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Book Review – Feng Shui Plain and Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need by Sarah Bartlett

April, 2019

Book Review
Feng Shui Plain and Simple
The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
by Sarah Bartlett

I love
little books that present the subject matter in clear and concise
form and engage the reader in a practical way so that you can use the
information immediately. Feng Shui, pronounced
“foong shway”
,
is one of those topics that has hoards of books available that often
contain either too much or too little information. As the title of
this little treasure suggests, this book holds the basics of Feng
Shui and provides the “just right” amount of information to get
you excited to start the transformation.

In these
discordant times, we all are seeking ways to improve our lives and
create sanctuary. The practice of Feng Shui has long been the panacea
to stress, disharmonious environments and general chaotic energies in
our surroundings. Ms. Bartlett provides in her Introduction a clear
definition of what Feng Shui is and how it can be used depending on
what your goal may be to bring healing and peace to any space…

….There
are several different schools of Feng Shui thought. One, is based on
a scientific and classical approach that uses astronomy, astrology
and a powerful Chinese compass called a “Lo Pan”. Another
concentrates solely on cures and enhancements, and a third is a blend
of intuition and spiritual awareness. This book shows you how to try
out some of the simpler principles of this highly organized
system…..

Each
chapter takes the reader through the why’s behind selecting to use
Feng Shui in your space and the how’s to get started without
needing to move doors, walls, sell or totally rearrange all of your
belongs. The intention of Feng Shui is to tap into the flow of energy
in a positive and supportive way in a proactive way that requires
awareness of yourself, and your impact energetically on your
surroundings. The additional component is that everything is created
from energy, so those things we have as possessions also contribute
to how we engage and interact with our surroundings.

The First
Chapter takes you through the processes of Decluttering,
Space-Clearing techniques and the principles of Yin Yang. Chi
(energy) flows in accord with what contains and expresses its
qualities and we are reminded that at its origins the Chi of the
natural world was more important than that of the home. Of course, at
the origins of this ancient practice, what was defined as “home”
was organically more integrated into the natural world than what we
live in today.

Chapter Two
speaks to the origins and use of the Baqua, a prominent tool used in
Feng Shui for assessing and mapping your space. The next chapters
expand on the information you obtain in using the Baqua to assess and
incorporate the Five elements. The Five Elements of Chinese use are
slightly different than the traditional alchemical elements used in
magickal workings. These are Fire-Earth-Metal-Water and Wood; each
having their own particular attributes. There are quick lists and
suggested cures and supports for each of the elements.

Chapter
Seven brings it all together with information relating to each area
of the home and simple fixes to bring a more harmonious flow of Chi
into these areas. I particularly liked Chapter Eight and the charts
to establish your elemental energy type based on your birthday. This
may seem like a tangential piece, but the synthesis of all of the
energies that permeate the home, inclusive of those who reside in
that space is demonstrated to be an important piece of a (w)holistic
puzzle.

I’ve long
had an interest in Feng Shui and tried several applications based on
books, online and more. But, this book truly lives up to its tile of
being plain and simple, which is the perfect recipe for someone who
doesn’t have a lot of extra time to spend in learning an Ancient
discipline that is complex, nor the money to hire a professional.
Kudos to Ms. Bartlett!

Feng Shui Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need (Plain & Simple Series) 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 at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Book Review – Protection Spells: Clear Negative Energy, Banish Unhealthy Influences and Embrace Your Power by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

March, 2019

Book Review
Protection Spells
Clear Negative Energy, Banish Unhealthy Influences and Embrace Your Power
by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
Published by Adams Media
224 Pages

The first thing that catches your eye about this book is the strikingly beautiful cover, but as the saying goes “never judge a book by its cover.” In this case, I can say that the content is as impressive as the cover and you will not be disappointed in reading and owning this book.

As
a newcomer to the world of spellcrafting, I was pleased about the
breakdown and content of the information in this book. The book is
divided into three parts: Spellcrafting; Spells and Rituals; and
Protective Objects. Part One explains what a spell is, how spells
work and the basics regarding spellcraft; which is very useful to a
newbie like me. Part Two consists of spells focusing on defense and
protection and are divided into four categories. Lastly, Part Three
provides the reader with three protection rituals. One for
protecting a home, one for protecting an object and one for
protecting a person. Protective objects are also discussed in Part
Three.

In the first chapter of the book, which also serves as the Part One, types of spells are explained. This is particularly helpful to someone who has little to no knowledge of spellwork. Chapter One reinforces that the most important part of a spell is the practitioner’s will and intention to be the agent of change.

