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Review – Find Your Happy Daily Mantra Deck by Shannon Kaiser

February, 2019

Review

Find Your Happy

Daily Mantra Deck

by Shannon Kaiser

Healing, Wellness and Self-Empowerment are a few of the buzz words we seek in our ever-changing and highly challenging world. This neat little 56-card and 144pg. book is all that you need to begin a practice of bringing healing, change and positive direction into your life. Ms. Kaiser uses the modality of Mantras as a tool for creatively changing how you think, respond and react to whatever life throws your way.

What I particularly liked about this self-help tool is that the author has the necessary knowledge of psychology, personal experience and an Eastern Perspective which makes this set one that can be used and appreciated by a variety of philosophical and spiritual beliefs.

…”Ms. Kaiser has been named Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by mindbodygreen.com and is the founder of Playwiththeworld.com-named as one of the “Top 100 Self-Help Blogs”. Her work has been recognized across the globe by media giants such as HuffPost Live, Spirituality and Health Magazine, Australian Vogue and Entrepreneur Magazine.”…

So, when I say this is a well-respected voice that has established a presence in a market that is overrun by those who pull from the ether, this statement comes from one who has explored a plethora of self-help books, media and more. If you visit Ms. Kaiser’s website you’ll find this statement…..

..”.I spent years at war with myself and the world. I felt unworthy and unlovable. Life was an uphill battle”….

…which seems to be the pivotal point of creation of the Happy Deck, as well as her other books. The deck is meant to be used in an affirmative way and each of the 56-cards is highlighted in the accompanying book giving suggestions about use, possible interpretation and a question around the card’s message that leads to further contemplation and self-exploration.

A very nice integration of Mantra and divination (work to reveal answers through the use of a variety of tools laden with specific symbology) allows for the reader to be very mindful of the interpretation given and how the cards may be used beyond simply a daily or weekly activity. There are five ways of engaging the cards- Single Card draw-Relationship Draw-Three Card Draw-Weekly (Seven Card) Draw and for the more ambitious and committed a Year In Overview (Twelve Card) Reading.

Each card is numbered and has a specific Mantra written in beautiful script on a background of color and pattern. Mantras are an ancient Eastern practice of repetitive statement, much like a short prayer or affirmation, that in the repeating of them gather energy around the vibration of the words and a meaning that imprint on your psyche. The more the Mantra is used the deeper the inroads that are energetically created in how and what you out-picture of yourself. These Mantras may have any goal in mind, but the magick in their effectiveness lay in the intention you are forming around each statement, each repetition and the belief you are generating in hearing and uttering these words of power.

I chose a single card pick with the intention of how I could keep myself more present in the moment. The card chosen was:

Gratitude is the Life Force of Everything

I sat with this message for a bit and then turned to the appropriate page for the number of the Mantra I had selected. The meaning assigned reminded me that I may be turning my focus and attention towards things that are not productive (and not keeping me in the moment authentically. And, that …”by turning your focus to gratitude, you will open up to new opportunities.”. More to think about! There was another affirmation that could be used that expanded on the idea of gratitude and a final question: “In what area of my life can I be more thankful?” That final question is one I will carry with me every day.

Pretty simple stuff, yet in the simplicity I think we all could use an effective and enjoyable way to find our happiest and joy-filled self. And, I would say that this deck of beautifully crafted cards fills the bill quite nicely.

Visit the author’s page: https://www.playwiththeworld.com

Find Your Happy Daily Mantra Card Deck on Amazon

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

January, 2019

Magic for Material

Merry meet.

When my body weight was fluctuating, I found myself buying most all my ritual wear at thrift stores and consignment shops. One way I used to make some of the velvet pieces more special to me was to emboss them with magickal symbols.

While many different types of velvet work, those with the most nap give the most striking results. Some velour fabrics work as well.

Rubber stamps are very easy to use. Cork and the large, thin erasers are two other materials you can use. You might experiment with others.

Place the front side of the fabric face down on the shape you wish to imprint on the material. Mist a couple of times with water and, using an iron set to the silk setting, press directly down on top of the shape. Hold it fairly still for about fifteen to twenty seconds. (If possible, use a test strip first.)

Wait a couple of moments and pull back the fabric to see the impression. Areas will still be damp, so let the fabric sit until it dries.

