This week I had the honour of looking at the draft copy of a new book, Call of the God: An Anthology Exploring the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism by Frances Billinghurst, author of Dancing the Sacred Wheel (which many Southern Hemispheric Pagans will know of as it lives onmany of our shelves) and In Her Sacred Name: Writings on the Divine Feminine (also happily on my shelf!)
Call of the God is a rare find as most Deity/Divine books currently in print are heavily focused on the Goddess. As someone who is obsessed with balance, I was very excited when I first heard of this anthology because it meant access to wonders of information, of stories and prose, of essays and artwork, all in celebration of Masculine Divine.
It is incredible reading. One particular essay I just adore because it tells of a personal connection with the Horned God (in this case Cernunnos) but from an Australian perspective, as someone who grew up with horned animals on the cattle farm. Their view, their feel, their connection with him .
It is a beautiful collection by some amazing writers and yes, part of me incredibly biased because I’m lucky enough to have two pieces of writing included in this book (squee!) but it is absolutely besides the point. This book is something that I have been searching for for my collection for years, and I only know of one other. The one I know is purely on the Horned God in his many guises, whereas this is Masculine Divine – the all engaging power and beauty and strength and wonder that is Male Deity.
The book is available for pre-order for Australian customer’s from the author’s website, and will be available to International customers by the end of the month. My Herne the Hunter (a short story) and my Charge of Herne the Hunter are two of the many pieces included in this anthology.