Written on: 17/02/2006 by Troubadour (1 review written)
Covers a subject (the spiritual traditions of native people) that is hard to find elsewhere.
Very beautifully produced.
Great to look at.
Interesting to read.
Not as big as I would like it to be - only about 52 pages, and not all full colour, but most of it is.
Not all the articles are about traditional cultures.
Not easy to get from news agents (but you can get it from new age shops or direct from them at their website).
Sacred Hoop is a magazine I have picked up several times over the years. It is about shamanism, the spiritual traditions of the Indians of North America, and other cultures like some tribes in Siberia etc.
The magazine is interesting to read and well written. It looks like it is really aimed at people who want to live and do 'shamanic' things, so it has ideas for ways you can do healing and craftwork etc. Saying that, it doesn't seem dumbed down at all, and it keeps a middle path between being popular and academic. It is very well produced, and all the issues I have seen have had really great photo's and artwork, which makes a change from a lot of other alternative magazines, and as it is printed on nice paper it is a pleasure to read.
They cover a lot of different subjects; not all of them are traditions! For instance, they might have an article about shamans in Tibet or from a tribe in North America, and then the next article might be about someone who made a new stone circle in Yorkshire, but that is a small thing really, as generally the articles are all interesting. It has lots of adverts, a good events listing, and the review pages are well written and interesting. The range of music they review is really wide, and there is a lot of stuff I have never heard of.
The magazine is a bit hard to get hold of. I tried to get it from a news agents, but they couldn't find it on their lists. I see it in New age shops sometimes and buy it when I do. They have a very big and interesting website - www.sacredhoop.org