Review of the App UniTarot

September, 2018


By ucdevs, Developer address is Moscow, Russia

100 thousand downloads on many platforms

4.7 stars 5,042 rates



Contains ads and

In-app purchases cost $4.95

Version 2.9.3

App Release date is Jan. 7, 2014

I downloaded this app June 5, 2018. This is a cool Tarot app. It is free to download, but you can go VIP and get more from the app. I didn’t do that.

Just downloading the app as it is, you get a choice of 8 different Tarot decks. The cards are pictured in HD Quality. You can also hook your phone up to your computer with a USB cable and download your cards to the app. It has 16 different spreads to pick from, or you can develop your own.

I set up the app with a daily reminder for a card for the day. I would do that, with the reminder, then I would also do a weekly reading and a daily three card draw. Each time I would pick different cards for the reading.

Each card has information including Astrology, Numerology, Elements, Colors, Esoteric Title, Intelligence, Correspondence in the Hebrew Alphabet, Position in the Kabbalistic tree of life, and more. I enjoyed reading the card meanings by Rider-Waite, A.E Thierens, and P.D. Ouspensky. Some of these added to what I already knew of the Tarot.

There is even an option in VIP that allows you to compare cards with each other, and that is something I didn’t get. I was happy with what I had in the app.

The only drawbacks were in the saving or the emailing of the reading. When you saved the reading, it kept all the information for that reading. I tried doing the email reading, where you pulled the cards and then had them emailed to you, and not all the information came through. It sent a picture of the cards to download into Google, and it only included Color, element, astrology, dates, esoteric title, intelligence, Kabbalah, Tree of Life, numerology, keywords, Rider-Waite meanings and then it was a brief two sentence meaning with a few keywords. So, saving it to the phone was better for this app.


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

Book Review – The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick: Your Guide to Crafting Charms, Rituals & Spells from the Natural World by Judy Ann Nock

September, 2018

Book Review

The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick: Your Guide to Crafting Charms, Rituals & Spells from the Natural World”

by Judy Ann Nock

Published by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Copyright June 2018

Pages: 240

This book is not intended to be another Wicca 101 book; rather think of it more along the lines of Witchcraft 3.0,” Wiccan High Priestess Judy Ann Nock wrote in her introduction.

Each of Its eleven chapters delves into a realm of nature magick including seed, air, sun and fire, the moon, Gaia, time and the cosmos.

The Realm of Water covers Wells of Emotion, Rivers and Oceans. Its 15 pages offer an introduction to water, a meditation, instructions for a ritual bath, a blessing spell and a spell for prosperity, along with directions for making herbal tinctures and an aromatherapy spray. All involve water in some way.

In Magic Takes Root: The Woodland Realm, Nock writes about nature being a powerful healer and the importance of staying connected to it, saying, “A simple ritual of walking in the woods, meditating outside of a building, or taking part in the currently popular trend of ‘forest bathing’ can calm the mind and bring about a state of peace.”

She offers a centering meditation done sitting at the base of a tree, and a ritual for creating a personal tree oracle – not to tell fortunes, but as a tool to “communicate with the elements of natural magic.” The ritual, the lore and the charm all work with the sacredness of trees, with reminders of our connectedness to the seasons and rhythms of the Mother, and our responsibility to be stewards of the earth.

Readers will be inspired to draw on the powers found in nature when doing magick, thanks to the variety of meditations, rituals, spells and charms. There’s a recipe for consecrated crescent cakes to have for the ritual of calling down the moon, a solar charm for strength, and instructions for preparing a candle for magick.

Some tables are scattered throughout the book with such information as healing herbs, planetary correspondences and spirit animals.

As promised, this book can help deepen a connection to natural magick and offer inspiration beyond the basics. While it wouldn’t be in my top 10 list of favorite magic books, it would make a useful addition the collection of an intermediate practitioner.

Nock is the founder of a goddess spirituality group and the author of “A Witch’s Grimoire.” She lives in New York City.

