masculine spin that permeates far too many women’s narratives, or leaves women’s perspectives out completely.
They are also so incredibly relatable and touch on some very deep chords of what the female experience is, in relation to others, and just within ourselves.

Each element section of the book contains three chapters: Verses, Rituals, and Magick. In the verses chapters, you will find those wonderful reimagined stories, as well as the seeds to begin telling our own personal mythology. This often begins with healing the parts of ourselves that become wounded from both the way in which our culture teaches us to be unkind to ourselves, and the harms that may come at the hands of others. 

The rituals provide healing work we need for ourselves, as well as rituals to mark events or powerful emotions that occur in our lives. They also guide us to powerfully claim and embody our reactions and emotions. They are wonderful for continuing to acknowledge, work on, and accept and be radiant within ourselves. 

Finally, the magick chapters provide profound magicks that really lead us to direct our deep energies into changing ourselves, our lives, and our world for the highest good. 

After reading this amazing book that is so full of love, encouragement, and healing, I am looking forward to working through each element for myself over the year and begin down my own path towards being who I truly am, and allowing that to radiate and affect my patch of the world, to others to heal themselves as well, and to carry our world ever onward to the best reality we can make for ourselves. It’s a long road full of toil, don’t be mistaken, but I feel with such guidance that can be found in Danielle’s book, we are that much closer to getting there.