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August Native Moon: Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’ by Ashley Leavy

July, 2019

August Native Moon

From ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’ by Ashley Leavy
Available August 20 from Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group

The thirteen Native Moons in Cosmic Crystals are by far the most difficult to describe. With so many different Native tribes, cultural traditions, and important stories, finding common threads is not always easy. In most instances, the main moon name given is the most commonly used name among the Algonquin tribes, and the listed alternative names come from other well-known tribal peoples from North America, Central America, and South America.

As you read about the Native Moons, put yourself in the shoes of those who lived in harmony with the natural cycles. Consider the lessons from the deities and totem animals that can be applied to present day life. What are the commonalities between yourself and the tribal people who were some of the first in the world to name the moons each month? What is different in your own life compared to the lives of those who gave these moons their names? What wisdom can you take away from recognizing those differences?

When working with the lunar rituals for the Native Moons, push yourself to find new ways to incorporate the corresponding totem animals and healing herbs into your ritual. Remember, your ritual may be as simple or as complex as you like. The point is to create a moment of sacredness between you and the moon, so listen to your inner guidance for how to customize each ritual to meet your needs.

AUGUST

The Grain Moon

The Grain Moon is named for grains, such as corn and barley, which can now be harvested. Fishing tribes know this as the Sturgeon Moon, named after the fish that are abundant at this time. Other tribes know the August full moon as the Red Moon because it often takes on a reddish color. Still others call this the Lightning Moon due to frequent late-summer thunderstorms.

To connect with the energy of the Grain Moon, place a small bowl of dry grains (e.g., corn, barley, or rice) in your sacred space or on your altar. Surround the bowl with Ruby Fuchsite stones to represent the sharing of this abundance with those you love. You may even choose to have one stone to represent each specific person in your circle of close friends and family.

ALTERNATE NAMES Barley Moon, Lightning Moon, Red Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Swan Flight Moon, Women’s Moon

ANIMALS squirrel, sturgeon, swan

COLORS gold, green, yellow

CRYSTALS Green Grossular Garnet, Heliodor, Ruby Fuchsite

DEITIES Laqan Kachina, Mashe-Namak, Mikew, Nisk-Na Peu – the Goose Master, Urubutsin

ESSENTIAL OILS rosewood, tangerine, tea tree

HERBS eucalyptus, lemongrass, rose petal

KEYWORDS abundance, connection, magic

GREEN GROSSULAR GARNET This abundance stone connects to the Grain Moon by reminding you that with hard work, there will be plenty to harvest down the road. Green Grossular Garnet enhances your connection to the plants and animals of the earth. Work with this stone if you’d like to find balance between modern life and more traditional ways of living.

HELIODOR A yellow variety of Beryl, Heliodor shines with the color of golden grain. This crystal helps you recognize abundance all around you and connects you to all that is. The more connected and grateful you feel, the more you have to be thankful for, because things are drawn to you like a magnet. Helidor is also a stone of magic and facilitates mystical experiences.

RUBY FUCHSITE This rock, also called Anyolite, is a combination of two minerals, red Ruby and Green Fuchsite. This crystal corresponds to the heart center and instills empathy and compassion. Wear Ruby Fuchsite in a medicine bag over your heart to facilitate a connection with others. This energy is perfectly suited to the Grain Moon, a time of celebration and sharing the abundant harvest.

About the author of ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’:

Ashley Leavy (Madison, WI) is the Founder & Educational Director of the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. Teaching others about crystals is Ashley’s passion and her purpose. Ashley’s experience is based on almost a decade, and 100+ classes, of professional crystal healing training. Because of her expertise, Ashley has been a featured guest on NBC, has been interviewed about crystal healing for dozens of radio shows, has had articles published in many newspapers and magazines, and has been featured as a guest blogger on hundreds of energy healing and wellness blogs. She is also the author of Crystals for Energy Healing.

Learn more at quartokno.ws/CosmicCrystals.

Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting With Lunar Energy on Amazon

The Future is Goddess: An Excerpt from Seven Ages of the Goddess

July, 2019

The Future is Goddess
An Excerpt from Seven Ages of the Goddess

Isis

Astarte

Diana

Hekate

Demeter

Kali

Inanna!

So goes the chant around so many fires at so many gatherings of witches, wiccans and pagans. Each name a chapter in the history-book of goddess worship, and each name still worshiped and revered today. Some believe that these goddesses are all one goddess. Some believe they are all aspects of the sacred feminine that is embodied within all goddess worship. Some believe they are all individual beings, each worthy of their own offerings, sacrifices and reverence. Whatever the practitioner’s relationship with these goddesses, the fact is that these goddesses have survived thousands of years, some possibly since before 3000 BC.

That’s over 5000 years ago, yet a mere 2000 years ago (approximately) a Middle Eastern guy who thought we could probably be much kinder to each other and all get along a little better, started a bit of a cult, which became the spiritual basis for much of the modern, mainstream religion practiced across the globe today.

The largest religion in the world right now is Christianity, closely followed by Islam. Two Abrahamic, patriarchal religions that have been repeatedly regurgitated into ever new and adaptive forms by our modern societies; at times twisted in the name of hatred, at times used for kindness, but always in the name of God; of Yahweh (Jehovah) or Allah. It’s inherently understood that God is male, all powerful, and alone. There are no other gods; to say so is blasphemy. There is also no companion; no counterpart: no goddess.

If you look hard enough at the bible, there are the odd mentions of goddesses, such as Ashtoreth (Astarte), who Solomon followed and was denounced as evil thereafter (1 Kings 11:5 and 11:6). emis is mentioned as a ‘man made god’ who is no god at all, though in the same verse it is written that she was worshiped in Asia and across the whole world. (Acts 19:26 and 19:27). In alternative translations of the bible it is Diana that the Ephesians worshiped. From the brief mentions we see, it’s clear that the goddess was the usurper; to be mocked, derided and forgotten.

To get a better understanding of why this might be, you have to look back beyond Christianity, beyond Judaism even, and spread your scope across the world. Take in the spirituality of the Paleolithic (stone age) humans. Look at the oldest depiction of a human being yet discovered: The Venus of Hohle Fels. This extraordinary item is a female figure carved from a mammoth tusk, and she is possibly 40,000 years old. 40,000 years. That’s approximately 20 times longer than Christianity has been around.

She has a loop which is clearly intended for a thong or similar, which tells us she is a pendant and possibly an amulet, emphasizing that this figure was obviously very important and possibly sacred or protective. She was found near the world’s oldest known musical instrument, a bone flute.

Scholars look at her oversized breasts and genitalia and immediately rush to the conclusion that she is all about sex; reproduction; fertility. Because that’s what women are all about, right? When you can see the breasts and the vulva, they must be advertising something sexual. At least that’s the current societal viewpoint, based on patriarchal morality and the lack of understanding regarding the divine feminine.

I think it’s much more likely this figurine comes from a culture where it wasn’t considered pornographic to bare breasts or expose vaginas. Stone-age artifacts like this one show an understanding of the sacred nature of a woman’s body: the legs and arms are missing because those are not unique. All humans have arms, legs and faces. Only women have breasts and a vulva. These differences are being revered, not mocked, and this is what makes these figures sacred. Only the woman has the power to bear a child into the world, and subsequently feed it. This was once seen as a powerful magic indeed.

In today’s world, under the thumb of a predominately male-led religion and society, women are told that their bodies are shameful. Menstruation is seen as disgusting, and even a weakness, despite it being a natural, biological cycle. Sex is seen as something done to women, rather than something they participate in. Breasts have become sexual objects, to be ogled in push up bras, and hidden away when feeding our babies. The voice of women is constantly shushed, muted, mocked and disbelieved. Yet the evidence above shows that when our species was at its most basic, women were the key to the sacred and the divine.

