Sea Magic: Connecting with the Ocean’s Energy $15.95 US ISBN13 978-0738713533 197 pages Llewellyn Worldwide
I grew up on the East Coast spitting distance from the Long Island Sound. Until my move to Missouri in 2000, I had always lived within the reach, sound and smell of the ocean. So when I saw this book I got very excited. One of the things about living in the Mid West I have never been able to get used to was not having the sea close by.
Ms. Kynes has penned a thorough guide to connect with the mystical magic of the deep salt waters of the world. With chapters titled such things as “The Call of the Ocean” and “The Moon, Meditations and Everyday Life,” she has shifted the shore inland to any one who hears the siren’s song.
The chapters are broken down into manageable bits that include journaling exercises, meditations and facts and fiction about all things oceanic. Deities, mythological creatures, seashells and sea animals are all in this small but fact-filled book. And for those of us – like me – who are days away from the nearest seashore, she has included instructions for bringing the coast to our daily existences.
My only complaint about this book is the endless lists of correspondences or items without any break. It really is a personal preference, because I am sure some people find these things very useful, but for reading purposes, they can become tedious and dull. I’d love to see more anecdotal passages included in these sections to liven them up. In the back matter are a couple of appendices (one for ‘mind mapping’ and one for runes and ogham) and a bibliography for further study.