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Book Review – The Mixology of Astrology: Cosmic Coctail Recipes for Every Sign by Aliza Kelly Faragher

March, 2019

Book Review
The Mixology of Astrology
Cosmic Cocktail for Every Sign

by Aliza Kelly Faragher
Publisher- Adams Media

The first ten pages of the book are about astrology and mixologist terms, in defining types of glassware used in serving refreshments.

From there Ms. Faragher breaks each chapter down into the astrology signs. Each sign has a page dedicated to explaining some of the characteristics of each symbol. Then each sign is paired with 16 different drink recipes. Each recipe gives a bit of an explanation why each goes with that sign, the recipe, serving size, and directions on mixing ins for serving suggestions (kind of glass and garnish) included.

There are 192 (yes that number is correct) recipes, 16 different rings for 12 different zodiac signs. Not a single recipe is repeated.

So, to see how good this book was I invited some friends over. I assigned different things for them to bring based on their zodiac sign. Being a Pisces, I gathered Raspberry vodka and some berries for “Love Potion #Nine.” My husband, the Scorpio went for hard cider and lager for a drink called “Snake Bite” (said to be so potent it is outlawed in the United Kingdom.) A Libra we know brought Gin and Champagne for “French 75”, her husband a Gemini brought Absinthe, Gin, and Grenadine for a “Monkey Gland.”

Now, I decided I needed to do this Mixology of Astrology in two different ways. This first time was the small gathering at my place. So, next I decided to go with my husband to an “Open MIC Night” at a local bar where we knew some of our friends hung out, they are regulars there.

I asked some of them what their sign was and let them look at a list of drink names for their astrological sign. This experiment ended up becoming a lot of fun; people were enjoying changing their pace from their usual drink.

For the most part, the drinks that Ms. Faragher listed in each sign, was pretty much spot on for the person with that astrological sign. Most of the people that agreed to my experiment said they had never thought about trying a mixed drink different than what they always drink. Only three people that I asked to try this stated, they would stick to their beers.

This book would be great for small get-togethers, or at a Bachelorette\Bachelor party. While the cover of this book is pink and looks a bit feminine, it has some drinks that our fellas would like.

The Mixology of Astrology: Cosmic Cocktail for Every Sign on Amazon

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About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a 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: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at

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The Sober Pagan

December, 2017

Yuletide Sobriety

Who doesn’t party during the holidays? Scrooge? The Grinch?

But when you’re in recovery, holiday parties – whether they are office parties at work, family parties around a table groaning with food and drink or coven Yule rituals with “cakes and ale” – are a challenge, to say the least. What do you do? How do you navigate these chilly, choppy waters?

I’ll be honest with you – I’ve relapsed over the holidays more than once.

It’s so easy to see everyone else – those so-called “normal” people – with drinks in their hands – laughing, happy – and want what they seemingly have. Yeah! Just one drink. How simple that sounds.

Don’t go there.

If you’re like me, it’s never “just one drink” and it’s never that simple. It’s always a night of drunken manic craziness and a morning of migraine suicidal depression. Even if I’m just mildly hungover, I’m so tired I can’t do a thing.

And then, of course, I have to start all over all again.

I don’t work anymore so office parties are a thing of the past but I still have family. Luckily for me, about half of my family are now in some phase of recovery, so there’s lots of sober support there. I don’t have to go to any party that I don’t want to anymore – that’s a perk of being old and ornery.

But – if it’s a case where I have to go to a holiday party, here is the list of ideas I’ve compiled to help me get through the ordeal. Some I’ve heard at meetings, some I’ve read in books, and some I’ve gotten off of various websites. They were on a list in my diary.

  1. Arrive late and leave early. Say you have somewhere else to go, if people ask you why you’re leaving. You’re not lying. You’re going home, right?

  2. Bring a sober friend with you.

  3. Bring a bottle of ginger ale or coke or something else non-alcoholic to drink. Ginger ale mixed with cranberry juice is a fabulous holiday drink.

  4. Remember HALT – Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Don’t let yourself get out of balance in any of these areas.

  5. Remember TAMERS – Talk about recovery, Act on recovery, Meditate & minimize stress, Exercise & eat well, Relax, Sleep

  6. Be careful what you eat – lots of cookies, especially, have alcohol in them – my mother makes a killer fruit cake FILLED with booze! One piece and you’ll be wicked buzzed! So be careful!

  7. Go to meetings! Especially if you’re out of town – meetings are different in every city, so it’s always cool to check out that aspect of AA. And everyone loves the out-of-towner.

  8. Get outdoors. No matter what the weather is doing, it’s always good to get outside and walk off whatever emotions you are feeling. Believe me, you are going to feel better! And it’ll work off all those cookies you’re eating!

So please – Have the Happiest Yule Ever and a safe and sober New Year! Brightest Blessings!

Images found on Pinterest with the exception of the picture of the Niagara River Rapids photo © polly macdavid

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About the Author:

 

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.