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Oracle Deck Review – Arcane Bullshit Fortune-Telling Deck by Evan Doherty

August, 2019

Oracle Deck Review
Arcane Bullshit Fortune-Telling Deck
by Evan Doherty

Arriving
in time to save us from the disappearance of Mad Magazine, the Arcane
Bullshit Fortune-Telling Deck is a self-published fortune-telling
deck, created by Evan Doherty and funded by a successful Kickstart
campaign. Doherty feels that the tarot world takes itself way to
seriously, and that the occult should be less about rules and
formalities and way more about creativity and dick jokes. After
getting my hands on this beautifully crafted deck and working with
the cards, I tend to agree with him.

The
deck consists of 105 cards, and yes, there are no suits and no Major
and Minor Arcana so if you need that kind of structure, this is not
your deck. The 2¾ inch by 4¾ inch cards are printed on very sturdy
cardstock (the stack of 105 cards is 2 inches high) with a matte
finish black and white card image on the face and a bunch of black
and white occult-looking symbols and images on the card back. The
card images look like woodcuttings from an old alchemy book, and yes
I looked closely at a few because like the images on the back of the
cards, several images look close to what you would find in an old
grimoire. With a few strange twists, of course.

The
deck comes in a very sturdy matte black box with a lift-off lid. I
love the image on the top of the box (an open book from which spews
flames and symbols), printed in white, and I love the shiny embossed
texture on the sides of the lid. Inside the lid is a warning, and
brief instructions for setting up a reading. The bottom of the box
is printed white-on-black with more symbols, and the sides of the box
are shiny-embossed with words and phrases. I am assuming these are
the words submitted by the Kickstart backers, to be included in the
guidebook as mentioned on the Kickstart page.

Along
with the cards is a 2¾ inch by 4¾ inch soft cover “little black
book” (pardon the pun, the cover is black matte finish with a white
image on the front and a description of Arcane Bullshit on the back).
The interior is black ink on white paper with crisp, clear printing,
very easy to read. The first two pages are more random words and
phrases. Next comes Introductory Bullshit, What Doth Bullshit, and
Bullshitting Procedures, including Shuffling Tips and Example
Spreads. Finally, Bullshitting (instructions, of course) and
Conclusioning (how to conclude a reading).

Then
we have suggested meanings for the cards. The meanings offered are
simple, some only a sentence or two, and are all tongue-in-cheek . .
. or are they?? Because the card images are strange, part reality
and part twisted reality, and because there are no detailed spoon-fed
meanings and intentions behind the images, if you make the effort and
work with the images you can create some cool, creative, and probably
strange and very personal meanings for the cards.

The
last page of the guidebook offers another warning. That is two
warnings so far. Along with the cards and the guidebook, my set came
with a black tarot bag with white and gold printing, a round black
and white sticker with the Arcane Bullshit symbol (a pile of feces
with a single eye), and a 4 inch by 6 inch card containing another
warning.

There
is a reason for the multiple warnings. This is a quasi-occult,
quasi-esoteric and very cheeky fortune-telling deck. Be aware: there
are card images showing genitals, breasts and nipples, and profanity
sprinkled throughout. There is no typical Tarot structure, not even
an Oracle-like structure. Because of the sturdiness of the cards,
some traditional shuffling methods might not work for you, even
though the cards are not large in size. If you are uncomfortable
with any of these things, a more traditional deck might work better
for you. I feel that bit of discomfort is a good way to grow and
learn, especially in the divination world, and a time-out that
provides a chance to not take ourselves seriously can be very
beneficial, which is why I like this deck.

If
you want to brave the multiple warnings and take divination in a
less-serious manner, if you want to become acquainted with a whole
new set of images and divination archetypes, and if you are not
afraid to laugh at yourself or your cards, I highly recommend getting
your hands on the Arcane Bullshit deck. You will notice that I did
not include individual card names or descriptions; that is because
you need to see and hold this deck in order to truly appreciate it.
This is a quality deck made in the style of True Black Tarot, but
with a completely irreverent energy to it. This deck offers totally
twisted, out-there images that encourage a reader to think for
herself and have fun because the Arcane Bullshit Fortune-Telling deck
does not take itself seriously at all.

Or
does it??

