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June, 2019

Cover art: This month’s cover features the colorful Midsummer Sticker Set created by Aurora Flemming & Avalon Kisbey of AuroraandAvalon on Etsy. These beautiful stickers are perfect for any Pagan’s planners, books of shadows, bullet journals, scrapbooking projects, or crafts. They have a large assortment that can be seen at AuroraandAvalon. You can, also, visit them on their FB Group, Instagram: auroraavaloncreations, and on Pinterest.

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We Welcome Summer In & You With A New Issue…Here is Some of What You Will Find Inside:

A Review of Woodland Wand Creation. Can you really get a gorgeous Wand & for a fair price? Our source says YES you can Witch!

Fresh from a workshop at Pantheacon, Annwyn Avalon had a wonderful talk with Mabh at PaganPagesOrg about her new book, Water Witchcraft, and other aspects of her work.

Come see why our reviewer calls this title a “…small, yet mighty book.”

I Don’t want to give it all away on the cover but we do have a great book excerpt, more amazing reviews, our trusty monthly columns, holiday correspondences, some things to learn, a little to remind us, oh yes, and some things to teach along the way. Enjoy, for we have enjoyed sharing this month as we always do! With love.

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Review of Morrigu’s Nest on Etsy & Interview with Owner Anne Corrigan

June, 2019

Review of Morrigu’s Nest Etsy Shop Products

Morrigu’s Nest is a wonderful shop on Etsy that sells a variety of products to cover your magickal demands. Owner, Anne Corrigan, hand makes all her items from talismans & jewelry to candles & oils, there is guaranteed to be something you need or can use! Her recipes are her own secrets and she carries, in Morrigu’s Nest, many ways for you to celebrate the holidays.

This past Spring Equinox we celebrated using item’s from Morrigu’s Nest. (We only took before pictures, as our rituals are private.)

Ostara/Spring Scented Equinox Candle

Packed to the brim with all you need for an Ostara/Spring Equinox ritual this easy to travel with tin held candle is very convenient. Either for the witch on the go, or the witch in the closet who needs to hide her magick in her bag till she can find a place to do it, this all in one kit is a go to all inclusive ritual package! It is filled with corresponding herbs like honeysuckle & orange daylilies; and crystals like amethyst and rose quartz to name a few. The candle itself smells like jasmine and spring blossoms. The pure freshness of it brings thoughts of spring.

Instructions come with the candle explaining that you are to remove the herbs and gems from the candle before lighting. Then giving ideas on what you can use your gemstones for. You are to imbue them with your energy, you can arrange them around the candle, you can use them in a spell, a bottle, a sachet, a poppet, there are so many ways. There is a generous amount of herbs and stones given with the candle. So you can use them in a few ways.

The candle is 4 oz hand poured into a tin with a cover. Smooth looking. It burns very well. Nice scent. Clean burn. We loved using it during our ritual. Plan to use the herbs in many ways. Plan to use the tin, too. Right now I’m saving the herbs in them.

Ostara Anoninting Oil

100% natural, essential oil, body potion. Loaded with herbs, flowers, oils & crystals. You can see them filling the bottle. The smell is of a sunny spring day in a meadow. The oil is light on your skin and blends in well without leaving any residue. The scent is nice and strong and will stay on you for a long period of time. It has calming scent. You can use this beautiful oil to anoint yourself for ritual and magick work, or just to wear on a beautiful spring day to remind yourself you are the magick.

Morrigu’s Nest, also, has ways to help you celebrate other sabbats, let’s take a look!

Yule Scented ritual candle

Their Yule Candle smells like Yule. The herbal & crystal topping is spectacular. You can see the juniper berries, orange peel, cloves, and so much more. The crystals shimmer. The aroma is warming and of spiced fruits and wood.

In the instructions Morrigu’s Nest is clear to state, many times, to remove the herbs and crystals before burning your candle. I wanted to show you how the candle looks without the herbs. Here is the herbs in a bowl. You can see there is a good amount of herbs and stones to work with in spells and a nice 4oz full candle in the tin. It is 100% natural wax.

Yule herb blend

Another wonderful product to help celebrate Yule is their Yule herbal blend. It is a potent blend of corresponding herbs, botanicals, spices, barks, & roots. Morrigu’s Nest has used over a dozen ingredients in her special Yule Winter Recipe. Some ingredients include: bay laurel, cinnamon bark, yew leaves, coriander, and much more.

This is intended for magickal use only, NOT culinary. You man NOT eat this. There are warnings that come with the package. The ingredients were chosen for their magickal correspondences only. It is suggested to burn it in small amounts as the scent may be over powering in large quantities and may not smell the same when burned.

You get 4oz in a resealable pouch, which is great. You can keep it fresh! It smells wonderful, woodsy. You pick up the cinnamon and juniper right away. It is good to use simply as a magickal Yule potpourri filled with your wishes & intent for everyone! Give a little sachet maybe to everyone with a gift? To keep in their homes. A little goes a long way with the scent & the blessing.

Samhain Set

This set comes in a Gold Gauze bag, a peek-a-boo presentation of witchie delights. All of it’s contents are addressed on explanation documents that arrive with your set. It’s a long bag & sticking my hand in I just grab for the firs thing I feel. Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the bag…

An herbal Samhain blend

An herbal blend for Samhain, much like the one for Yule. It is meant to be used for magick or an incense. However, this one includes such herbs as rosemary, wormwood, mugwort, and others. You receive 1oz of 100% natural herbal blend. The smell is lovely, but I must admit, it is not as strong as the Yule blend. I like the Yule blend a bit more, but that is just MY taste.

Dressed Scented Samhain

Black Tin Candle & Orange Tin Candle

These two candles are beautiful. They shine with glitter and smell glorious! Each a different aroma & color. If I have to guess and say what they smell like I would say the orange one has a more fall smell to it. They typical fall smelling candle. The ones you just love to get when it’s that time of year! The black candle smells more, I can not explain why, but like night to me. Like a sweet night. On the breeze. Oh so dreamy! Plus you have all the Samhain corresponding herbs on top to work with.

