September, 2017

Welcome

September, 2017

 

 

 

 

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Cover art by Angie Yelton: 

Clay has been my passion for as long as I can remember. At FalconFire Ceramics Studio, I’m able to let shine the eclectic paganism that I embrace. Nothing is more grounding than molding beautiful art from Mother Earth. I don’t follow a specific pantheon, I honor different god/desses as they make themselves known. I’ve recently become interested in Khnum, the Egyptian god of pottery and creation.”

 

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Welcome to our September/Mabon Issue which is sure to please! This month we are filled to the brim & bursting with Book Reviews, Interviews, New Columns, and Your Monthly Favorites.  A Peek at what’s inside…

 

 

In “Seeing the Signs“, this month, Polly MacDavid reviews the beautiful Spirit Cats Deck by Nicole Piar.

 

 

 

“Rituals, History, aromatherapy, crystals, candle magic, spiritual alchemy, potions, tinctures, herbs and recipes are just some of the topics covered in this hardcover book…” begins Lynn Woike’s Review of “The Good Witch’s Guide“.  Making us want to dive right into the wealth of information.  Have a read at what else Lynn has to say.

 

 

 

Star Casas honors us with an excerpt from her upcoming book “Old Style Conjure: Hoodoo, Rootwork, & Folk Magick.”  The piece is entitled “The Foundation of Conjure” and is a must read for anyone interested in the subject. 

 

 

 

 

Worth the Witch” is a new column that will focus each month on reviewing a new Pagan Owned Business that offers subscription based or mystery packages to Witches. This month, find out our thoughts on WitchBox

 

 

 

Saoirse has been honored with an interview with Aidan Kelly; Elder, writer, teacher, member of Covenant of the Goddess, and The New Reformed Orthodox order of The Golden Dawn. Their talk includes the naming of Mabon and his Eleusinian ritual for the Mabon Sabbat, all in her column “Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times.”

 

 

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Book Review: Keys to Perception-A Practical Guide to Psychic Development by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

September, 2017

Book Review: Keys to Perception-A Practical Guide to Psychic Development

by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

 

 

 

Let me begin by saying that we are in fortunate times having access to a prolific amount of information, books, media and more readily available to all level of seekers and experience. And, just as is true with any proliferation, being able to easily understand the concepts, make practical application of material that has been proven to work, narrows that field of viability to a penultimate selection of authors who are able to weave their magick. Ivo Dominguez, Jr. is among those authors who have consistently offered quality content and practices that expand the vision of the reader.

This is Mr. Dominguez’s fifth book, and with the number five (5) there is bound to be material that will revamp what you believe you are capable of. The book jumps right into familiar practices in Chapter One and immediately puts the reader at ease and the chance for building confidence around skills already known. All of these, from Meditation, Four-fold breath and Focused Practice lay the groundwork for … “Opening the Inner Senses”.

Each chapter builds on the next, pulling into the reader’s experience concepts that span a diverse and eclectic library of integrated skills that offer opportunity for self-exploration as you are creating a fertile environment for deepening your perceptive and intuitive nature. A point of note is the inclusion of safety precautions and bolstering your spiritual immunity as you progress further into the work. The book concludes with a Ritual of the Chakras and a complete set of seven pathworkings aligned with each of the Chakras. Every chapter and exercise prior having brought you to this place of turning the key and opening to your own gifts.

Keys to Perception is a text that you will return to repeatedly, as are all of Mr. Dominguez’s books. And, as the saying goes “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. Nothing can fully replace one-on-one learning, but this book comes very close.

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About the Author:

 

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author. She is the author of:

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the spheres

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magickal Pen, Volume One

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or website and her Blogs can be found at: Robin Fennelly 

 

Follow Robin on Facebook and on Instagram

Book Review: Spirit Relations by Bill Duvendak

September, 2017

Spirit Relations by Bill Duvendak

 

 

 

I found this book to be a refreshing change from the many books I’ve read on the topic of psychic and mediumship development. The author Bill Duvendak has the unique perspective of being someone experienced with energy work which gives the reader an entirely different view into the process and tools we can use to develop the tools we need to connect with spirit. He starts with a basic overview of the Clairs as most books on development do, but then goes far beyond and into the aura and chakra system. He discusses the pineal gland and its part in accessing and opening the psychic portals. With each step along the way he shares practical exercises to increase abilities and deepen awareness.

