Reviews

Charm Spells By Ileana Abrev

March, 2009

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Over the years I have read a vast array of books aimed towards teaching our pagan youth the practices and principles of our craft, but I must say this is the most awe inspiring of them all.

Charm Spells is an ingenious easy to read literary guide for both young and old witches alike. Teaching the basic tools every young witch needs Ileana Abrev has created a grimoire like no other. Instructing white magick from the very start not only is the right path to take, but it sets young practitioner on the path to lifelong success in their lives as well as their practice. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to read this book and forwarded it on to my daughter; that there is just one thing left to say go out and get a copy today it is one book we all should ready regardless of our age.

CrossRoads by Jenna Greene

March, 2009

“CrossRoads,” her debut cd and what a debut cd it is.   A collection of Celtic original songs each one telling a story clearly and beautifully written and sung so gloriously that it makes you want to stop and enjoy what you hear.  Keep in mind that these are not traditional Celtic songs which is why I am so thrilled with them.  They have the Celtic flair, they have the history but with a twist.

Jenna is also currently working on her second CD, “Dance of the Goddess,”

“ which explores the many aspects of the divine feminine.  It honors the spiritual teachers who have inspired her writings, including Joseph Campbell, Jon and Caitlin Matthews, and Louise Hay.  These themes are woven into the landscape of ethereal, mythic worlds Jenna is known for creating.” *

Do yourself a favor and give the cd a listen to.  Jenna Greene she is and upcoming star.

Here is where you can find on the web.

http://www.greeneladymusic.com/Default.aspx

http://www.myspace.com/greeneladymusic

* Quote from an excerpt from new promotional material of “Dance of the Goddess,” cd.

Faerie Wicca by Listening Owl

February, 2009

Listening-Owl has missed a perfectly good opportunity to enlighten the Wiccan and Faery communities by displaying subtle negative feelings toward the Celtic community, e.g. “Many books have been written about Irish and Celtic faerie traditions of the past. I’m not going there” (Listening-Owl, 2008, p.16). I find this statement quite peculiar in that quite a few of the sections in Faerie Wicca refer to the Celtic traditions such as Dryad Tree Magick, Glossary of Celtic Tree Ogham (Which was given us by the Faery King of the Tuatha de Danaan God Ogma), Help from the Dark Fae, as well as Sea Faerie Summoning. Personal views and prejudices over shadow throughout.

I think the Wiccan Rede says it best

Bide the Wiccan Laws ye must

In perfect love and perfect trust

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill,

An ye harm none, do what ye will.

Lest in thy self-defense it be,

Ever mind the rule of three.

Follow this in mind and heart,

And Merry Meet and Merry Part!

Manipulating another person to suit your notion of what will do them good is in fact just another way of benefiting oneself without thought to others. So In closing I have but one thing to add and that is

Ever mind the Rule of three… For the Goddess is watching!

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Music Review: OshunGaia

February, 2009

ist: Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston & Ariana Lightningstorm

Tales of the Serpent Women & Faerie Child

Ancient Indigenous Chants & Original Songs from global traditions  & Spiritualities

Oshun Gaia:
a collaborative to create a collection of music honoring the Goddesses Oshun and Gaia.  For those of you not familiar with these Goddesses, Oshun is the Orisha Goddess of fresh water, the energy of bounty, blessings, home, and hearth. The Goddess Gaia is known as Mother Earth.   While listening to this cd I found a delightful mixture of chant, drumming, fluting, and beautiful voices.  Amikaeyla and Ariana were able to use their talents to call upon the spirits through beautiful harmonies from many traditions and ancestral rituals.  My favorite song from this grouping is “21 Praises of Tara” Perfect music for group gatherings.  I give this collobration 4 Stars ****

Guests artist: Jaqui MacMillan, KIVA (Diana Sunday, David Landis, Diana McFadden, Jim Brewster, Tigre Cruz, Tim Sauerwein), John Wubbenhorst, Ken Anoff, Daveed Korup, Wynne Paris, Tom Wolfe, Aaron Starr, and Anowee

To purchase the cd:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/amikaeylaariana

www.oshungaia.com


Review Dancing the Goddess Incarnate by Kristin Madden & Dorothy Morrison

February, 2009

Dancing the Goddess Incarnate

Authors Kristin Madden, and Dorothy Morrison

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ISBN  0738706361   $14.95

I have read several books with regard to the Maiden, Mother and the Crone and all gracious in their right.  But “Dancing the Goddess Incarnate” is one book I truly believe every Goddess out there should have in her collection.  While I am well versed on Goddesses I am far perfect on all Goddesses and I will admit there are times I am not so forth coming on being myself and I stay very reserved being an adult.  After the first chapter getting to know Tatiana, I am no longer shy, quiet, withdrawn and I DANCE!!!!!!

