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Merry Meet Magazine is pleased to announce that the following books listed below are now available to buy through this website. Please check regularly for new additions to the catalogue.

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bookshop SFTMTSongs from the Magical
Tradition
by Jerry Bird

A potent strand of mysticism runs through a substantial part of British folk music, from the Yeatsian ‘Celtic Mist’ that infuses many Scottish and Irish ballads to the arcane wierdness of the English Morris Tradition. Songs from the Magical Tradition presents an anthology of songs, with extensive notes on their historical context, imagery, and possible origins.

No firm conclusions are drawn – readers are left to decide for themselves how relevant the songs might be in the wider contexts of historical paganism and magic.

Not just a book about music, this volume includes the words, melodies and chords to seventeen magical traditional songs, including Thomas the Rhymer, Tam Lyn, Clerk Colvill and Childe Rowland, as well as eight instrumental pieces, in easy-to-follow arrangements.

160 pages paperback
Published by Green Magic ISBN: 9780956619709

£12.99 + £2.00 p&p (5 in stock)

Please ask if you would like your copy signed by the author


Ancient Stones On Old
Postcards
by Jerry Bird

In Edwardian England many hitherto obscure sites of antiquarian interest became popular with a newly mobile population. These images from Jerry Bird’s unique collection of picture-postcards date from that time, when stories concerning druids, faeries, witches and giants were still told about the menhirs, stone circles, cromlechs, caves, gorges, crags and tors that adorn our countryside.

This collection, categorized by folklore and enhanced with lively and scholarly commentary, includes many lesser-known sites. With the added bonus of map references and directions, the book is ideal for the modern-day antiquary or pilgrim who wishes to connect with England’s ancestral ‘ancient stones’.

214 pages large-format paperback
Published by Green Magic ISBN: 9780956188632

£12.99 + £3.00 p&p (4 in stock)

Please ask if you would like your copy signed by the author


Landscape of Memory
by Jerry Bird

The roots of modern Paganism are nourished by soil of old Albion, whose inherently pagan past has always lain barely hidden beneath the surface. This rich heritage is constantly being mined by archaeologists and folklorists, and has provided the building blocks for the reconstruction of the Old Religion. This book takes the reader on a journey through the mythical, historical and archaeological landscape of England, visiting some of its lesser known sites and exploring some of the stranger aspects of folklore, music, tradition, myth and legend that have survived in our sacred landscape.

296 pages paperback
Published by Green Magic ISBN: 9780955290879

£12.99 + £2.50 p&p (4 in stock)

Please ask if you would like your copy signed by the author


 

bookshop_clip_image002The Spirit of the Green Man
by Mary Neasham

The Spirit of   the Green Man opens up a new understanding of this most potent of archetypes,   who has never been stronger or more influential. Although shrouded in mystery,   he speaks directly to anyone who wants to hear him. The reader is   shown how to meet The Green Man through practical work, green awareness, magic   and meditation and also how to interact with his spirit.

208 pages paperback

Published by Green Magic ISBN 0954296370

£9.99 + £3.00 p&p (4 in stock)


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Seasons 
by Rose Blakeley
 

A Pathway through the Seasons is Rose Blakeley’s latest book, which is a   collection of delightful stories in rhyme that takes the reader on a fascinating   and enchanting journey through the seasons. It is based on folklore, history   and English customs, and as you travel along the pathway, you will be   accompanied by all aspects of nature including flowers, trees, butterflies and   birds. Each chapter is beautifully illustrated in bright colour, and also   black and white, by the author herself.             This book is a hardback first edition   and is beautifully produced. It is a high quality product with a full gloss   finish on every page.

