I’m looking to take a bit of a literal interpretation of building a toolbox to cope with life by populating my bookshelf with books I can grab when I need a little moment of self-care.
“The Spirit Guide: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self-Care” by Emma Loewe and Lindsay Kellner is really the perfect book to do just that.
This book breaks the year down by the four seasons and highlights several special days per season in which you can do personal or shared rituals. Some of the holidays are well known (New Year’s Eve, Christmas, May Day) while others are a bit more obscure (World Laughter Day, Book Lover’s Day, International Friendship Day).
Each season also offers history and meanings that shape each season and information for honoring and celebrating the Equinox, as well as the first New and Full moons.
At the beginning of the book is an introduction that explains several different items for your “Spiritual Toolkit” including crystals, tarot cards, astrology, meditation, and altars among others. I admit, I’m not interested in all these things, but you don’t have to be. I chose to focus on the ones that work for me. I found these explanations were very informative for the ones I wasn’t familiar with and also edifying for the things I was familiar with.
Each holiday features a couple different rituals that involve all kinds of tools and concepts. There’s history, interesting tidbits of philosophy, and a “how to keep it going” section with each which makes this book really satisfying to read.
This book is also really satisfying to hold. The cover itself is gorgeous, and the layout, color scheme, and art in this book is very well-balanced, relaxing, and beautiful. It’s like an epic textbook for a nurturing self-care class. My bookish heart delights every time I have this book open in front of me.
At the end of each section are a few pages where you can write any reflections or notes, which is a great touch to the book.
Ultimately, I didn’t read every single page of this book at once. I’m trying to be more mindful of my muse, inspirations, and motivations throughout the year. So when I’m really feeling a season, I will find this book and read up on the season and pick an upcoming holiday to celebrate with a ritual. The great thing is you can use this book as little or as much as you want for years, as the seasons roll on.
I’m so happy this book is now part of my collection. I’m looking forward to everything I get to learn about myself as I take time to celebrate and reflect throughout the upcoming years.