The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick: Your Guide to Crafting Charms, Rituals, and Spells from the Natural World



About the Author:

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


Interview with the Author of We Are Magical Beings, Paola Collazos

July, 2018

Interview with Paola Collazos

Paola Collazos is a Reiki master, energy medicine practitioner and a licensed massage therapist. She is also the author of “We Are Magical Beings”. I had the chance to not only review the book, but also talk with Paola recently.

Deanna-In your book, We Are Magical Beings, you share the hardships that came with your childhood. You seem to have blossomed from that childhood once you found energy work. What would you say to your younger self?

Paola-To my younger self I would say I promise to nurture you and keep life light- hearted and fun.

D-Do you believe you would be where you are now, if you had experienced a different childhood?

P-I would for sure be somewhere else had my childhood been different. Our early experiences shape our personalities and decisions profoundly. But I wouldn’t trade my childhood, it was filled with lessons and I love myself the way I am today.

D-In today’s world, we are seeing a lot of high profile celebrities who have depression that are committing suicide.

What would you recommend to someone that is dealing with depression?

P-The thing about depression is that you have to catch yourself before you fall, and for that to happen one has to choose to be aware of the triggers way before you catch yourself falling.

BUT before wrapping your mind around that last statement, one must accept, and absolutely know within themselves that they are not alone, 44,965 Americans die by Suicide each year. The numbers show it, you are not alone. Even, I, with all the tools, experience lows sometimes.

Eliminate self-judgment and get to know your triggers, avoid them at all costs by keeping busy, work hard, volunteer, exercise, take walks, see friends, perhaps get a pet and breathe. I believe that breath is the closest thing to unconditional love. Oxygen is always there for you. Love yourself by taking deep breaths. Allowing the exhale to be longer than the inhale calms the nervous system by activating the vagus nerve which sends a signal to the brain telling it to hike up the parasympathetic nervous system and turn down the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic NS controls our rest and digest. It lowers our blood pressure and heart (this is an amazing natural effect of the human body. )

If you need to take medication then do so without judgments but do the self-work. Watch your self-talk.

Eliminate self-judgment and get to know your triggers, avoid them at all costs by keeping busy, work hard, volunteer, exercise, take walks, see friends, perhaps get a pet and breathe. Repeat, every day, and in every moment, that you can remember.

D-During your first Reiki session, you describe an emotional session that seemed to be a turning point for you. Do you feel that you would have reacted the same if the woman had not started crying?

P-I do. I feel that if the woman had not started to cry I may have been more open to energy the first time around. I have learned that with energy work people tend to be skeptical or perceive it as mumbo-jumbo therefore it is vital for the practitioner to be clear, professional and as informative as possible.

D-This book is packed with information on tuning into the energy that we are. For someone who might get overwhelmed easily, where would you recommend getting started?

P-They should find a comfortable quiet space, lay down, close their eyes and notice their breath, then they should notice their heart beating. Tune in to the simple things in life. Revel in the mastery of the human anatomy.

D-During this journey you went through a natural detoxing where your body’s chemistry started changing. You had a difficult time finding a deodorant that worked and you stopped enjoying the taste of meat. In your experience, is this natural detoxing a normal part of the journey for everyone when doing energy work?

P-This varies by person. It is different for everyone. One can even experience this natural detoxing by merely starting a yoga practice. So yes, it is a normal part of the journey.

D-After getting your Level One Reiki Certification, you waited a year before getting your Level Two. Would you recommend this same wait time for someone who is interested in obtaining Reiki Certifications?

P-Yes, I believe that one should take the time after level one to heal themselves before they start trying to help others however some people get both attunements and even the third all in one weekend. I’ve also heard of Masters not passing on the second attunement until years after the first.

For me, it depends on the student but I would encourage some time to explore their own chakras after the first level. There is a lot to explore within oneself and things start to shift. So, you want to be respectful and allow yourself the time to process.

D-Also, after waiting a year, were you able to obtain the Level Two Reiki Certification with the same Reiki Master that certified you as a Level One Reiki?

P-The First Reiki Master did my second level. The level three was done by someone else years later.

