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App Review: Simple Habit – Meditation for Busy People

May, 2018

App Review

Simple Habit – Meditation for Busy People

Once more into the world of meditation apps I wander! This time I’m exploring the benefits of Simple Habit, an app I’ve had for a while but only used very sporadically. Again, I started with the free version then looked to upgrade for more features. The app is normally about $6 a month for the full version, but you can invite friends to get limited time access to premium content, so I bugged my friends and family in order to get access to the good stuff. Just for you guys. Because I loves ya.

The interface is less showy than the other apps I’ve looked at. It’s a dark gray background, with ‘windows’ style blocks displaying the title of each meditation. It’s very easy to navigate, and the lack of ‘flashiness’ lends itself well to a tool that’s designed to be calming and soothing. There’s a search function that allows you to look for key words. It even suggests things you may be looking for help with, such as ‘stress’ or ‘sleep’.

On the home page, there’s a larger block that simply says, ‘Play Next’, which shows the next meditation that’s either been recommended or lined up based on what you’ve already listened to. Clicking on this today opens ‘Simple Habit Starter’. The block disappears, and the screen shows a podcast style interface with the round circle showing how much audio remains, a pause/play function and before you start, a friendly reminder to ‘Take a deep breath’. Again, the colors are very muted, there is no clutter on the screen. It’s as if the app has been designed specifically to avoid distracting you from examining the recesses of your mind, by being as unobtrusive as possible.

Simple Habit Starter’ is subtitled ‘Introducing Mindfulness’. Many of the meditations (possibly all, I haven’t listened to them all so can’t say for sure!) start with ‘You’re listening to Simple Habit; a daily vacation for your mind.’ What a nice idea, that meditation is taking your brain on a little break. Someone called Cory Muscara tells me to get comfy; either sit or lie down. Close my eyes if it feels comfortable. Give myself permission to be here; stopping can feel foreign. There’s nothing I need to achieve. I’m encouraged to focus on my breathing, and the short starter session is over before I know it, leaving me oddly refreshed and keen to explore the other features. Before I do anything else, I’m encouraged to aim for small meditation goals, like a 3 day streak.

What I particularly liked was once the meditation was over, the app doesn’t fling you right back to the home screen, but lists other meditations you may be interested in, to add to your play list. Some are on the same or a similar theme and others are by the same guide. This is a great feature as if you are picking meditations that appeal to you, you’re more likely to be excited about meditation and see it as something to look forward to, rather than something you ‘should’ be making time for.

I did seven ‘sleep better’ sessions, and believe me, I have listened to *many* guided meditations promising a great night’s sleep, so wasn’t expecting anything special. I was pleasantly surprised. Each of the first six sessions taught you a different technique to help you fall asleep. What I found most useful about this was the fact that most of these techniques can be used without the need for external audio input. Once you’ve learned the skill and practiced it, you can simply relax and use the power of your own mind to put it into practice, without having to load up the app every time, which can wake you up further.

Simple Habit is perhaps one of the best mediation apps I’ve found so far. Even when I ran out of ‘premium’ time and was flung back to freebies only, I still found plenty of relevant meditations, from really short ones for busy days, to longer ones for after the kids have gone to bed. The guides are positive without being condescending, it’s reasonably priced and it’s easy to tailor the experience to your own needs. Highly recommended.

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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.

Follow Mabh on TwitterFacebook and her blog.

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Review: Council of Light – How to do Toe Readings Webinar with Katherine Veltri

April, 2018

Review: Council of Light – Toe Reading: How to do Toe Readings Webinar

Reading Your Soul Through Your Soles with Katherine Veltri

 

 

Before I started this course, I had never even heard of toe-reading. It was pure intrigue that led me to choose the course, as I’m always open to learning new things. That said, I was a tiny bit skeptical, as I felt it would be perhaps just a transplantation of ‘palm reading’ onto the feet, or something along those lines.

I’m pleased to say I was wrong, and that the skill of toe reading stands alone as a therapy quite in its own right. I was surprised to learn that each toe represents an element, and also a part of our psyche or personality. Also, deeper than that, how we interact with the associations of that toe depends which foot it is on. The shape and condition of the toes can also lend insight into the past life, or destiny of the foot owner.

The course itself is hosted by Katherine Veltri. Her introduction to the course is lovely; very upbeat, very positive; welcoming the student with ‘open arms and open heart’. She tells us a bit about herself, which is a nice touch. Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of Joy, Katherine! Once introductions are done, Katherine tells us a bit about her qualifications and how she loves to teach. It’s clear she has a real passion for learning and loves to instill that passion in others. Her introduction leaves me excited to start the course.

This toe-reading course is one of the shorter courses on the Council of Light training pages, and is priced accordingly. It’s very short, but well worth the few dollars you would normally pay to gain access. All the coursework is downloadable, so there is no time limit to complete the work. I doubt this would be an issue anyway, as once you start the ‘webinar’, the coursework is interesting and keeps you engaged. The webinar is basically a slide show that takes you through all the aspects of toe reading, from the history and basic principles to actually putting it into practice. I don’t want to say too much about the details of the content, as that seems unfair to the Council of Light and their paying customers! I can say that the coursework follows a consistent thread, is clear, easy to follow, and leaves you keen to learn more.

My favourite thing about the toe reading course is the way it teaches you to be open and non-judgemental with those you may practice on. It encourages open questions, without probing, and discourages diagnosis. My overall feeling was, even if you don’t believe that the toes hold genuine insight into someone’s past or their destiny, you can absolutely use toe reading as a tool to open up gentle conversations that may allow the client to be honest with themselves about crucial situations in their own life. Discussing the different aspects the toes represent is a way to encourage a therapeutic and holistic approach to mental well-being, and could be very useful to lots of different types of people. I can imagine that toe reading could easily be implemented by reflexologists, masseurs and a range of holistic practitioners.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed my first course with the Council of Light immensely, and look forward to my next educational foray. I’m hoping to do some study with them around Chakra Meditation soon, so watch this space for further reviews.

If you are interested in this course you can head to http://www.lifeshare.thinkific.com/courses/toe-reading-webinar or click HERE.

For a full list of courses offered by the Council of Light head over to http://www.lifeshare.thinkific.com/?page=1 or click HERE

**Full disclaimer: I was offered the course for free in return for an objective review.

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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.

Follow Mabh on TwitterFacebook and her blog.

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Worth the Witch

April, 2018

The City Witches

 

 

Wow, do we have a Gorgeous Box for you this month! This issue we feature a jam-packed recurring Monthly Subscription Box from The City Witches. Their boxes, called Magick Mail, can be bought one at a time & in 3-month, or 6-month subscriptions. Their prices range from $20 for an individual box to $120 for a subscription. The City Witches offer a new theme each month to their fully packed boxes! This month’s box … Magickal Workings for the Moons of the Month.

 

Three Informative Grimoire Pages

When you open your box you are greeted with 3 pages for your BOS. The first page describes the Moon Phases for Magickal Workings. Helpful addition to any Spellsbook. The second page teaches, briefly, how to create your own moon spells. The information suggested on this sheet are helpful and handy to have. The third sheet is a Full Moon Chant.

 

Purple Bag of Goodies

Next thing that catches my eye from my City Witches Box is a Purple Bag full of goodies!

The first thing I pull from the goody bag is a Star Shaped Wooden Incense Burner & it is adorable. I love how it can hold an incense cone and many sticks. This will be perfect in my next moonspell.

Next we have Amber Sugar Scrub Cubes. Opening the jar I find they are in the shapes of roses. Delightful! Just like their smell. I use them on my hands and the feeling I am left with when I dry off is a lovely softness.

The black little bag is Moon in Sagittarius Bath Salts. The smell is heavenly and I can not wait for the time to be right for it’s use. There is enough for a good soak or even two!

The little blue bag is a Mixture of Salts & Herbs to be burned or used in a bath. Unfortunately, I am not sure of it’s exact contents. I can smell lavender & see the salts.

A vial of Virgo Moon Oil is included in the bag of goodies. The bottle is a little tight a difficult to open. However, there seems to be a slight glitter to the oil! Glitter is always good to this Gal!