The author also is of the opinion as are many psychics and mediums that while some come into the world with better aptitude anyone with the desire can develop their abilities. This may help those who are hanging on the fear or belief that some are “gifted” and others are unable to connect at the same level. I don’t think I have ever read a more thorough book on development written from a pagan perspective. Mr. Duvendek takes into account and discusses things we don’t normally find in development books such as astrological factors, working with gatekeeper guides, our bodies as vessels and caring for them. He also treads where most will not dare to in that he discusses not only interacting with the highest vibrational beings but lowering vibration to interact with the lower forms of energetic beings. Something he reserves for only the most practiced and experienced workers.

I found his perspective, exercises and obvious knowledge to be an enlightening surprise from the same old, same old books; and as someone who is an energy worker and psychic medium very thoughtfully written. For those coming from a background of energy work, craft and psychic development this book is one worth taking a look at if you are considering deepening your work in mediumship or any psychic work.

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

 

 

Marcy LaBella is an eclectic witch, energy worker and intuitive.  In addition to providing readings, reiki healings, healing attunements and cranial temple attunements she is a professional teaching artist. Marcy creates works in mixed media painting, ceramics and handcrafted jewelry in copper and sterling.  “My work draws upon influences of nature, the Goddess and the magic of feminine wisdom”.

If you are interested in having an energy, reading, or healing session you can contact Marcy at Mjbella62@gmail

To view Marcy’s artwork, you can visit her on her Instagram, Facebook, or Main Web Page at: www.bellamarcella.net

 

 

 

 

Book Review – Pop Culture Magic Systems: How to Create your own System of Pop Culture Magic by Taylor Ellwood

September, 2017

Book Review: Pop Culture Magic Systems: How to Create your own System of Pop Culture Magic

Author:Taylor Ellwood

Copywrite:2017

Publisher: Megalithica Book from Immanion Press

Pages:118

 

 

     I enjoy Mr. Ellwood’s style of writing. His writing makes the reader feel he is very approachable. He could easily be a great neighbor to get to know. He has a web presence that also lets you know, that he is available to readers and fans. He is the author of over 20 books.

 

     In this book, the author gives you the complete breakdown of what you need to create your own system of magic from the pop culture that sparks your imagination. He writes of how he wants to help generations to come to work with the stories that fit the current time and the new heroes that current generations are growing up with.

 

     Mr. Ellwood talks about his own work in the Universes of The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dragonball Z. He even includes a chant that he has used with the main character from the video game Horizon Zero Dawn. He does this to show that you can use just about any Pop culture genre that appeals to you.

 

     The author goes into great detail explaining what correspondence is and how to work with it in a meaningful way. Mr. Ellwood also has written about the different Principles of Magic. He gives full definitions of each principle and he writes about 11 different principles, this is something that I personally have not seen many authors do. The author has done this because this is a true break down of how to Create a Magic System that will flourish and grow for you in the future.

 

     Mr. Ellwood writes about all the different magical theories that will help anyone be that a pagan fan of a Pop Culture or a witch looking to use her old pantheon spells with a modern twist.

 

     Each chapter of the book that Mr. Ellwood has put his energy into builds on the one before. There is homework of sorts if you care to do it. And he even gives the name of his Facebook group dedicated to Pop Culture Magic. He has some great insights into how to build a system from the stories that speak to you.

 

 

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About the Author:

 

 

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become an E-Book reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at:  https://www.facebook.com/NumerologistDawnBorries/.

Upcoming Movie Preview & Review: “THE ATONING”

September, 2017

“THE ATONING”

 

 

THE HAUNTING HORROR/SUSPENSE/THRILLER

FROM GRAVITAS VENTURES

TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

ON DVD, BLU-RAY, AND DIGITAL HD

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Movie Review:

I had the privilege of per-screening The Atoning, a creative horror by writer/director Michael Williams.

I watch a lot of horrors, having worked a few haunts , myself, and relish nothing more than the sounds of horrified screams in the night. I’m also a Witch, and Intuitive Medium, and I would like to offer viewpoints based on my experiences.


I watch a lot of horrors. While this is not my favorite one I’ve seen, it’s also not the worst by any means.


It delivers in regards to the beautiful screams I love to hear. It will also make you jump more than once, yourself. One thing I love about horror is how it embraces the macabre and lends it an unapologetic beauty. From the set, to the makeup for the demons, to the crisp sounds in the heirloom house, to the use of shadow to create foreboding, this delivers artistic beauty. 