Bottle of Witches Black Salt

Morrigu’s Nest has included an important tool in this Samhain kit…Black Salt. For those how have never used Black Salt before it is used in workings for protection, banishing, curses, hex breaking, uncrossings, etc… It is a great item witches should have in their cupboards for defending themselves.

Morrigu’s Nest recipe is NOT just colored salt. She uses all natural ingredients and NO DYES. She has her own recipe she has formulated of a powerful blend of protective and banishing herbs, roots, seeds, & combined them with ashes from her Samhain ritual fire and sea salt. Then using energy and intense visualization she imbued the intention of protection and fiery defense as she pulverized these ingredients into almost a powder. It is a very fine powder and not the usual chunks of black salt you will find at shops. I like this because a little goes a long way.

After explaining more of her method of making her Black Salt at Morrigu’s Nest, she goes on to explain safe ways to use it, including a spell. I found that very handy. I like knowing how it was made. Her secret recipe. Suggestions are always helpful.

4 Thieves Vinegar

Four Thieves Vinegar is an ingredient found in Hoodoo & folk magic spells. The recipe has evolved from Western Europe, around the fifteenth century. Their are many legends about it. The common string among them is that there was a horrible plague in a village, and the only people who survived were four thieves. Each of them contributed one ingredient to a jar of vinegar and garlic, they drank it, and somehow survived the plague uninjured. Since they were healthy and everyone else was dying, the four thieves went around the town and robbed the empty houses. Eventually they were caught, and sentenced to hanging, but they were able to escape the gallows by sharing their secret formula. Whether this is true or not is anyone’s guess. Four Thieves Vinegar is a useful item to keep on hand because it can be used in a wide variety of spells, from healing to protection to banishing. I have never worked with this stuff before, but I look forward to it.

Morrigu’s Nest version is made with herbs that correspond to protection & banishing. It claims to be very potent. It warns you to NOT INGEST on the bottle boldly. The papers that come with it suggest how you are to use it and state it is toxic!

Samhain ritual oil

Samhain essential oil, 100% natural, body oil. Comes in a .33 oz glass roller ball applicator bottle. It’s a unisex scent of autumn mostly cinnamon & orange. Very fragrant. Lovely smell. Definitely unisex. Morrigu’s Nest says they oils were chosen based on folklore magickal correspondences as well as their aroma therapeutic traits. It also has notes of patchouli, cedarwood, and other scents. It lasts a long time on the skin and blends in well.

Samhain Gemstone Clip-On Charm

Genuine gemstones frame a pretty, bronze, large triquetra charm on a sturdy clip. I actually pulled on it, cause I can be a jerk like that, to see if it would fall apart easily. It didn’t! I thought it would. I am glad it didn’t because it is so lovely. The suggestion is to wear it on your backpack, bag, purse, handbag, planner, key ring or belt loop. You can use this in your ritual wear, or keep it as your everyday spiritual reminder. The paper it comes with tells you exactly what stones are on the keychain. It does not tell you what they mean, but it tells you they were selected intentionally to correspond with Samhain. It’s easy to look up stones, however, if you do not know the meanings off hand.

How about when it’s not a sabbat & you just need supplies?? Well Morrigu’s Nest has them for you!

Prosperity Candle spell kit

Just like all their sabbat candles, this tin is all you need for a wonderful spell. The prosperity candle spell kit comes with all you need to cast your spell. Filled to the top with all the herbs & crystals you will need to cast and a 4oz candle in a tin that you can travel with.

You can see from the picture you are given plenty of herbal & crystal supplies with your candle for your spell. Plus you get a sheet with your kit explaining exactly what is in your candle, what it’s scent it, how it was made, precautions, and ideas on how to use it! Burn time is approx 25 hours. The smell is springtime greenery, woodsy, & lightly floral. I love the sparkles on the candle. It adds some flare.

Rosemary Mint herbal bath soak

I would like to lick this it smells sooo good! You can see the herbs in the salt. The salt is unlike the usual bath salts you find, it is a fine texture and I love it!!! Instead of rocks in the tub its a fine grain that blends in and just rolls over your body and purifies you as the scent cleanses your mind. I can not recommend this soak more!!!! The relaxation is blissful!

Protect & Purify herbal ritual salt

For use during your sacred circle casting or for purification rituals. This herbal salt was ground with intention to form a powder-like blend & Morrigu’s Nest used traditional protective and cleansing herbs. She pulverized these ingredients into almost a powder.
Even though it is salt it is not edible and comes with a big DO NOT EAT warning. The salt is so fine and a little goes a long way. The container is packed to the tippy top so you have tons in the packed 4oz bottle.

Bring the Green

This bottle of green powder is for use in prosperity, abundance & money spells and rituals. You can burn it, keep it in your wallet, make poppets, and sooo much more with it. Morrigu’s Nest has so many suggestions for its use. It has ingredients like allspice, vervain, basil, marjoram, and so much more in it! Its 2oz and finely ground, so a little bit goes a long way. The bottle is filled to the top. No space for anything. The smell is minty to me. I can’t wait to use it! Maybe carry some in my pocket.

Faery Sight ritual Oil

A 2oz, 100% natural anointing oil, essential blend, inundated with beautiful herbs and flowers! Not so much that there is no oil, but you see them floating beautifully like a garden. Lovely lavender! Rose! To me it has a slight lemony scent to it. A freshness. It’s suggested you anoint your crystals, and thirdeye, & candles with it. Anything to attract fae to you. I can definitely see fae being attracted to this oils ingredients & scent. I would definitely invest in the larger bottles so you can see the herbs and flowers in the bottle. Worth it!

