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June, 2018

 

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Cover art: The Lunar Nomad Oracle: 43 Cards to Unlock Your Creativity and Awaken Your Intuition by Intuitive Reader, Energy Worker, & Author Shaheen Miro and featured in this month’s issue of PaganPagesOrg

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This month Welcomes Summer in and Some really Great Reading in, too! Just look at a sampling of what we’ve got inside for you this month…

 

An interview with Shaheen Miro, creator of The Lunar Nomad Oracle. His inspirations for his deck and how he feels cards should be read. Plus, our Lynn gives her thoughts on the Deck.

 

 

An Exclusive Excerpt from The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads by Liz Dean. Learn a spread taught from the pages of the book. A free taste! Not only that but the Publishing House The Quarto Group is giving OUR READERS a 40% OFF coupon on tarot gear for the month of JUNE!!!  

 

 

Witch & Popcorn…is a new monthly column that will feature a review of a Witchy TV series or Movie each month. This month…The movie “The Last Witch Hunter” starring Vin Diesel, the immortal Michael Caine, and Elijah Wood.

 

 

For My Witches in the Wardrobe…Being a Witch can be difficult when you have to hide who you are. This column is meant to be my love letters of support to my fellow witches, but those who must hide. I want to share thoughts, ideas, & crafty ways we can be spiritual.

 

 

Have you ever wondered what a crystal’s shape may mean or if it even has a meaning? Or maybe if it’s used in gridding? Well, let’s just see what our new crystals columnist Retha N. Lent has to say in her column Retha’s Crystal Reflections.

 

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Review: Headspace, the App

March, 2018

Headspace: Everyday Mindfulness

I decided to continue on my mindfulness mission by having a go with Headspace, an app with the tagline ‘A few minutes could change your whole day.’ This app focuses on the practical benefits of short meditations: reducing stress, improving focus and sleeping better. Just like with my Calm review, I’ve only reviewed what content I could get for free. The financial commitment for Headspace is pretty hefty. UK prices, you’re looking at £9.99 a month, or a one-off cost of £71.88 for the year. Want to unlock all features permanently? That will be £299.99 please. I just think these prices are very off-putting, and will stop people even trying the app for free in some cases, as they know that if they like it, and it works for them, they are going to be shelling out a huge amount of money.

Actually using the app is a doddle. It starts with a ‘meditation basics’ program, which is actually really useful. The speaker is male, British, with a calming and down-to earth tone. He speaks about meditation as if it’s a daily requirement like brushing your teeth, and makes it seem easy and accessible for all. For the first time in guided meditation like this, I am told to start with my eyes open. Each meditation session can be tweaked to reflect how much free time you have in your day. You can meditate for as little as three minutes, and as much as ten in one go. I found the ten-minute sessions were useful at the end of the day for relaxing me before sleep time.

As well as the basics program, there are other freebies, which seem to change from day to day. Today’s was an exploration of stillness and silence. Before the meditation started, the guide spoke of the nature of silence, and whether it is passive or not. He explored the usefulness of stillness, and how it helps us to be present in the moment, not wrapped up solely in our own thoughts. This aids us in listening to others.

Silence is the foundation of calm and clarity that allows us to hear what others have to say.”

There are also some mini meditations, but for free, you only get access to the ‘Breathe’ mini, which as the title suggests, gives you 60 seconds of exploring the sensation and mechanics of your breathing.

One of my favourite things about Headspace is that it can easily be linked to the ‘Health’ app on your iPhone, and I presume there will be a similar option on Android devices and similar. So, when I look at my ‘Health’ stats, if I have meditated with Headspace that day, the phone will describe how many ‘mindful minutes’ I’ve taken. I like the sense of achievement that comes with this, and recognising that I’ve been good to myself and my mind for at least a few minutes each day. The app itself also records some data for you, and shows you how many minutes and on what days you’ve meditated.

There’s also a kids’ section, split into ages 5 and under, ages 6-8, and ages 9-12. These have titles such as ‘Appreciation’ and ‘Kindness’; good at any age! But particularly useful for young, developing minds. Sadly, as far as I could tell, none of the kids’ stuff was available on the free version.

I’m going to keep the app on my phone, as even just having the basics package has been really useful. It’s so easy to use, there’s no set-up, you just download it and start meditating. An absolute beginner could use this, even if they had zero experience of mindfulness or meditation. I really hope the prices reduce at some point though, as at the moment, they are just far too high to consider a full subscription. Perhaps one day, when I’m a bit more flush with cash! But all in all, an excellent user experience; very relaxing and very unique in its informal and easy-going style.

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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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