It is no wonder then, that so many people in the modern world are turning to goddess worship as an alternative to the dry, dusty and now outdated religions that have popped up in the last several thousand years. Paganism is marked currently as one of the fastest growing religions in the world, and while not all Pagans are sole goddess worshipers, most have a great reverence for the divine feminine in some form. The most recent census figures show that over 100000 people in the UK identify as Pagan, and approximately 1.25M people in the U.S.A., and that figure is growing exponentially as more people draw away from the religions they grew up with. About half of these recorded people name themselves as Wiccans, with the rest being druids, heathens and those who walk a veritable road map of other spiritual paths.

Disillusioned with destruction, people want a religion that teaches how to nurture and grow oneself spiritually. Tired of hate, people look to a source of love; not only for those around them, but for themselves. Catholics are told they are born with sin in their very essence. Goddess worshipers are told they are sacred, divine and connected to the universe. Christians are told their god forgives sin; the goddess teaches you to forgive yourself, and to make your own morals based on what is right and good; not what you are told.

It’s important to understand that the goddess is not just for women. Men have it just as hard in our gender unbalanced society. Western culture in particular states that men should be strong and bread winners, and women should be kind and motherly. But what happens when the man becomes a father and wants to stay at home with his child? In the UK, they can do this for two weeks, and only within the first 56 days of the baby’s birth. Mothers in the UK can take up to a year, depending on their employer. When it is built into our very government that fathers are not as important as mothers, you can understand why men as well as women are looking for alternatives. The Goddess smiles on all her children, male and female alike, and is likely baffled at the notion that a man would be considered weak for crying, being emotional or, as above, wanting to spend time with their child; time you can never get back.

Faults like these in our political system is exactly why Goddess worship is the future. So many of our policies and procedures in western politics come from men; male religion, male leaders of church and male leaders. It is the ever-present belief that man is superior, which stems from the relatively new belief that God is a man, that has spun our world into turmoil. Yet we can still hear the voice of the Goddess, even via the deeds of those that may not consider themselves worshipers.

This excerpt is by Mabh Savage and is from Seven Ages of the Goddess, published by Moon and available via Amazon and all good books stores. Various pagan and spiritual authors explore the journey of Goddess worship throughout the ages and into the future.

Seven Ages of the Goddess on Amazon

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

July, 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.

Book Review – Psychedlic Mysteries of the Feminine Edited by Maria Papaspyrou, Chiara Baldini & David Luke

July, 2019

Book Review
Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine
Edited by Maria Papaspyrou, Chiara Baldini & David Luke
Foreword by Allyson Grey
332 pp.
Park Street Press

In “Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine,” a diverse group of authors, artists, historians, scientists, ecologists, herbalists, shamans, poets, doctors, lawyers, and therapists deliver an interdisciplinary message of hope and healing for our traumatized and increasingly poisoned world. This book is a well-balanced collection of essays which draw on a large number of original sources and academia to explore the history of feminine themes in the tradition and usage of psychedelic pharmaka, from beer and cannabis to ayahuasca and LSD.

“Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine” is the product of several speakers and organizers for the Women’s Visionary Congress, an organization which disseminates harm reduction information and gathers women together from all over the world to discuss the role of psychedelics in their lives and our changing world. While the Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC) is mentioned several times, and the book includes one essay that is primarily about the WVC, the whole book is much more than just an advertisement for them or their core message.

The psychological narrative of the book includes discussion of Jungian archetypes of women as earth mother, goddess, medicine woman, and more, as well as exploration into what psychedelics can teach us about ourselves and our relationship to femininity (regardless of our gender identity, or assigned gender at birth). The historical context explains in short order how age-old expressions of patriarchal control of women intertwined with the attitudes of colonizers hell-bent on portraying indigenous peoples as savages, and how these factors (and others) also led to the vilification and feminization of psychedelics in the modern era in Western civilization.