D-For someone who is serious about learning all there is to know about energy work, would it be more beneficial to study one area of energy work (Reiki) before moving on to something else? Or can different areas of energy work be studied and used at the same time?

P-Yes, they can be studied at the same time but it also depends on the person and their learning style. It also depends on what they are planning to do with the information. Are they curious for their own healing or if they would like to teach/work on others?

The energy systems are the same all across the board what changes are the ways in which the individual chooses to tap into the energies to keep them settled. One can get started with learning about chakras without having to get Reiki attunements however it does not hurt. It will certainly give you a boost.

When I got my first attunement the master provided me with a lot of information that I wouldn’t have known by merely researching chakras. Like that KAVA tea has spirit unifying properties and that it would help me with lucid dreaming. Once you get started with energy work things will unfold and one thing will lead to the other.

The Meridians or (energy channels) and five element theories are a little more complicated to understand and to apply and I only delved into that in massage therapy school however I do not think it is impossible to grasp. I tried my best to simplify these concepts in my book because I do believe it is necessary to understand. Think of the chakras as the Macro and the Meridians as the micro. Chakras governs the muscles, organs, veins, and ligaments within the chakra’s vicinity. They are super busy hubs of energy that receive and give out information. They also contain information about your life’s journey while the meridians are energy pathways that pertain to one specific organ.

And yes they can be used at the same time.

D-‘We Are Magical Beings’ contains many different areas of energy work. Out of Reiki, Meridians, Chakras, Auras, Yin and Yang, Elements, Centering, Inner Child and Visualizations; do you have a favorite energy work?

P-Picking one is hard because they are so intertwined. I do love visualizations and I think that visualizing and or tapping into the imagination is crucial for all of this work. So, visualizations are my favorite.

D-One of the quotes from the book is “There is perfection in imperfection!” This is very powerful. In today’s world it seems that we are constantly chasing perfection. This quote feels as if it is giving us permission to be who we are without worrying about perfection. Did you find it freeing once you rid the notion of being perfect?

P-Yes, allow yourself to be imperfect. Try your best but be clear about your process. Be mindful that you are not using this idea of perfection to procrastinate and not proceed with what you want. Remember the mind would much rather be safe in its routines so it will always convince you that you are not there yet.

It was freeing for me because I allow myself to have fun and try new things. I’ve heard so many people say they won’t try new things because they are not “good” at it. Allowing yourself to be imperfect is very freeing.

Thank you so much Paola Collazos for taking the time to talk with us at PaganPagesOrg!

If you would like more information on Paola Collazos visit her site at: or you can find out more about her book We Are Magical Beings by clicking the links or the book cover below. Enjoy!!

We Are Magical Beings: A Healing Guide for Earthlings


Book Review: We Are Magical Beings by Paola Collazos, LMT

July, 2018

Book Review

We Are Magical Beings: A Healing Guide for Earthlings

by Paola Collazos, LMT

We Are Magical Beings is a book written by Paola Collazos, LMT. It is published by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House. Paola Collazos is a Reiki master, energy medicine practitioner, a licensed massage therapist and now, a published author.

We Are Magical Beings takes us on a magical journey. First through Paola’s life and then through the journey of energy work.

While this book is not an autobiography, we get a glimpse into Paola’s life starting with her childhood. We see how situations and experiences can shape a person and affect, not only their life, but also, their energy. This made me rethink my life, the situations, and experiences that I have been through. I can see how life has shaped me into the being that I am today. But I am a magical being, that can change the energy that is going on in my life.

The body is a wise self-healing structure”. We Are Magical Beings goes over numerous different areas of energy work. Paola not only explains the different areas of energy work but she goes into detail on how you can incorporate these practices into your daily life. Some of these areas of energy work are chakras, meridians, auras, yin and yang, along with the elements.

Paola explains why it is so important to treat our bodies like a temple and to keep our thoughts pure. “I am talking about the wars that exist within our minds, the ones that some fight with every day in order to get by with ease”. This statement helped me realize that I am not the only one who battles with their thoughts. It also makes me (and anyone who reads this book) realize that we can change this mindset!