And those screams! Those lovely, lovely screams!


The things most noteworthy about this is the unusual approach the team took with concepts of trapped spirits, psychics, and views of Purgatory.


I will explain without spoiling the film, because you really should watch it.


Trapped Spirits

We have all seen multiple films where ghosts are trapped, and are tortured while trying to move on. This one has a unique reason, however. The reason, and closure for the spirits comes near the end, with the details slowly disclosed like pieces of the jigsaw puzzles the family work on together.


Psychics

I love it most of all when films accurately portray my kind. This one, admittedly didn’t. It was the stereotypical evil witch who scared the hell out of everybody, and orchestrated a violent showdown. While I’m more concerned that people watching TV or films will assume a work of fiction is a perfect mirror of reality, I do find the crazy psychic who fits the Biblical stereotype of the summoner of evil a tired, overdone concept that needs retired. I’ve both done, and witnessed house clearings. I’ve talked to dead people. I’ve helped with an exorcism.  The process of all these things is nothing like what was portrayed in the film. I don’t criticize artists for taking creative liberties to well…CREATE- I just want the viewers to remember, this is fiction!


The concept of a human being who has the power to command spirits is both an old one, as well as a scary one. This medium delivers on scary- if you aren’t a medium. Then, you might be rolling your eyes.


Purgatory

The concept of Purgatory has been explored by writers for centuries.  When artists get creative and come up with new ideas about how it works, people assume it is doctrine. It isn’t. Without spoiling the film, I will just say Purgatory is for those who are going to Heaven, but they just have to atone for some sins first. People going to Hell do not make it to Purgatory, as they are seen as a lost cause with no hope for redemption.  Purgatory is for purging and purification, and those with no sins to purge don’t need to go there. The film portrays some souls that committed no wrong stuck in Purgatory, and another that is hellbound as being in Purgatory.  As art, it is interesting. Just don’t confuse art with dogma.


This all raises a greater question. What limits for a writer or filmmaker are there in bending what is accepted as truth for the sake of artistic vision? As far as I am concerned, there are no limits, and it’s not a fictional writer’s job to educate everybody.


It is our job to educate ourselves, and it is a writer’s job in a fictional horror piece to entertain and scare us.


I consider this more of a psychological thriller, myself, because until all the pieces come together, the film keeps you guessing. That is the scary part. We can sympathize with the family, questioning “What would it be like if I were them in this situation? ”

For the little boy, early on, he says, “Does this mean I don’t have to go to school?”


For the dad, he muses, “What if this is God’s way of giving us a second chance?”


For the mom, it is the fear that,  “ God doesn’t exist…”


I’ve said enough.


Now go watch the film.


It’s full of surprises, it keeps you guessing right to the end, and the ending is quite satisfying if I do say so, myself.

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Plot:

Vera, Ray, and Sam, a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter. From that moment on, they’re thrust into a horror worse than anything they’ve ever experienced. Personal demons manifest and tear the family apart from the inside out as they come to terms with their past.

 

 

Movie Specs:

Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Drama

Runtime: 89 Minutes

Language: English

 

 

Sneak Peek:

 

 

 

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Official Movie Sites:

Official Site:

www.theatoningmovie.com  

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/theatoning  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theatoningmovie/  

@theatoningmovie

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/theatoningmovie

@theatoningmovie   

 

 

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About the Author:

 

 

 

 

Saoirse is a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11, but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse, pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be reached through my Facebook page Tarot with Saoirse. You can, also, join me on my Youtube Channel.  

 

Crystal Connections

September, 2017

 

 

Crystal Prescriptions: The A-Z to Over 1,200 Symptoms and Their Healing Crystals by Judy Hall

 

Published by O books, written by Judy Hall, this 171 page book is divided into two parts.

 

Part 1 touches on differing subjects that include Crystal Know How and Crystals for Health.

 

Crystal Know How is set up somewhat like a FAQ on how to use the books directory and Judy Hall even includes a section on the technique that she uses to choose the crystal or crystals that are right for her.

 

In Crystals for Health the author explains why crystals have an important role in disease and keeping you healthy by stating, “Crystal healing is a gentle and non-invasive process that creates balance on all levels, and one that can provide support to the body’s own internal healing systems.” I found that each chapter in Part 1 had pertinent information valuable to any crystal healer.