Love & Romance herbal blend

This powder is for use in love, romance, & lust magick. It was pulverized with intention and a blend of herbs & botanicals was used for love and romance magick. The bottle is 2oz and finely ground and filled to the top. A little with this goes a long way! It has ingredients like rose petals, hibiscus, dill, & so much more! The smell is so pretty.

She sends information with all her packages explaining the ingredients of the items, direction on how they are supposed to be used, and ideas on how to use them. I love the glitter, the flare to the candles. Everything has such gorgeous, strong smells, that are not overwhelming and blend nicely. The oils scents stay on your skin and do not fade quickly. Everything is made of great quality & care. The warnings are in bold and mentioned over and over for safety.

Vervain Protection Amulet

This is one of my favorite items in the Morrigu’s Nest catalog. It is gorgeous way to wear something we can all use a little something extra of everyday…protection. I think putting the half crescent moon, antique brass finish, moon charm on a simple silky, black cord allows the pendant to stand out more as the art piece it is. Giving the corked, spell bottle that square on the side eye-hook is just the perfect touch! The spell bottle is filled, packed tightly & permanently sealed with hand ground vervain that is imbued with intent of protection of wearer. The moon worn sideways & in this phase was chosen to represent The Crone, The Wise One, the Grandmother Moon. It is meant …”to represent the energy of the wise greandmother that loves and protects you and gives you her wisdom as she guides you on your path.”

Whatever you think it means to you it does. I kinda got an Egyptian vibe from it. Soon as I saw it, and Isis wings. May it be who it will for you & protect you always!

Another set of items I found to be wonderful and helpful at Morrigu’s Nest were their Intention Bottles…

Intuition & divination

You can see this is a really decent size bottle here. We are not talking tiny little bottle to wear. It is almost 2 inches long. So it really has room in there! It comes with a label that tells you all the ingredients like: mugwort, wormwood, flaxseeds, labradorite, amethyst, and more. You can see and make out many of the ingredients. It is securely sealed. It is filled enough to give you just a touch of room to shake it to revitalize it. It arrives in its own gauze baggie. It comes with an explanation note from Morrigu’s Nest stating that it is …”ritually crafted with the intention of evoking and aiding.”

I am about to take on learning tarot. Runes were my thing, or so I thought. The tarot is calling… So this is what I chose to be my aid in the process. I have felt protected by my other pendant, I believe this will aid me.

Self-Confidence

This bottle is the same size as the other Intention Bottle. Made, ritually, in the same way. However, its contents are different, for its purpose. Inside it holds ingredients, such as; dill, turmeric, citrine, fennel seeds, basil, & more. All for boosting your self-confidence.

It’s lively right? I found that interesting. Like a punch of color…a punch to your system, that boost you need. Well, I have been carrying this bottle on me all day. I would shake it now and then for extra bursts, hold on to it when I felt I was struggling a little more. Today was one of those days! It would help me focus. Remind myself to breathe. Everything inside is bonus to my self-confidence help. Plus the magic of the intention that was lent to it & mine because I pray over my things.

Courage & protection

Just like the previous bottles this, almost 2 inch glass, filled and securely sealed bottle is filled with its own goodies, like: thyme, black pepper, black tourmaline, red jasper, & more. All of which you can clearly read on a removable label that comes attached to its cord.

I used this bottle on my journey of change. I took it to battle really. We all have fears we need to overcome. I have plenty. We went on a hike. I do not like traveling into the forest for too long or too deeply. It is a personal fear. I know we are on a path. I know we can turn around. But I still have my fears. I decided to start making changes in life and facing some fears is one of them. This bottle and I hiked over 3.5 miles today in the forest. We weathered panic. We embraced joy. We overcame… with each other. Every bit helps.

My Overall Thoughts…

I am so amazed by the workmanship, quality, inspiration, detail, and love put into every item I have reviewed from Morrigu’s Nest. Not one item has disappointed me. Every bottle is packed to the brim with quality ingredients. You can smell the herbs. The candles, well, they are brilliant spell kits in themselves. They come with the herbs and gems you will need, and you get the tin after. The amount you get for your money is fantastic. I love that it is their own recipes & handmade, not something I am going to find in every witch shop. My favorite piece, that I have not taken off is the Vervain Protection Amulet. I may feel a little too protected by it, thinking I’m supergirl!

We were lucky enough to get a chance to speak with the proprietress of Morrigu’s Nest & creatrix of all things wonderful within, Anne Corrigan.

Jennifer Wright (JW): Hello Anne, It is such a pleasure to meet you!

 I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and our readers about yourself, your company, and your process…speaking of your process, where do your ideas come from?  Like your gorgeous Protection Pendant!  I think its trendy enough to wear and get away with magick.  LOL!

Anne Corrigan (AC): Hi Jenn! Thank you so much for reaching out to me, I truly feel honored to have my shop reviewed by you. And thank you and your husband Benjamin for all the work you’ve done to birth PaganPages.org. Your site is a wonderful resource and nourishes the pagan community; thank you!

My inspiration comes from communing with my deities, spirit guides, scrying, shamanic journeying and trance, magickal folklore, connecting with nature, and hanging with my witchy friends. All these muses revisit me during my daydreams and thunderstorms in my head which I credit to my Attention Deficit Disorder, LOL! Sometimes it’s like popcorn popping in my brain. The downside to that is that it’s hard for me to focus on developing one product at a time and it’s a challenge to bring everything to fruition.

 I do make some products that could be considered staples of a magickal path that are similar to other companies’ products. The difference is that I really strive to make my offerings unique by putting my own twist on the traditional standbys. At the moment I am working on my own Florida Water recipe. I am also preparing DIY witchcraft project kits for witch ladders, spell bottles, and spirit dolls. I love crafting and making things with my hands. I also want to empower others to create their own sacred objects by providing the raw materials and instructions (coming soon). That way they can really imbue them with more of their magickal energy. I’m glad you like the Protection Pendant! Thank you for the compliment! I like the idea of magick incognito under the guise of fashion, LOL!