Arcane Bullshit Contacts

Site: arcanebullshit.com

Social
Media:

facebook.com/ArcaneBullshit/

instagram.com/arcanebullshit/

twitter.com/bullshitarcane

***

About
the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Book Review – Pagan Portals: Sun Magic by Rachel Patterson

August, 2019

Book Review
Pagan Portals
Sun Magic
by Rachel Patterson

I think sometimes as a witch the moon tends to get pride of place and
the sun perhaps takes a back seat? But it is an incredibly powerful
source of natural energy and magic.”1.

Sun
Magic
by Rachel Patterson
provides a fresh perspective on putting the Sun and solar energies
into the same place of interest and mystery that the moon has
typically held in practicing the craft. The book reads easily and is
parceled out into bite-size pieces. The contents read like a table
of correspondences for the sun and each chapter is only a few pages
in length.

Ms.
Patterson has provided enough information for anyone to begin the
practice of solar magick and form the correct alignments to draw the
energy into your workings and make maximum use of the sun in all of
its expressions.

I
particularly liked the brief section on “Solar Water”. This comes
after the chapters on the “Solar Eclipse” and “Eclipse Magic”.

Seat
out a jar or dish of water during an eclipse and let it soak up the
energy.”
2.

Simple,
clear and filled with potency of intention; after completion you will
have magically solar charge water to use as you will.

Other
chapter topics cover “Sun Herbs and Plants”, “Sun Signs”,
“Sun Incense Blends”, “Sun Oil Blends”, and more.

The
chapter, “Sun Animals” gives an overview of those animals
typically associated with solar energy. And, in keeping with the flow
of topic to topic, the next chapter provides the reader with a lovely
“Meditation to Meet a Solar Animal”. It is a brief meditation
that could be done in minimal time or expanded and stretched into a
more lengthy space of journeying.

Many
are familiar with the practice of drawing down the moon, but few have
experienced the equally potent ‘Drawing Down the Sun”. This
exercise is done outside in sunlight and makes use of a lovely
written poem/chant to be recited as the energy of the sun is invoked
into your being. This is a nice exercise to use for healing and
strengthening your body(ies) when some additional bolstering is
needed.

Sun
Magic
is a lovely addition to
any beginner’s library. It is a handy little reference book that
provides the reader with options, information and starting points to
incorporate solar energy in their workings and practice.

About
Rachel Patterson:

Rachel
Patterson is a witch whose practice incorporates Kitchen Witchery,
Hedge Witchery and folk magic. She is also an Elder and High
Priestess of the Kitchen Witch Coven/School.

For
more information:

www.kitchenwitchhearth.net

www.rachelpatterson.co.uk

Footnotes:

  1. p.
    1
  2. p.
    22

Pagan Portals – Sun Magic: How To Live In Harmony With The Solar Year on Amazon

***

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 at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Book Review – The Mirror of Magic by Kurt Seligman

August, 2019

Book Review
The Mirror of Magic
A History of Magic in the Western World
by Kurt Seligman
Original Copyright date 1948

Mirror
of Magic is a comparative religion book. It starts with Mesopotamia
and goes all the way to the 18th century.

I’m one of those people that I make lots of notes whenever I’m reading a book. So, with this book, I’ve made like seven pages of notes. I made a note of, in Mesopotamia, when it talks about how the Gods were reminded of the misfortune of mortals. Back in Mesopotamia, there is no moral distinction between good or bad, or light and dark; spiteful forces could live side by side with charitable ones. It was believed that man would have prayed to chaos had he not employed the magical arts to protect him against evil influences. In this dualistic world, both evil and good, or light and dark are worshiped alike.

I
had always known in the back of my head that the Jewish faith had
more than one Deity at one point in their history. This book explores
all of that and some of the names of those deities. For me, one of
the most telling sentences is; on the Hebrew faith, is “they
were preoccupied with the life to come after death — unknown to the
old religion of Moses. They longed for the establishment of a
heavenly Kingdom that would mark the end of their hopeless struggle.”

I
also found the chapter on Alchemy interesting, starting with the very
first quote by Basil Valentine: “This operation, like the
ancients, is the truth convenient for women.” Zosimus declared
that knowledge of metals, precious stones incense dated back to the
epic mentioned furtively in the book of Genesis. “The sons of
God saw the daughters of men, that they were fair.” According to
Mr. Seligmann, the ancients (whoever those people maybe) believed
that this was the beginning of alchemy. These were fallen Angels
teaching mortal women the art of alchemy in exchange for mundane
pleasures. The chapter on alchemy even goes on to explore the
philosopher’s stone and Nicholas Flamel. This book having been
written in 1948, there is a lot of stuff in it about Nicholas Flamel
that has now changed. With archaeology and other Sciences teaching us
more about the past. But this is still an exciting part of the book.