 

Part 2 is set up much like an encyclopedia with an array of ailments and disease’s and a list of corresponding crystals.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to find this book has a symptom based directory vs. the usual crystal based directory. With an easy to follow reference guide this book would make a helpful addition to any experienced crystal user.

 

Though the author claims that this book is for beginning and experienced healers alike, in my opinion I would suggest that a novice pair this book with Judith Hall’s Crystal Bible Volumes I, II and III. My reason behind this is because this book does not have correlating pictures of the crystals to help a beginner visually identify the minerals suggested, otherwise I do believe this book would make a nice addition to anyone’s crystal knowledge or crystal healing collection.

 

About Judy Hall

 

 

An internationally known author, astrologer, psychic, healer, broadcaster and workshop leader, Judy Hall has been a karmic counselor for over thirty years.

Her books have been translated into fifteen languages. Her specialties are past life readings and regression; reincarnation, astrology, psychology and natural forms of healing.

 

She has clients from all walks of life: the House of Lords, the European Parliament, pop singers, university professors, scientists and mystics, and people on social security.

 

She has conducted workshops around the world. A trained healer and counsellor, she has been psychic all her life and has a wide experience of many systems of divination and natural healing methods.

 

Judy has a B.Ed. in Religious Studies and an extensive knowledge of world religions and mythology. Her mentor was Christine Hartley (Dion Fortune’s metaphysical colleague and literary agent). She completed her Masters Degree in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University. 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

 

 

 

Shiron (Shi) Eddy hails from the Pacific Northwest and shares a home with her husband, a Great Dane and a cat. Her love for crystals and minerals came from her dad who was an avid rock hound in his younger years. Shi happily shares her knowledge of crystals with anyone who is drawn to them, but especially loves to help people connect with minerals that involves their metaphysical properties. When she’s not networking with other crystal and mineral lovers, Shi can be found making jewelry, painting, crocheting Goddess dolls, selling her wares at shows or spending time with family and friends. You can find her jewelry in her shop ShiJewels or follow her on Instagram.

Imelda Almqvist About Painting

September, 2017

Imelda Almqvist About Painting

People often ask me about painting. I teach courses in making art internationally and do a fair amount of public speaking, as well, so I am often asked questions about my own process and my relationship to my own paintings.

Over the years, as paintings have gone off to exhibitions and galleries and I have hosted many Open Studio Days, I have written my artist’s statement on many occasions, as artists are supposed to do. I observe constant shifts in my own consciousness bringing fresh insights. I doubt this journey will ever end! (it will probably continue beyond my departure from the earthly realm!) This means that I am always engaged in re-writing and trying to find even better words for processes that happen in the place beyond words! Today those earlier artists statements are interesting artifacts because they track and map my personal creative journey over a period of three decades.

(Sadness, monoprint 1997)

The Encounter with White Canvas

For me every painting starts with an encounter with a blank canvas or white sheet of paper.. There is a seed concept: an idea, a colour, a shape, a piece of music, a sudden insight, often a possible marriage of two unlikely things.

Once I start the process of painting I am in dialogue with the spirit of the painting I am working on. That which seeks coming into form and embodiment through art actually guides the process. 

In shamanism we call this hollowing out or being a hollow bone for Spirit, for luminous beings from other realms. Beings more evolved than myself come forward offer a higher perspective on events on Earth and a glimpses of other worlds behind the Veil.

( UNDERTAKING Oil Painting 1994)

About Selling Paintings

Do I sell paintings? Yes. Will I sell any painting to absolutely anyone who expresses interest in it? No!

In our culture we often rate artists (and authors!) by their sales The selling of work means that other people put value on what we do. To be “successful” we need to regularly sell paintings or sell many copies of a book. My younger self, fresh out of art school, “bought into this”. School instils a very particular idea of what it means to be a professional (and commercially successful) artist!

Over the years my own helping spirits have taught me many powerful lessons and my perception has shifted completely.

Once someone got in touch about buying a painting. The spirits said  no, it is a piece of your soul they are trying to buy, don’t do it!  

Another time I promised someone a painting of a very powerful goddess. This painting went missing for two years and only reappeared recently. She was not willing to go and she was angry that I had not consulted her before making the promise. Rightly so! Lesson learned!! OUCH!