JW: Thank you so much for your kind words about PaganPagesOrg, it really touches our heart!

You mention that you use your own secret recipes, are they family recipes?  Will you be passing your recipes down?

AC: Well, my recipes are not completely secret, I do disclose the ingredients in my listings, especially anything that is applied to the skin, such as essential oil blends and ritual bath salts. As for other items, such as, herbal blends, ritual salts, potions, and vinegars, I don’t list every little detail. Even when using traditional recipes for inspiration, I always tweak them based on my intuition, research, and communicating with the spirits of the plants. My recipes are mine alone, I was raised Catholic, and I have no idea if there were any pagans or witches in my ancestral line. I am planning on passing a grimoire down to my daughter. I may also publish a spell recipe book in the future.

JW: I really love how your Black Salt is a finer grain then you usually find with black salts.  Why did you decide to go with this grain?

AC:  I wanted to create a versatile and energy packed black salt. It’s versatile because you can take a pinch in your hand and blow it at your target, discreetly sprinkle some around your workplace, home car, anywhere really. Also, the main reason that I pulverized my black salt is that the process of grinding it allows me to raise energy while I enchant it with my intent and I believe that when I use my mortar and pestle to grind and blend the herbs, salts, roots, seeds, and ashes (I use ashes from our Samhain fires), that the spirits of the plants are evoked and combine their energies with mine. We work together to create magick.

In order to attain such a fine grain, I grind the ingredients first by hand and then again with a motorized grinder. However, because the grain is like a powder, sometimes it clumps together and you have to stick a skewer in the bottle to break it up. Everything in the recipe is natural. I don’t add black dye; the color comes from the ashes. My black salt is also a little different because of its unique scent which I attribute to the ground fennel seeds and ginger root. Every year after Samhain, I create a new batch and change the recipe a little bit.

JW: When you are working/creating, do you have your own special sacred space?

AC: Wherever I am creating is sacred space, because I create sacred space by connecting with my spiritual allies and focusing my intentions. I imbue my products with my energy and intention for the highest good of the owner. I do have a working altar that I perform rituals and spells on and a devotional altar dedicated to The Morrigan where I pray and give offerings as well as charge products that are specifically dedicated to The Morrigan. Much of my product crafting takes place in my kitchen for practical reasons. I do have special magickal wooden spoons and wands that I have dedicated each one for specific tasks such as candle making, potion stirring, and mixing herbal blends and salts.

J): Are there other workers in your company or do you work alone?  Do you hand package & ship your products yourself?

AC: For the most part it is just me. I have a friend who is a Druid that creates some of the ritual bath products for my shop. Her brand is called Blue Moon Sundries. I make my own labels and hand package everything myself. I would like to hire a graphic designer in the future to create some nice labels for my products. For now, I do it myself because I rather invest money in quality raw materials. It’s more important to me to have what’s inside the packaging to be of the highest quality than looking pretty. I really admire other people’s labels though, some are so beautiful, and I get a bit envious, LOL! Morrigu’s Nest is a micro-business, but who knows, one day I might have a crew. I would love that!

(W: How did you start your company, what brought about the idea, did you feel the pagan community was missing something?

AC: In 2014 I opened my Etsy shop and named it Phoenix Serendipity. At that time I didn’t have a plan other than to have an outlet for my creativity and to make a little money to support my crafting habit. When I would make myself a witchcraft tool or altar decor item I would make one for my shop as well. In the beginning my shop was only a hobby.

When I was claimed by The Morrigan I renamed my shop
Morrigu’s Nest. I do feel the need to make it clear that my shop is for everyone regardless of their spiritual tradition and not only devotees of The Morrigan. By naming my shop after The Morrigan it is my public declaration of my devotion to her, a reminder to myself of my commitment. My motivation for my shop now is to empower others in their craft by offering a convenient way to access quality supplies, tools, and sacred objects.

The one aspect of my shop that has remained consistent is my commitment to serving my customers the best I can! I realize that there are many other shops to choose from, especially on Etsy, and I feel honored when people buy my creations.

I am in the process of developing new items and one of my goals is to create DIY kits such as witch ladders, spirit dolls, and spell bottles. These kits will contain all the parts needed along with instructions. I want to serve our community by giving people a way to craft their own tools/sacred objects. That way they have an opportunity to add more of their personal energy into them. I feel these new products can encourage personal sovereignty and self-empowerment.

JW: Do you mind if I ask, what type of path you follow?

AC: I am a daughter of The Morrigan. I also am dedicated to Cernunnos. My path is very eclectic though and I combine aspects of multiple pagan paths and practices that resonate with me. My spirituality is always evolving, growing, and I am continuously learning. I practice solitarily as well as with a group. I consider myself a neo-pagan witch.

JW: What are some of your other hobbies & interests?

AC: Anything creative! I just love experimenting with all types of craft supplies. My group of pagan friends get together about monthly to work on “witchy-crafts.” Just yesterday they came over and we each made a set of clay moon phases. I also love learning about herbs, both magickally and medicinally. I also have become interested in foraging and wild crafting. I feel nourished when I just sit among the trees, or visit the river, or stroll through the woods. I also like drumming, although I struggle with rhythm, I just love the energy of it. Chanting and raising energy with my friends around the fire pit brings me joy. I also enjoy shamanic journeying while listening to live drumming. I am drawn to all modes of divination, especially fire and black mirror scrying. I want to start studying tarot too. I also am interested in developing my ability to communicate with spirits, mediumship, and assisting those in need of crossing over.

When not doing these things, I’m hanging out with my hubby listening to him practice bass and guitar, watching movies, or hanging with family and friends.

Jennifer, thank you so much for interviewing me. This was my first interview ever, and I feel very honored and grateful. May your path be abundantly blessed!