Goddesses, symbols, sigils and words offer abundant options, and embossing them with intention will add magic to your ritual garb, tarot bags and altar cloths.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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About the Author:

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

Interview with Astrid Brown: A Psychic Affair

July, 2018

Astrid Brown: A Psychic Affair

Astrid Brown is a medium, a psychic, and an incredibly prolific author. Her most recent offering, A Psychic Affair, blends the mysteries of psychic development with the romance genre, exploring how long-distance relationships can develop not only through the words and messages we send, but through a true, psychic connection. The story is interwoven with poetry and descriptions of how certain aspects of psychic development work, creating something Astrid describes as a ‘hybrid’; a cross-genre concept that will appeal to romance fans and students of the psychic world alike.

Astrid was kind enough to give us some of her time, and here’s what she had to say to PaganPagesOrg.

Mabh Savage: What was the inspiration for the book, A Psychic Affair?

Astrid Brown: I was writing a psychic development book at the time, and I created a website to explain psychic phenomena as I found myself having to explain how we work, and how clients can help themselves. I still add to this site/blog: http://www.astridestella.info . So I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be an idea to write a novel about a medium, and explain psychic phenomena at the same time?’

I had endless problems with publishers as they don’t like hybrids, but want one genre, and not a cross genre as this one is.

MS: What led this decision to craft the book as a hybrid between an educational volume on psychic development, and a romance?

AB: I wanted to write a novel but felt I had to explain how mediums work, and explain the phenomena; after all, ‘Maryann’ and ‘Annie’ are mediums

MS: Was the book based on events in your own life at all?

AB: I have used my life experiences to write the book. I was a lecturer (I no longer do this) focusing on writing and doing readings. Of course I am a medium, so I made ‘Maryann’ one. Some of the characters are based on people I’ve met in my life.

MS: Who would you say the book is aimed at?

AB: I would say its aimed at people who are interested in the paranormal and psychics, and readers who are open minded.

MS: You’ve written thirty books or so in the last ten years. How do you find the time, and how do you balance writing with your day to day life?

AB: I make the time for I love writing. Often the best time for me to write is the early hours of the morning. I get tremendous links with spirit at this time, and they encourage and influence my work. It’s not a job to me; it’s a pleasure. for there is no point in writing if you don’t enjoy it. Lastly, I want to let people know how amazing the Universe and spirit are.

MS: What advice would you give to other aspiring writers?

AB: Don’t give up. You will get many rejections; JK Rowling had 20 rejections from publishers before she had Harry Potter accepted. Your first books may not be that good but keep at it and you will improve. What is important though is spelling and grammar and don’t rely on Spell Check it makes mistakes. Everything happens at the right time and no experience is ever wasted.

MS: How long have you worked with developing your psychic abilities?

AB: All of my life.

MS: When did you first discover your psychic abilities, or your ability to work with spirit?

AB: From birth. I think my earliest memories of psychic phenomena were when I was a baby, and as I was growing up, I played with spirit children, so it developed from then. I was giving readings when I was school age. I might also say my grandmother who lived with us was a medium in the Spiritualist Church.

MS: What’s the most beneficial thing you find about your psychic talents and awareness?

AB: Helping others and bringing them comfort and reassurance, especially if they are bereaved.

MS: And what’s the most challenging?

AB: Explaining to people I am not a fortune teller but a Medium. I cannot conjure up specific loved ones from the other side. If they have a message they will come forward. I am also restricted by divine timing in that there is no concept of time in the spirit realms, so I don’t always get specific dates. Sometimes it’s not possible to do a reading on someone; they maybe inadvertently blocking me and they need to be relaxed. Sometimes spirit will come forward and they will not recognise who it is and for to continue the reading I need them to accept, or be open minded so I can continue the link.

MS: Was it a natural development to move from nursing into holistic therapies?

AB: I began moving to holistic therapies when I had my own children. They were my guinea pigs, but it was actually a very small homeopathic book I came across in the supermarket one day. I bought it, I don’t know why, I guess I was directed by spirit and I was fascinated by it, I wanted to know more and more. This led onto other energy systems of healing such as Bach Flower Remedies and Aromatherapy, so I studied and trained in aromatherapy and reflexology, therapeutic massage, Indian head massage, and crystal therapy. When I attended parapsychology college to improve my mediumship I studied spiritual healing. Then I decided to train as a beauty therapist to gain more clients, eventually becoming a college lecturer, teaching anatomy and physiology, and beauty therapy. I also introduced holistic therapies to the college and trained many students who now work in spas around the world.