Part
Two consists of four chapters each covering the following categories
of spells: Body and Spirit, House and Home, Family and Friends, and
Out and About. Each chapter begins with information regarding the
spell category. Spell names are highlighted and written in a
consistent format which is easy to read and follow. Under each
individual spell is information on how or what the spell will help
with followed by materials needed to execute the spell. Each
highlighted area concludes with “What to Do” which is a
step-by-step explanation of how to complete the spell. Tips
regarding the spell may also be included in a separate highlighted
information box.

Part
Three consists of two chapters. Protection rituals are provided in
Chapter Six. They, like the spells in the earlier chapters, follow
the same familiar, easy-to-read format that the reader has come to
rely on. Chapter Seven, the ?nal chapter, discusses protection
objects. Protective colors, crystals, gods, saints, angels, animals,
herbs and symbols are explored. This chapter is an introduction
protection objects, and it gives the reader some basic information
regarding these objects. It is intended for this chapter to spark
the reader’s interest in wanting to learn more about protection
objects.

In conclusion, Protection Spells is a well written and highly organized book that I would recommend to others. Upon completing the final chapter, I was left wanting more information. I was saddened that the book had come to an abrupt end; which is my only disappointment in reading this book. After having the opportunity to learn so much about protection spells from Ms. Murphy-Hiscock, I was left wanting a conclusion or parting words. Given the inclusive outline and impressive organization of the book, it was the one lacking piece. Overall, the lack of a parting chapter is a minor oversight given the wealth of information gained in reading this book.

Protection Spells: Clear Negative Energy, Banish Unhealthy Influences, and Embrace Your Power on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Tammy Andrews is a beginner in the area of all matters related to Wicca and witchcraft. She is interested in many areas of natural spiritual practice including the use of incense and oils, pendulum divination, oracle cards, and crystals. She is Reiki I certified with plans to obtain further Reiki levels. With her love of learning and reading, she is excited to join PaganPagesOrg as a book reviewer. Tammy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker employed in a community agency that provides counseling and case management services to clients who live with serious mental illnesses and addiction issues. The power of human survival and resilience never ceases to amaze her. She views social work as her passion and life calling. Tammy resides in CT with her husband, who is her greatest supporter, her cat and her dogs. She has enjoyed the opportunity to assist in the nurturing of her step-son to become a prospering young adult. Tammy and her husband spend many Summer weekends at their cabin in VT where she loves the opportunity to renew her spirit in the peace and solitude of the trees. You can contact Tammy via email at [email protected]

The Road to Runes

February, 2019

The
Road to Runes: Dagaz and Breakthroughs

Reading
the Elder Futhark Runes as a form of divination is intriguing,
amazing and enlightening.

Remember
last month when I pulled the rune Isa?
I was locked in a stagnant situation, unsure whether to move forwards
forcefully or relax and wait out the freeze. My day job, which I had
wanted to leave for some time, was tentatively offering opportunities
but then snatching them away, leaving me stuck and not knowing
whether to take the plunge.

Well,
after some contemplation, I realised Isa was telling me that I was
allowing myself to be frozen. I was giving in to the temptation to
stare into the frozen lake; to marvel at the river that has stopped
flowing. So, I quit! That’s right, beloved readers, I am outta
there
! I am now a full-time freelance writer and student of the
esoteric and occult.

I
was grateful for the rune’s guidance. Ultimately, I guess I would
have made the same decision regardless of that particular rune
reading. However, it was illuminating to realise just how stuck I had
become, and how much longer I could be potentially stuck there if I
didn’t make a move.

After
my exploration of Isa, I pulled the rune Dagaz. Two triangles or
arrows touch points, or as I see it, one continuous line zig-zags
around a central point. The name means ‘day’ or dawn, and it’s
associated with awakenings and breakthroughs. How astonishing that I
should have pulled this rune just as I was fretting about being stuck
somewhere, and never finding a breakthrough! It certainly seemed like
a clear message.

Dagaz
is associated with things that have been planned and talked about
coming to fruition. The imagination has been hard at work. Now it’s
time for action. Things you never quite understood or realised are
suddenly so clear or obvious.

Dagaz
is also about the inevitability of change. It’s almost directly
opposed to Isa in this way. Isa is frozen, cold, unmoving, only
hinting at the growth to come after the cold winter. Dagaz is a sure
reminder that the world turns, the seasons move on and everything
changes.

Dagaz
is also about mystical and spiritual inspiration; being open to
divine intervention. I feel that this is really appropriate right
now, when I have taken a leap of faith quite literally with regards
to the work situation, but also allowed myself to explore the
possibilities of this realm of divination and interpretation of signs
and messages.