The
chapter in witchcraft I found interesting. There are different parts
of transcripts from trials; there are various things written in court
papers this book presents. I don’t remember seeing or reading
anyplace else. It’s one of the longer chapters in the book, but it’s
informative about history not about the practice.

There’s
so much exciting stuff in this book that I couldn’t possibly cover it
all in this book review. But this is a book I’m glad to have in my
library. The Mirror of Magic is a book that I will go back and
reread, and I’ll write more notes. It is also a book that has led me
to research more of the history of magic, paganism, witchcraft, and
even Judeo Christian beliefs.

The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Dawn
Borries
 loves
reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org.
Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past
25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook
page. If you are interested in a reading you can reach her on
Facebook @eagleandunicorn

Interview with Reanna of Woodland Wand Creation

August, 2019

Bright
Blessings!

Last month, I got to review a great wand by Lady Reanna Shellenbarger of Woodland Wand Creation, and this month, I lucked into an interview!

Here is the link to my review if you did not have a chance to read it yet!

Read on to learn more about this amazing artist and creatrix, and her sacred, beautiful wands!

On
their Facebook page, it says:

“Welcome
friends to my store called Woodland
Wand Creation
. A magical place of
semiprecious stones & enchanting wood from the magical forest.
All to make amazing Wands. All work is unique artwork. No two are the
same. I work within the respect to our Ecosystem. Many of my pieces
are created with natural and reclaimed supplies. Wood is collected
with respect and reverence. All wood is render by the tree naturally
after stormy weather. No tree is ever harmed or wood cut from trees.
My artwork & Wands are said to be very powerful. Because I work
and charge all pieces by the moon light for an extra punch of energy.

Bert
is the engine and Reanna is the artist. Together we are Woodland
Wand Creation
. All items are made by
Reanna she is such the artist. We hope you all enjoy them as much as
we do.”

Then,
I got to catch up with
Reanna, and she told me wonderful things!

Saoirse-
How and why did you get into making your beautiful wands? What or who
inspired you?

Reanna-
A friend of mine purchased a bag of random semiprecious stones and
had no idea of what to do with them. so I took some of the stones
home and fashioned a Wand, not knowing if it would even work. well,
needless to say, it did, and here I am today.

Saoirse-
How does this tie in with your personal spiritual path, and what
would you like to share about your path with us?

Reanna-
I studied Wicca some years ago. I reached High Priestess status.
today I’m solitary but very, very social. I found more freedom by
dedicating myself to more creative pursuits. As a Libra, I require
the freedom to go with what the wind calls to me and what strikes my
fancy.

Saoirse-
Tell me about your creative process. How do you get an idea that
inspires? What types of materials draw you? What colors? How do you
begin, and how long does it usually take from start to finish?

Reanna-
Each stone or branch tells me
their desire to become something more. I then clean them up a bit by
removing the bark, to show off the natural beauty of the wood. I work
with only naturally rendered woods, like after storms and such. I
never cut or hurt a tree. I still go for the random mix of stones to
this very day. I meditate while I divide them up into the kinds of
stones they are. I can then hear them speak to me about their desire.
Some stones want to be a Staff, Smudge fan or a Rattle. I am blessed
with a wide range of woods in my area. White Willow is my all time
favorite, but I do work with Wise Oak, Red Elm, Sweet Maple, and
Driftwood.

Saoirse-
Tell about
how you run your business and how and why you decided to sell as
opposed to just making your own? Talk about your business partners!

Reanna-
I work with my longtime
partner Bert. Bert is my online Wizard. the engine to my inspiration.
We are the perfect team. We have a small shop on Etsy. We also are on
social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I will provide
links below.

Saoirse-
Tell about yourself aside from your path and wands.

Reanna-
I enjoy cooking and making up my own recipes. I like to sew
children’s blankets and quilts that I donate to the local church. I
really like to gardening, growing herbs, flowers and playing in my
Fairy garden. I dabble in painting. I like to recycle items to keep
them out of the landfills so most of my stuff is up-cycled. I also
work with many divination tools such as Tarot, Crystal balls, Zodiac-
natal charts, Tea leaves, and Pendulums. I write memes about magick
for FB as well as some really bad poetry. I teach the basic of Tarot
and Wicca in a FB group. well, I guess I’m just your all-around
crafty Witch.