We get a small Vial of Black Salt. Good to add to the stash of supplies and to work moonmagick with!

A Chunk of Charcoal is included for the Bottle of Full Moon Powder Incense.  It comes out as a tuft, like a cloud from the jar. The smell is light, a slight heed to it’s sweetness. I think, up-to-date, this has been my favorite homemade incense so far. I just wish I knew what was in it.

Last, a few pieces of Sage to keep handy. Never know when you’ll need a quick cleanse. Convenient! It’s like a traveling MoonMagick Bag!

 

Black Candle

Over 7” tall black Blessed Candle “Drawing Down the Moon” for the New Moon by Coventry Creations, Inc. The candle reads it is for Beginnings, Innocence, and Creativity. The back of the candle explains about what a New Moon is, what it’s opportunity holds for you. This candles packaging is amazing. Not to mention the size they send in this box! But, are you ready for this…

 

White Candle

Another 7” tall white, this time, Blessed Candle “Drawing Down the Moon” for the Full Moon by Coventry Creations, Inc. The candle reads it is for Magic, Imagination, & Mystery. This candle explains and teaches about the Full Moon. These look very exciting to use.

 

Sage Smudge Stick

Next up I find SAGE!! A nice hunk of a Smudge Stick! This will last a long time

 

Clear Glass Bowl

This lovely glass bowl can fit in your hand. It is crystal clear. No blemishes. Beautiful for any altar. I am guessing it is included, being this is a moon box, for maybe moon cleansing. You can clean stones, tools, anything during these meaningful moon moments with your new Altar Bowl.

 

Three Gemstones in Gauze Bags

In two purple gauze bags you will find 3 large, polished gemstones. The stones are, from left to right; Fluorite, Malachite & Amazonite. The colors are vivid, and the patterns on the stones are sensational.  The sizes they sent are generous.

 

Huge Moonstone Point

This HUGE, solid, speckled moonstone point is amazing to view and to hold. You can feel the peaceful energy this sizeable piece of stone is bringing. It is a wonderful addition to anyone’s gemstone collection.

 

Moon Incense Sticks

Included in this recurring Monthly Subscription Box is a large box of HEM “The Moon” scented incense sticks. There are 20 sticks in this box. I’m impressed with the size they have included. Usually I see the smaller size, 5-10 sticks, enclosed in boxes. They are HEM so they are of good quality.

 

Witch’s Brew Oil

Crafted with Magic! Witch’s Brew Original…by Coventry Creations. Myrrh & Mugwort blend for a scent out of this world. The label reads “Ignite your Magic,” and you can smell the power. This is no cut-price blended oil, but an item made with skill.

 

Druzzy & Moonstone Necklaces

My next find in this amazing box is another little black box. It’s exciting to find jewelry inside. Not one piece, but two. Two gorgeous necklaces. A Black Druzzy & a Moonstone Point. Each has been placed on cording and ribbon for a lovely effect. On my path I have not worked with any druzzy stones, so I am not sure what their uses are. This is, however, a gorgeous piece, and I will be sure to look into what it’s uses are. The moonstone I do know. This eye-catching, point, suspended in copper is simply luxe.  An elegant way to keep the energy of moonstone with you everyday. They have included two new pieces of ritual jewelry for moon working.

 

Box of Gemstone Surprises

One more little black box contains a collection of Gemstone Surprises! Hiding in this box we receive another piece of jewelry, a lovely mixed gemstone, beaded bracelet. The beads are of medium size and the bracelet itself is 9 inches and is one size fits all, on stretch cording.

Next up in the box we find two cute moonstones. Perfect for pocket carrying.

Lastly, but not least we have a small selenite wand. Palm size. Shiney. I like the size for travel and easy quick use.

 

Moon Spell Magic Book

 

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We are getting to the bottom of the box and two things remain…One being a book for our personal libraries on the boxes theme, the moon. Moon Spell Magic: Invocations, Incantations & Lunar Lore for a Happy Life by Cerridwen Greenleaf. The book teaches the lunar calendar and gives spells for every phase, demonstrates how to set up your own lunar altar, informs you about celestial Gods & Goddesses, and includes a plethora of spells & rituals you can perform on your own.

 

Journal

Stay Focused Because You Totally Got This. We do! Inspiring words outside, and on the heart bedecked inside, it says more…”I look forward to holding any thoughts, dreams, goals, *brilliant ideas, and AMAZING moments…” This box is sure to bring those, and this journal is now ours to record them. All the spells, rituals and things we learn on our way, about the Moon and all it contains. I think it is a lovely book to use as a Moon BOS.

 

My Overall Impression…

For the first time I am noticing a trend in the packaging everything comes in. There are bits of sage in them. What a beautiful way to cleanse, purify, & bless all you send. Every single gauze bag, small black box, and even the big box everything comes in itself has sage in it! I am very touched.

Now I want to mention the price. This box is bursting at the seams and I cannot believe how little they charge. Could they really be making money here?

I thoroughly loved this box for celebrating the moon. I feel all the contents went with the flow of the Moon Magick theme. I really found it gratifying how the company did not send you just tools and stash to help you celebrate, like candles & incense, or stones and jewelry to harness the moons power. Instead, they went the whole gambit, and by this I mean they sent you a method to really fully learn about the moon. They send you a book & a journal and tell you learn! They rally you to GO FOR IT! Now I have not reviewed the book. I do not know how good it is, but it is a starting point. The 3 BOS pages that are sent are a great starting point, as well…this box doesn’t just give you items, it encourages you!

 

Who is behind the inspiring Magick Mail Boxes from The City Witches?

None other than Jade Perri & Selene Serket. They were gracious enough to take some time to answer some questions for our readers about Magick Mail Monthly Subscription Boxes, their shop The City Witches, and Themselves. Here’s what they had to say…

 

PaganPagesOrg: How did the idea for a Monthly Subscription Box come to you?

Jade Perri & Selene Serket: The idea of the Monthly Magic Box, came to us, after subscribing to many ourselves and being unhappy with the contents. To us, getting a box monthly, themed for aiding us in our practice was very exciting. Many people do not have access to a metaphysical store near them, or they do not have the time to go shopping, or they do not know what to buy. It seemed to us, that if you could subscribe to a “magick” box each month, it would automatically come to you, and would contain items you could use to practice-not just a box full of random items. Our box contains relevant items to be used together or separately, all based on a certain theme. It is a nice way to also build up your stock, so you have everything you need, if you chose to use at a later date.

 

 

PaganPagesOrg: How did you begin your Boxes?

Jade Perri & Selene Serket: We began with a what we thought was a universal and important part of our craft. The Moon Magick Box. The Moon can represent New Beginnings, so we thought that would be perfect as our first box to introduce.

 

 

PaganPagesOrg: How do you choose each Box’s contents?

Jade Perri & Selene Serket: We choose what is in our Monthly Magick, based on the theme of the month. Each box contains approximately 10 items, that are all relevant to the theme. Normally each box’s base contains a ritual, a crystal, herbs or essential oil, items for your home or altar, as well as jewelry, a journal, and candles. Additional items will vary based on the theme of that month.

 

 

PaganPagesOrg: How do your Box Subscriptions work?

Jade Perri & Selene Serket: Our box can be purchased monthly, or as a subscription. It is more cost effective to purchase as a subscription box, for example, if you sign up for a 3-month subscription, you pay $75 ($25/per box) instead of $90. If you sign up for a 6-month subscription you pay $120 ($20/per box) versus $180. Boxes can be purchased for $30 individually.

 

 

PaganPagesOrg: Who are The City Withes?

Jade Perri & Selene Serket: The City Witches was created by two of us. Selene Serket and Jade Perri.

Selene is a a practicing eclectic High Priestess, who has been practicing for over 30 years. She is an experienced teacher and specializes in numerology, astrology readings, ritual magick, custom spells, and Sabbat rituals. She also has an extensive knowledge of all craft-related topics including Reiki and Chakras. In addition, she offers classes and certifications on many different topics such as A Year and a Day (Year 1-3), Chakra 101, and Crystal Magick. Selene is certified in Wicca High Priestess, Reiki Master and holds various Tarot, Crystal, Herbology and Astrology certifications.