However, most of the time when people get in touch about buying a painting, the spirit of the painting is thrilled and very excited. Everything flows very smoothly and all arrangements fall into place easily. Then I say my goodbyes and the painting starts a new life in a new home. 

(While I was at art school the teachers warned us against people “choosing a painting to go with the colours of their sofa”. In truth I have not seen too much of this over 30 years of selling art!)

(DADDY IS A BALLOON  1997 Oil.

Painting title inspired by a paper on Therapy)

Paintings as Trusted Allies and Teachers

In November 2016 I gave a presentation at “Threshold“, the annual conference of The Gatekeeper Trust. There was a beautiful audience of about 100 people. I had a made a power point presentation in which many of my own paintings (inspired by spiritual work done all over the world) appeared.

After that talk (and the reactions I received from many people) I could put into words something I have always known, on some level: the spirits embodied by my own paintings are my trusted allies and teachers. They go wherever I go. They will often go on missions too, performing healing work for a person, family or location or appearing in someone’s dream to provide important guidance on a big decision or career move.

In that moment I realised that for me painting is about a life led by and dedicated to Spirit. It is about an intimate relationship with powerful beings that come forward  to help those on Earth – but they can only do so if we invite them and welcome their help.

It was not just me giving a presentation: it was me and my whole team, all of us doing this! It was not nervous, only overjoyed. You can watch this presentation on Youtube:

“Gods of Portals, Life Transitions and Liminal Spaces”

I feel I need to write this article (as adapted from the About Painting page on my website) as it might be a powerful message for other artists: moving beyond this paradigm of measuring success by sales and paintings sold! It has given me an immense sense of peace and soul purpose, working this way. And this is the way of working I teach my own sacred art students on different continents!

(GUARDIAN ANGEL   1997  Oil painting)

FAQ – A few more answers to questions I am asked very often

 

What materials do you use?

Before I had children I loved using oil paint on canvas (though, also, made mono prints and mixed media artwork on paper). However, oil paint is quite toxic because metallic resins are used to create the different hues (Cadmium Orange and Yellow, Zinc White etc.) and so is turpentine. For that reason I switched to acrylic paints months before even trying to for a baby as I did not want my unborn children to be exposed to these resins and fumes.

In recent years I have developed a particular fondness for making short art films because this allows me to blend paintings, digital photographs, myths poems and stories as well as music and moving images all at the same time to arrive at one seamless creation. 

ART VIDEO: SEVEN DESERT MAIDENS

This process has also brought a revival of working in black and white to create print-like stark images. I am greatly enjoying the multi-media experience that new technology makes possible!

Do you undertake a shamanic journey before you make a painting?

No, the process of painting IS the journey! Only better because I get to stay “in the zone” for a whole working day! (Say 8 hours rather than 30 minutes!) A journey can easily be the starting point of a painting. For instance in 2014 I did one journey where I was told that I “am an Apprentice of the Waning Moon” and that led to a painting by that title. 

(Apprentice of the Waning Moon)

How do you work with dreams?

For me keeping a dream journal is a daily practice. My husband risks his life if he talks to me in the mornings before I have written up my dream notes! I do oneiric work (shamanic dreamwork) with all my students as well.  Many of my paintings were inspired by dreams.

(The Mother of Dreams 2013)

I hope that this article will inspire you to get out some art materials!

Imelda Almqvist, 23 August 2017, London UK

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About the Author:

Imelda Almqvist’s book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon on 26th August 2016.  She is based in London,UK and teaches shamanism and sacred art internationally. 

For her courses in Norse Shamanism (in both Europe and soon coming to the USA as well) please visit the following webpages

FORNSED IN SWEDEN

http://www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk/info2.cfm?info_id=211324

2 YEAR PRACTITIONER OF NORSE SHAMANISM PROGRAM

http://www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk/info2.cfm?info_id=224450

www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk

https://imeldaalmqvist.wordpress.com/

YEAR OF CEREMONY

http://affiliate.soundstrue.com/aff_c?offer_id=124&aff_id=2260&url_id=86

FREE “HARNESS YOUR CREATIVE POWER SUMMIT” WITH GUNHILD LORENZEN

http://www.gunhildlorenzen.com/imelda-almqvist-speaking-at-harness-your-creative-power-online-summit

 

 

Music Review – Trismegistia

September, 2017

Trismegistia: From Healing to Hounds

 

On Spotify, the tag ‘Come and feel the power!’ pops up as soon as you click on the name Trismegistia. Well OK then, let’s feel it! New music has a power all of its own; a new experience is always something to take time over, so I take my time listening to the two tracks currently available from this Pagan group.

