Walking the Tides

Seasonal Magical Rhythms and Lore

First published as ‘Walking the Tides – Seasonal Rhythms and Traditional Lore’, this new edition of Nigel G. Pearson’s popular book is presented with revised text and is complimented with photography from the author. Included is a new introduction for this edition alongside the original introduction.

Behind the seasonal calendar celebrated by most modern pagans is an ebb and flow of natural energies that is seldom mentioned and whose meaning is very little understood. Those that take their practice from a direct experience of the Land and its natural rhythms and tides have always understood and worked with these energies, which gives them a direct connection to the reality behind the modern festivals.

This book aims to give the reader an insight into the great rhythmic tides and flows of energy that animate the Land throughout the year and the natural happenings that occur along the way, thereby giving their practice a validity that it may currently lack.

Walking the Tides describes holy days, celebrations, saints’ days, animals, birds, herbs, trees, weather and starlore that are featured in the natural calendar of the British Isles, and the uses to which many of these things are put in traditional practice.

Divided into four sections describing the Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn Tides (and monthly within these), the author gives the reader a feeling of connection to what is actually going on around them in the natural world, at any given point in the year.

Many books describe the so-called “Wheel of the Year”, without giving any context, reason or validation for the practices described; Walking the Tides takes the reader on an intimate journey into the heart of the Land and shows what actually occurs, rather than what is supposed to, enabling the reader to understand the rhythms and tides of the Land around them and to formulate their own celebrations and observances of these tides and their significant points, based on a clear understanding of the world around them.

Much of the information given is taken from Traditional Craft practice, but also from old British folklore, the lore of the Farm, the author’s own experience and even Church tradition, the better to give the reader a greater and deeper appreciation and understanding of the seasonal flows throughout the natural year and their place in it.

Available in the following editions:

Paperback Edition; Gloss cover

Standard Hardback Edition; Pale green 120gsm matt, textured dust jacket over a black case binding with gold foil blocking to spine, 90gsm white paper stock, green endpapers, with green head and tail bands.

Special Edition; a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered examples, bound in black and beautifully grained recycled leather fibres material, with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, 90gsm white paper stock, green endpapers, with green head and tail bands.

Fine Edition; a limited edition of 15 hand bound examples bound in green goat leather with gold foil blocking to the front and spine. This edition will be issued within a fully lined black library buckram slip-case, blind embossed to the front. Sold Out

Pagination; 360 pages with 16 pages of black and white photo plates.

Size; All editions are Royal format 234 x 156mm.


Introduction to the First Edition

Introduction to the Second Edition

The Winter Tide
Winter Tide – November
Winter Tide – December
Winter Tide – January

The Spring Tide
Spring Tide – February
Spring Tide – March
Spring Tide – April

The Summer Tide
Summer Tide – May
Summer Tide – June
Summer Tide – July

The Autumn Tide
Autumn Tide – August
Autumn Tide – September
Autumn Tide – October

Selected Bibliography and Suggested Reading List


Paperback Edition

£17.80 plus shipping

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Standard Hardback Edition

£30.50 plus shipping

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Special Edition

£37.50 plus shipping

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Fine Limited Edition

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