Saoirse-
My editor noticed
your fair pricing. Many merchants charge a lot more for a wand than
you do. Why do you charge what you do as opposed to what many of your
competitors do?

Reanna-
Well, we did our homework on the prices before we set out. We
saw that so many are over priced for just the simplest items. We did
not want to rip off the Pagan community like this. We feel magick
knowledge should not be misused by over pricing. To us, it seemed so
unfair and it gives our movement such a bad name in a time when we
are rising out of the shadows. Our intention was to sell a good
product at a good price. Honest and true is the only way to a secure
future. In this simple and humble way, a Wand can be in many hands.

Shared
here are some links where you can find Reanna’s
amazing goods, and have some for yourself!

This
is Reanna’s
FB

This
is Bert’s
FB

This
is the Etsy
shop

Their
Woodland
Wand Creation FB

This
is their
Pinterest
link

And
Their
Twitter
Link

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

Book Review – Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia by Jake Richards

August, 2019

Book Review
Backwoods Witchcraft
Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia
by Jake Richards
Pages: 211

”It’s
just what the old folks did,” author Jake Richards wrote in his
book, “Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from
Appalachia.” He explains, “The old-timers have always been
superstitious when it comes to ghosts, lightening, death, witches,
and curses. Basically, everything that could threaten their
livelihood. … These remedies and charms are tradition, and you
aren’t supposed to question them. No one does.”

Richards
grew up in the valleys
below Buffalo and Roan Mountain in East Tennessee. His family was
mostly farmers in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina – some
going back three hundred years. Most of his childhood was spent at
his great-grandmother’s on the side of Big Ridge Mountain near
Devil’s Nest in North Carolina.

“My
family always spoke of the old wives’ tales and folk remedies; who
could cure what or what to do if this or that happened. They were
mountain people to the bone: hunters, farmers, blacksmiths, faith
healers, preachers, and root diggers,” he wrote.

Their
practices were connected to the land and the traditions of those who
lived there for generations. Superstition fueled what’s been called
hill folks hoodoo, granny magic and mountain conjure – now known as
Appalachian
conjure or Appalachian folk magic. It’s a way of life, and it is
very much connected to
the Bible.

Most
of this hill magic has been lost to poverty and time. The elders are
passing or losing their memories while the youth are walking around
with gifts they may not know they possess. With this book, Richards –
as the only active yarb doctor on either side of his family – is
trying the keep the roots of this magic alive by sharing what he’s
learned from relatives and other mountain workers.

“The
roots to them are true and worn, with add-ons here and there from my
own learning and my own making that I have found to work,” he said
of “piecing together
the lost works and ways that were once practiced abundantly practiced
on this red clay earth while bringing them into today’s mind.”

It
could be hanging yarrow at the head of a crib and an iron nail driven
into the post to protect a young child from being taken by the little
folk, or binding a piece of dogwood root to a cross with red thread
and hang in the living room for protection. Done as they always have
been, with variations based on time, location and family.

One
thing, though, that is common throughout Appalachia is using the
Bible as a template for spells. For example, Ezekiel 16:6 is used to
stop bleeding, and Proverbs 8:18-21 is used for prosperity work,
while John 6:50 is recited while baking bread.

The
Christian influence and belief that all power comes from God are not
indications that no harm is done. The Wiccan Rule of Three and the
notion of karma are not part of Appalachian folk magic. An eye for an
eye is more common, yet Richards writes, “Any kind of curse or
retaliation must be justified, and the punishment must fit the
crime.”

The
book is full of stories from the mountains – thought to be the
second-oldest range in the world – and what grows from its soil.
The region is a melting pot of European, African and Native American
traditions. These include keeping unwanted spirits at bay with basil
and keeping a jar of found money by the door to insure in an
inpouring of more.

The
book covers establishing a relationship with ancestors, guidelines
for planting, omens, healing, signs from the spirit world,
divination, protection and recipes and remedies. Readers will learn
to charm the fire, stir water to tell fortunes and to “jab those
who do us wrong” as Richards shares tried-and-true
formulas in the hopes of preserving them.

