Spell in the Forest, A
The magic of trees. Guides to the wildwood, keepers of mysteries, tellers of tales.
Trees occupy a place of enormous significance, not only in our planet’s web of life but also in our psyche. A Spell in the Forest - Tongues in Trees is part love-song, part poetic guidebook, and part exploration of thirteen native sacred British tree species. Tongues in Trees is a multi-layered contribution to the current awareness of the importance and significance of trees and the resurgence of interest in their place on our planet and in our hearts.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed this book. It’s full of information and an amazing read. Easy to read and a topic close to my heart. I will read it again. Well done! ~ Leanne Pawley (Educator), NetGalley
An addition for those working with trees or wanting to begin to connect. Overall a good book to have a look over. ~ Alexandra Roth (Reviewer), NetGalley
... I am already well into it and am utterly gripped. A Spell in the Forest is already firing off all kinds of questions, thoughts and reflections ... this book is a powerful, provocative and deeply absorbing narrative/voice, challenging many 21st century misconceptions. ~ , Julius Smit, writer, editor Eyeglass Zines
Roselle Angwin is a thinking as well as a feeling writer. Her new title, A SPELL IN THE FOREST, Book One: Tongues in Trees, is intelligent, informational, and thoroughly researched… There is a gentleness in the author’s voice which invites readers to travel through her pages, similar in its way to a quiet walk in the woods… It is both the lore and physical presence of trees, as life forms and as symbols, that is explored and experienced in A SPELL IN THE FOREST. From a plethora of subjects, there are three in particular I was drawn to. The first is in the chapter titled ‘The Wild Soul’. Here the author writes: ‘Story helps, poetry helps, music helps, and art, and access to dream, memory, association all help. They are all ways of re-enchanting our view of the world. But there is still nothing like actually wandering beneath great and ancient trees.’ Another subject that drew me to it is Angwin’s bringing together mythic strands on the Celtic sun god Ogma, from whom derives the Druidic blessings of tree-alphabet and calendar. A third subject of personal interest was found in the author’s interpretations of the ancient/founding poem of Amergin, legendary first poet of Ireland… I will leave it to readers of the A SPELL IN THE FOREST to independently open this and other findings in the volume’s treasury. Rather, I offer a practical suggestion. Next time you plan your own walk among the trees… take with you the quiet companionship of Roselle Angwin’s new book. Sit a spell beneath a favored bough, reading in the comforting shade. Do not be too surprised if in doing so you sense the aura of tree energy around you growing friendlier, brighter, and more embracingly intense. ~ David Sparenberg, eco-poet, shamanic storyteller, author of EARTH SPIRIT: Confronting the Crisis, Essays & Meditations on Eco-Spirituality
This book gently leads the reader into a new and deeper understanding of the forest and our ancient and intrinsic connection with the trees that has been largely forgotten in this modern age. If you wish to develop and nurture a true affinity and knowledge of trees, then 'A Spell in the Forest – Tongues in Trees' will most definitely help you to do that. ~ Luke Eastwood, author of The Druid Garden and The Druid's Primer, Personal communication
'I keep being amazed at the width and depth of your knowledge, and your ability [to create something] large and meaningful... I am looking forward to the sequel.' ~ , Beatrice Grundbacher
This book gently leads the reader into a new and deeper understanding of the forest and our ancient and intrinsic connection with the trees, that has been largely forgotten in this modern age. If you wish to develop and nurture a true affinity and knowledge of trees, then 'Tongues in Trees' will most definitely help you to do that. ~ Luke Eastwood, author of The Druid Garden and The Druid's Primer, personal communication
The poet who reignites within us passion and wonder for the living world does as much for the healing of the planet as any ecologist. Roselle Angwin is one such poet. ~ Fred Hageneder, author of 'The Spirit of Trees' and 'The Living Wisdom of Trees'
…a book in which to immerse yourself, letting go into the deep richness of the forest and its old tales. ~ Emma Restall-Orr Author on subjects such as pagan ethics and animism, one-time head of the British Druid Order, Personal endorsement of Spell.
Seeking the stories beneath the stories, the poet Roselle Angwin explores the forest of Brocéliande and the hidden mysteries of Arthurian and Celtic myth in this delightful immersion at the forest’s heart, where its inhabitants, seen and unseen, have their own tales to tell. ~ Caitlín Matthews Author of 'Diary of a Soul Doctor' and 'Celtic Visions', Personal endorsement of Spell.
Tongues in Trees has been an immersive, transformative experience. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Roselle’s sense of wonder and depth of wisdom have transformed my relationship with the Ogham trees and made me more open to the natural world. ~ Gabrielle O'Donovan, Participant on 1st yearlong TONGUES IN TREES course
'Mindfulness' is a buzz word at the moment but this course has enabled so much more - a sort of mind-allthesenses-spiritfulness and an enriched awareness of trees as the wonderful, sentient, numinous, and giving entities that they are. Roselle's course modules are brilliant - full of information and suggestions while being open-ended, motivating and inspiring... This is an update of something that I wrote near the beginning of the course. Since then, the sentiment that it expresses has only become richer and deeper: I have never taken trees for granted. But this course has made me more aware of, as well as an aesthetic/spiritual connection with them, an almost visceral bond which I feel I have experienced before - either in this life or another, in this world or another. ~ Sheena Odle, Participant on 1st yearlong TONGUES IN TREES course
Taking part in this course has made 2019 extraordinary. I have always loved and felt connection with trees, but this is the year I have communicated with trees. I am deeply grateful to Roselle Angwin for her integrity, generosity and for sharing her fascinating writings. My internal and external landscapes have been profoundly enriched. ~ Leonie Charlton, Participant on 1st yearlong TONGUES IN TREES course; author
For the past eight months I have been following a rather wonderful online course, formulated and run by the remarkable poet, author and facilitator Roselle Angwin. The course is called ‘Tongues in Trees’ and invites us each month to observe a particular tree associated with the Celtic Ogham calendar. We are encouraged to relate in a creative way to the trees, through poetry, prose, folklore, land art and ritual. It is, in itself, a truly holistic introduction to each species…but I think the deeper knowledge and understanding of trees and their huge importance in the life of our planet will take me a lifetime. This course has been an absolute turning point for me... Roselle has brought to my attention the vast richness of the knowledge pertaining to both individual tree species but also the holistic understanding of the importance of trees in the ecosphere (which includes us!). ~ Roz Cawley, Participant on 1st yearlong TONGUES IN TREES course
I had thought I was reasonably switched on, but this course has taken me way beyond that - still much more switching on to do - but Roselle has gifted us a magnificent portal through which to dive deeper. I have individual trees I will engage with whenever I can and lots more to get to know - it has been truly marvellous and magical. ~ Ali Walters, Participant on 1st yearlong TONGUES IN TREES course
ROSELLE WRITES: Robin Taylor, current head of the Pagan Federation, says in his acceptance speech that my first book Riding the Dragon was what turned him on to paganism. There are, by the way, loads of endorsements from participants on last year's Tongues in Trees course on which the book is based, here: https://thewildways.co.uk/tongues-in-trees-a-yearlong-course/ ~