Ritual work such as breath work, dancing, drumming, and meditation, along with newer types of therapies, are discussed in brief; these weave together the psychospiritual space of the shaman and the psychonaut, both today and historically, and assist in opening the gateways for energetic transformation, psychological breakthrough, healing, and vision. There is also some discussion of the threat presented by the psychedelic community to the very notion of gender: the psychonaut who peers behind the curtain of performative gender may find its value has depreciated upon return from the trip.

The problem of Western appropriation of indigenous cultures is of special note in the history of psychedelics, and several authors take time to explore these painful themes while exploring where we can go from here. Sadly, the Western tendency towards commodification and consumption, especially without a holistic template for healthy and balanced usage, also causes these drugs to be misused as a result of their lack of appropriate cultural context. As an example, most American citizens don’t have a cultural or social place where these types of pharmaka are accepted — let alone legal — so even though many Americans and American society as a whole would likely benefit from consciousness-expanding medicine and the spiritual messages that these pharmaka can bring, this will continue to be beyond our reach until we recognize and appreciate mystery, chaos, intuition, and femininity.

A few authors, discussing human rights, legal precedence, and the successes of other movements for radical social transformation, explore possible routes to affecting global legal and social change in tandem, while others talk about the growing cultural movement of psychedelic feminists and ecologists, and how these forces are coming together to affect new change and healing.

It’s difficult to summarize the main narrative themes of this book in a short article because throughout the twenty-three essays, there are hundreds of themes to choose from. There is the botanical and the herbal; the folkloric and the mythic; the emotional and the mental; the magic and the mystic; the political and the social; the historical and the traditional; the progressive and the contemporary. There is something for everyone and anyone who is interested in psychedelics here, and if there’s one thing this book makes clear, it’s that interested parties should pick a path and start walking, because there is a lot of work to be done on the path to a world which accepts and understands psychedelic experience as a healthy and illuminating.

Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine: Creativity, Ecstasy, and Healing on Amazon

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About the Author:

Sarah McMenomy is an artist and witch. Her craft incorporates herbalism, spellwork, trance, divination, auras, and more. Her work can be found at https://sarahmcmenomy.tumblr.com

Book Review – Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish by Lucy Cavendish

July, 2019

Book review
Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish
by Lucy Cavendish
Pages: 208

“There is an immense natural power in the Universe … You have this natural power within you, and it is your birthright to learn how to work with it,” Lucy Cavendish writes in her book, Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish.

Working spells connects you to that power that flows through everything, and Cavendish offers enough information to harness that power. She gleaned the contents of this book from her personal journals, offering a grimoire – her collection of rules and laws that apply to magic and the craft, rituals, spells, potions, meditations and magickal notes.

This book provides a solid introduction to understanding nature’s powers and using them wisely. Beginning with laws and a history of spells, Cavendish presents a spell to connect to your magickal bloodline.

Chapter 3 continues with information to time the crafting and casting spells by the moon and the circle of the year. Building altars, magickal tools, casting a circle, calling the quarters and the art of magickal dressing are all covered. Working with deities is Chapter 8 while Chapter 9 covers creating sacred space for spellcasting.

Spells are treated matter-of-factually – without mystery – as an empowering path to greater abundance and joy.

Disagreeing with those who claim intent is everything, Cavendish writes, “Intent is vital. But it is not everything. … Without your commitment to gathering your ingredients, learning and studying, and casting, you only have the strong desire to do something. When your desire teams up with your commitment and your action, then you begin to create magick.”

Seven days worth of daily meditations, magic and spells offers readers the opportunity to create a magickal life in a powerful week that has the potential to be life changing.

Spells for love, protection, success and abundance complete the book. A few I found interesting include a spell for letting go of grief and one for empaths to protect themselves. A glossary and a list of magickal ingredients round out the book.

I think anyone ready to take spell crafting seriously will find this a helpful guide.

About Author Lucy Cavendish

Lucy Cavendish is an eclectic solitary witch – drawing from a variety of belief systems and magickal traditions – who sometimes works with others. She created Witchcraft magazine, has published several books and has been a feature writer for Australian magazines.