Paola is able to explain how the body and energy work together. She explains this not only in Yin and Yang but also in the meridians and the elements. It’s amazing to read how these energy systems control the different areas of the body. She also explains how we can use our thoughts and yoga poses to put these areas back into balance.

One of my favorite chapters talks about the perfection that comes with imperfection. I have dealt with anxiety my whole life. I have always been a perfectionist and when I cannot reach it, I suffer mentally. I was amazed to see that the imperfections in my life are truly perfection. “Believe in yourself, have fun, and don’t be so hard on yourself”. This statement has helped me release some of the anxiety. For once, I am able to live without worrying about being perfect.

I shared this book with my skeptical mom. By the end of the book, she was asking for more reading material on this subject. Not only did this book help her see a new way of living but she has been able to incorporate energy work into her daily life. Her health has been improving and I truly believe that “We Are Magical Beings” started it all.

I would encourage anyone who is curious about energy work to pick up this book. Give it a read, practice the exercises and incorporate the energy work into your daily life.

We Are Magical Beings: A Healing Guide for Earthlings

The Elements

August, 2017


I welcome you,

opening myself to the

cool, calming bliss

of your serenity,

rejoicing in your waves

flowing over me,

feeling your strength

tasting the salt of life,

knowing the power you hold.


Crackling flames dance before my eyes,

taking me to far-off places filled

with magic and wonder.

I look into your depths and return,

my spirit warmed by your heat.


Barefoot, I feel your comfort

under my feet

Laughing, I feel the soft

grass as I walk

Rejoicing, digging deep

to plant my roots

Growing stronger

as you nourish me.


Life is Breath

Breath is Life

Flowing upon the warmness of a summer breeze

Exhilarated at the crispness of an autumn day

Shivering against the cold winter wind

Reborn in the sunshine of a spring whisper

ThriftCrafting: Witching on a Budget

January, 2016

Holiday sales



 Merry meet.

Just as you may have stocked up on witch hats and black napkins after Halloween to save for next Samhain, look among the post-Christmas sale items for things that will be at home next Yule, as well as for other sabbats and rituals.

I have a black bear that sat on my altar for half a year while I did a ritual using bear medicine; it returns there from time to time. Theres a polar bear, too, that walks across my altar especially around my birthday both as the representation of one of my animal guides and of a yearling polar bear, shot by a native on Baffin Island the month I was born and sold to an Airman who gave it to his sister my mother that now resides with me.

Both these bears began their life as Christmas tree ornaments.

Theres also a spider in a web and a cornhusk woman gotten long before I was on a pagan path both also Christmas tree ornaments; both also used in ritual.

After the holidays, when ornaments are typically half price or less, consider looking for ones that can serve other purposes in your Craft. Moons, stars and suns. Cats. Fairies. Angels. A star can serve as a pentacle. Birds can call East.

I picked up clear glass bulbs in several sizes, on sale after Christmas one year, and filled them to represent the elements: milkweed seeds and feathers for air, red chili peppers for fire, shells for water and tiny pinecones for earth. They hang on my tree, but theres no reason they cant also hang from the light fixture in the dining room when witches gather around the table below it. Those same clear balls can also be used to hold the ingredients of a spell.

And next year, consider decorating your Yule tree with objects that began their life as something else: shells, small grapevine wreaths, ribbon, cookie cutters, keys, toys, dolls, animals, pinecones, crystals, jewelry, buttons, frames holding portraits of family or deities, popcorn and cranberries, or dried fruits and flowers.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

Connecting with Nature

April, 2014

Air – The Breath of Life


It’s all around us, we can’t live without it and we often take it for granted.  Air can represent the power of the mind and communication. While meditating, imagine it taking away the negative and bringing you positive, healing energy from the earth.


