March 1, 2019

Excerpt from review of Divining with Animal Guides:

“I was delighted to discover that Divining with Animal Guides is not a cookbook dictionary, concretizing the ‘meanings’ of animal encounters. Author Hearth Moon Rising has created a manual for learning to observe and discern and ultimately, to shift our strictly human viewpoint. Only when we look at the context in which the animals offer us their messages are we able to fully understand their invitations and gifts.

“Rising weaves science, mythology, mathematics and storytelling into each of the chapters. There are 9 in total, covering the cat family big and small, alligators and crocodiles, horses, bees, scorpions, ravens, woodpeckers, deer and the antlered ones, and cranes. This is not a purely ‘magical’ discussion of these beings, although she provides a short review for each animal guide, briefly listing magical qualities and applications and other associations. She focuses instead on laying the groundwork for an understanding of the animal’s place and workings in nature through its evolution and biology, and then delves into its mythology and historical associations.” [Susan Rossi, PaganPages]

Isian News

April 25, 2018

Excerpt from review of Divining with Animal Guides:

“…The author, Hearth Moon Rising, is very attuned to the natural world and brings a clarity and dignity to the animals she writes about, that only comes from many years of observation, magical practice and deep love of all beings, whether four-footed, winged, swimming, crawling or slithering. And she reminds us of their sacredness.

“This is a true gem of a book. I highly recommend adding it to your personal library.” [Linda Iles, Isian News]

San Francisco Book Review

April 23, 2018

Excerpt from review of Divining with Animal Guides:

“Hearth Moon Rising uses personal encounters in this dazzling read that aims to open the readers’ eyes to a new way of viewing the world.

“This guide primarily goes through nine animals and their backgrounds, but Rising includes other avenues to explore, such as how numbers connect to everything around us…” [Elizabeth Konkel, San Francisco Book Review]

Facing North

April 11, 2018

Excerpt from review about Divining with Animal Guides:

“The information is insightful, fun and helped provide me with a different view of interpreting the world and animals around me. While some of the animals given attention in the book were familiar to me such as the Raven, the Bee, and horse, a few were not such as Scorpion, Crocodile and more. I was pleasantly surprised with the book and glad it was more than I had expected.

“If you are looking for a simple animal dictionary for meanings keep going. This book will show some examples but focuses more on how you can experience and find your own meanings and journey in the world around you and the beings you live with and around. For anyone practicing a nature-based craft, this book deserves a spot on your bookshelf…” [Amber Barnes, Facing North]

A Bad Witch’s Blog

February 23, 2018

Excerpt from review about Divining with Animal Guides:

“Divining with Animal Guides…teaches ways of using both intuition and knowledge to get messages from animals and offers excellent research and practical guidance…” [Lucya Szachnowski, A Bad Witch’s Blog.]


May 1, 2015

Excerpt about Invoking Animal Magic:

“I admit, I was expecting this book to be the usual information about communicating with your magical kitty. While I enjoy that type of material, too, Hearth Moon Rising gave a very academic and experiential accounting of several types of animals that I might not have thought of on my own. The book offers an in-depth study of nine animals: snake, bat, mouse, bear, owl, toad, spider, rabbit/hare and dog/wolf. Surprised by some of them? I was. She also touches on other animals and insects of all sorts — including the noble cockroach! …

The author has really spent time researching the pagan historical context of the chosen species. She has also interacted with living animals and done her work to connect with them. She has designed rituals, meditations, and journaling prompts in each chapter. These make for motivating individual study or for fun group work …” [Leslie Linder]

Medusa Coils

August 28, 2013

Excerpt: Hearth Moon Rising’s Book About Animals and Goddesses

Invoking Animal Magic is an extraordinary book, richly written and chock full of information and inspiration related to goddesses (and some gods) and the creatures with which they’re associated …

“It is extremely well written, clear yet with depth and humor. Its writing appears effortless (though usually writing that appears effortless has taken a lot of thought) — certainly it is easy to read, with its fine organization adding to the reader’s enjoyment…” [Judith Laura, Medusa Coils]

Before It’s News

August 1, 2013

Excerpt about Invoking Animal Magic:

“When I’m going on a train journey I like to make sure I have a really interesting book to read. This summer I’ve been doing some freelance work in an office and the book that’s been taking my mind off the delays, smells and general unpleasantness of the commute is Invoking Animal Magic: A guide for the pagan priestess

“It is one of those books you can dip into and read a section that’s so full of interesting facts and ideas you’ll be mulling it over for the rest of the day — or at least thinking about in those boring moments in an office when otherwise you’d be watching the clock …” [Before It’s News]