JW: Anne, THANK YOU for taking the time to answer my questions for our readers & sharing about, not only your shop, but yourself. I loved learning about both!

If you are interested in any of the items I’ve reviewed you can find them on Morrigu’s Nest page, plus many other wonderful items. You can contact Morrigu’s Nest through any of the links below:

Etsy shop

Shop FB page

Anne Corrigan personal FB page

Instagram

EmailMorrigusNest@gmail.com

Anne Corrigan of Morrigu’s Nest is offering our readers only a special 30% off coupon, good through the month of May. Use Coupon Code: PAGANPAGES to receive 30% off your purchase!!!

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About the Author:

Jennifer Wright is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving Pagans a platform to share and learn without judgment.

She loves to create in her spare time and you can find her Creations, Jewelry, & Magickal Witch Bottles at: www.facebook.com/TwistedWitchesShoppe/

When not creating she can be found strolling around FB, Twitter, & Instagram looking for an interesting conversation. She’s the moderator of a FB Group called Cyber Moon Coven Of Changes and enjoys spending time with it’s members.

Witch & Popcorn

June, 2019

Logan’s Run

Bright Blessings, film lovers!

I don’t know about you, but I love sci fi from the 1970’s. The more simplified special effects, and the groovy take on “futuristic style” dazzles the eye! The music, and costumes, and the theatrical style acting is more dramatic, and more fun in my opinion than the modern realistic films. In sci fi, I want a new reality, not one I feel could happen today in my world.

I watched Logan’s Run for this reason, and just for enjoyment. It delivers, but I also realized, there are some magical truths in it!

Here is the trailer you can watch!

It’s an MGM film released in 1976, and stars Michael York, Peter Ustinov, and Jenny Agutter.

The movie follows Logan 5, played by Michael York. He is an enforcement officer, called a “Sandman”, who is tasked with killing people who try to escape, aka “Runners”. What they are running from is “Rejuvenation”. They are told it is rebirth at age 30 so nobody grows old. Their society has been moved underground, and to maintain balance and steady numbers, life is controlled. When a child is born, somebody has to go.

The people are lied to about this and told they will be reborn with a new body- aka a new baby. They live a life of enjoyment, comfort, and excess, never have to suffer, and this is all designed so they do not question the system. Not everybody is so eager to believe all they are told, and a small rebellion operates. Runners are caught and executed.

Unfortunately, Logan 5 is selected by his own establishment to “Run” undercover, and tasked with finding a place called “Sanctuary”. He’s supposed to come back and report everything, but as he learns the truth, he is changed forever.

He and Jessica, played by Jenny Agutter, who is part of the rebellion, decide to do this together. Jenny can see Logan 5 is different, and she believes he can do what nobody else has been able to do before. They makes it past the city gates to the outside, and meet the sole human living outside of the society, played by Peter Ustinov. Logan decides that instead of staying there and living his days happily with Jessica and his new friend, he MUST go back and tell the others!

I won’t provide spoilers, but let’s just say not everybody is eager to listen to Logan 5.

This is a great film to watch and a reminder of some great truths.

  1. Perception does not equal reality.
  2. Question EVERYTHING, and find out the truth for yourself!
  3. This is not going to be easy. Do it anyways.
  4. Know who you can trust, even if they are new people. People give their intentions away easily, and long-term friendships might have to go when you change for the better.
  5. When you learn a truth, sometimes the people closest to you turn against you.
  6. The truth might change us, but it might take a bigger wake up to help others change as well.
  7. Sometimes, just being alive in enough, but sometimes, it’s just not enough when higher good has to be accommodated.
  8. Fear of death itself can stop us from truly living.
  9. It is best to do what is natural to you than to do what other people tell you ought to be natural to you. No ifs, ands, or buts.
  10. In the end, it is sometimes best to risk everything if it is false security to achieve true freedom.

Don’t take my word for it what a great film this is. Watch it for yourself.

Happy Film Watching, and

Blessed Be!

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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.

Book Review – Witchcraft Activism: A Toolkit for Magical Resistance by David Salisbury

June, 2019

Book Review
Witchcraft Activism
A Toolkit for Magical Resistance
Includes Spells for Social Justice, Civil Rights, the Environment & More
by David Salisbury

If the call to service means acting to protect issues of importance in the community that you’re in, Take Charge! Issues that fiercely speak to your passions, and makes you want to go out there and put that energy into direct action then pick up Witchcraft Activism by David Salisbury and take guidance from one who is actively working on merging their path with their works of service.

Witchcraft Activism by David Salisbury is one book that would be best to read through once, or even, twice. Follow the action steps to build the agenda for the work you are passionate about and keep it on the shelf to review as the situations shift. The book is written from a logical standpoint, so if the reader was planning on the steps to aid their actions, this shows you how, which for folks who need structure, is a blessing.

This book reads as someone who’s been on the ground pounding the pavement & standing with protestors at rallies as a full-on ally. The integration of the devotional work, how the system works and how to break the rules is invaluable information for the activist that is up and coming. As well as for a few of us old timers that need to be reminded that acts of service aren’t always as full of glamour as it may seem. It is good to remember our history and grow from it.

Without giving the secret sauce, it’s a book that has good beginnings for spell working to enhance the protection of the people your working with… It has well thought out ideas for protection magic, as well as working on enhancing one’s instincts in a situational awareness setting. All while doing the follow-through that good activism requires to make lasting change.

As a reference book, the back pages have a recommended reading section. It is an essential jumping off point to build one’s own reference library of writers that are strong activists within various parts of the pagan community. Take this book and launch a library to help raise others towards a brighter future. That’s not a bad plan.

Witchcraft Activism by David Salisbury along with The New Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance edited by Laura Tempest Zakroff which is full of stories about folks doing the work combining social justice, activism and magic will inspire you.

Witchcraft Activism: A Toolkit for Magical Resistance (Includes Spells for Social Justice, Civil Rights, the Environment, and More) on Amazon

3 Pagans and a Cat Monthly Feature

June, 2019

3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast

Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat

In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.