Human activities are changing the air we breathe and not for the better. Many of the things we do produces air pollution. The main contributor for air contaminants is the burning of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels such as vehicle emissions, industrial emissions, coal and gas-fired power plants and wood burning for heating or waste disposal. The majority of air pollution comes from large industry and industrial combustion systems. Vehicle emissions also play a larger part in air pollution, especially in large urban areas. The generation of electricity from fossil fuels produces carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and mercury. Wood burning produces particulate matter into the air and can release toxic substances if it has been treated with chemicals.




You can protect yourself from air pollution and help the earth by:

  • Limiting your activity outdoors when the air quality is low. Most places have air quality advisories;

  • Reduce the amount of wood you burn and don’t burn garbage or treated wood;

  • Take the bus, carpool, ride your bike or walk instead of driving where you can;

  • Switch your gas powered tools for electric ones as they can emit a lot of pollution in just one hour.

  • Conserve energy by turning off appliances and lights when you’re not using them;

  • Recycle as much as you can to reduce product emissions, and

  • Buy energy efficient appliances.

Air is one of the elements and sacred. We rely on it for our survival. The next time the wind blows visualize it bringing to you what you desire.

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”
~Rachel Naomi Remen






Hally’s Hints

March, 2013

Earth, Elements & Consideration


To work with earth’s elements it is not so much about getting outside of oneself as much as it is to become part of oneself. The more connected, the more open to the energetic alignment within the more connected that this is to each element. This is not only about connection but also what this provides when the connection has been established. It is being open to the energy that flows within the veins and seeing this as a pathway to something more beautiful that equally reflects and enables in each individual.


It is no secret that the elements known in the day to day have been around and of relevance since the inception of earth and the universe. These elements are part of the very existence and the correlation between planes; from the human plane to the ethereal, from the animal to the plant. When the morning arrives these elements are within the day. Do


These elements in specific are earth, fire, air, water and of course, spirit. The five core elements that contain additional elements within. Each playing a crucial role in the universe and even moreso, specific to each individual. These elements are not only external but also internal. They have influence neurologically, biologically as well as energetically. Consider the affect of a rainy day versus a sunny day. Consider the sensation of a breeze versus the warmth of sun rays. Each creating a reaction on all the planes within each person, within each plant, each animal and each living being that encompasses some form of a life force.


These elements are not life force, they are part of; or another way to understand this is that they play a crucial role in enabling and connecting all life force. With this said, these can also be influenced by life force. Life force in essence is energy and each element can conduct energy. It is energy that connects all irrelevant of space and time.


The Earth is a living thing made up of so many elements with humans being but a small portion privileged to reside within its being. Respect, integrity, honesty and love within oneself enables this to flow energetically to the Earth. Honoring the universe that surrounds the Earth re-enforces the connection providing a path of understanding, learning and growth.


Some conduct moon rituals and ceremonies creating manifestations between moon cycles whereas others give thanks during this time as a cycle of karmic appreciation. The moon is but one aspect and provides a good example that whilst there are times where each person feels alone this is the very last thing that anyone actually is.


To work with the Earth’s elements, one must work within themselves and it is here the door to elemental magic becomes a normal day and the conversations had can but create a smile of appreciation and gratitude.


MoonOwl Observations

August, 2012

As many people know, there are 5 main elements; earth, air, fire, water and spirit. In some cultures metal as well. This month I am going to focus on the element Air.

Air is the element of the east and it is strongly connected to the soul and life. The two colors most commonly associate with it are yellow and white. Air’s hour is dawn and it’s associated season is spring. The planet for air is Mercury as well.

As each element does, it has positive and negative characteristics. Air’s positive ones are that it is kid and joyful, intelligent and diligent and also communicative and intuitive. The negative characteristics for Air are that it can spread gossip, be boastful and untruthful, and it can also be selfish, fickle and inattentive.

It’s tattva ( primordial energy) is Vayu, a blue cycle, and it’s state, naturally is gas. The circle suits Air well and it symbolizes the panoramic view of the sky when you look up at it.

