Live Stream: H. Byron Ballard Launches Seasons of a Magical Life

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An invitation to return to a simpler time of earth-based spirituality and ritual living, through writings from a small forest-farm in the Appalachian Highlands.

This book looks at the agricultural year as a starting space for a deepening of earth-centered spirituality. It gives a set of backstories to ease the reader into a time between the pre-industrial era and the modern one, into a place where the fast-moving stress of American life can be affected by a better connection not only to the natural world but to the elegant expression of the year as expressed through seasonal festivals and celebrations.

The chapters are broken into four seasons, with the quarter days a highlight within each, and feature simple skills that accompany each marker in the year. Author H. Byron Ballard offers advice on spiritual and physical immersion into the seasons that applies to readers from all areas: rural, urban, and suburban.

H. Byron Ballard is a teacher, folklorist, and writer. She is senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions/CERES, both in Asheville, North Carolina, and writes as The Village Witch for Witches and Pagans Magazine, where she is also a regular columnist. Visit her at

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Seasons of a Magical Life: A Pagan Path of Living                                                     Cover Image
By H. Byron Ballard, Amy Blackthorn (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781578637232
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Weiser Books - August 1st, 2021

Roots, Branches & Spirits: The Folkways & Witchery of Appalachia Cover Image
By H. Byron Ballard, Alex Bledsoe (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780738764535
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Llewellyn Publications - February 8th, 2021