I
realise I have only scratched the surface of this intriguing rune,
but I’m so blown away by how accurate and meaningful this reading
is. Isa told me I was stuck, and reminded me that by staying where I
was and not taking action I could metaphorically freeze to death.
Dagaz highlighted that I’ve made myself receptive to these
insights, showed me that action would be the way to break free, and
assured me that moving away from my work-based debacle was the right
thing to do, no matter how drastic.

Today, I pulled the rune
Tiwaz, Tyr’s rune; the rune of justice and sacrifice. I’ll write
more about this and what it may mean for me in next month’s column.
Don’t forget, you can tweet me @Mabherick if you want me to focus
on a particular rune for this column. Until next time!

***

About the Author:

Mabh Savage is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Book Review – Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential by Cass and Janie Jackson

October, 2018

Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential

by Cass and Janie Jackson

Being an astrologer, I am always on the look out for books that are clear and concise in a format that is easily understandable by the lay person. Astrology for Success by Cass and Janie Jackson fills that niche quite nicely. In fact, their other books seem to also follow this premise that simple is best.

The authors have chosen to focus on the Sun Sign in a natal chart as the tool of use in understanding your innate potential. This decision aligns quite nicely for those who are accustomed to reading daily horoscopes that, most often, are Sun Sign based. I would venture to guess that most people know at least their astrological Sun Sign, if for no other reason that as a fact of trivia and identification. So, this book already speaks to a broader audience than many books on astrology would.

Each of the thirteen chapters is dedicated to a single astrological sign, in accord with their placement around the flat wheel. The thirteenth chapter is a charming teaser for anyone who wishes to explore another biggie in the natal chart- your Rising sign. This little tidbit at the end adds another layer of interest beyond the personality and traits of the Sun Sign.

Each chapter analyzes the Main Characteristics of the astrological sign, the Plan for Success based upon the innate potential of that sign’s characteristics, Health, Relationships, Career Paths and highlights of Chronological Patterns that potentially play out in the course of the individual’s lifetime. Although the chapters are short, there is enough to sink your teeth into and prompt a deeper look in self-analysis and awareness.

This is definitely a book I would recommend to my students and clients who are interested in having some usable information on hand in a simple format.

Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential

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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

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2)

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1)

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

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

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

Book Review – In Focus Meditation: Your Personal Guide by Jacqueline Towers

October, 2018

In Focus: Meditation

Your Personal Guide

 

by Jacqueline Towers

© Zambezi Publishing Ltd.

imprint of Quarto Group

page count 144

One of the first things Ms. Towers says about meditations is “meditations aren’t something you need to work because they just start” I like the way this book is laid out, Ms. Towers has done an excellent job of presenting this material.

In the first chapter, entitled “About Meditation,” Ms. Towers lists 12 benefits of meditation and eight different techniques. Of the eight different methods of meditation, not all of them require you to quiet your mind. (Which is a good thing, because I never have a quiet mind.) In chapter 3 on equipment and products for meditation, the author lists a few meditation cushions or zafus that you can use. In chapter 3, she also includes a list of incense or essences, and these she has broken down into wood or mineral, fruit or plant.

Chapters 4 through 15 are about the different types of meditations. Ms. Towers has them broken down, in such a way that if you are looking for a meditation on chakras, or knowledge, or angelic, or emotional, they are easy to find. One of the meditations in chapter 7 that I found interesting was the Flower of Life. I have several flowers of life around my desk where I work, and where I do most of my reading, so it was easy for me to envision this image while meditating.

In chapter 12, Ms. Towers starts talking about psychic techniques, and how meditation can help you heighten them. The author also talks about how psychics use meditation before doing readings. Chapter 13, Ms. Towers writes about using a meditation to do a past life regression. While reading this meditation, I went into the meditation and was able to explore part of a past life that comes to me during a dream. So, I can say without a doubt, this meditation works.

In chapter 14 Ms. Towers covers mindfulness meditation. The author includes information about mindfulness, yoga, and even doing a meditation upon the five principles of Reiki. Within the five principles of Reiki meditation, the author breaks it down even further into helping you meditate on why you may have an issue with one of the five principles.

In the last chapter, chapter 15, Ms. Towers has a meditation with candles. In this meditation. She explains how the flames may behave during your meditation and what that can mean for you. She also covers Christian contemplation, Buddhist meditation, cosmic ordering, and astral travel. In Focus Your Guide to Meditation is a well-written book, and it’s laid out intuitively. I’m glad I can add it to my library, I hope you will be too.

In Focus Meditation

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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 at: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/Readings-by-Dawn-1608860142735781/