About the Author Jake Richards

Known by some folks as Old Buck or Kudzu, Jake Richards has practiced folk magic for almost a decade. He teaches classes on folk healing, ancestor veneration, and divination. He writes about these topics on his blog, Holy Stones and Iron Bones, and owns Little Chicago Conjure, a supplier of Appalachian folk magic supplies and ingredients in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

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

Book Review – Find Your Happy: Daily Mantras by Shannon Kaiser

August, 2019

Book Review
Find Your Happy
Daily Mantras
by Shannon Kaiser

Find
Your Happy: Daily Mantras: 365 Days of Motivation For a Happy,
Peaceful and Fulfilling Life is one of the most positive books I
have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Published by Beyond
Words Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., this book
is designed to be a daily reader of wisdom and motivation. However,
I read it within forty-eight hours. It’s a really great book!

One
of the things I like about it is that there are no dates attached to
the daily mantras. Day 1 is entitled “I Am Abundant And Secure”
(Kaiser, 1) with two paragraphs explaining how to focus on abundance
and how to bring abundance into your life. However, unlike so many
other daily meditation or mantra books, Day 1 isn’t January 1 –
it’s whatever Day 1 you happen to open the book and start this
journey.

There
are so many gems in this book. Day 113 is “Self-Love Is A Practice
I Show Up For Daily.” Kaiser writes, “Self-love is not selfish,
nor is it something that just happens. It is a practice…When you
show up for yourself each day, your life becomes more manageable
because you are more grounded and balanced.” (Kaiser, 117). Also:
Day 152 with “I’ve Done Nothing Wrong”. “Instead of thinking
things didn’t work out, start celebrating how things have fallen
into place…Forgive yourself and know that you did the best you
could with what you knew at the time.” (Kaiser, 157)

There
are affirmations for each day. “I smile confidently and with
great love.”
and “We are all connected and a smile brings
us closer”
are some of the affirmations for Day 273, which is
entitled “I Smile At Strangers” (Kaiser, 283). Any one day
offers an affirmation that can be taken with you for the entire day
as a personal power thought. The affirmations for Day 189, “Just
Because It Hasn’t Been Done Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be” are
perfect for this kind of thing: “I am a force of energy and
focus.”
or: “When I put my mind to something I desire, it
will come true.”
(Kaiser, 196)

Each
day follows up with questions for the day. For instance, Day 245 is
“I Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart”. After the small sermon
and the affirmations, Kaiser poses the question: “How can I
cultivate a morning gratitude practice?” (Kaiser, 254). Day 80 has
the lovely title of “I Love My Body Because Of What It Has
Overcome” and asks, “How can I send light and love to every cell
of my body?” (Kaiser, 83). Indeed.

There
are 365 days of these gems and jewels… they most certainly are!
Read them one day at a time or read them within a two-day period like
I did or skip around the book to find the wisdom that resonates most
readily with your own reality. You won’t be disappointed with what
you find within the covers of this book.

Shannon Kaiser’s website is HERE. There are plenty of things to see on her site check it out!

There is also “Find Your Happy” Oracle Card set! Pagan Pages writer Robin Fennelly wrote a review of the set a few months ago. If you haven’t read it, you can read it HERE.

I
would personally love to get this deck someday!

So
go to your favorite local bookstore or buy on your favorite online
store – mine is Thriftbooks.com – and purchase this very helpful
and holistic book filled with wisdom and healing. I can’t
recommend it enough.

Brightest
Blessings!

Find Your Happy Daily Mantras on Amazon

References

Kaiser,
Shannon. Find Your Happy: Daily Mantras: 365 Days of Motivation
For A Happy, Peaceful, And Fulfilling Life. Hillsboro, OR: Beyond
Worlds Publishing, 2018.

https://www.playwiththeworld.com/

PaganPagesOrg Review of The 365 Find Your Happy Mantra Deck

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About
the Author:

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

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

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

Review of Buddha Gear – Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness

August, 2019

It
was so much fun to receive this headband from Buddha Gear to review.

Buddha
Gear is Joy and Jason. Joy designs and sells hats, and has been for
over 12 years. Jason is a guide and wellness coach, who has traveled
extensively on his spiritual journey, wishing to help those
experience their own spiritual awakening.

Together, they have co-created Buddha Gear, a company making handmade, unique head gear such as headbands, beanies and hats. Putting their money where their mouths are, they donate a beanie to a homeless shelter for each one that is sold (go buy one!)