Dancing the Goddess Incarnate is all about waking you up again reminding you what life is really about and not to be afraid of it.  You’re not getting old and boring; there’s no need to be put on the shelf.   Read this book and do the homework, the spells and the dances and put the spring back in your life.  No matter how old you are you will laugh, giggle, remember your childhood, have fun and you will DANCE like there is no tomorrow.

There are 9 Goddesses in this book that take you on the journey of your life and I can say that I sincerely hope that Kristen and Dorothy put their heads together soon and write a second book so I can take a second ride soon.  I laughed, cried, remembered good times, acted like a child, and I danced like I use to when I was young as a child, teenager, young adult and yes-party drunk.  I have never felt so good about myself as when I did after reading this book.  Take the time to get know these Goddesses and dance with them.    I for one can say that I never thought I would be a Hecate fan but she grabbed me and hugged me and is now carrying me through my times and we are great friends dancing through my days.   I will be forever grateful to Cerridwen for her dance of Magic.  It has enhanced mine so much.  This is definitely another book on my 10 lists for the beginning of the year for 2009.  Make it one of your must-reads!   You will be amazed by the joy you receive from it.

Review of The Book of Shamanic Healing by Kristin Madden

February, 2009

The Book of Shamanic Healing

Author Kristin Madden

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ISBN 073870214  264 pgs,    $14.85 RETAIL

This is the first book I have found that gives the shaman healer all he/she needs in their toolkit to be the best they need to be. Shamanism is an all-encompassing lifestyle of deep self-knowledge and powerful healing. In this book, a modern shaman gives the practitioner concrete advice and ideas on several aspects of shamanic healing. You will learn to prepare yourself for healing work, communicate with spirit guides, free your voice and seek your power song, safely explore your shadow side, partner with your drum to create healing, and heal yourself and others. The author also covers practical ethical matters such as taking payment and working with friends.  I personally while reading the book went through a personal drama and if I had not had this book in hand studying it, do not believe I would have weathered the storm as well as I did.  Learning the healing work and developing my shamanic abilities along with the ability to communicate better with my guides gave me the advantage of overcoming my grief and dark times and heal that much faster.  I have always been a believer that people, items and things happen in your life for a reason.  I had put off reading this particular book for some time and started reading it once I had relocated to FT Carson, CO and once I moved it was the perfect time.  Learning the lessons written here within the in-depth discussions of the theories, practices and ethics of the shamanic healing works gave me the strength needed to over come my adversities and continue on the path that is meant for me to follow here in Colorado.    Learn how free your voice and seek your power song, explore your shadow side; connect to the healing universe and live in balance.    Find the disciplined you!!

For those of you looking for a new book to start the New Year off with this is definitely one that should be on the top ten of your list.  I give it 5 stars.

SEASONS of the WITCH WEEKLY 2009

January, 2009

SEASONS of the WITCH WEEKLY 2009
BY: VICTORIA DAVID DANANN

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Ok readers listen up, for those of you unaware there is a new guide in town and if you don’t have it you will want to get it!!!!  So for those of you who got money, gift cards I have the perfect item to use it on, a book called, “ THE SEASONS OF THE WITCH WEEKLY MAGIKAL CALENDAR 2009 “.

You will not often find this writer urging our readers to immediately go out and buy a book.  Do without that extra Starbucks or that little extra pleasure it is that you have been saving, this book is worth spending your money on.  It will be money well spent. I will right off the bat tell you that I am from the old school when it comes to my annual yearly witch calendar book.  I go to Barnes and Noble or the neighbor metaphysical shop and buy Llewellyn’s “Witch Datebook” for the year and like a creature of habit I did this year.  But, I was requested by several readers to please get a copy of the “Seasons of the Witch 2009” and tell them what I thought of it, so I did.