“I work with the word ‘witch’ because its root meaning is to ‘change or bend’ and ‘wisdom’. Thus I see witchcraft as being a path of change and manifestation, from natural sources, and in harmony with natural cycles, and with awareness of the Laws of the Universe – which, to me, are wisdom incarnate,” she wrote.

For more information, visit lucycavendish.com.au.

Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish on Amazon

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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.

Book Review – The Darkening Age: The Christian Deconstruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey

July, 2019

Book Review
The Darkening Age
The Christian Deconstruction of the Classical World
by Catherine Nixey

I can’t remember where I once read that we humans are creatures who are amnesiacs. But we are, lucky for us; someone will come along and write a book that helps us remember what we should have never forgotten. The Darkening Age is such a book written by Catherine Nixey.

When I was growing up, I was told the myth that Christians in the early part of their Spirituality were prosecuted for their beliefs. That the religion slowly won over the world with love and peace. I was raised being fed a Christian myth that was a bald-faced lie.

Ms. Nixey has written a book that opens the vault of time and looks back to a time that has been written over (literally) and buried beneath the dirt of both time and graves. The Darkening Age is not an attack on any belief system, but it will make you wonder what else has been covered up or deleted from the past of the world.

I have always known that the winners wrote history. I can honestly say that I had never really thought about the world before Christianity. (I have my beliefs that I hold to be true, but I never thought about the destruction of the Pagan world.) And yes, upon reading this book, I have had my eyes opened to the atrocities that the so-called early Christians visited upon those, that in the words of Emperor Justinian and his Code 1.11.10.2 called, labored under the insanity of paganism.

When I read Chapter 9 The Reckless Ones, I was reminded of the movie “Agora” starring Rachel Weisz. In the film Agora, Ms. Weisz plays Hypatia. The Reckless Ones tells the story of the group of people and their leader that killed Hypatia. (Agora tells the story of Hypatia’s from her teaching days to her death. With both, there is a complete tale.)

Most people believe that Christian persecution began with Nero. But there was no government-led persecution for the first 250 of Christianity. The greatest heroes in the early church were those that died most horribly. And if you could get yourself killed, all your previous sins would be washed away.

The early Christian belief was that they were saving Pagans from an afterlife in Hell. And that if they had to be killed to do that, it was fine. In the fifth century there lived an Egyptian monk who is now St. Shenoute, who declared, “There is no crime for those who have Christ.” And he killed those who he saw as idol worshipers and pagans under that belief.

Many manuscripts written by world-renowned philosophers were scrubbed using pumice stones, and the parchments then had the Bible written on them. So, we lost all the wisdom of the ancient world in the coming to power of the Christian belief.

Ms. Nixey closes the book with Damascius chosing the Academy in Athens. The Academy was at the time a world renowned school of philosophy. When Damascius and his teacher Isidore first arrived in Athens the Academy was “on the brink of extreme old age” as observed by Isidore. At the age of seventy, Damascius was now fleeing again, as an exiled philosopher and at the age of seventy.

One of the saddest sentences in this book is “The idea that philosophers might have fought fiercely, with all they had, against Christianity was-is-passed over.”

I recommend this book for anyone who studies history, religious history and wants to know more about the Pagan World that is part of our collective history.

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World on Amazon

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About the Author:

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

Book Review – Travelling the Fairy Path by Morgan Daimler

July, 2019

Book Review
Travelling the Fairy Path
by Morgan Daimler

Travelling the Fairy Path is a fun and educational resource to guide you on the Fairy Witchcraft Path. If you are just curious about the “Good People”, or have been working with them all along, you will find insight from Morgan Daimler, although, I would not consider this a “Beginners” book. It is not a long text, coming in at 288 pages, however there is a multitude of information waiting for you. This includes a chapter length autobiography on Daimler, in which she introduces herself as well as some of her qualifications. This, in my opinion, is to demonstrate her expertise in the subject and ensure the reader/student, that they are in more than capable hands. It was quite impressive.