Susan
Morgain (SM):
What was the impetus for starting this?

Buddha
Gear
(Jason):
While traveling in Peru about 10 years ago, I had a powerful
meditation and download to put a crystal in a bandanna
so I could tie it over my third eye…I did
and was really surprised how it intensified my meditations. (And)
Since every crystal has a different frequency, different crystals
tune me into a different experience…

SM:
What gave you the idea to actually start the company?

BG:
Well, when Joy and I started dating about 3 years ago she asked
what all of the bandannas
around my house were :-)

I
told here the story and she (being a headwear designer) created a
prototype. We tweaked it a little and put symbols on them and the
Buddha Band was born.

Since
then we have added beanies, bandannas,
dad hats and snapbacks to our line and have more on the back burner…

SM:
How much as been given to homeless shelters so far?

BG:
We have donated over 400 lbs of clothing and headwear in the last
year. As far as the beanies, we gift one for every one sold at
retail.

Our
plan is to have 1,300 beanies for the shelter by the end of the
year!!!

SM:
When do you anticipate the Kickstarter campaign will be done and the
dream realized?

BG:
The kickstarter ended about a month
ago but is still up for all of the info.

This is the site where you can get more information about Buddha Gear’s Kickstarter. Here is a link to Buddha Gear’s direct site.

Check
out all of the headbands, beanies and hats that come in different
fabrics, & designs;
you can get them plain or with really fun metaphysical designs. Know
that when doing this, you are also donating to a homeless shelter.

I
loved the headband that I received. The design, as you can see,
is the phases of the moon. It came with a small bag of chakra
crystals so that you can choose which one you would like to put into
the hidden pocket to cover your third eye.

For
the review itself, I brought the headband with me to yoga class and
passed it around to my students. We were all agreed on how soft the
fabric was and how much we liked the graphic. The only problem that
most of us had was that the, since the majority of us have thin,
silky hair, the headband would not stay in place and kept sliding
around. The one of us with long full hair did not have the same
issue. I would love to see this in a “less” slippery
fabric specific to thinner, finer hair.

I
would definitely get one; the idea of the hidden pocket for a crystal
is, to me, brilliant.

Go check out Buddha Gear. They are pretty awesome!

Buddha
Gear Contacts

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About
the Author:

Susan
Morgaine
 is
a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher,
Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist
with PaganPages.org Her
writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever
Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed
and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises,
Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also
been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She
is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She
is the author of “My
Name is Isis
”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………”
children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A
Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long
been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes
and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She
is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation,
being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research
Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the
Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found
at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and
her email is [email protected]

Book Review – Everyday Magic: Rituals, Spells & Potions to Live Your Best Life by Semra Haksever

August, 2019

Book Review
Everyday Magic
Rituals, Spells & Potions to Live Your Best Life
by Semra Haksever

I
was lucky enough to receive a copy of this beautiful book to review.
It was written by Semra Haksever, and illustrated by Nes Vuckovic.
Published in 2018 by Hattie Grant Books. This book is 160 pages long
and is full of magical information and lots of spells & recipes
you can use.

Upon
opening the cover the first page states “ACTION + INTENTION=
MAGIC”, and I know this book and I are gonna get along. This is
a very aesthetically pleasing book in my opinion as well. It’s a
small square hardback with all black, white and teal illustrations.
Very nicely put together. As a book fanatic (kindle isn’t my jam- I
love a book I can look at and hold in my hands) I love nothing more
than having a gorgeous book on my bookshelf and being able to pull it
out to follow a recipe or look up a correspondence. This is a nice
addition to my magical bookshelf.

This
book is conveniently broken into two main parts, the first is general
information and introductions to many magical topics such as moon
cycles, crystals, working with energy, smudging, herbs, pendulums and
so on. This section gives the reader a basic understanding that’s
very important to know before doing spellwork. I think the author
included a good amount of info and great mixture of topics. If you
want a quick read and easy to understand beginners book, this would
be an excellent choice.

The
second section is all of the fabulous spells, potions and recipes. I
like how the book has all the recipes in one area so it’s easy to
locate. I can flip through just that section if I want to peruse
through the different options and get inspired. If I’m looking for a
specific type of potion, say to draw luck, I can easily find it, and
I also like that her recipes don’t have too many ingredients. Nothing
is more frustrating than getting excited to follow a recipe in a book
only to realize you don’t have half of the ingredients, or you
don’t have a clue where to find them. This book is very user
friendly and most recipes you can make with stuff you have on hand or
it can be easily found.