While Waiting to Hear This Month’s Casts, Why Not Catch Up on Last Month’s…

Episode 42: Our Community – Ivo Domingeuz Jr.:Car, Gwyn, and Ode sit down for a conversation at Convocation with Ivo Domingeuz Jr. discussing the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel tradition, structuring a coven to avoid Standard Coven Fail-States, the symbolic language of astrology, and how to become a “hedge-astrologer”.

Episode 43: First Steps – Candle Magic: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the reasons for practicing candle magic, the basic concepts behind it, the types of candles available, the various states of dress candles can be found in, and divining your predicted results by candlesign.

Episode 44: Our Community – Kenya Coviak: Car, Gwyn, and Ode sit down for a conversation at Convocation with Kenya Coviak to discuss what makes rootwork, Detroit-flavour magic, and the Black Moon tradition.

Episode 45: Theism and Nontheism – Beliefs in the Divine: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss various theistic and non-theistic belief systems, how one might transition through them during one’s life, and what actually even is a god, really?

This Month’s Podcast Shares from their Backlog

Episode 40: Our Community – Amabran: Car, Gwyn, and Ode sit down for a conversation at Convocation with Amabran, discussing Path of Light, service traditions, covens (and whether they’re for you), and how to find other pagans.

Episode 13: Wheel of the Year – Litha: In the fourth of a series of Pagan Holiday Specials, Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the many names of Litha, and summer solar celebrations around the world.

Where Else to Find 3 Pagans and a Cat…

Their Website: http://www.3pagansandacat.com

Their Twitter: https://twitter.com/3_Pagans

Their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3PaaC

Their YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0GJacu9SUzuumXJNNUZwQ

Remember …

You can always support your favorite podcasts with a donation. Every bit helps to keep them going.*

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About the Author:

Jennifer Wright is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving Pagans a platform to share and learn without judgment.

She loves to create in her spare time and you can find her Creations, Jewelry, & Magickal Witch Bottles at: www.facebook.com/TwistedWitchesShoppe/

When not creating she can be found strolling around FB, Twitter, & Instagram looking for an interesting conversation. She’s the moderator of a FB Group called Cyber Moon Coven Of Changes and enjoys spending time with it’s members.

Book Review – The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book: Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells by Skye Alexander

May, 2019

Book Review
The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book
Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells
by Skye Alexander
Published by Adams Media
Pages: 301

This first part of this book covers the basics needed to prepare a novice for working the spells in the second part. Skye Alexander starts out by explaining that a spell “is something you do with clarity, intent, and awareness to generate a result. A spell consists of a set of thoughts and symbolic actions performed in the physical world to initiate change on a higher level. Once a change takes place at that higher level, it filters down and materializes here on earth.”

“Spellcasting,” she writes, “is a method; it’s a secular activity with no dogma attached to it. … and everyone possesses magical ability.” Spells are done by people across many cultures and religions. They can be as simple as making a wish before blowing out candles on a birthday cake or saying a prayer to casting a spell that requires time to formulate, research, write and execute.

Readers of The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book: Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells will be introduced to 13 steps for successful spellwork, techniques to hone the ability to sense energy, helpful tools, astrological magic and creating sacred space. Sections also cover the power of words; working with spirits, deities and other beings; and tapping into energy by aligning with nature and the universe using gemstones and botanicals.

Part II contains spells for the three most requested intentions – love, money and protection – in addition to spells for healing, self-improvement and success. There are spells to do with others and spells for the sabbats – more than 125 in all – involving incantations, potions and charms. For each, Alexander gives a short intro, a list of tools and ingredients, the best time to perform the spell, and understandable directions.

A spell to release sadness involves flying a kite and one for success entails making a talisman with three rune symbols painted in gold on three gemstones corresponding with an objective and keeping them in a gold pouch wrapped with a red ribbon with intentions knotted in.

Practitioners of all levels will find the correspondence charts useful for incorporating the magic of astrology, and ingredients for various intentions.

The book does a good job of introducing the subject. It concludes with eight pages dedicated to “Taking the Next Step.” Alexander stresses practice, gives steps for creating spells from scratch and encourages readers to craft ingredients.

“Knowledge is power, as the saying goes. The more knowledge you have, the more powerful you’ll become as a spellworker,” she writes.

About the author Skye Alexander :

Skye Alexander is the award-winning author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books, including Your Goddess Year,The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need, The Modern Guide to Witchcraft, The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book, The Modern Witchcraft Grimoire, The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot, and The Modern Witchcraft Book of Love Spells. Her stories have been published in anthologies internationally, and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is also an artist, writing teacher, feng shui practitioner, astrologer, and tarot reader. She divides her time between Texas and Massachusetts.

The book gets a 4.7 out of 5 by 59 customer reviews on Amazon.

The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book: Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells on Amazon

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Book Review – Here, There, Everywhere: A Clarification of Reality by Just Plain Bill

May, 2019

Book Review
Here, There, Everywhere
A Clarification of Reality
by Just Plain Bill

Here, There, Everywhere is a book written by Bill Holtry a.k.a. Just Plain Bill. Just Plain Bill grew up in Central Pennsylvania on an Amish farm. His Pap mentored him throughout his life and taught Just Plain Bill the values that are passed down to us inside Here, There, and Everywhere. These values are family, love, honor, trust and peace. If you enjoy this review, make sure to check out my interview with Just Plain Bill in this issue of PaganPagesOrg. In the interview, Just Plain Bill shares his website where you can purchase Here, There, and Everywhere, and you can learn more about Just Plain Bill!

Here, There, and Everywhere is written in the form of automatic writing. Just Plain Bill touches on that subject within the first chapter or two. He also answers my questions about it in his interview. This is a neat way to write a book and I was impressed by all the lessons that he has learned over the years. It is a blessing that he took the time to compile all these lessons to share the values of family, love, honor, trust and peace with the readers of Here, There, and Everywhere.

