Book Reviews

Book Review: Moon Phases

By Cecilia Lattari

Publication Date:  April 26, 2022

160 Pages

I’ve practiced lunar living for quite awhile and my life always flows much better when I’m aligned with the moon.  However, sometimes I get bored of the same thing or I get out of sync and need a little push for inspiration.  Hence, why I was drawn to this book.  I love getting new perspectives to freshen up my own practices and this read gave me that some good ideas to incorporate.

Before I dive into the information contained in its pages, if you’re interested in this book I highly recommend the regular book format rather than an ebook.  My review copy was an ebook and I was itching to get my hands on this in a hardback version with glossy pages.  I imagine it’s quite beautiful.

As for the information it contains – overall really beneficial.  The author not only explained the significance of the moons each month (and by moons, I mean the origins of their names, such as the strawberry moon, oak moon, snow moon, etc.), but also delved into plants associated with each lunar cycle, deities, astrological influences, and rituals and activities to bring you more in line with each month’s energy.

I’m pretty up to speed on the astrological influences in each lunar cycle, but I really appreciated the in-depth information on the herbs/plants/trees associated with each moon.  Despite completing an herbalist course, I can’t keep them straight and it gave me some good ideas on what I may want to add to my garden this year.  The author also included pop icons that embody the energy of specific moons and while I’m not a fan of all of them, I did add one or two songs to my Lilith playlist. 

“Moon Phases” interpreted by Wombo Dream

Overall, this is a good resource to have on hand, whether you think this sounds interesting and want to delve into lunar living or if you already practice it and want to add to your collection.  There is also a bibliography in the back for further reading.  What I liked is that it’s not packed with information you have to sift through – it’s a fairly quick read and you can easily just turn to the month at hand to employ the suggested practices.  Although fair warning, there’s a lot of house cleaning during the winter months.

My one wish is that the author had been a little more consistent with the information presented each month.  While she included things I loved like the best-associated Tarot card and colors, she was a little hit or miss on the astrological influence and pop icons.  I’m also not sure about her intended audience since there was more focus on Christmas than Yule in the December chapter, but my assumption is that she’s casting a wider net to appeal to pagans and non-pagans alike (since there was plenty in that chapter on the Holly and the Oak Kings.)

I rated this book 3.5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐+

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Andrew McMeel Publishing for providing the ARC copy of this book.  I have left my review honestly and voluntarily.

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

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