I
think this book is a great one for beginners and I also think more
experienced magical folks can gain much from the content. It was a
very enjoyable and fast read and I look forward to trying many of the
recipes in the near future. I love the look of this book, the
illustrations and the overall vibe. I highly recommend anyone to
check this gorgeous book out.

Everyday Magic: Rituals, Spells & Potions to Live Your Best Life on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Retha
N. Lent

has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have
four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has
her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences
from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s
Crystals
” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry &
specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her
customers and those interested in learning more about crystals &
all things magical called “Retha’s
Crystal Circle
“. She is also an advisor in the Sage
Goddess Affiliate
Program
. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of
Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained
Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion
for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual
practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs,
manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite
place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal
collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She
has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You
can reach her at [email protected]
or on her business
page on FB
: www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or
in her
FB group

Her
Sage
Goddess
affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or
follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

Book Review – Tarot and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light by Sallie Nichols

August, 2019

Book Review
Tarot and the Archetypal Journey
The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light
by Sallie Nichols

Tarot
and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light
by Sallie Nichols. Originally published as “Jung and the Tarot”
with a 1980 copyright, and republished in 2019 by Red Wheel/Weiser,
LLC, 65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950. This is a 6
inch by 9 inch soft cover book with a matte color illustration on the
front cover and a book description on the back cover. There are 398
pages with somewhat small black typeface printed on white paper; the
quality of the printing is somewhat inferior, which could be why the
images are not very clear and appear to be reprinted rather than
original images. Tarot and the Archetypal Journey follows the
Journey of the Fool through the Major Arcana and explores the
connection between Tarot imagery and Jung’s archetypes.

We
begin with a forward by Mary K. Greer and an introduction by Laurens
van der Post. Then we dive right into one of those amazing rabbit
holes one encounters whenever we delve a bit deeper into the Tarot.
If you read nothing else in this book, the first two chapters,
“Introduction to the Tarot” and “Map of the Journey” will
bring powerful insight into the Tarot Majors/archetypes connection.
But definitely don’t stop there or you will miss the meat of the
book.

Nichols
has chosen the Marseilles Tarot (one of the oldest designs) as her
focus for this book, and that makes sense if we are exploring
traditional Tarot imagery and symbolism. What makes the Marseilles
Tarot a particularly valuable teaching tool for exploring the
subconscious is this deck does not come with a traditional LWB or
companion book; thus we can’t fall back on explanations
conveniently provided by others but must find our own.

Despite
the fact that Jung himself did not write much about the Tarot,
Nichols has been able to offer an average of 7 to 15 pages dedicated
to each of the 22 Major Arcana cards, offering images, symbolism,
history, connections to other cards, and an in-depth explanation of
the effects of the card’s corresponding archetype. That is a total
of 345 pages of information! For example, there are 12 pages and two
images in the section dedicated to the 16th card of the
Majors, titled The Tower of Destruction: The Stroke of Liberation.
Nichols speaks of the Biblical associations with this card, the
association between lightning and a spiritual message, possible
psychological interpretations for the figures falling from the tower,
comparisons to contemplate with the images in The Magician, The
Emperor, The Pope, The Popess (The High Priestess), The Hermit, The
Hanged Man and The Devil.

After
the detailed descriptions of the Major Arcana cards there is a
chapter offering information about using the cards, an explanation of
a Nine-Card Tarot Oracle Spread, some definitions, and references
identifying the many images and direct quotes presented within this
book.

This
is not a how-to-read-the Tarot book, not necessarily a beginner’s
book. It is a way to understand the power of Jungian archetypes in
combination with the symbolism of the Major Arcana, how to understand
them and use their power for personal evolution, and how to identify
their effects in order to lessen their hold upon our lives. Nichols
explains that once we begin to pay attention in this way to the
characters inhabiting the Major Arcana, they will begin to pop up
with regularity in our lives, offering us opportunities to get in
touch in a more personal way with our cards and our psyche.