Jade is an eclectic Witch has been practicing for more than 10 years and offers guidance on an array of topics. She specializes in divination from tarot cards, oracle cards, runes, and pendulums, as well as scrying and automatic writing. Jade also practices animal magick, dragon magick, and poppet magick. She is also an enthusiastic teacher and offers classes and certification in many different areas such as tarot classes and dragon magick.

 

 

PaganPagesOrg: What do the two of you enjoy besides working in The City Witches 🙂

Jade Perri & Selene Serket: Jade is married with two children and is the manager of her local animal shelter. She enjoys spending time with her family and advocating for homeless animals.

Selene lives with her furry family of 5 Himalayan Cats, she enjoys reading, spending time gardening, continuing her Wiccan Education through classes, and spending time with her friends.

 

 

PaganPagesOrg: What did you feel the Pagan community was missing to make you put your Box out?

Jade Perri & Selene Serket: We felt that with the options people have out there for monthly boxes, we wanted to design a box that was useful , fun, and educational. We wanted to really give our clients the best quality box for an affordable price. We also are lucky enough to work with other small businesses, such as Enchanted Reeveries, who provides items handmade from polymer clay, as well as Valessence Skin Care, who provide handmade bath products. We also include our own brand of handmade candles and essential oils.

We do not use printed boxes, or spend extra money on packaging, however, our boxes are stocked with everything they need for the month. What we save on packaging, we give back to our clients-each and every box contains additional free surprise gifts as a Thank You, to our customers.

The other option we offer, is that we do not pull our boxes once the month is up. They are available to our customers at any time. This is very helpful to customers, if they are unable to purchase during the month, they will not miss out-and can purchase anytime throughout the year.

 

Thank you Jade Perri & Selene Serket for this great interview. Your Magick Mail Subscription Boxes definitely live up to what you desired them to be and that is to all our benefit.

 

How can you get your own Magick Mail Subscription, visit The City Witches Shop, or Follow them? Just like this…

For the Direct Link to Magick Mail Subscription Choices & Back Log of Boxes Click HERE.

To Visit The City Witches Shop Online Click HERE.

You Can Like & Follow The City Witches on Facebook by Clicking HERE.

They are, also, on Instagram as thecitywitches.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is simply a Witch. She runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. You can email her at jenniferwright at paganpages dot org.  When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way & trying to make the world a better place with her family.

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.

Follow Mabh on TwitterFacebook and her blog.

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Review: Calm, the App

February, 2018

As a witch, I have found that sometimes the safest place to chill out is the recess of my own mind. This means that for me, as for many pagans, indeed people of all paths, being able to meditate is a real key skill; one that I have worked at for many years. By no means am I a meditation master; in fact, even though I need this skill, I’ve often struggled to get to grips with it and sometimes struggle to switch off at all. With that in mind, I’m on a mission to find the best meditation apps on your smart phone or tablet and I’m sacrificing myself to science, or magic, for you all, by downloading and testing some of the supposedly best apps on the market.

The first that I’m going to be looking at is Calm. I’ve downloaded it on my iPhone, but I believe it’s available for android as well. Billed as the number one app for mindfulness and meditation, and Apple’s number one app of 2017, the app is basically a series of guided meditations, with themes from calming anxiety to gratitude to forgiveness and loads more. From the get go it’s a very attractive user interface; as soon as you open it you are greeted with a lovely lake and mountains, and the sound of birdsong; the epitome of what we think of when people say the word ‘tranquillity’. Straight away the app is moving you into a different mindset; removing you from whatever situation you are in right now. Unless, of course, you happen to be at a lake view with birdsong! But you can choose other backgrounds.

Meditation is a way that we take a break from whatever we are doing with our day, whether that’s our job or even a hobby or a passion. Sometimes we even need to take a break from things we enjoy; if you do the same thing for too long it becomes stale, and you might stop enjoying it even if it’s something you have a real love for. If you’re stuck in an office for eight hours a day staring at a computer and bashing on computer keyboard, then meditation is even more important.

I read once that someone said you should meditate for five minutes every day. If you don’t have time to meditate for five minutes every day you should meditate for half an hour every day! Well, that’s not always possible for everyone. If your life has become so full of hassle and stress that you can’t spare five minutes for yourself to give your brain a rest, then some might say you need to seriously look at what is stopping you giving yourself that time. But believe me, I am not one to judge at all. I am exactly one of those people who sometimes tells themselves ‘I really don’t have five minutes’. I have a 12-week-old baby, I have a seven-year-old son, I have a full-time writing and journalism career on top of an office day job which pays some of the rest of the bills; sometimes it feels like I genuinely can’t take five minutes for myself. Then I remember telling other people how important it is and remember that I need to take my own advice! That’s basically why I wanted to have a look at some of these apps; maybe they can help give me that previous time away from the hustle and bustle.

Our phones are easy to keep with us all the time, in fact most of us do just that, so we can keep in contact with loved ones and update our social media accounts. Being able to use the device to take a break from everything seems a big bonus. Interestingly, one of the guided meditations on Calm this week was about the dangers of social media; how being constantly connected to the internet can actually end up with us feeling more disconnected from real life and the people who matter to us, and how to focus on re-establishing those connections.

This was certainly more in-depth thought than I was expecting from a pocket meditation. The quality of the guided talk down was very good too. The woman who speaks has a soothing voice, and leaves good spacing in between speaking, to allow you time to focus on your breathing. I had no problem relaxing into the meditations and fully enjoying the process.

The meditations I indulged in daily were the Daily Calms; daily meditations each on a different theme. As far as I could tell, these are only available if you pay for the premium version; $59.99 or £35.99. There are also subscription options, and a free option, with less features. I wanted to get the fullest experience for the review, so took out the free trial which gave me seven days of full features. I’m not sure seven days is really long enough to give you the full sense of whether a meditation regime is right for you or not. Some other apps, such as Headspace, give you a thirty-day trial which is much more useful. Still, seven days of free premium features is not to be sniffed at!

The ‘Daily Calms’ are a great way to take a break, and with each of them having a different theme, it’s like your mind relaxes and is given something meaningful to ponder upon, then gently brought back to the here and now. As well as the daily calms, there are many different meditation paths to follow: 7 days of focus, 7 days of happiness, 7 days of sleep and so forth. There’s even a separate option to choose to help you sleep, called Sleep Stories. These are soothing spoken word recordings, read by a diverse range of people such as Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry. How lovely to be a grown up, and feel totally justified in having your own bedtime story.

If I had the money, I think I would happily sign up for the premium version, even if just for the daily calms. Over the past week I have felt less stressed, less overwhelmed with my tasks and have looked forward to the little moments I can put aside for myself. Highly recommended.

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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.

Follow Mabh on TwitterFacebook and her blog.

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Worth the Witch

February, 2018

You’ve Got Magick Mail with Inked Goddess Creations!

 

 

Magick Mail can be a recurring monthly subscription box or a one time box deal. Whatever floats your boat. Each month’s delivery is different from the previous and matches that month’s energy and theme. They contain exclusive Inked Goddess Creations handmade products, as well as, products from other small businesses and artists to bring you unique products.

Every box contains an exclusive to Inked Goddess Creations Candle. A DIY kit so you can focus your magick. Three more additional items that fit the theme of the month and information cards.

Magick Mail ranges in price from a One Month purchase for $25 with free shipping, to a Six Month Subscription which makes each box $20.84 with free shipping.

We were curious as to what makes this box so unique and Magickal! Let’s tear into it…

 

The Packaging

The box is adorable. It comes with a Goddess symbol and the words Magick Mail on top. The long sides say Release the Magick Within & the internet address.

The two smaller sides have a variety of style of stars on them. The packaging is fun. However, if you are not out of the broom closet, do not ask for a neighbor or anyone to pick up the package for you or have it left outside your door. I kind of think it is whimsical enough though to not be over the top.

When you open the box lid up you get a cute message from the maker. That message is hidden and for your eyes only when you open the box. It is a lovely touch.