While I gave this book my undivided attention it so deserved, reading the Primer companion guide that you can get with the calendar annual the first time you acquire one (which I highly recommend) and going over each and every page of the book coordinating the information I was totally swept away.  This is not just a datebook my friends.  It is a carryall for your Book of Shadows, Grimore, it helps the beginner witch understand how to do magick knowing and understanding the moons, candles, esbats, extended spells, waxing and waning moons.  For us older witches no matter what path you are, it rekindles that spark you may have lost and don’t even know it.  I will be honest; I am a hereditary witch of 55 years, a High Priestess and a military spouse.  We have been dealing with hard times in the military with now our 4th deployment, death all around us and myself medical problems and I could not figure out why my magick was not working anymore.

Don’t think of this as a calendar book to just write down appointments think of it as your idea think pad, your experiment notebook, and your golden book of secrets.  It will help bring out the magick that you have not used in a while or if you are new to magick and paganism it is designed to assist you with your spells and help you learn even quicker.   The author Victoria took four (4) years to design this book and considered all that was needed to do magick the complete witch way.    There are hundreds of books out there with already written spells out there to give you that quick spell we all know it won’t work like you want it to.  We all know in order for your magick to work it has to have your energy, the right correspondence, the right moon, the right day etc.  This book will be your compass and steer you on course to the perfect spell.  You will become the magician you want to be.

After comparing both books it became very obvious to me through Seasons that I had forgotten the simplest of reasons and rules to follow the back to basics that you have known all your life, sort of like the nose on your face thing.  Here in “Seasons” they have outline on the monthly page the waxing days and waning days, the social events days, motivations days, warrior time and stretching time, as well as, eliminating obstacles to power wealth etc.  It points out when is the best time to develop your psychic abilities and many many more items.  The artwork is original and in full color and the charm work wonderful and the use of the tarot cards divine.    They have also included note pages so that when you design your spells you can note them right down in your Seasons book so you won’t have 2 or 3 books floating around.  This keeps everything right together right with you where it all should be.

Buy yourself one item this year, put your magical self first if possible and you will be patting yourself on the back, 6 months from now.  I promise.   SEASONS OF THE WITCH WEEKLY 2009 DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Information:

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Seasons of the Witch Weekly- 6X9 214 pgs Full Color Hardback Cover.  Wire Bound with Ribbon Marker Month-at-a glance overview in two-pgs spread with waxing moon phases shaded yellow for easy planning.  Two-pages per week format features major and minor PowerCasting opportunities for spells, sabbats, esbats, noteworthy events, lunar astrology, moon void of course, Mercury Retrograde and “bank” holidays.  Complete with Blank lined pages at the end of every month.

Retail $19.95 www.7th-House.com,  281-292-8250, Borders Book Store,

Also available in Wall Calendar, Daily book used in classic size organizer with either 3 or 7 hole drilled pages.

Brightest Blessings

Music Artists KIVA

January, 2009

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Kiva’s cd “Out of the Corner of the Eye” is their ninth recording since the bands birth in 1990.  The cd is a collaboration of songs based on fey folk and the world they dwell in.    The band, with talented guest and a specialized set of instruments (cello, guitar, flutes, didgeridoo, violin, bass, and mandolin) recreated a world many of us wondered about and wish we were actually living in.  With each song and story being told you can feel yourself being swept into the story as if Alice in Wonderland.

While listening to the music and lyrics I am easily reminded of being back in the Renaissance perhaps of being part of a midnight summer eve.  The title track “Out of the Corner of the Eye” is a story told by a fey.  How they move throughout our life only letting us seeing them through the corner of our eyes. Making us wonder if we are sane are they real?  The song “In Praise of Winter” by Ariana Lightningstorm is one of my favorites as this will be my first winter in years.  I just moved to Colorado and I find this song a fun, look at winter coming along.  Way too many people look at snow and winter as sad instead of cleansing and beautiful.   The wind instruments throughout this cd are awesome and the musicians that play them are to be commended for their talent.

“Fairie Glen,” fairies playing in a field, that is the first thing that will come to your mind when you this song.  “Rise up the Call,” is one song on the cd to stop and make you think about your relationships and maybe think twice about appreciation.  “The Coming and Going of the Fey<” a whimsical little tune of the parading fey going on through out their day, their merry merry day.