There are a lot of references to the Fairies by different terms. She refers to them as “The Good People”, “Themselves”, and “The Other Crowd,”. In my opinion, it would be a bit confusing to a newbie, at first. Whenever I am reading a book pertaining to the metaphysical, there are usually many references to other types of entities. It could be Gods/Goddesses, Angels, Creatures, and the Craft. So, for me to have them referenced so quickly by different names took a minute for me to adjust to. Especially since alongside this was the author’s trip to Ireland. If the reader is not familiar with Ireland and it’s landmarks this piece will be lost on them. I wish there was a touch of historic explanation to arriving in Ireland, and the sights they saw, places they went to make it a little more important, and impressive to those readers who don’t know the magick that Ireland holds.

Daimler personalizes the experience for the reader, by taking us along side her in her real time experiences on this trip, which is great. However, if you are not already versed in fairylore, you will not know what some of the things she talks about are. For example, she talks about a “fairy ring”, a “aos sí” and “si” by itself. Now, if this was the first book you picked up on Fairylore, you would have no idea what these refer to. I do wish she would’ve added some small educational definitions in to teach the reader just a bit, in case it was needed. However, that being said, her storytelling kept you going regardless. It was exciting and down to earth, while making you feel like you were right there with her.

The bulk of the text takes you through The Fairy Path. It follows a perfect sequence, starting with working with spirit, explaining what makes this path different, and how to educate yourself, and grow within this area of your path. It touches on what is important, and dangerous when working with the “Good People”. I especially like her focus on following your intuition, and the example of how doing so led Daimler to the most profound experience of her life:

“My intuition immediately told me that I needed to go down a different way even though I knew our guide was spot on with why everyone had to go down the way they’d come up. I could certainly have gone against my instinct– gone against that little inner voice – and it would have been much easier to do so quite frankly. But if I had done what I was told and not followed my intuition I would have missed out on the most profound initiatory experience of my life which began with that single choice to go down the mound the other way.”

Daimler goes through to briefly describe the different types of Fae, and what they are said to look like, while clearly stating that the subject is too broad and diverse for a simple, black and white answer. It is a very comprehensive list that gives great information. She touches on mythology and translations of it, so the reader can understand the fairy stories. For example, she goes back to a 19th century rhyme, calling the Fae by different names and Their reaction to it. She then goes on to explain their reasoning.

There is a great amount of information on the dangerous Fae including The Wild Hunt, which in my opinion is important. Many people seem to think that fairies are pretty and pink, sparkle and shine, and can be completely ignorant. Daimler takes the time to introduce and identify where and when to take caution.

There is a lengthy chapter on Ballads and Poems, and the information found within them, she does a great job of explaining each one and their importance. This chapter could haven been a small book by itself, in my opinion.

She covers interacting with the Fae through dreams, meditation, and trances, gives important advice, such as never accepting drink or food while in Elfland. “And what you’ve not to do is this: bite no bit, and drink no drop, however hungry or thirsty you be; drink a drop, or bite a bit while in Elfland you be and never will you see Middle Earth again.”

My favorite reference in this text is the use of the quote ‘There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.’ Daimler takes this from the movie the Matrix, and uses it perfectly. She uses this as the opening to her chapter “In Practice”. From offerings to oaths, this chapter takes you through the actual practice of “Walking The Fairy Path.” She is very specific and thorough; she even includes one of her own recipes for cakes she learned in a dream.

All in all, I found this book instructive and educational. This is not a text you skip the end notes in-they are fantastic. I think the story in the beginning establishes a relationship with the author, and leaves you wanting to understand the world the way Daimler does. If the reader finishes this text and truly wants to keep moving forward on this path, they are given a great background. I would definitely start with her other works.