I
am happy to have this book on my Tarot bookshelf; not that it will
spend much time there. I’ll be reading it, often. I will be
anticipating the effects of the cards and the archetypes on my daily
life. After all, according to Sallie Nichols, “Strange things can
happen when one confronts an archetype.”

Tarot and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Oracle Deck Review – Oracle of the Radiant Sun: Astrology Cards to Illuminate Your Life by Caroline Smith and John Astrop

August, 2019

Oracle Deck Review
Oracle of the Radiant Sun
Astrology Cards to Illuminate Your Life
by Caroline Smith and John Astrop

This
is a reprint of the original Oracle of the Radiant Sun deck which was
difficult to find and quite pricey. It is visually lovely 84-card
deck accompanied by a 144-page book, nicely boxed with a woodcut sun
graphic that is also the card back. The oracle is in 7 suits, one
for each of the 7 ancient planets and luminaries: Sun, Moon, Mercury,
Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each suit has 12 cards, with a card
for each placement of the suit’s planet in the 12 signs of the
zodiac. So, for Mercury, the Suit of Change, there is a card for
Mercury in Aries, Taurus, and Gemini continuing on through Pisces at
the end of the zodiacal wheel. The house number for the sign’s
placement on the wheel is at the top of each card. The glyphs for the
planet and the sign are at the bottom, on either side of a key word
describing this placement of the planet. So, Mercury in Libra (7th
House) is Influence. The guide book further explains it as guile,
smooth talk, persuasion and temptation. The stunning pastel woodcut
artwork on the card shows Adam and Eve with a thorny rosebush and a
coiled serpent with the Mercury glyph as its tongue! The book
further expands the discussion of the short description with a full
page analysis of the personal characteristics of a Mercurial Libran
as well as the events potentially symbolized by this placement. The
card size is smaller than the Rider Waite Smith deck, making it easy
to shuffle, but the cardstock is somewhat flimsy and easy to bend.

The
book provides a very good basic introduction to planetary, house and
sign associations, with useful keywords and concepts for each. These
may be somewhat shallow or stereotypical for practicing astrologers,
but are excellent for those looking for a succinct introduction and
way in to understanding astrological meanings. There is a 20-page
section on card spreads that include sample yearly prediction
readings as well as sample horary readings, those done to answer
specific questions. There is a basic explanation for conducting a
horary reading using the keyword concepts provided for each house.

The
artwork is simply stunning. The imagery is rich and symbolic from
many religious and mythological traditions, including Judaism, Islam,
Christianity and Voodoo as well as Egyptian, Minoan, and Greco-Roman.
The images, woodcut style in lovely pastels, are collages of symbols
and figures , at first appearing unrelated, but when studied, opening
up to release their meanings. It is visually easy to recognize the
suit of each card by its layout – each suit has a different design
which speaks to the characteristics of the relevant planet: Mercury
cards are divided in half diagonally (it is the sign of duality and
The Twins!) with a different image or symbol in each half. The Sun
cards are an arched portal (the doorway of our identity) with two
areas for images. So the layout and imagery in combination speaks to
our unconscious and takes our understanding of the cards into a
deeper place enhancing the written interpretations.

As
an astrologer, I was dubious about what the cards could do when I
first got them. I have come to love their imagery and the many ways
to work with them. The sample year readings provided are great and
useful for working with clients as a complement to progression,
transits and solar return readings. I have also used them working
with a client to pin down an ascendant or moon placement when they
aren’t sure of their birthtime. I cannot recommend these cards
highly enough for Tarot readers, practiced or
astrologers-in-training, those curious about planetary and house
meanings or simply lovers of beautiful objects!

Oracle of the Radiant Sun: Astrology Cards to Illuminate Your Life on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner and Teacher of Shamanism. She is a long-time explorer of The Mysteries – the connections between mind, body, spirit and how to live in right relationship to all of the energies streaming through the cosmos. She works with clients as an astrologer, coach, ceremonialist and guide to the wisdom that each of us has the capacity to access. Her focus is on guiding clients to unblock and rediscover their inner wisdom. , exploration of the birth chart, ceremony, legacy writing, hypnotherapy, energetic healing practice and creation of sacred tools are integral pieces of her practice.

Susan
trained in Soul Level Astrology with master astrologer Mark Borax.
She delights in exploring with individuals the planetary pattern
under which their soul choose to incarnate.

Flying
to the Heart www.flyingtotheheart.com

Open
Channel Astrology: openchannelastrology.com

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