New Reader App for Android and iOS.

Android IndieBound Reader App

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Customers who purchase e-books through EyeofHorusbooks.com now have a mobile browse, buy & read option with the launch of the free IndieBound Reader for Android or iOS, which was developed by Bluefire Productions. The app is for devices using the Android operating system and Apple iOS devices as well. It can be downloaded from the Android Market for Android or IndieBound.org for both Android and iOS. They aren’t quite identical, the Android gives you more options.

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“With the release of IndieBound Reader, independent bookstores are taking another major step forward as players on the digital stage,” said Matt Supko, technology director for the American Booksellers Association. “A year after the launch of Google eBooks, indies have become a vital and fast-growing part of the e-book market, thanks to their creativity, marketing savvy, and knack for matching the customer with the best book for them-print or digital. The IndieBound Reader app gives independent bookstores a home on the most popular mobile devices, making it easier than ever for customers to shop local when they shop digital.”

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IndieBound Reader App

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You can buy on your Android phone and read on any Android device, computer or compatible eReader through the Google Cloud!

IndieBound is a community-oriented movement begun by the American Booksellers Association. It brings together booksellers, readers, indie retailers, local business alliances, and anyone else with a passionate belief that healthy local economies help communities thrive. Successful local, indie businesses help dollars, jobs, diversity, choice, and taxes stay local, creating strong, unique communities and happy citizens.

Eye of Horus and other Independent bookstores have partnered with Google to sell Google eBooks™ because of its open and accessible platform, so indies can provide an easy way for their customers to discover, read, and buy ebooks at while supporting local business. The ebooks are sold directly through independent bookstore websites.

Google eBooks are cloud-based, digital books that allow readers to access their libraries on almost any device from one single repository. You can now both purchase and read your Google eBooks on your Android device using the free IndieBound Reader app, but you will also be able to read them later on your computer, as well as on a wide variety of eReaders.

Make it easy to browse, buy and read Indie on your Android.

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Dryad Design – Soul Work

Dryad Design Online ShoppeMany stores carry different lines, but since we are a store which not only specializes in earth-based spirituality and conscious living.  We found not only the statues and symbolic jewelry of Dryad Design a unique fit, but the core work of artist Paul Borda is truly inspired. He calls it his “soul work.”  We get it, and are thrilled to be able to share these pieces with you, both in the store and in our online Dryad Design Shoppe.

All of  the Dryad Design pieces are original, copyrighted works by Paul Borda, filled with layers of meaning derived from years of research. The statues and jewelry include God and Goddess imagery from Celtic, Norse, Russian and Sumerian Mythology. The statues are resin reproductions, but because many of the originals are wood you can see the chisel marks and the grain of the wood in many of the castings. Paul is primarily a wood carver, but some of the statues were actually carved in stone.

Our hope is to support and inspire earth based spirituality.
~Paul and Suzanne of Dryad Design

Hammer of Thor - Mjolnir

Hammer of Thor - Mjolnir

We also love the new pieces which have just come out this fall.  The real showcase piece is Mjölnir, the Hammer of Thor.

Thor’s Hammer

When Mjölnir strikes, you hear the sound of thunder. It is said to be capable of leveling mountains and slaying any foe, yet it can heal as well as harm. By waving the hammer over the slain, Thor could raise the dead.[button link=”http://shop.eyeofhorus.biz/Hammer-of-Thor-Plaque-p/17200.htm” color=”silver”] View Larger Image or Buy Online[/button]

 

Incredibly detailed, this hammer is adorned with Oseberg style Viking carving, also depicts Thor’s mythical battle with Jörmungandr, the world serpent. The runes around the edge list the Nine Noble Virtues of modern Asatru: Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Self Reliance, Industriousness and Perseverance.

To hang this hammer on your wall is to invoke the protective and healing power of Thor.

The imagery for all of Paul’s work begins with ritual and meditation and is followed by extensive research. Paul feels the image is a gift from the Gods and has an etheric life of its own.  The average statue takes 300-500 hours of carving time to complete and that is not counting the design and research! Let’s take a look at the new Frigga statue as an example.

Frigga, Odin’s wife… the Norse All Mother.