Travelling the Fairy Path on Amazon

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About the Author:

Jade Perri is the owner and founder of Embrace Your Path. Jade is an eclectic Witch, who has been practicing for more than 10 years and offers guidance on an array of topics. She specializes in the art of divination. She is an enthusiastic teacher and offers classes and certification in many different areas. She also holds a special interest in animal communication and handmade custom poppets. She is an avid reader and her passion is the fantasy and British historical fiction genres. She is also the mother of two children, and likes to spend time with her husband.

Book Review – The Initiatory Path in Fairy Tales: The Alchemical Secrets of Mother Goose by Bernard Roger

July, 2019

Book Review
The Initiatory Path in Fairy Tales
The Alchemical Secrets of Mother Goose
by Bernard Roger
Translated by Jon E. Graham
Pages: 308

“Once upon time” immediately places the reader in a mythical, magical world. Like other often-used phrases, storytellers use it to transition to a place where anything is possible.

Classic as well as little-known fairy tales are ripe with hermetic teachings of alchemy and Freemasonry. In this book, The Initiatory Path in Fairy Tales: the Alchemical Secrets of Mother Goose, Bernard Roger, provides an exhaustive analysis to prove his point and deliver what the title promises.

Translated by Jon E. Graham, Roger demonstrates how hermetic ideas can be found in such popular fairy tales as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White, as well as the stories attributed to The Tales of My Mother the Goose.

These and other tales from around the globe contain symbols and secrets, concealed in “the language of the birds.”

The goose, he claims, hears the primal call of nature and was considered a messenger in multiple cultures.

Describing a legend as “the story of a fabulous ‘fact’ attached to a place – a nation, forest, lake, tree, spring, or stone – or historical figure,” Roger defines a tale as a “free traveler” found almost everywhere around the globe but having no clear date or place of origin.

“The Germanic Wotan corresponds exactly with he Scandinavian Odin, and he can also be compared to the Irish Baldor, king of the Fomorians, he of the dark powers who also saw with only one eye,” Roger wrote.

I am moved to pair that with something later in the book: “The woodcutter’s wife is a woodswoman, or wild woman, from the family of ‘wild men,’ ‘green men,’ and ‘woodsmen’ who were depicted in the Middle Ages as covered with hair and clad in leaves. This is a close relative to our probably tree-dwelling ancestors, whose instincts even today are probably responsible for the pleasure children feel when they climb trees, where they can dream for hours while sitting in the hollow formed by its branches – a secret world that adults have totally forgotten.”

To understand and appreciate this book, you must be very interested in the teachings and practices of the Freemasonry society, induction and alchemy, and have a basic knowledge of the concepts and practices. I was not prepared. Also, many examples Roger sites are from fairy tales I never heard of, and the pages are so thick with details, I sometimes found myself skimming.

There is still valuable knowledge for the beginner, such as how quests generally have happy outcomes as the seeker learns it’s the princess – and not the jewel, bird, key, flower or fruit – that is meant to be found, and that these quests correspond to alchemy practices

The six chapters cover the tales, the initiation, the stages, the door to the temple or V.I.T.R.I.O.L., the paths of V.I.T.R.I.O.L. and the ultimate success. There are sections on the forest, the castle, riddles, impossible tasks and fighting dragons. Readers will learn the four essential factors of fate (the cause of the quest, assistants offered to him along the way, the object of the quest, and the place where it is found), the ritual for the 18th degree of Scottish Freemasonry and much more in-between.

The book gets a 3.8 out of 5 by 5 customer reviews on Amazon.

The Initiatory Path in Fairy Tales: The Alchemical Secrets of Mother Goose on Amazon

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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.

Book Review – The Ultimate Dictionary of Dream Language by Briceida Ryan

June, 2019

Book Review
The Ultimate Dictionary of Dream Language
by Briceida Ryan

Brightest Blessings

This book contains a wealth of knowledge in an easy to use format. You will want to take your time reading the references especially to know what your dream means. It’s perfect to pair a cup of tea or hot cocoa with in the morning and go over. Each entry is well thought out.