This book is comprised of more than 50 chapters. Chapters isn’t the best way to describe it. Stories, lessons, values, lives. Those would be better ways to describe these “chapters”. Each chapter is teaching us something new. It is teaching us about someone who walked on this planet. It is about their life, their story, the lessons they learned, and the values that we should all know: family, love, honor, trust, and peace.

Each chapter/story starts the same way. Just Plain Bill steps through the “door” and into the Everywhere. From there each chapter/story is different. Sometimes the scene is two stumps in a forest, high in a tree, a stream, or a cliff. Other times there is no scene at all. Just Plain Bill is just relaying the message/story to us.

I spent time going over and over this book. Normally I can pick out a favorite part, a favorite scene, or a paragraph that I want to read over and over again. With Here, There, and Everywhere that was difficult to do. I loved this book so much.

I’ve read this book more than once and I am always learning something new or a new fact is jumping out at me. I’ve also been able to see the stories differently depending on how my mood is for that day.

One of the spirits that stick with me from the book is Pap. He only appears a few times throughout the book, but with each visit you can feel his love that he has for Just Plain Bill. Along with the love and admiration that Just Plain Bill has for Pap.

While reading this book, I could not help but wonder if I knew some of these Spirits in a past life. Was I in any of these stories that are being shared?

Here, There, and Everywhere is on my list as a must read. It’s more than just a fun read. Here, There and Everywhere challenges you to think and see the world differently. It also encourages you to use those values of family, love, honor, trust and peace.

Here, There, and Everywhere: A Clarification of Reality on Amazon

Book Review – The Witch’s Guide to Wands: A Complete Botanical, Magical, and Elemental Guide to Making, Choosing, and Using the Right Wand by Gypsey Elaine Teague

May, 2019

Book Review
The Witch’s Guide to Wands
A Complete Botanical, Magical, and Elemental Guide to Making, Choosing, and Using the Right Wand by Gypsey Elaine Teague
Published by Weiser
Pages: 243

“The Witch’s Guide to Wands” is the reference book Gypsey Elaine Teague had been trying to find – one that explained the properties of the woods and metals from which wands are made.

“You would not use a holly wand for a new moon ritual any more than you would use an ebony one for a full moon. If you want strength, then you would use oak and reserve the willow for resilience and survival spells,” Teague writes, explaining one tool is not used for every purpose.

“As witches, we are very specific about our spells and our rituals,” Teague states. “We demand the finest tinctures and oils, the purest herbs, and if possible, we grow everything ourselves. We fill our bookshelves with tomes that explain in detail each and every ingredient that will go into our brazier, but when it comes to wands, the books usually say, ‘walk among the trees and find a piece of wood that suits you.’ Really? ‘Suits you?’ Would you dress for ritual in whatever suits you without some research or discussion?”

A woodworker, she describes how she turns or fashions wands, sandpaper grit and the oil she uses. Nowhere are there instructions to do the same. Rather, readers are told, “not just anyone can make a wand. A wand is a sacred tool and should created in a sacred way. … In conclusion, find a wand maker you trust. Then allow your wand to find you. Both you and the wand will be happier and more successful for the experience.”

Based on her knowledge of plant science and ethnobotany plus years of magical practice, Teague gives the common name, order, family genus, species and hardness rating for each wood. Its energy (masculine or feminine), history, metaphysical properties, its element (earth, air, fire, water), and the deities associated with it are presented for acacia to zelkova. There is also a discussion of the general characteristics of each such as reasons for use, areas it can be found, myths, spells and cautions.

She makes no attempt to standardize the length, width or shape of a wand – other than it be thicker at the base than at the tip – explaining “the wood will call out its own ultimate shape.”

Part three of the book is comprised of six pages dedicated to the wands used in Harry Potter’s world.

The appendixes contain lists of woods organized by use and deity. There are also lists of woods noting sexual energy and elements.

The subtitle states, “A Complete Botanical, Magical, and Elemental Guide to Making, Choosing and Using the Right Wand.” I think of it as more of a reference for materials that comprise a wand. Considering the first line of the introduction is “The wand chooses the witch, the witch does not choose the wand,” I can’t help but wonder why I would need to know what’s in the book when I need just run my hand over wands in protective bags.

The book gets a 4.1 out of 5 by 27 customer reviews on Amazon.

About the author Gypsey Elaine Teague

Gypsey Elaine Teague is the Branch Head of the Gunnin Architecture Library at Clemson University as well as a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, an Elder and High Priestess in the Georgian tradition, a High Priestess in the Icelandic Norse tradition, and a High Priestess and originator of Steampunk Magic. Teague is published in a number of areas and presents nationally on Steampunk history, literature, and popular culture.

The Witch’s Guide to Wands: A Complete Botanical, Magical, and Elemental Guide to Making, Choosing, and Using the Right Wand on Amazon

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Book Review – The Fire Rose: The Elemental Masters Series by Mercedes Lackey

May, 2019

Book Review
The Fire Rose
The Elemental Masters Series
by Mercedes Lackey

This is the classic story of a young woman, a man and the trials of living with magic. The concept might be a norm with fantasy fiction, but with this addition from Mercedes Lackey, we find magic in the rawest form. Elemental magic.

I have personally read this book over a 100 times, no joke. It is one of my earliest exposures to the actual ‘possibility’ of magic existing in our world.

When I stepped into the world of Jason and Rose, two totally different personalities and walks of life, I felt a kinship with Rose. She is a learned scholar and in the time period of the book that is practically unheard of.

Now, picture this:

A university-taught young woman, raised in Chicago, after losing her father, has found out the full depth of his debt. He made some rather shady monetary choices and lost it to a charlatan who had managed to do the same with all of his other backers.

After watching all of her worldly possessions being carted off by the bank, she was taken under the wing of a fellow professor of her father’s.

