Seasons of the Sacred offers a timeless exploration and reminder of the sacred connection between humanity and the Earth and its cycles, appealing to readers of all ages. With inspiring guidance, this little book offers accessible spiritual perspectives, inspiration, and nourishment to support individual, cultural, and planetary renewal. In particular it helps the reader to reconnect to our source and sense of belonging in relationship to the natural world. Author Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee adeptly connects the reader to the deepest envisioning of contemporary challenges. Climate catastrophe, refugees, cultural degradation, and political divisiveness are all contextualized within natural cycles of birth, loss, and transition, and the reader is guided to listen through the fear and anxiety of our age to the deeper ground of belonging that calls from even the most destitute inner and outer landscapes.
· Opening, full-title page: woodcut by Mary Azarian, “Back Next Spring,” © Mary Azarian, www.maryazarian.com.
· Introduction: woodcut by J. J. Lankes, “West Running Brook, no. 3” © Estate of J. J. Lankes, used by permission.
· The Sacred: engraving by Gwenda Morgan, from “Grays' Elegy Written in A Country Churchyard,” © The Whittington Press, www.whittingtonpress.co.uk.
· Seasons of the Sacred: linocut engraving by Anita Hagan, “The Zen Path,” © Anita Hagan, www.anitahaganartist.com.
· Spring: wood engraving by Kathleen Lindsley, “The Spring Gardens,” © Kathleen Lindsley, www.ravenpressgallery.co.uk.
· Summer: engraving by Gwenda Morgan, from “Grays' Elegy Written in A Country Churchyard,” © The Whittington Press, www.whittingtonpress.co.uk.
· Autumn: linocut by Birger Sandzén, “Smoky Hill River at Twilight,” 1928 © Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, www.sandzen.org.
· Winter: wood engraving by Miriam Macgregor, “Reflections at Midnight,” © Miriam Macgregor.
· Return to the Sacred: linocut engraving by Chris Bourke, “Do You Ever Think About What's Out There?,” © Chris Bourke, www.chrisbourkeart.com.
· Epilogue: wood engraving by Sue Scullard, “Woodland with Wild Garlic,” © Sue Scullard, www.suescullard.co.uk.