 

The first track I listen to is Hounds of Hekate. I watch the video on YouTube, and am impressed by the imagery; three ladies dance wildly, representing the three faces of Hekate, and the triple crossroads. There is a sense of frenzy in the video, echoed by the gasping breaths that emphasize the percussion.

 

ally, this track has a sense of mystery, of wandering lost, yet with purpose. Perhaps we are running from something, or towards something. The sudden surge of strings plucked wildly gives ways to the heartbeat-breaths of the percussion over and over, not making for easy listening, but lending an air of wonder, and curiosity, even a slight darkness emphasised by the voice of the woman, and the barking of her dogs.

 

In contrast, the other track, Nunnos’ Healing Song, is about as light and airy as you can get. Cello (synthesised) and something akin to a djembe set a gentle mood. Pan pipes announce the arrival of a familiar figure, who tells us, in the short film Nunnos which accompanies the song, that he has many names. Nunnos though is short for ‘Cernunnos’, Celtic lord of the forest, who appears in this guise as a hairy man wearing only ivy, the symbol of the everlasting woods.

 

This ‘song’ is more like a musically accompanied guided meditation, or waking up from a dream. ‘Can you hear me? Can you see me?’ The fog of memory loss is soothed by the voice of the God. Nunnos helps and heals the protagonist, which may be a third person in the song, or maybe it’s us, the listener, being healed every time we listen to Nunnos’ soothing voice. The track ends with Nunnos assuring us we can call him, any moment.

 

The contrast between these two tracks is remarkable, yet both are introspective, calling for inner reflection and a peaceful moment in your day. I would say this is not music to listen to on the go, or while cleaning the house, but whilst taking time for yourself, or to aid in meditation or visualization. I’m certainly intrigued to hear more of this unique musical project.
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About the Author:

 

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft.

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Follow Mabh on TwitterFacebook and her blog.


Book Review: DISCover the Power of You-How to Cultivate Change for Positive and Productive Cultures by Robert Adams

September, 2017

Book Review:  DISCover the Power of You – How to Cultivate Change for Positive and Productive Cultures

by Robert Adams

According to the blurb on the back this book is for individuals who have a desire to better understand their own personality, people who may aspire to be come leaders in whatever field of their choice.

Full disclosure: I was asked to review this book by the publisher (Business , John Hunt Publishing ). In truth it is not a book I would have gravitated to all by myself. Having said that, there can be great benefits in being pushed a bit out of your “natural reading habitat”!

I found this book very interesting. For me it cast light on the issues of innate personality and leadership styles. Like most people I have always had a vague awareness that there are different leadership styles (and that those have both benefits and shadow or negative aspects) but I have never spent time really reflecting on what those might be and how it all hangs together when people work together in teams or office settings.

One quote the author features early on is:

There is no truth, only personality

(- Gareth Morgan)

This book helps you identify your own professional and leadership style. The DISC in “discover” – capitalized in the title – refers to Dominant – Influencer – Steady and Conscientious. (Read the book and follow the exercises if you are keen to figure out what type you are!)

I had an interesting time reflecting on my own leadership style and priorities (including the weak aspects of those) as well as on people I have experienced in leadership roles in various settings. There were some “aha!” moments!

I was telling my husband about this and he said: ” A lot of this is on the curriculum when you study economics and business administration” (his own degree and professional background). Fair enough but most creative/artistic/spiritual types like myself will never attend business school – so this book offers you some of those key insights as a DIY program.

The book then goes on to describe different company cultures and what characterizes them. This will help people identify what culture their personality is most suited to (assuming you have the luxury of choice when applying for jobs!) and is also helpful if you run (or intend to run) your own business as it casts light on hiring people with different personality types and strengths from yourself so you can complement each other.

All in all I found this a well-researched and fascinating book and I appreciated stepping outside my comfort zone when it comes to reading and absorbing new ideas!

Imelda Almqvist, 23 August 2017

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About the Author:

Imelda Almqvist’s book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon on 26th August 2016.  She is based in London,UK and teaches shamanism and sacred art internationally. 