Enter Jason. Besides being a very well known rail baron and millionaire, living on Nob Hill in California-he is also a Fire Master.

He made a very foolish choice, after thinking that he had enough magical power, to attempt a werewolf-loupe Garou (1) spell that would allow him to change between werewolf form and human form at will; while still retaining his human mind. This failed in a way he never expected. It left him unable to read, write or practice magic fully due to the changes he created.

Enter Paul du Mond, a selfish and perverse man who is also Jason’s protegee – working to become a Fire Master himself. He is quite prolific in his various diversions to acquire power. He feels like the elemental powers should be his without the regular work and patience involved to rise in power to a Master of Fire as well. He is also Jason’s secretary who handles the business that Jason cannot due to his hubris (2).

There is another Fire Master, Simon Beltaire, who believes as Paul does that magical power can be derived from sex magic and pain. He lives in San Francisco. After enticing Paul with offers of teaching his way of magic, he turns Paul against Jason, while turning Paul into a spy.

After Rose’s father passed away, a letter was sent to her “knight of shining armor” from Jason outlining his need a scholar to help read for him, under the pretext of needing a governess for children he didn’t have. Feeling like all she was able to do was to teach, this offer felt too good to be true, she accepted the offer with some concern.

Off to California, she goes!

I could simply say that I love this book, however it’s more than that. This book fueled my teenage years with joy and happiness. A world that I could travel to and escape my reality.

In addition to this, I was also just beginning to learn about magic and things of the occult. This also happened to be the only way I could “learn” about the Craft in a way that wouldn’t upset my parents.(I’m not advocating hiding anything from parents at all!)

All in all, this is a good read and a lovely way to spend an afternoon curled up with a cuppa, and a snack! Read with an open mind and you’ll find magic everywhere!

(1)https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loup-garou

(2) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hubris

The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters Book) on Amazon

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About the Author:

My name is Krys, I’ve been living the Pagan life for 19 years. I am a wife and stay at home mom to one teen. I am an ordained minister/ Priestess, and head of the Cyber Moon Coven of Changes. After many years as a practicing Christian, I found paganism to be a more suitable path, personally. A few years and covens later, I found that being open to the online community was becoming more important to me.

After struggling to find a coven that was not just “rules” and “roles”. A few attempts later, I began the Cyber Moon Coven. An online and real life coven, with a ‘no strings attached policy’. You can find my group on Facebook. (Cyber Moon Coven of Changes)

Book Review – The Seasonal Soul: A Mystic’s Guide to Inner Transformation Written by Lauren Aletta, Illustrated by Teagan Svyny

May, 2019

Book Review
The Seasonal Soul
A Mystic’s Guide to Inner Transformation
Written by Lauren Aletta
Illustrated by Teagan Svyny
Chronicle
303 pp.

“The Seasonal Soul: A Mystic’s Guide to Inner Transformation” comes to us from the author and illustrator behind the lovely Lumina Tarot, and it’s just what you’d expect if you’re familiar with that Tarot. It is a lushly illustrated book which explores the themes of winter, spring, summer, and fall through a collage of visualizations, meditations, self-care rituals, and musings. The book’s structure is simple and its goals are clearly laid out: to use awareness and observation of the seasons as a template for personal growth, and to use nature as your guide.

There are many exercises to choose from in each season, and they contain suggestions for activities, journaling prompts, meditations, and more. These exercises center around self-exploration, personal growth, or intuitive connection to self. Svyny’s illustrations are beautiful, and make reading the book a real pleasure; although it’s completely black and white, the book was clearly printed with visual impact in mind, and the result is effective. There is a visual treat on every page of natural imagery, quotes, and other illustrations rendered in watercolor and ink.

Unfortunately, the book does have a few problems. Aletta’s decision to write in the second person is questionable; I found it off-putting to be told what I was supposed to be feeling, particularly when the author’s lived experience only aligned with my own on rare occasions. It felt forced to me, and I didn’t feel like I could “play along” to an emotional narrative that didn’t ring true. Additionally, much of the advice contained in the book seems to involve adjusting one’s own attitudes about life and feelings about things, which I fear may encourage spiritual bypassing more than spiritual growth; there is little material here that will guide a seeker through the deep mysteries of life, or help them deal with serious challenges. While there is nothing wrong with developing a positive attitude towards one’s daily life, there are many problems which a positive attitude can’t solve, and this book doesn’t really delve into difficult questions or serious craft.

Aletta discusses meditation, crystal use and chakra energy work at some length. While much of this information is accurate according to tradition, it is disappointing to note that she doesn’t mention the original names of the chakras or discuss their origins in her descriptions. There are many chakra-like systems in the world, but the symbolism and type of chakras discussed make it clear that Aletta is working with the Tantric Chakra system. The roots of this system are in Hindu esoteric tradition and Vedic literature, but the cultural origins of this system and their literary source are not mentioned anywhere in this book. I know it’s almost passé to crow about cultural appropriation, but in this case the problem is easily corrected with as little as a footnote or bibliography, so there’s no excuse for their absence. Additionally, the critical disconnection from the origins of these mystical traditions deprives them of power due to their lack of context.

If you are looking for light-hearted spiritual exploration, eye-popping illustrations, and heart-centered positivity to act as your spiritual cheerleader, this might be the book for you. There are some good suggestions here, and it would make a great companion for journaling with prompts, or as a source book for an ongoing meditation and visualization practice. If, however, you are a seeker who desires spiritual growth that grows from deep roots and ancient traditions, you may find yourself disappointed by the lack of context and type of material presented here.

The Seasonal Soul: A Mystic’s Guide to Inner Transformation on Amazon

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About the Author:

Sarah McMenomy is an artist and witch. Her craft incorporates herbalism, spellwork, trance, divination, auras, and more. Her work can be found at https://sarahmcmenomy.tumblr.com

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