MS: Without spoiling the story for prospective readers, the way it ends suggests there may be more to come. Will there be another book for Maryann and John?

AB: This was my intention, to write another, as I left an opening at the end of the book. If the book sells, well I will write another about Maryann and John.

MS: And are you working on any other novels at the moment?

AB: I’m always writing something, I am currently writing something completely different from my normal genre at the moment and a collection of short stories. I write poetry all the time, much of which is channelled from spirit, so it comes in very fast to me, often writing a poem in 2 minutes. Whilst I am writing I am not aware of what my fingers are typing. I do my best psychic readings this way either on messenger or emails.

Thanks for talking to us! Astrid can be found at her website: http://www.astridestella.info where there is a wealth of information about holistic wellbeing and mediumship.

She is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Astrid.Brown/ and Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/astrid_brown (U.S.A.)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00AIOQR2I (UK)

 

A Psychic Affair

 

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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: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

Book Review – Vocal Magick: The User-Friendly Guide to Your Most Adaptable Ritual Tool By Bill Duvendack

March, 2018

Vocal Magick: The User-Friendly Guide to Your Most Adaptable Ritual Tool

By Author Bill Duvendack

 

Mr. Bill Duvendack is a well-known astrologer, specifically an esoteric astrologer, psychic teacher, and author. With over 30 years of study and practice, he is well-versed on matters of which he writes. He teaches classes online webinars through Kepler College, and in person at shops in the Metro St. Louis area. He is also available for private consultations.

Mr. Duvendack gives a brief history of what communication and vocal vibration are, without weighing down the subject. His writing style is straightforward. His writing is not dry, but witty and fun to read. Reading the book is easy. He covers how language connects to the culture it is used in, the semantics of the words you choose in ritual and how they have weight behind them. The depth of knowledge he shows in his writing gives credence to the number of years he had studied before he took up this subject. In this book, he also gives you clarity on how to use what insight you gain to work better at bringing to life the reality you want to create for yourself and the world.

In Vocal Magick, the author covers universal and karmic laws, as well as learning to recognize and be aware of the words you choose in your everyday language. Mr. Duvendack talks about removing ego from the conversation; he shares the story of the rubber band that he used so that he could remove the word “I” from talks. The author also talks about how the words you use when speaking with others gives them an insight into how you perceive the world. This book is about learning to control not only your communications but also your thought processes.

One of the things that Mr. Duvendack explains in this book is that when you vocalize something, the visual audience that you see isn’t the only audience listening. We all know that we have spirit guides, Ascended Masters, and others on the astral plane that hear us. By paying attention to how we use our language, we control what we build on the astral plane. Early in the book, the author talks about using mudras to amplify what you’re saying. You can do this in a way that your audience can’t tell what you are doing.

I like this book, and I have recommended it to a couple of shop owners who are not in the Metro St. Louis area, and they are looking forward to carrying it in their shop. You can also contact the author through his website to get “Vocal Magick” or any of his other books or attend some of his Webinars.

 

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About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become an E-Book reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: https://www.facebook.com/Readings-by-Dawn-1608860142735781/

Wiccan Basics

November, 2010

Pagan Terminology

Adept

A person that has become highly proficient in a particular magickal art(s)
through dedication, much study, and practice.

Akasha

What some deem the fifth Element, Spirit. It is the ever-present spiritual energy
inherent in all parts of the universe. It occupies the top point of the Pentacle and
is considered the center of the Cardinal directions and their reference Elements.

Akashic Records

Allegedly, there is a vast collection of information somewhere that can be accessed for information such as magickal workings, past lives, healing abilities, ect. The records are accessed through using the mind to “tap into” universal energies, and the information is attained from there.

Altar

A flat surface used exclusively for magickal practices or religious observations.

The lay out of the altar various widely with Tradition, and even further with

individual.

Astral Projection

The process of separating your astral body from your material body allowing

motion through astral (non-physical) planes.

Bolline

Another knife used by Wiccans in ritual, unlike the Athame, however, this white

handled blade is used to perform the physical purposed of cutting.

