|About the Book|
THE SPIRITS OF JADE is a riveting and timely tale as 2012 approaches and the new cycle of the Mayan time begins. The story opens when thirty-something Jade - still single and recently fired from her job at a development agency - finds an enigmaticMoreTHE SPIRITS OF JADE is a riveting and timely tale as 2012 approaches and the new cycle of the Mayan time begins. The story opens when thirty-something Jade - still single and recently fired from her job at a development agency - finds an enigmatic carved black jade heart in her mothers deathbed on the winter solstice night. Nearby is her mothers last written note, which alludes to Jades special destiny, along with five other mysterious objects.Soon Jades life shifts radically as babaloas - priests of Ifa - divine her healing purpose and the long journey she will have to undertake to fulfill her destiny. Jades intercontinental sojourn takes her to the southern tip of South America, where she meets community activists and Mapuche indigenous healers who prompt her to question the history she once held as true and the role of development in the world.As Jade steps forth to assume her own power and lineage - with the help of the black jade heart and the guidance of the ancestors - her own personal destiny becomes intertwined with that of the Americas and the world.Like a literary baptism, THE SPIRITS OF JADE anoints readers with African-Diaspora spirituality, crystal magic, Mayan cosmology, indigenous traditions and Latin America history to reveal the spirit of place in our living earth and the solitary path we must each take to realize our heart’s desires. With prose that is both poetic and prophetic, this story invites us to extend our branches beyond cultural geographies so that our dream of a new Earth will take root.THE SPIRITS OF JADE is an illuminating must-read for those who are willing to courageously “walk upon the earth, upon the wind, and upon the waters” to arrive safety at the shores of our shared future.