 

The Kitchen Witch Card

The first thing your eyes are drawn to when you open the box is a postcard sized note with the words The Kitchen Witch printed on it boldly. This card introduces you to the boxes topic for the month. This particular month was Kitchen Witchery. I love this idea! How unique! Not just Kitchen Witchery as in herbs, but COOKING, too!!

The card gives a detailed list of everything the box contains and a breakdown of each items value so you know what you are getting for what you paid. The prices look fair and just and nothing seems over priced to me.

and meanings of each item are listed. Also, information on the box that the items come in is given. It is made from 100% recycled and biodegradable packaging and tissue paper. Being kind to Mother Earth!

 

Silicone Spatula

This adorable, purple, silicone Spatula comes sealed separately to keep it nice and hygienic. It is sturdy and made of good quality. The handle reads “Stir in Some Magick”. Adorable! The royal purple color was picked intentionally for divine guidance. The Kitchen Witch Card gives you all the information on safety for using the Silicone Spatula and the temperatures it is good for.

 

Reusable Grocery Bag

This is the cutest reusable bag I have seen. It came in very handy while buying supplies for a recipe that was included with the box, that will be shared later in the review. Very roomy. Holds as much, no more, than a flimsy grocery bag.

 

Candle

Great smelling votive candle. It has a thick, solid foundation. The shade of brown is simply lovely.

 

Blank Recipe Cards

Included are four 5×7 inch cards to write your own recipes on. They are on good solid cardstock so they will last. They design in the background is cute. There is ample space to write ingredients, directions, and take notes.

 

Now…the fun parts… I have saved these two pieces for last because they go together.

 

Culinary Blends Sample Pack

There are four sample bottles of Magick Spice Blends included in this Magickal Cooking themed box for you to cook and bake with and add to your own recipes. I think they are pretty large for “sample sized”. Each bottle relates to a different spell. There is Money, Love, Protection, & Healing. The herbs contained in each bottle are written on each label, as well as, allergy warnings. The flavors range from sweet to savory.

 

Recipe Cards with

Four recipe cards are included with the Magick Mail box. All four tie in the Culinary Blends Sample Pack! Each recipe is from the box creator’s personal cookbook. There is 1 Breakfast/Snack recipe, 2 Meal recipes, & 1 Dessert. All sound delicious. Each recipe comes on a pretty card, professionally printed on sturdy cardstock.

 

SOOOO….How do we know if these recipes are any good?? How do we know if these Magick Spice Blends are any good? Well, we bake…

 

Magickal Baking Fun!

I chose to bake the Lovin’ Double Chocolate Cookies. I used my new bag to purchase my supplies and got down to it. I picked this recipe because, well, I LOVE cookies & chocolate.

This recipe called for the Love Mixture. I used exactly as much as it asked for, and I KNEW it was a big “sample’ jar, because I have plenty left over to make another batch or something else. The batch of cookies is a large one. I can easily get 21 pretty LARGE cookies from it.

I followed the recipe exactly. Pouring all my energy and Love into it. Here is my batter of Love.

So first taste of cookies is always the dough. If you can eat cookie dough raw and love it, you know you have a good cookie….or just dough that will never become a cookie because you’ve eaten all the dough! Dip one….OMGODDESS!!!! I needed milk! Just for the dough! It was that good! Dip two….more milk. I couldn’t. They had to force me to bake them.

Hocus Pocus and Bam….We have Cookies!!

The taste is a mixture of Deliciousness, choco-chocolate chip cookie, part brownie, love, and heaven. There may be no such place as heaven, but this cookie is it. I think the magick of the Love in the cookie was for everyone to Love the Cookie 🙂

 

My Overall Impression of Magick Mail…

I do not see how anyone could not love this box. It engages you. It is different from the regular boxes out there that just give you incense, candles, witch supplies, and say, this does this and that. This box makes you DO MAGICK in a fun way. And, you get to incorporate your whole family. You get supplies you get to use on a regular, every day basis to remind you that you ARE a witch. A bag to do your everyday shopping. to cook everyday meals and treats. To think this box of fun changes every month with new, innovative ideas, now that is something!!

 

Now let’s learn a little more about Magick Mail and Inked Goddess Creations.

Morgan Moss is the inspiration behind Magick Mail. She took some time from her busy schedule with Inked Goddess Creations to talk with us.

PaganPagesOrg: What brought the idea of the monthly subscription box to you? 

Morgan Moss: My kids were subscribed to some monthly kits for science, crafts, etc. They loved getting them every month, so I started looking up subscription boxes that I would be interested in getting each month. The witchy boxes that existed at the time were too expensive for my family’s budget, and I knew I couldn’t be the only witch on a budget who wanted a subscription box. That’s when the idea for Magick Mail was born. 

PaganPagesOrg: How did you begin them?

Morgan Moss: I started with a lot of research, online and with my customers. I didn’t want Magick Mail to be like any of the boxes that were already on the market. My online store had been open for a few years, so I had an idea of what types of products my customers enjoyed. Once I figured out what type of box I wanted Magick Mail to be, and the price that would cover it, I launched it.

PaganPagesOrg: How do you choose what to put inside your boxes?

Morgan Moss: Each month we choose a theme that resonates with that month’s energy. We have a checklist we like to follow to make Magick Mail unique from other boxes out there. Each month we have a handmade votive, a DIY (we want the customer making magick each month), at least 1 handmade item exclusive to Inked Goddess Creations, and several other full-sized and sample-sized products. Many of the products I choose by intuition. I also like to work with other small businesses to get their products out into the world.

PaganPagesOrg: Is yours a recurring monthly box?

Morgan Moss: We have a One-Time Purchase box which does not renew, and monthly, 3-month and 6-month recurring subscriptions.

PaganPagesOrg: Are you, yourself Pagan?

Morgan Moss: Yes. I’ve walked the path of the Avalonian Tradition for about 13 years now, and am an eclectic kitchen witch.

PaganPagesOrg: What are some of your interests?

Morgan Moss: My family is my everything. My husband and I have been married for 18 years, and we have 2 kids, 15 and 13. We are very big into spending time as a family, which we do by watching movies, playing board games and collaborating on items for the store. When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, catching up on my favorite TV shows, and practice regular meditation.

PaganPagesOrg: Did you feel the Pagan world was missing something to make you create your box?

Morgan Moss: I did. At the time I started my research, the pagan subscription box market was saturated with expensive monthly boxes. I wanted something the average pagan could afford, but that every pagan would enjoy.

PaganPagesOrg: Do you sell other types of products?  

Morgan Moss: We do! Inked Goddess Creations has been open since 2013, supplying the tools for your magickal life. Many of our items are handmade, such as Spell Oils, Perfume Oils, Mists, Spell Kits, Witch Bottles and more. Our candles are exclusively made for our store, and we have unique altar items, divination items, a line of Kitchen Witchery items and so much more!

 

How can you get your own Inked Goddess Creations Box , Receive Magick Mail or get in Contact with them? Here is how:

Their Direct Link to Inked Goddess Creations:

www.inkedgoddesscreations.com

Their Facebook:

www.facebook.com/inkedgoddesscreations

Their Instagram:

www.instagram.com/inkedgoddesscreations

Their Twitter:

www.twitter.com/inkedgoddesshop

Their YouTube:

www.youtube.com/InkedGoddessCreationsShop

 

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is a Witch of many paths. She runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. You can email her at jenniferwright at paganpages dot org.  When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way.

Worth the Witch

January, 2018

The BOHO Box

 

 

 

The BOHO Box is a recurring monthly box subscription full of surprises like beautiful boho jewelry, natural beauty products and cosmetics, essential oil-based perfumes, incense, crystals, candles… and surprise gifts like dreamcatchers or leather journals. Their boxes are $39.95 a month.

Right now they are only shipping within the United States, but if you join their Newsletter you get 10% off your first box!

 

The BOHO Box has sent us a box to review…so let’s get right to it.

 

The Box Arrives…

 

 

The BOHO Box comes in a completely plain brown outer box. This is great news to me. Though I am out of the broom closet (and you can find me kissing the tree in front of my house when I borrow from it) I favor this due to the fact that many are in the broom closet and you never know about nosy neighbors seeing things on your front doorstep.