For her courses in Norse Shamanism (in both Europe and soon coming to the USA as well) please visit the following webpages

FORNSED IN SWEDEN

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2 YEAR PRACTITIONER OF NORSE SHAMANISM PROGRAM

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https://imeldaalmqvist.wordpress.com/

YEAR OF CEREMONY

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FREE “HARNESS YOUR CREATIVE POWER SUMMIT” WITH GUNHILD LORENZEN

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Positively Pumpkin

September, 2017

 

It’s easy to feel swamped by pumpkin everything in the autumnal landscape but pumpkin to some of us is quite a modern thing.

 

 


While there were definitely pumpkins for sale in my childhood they were expensive and certainly not the size and multitude they seemed to be in the US. No we had turnips (which is as exciting as it sounds) and last year I thought I’d carve one to honour the ancient Irish tradition. I was even using Dremel and it was still a nightmare! It fought me the whole time, it refused, it spewed gross out me, it was a serious fight and took me 3 hours over 2 days to carve one! I swore never again, but as the pumpkins rotted away within weeks to a sticky stinky paste my turnip hanging up shriveled and look, well a like severed head. In fact it hung out through rain, rain and some frost all the way until Beltane!

 


I haven’t sworn off pumpkins (though many Brits still are not sold on them) I do have the advantage that I got gifted a load of canned pumpkin.

 


Again pumpkin pie isn’t really big in the U.K. at Samhain time. That said, I like it a lot. However I think it’s much under-rated in sweet and my personal preference, savoury food. You can eat the pumpkins for sale around Halloween, though they are breed to look pretty not taste good you can wash and slice, steam or roast them up a treat. You can wash and dry the seeds and toast them and eat them too! Where I give measurements of pumpkin, I’ll be using mostly canned because I have it but you can always use fresh cooked pumpkin.

 

 

 

In the U.K. we use a lot of dried fruit. The reason for this is natural dried fruit has a high sugar content and was used to sweeten before mass produced sugars were available. Things like spices and raisins were also medicinal. Often used to add warmth into the body living in a rather cold, damp and windy climate. This is why treacles (molasses) and dried fruit are common in everything from bara brith (a Welsh sweet bread loaf) Christmas puddings, Christmas cake and mince pies. Molasses is also known for its medicinal properties being as it is high in iron, B vitamins and Magnesium. Many sweet treats were a way to get these health benefits into children who might refuse otherwise. Parkin is a traditional sweet treat from the wet and windy areas of Northern Britain, eaten around the Autumnal time of year. It has more treacle than my pumpkin recipe, and more ginger but I wanted to have that smoky warming quality in my bread. I also added white chocolate and dark chocolate chips because again our British palette prefers less sugar and I didn’t want to make a loaf you wouldn’t want to eat! I also had to get the giant bag of chocolate chips out of the cupboard to reach the flour and stuff and it seemed rude not to! You could leave out the chocolate and use dried fruit soaked in something boozey, like a rum or brandy or strong black tea. This recipe makes two regular loaves.

 

 

 

Spiced Pumpkin Bread (Sweet)


Much like banana bread you can use this batter to make muffin shapes should you desire, you’ll need to adjust the cooking times accordingly.


1 can of pumpkin
115 grams of butter or replacement
3 eggs (or 2 large duck eggs)
250 grams golden granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp fine salt
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp allspice
230 grams self-raising flour
1 tbsp. rye flour
1 tbsp. treacle (molasses)
¼ cup white chocolate chips
¼ cup dark chocolate chips.

 

I creamed my butter and sugar together and beat with a balloon whisk (feel free to use a mixer) and add my spices. Adding your spices to your fats allows the essential oils naturally within them and flavours to develop more deeply. I added my pumpkin puree and eggs one at a time. I then added the treacle.


In a separate bowl I mixed my salt, flours and baking powder whisking to aerate and remove lumps. Then slowly folded with a spatula into the wet mix. I wanted to give a nod to Parkin’s rich nutty flavour without adding fine oat meal to the mix, which is why I add the rye flour. This again is very high in iron and B vitamins but it also gives a really great depth. This gives the loaf a deeper darker flavour to it.
I then gently mixed in my chocolate chips and dived the mix between two greased loaf pans.


I then put them into a pre-heated oven at about 180 C for thirty minutes or until a tooth pick comes out cleanly.


Shoo away your children and partners until cool enough to cut sensibly. Great as a desert alone or cold with sharp Cheddar cheese. It should last well if kept in a cake tin or airtight container for about a week, but good luck with that!

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