Given the fact that modern Pagan practice tends to favor more the divine feminine that the masculine, with a lot of importance paid to the moon, her mysteries and cycles, it is refreshing to find a book such as Pagan Portals – Sun Magic: How To Live In Harmony With The Solar Year by Rachel Patterson. I knew I had to read it as soon as I saw it, knowing I wouldn’t be disappointed. I’m glad I did and I wasn’t, for the record.
There has been such a movement about women empowerment and a new wave of feminism that masculinity has been left behind. Not that there is nothing wrong with it, but I believe in balance and equality, and more often than not I feel that nowadays’ feminists tend to put women as better or more important than men, when in reality we are all just the same. I am noticing this in Paganism as well.
I have seen a lot of discussion about the moon, her energies, her magic and her figure in several myths and legends, but what happened to the sun? He is often mentioned as the moon’s consort, and that’s basically what we learn. In modern practices, the divine masculine, the God or Horned God, is the Goddess’s son, lover and on which the Wheel of the Year is partly based on. Rachel Patterson wrote a book to change this.
Pagan Portals – Sun Magic focuses solely on the sun, and on how he also has his own energy, magic, cycles, and provides enough examples about how to work with him. It shows us how he is more than just a consort by explaining his different sides and how he has just the same amount of power as the moon, but I wouldn’t say it has enough information to develop a deep, strong connection with him.
Rachel Patterson keeps the simple style she has worked with in previous books, making this a quicker reading than one might expect. The result is a book that can be finished in a single day, maybe even an evening. It took me a bit longer than expected due to personal reasons (real life can get in the middle more than we would like), but it made the pleasure of reading Pagan Portals – Sun Magic last more.
However, I think there could have been more information about some topics, such as the phases of the sun and his phases, since Rachel Patterson left much possible content behind. This would have made me like it even more. Still, an attentive reader will take notes of said topics and chapters for further research, and I must admit there are a couple of them that could be developed with personal gnosis and practice.
Despite this, you end up liking the book a lot. It is a good change, a much needed topic we all need to explore and that will help us Pagans and witches of different tradition to bring back the sun into our practice and beliefs. Pagan Portals – Sun Magic: How to Live in Harmony with the Solar Year, by Rechel Patterson, is a funny yet informative reading, which I would recommend mostly to newcomers, although elders could also find useful tips along with innovative ideas within it. Needless to say that I am already waiting for the author’s next book!
About the Book:
Print Length: 144 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (July 1, 2019)
Publication Date: July 1, 2019.
About the Author
Rachel Patterson has penned more than a dozen books on the rituals and practices of magic and paganism. She is High Priestess of the Kitchen Witch Coven and an Elder of the Kitchen Witch School of Natural Witchcraft. A Hedge/Kitchen Witch with an added dash of folk magic. She lives in Portsmouth, UK.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.