 

However…

 

 

Inside this box is another box and the beginning of the goodies! This box is beautifully decorated with their logo and states proudly “The BOHO Box”. You also pull out your first gifts that give you an inkling of what your box will be like.

First, A Bumper Sticker that states “Follow the Moon”. Nice, bright, and simple. You can put it on your car, altar, or anywhere.

Next, you pull out a real delight that makes you think. A gorgeous, handcrafted mask. With glorious plumage. The jewels around the eyes give it a festive effect. Great for Samhain, a party, or a fun ritual/spell.

Now I’m really curious. Let’s open this box and really dig in!

 

 

Included Papers

When the box with The BOHO Box business logo on top is opened you are greeted by a purple wax sealed letter. There are 2 pages to the letter. The first page is a letter that states all the goings on within the company and is very interesting. It tells you the topic of the Box for the month. Our Topic: Moon Goddess! The first letter goes on to detail all that is held within the box and what everything is used for.

The second page is information on different Moon Goddesses from all over the world. (Pictured in full box photo later.)

The letters are printed on beautiful parchment paper. The wax seal adds an elegant touch.

 

Spooky & Elegant Rhinestone Spider Bracelet

 

 

Who would like a spider bracelet? I would! Especially one like this! Elegant is definitely the word for this bracelet. The rhinestones have a wonderful crystal-like feel. Sturdy, not cheaply made or flimsy. The design is gorgeous. Clasps on easily. No fear of falling off. The way it clasps it seems to be able to fit multiple size wrists.

 

Wild & Free Boho Crescent Moon Layer Necklace

 

 

This decorative necklace has a very creative design. It harnesses the moons power in many creative fashions. It definitely has a wild & free feel to it. The short part of the necklace has a choker feel to it, while the long piece gives you a lariat effect. Both work together to give a wonderful appearance.

 

Anointing Oil Formulated for Rituals & Spells

 

 

Given to us is Samhain Anointing Oil for Rituals & Spells by one of the most trusted and best Pagan companies known to us online shoppers, Azure Green. It smells wonderful, like nutmeg and cloves.

 

Boho Ring with Mandala Inspired Design

 

 

It’s Large in design size and very pretty. But it’s hard to send a ring. The finger size is average to small. It didn’t fit me or my young niece. I did find someone for it to fit and she loves it. So that makes me very happy because it really is a very pretty piece. I can see how difficult it is to include a ring in a box. It’s a wonderful idea, though.

 

Black Pouch Containing Gemstones

 

 

The black velvet pouch contains 3 raw stones, this means they are not polished down to smooth stones. You get the in their raw energies. The stones are a Black Obsidian, which has a glorious shine to it. An Amethyst and a Moonstone. They are all sparkly, huge pieces. The reasons for sending them and their correspondences are listed on the papers sent.

 

The Moon Incense Cones

 

 

The Moon Incense are from HEM which is a company, if you burn incense on a regular basis, you may know well. They are a great company. Well known and trusted. The scent is relaxing when burned, it gives a clean aroma.

 

Celtic Inspired Crescent Moon Pendant

 

 

Beautiful moon with lovely markings. Almost looks like marcasite. The three bulbs could represent the triple goddess. Choker length. Good medium size.

 

Silver Nail Polish to Mirror your Jewelry

 

 

Now that you shine with your new jewelry, your beautiful mask, and your fully anointed, why not have your nails shine, too!! This is a full size bottle of Silver, shiny polish. Not sample sized. It’s silver, also, not like foil, or a gray.

 

Moonstone Pendulum

 

 

Good weight. The peachy color to the pendulum is delicious. The gemstones that run up the chain are brilliant shades. The gemstone chips on the balancing side of the pendulum are a very pretty touch.

 

Cloth Pendulum Mat

 

 

As if a pendulum was not enough, a pendulum mat was sent! I have not seen one of these. I am used to seeing pendulum worksheets on paper. This is a thick cloth. The bottom side has a grip type fabric to it. The top is made of a velvet type fabric. It is a lot fun to work with. We tried it with those new to the pendulum and those who are old hands at the pendulum and they both enjoyed it.

 

Starry Forest Card to be Framed

 

 

A beautiful picture is sent to inspire you. It is of the night sky in the forest. The stars in the background look as if they glow. The picture is for you to save and frame or just hang. It really is breathtaking.

 

Personal Oracle Card Reading

 

 

I found this reading to be something rather incredible because it hit right on what I was going through at the moment. Without the round about mumbo jumbo that could fit any situation. It spoke to me directly. Also, sage advice was given.

The card that was drawn for you, is given to you to keep. The deck the card is taken from is beautiful. The advice is given on parchment paper. I found this part of the box to be the most inspirational.

 

Over All Impression…

 

 

I think The BOHO Box had me from the wax seal! No wait, the mask! It spoke of surprise and whimsy ahead. Boy did they deliver! Each turn had a new surprise and unique gift. This box made me shine in so many ways. It made me feel pretty and good inside and out!

The jewelry and polish made me shine & glow on the outside. The incense and stones had me feeling good spiritually. The pendulum, pendulum mat & anointing oil The BOHO Box provided helped me to be more spiritual in my everyday life.

Now this reading The BOHO Box sent me. Honestly, it blew me away. I don’t know how they did it. How they can give a personal reading to touch everyone in a subscription box, but they do. It was personally addressed to me, by name and all. I am very, very impressed. The box is only $39.95 and for all you get, I find this a very fair price.

 

So who is behind The BOHO Box? Her name is Diana Price and she took some time from her very busy schedule to talk with us at PaganPagesOrg about The BOHO Box and more.

 

PaganPagesOrg: What brought the idea of The BOHO Box to you? 

Diana Price: Even before I discovered that the box subscription phenomena was a real “thing,” I thought it would be cool to create a subscription to some kind of box filled with things to pamper people and make then feel good. Then I discovered a lot of people were already doing that and became a subscriber to a box myself. 

When that box arrived every month, I was downright giddy. That great feeling inspired me to get serious and do it myself. I have many interests, mainly metaphysical, but I was building a boho lifestyle blog and decided to go with The Boho Box first. Ironically, that boho site is being revamped because I discovered that “gypsy” is considered a racial slur, so The Soul of a Gypsy has to be completely rebranded. Fortunately, The Boho Box also has a separate site/domain.

I’ve also secured domains and social media for an astrology box and may try to create one for my jewelry/metaphysical store, The Midnight Rose, but I’m still learning the ropes with The Boho Box. One at a time…

 

PaganPagesOrg: How did you begin the process of the subscription?

Diana Price: I joined up on groups with others doing subscription boxes to learn as much as possible and signed up with the selling platform Cratejoy, but the costs of it are high, so I am trying to funnel subscribers directly to my site with the hope of reducing the cost.

I already had a list of suppliers from trying to launch online stores in the past and a small store on my Tarot and Horoscopes site, so I had the resources for the products already.

 

PaganPagesOrg: How do you choose what to put inside the boxes?

Diana Price: I try to choose monthly themes and sort of match things up, but this last month I think I got a little too caught up in that. I had found these gorgeous crystal lotuses, then choose very sparkly jewelry to go along with it. It didn’t go over so well, so lesson learned…. stay BOHO!

I still try to keep with a theme because ideally I want all the jewelry pieces to work together so people can layer, but check myself to make sure I stay in line with the boho style. 

After the jewelry pieces are selected, I browse through my suppliers and start filling in the other goodies. I’m also wanting to create more handcrafted items starting with the February box.

Basically, I try to create a box I’d love and get excited about opening. 

 

PaganPagesOrg: Is The BOHO Box a recurring monthly box subscription?

Diana Price: Yes, it’s a monthly subscription.

 

PaganPagesOrg: Are you, yourself a pagan?

Diana Price: Yes, although I tend to be a bit of a closeted one, not talking much about that or my tarot and astrology interests with many casual friends because I’ve been burned in the past by that. Many years ago I worked night shift in a nursing home and would bring books to read in the downtime, often on metaphysical topics. I found out from co-workers the Southern Baptist charge nurse was telling everyone I worshiped the devil and didn’t know it, and even said “Suffer not a witch to live.”