Frigga Statue - Front Image

Frigga is depicted holding her son, Baldur - The Champion of Love, Goodness, Innocence and Forgiveness, who was loved by all and known for his beauty.

Frigga Statue - View of the Back

The back of the Frigga Statue depicts the entrance to the realm of Fensalir, which is spelled in runes above the door, where she resides as Mistress of Home & Family.

Frigga is a member of the Aesir House of the Gods in the Norse Pantheon – which roughly translates to “from the east.” She maintains serenity in the midst of the myriad of tasks inherent to Motherhood and Marriage.

Not only does the carving use traditional norse motifs, but runes spelling different attributes are woven in the patterns on the side of the base. Even the clothing and jewelry is based on traditional Scandinavian dress.

Other new pieces include a new, larger Seated Thor Statue and a mini Wheel of the Year plaque.

We are devoted to the Pagan religion and see our work as revitalizing the presence of the Goddess in our society. For those who are not Pagan, our pieces often connect them with their spirituality, heritage or ancestors. Each of our pieces are consecrated in circle and dedicated to the service of the divine. Several designs have a portion of their price donated to charitable organization, as our way of trying to give back. We are thankful to the community of Pagans across the country that has supported our efforts.
~Paul and Suzanne of Dryad Design

So the next time you stop in at the Eye, take the time to marvel at both the detail and the meaning carefully crafted in each of Paul Borda’s soul works.

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Art of Beth Hansen-Buth

Queen of Annwyn

Queen of Annwyn

The mythic and faerie art of Beth Hansen-Buth is like a travel album featuring the denizens of the Otherworld. Faeries and Dragons, Gods, Goddesses and Spirits; you never know just who (or what) you may meet. An inspirational painter of faery and myth, she has emerged as one of today’s premier visionary artists. Working out of her studio in her 96 year old bungalow in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Beth’s work is increasingly sought out by collectors of visionary art from all over the world.

Featured in FATE Magazine as the Painter to the Faery Court, Beth’s visionary work has been published in Pentacle Magazine, Seventh House Publishing’s “Season’s of the Witch” calendars in 2003 and 2004, and she has done numerous illustrations for “Tales of the Unanticipated”, a speculative fiction small press publication.

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The Goddess Lilith

The Goddess Lilith


Beth does have a long connection with the Eye. When we first opened, she rented the upstairs room as her artist studio. In fact, Thraicie posed for a commission painting she did of the Goddess Lilith. She also happens to be the twin sister of Jane, one of the owners of the Eye. It is that connection which inspired us to carry art prints and even have a gallery of original works by local artists, Including Beth.

Art as a Life Path

Beth showed an early interest in art which was encouraged by her mother, who was an avid hobby painter, and at the age of seven she began painting in oils with her mother’s guidance. This early education as an oil painter was interrupted due to the passing of her mother in 1975. Beth continued to draw and occasionally paint throughout her childhood and teen years, the ease and portability of graphite pencil and sketchbook making that her favorite media for many years. Subjects often included animals and portraits, but when she started reading fantasy literature, dragons and hobbits started appearing in her sketchbook. Color called to her, though, and she began the long and arduous path of teaching herself oil painting. In the autumn of 2000 Beth studied Flemish/Dutch oil painting techniques in still life and portraiture in the studio of Jeff Hurinenko in St. Paul, Minnesota, which helped fine-tune her already award winning skills as a painter. Beth blends realism with romance in her oil paintings. Working in layers to achieve luminous skin tones and glowing light effects, she creates magical works inspired by faery lore and mythology.

In her own words

“Nothing inspires me more than time spent in nature. Feeling the wind in my hair and listening to the leaves rustling in the trees makes me long for my walking stick, and off I go on another journey of wonder and delight. There, I commune with the spirits of nature, great and small. When I get back to my studio, the themes that present themselves in my work are those of transformation and ethereal boundaries. Otherworldly characters such as faeries, mermaids, fauns, gods, goddesses and dryads cross over into our world, opening up new possibilities of thought and influence. I find additional insights from my studies of mythology and faery lore, and they find their way into my paintings enriching each with story.”