Book of Shadows

A new term for a collection of Craft references. It often includes ritual

procedures, herb lore, definitions, recipes, ect. Many individuals have their own

Book, as do many Covens. (Also called Grimoires.)

Cardinal Directions

See elements

The four familiar directions of the compass and their relative Elements. Many

Crafters utilize the Cardinal directions to attune with the elements of the

universe. The directions and their reference Elements are:

North = Earth

East = Air

South = Fire

West = Water

Center= Akasha

Chakras

There are seven prominent energy channels in the body, each associated with

a color. Smaller channels are found in the hands and feet. The major channels

and their colors are:

Crown = White

Forehead = Purple

Throat = Blue

Chest = Pink or Green

Navel = Yellow

Abdomen = Orange

Groin = Red

Circle

A spherical boundary of energy used to protect the magick person from outside

influences that may disrupt the ritual. Some also use a physical boundary to

assist in the establishing and maintaining of the sphere. Wiccans and

Ceremonial Magicians use Magick Circles all the time, while Tradecrafters use

them not at all.

Cleansing

The use of positive energy to remove negativity from an object or place.

Consecration

Charging a object or space with positive energy.

Coven

“A group of Wiccans, who meet to work or worship in an organized fashion. Said

to be usually limited to 13 members or less.”

Craft, The

“Another name for the practice of magick, esp. Witchcraft.”

Deosil

A clockwise motion, symbolic of positive, constructive energies. It is the Sun’s

apparent motion “around” the Earth in the Northern Hemisphere. Often used in

ritual to “produce” positive energies in the surrounding environment.

Deity

A Divine entity (God or Goddess) honored in a religious “doctrine.”

divination

The magickal art of interpreting the patterns of energies (often displayed

through tools as mediums) in order to discover the unknown.

Earth Mother

The identification as the Earth being the bringer of life, hence the idea of

“Mother Earth.”

Earth Religion

“A religion wherein the worshipper strives to be in harmony with the Earth and

with all life-forms. These religions are opposed to the Christian view that the

world is a resource to be subdued and exploited; or that humans have the right

to dominate and / or subjugate other life-forms.”

Elements, The Four

The four traditional elements that make up our universe. Everything that exists or

has the potential to exist, is a product of an Element or combination of Elements.

of their energies. They are Earth, Fire, Air, and Water (Many also add Akasha to

make a fifth element.) Also see Cardinal Directions and Akasha.

Esbat

“This is a Wiccan term for the monthly meeting of a Wiccan Coven, usually held

during the full of the moon. (There are about 13 full moons each year.) Some

groups also meet at the dark of the moon. (note: not observed by tradcrafters.)”

Goddess, The Trinity

The concept of the Goddess having three aspects: The Maiden, The Mother,

and The Crone. (This belief predates the similar Christian Trinity.)

Guardians of the Four Quarters (Watchtowers)

Astral entities associated with the Elements of the four Cardinal Directions. The

Guardians are used by Ceremonial Magicians and many Wiccans to watch

over a ritual and provide protection at the Four Quarters of the Magick Circle.

Guardian Spirits

Spirits that are present in our lives, and serve as protectors of our person and

spirit. It is believed that everyone has Guardian Spirits, though very few are

aware of the role they play.

Handfasting

A Pagan marriage ceremony.

Horned God, The

“The Horned God is an ancient symbol predating Judaism (and therefore

Christianity.) The Horned God has NOTHING in common with ‘Satan’ (a

Judaeo-Christian Deity) except for his ‘horns’. Actually the horns are antlers, not

little pointy things. ”

Karma

The belief that one’s spiritual path can be affected multiple times by the

intentions within thoughts and actions. The center principle is cause and effect,

all energy one sends out are returned to that person equally. (“For every action

there is an equal and opposite reaction.) Also see Polarity.

Magick

“Spelt with a ‘k’ to differentiate it from the ‘Magic of David Copperfield’; this word

means the conscious focusing of will, often with attendant ritual, to accomplish

a goal.”

Neo-Paganism

“A modern Earth Religion which adapts aspects of the pre-Christian Pagan

religions; (most often from the ancient Norse traditions) and couples these

practices with additions from contemporary religious thinkers.”

Occult

“‘Of or pertaining to supernatural phenomena or influences.’ This word is also

used to denote the study of secret practices.”