Air has the power of movement and refreshment.  It’s projective energy can be used in ritual actions of such things as tossing objects into the air, burning incense and hanging objects from trees.

some symbols used for Air are the sky, wind, clouds, incense, feathers, breath and smoke. The three most commonly associated animals are the raven, eagle and spider. Clearly, the body parts closely linked to Air are the lungs, chest and throat,  since you can feel the connection to air as you breath.
This masculine element stands on the upper left point of the pentagram and the magickal tool is the dagger. It’s wind is Euros and it’s elemental symbol is






Since Air is linked to expression, communication and movement, sailors believe that if the wind is not blowing and you need it for your sails so you can get home, you put a knife in the mainmast to call it to your ship.  Another sailor superstition is that if a sailor whistles upon the ship, they will bring an ill wind.
For those of us on land however, hanging wind homes to bless your home with happiness has been around for many years.
Air is associated with Sylphs and Devas and if your astrological sign is Gemini, Libra or Aquarius, you’re most likely to feel the strongest connection with Air out of all the elements.
this intelligent, free element can carry away your troubles and has the ability to send positive energy and thoughts to those far away from you. It can help you recover lost items and is helpful in making decisions for you.
There is actually an easy, basic way to have air help you make a tough decision. All you have to do is write down your various options for your dilemma on papers, fold each on up twice and place them all in the center of a free-standing rock, table or any flat, raised surface. Make sure it is a day with a light breeze and call to the  wind and ask it to help you. The gentle wind should slowly blow off the various papers. The last one on the surface if the choice Air recommends, should you choose to follow it. Afterwards, make sure you thank Air for its help.
And, since I love all my various gods and goddesses, here are some that are connected to Air:

Hally’s Hints

August, 2012

The Elements & The Spiritual Connection


It is said that the elements that many are familiar with being earth, water, fire, air and of course spirit were the essence within the creation of existence as it is known. Yet in today’s spiritual practices the elements are not often called upon; so much so that some have come to believe that the elements are fairly new to the world of all things spiritual. This however, is not the case.


So, what is the significance of these specific elements when it comes to the spiritual and the individual? What is their relevance when it comes to the day to day and how can working with the elements assist in the evolution of one’s path?


When considering that these five elements of earth, water, fire, air and spirit are part of life, they can have influencing factors that can be entwined when coming into enlightenment or fulfilling one’s purpose in this journey. The elements assist firstly on the surface by understanding strengths, the internal connection and then going deeper by enhancing the energetic alignment between the individual and the collective.


To grasp this in a more literal term contemplate the following as a simple demonstration of the power and natural uniqueness when using the elements respective to Self.


Working with Earth energy is fairly common and not unfamiliar in Paganism. Earth is a grounding energy that harbours logical and practical influences which can affect the physical Self via the logical and practical part of the body. This assists in creating balance and connection in one’s professional, technical and analytical part linking this to their energetic centre.


Water energy is actually an interesting element to work with. As a human, it is said that humans are made up of at least 70% water and thus, they are affected by the moon cycles each month. In understanding more about the water element, consider it in literal terms as the movement that flows connecting to feelings and emotions. This allows it to be linked to the feeling that one has with Self; a version is called the relationship aspect of Self. Relationship is defined as the internal relationship before the external.


To take this even further, when working with associating chakras this would then tie into the base chakra. By using water energy it would enable aligning and enhancing the relationship aspect with Self and becoming more than purely emotional. The benefit with this is what this allows the individual to tap into and ultimately the internal power that is gained by joining Self with the elemental energies.


These two examples are shallow in their explanation however, they do demonstrate the relevance and cohesive synergy when using the energies in all facets of one’s journey into Self. These elements can create what seems like an energetic bridge between Self and the collective. A way to look at the power of this is by putting on all of the lights at a stadium – pretty impressive and ready for action!


When it comes to the basis of the elements each individual is physically part of the elemental and energetic collective. So the question must be asked why this is not used more frequently to increase awareness, harmony, health and abundance. (It is important to remember that this very topic has a multitude of layers and in this article is only briefly touched upon).


The elements are within all that we are, we do and even into what we want. When using the resources and endeavouring to reach natural state use nature in its most perfect form to take you to the next level – elemental energy.

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