On a personal note, I have a fey garden and a fey village in my home.  While listening to this cd, twice, I noticed that my fey had gathered in my living room around me.  Some by my wine glass, some dancing to the music but mostly just enjoying the tunes.  It had been quite a while since I had seen them as I think I had ruffle them since moving from Texas to Colorado.  I love the beat, the rhythms, the collaborations, and the theme of the music and also thank KIVA for bringing my fey back.  This is a great delightful cd with a very talented band from Washington DC.  Be sure to check them out here is their website to see where they are performing.

KIVA Band Members

Ariana Lightningstorm – Band Leader, Lead Vocals, Percussion, Songwriter, Manager
Diana Sunday – Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Drums
David Landis – Native American Flutes, Whistles, Drums, Vocals
Diana McFadden – Cello, Mandolin, Guitar
Jim Brewster – Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Drums, Flute, Whistles, VOcals
Tim Sauerwein – Didgeridoo, Percussion, Vocals
Tigre Cruz – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Amikaeyla Gaston – Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Songwriter
Eve Jones – Drums, Percussion, Silver Flute
Jaqui MacMillan – Drums

Visit them at:
http://www.earthsearecords.com/index.html

Yuletide Wishlist: Trance-Portation

December, 2008

Trance-Portation: Learning to Navigate the Inner World

By Diana L. Paxton, 2008, Weiser .

ISBN: 9781578634057

If there is still someone on your yuletide shopping list who needs – do we have a gift suggestion for you!

One of the more notable books out this year is Diana L. Paxson’s Trance-Portation: Learning to Navigate the Inner World. A thorough guide to trance and shamanic journeying, it is written specifically for those of us who have trouble “letting go” and reaching trance.

Better known for her works of fantasy, which include the well loved Westria series and the classic Avalon series (with Marion Zimmer Bradley), Paxton’s skill with words shines through in the way she can make it so fun to read what is essentially a metaphysical exercise book. Methodical exercises developed from over 20 years of teaching experience build on one another in a gradual way, and are interspersed with classroom anecdotes, practical advice and information. A lot of information. This book offers everything from breathing exercises, sensory cues and meditation practices to help develop skill in reaching the trance state. Especially helpful is a chapter on “Road Hazards,” what to do when something goes wrong, to ease uncertainty when following the instructions alone.

What really defines this book though is where Paxton takes shamanic journeying after the essentials are covered. The reader is lead through finding one’s power animal or spirit ally and exploring the internal landscape. Included are also methods to enter the spiritual realms of different cultures: the Nordic Midgard, the Celtic Faery Realm and Greek Arcadia. Most fascinating are chapters on journeying to meet divinities, and the book almost ends too soon. It is such a teaser in fact, we are left waiting for another volume on the possibilities on working with divinities and shamanic oracular practices.

In short, Paxton has done for shamanic journeying what Robert Bruce did for astral projection – redefined what we know in a concise, methodical exercise manual which not does a great job of the how but also gives a bit of food for thought on the why. Definitely a worth-while buy!

Jack Montgomery

November, 2008

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Everywhere I Look by Jack Montgomery – a truly impressionable cd, the 1st song “ Next to You” quickly became my new love song.
http://cdbaby.com/mp3lofi/jackmontgomery2-01.m3u
This collaboration of songs contains every genre from country, Celtic, folk rock, the blues to even a love song.  You can’t help but even do a little toe tapping. I was very impressed with Mr. Montgomery’s Roots of Oak, and his song Reflection will definitely make you stop and think and appreciate what you have in life right now.  For those of you who enjoy folk music with a twist this is a must have.  He has a smooth voice that at first I couldn’t quite place until I heard Little Match Girl and I thought of Neil Diamond.  I know Celtic and Jewish, but the Croon is still there.  What can I say I am showing my age Jack Montgomery has a glorious voice to listen to and the talent to writes the songs to sing with it?

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Onward To Avalon by Jack Montgomery –  is a collection of magical and mythical songs with an over whelming passion of telling a spiritual story through a Celtic and folk music.  Jack Montgomery has out done himself with this 1-hour cd.  No matter how many times I listen to it I am swept away by it.  My favorite songs “Isis” and “Sea of Forgetfulness” are amazing, with the rest telling a story each in its own right being worth it weight in gold as well.  This cd is a must for a car trip or maybe for a small house party as background music.
http://cdbaby.com/cd/jackmontgomery

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