Pagan

“A word used to describe ancient people(s) who did not acknowledge the

Christian, Islamic or Judaic God as their own. The word comes from the Latin

word paganus, which meant ‘a country dweller’. This word is used in

contemporary occult parlance to denote any person or group who follows an

Earth based religion or practice.”

Pendulum

A tool of divination in which a string (16″ to 18″) is attached to a weight. The free

end is held in the hand and the elbow steadied. The swing of the weight

determines the answer to the posed question.

Polarity

The notion of equal and opposite energies. Polarity implies balance: Good/Evil,

Light/Dark, Positive/Negative, Sun/Moon, Hot/Cold, ect. (An excellent example

is the Yin Yang symbol.)

Priest/Priestess

A person (term depends on gender) dedicated to the service of a chosen deity

or group of deities, and helping mankind. Note: Neither gender has a

dominating position in Paganism.

Reincarnation

Rebirth. A cycle of repeated incarnation in the human form to provide time for

the timeless soul to progress toward perfection.

Ritual

A set of movements, words, actions designed to accomplish a variety of effects.

Ritual can involve Magick, honoring a diety, communion with nature, etc.

Rituals need not be mechanically planned, spontaneous rituals filled with joy

are often more effective than pre-planned, repetitive, and bland performances.

Sabbat

“One of the eight seasonal Wiccan festivals equally spaced during the year,

celebrated by individuals and covens of Wiccans. (note: Tradcrafters observe

“Tides” not Sabbats.)”

Shaman

A person (male or female) that possesses knowledge of the subtle energies of

the world. Many Shaman were considered “Wise Men” (or Women) within their

cultures. Their understanding of the subtle energies allowed them to perform

magick.

Shamanism

The act of practicing Shamanistic abilities. Some times a religious practices,

sometimes magickal, and at times both.

Sigil

A magickal seal or sign that is used during a magickal work. They can be used

to tranfser, carry, or magnify energy, and have a large variety of applications.

Spells

Mental, emotional, and/or spiritual energy expended to bring about a change

in one’s environment. The energy can be spoken, written, clapped, danced, or

drawn, but must follow a few basic “guidelines” in order for it to be effective.

Talisman

A magickally enhanced object designed to attract a specific type of energy.

Tarot Cards

A deck of (traditionally) 78 cards which hold images that connect the diviner

with the energies of the universe. The cards can be used to determine energies

from the past, present, and future, and can also be used as tools in ritual or

magick. The specific origin is vague.

Tradecraft

“This word is often used to differentiate between the practices of traditional /

hereditary witchs and the practices of Wiccans.”

Tradition

Can be thought of as “denomination” of Paganism, the path one follows.

Tradition does no imply a recognized religion, for there are many more personal

religions than there are recognized religions.

Wicca

“An earth based religion which was formed (circa 1940) by Gerald Gardner,

which blended magical practices from diverse cultures with the writings of

authors (such as H.P. Lovecraft,) and incorporated aspects of pagan ritual,

tradcraft, as well as ancient concepts of deity. To this base, other concepts of

fact and myth are added (or subtracted) to make up the various ‘traditions’ (in

this case synonymous with ‘denominations,’) around which covens and

individual practitioners base their practices. Some of the ‘trads’ of Wicca are:”

Alexandrian

Celtic

Circle

Dianic

Faerie

Gardnerian

Wiccan

“One who follows the earth based religion known as Wicca; worships at least

one aspect of the triple Goddess, and (sometimes) Her Consort, the Horned God.

Wiccans often call themselves ‘witches’. (note: few tradcrafters, who are the

‘witches’ of antiquity, will call themselves a witch.) A Wiccan would never

dream of harming anything, be it beast, earth or mankind. In short, Wicca is a

benign religion.”

Widdershins

Counter clockwise motion. In the Northern Hemisphere it is opposite the Sun’s

movement in the sky, and would be considered to produce negative energies.

It is faulty to think that any counter clockwise motion produces negative energy,

the motion is simply symbolic of the energies around us.

Witch

“One who practices a way of life consistent with the natural rhythms of the

earth. Witches have a reverence and respect for their ancestors (lineal,

collateral or adopted) and contrary to popular conceptions of witches, and

witchcraft; there is no blood sacrifice, worshipping of Satan, or trafficking in

abortion. In fact, most ‘witches’ go to great lengths to not stand out in their dress

or mannerisms.

Blessing until next Month