Ms. Ryan gives detailed information on types of dreams. Some of my favorite types of dreams that she gives information on are: intuition, spiritual guides, deities, extraordinary figures & numerology. She also gives you information on the benefit of dream interpretation and teaches you how to use her book. This book may be big, but you’ll be grateful how detailed the information is on the many diverse topics. She has over 23,500 entries in this book alone!

Here is an example I can relate from a topic I had in my dream:

LOVE: For the next 3 days any love situation will be very lucky for you. This is a chance to make things work for you and to go for what you want. During this cycle, all relationships will renew themselves and friendships can become love relationships. Celebrate your love relationship on a grand scale and make the effort to love yourself by bringing things into your life that will bring you joy. You will also enjoy a love affair if this something you desire. This is the correct time to circulate and make yourself available. You will have many admirers to choose from. Any person you pick will be a good choice. Good luck is with you. You will also gain new assistant who will be very eager to support you with the work load. They will help you to complete your project and you will be very pleased with the results.

I’m excited about this! I’ve been writing down my nightly dreams for almost year now. I want to look back and see what other information I can gather from this book & keep checking on my nightly dreams.

This book would definitely be welcome addition to anyone who wants a deeper knowledge of the meaning of dreams and have them on hand. This book is a great buy & I highly recommend it for new or seasoned dream interpreters.

My thoughts:

Like with any thing new to learn about, with your dreams write out about them. Emotions, colors, images, numbers, especially anything that repeats, then you can look in Ms. Ryan’s book and find many of the meanings in there. Don’t be afraid to look beyond as well

The Ultimate Dictionary of Dream Language on Amazon

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About the Author:

Norma Clark I’m Wiccan, My style follows my spiritual path and what comes to mind.. I live in a small rural town, Paris, Idaho. I share my life With my Wiccan husband, 2 hyper Children & gang of critters. I love to create new designs by looking at nature & cultural ideas for my Jewelry and create unique Metaphysical items. Shop, sit a spell or two & Come see the Magick of Forevrgoddessboutique Link to my shop: forevrgoddessboutique

Book Review – The Hidden Worlds by Sandra Ingerman & Katherine Wood

June, 2019

Book Review
The Hidden Worlds
by Sandra Ingerman and Katherine Wood

The Hidden Worlds is a gift to “juvenile fiction”. The authors, Sandra Ingerman and Katherine Wood bring the wealth of their experience as Shamans and in the case of Katherine, as an educator, and present a story of fiction that holds a wealth of keys and nuances to be used for any young practitioner.

Sandra Ingerman, a world renowned Shaman, shares that The Hidden Worlds is based upon her own spiritual experiences as she entered the world of study and understanding the principles of Shamanic practice. Katherine, Sandra’s student, became the collaborator for a story that brings to life the natural wisdom of our youth and the power that they hold in affecting change for their future and the future of our plant.

The main character, Isaiah, is a dreamer. And, in those dreams he finds those companions that will become the cohort that takes down a power plant that is polluting and dumping waste into the local stream. All are connected by shared dreams and are drawn together as they meet at the pond in their dreams and find that the dead fish and birds, each saw in their dreams are more than portents of upcoming disaster from toxic waste.

The chapters are short, appropriately paced for many of today’s youth taste for getting directly to the point and quickly. Each building upon the foundations of basic shamanic practice and learning to engage power animals and journeying to the three worlds.

All in all I enjoyed reading The Hidden Worlds, especially as a departure from the traditional works of Ms. Ingerman that instruct and inform the Shamanic practice from the direction of theory and experience. That being said, this is an excellent introduction to be accessed by young adults. Environmental issues, spiritual growth and the power of community and collaboration are themes throughout, with the addition of a bit of romance as well. It s a reminder that we coexist with these “Hidden Worlds” and as humans we are not powerless when faced with the future of our planet, its eco system and those with whom we share this home.

The Hidden Worlds 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 

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