I was devastated. Unfortunately, many who visit your site will probably have a similar story.

I’m working on being more open about my pagan and Gothic sensibilities. I’m currently on a travel nurse job in Charleston, SC, and as I was driving around, I realized my style and the vibe I REALLY want for my new store and jewelry line, The Midnight Rose, is more witchy southern Gothic and I need to fully embrace that. I had been sort of “mainstreaming” the jewelry line and avoiding anything too pagan or dark, but that’s who I am and I need to embrace it.

 

PaganPagesOrg: What are some of your interests?

Diana Price: I love to travel, although preferably without the nightmare of a temp job I’m currently on, and love photography, tarot, and I’ve been doing paranormal investigations. I’m also getting serious about candle-making and natural beauty products as well as jewelry design. 

I’m quite the foodie, so I’m trying to cram in as much fine dining as possible while in Charleston and I’m taking next weekend to visit Savannah. I’m sure I’ll return inspired!

 

PaganPagesOrg: Do you sell other products?

Diana Price: Yes, as I touched on, The Midnight Rose will be selling more than jewelry when it’s fully up and running – also new and vintage clothing, custom candles, herbs, natural beauty products, and Victorian/Southern Gothic gifts as well as tarot readings and astrology charts/reports. I’ve also started designing a line of Semicolon jewelry for suicide awareness.

 

PaganPagesOrg: Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or your boxes?

Diana Price: Like many other box businesses, I’m just a small, “mom and pop” operation, but I take each box personally and always try to deliver a lot of value and something that makes people happy. I think that’s especially important right now in these dark times we’re living in. I believe one of the best ways to fight back against that darkness is to spread as much light and positivity into the world as possible.

 

I’d like to thank Diana Price for talking with us and I wish her so much prosperity on her endeavors. I know I can not wait to see her new ideas. If they are anything like The BOHO Box I know they will be great!!

 

Helpful Links:

If you are interested in Visiting The BOHO Box Site, Visit:

http://thebohobox.com/

 

You can Subscribe for $39.95 a month by Visiting:

http://thebohobox.com/shop/subscription-boxes/the-boho-box-monthly/

 

For More Information on The BOHO Box, Visit:

http://thebohobox.com/how-does-it-work/

 

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is a Witch and she runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. You can find her email address in the about section.  When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way.

Worth the Witch

December, 2017

Review of ForevrGoddess Boutique

ForevrGoddess Boutique is a shop that includes a variety of beautiful boxes for many of your Pagan wants & needs. Their boxes are a one time only purchase. There is no need to sign up for a monthly contract.

 

They have sent us a variety of 4 of their boxes to review:

1) Yule/ Winter Solstice Box #01 Cookie Cutter $14.75 w/free shipping in USA.

2) Yule/ Winter Solstice Box #02 Yule Pendulum $13.75 w/free shipping in USA.

3) Brigid Heart Pocket Charm Box $11.75 w/free shipping in USA.

4) Comfort Goddess Box Set $17.75 w/free shipping in USA.

And, there is a free gift with every purchase.  Each free gift varies.

 

The boxes arrived…

 

 

in a regular mailing box with no obvious Pagan symbology on it. So perfect for those in the broomcloset and doesn’t matter for those who are out!

 

 

Excited to see so many boxes, I dig right in.

 

OUR FIRST BOX IS…

Yule/ Winter Solstice Box #01 Cookie Cutter

 

 

Informative Papers

 

The thing that you notice straight off is the amount of papers the box comes with. So you are automatically drawn to them and want to dive in. What wonderful reading it is! There are pages of information and it is all great, helpful, and about the holiday. The correspondences for the stones are given, yay! By now, you know I love that. They give the history, lore, and correspondences for Yule. They suggest ideas on ways to celebrate Yule Magickally and Mundanely. Since this is a box for a Yule Cookie Cutter, there is a recipe for “roll out” cookies. There are some coloring pages included for fun. Then there are two pieces of lovely parchment paper included. These are Spell & Ritual Worksheets. Gorgeously set up. The spell sheet gives a quick guide on the bottom, for those new to the craft, or those who just need a quick reminder, on pointers to recall on writing a spell. The Ritual worksheet has a box to help you layout your altar. To help with your worksheets, there is a page on how to use any Magickal Workings Box by ForevrGoddess and when to craft a spell. The information on these sheets is informative and helpful. I thought, from the amount of papers, it may be overwhelming. I found the pages to be filled with fun things I can do, either by myself, or with my family.  They are anything but overwhelming! They really are a welcome treat. They add to my knowledge bank and fun.

 

Love Candle

 

 

The Candle is from Crystal Journey Candles. It is Reiki Energy Charged. Each candle comes with an affirmation. They say what fragrances were used in it. They give the name of the Candle. Instructions on how to charge your candle are provided. Precautions on candle use are given. They even say to use the candles in love & light in which they were created in and they wish you luck on your journey toward the light. This candle is called Love. It is a beautiful shade of red. The scent is not overwhelming but light and pleasing.

 

Yule Herbs

 

These are a Magickal Incense Blend made by ForevrGoddess Boutique. It’s their own blend of herbs and spices and it smells wonderful. Just like Yule! A wonderful winter’s day! They send you a generous amount. It can be used in bonfires, rituals, & spells.

 

Yule Stones

 

 

Included are 5 stones: Rose Quartz, Crystal Quartz Point, Citrine, and Serpentine. They are nice sized, polished stones. All vibrant colors.

 

Cookie Cutter

 

 

The highlight, and probably the funnest part of the box, is the cookie cutter and making the cookies! And what fun it is!! You can use the recipe the box comes with, look one up on the internet, or use an old family recipe. The cookie cutter itself is an adorable snowflake shape. Good quality metal, not flimsy or thin. Fun to use with or without kids.

 

Our Second Box Up is…

Yule/ Winter Solstice Box #02 Yule Pendulum

 

 

Informative Papers

Once again I am impressed with the paperwork. I am really blown away. It comes with the correspondences for the stones. Your yule information is all there. Then there is a beautiful Pendulum worksheet on parchment paper that lays out what you need to chart out when working with your Pendulum. The page gives information on the bottom on how to craft a spell. Not only that but a Pendulum worksheet information guide page is given with ideas and instructions on how to use your pendulum and your pendulum worksheet. I think they got you covered!

 

Love Candle

 

 

This is the same red candle that is included in the Yule/ Winter Solstice Box #01 Cookie Cutter by Crystal Journey Candles.

 

Yule Stones

 

 

These are the same Yule Stones that are included in the Yule/ Winter Solstice Box #01 Cookie Cutter.

 

Yule Herbs

 

 

These are the same Yule Herbs that are included in the Yule/ Winter Solstice Box #01 Cookie Cutter.

 

Yule Pendulum

 

 

This is a handmade Pendulum that shows the shop owner’s lovely craftsmanship. The word Yule with a Goddess symbol is hand-stamped on metal on one side with adorable reindeer and snowflake charms. Paired with beads, a quartz point, and citrine. These are connected on a chain to a beautiful pendulum hand filled with ForevrGoddess special blend of Magickal Yule Herbs.

 

The Next Box Up is…

Brigid Heart Pocket Charm Box

 

 

Informative Papers

 

They tell you everything that is in the box and about everything that is in side the box! There is information on Brigid herself. on the crystals/stones for Brigid included. A sheet on how to cleanse your crystals/stones & charge your crystals/stones is included. ForevrGoddess provides a sheet of information on creating a crystal grid. They even suggest places where you can find good, quality information on further studies about crystals/stones.

 

Angel’s Influence Candle

 

 

A Crystal Journey Candle. Gorgeous shade of blue with a wonderful scent. This candle is called Angel’s Influence.

 

Rose Incense

 

 

Ahh the smell of Rose Incense in the air. 50 sticks plus a holder by Morning Star. The holder is a very cute flower tile. The incense are of excellent quality with a heady aroma.

 

Brigid Heart Charm by Deva Designs

 

 

Wonderful blessing/devotional coin. Back says, “Remember You are Blessed.” Something to help us through those tough moments in life. Coin is thick and has heft to it. Small enough to carry in pocket, wallet, purse. Nice to flip around in hand or rub as a reminder during those times we need confidence.

