Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ethereal 2017 - My Sign-Up

Because I was invited by a new bloggy friend who hosts this challenge: the dynamic Carolyn at Riedel Fascination.

Because I have some cool books on my shelves that I need to prioritize.

Because reading about the Green Man will give me hours of pleasure, not to mention a walk down memory lane.

Because some obsessions never abate.

Because connecting with the archetype of our relationship with Nature is more important than ever these days.

Because I can't say no to a good challenge!

And therefore:

I'm joining Ethereal 2017, a challenge that focuses on books about spirits, souls, spirit encounters real or fictional, the paranormal, faith, mysticism, fantasy, folklore, sacred environments, and such topics, including (quite naturally, now that I think about it) children’s books, because plants and animals in children's books are depicted in magical ways.

This is a great excuse to delve into my Green Man books, which are solidly within the folklore realm and a long-term interest of mine. To wit: once when I saw the Green Man on a building in Toronto, I let out a shriek of excitement and joyful recognition that stopped passers-by in their tracks. It remains a happy memory to this day, more than 10 years later.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a photo of the Green Man of Bamburg, one of numerous depictions throughout history. The cathedral in which he makes his home was consecrated in May of 1237. And what's he doing in a Christian building? Ah, that's the mystery and the allure.

Photo credit: Pinterest

These days the Green Man is most often seen in garden sculptures and on beer labels, but don't be fooled. He's a powerful symbol from ancient and medieval worlds. 

I look forward to reading more about him. My books will be:

Seeking the Green - Tylluan Penry (review)
Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man - Nina Lyon
The Land of the Green Man: A Journey Through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles - Carolyne Larrington


  1. There's a book in Patrick Taylor's Irish Country series that might appeal to you. It's called An Irish Country Girl. If you'd like an idea what it is about, I wrote about it here:

    1. What a lovely review, Nan! It sounds like a wonderful book, full of lore and suspense. I shall certainly be adding it to my reading list, even if not for this challenge. Thank you!

  2. This sounds really interesting and I know I'm going to enjoy your posts.

  3. If blogspot's comment box finally lets a word through on this page, I have wanted to thank you for joining the theme nearest to my own heart and welcome you! Anyone hearing about us through you who finds this interesting ought to join us. Oh, the kind of literature and fun we can derive from this group! :-) Shoot me an e-mail / comment when you can, so I have a reference of the groups you joined and posts you made. Yours very wermaly and brightly, Carolyn.


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