Holda, Queen of Ice & Fire by Jack Gale

By Pete Jennings

Holda, Queen of Ice & Fire by Jack Gale | Capall Bann Publishing | ISBN: 1861633483

I last saw Jack Gale a couple of years ago, and remember chiding him to ‘get that blinking book out!’ After many years he finally has, and what a corker! We have had hints along the way via the occasional lecture or article, but this is the whole story so far.

Blending Heathenism and multi-dimensional runes in with Chaos and Psychic Questing to give a multi-layered feel to his extensive explorations, this work is likely to be referred to by many in times to come. Local topography, the writings of Jacob Grimm, pathworking and communal magic-making also feed into this very personal, yet easily accessible, study of an until-now lesser known Goddess.

I enjoyed the stories of how Pagan artists, poets and musicians added to his long experience of getting to know Holda, and his suggested ways of working that never insist you have to do it a particular way. He gives full credit to the others who contributed along the way and brings out the connections with the Wild Hunt and Mother Goose admirably. Personally, I think the jury is still out whether Jack Frost is her consort, but that is a matter of personal taste and opinion. This book was definitely worth waiting nearly twenty years for!