R – Full Circle

Title: Full Circle
Author: Lone Wolf Circles (Jesse Wolf Hardin)
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
ISBN: 0-87542-347-7
Pages: 176 incl. back matter
Copyright: 1991 Lone Wolf Circles

Full Circle is a bit of an enigma. One would think that it would be a sort of primer on Native American Spirituality. In fact, while there are allusions and some pointed specifications – it is not. The book seems to be a collection of random, thought-provoking poetry and some non-topical materials that were perhaps at one time, articles. Here and there are some really interesting, beautiful sketches.

In its entirety, the book seems scattered, unfocused and a bit off the wall. Had it been centered on poetry, or articles, or artwork – that would have helped matters greatly, but the three formats bundled together into one binding creates chaos where I don’t believe any was intended. Having read some of the author’s more recent work, this book leaves a great deal to be desired. It’s nice, but cluttered. Too cluttered.

Quote pg. 67 para. 1-3
“Peace: ‘Free of conflict or disturbance.’

There is no peace in the natural world. The ocean we named Pacific is anything but tranquil. What appears as peaceful is the occasionally calm surface, concealing mighty currents underneath. Even this is a moving line between two elements, a porous membrane where different powers touch. Nature’s diverse expressions are the result of determined individuation. Life’s many shapes are formed by the tension between opposable forces.

Life exists by feeding on life, the aggressive act of predation. Scientists have proven what primitive people already knew, that even plants experience pain when killed. Vegetarianism seems peaceful because we fail to hear their screams.”

Not for everyone, but worth a look if you come across it in the library. Just don’t expect much, and do try to find his newer works.

Jodi Lee, aka ierne, is a 20+ year veteran of pagan paths. A single work at home mom, she is currently hard at work on her first novel.


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