50 pages hardback

Published by Attitude Publishing ISBN 0955885809

£6.00 + £3.50 p&p (6 in stock)


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By Doreen Valiente


Charge of the   Goddess was published after the author’s death. It was always   Doreen’s wish that her poetry should reach a wider audience and since her usual   publishers Robert Hales weren’t interested it fell to a group of her friends to   see that it happened according to her wishes. The result is a beautiful book   which contains 41 poems, including the famous ‘charge’. The pages contain   facsimiles of the original texts, with notes and explanations, and many   wonderful photographs and photomontages by John Hooper of Doreen’s ritual   equipment as well as pictures of the Sussex coast and countryside where she   spent her last years. Out of print and very hard to find now at a reasonable price – only a few left!

96 pages paperback

Published by Hexagon Hoopix ISBN: 0953920402

£8.99 + £2.50 p&p (4 in stock)


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The Spellbinding Power of Palmistry
By Johnny Fincham

Johnny Fincham is the charismatic hand teacher whose frequent media appearences and celebrity clients have made him widely known. The result of twenty years of reading, teaching and researching palmistry, this book will lead you gently through the process of becoming a master palmist with 160 illustrations. Full of original fesearch, you’ll learn everything from the meaning of the major lines, through health indications in the fingernails, to honing your intuition. Finally, Johnny reveals, for the first time in print, the existence of the passion line, the key to understanding an individual’s sexuality.

164 pages paperback

Published by Green Magic ISBN: 9780954723057

£5.99 + £2.00 p&p (1 in stock)

 

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The Green Man
A Field Guide
By Clive Hicks

This book both embodies and represents something of our modern quest for the ancient meaning of the Green Man and of his contemporary relevance. It’s mnot necessary to agree with its author, but it is worthwhile being part of what is at bottom a spiritual as well as an intellectual quest for human meaning. (Canon Albert Radcliffe, Manchester Cathedral)
‘Our list may be the most extensive published to date, but there are certainly many, many green men not known t us. It is the fact that there is no remotely complete list that makes the green man search so interesting, and so rewarding. It might be you that identifies a gem of a Green Man who has been gracing a church for centuries, unnoticed until your visit. (Clive Hicks)

100 pages paperback

Published by Compass Books ISBN: 095170382X

£7.99 + £2.50 p&p (2 in stock)

 

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William Barnes – The Dorset Engravings
By Laurence Keen & Charlotte Lindgren

William Barnes, the Dorset poet and philologist is less well known as a wood engraver. This book collects together 27 of his illustrations to  various books and publications, to gether with an explanatory essay about the artist and his work.
Beautifully illustrated and printed, this book is a must for anyone interested in William Barnes and the county in which he lived. A collectors item, hard to fi

40 pages paperback

Published by THe Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society

ISBN: 09009341254

£8.00 + £2.50 p&p (6 in stock)

 

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The Dorchester Hornpipe
Thirty-four
Country Dance Tunes from the Manuscript Music Books of Thomas Hardy I, Thomas Hardy II and Thomas Hardy O.M. (ed. Joan Brocklebank)
The author Thomas Hardy was an enthusiastic fiddle player and played at country dances in his youth with the Bockhampton band, which included other members of his family.
Fortunately, the manuscript books compiled by three generations of the Hardy Family survive, and this book presents a representative selection of tunes in standard notation with guitar chords.

18 pages paperback

The Dorset County Museum

£6.50 + £2.50 p&p (3 in stock)

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Ukrainian Folk Tales
Translated by Marie Halun Bloch

Illustrated by J. Hnizdovsky
This collection of Ukrainian Folklore was originbally published in London in the early 1960s.
In this volume will be found not only many of the familiar ingredients of folklore, but many surprising Slavic twists as well. Greed and gullibility are justly punished; Quick wits and and ingenuity triumph over brutish strength every time; but these animals, the fox and the wild boar, the bear and the faithful dog – even a surprising cat who announces, ‘I am Pan Kotsky! I am the most frightful animal in the woods. I tear to pieces whomever I please!’ – are mirrors of human foibles and failings and reflect a humorous commentary on life in general.

76 pages hardback

Published by Hippocrene Books ISBN: 0781807441

£10 + £3.00 p&p (2 in stock)