I have been a fan of Diotima’s writing both online as well as in Pagans & Witches Magazine for quite some time, so I was definitely excited to get my hands on this book. Touch The Earth, Kiss the Sky: Allowing the Rational Mind to Welcome Magic & Spirituality by Diotima Mantineia is a beautifully balanced blend of intellect and intuition, astrology and magic, science and spirituality, introspection and observation, skepticism and belief. Diotima expertly guides us through the cycles of the heavens, the world around us, and our inner worlds and thereby transform ourselves and our lives.
We can look at Touch the Earth, Kiss the Sky as both a “right-brain” and a “left-brain” approach for the seeker of magick. As such, the book’s exercises throughout the book are either labeled “Touch the Earth” which is a more logical, skeptical, and rational approach to the ideas presented in the book, while “Kiss the Sky” exercises are more intuitive, spiritual, and divine focused. I particularly enjoyed how solid her science was in this book among a sea of psuedo-science (or at the least questionable science) in other modern magickal books.
This book is a goldmine of wisdom, intelligence, and insight. Coaching the reader through fantastic exercises and practices, Touch the Earth, Kiss the Sky is sure to enhance any reader’s connection and understanding of the Mysteries through direct experience as well as contemplation. There’s a unique richness of discernment and perception that fills every single page of this book. Diotima’s writing and teaching style is easy to understand, integrate, and follow along with making this book suitable for teachers and students of the Mysteries regardless of their experience level. I highly recommend, specifically to the skeptical though open-minded seeker or practitioner. As such this becomes an invaluable guide to both teachers and practitioners that may have to approach or teach certain ideas to those who are more skeptical or analytically minded.