 

Blessed Brigid Bag Stones

 

 

A mix of rough and polished stones. Good sizes. There are 5 in all: Rose quartz, Unakite, and Gold Pyrite. These were all chosen in honor of Brigid. The correspondences and information are all listed on the pages given along with the box.

 

 

The Fourth Box is…

Comfort Goddess Box Set

 

 

Informative Papers

 

 

The sheets for Comfort Goddess explain what you will find in the box. Each item is described in such detail that you even know the company name. Each individual crystal has it’s correspondence listed. ForevrGoddess discusses ways in their sheets to bring the Goddess more into your every day life & ways to bring you closer to her. There is a beautiful original prayer and Spellwork sheet on parchment paper. The Spellwork sheet, as the others have, give you instructive hints on things to remember when writing your spell on the bottom of the sheet.  Helpful prompts and great blank spaces to add your information.

 

Joy Candle

 

 

This candle is also a Crystal Journey Votive called “Joy”. It so delicious you want to take a bite! Such a Vibrant orange.

 

Rose Incense

 

 

Same 50 sticks & holder of Morning Star Rose incense as in the Brigid Heart Pocket Charm Box.

 

Quartz Crystal Point & Botswana Agate

 

 

Excellent sizes. The Quartz Crystal Point is raw and over 1 ¾ inches long and over 1 inch wide. The Botswana Agate is nicely polished. And the correspondences for them are given in the information sheets.

 

Gemstone Comfort Goddess

 

 

Honey Calcite Comfort Goddess by Deva Designs. The first thought to come to my mind was that it looks funny. It’s an odd shape. Like it’s trying to look like a Goddess. I picked it up and OMGODDESS does it feel great in your hand. In any position. It molds to the natural shapes of the curves of your hand. No matter what spot you hold it in, it just fits snugly. You forget you are holding it, it does not give you hand cramps. You can meditate with it or just hold it for a long time and just feel it’s positive energy. The energy pours off of this Goddess figure.

 

Heart Seed Paper & Note

 

 

The heart seed paper is a beautiful idea to write your intentions for the coming year & use as an offering when you plant it, as suggested. The note paper tells you what flowers may grow from the seeded paper. A beautiful gift for you and the Goddess.

 

Over All Impression…

From the first box I opened from ForevrGoddess I thought they were beautifully packaged, smelled wonderful, and looked so peaceful.

The information packets that came with each box excited me. So much content on a variety of topics all having to do with the subject of the box. They give all the correspondences for the crystals and information on everything in the box or the theme of the box, which I find important. I have learned so much new information, gained many new ideas, and had some great crafting/baking hours! 

Doing the activities in the boxes are a ton of fun. From using the Yule Pendulum, to baking cookies, working a spell with my new worksheets, to making a Brigid Crystal Grid, there is so much to do. The prices are perfect and fair for all you get, and shipping is free in the USA. Plus you get a free gift with each purchase.

The items are all made of good quality, whether they are handmade by the store owner or premade. 

ForevrGoddess boxes are definitely Worth the Witch!

 

So…Who is it behind the scenes at ForevrGoddess running the show? Her name is Norma G. Clark and she has taken time out of her busy schedule to have a chat with PaganPagesOrg.

 

PaganPagesOrg (PPO): Hello Norma G. Clark!

Norma G. Clark (NGC): Hello Jennifer thank you for this opportunity to share the word about ForevrGoddess.

 

PPO: Our Pleasure. What brought the idea of the boxes to you?

NGC: We create boxes to fit your needs at the moment or a special need for family or friends. I offer the opportunity for buyers to see what we have for them to purchase and ask questions. I don’t hide our items, we open our boutique with ideas we create in our personal home, most of them you see before you in our boxes, we stand by quality, beauty of our products, and a unique approach to the Wiccan and Pagan lifestyle. We want them to share a unique experience with us on their spiritual journey.

 

PPO: How did you begin them?

NGC: Research.  I’ve gone through my references and resources and of course guidance by my Goddesses and Gods to see what there is need for. We’ve seen so many that cater only to certain things. We want to be the first to welcome all life stages happening; from Wiccan parents bringing their beautiful babies home from the hospital, to a young woman finding her 1st Goddess statue & finding magick within. We even deal with the negative by trying to help those find the light within.

 

PPO: How do you choose what goes inside your boxes?

NGC: I choose often for a specific need, or goal, or desire. We like being one of kind with our designs, though we’re delighted to get custom or specific requests, too. We are willing to create monthly boxes with theme ideas.

We carry our Magickal Sabbat Boxes, which are 3 – 4 types of boxes for celebrating 8 Wiccan Sabbats. They are designed as opportunities for you and your family to experience 1 of the Wiccan sacred Sabbat with us.

Comfort Goddess, for many women, at times, they need someone to guide them on their path. Though we vary from different parts of the world, and many have chosen so many different beliefs, we are all women created by the Goddess. I thought to create for someone who many women could lean on for support at any age. From a girl having her 1st blood moon, to a beautiful mother with 2 children snuggled next to her, to a wise grandmother accepting her role as crone.

Brigid Heart pocket charms boxes, these may be small, but think how a worry pocket charm can help guide you with these little words of wisdom, to lighten your day and inspire you to find the best in life.

 

PPO: Is yours a recurring monthly box?

NGC: Not now, we hope to soon. We would love to create a custom monthly box of any of our unique fun filled boxes. If anyone is interested in them, I’d tell them to send a private message to my boutique or Facebook. Our magickal Sabbat boxes,we were excited to just have created Yule & Imbolc. would make great recurring monthly boxes. Come explore our boutique for unique magickal boxes that can fit in your busy lifestyle to invite a little magick in your life.

 

PPO: Did you feel the pagan world was missing something to make you create your boxes?

NGC: Yes, there’s so much stuff out there for Wiccan and pagan beliefs. We wanted to stand out from the rest. Many of my clients are from various backgrounds of Wiccan and Pagan Beliefs. We cater to everyone from the novice to the more experienced. We love to show them they can create many blessings in life if they choose to look within themselves. We like a challenge to approach, and show our thoughts to help guide your journey to magick in life.

 

PPO: Do you sell other types of products?

NGC: Why yes we do, come celebrate Yule with us. While you do you will discover new spells, Goddesses, pendulums, unique bindrunes. We have various crystals and gemstones. Creative worksheets to teach and keep you organized. Fill your empty shelves with unique handmade gifts and jewelry. We have something to fit all your personal holiday and Ritual needs throughout the year.

 

PPO: On a personal note, what interests do you have?

NGC: Well that’s rather a long list..(laughing out loud.)

Well me and husband (Robert) have similar likes: rock hunting. We had a blast at Crystal Park, Montana harvesting our crystals for home and boutique this past summer. Creating jewelry, Wiccan handmade gifts, dragons, fairies, making pendulums and doing tarot readings. Reading books. Spending time with my 2 active children Gabriel, 6yrs and little Trinity, 1 1/2 yr old. We live your average family lifestyle, with a lil Magick and Goddess tucked inside.

 

PPO: Are you pagan? Can you tell us a little about yourself?

NGC: I’m Wiccan and so is my hubby. We’ve been practicing since we were teens. My style follows my spiritual path and what comes to mind. I live in a small rural town, Paris, Idaho with my husband, 2 hyper Children and a gang of critters. I now own my unique jewelry designing business for over 17yrs. I love to create new designs by looking at nature & cultural ideas for my Jewelry. Now I sell Metaphysical items. Unique 1 of kind designs.

 

PPO: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

NGC: Why yes. Thank you for this opportunity to speak with us and learn about my little Metaphysical Boutique and spread the word about us. Blessings of love and light.

 

I’d like to thank Norma G. Clark for the wonderful interview and information on ForevrGoddess Boutique.

 

I’m going to add a personal note here… I can not help but feel like the Goddess Box was picked especially for me. I had no clue what boxes we were getting to review. I did not know we were getting this many or what we were getting. During the process of receiving items for the column you speak with business owners briefly.  Exchange some information that is needed such as addresses and interview questions.  During one of our Pre Boxes Being Sent conversations Norma from ForevrGoddess told me she just knows by speaking to people what they need… I believe she has a real talent. My free gifts, that are private, were picked for me, and they talked to me, directly. As this box did. I must admit, I am very impressed by ForevrGoddess Boutique, and especially by Norma.

