Mabh Savage interviews Hearth for Pagan Pages.
Print interview. Excerpt:
MS: You speak of the obscure reference material that had to be tracked down; what was the oddest or most quirky bit of research material that you used for this book?
HMR: One of my most serendipitous finds was a book called The Laboratory Mouse, by Clyde Keeler. It’s a unique book, long out of print, that looks at mice from a cultural perspective. I had been pulling together the numerous references to mice in folklore and ancient texts and trying to put them in a coherent framework. I discovered through this book that humans have been breeding mice for thousands of years for a variety of reasons, and this was a crucial piece of information that helped me develop my mouse chapter.
MS: When did you first start working with animals on your magical path, or has that understanding always been there at some level?
HMR: Animals have always been an important part of my life, so when I began studying to be a priestess, I naturally gravitated toward animal magic. I was fortunate to have teachers who were knowledgeable about the subject, and even in the early years of my training I practiced in natural settings outside the city, often at night, where the topic would spontaneously arise as we encountered animals literally along our path.
MS: I love the way you tie your experiences with animals back to ancient myths and legends. What is your favourite ancient animal tale, and why?
HMR: Of all the legends in the book, I like “The Three Feathers” the best, because I find the image of a giant wish-fulfilling toad so hilarious. The fairy toad-mother effectively dispels all the evil toad stereotypes.
Susun Weed interviews Hearth.
In depth discussion on our relationship with animals, romantic and troublesome. Some good snake stories.
31 minutes, Mp3.
Mary Nale interviews Hearth on Blogtalk Radio.
Todd Moe interviews Hearth:
“Animal magic can mean doing ceremonial and spell work, usually for healing, which involves that animal’s spiritual work. It can also mean being immersed in the mythology of that animal or entering a state of consciousness where communication with that animal spirit or animal queen can happen.
Hearth Moon Rising sees herself as a midwife, helping people to discover their deeper spiritual relationships with the wilderness. She says that it’s helpful for her to live in the Adirondacks. In order for her to do her work, she needs to immerse herself in nature itself.”
Listen here. 7 minutes.