 

If you are interested in ordering from ForevrGoddess Boutique, you may go directly to their shop at: http://forevrgoddessboutique.ecrater.com

You can friend ForevrGoddess Boutique on Facebook, to receive updates on products and sales, at: https://www.facebook.com/Forevrgoddessboutique/

ForevrGoddess Boutique can also be found on Pinterest as forevrgoddessboutique .

 

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is a Witch and she runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. You can find her email address in the about section.  When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way.

Worth the Witch

October, 2017

Review of Spiritual Wake’s Mystery Witch Box

 

 

(logo for Spiritual Wake)

 

 

Spiritual Wake is an Etsy shop that offers a Mystery Witch Box for $15.00 plus Etsy calculates exact shipping to your zip code. This box is not a reoccurring, monthly subscription, but rather a one time purchase. You pay a one time fee for 1 box. Each Mystery Witch Box contains different items, such as, spells, books, jewelry, herbs, and more. You will receive 4 or more items depending on the value of each item in every box.  Each box is unique and different. 

 

PaganPagesOrg has received a Mystery Witch Box to review this month.

 

How it Arrives…

 

(Package the Mystery Witch Box arrived in.)

 

The box is a plain, nondescript brown box.  You get complete anonymity in the mail from the simple box. There are no pagan markings or symbols on the box. This is great for those who need the obscurity.

 

As Soon as you Open the Box…

 

(Box when first opened.)

 

A wonderful smell almost assaults you. You could not smell this wonderful aroma when the box was closed. It’s like, a surprise for your nose!  All you see is a folded piece of paper with glittering strands behind it.

 

What you See First…

 

(Glitter, contents, & instructions.)

 

As soon as you open the box you find the instructions on the top and they explain everything you will find in the box. Every item is listed, with directions on how to use them. They, also give ingredients to the bathbombs, which is helpful for those with allergies.

 

Right below the instructions, as you can see in the picture, the box is filled with strands of glitter. With this Mystery Witch Box, searching through the glitter for the hidden items is part of the fun!! Rummaging around with your hands trying to find what surprise is next. So what did we pull out first?

 

Red Candle…

 

(Red Candle)

 

The Red Candle is a wonderfully, full, thick votive. It is vibrant, deep red. The smell that comes from it is wonderful. Making the whole package aromatic. It is not a small cheap candle. It feels solid, dense.

 

Mala Bracelet…

 

(Mala Bracelet)

The Mala Bracelet is very cute. Made from plastic beads on elastic cord and stretches to fit all sizes.

 

Spell Bottle & Carnelian Stone…

 

(Spell Bottle & Carnelian Stone)

 

The spell bottle is an adorable size and the carnelian stone is very pretty. The directions included are very clear on what you can do with the spell kit. It says, specifically, what this spell kit is for. The instructions give you a few suggestions on spells you can do with the kit or leaves it open for workings of your own on the topic the kit was created & charged for.

 

The Rough Apatite & Labradorite…

 

(Rough Apatite & Labradorite)

 

The Rough Apatite & Labradorite are each a very good size. I would call them both “Chunks”. They are nice as altar decorations or home decorations. Good additions to anyone’s stone collections. I think the instructions, or maybe another sheet, should have given the meanings for them.

 

Bathbombs…

 

(Bathbombs)

 

These are a free gift. Who doesn’t like free gifts. Bathbombs are a nice, relaxing treat and they were unexpected. They came in cute shapes, especially love the stars, and cool colors.

 

(Bathbomb packaging)

 
However, I did feel the appearance of the bathbombs packaging may have taken away from the overall appearance of the box. Maybe placing them in an organza bag or similar would represent them better. I do understand that this would, however, add cost to the amount of the box.

 

(Full contents)

Since most of this box was not handmade, I scrutinized the cost of every item inside and added up what I thought was fair for the labor for the items that were handmade. After all my calculations, I feel this box is worth the price it is listed for. She did under-price herself on shipping on this one box and I hope that is an error.

 
The contents have a very nice overall appearance. My one issue was the packaging of the free gift, but that was insignificant. The glitter is cute and makes it like a party in a box.

 

The price is not expensive.  We would get another to see what goodies we would get next time!!  This box is Worth the Witch and PaganPagesOrg can stand behind this company.

 

So who is behind Spiritual Wake? and, where does she get her ideas?

 
Her name is Veronika Frederick and she spent a little time with us at PaganPagesOrg…

 

PaganPagesOrg: Tell us a little about yourself.
Veronika Frederick: I am Veronika Frederick an Egyptian based Pagan obsessed with cats. I began my journey as a kid inspired from things like Charmed and Practical Magic. I eventually fled an abusive relationship and began my shop as a way to regain control in my life and to help others. I sell a variety of jewelry, self care, and Pagan items. I live happily in Michigan and love the lake. I really hope that my shop can inspire courage, and good vibes. 
PPO: Where are you from?
VF: I was born in Utah and lived there through elementary school, then spent my teens in Illinois and majority of my twenties have been here in Michigan. I am in love with Lake Huron.
PPO: What type of Witch are you, yourself?
VF: That’s tough, Eclectic Kemetic is likely the closest term. I personally believe and incorporate Ancient Egyptian Deities. However I do not mimic their way of religion. I’m very earth based. Overall though I tend to think I am just a crazy cat lady witch.
PPO: What are some of your interests?
VF: Anyone who knows me would all say my thing is CATS. I’m an intense cat mom, protective, and loving. My familiar is one of my cats her name is Ingrid and she works closely with me for anything that is shop related. She is the happiest, purr machine out there. I show her as one of my helpers on my etsy page, have her in photo shoots. (So I would recommend anyone really allergic to cats avoid my shop.) I’m eternally grateful that I ended up with Ingrid.
PPO: What do you feel the Pagan community is missing?
VF: Animal rights. Might sound a little odd, but there have been so many abusive and terrible things done to animals it makes my stomach churn. So I try to really show how to be a strong pet parent. Whenever I have spare $ I donate food to the animal shelters, and I sign petitions. I feel very strongly that animals need to be protected from the cruelty of people, and deeply wish more people, not just Pagans, would sort of pick up that fight also. I have also rescued a lot of cats and dogs, since I was kid up until now. Ingrid is a rescue.
PPO: What brought the idea of a Mystery Box to you?
VF: I wish I could say something original, but actually I had ordered a witch box from another shop found myself disappointed and just ended up deciding I would do something better. I actually didn’t introduce this item until late spring if I remember right.
PPO: How did you begin?
VF: Well the boxes began with using old witch bottle jewelry I had made for a fair, then adding in some crystals, from there it’s … left a mystery. The shop though did begin as a way to regain control in my life, and to feel stronger. Something I try to incorporate in all aspects of my shop is self-empowerment and courage. My journey to Paganism started as a kid, but the shop was born from struggle. I left an abusive relationship, and it was messy, long process. I felt like any moment the entire world could crumble in, so I did what I have done all my life I turned to something creative that kept my hands busy.
PPO: How do you chose what to include?
VF: I work off of inventory, creativeness, and what supplies I have stored up. This ranges from homemade spells, sigils I make, to jewelry, and crystals. Each box has several items, usually whatever I feel inspired towards for that order. Depending on value the number of items can vary, anywhere from 4 or more items.

PPO: What other types of things do you sell in Spiritual Wake?
VF: I sell bracelets, necklaces, earrings, small pdf books, mystery witch box, and bath bombs/shower melts (I actually have been meaning to add more to the shop just haven’t had the time yet).
I’d like to thank Veronika Frederick for taking time from her busy schedule to talk with us at PaganPagesOrg.

 

To learn more about Spiritual Wake Etsy Shop or Mystery Witch Box’s visit them at:
Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpiritualWake
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spiritualwakeofficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritualWake

 

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About the Author:

 

 

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is an Eclectic Witch who runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way.

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.  

 

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