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

August, 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

***

About
the Author:

Lynn Woike

thewitchonwheels.com

All my life I have known
magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established
relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden
years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the
black-candles-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough
to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many
practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions,
tarot, herbs, gems, and as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism,
the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a
witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the
Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have
returned to an eclectic solitary practice. I am transitioning to the
life of a crone on the road, living chunks of time in a 30-year-old
school bus converted into a living space that is also sacred space.
Follow me as I share the journey that is just beginning.
thewitchonwheels

Book Review – The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals by Lori Morrison

May, 2019

Book Review
The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals
by Lori Morrison

Lori Morrison’s The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals is an encyclopedic guide to the lore and symbolism of nearly 200 animals, birds, reptiles, with a few mythological beings included. It is a visually lovely book – gorgeously illustrated with black and white drawings in an oversized format – a “coffee table” volume that also works quite well as a reference book. I found myself dipping into the book at random to read the well-researched descriptions of animals in their natural environments as well the information and messages channeled by Ms. Morrison in her discussions with these animals.

Ms.
Morrison’s perspectives on working with power animals have been
filtered by her own experiences living in El Salvador and traveling
in wild places all over the world. She describes a life-changing
initiation in 2010 which opened her awareness and ability to work
with power animals for herself and for others. Her belief in the
value of this work is well-evidenced in the research she did for the
book. The lore and traditions provided in the discussion of each
animal come from many cultures and traditions; the bibliography,
organized by animal, is extensive and allows the reader to dig
further.

The
book is organized into three sections. In the first, Ms. Morrison
gives brief overviews of principles traditionally associated with
shamanic practice: cosmology, which she sources in the Tree of Life
and three worlds of “core” shamanism; shamanic journeying; and
working with the elements and power animals, including shapeshifting,
dreaming and tuning the resonance between yourself and a power animal
by using a crystal or stone. Ms. Morrison, who has a practice
dedicated to healing with vibrational medicine, states, “Each Power
Animal embodies energy that is congruent with one of the seven
primary energy centers in the human body. The characteristics of the
animal mirror those of the center.” She then describes the ways in
which a stone resonant with a Power Animal’s energy can be used.
Ms. Morrison also describes several types of power animals, including
the Shadow Power Animal. This being may represent an aspect of
ourselves that we are ignoring, so it is certainly one to pay
attention to.

The
second section, the largest and most informative, contains
illustrated discussions of each power animal. The lore and history
provided is extensive and again, from many cultures. The channeled
messages and symbolism are helpful for working with Power Animals in
non-ordinary reality. In addition, Ms. Morrison places each animal
in “ordinary reality,” providing descriptions of real-world
behavior, habitat, prey and predators. We are better able to
understand an animal sighting in our daily lives as a message
noteworthy of our attention if we understand its routine behaviors.

The
final section consists several great resources: a list of endangered
animals; the research references and bibliography mentioned above; a
source for each of the illustrations in the book and a useful table
of correspondences for animals, their qualities and related minerals.

The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals is a resource for animal symbolism and lore. I consider it a great addition to my library.

The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Susan
Rossi

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

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

Flying
to the Heart www.flyingtotheheart.com

Open
Channel Astrology: openchannelastrology.com

Book Review – Choosing To Be A Medium by Sharon Farber

April, 2019

Book Review
Choosing To Be A Medium
by Sharon Farber

Ms.
Farber received her BA in sociology at Univ. of Mass. before pursuing
a path in healing arts. This is evident and supportive in the manner
in which Choosing To Be A Medium is written and the subject in
general is presented. This very pragmatic approach is reflected in
the Disclaimer at the beginning of the book…

Not everybody has the ideal emotional strength and stability to be a medium. Good mental health, including a strong connection to reality is vital. People with certain types of mental illness, including clinical depression or psychosis, are advised to consult with a healthcare provider or spiritual mentor before pursuing mediumship development.”…

Even
if you read no further, this recommendation brings a practical
attitude and also dispels the glamour that is often associated with
mediumship. This is further supported by the fact that Ms. Farber
shows that becoming a medium and interacting with the Spirit world is
actually a gift than can be developed, having had no experience prior
to her own seeking it out. This dispels the thought that you have to
be born into this practice or have some specifically endowed
capabilities that set you apart as different from others. In fact,
the emphasis here is that everyone and anyone can do this…


I agreed to write this book because I have a different perspective
than many other mediumship authors. Most of them connected
spontaneously with spirit people and didn’t have to learn how. I
became fascinated with mediumship without seeing spirit people. This
book shares how I learned to become a medium and how you can too…

Choosing
To Be A Medium
is divided into three
parts and eleven chapters. Each builds upon the other, with the
final-Part Three: Chapters 10 and 11-dedicated to “Advanced
Mediumship and refining the skills you have been practicing for use
as a professional medium.

We
begin the journey in Part
One-Groundwork
. The three chapters
contained in this section provide a personal accounting of the
author’s journey into work as a medium. The author fills these
pages with anecdotal information and practical exercises while giving
the reader the definitions of terminology used and a deeper clarity
of what mediumship is and is not. There are plenty of exercises to
develop your skills and Chapter Three concludes this section in
discussion of Spirits, how they communicate, what they are and more.

Part
Two
, entitled Diving In, aptly
contains the meat of the study towards becoming a medium.

All
the tools needed to begin honing your skills are provided, both with
theoretical study and plenty of experiential exercises – 65 total to
be precise – that build both confidence and develop deeper awareness
of the natural gifts of psychism, sensing energy and interaction with
the spirit world that we inherently have. I particularly enjoyed Ms.
Farber’s approach to the fears that we may have around allowing
ourselves to be open to the Spirit realms and what that entails.

There
is an abundance of useful information that may also be applied in
general to a variety of spiritual practices and skills sets. The
information contained in Finding A Teacher (as it relates to a mentor
or other experienced medium to guide you) is useful for many of the
disciplines that we wish to learn more about. Grounding, breathwork
and meditations to cleanse and clear away negativity are other topics
covered and again, are useful tools in establishing a good routine
practice regardless of whether you will be using it as support for
mediumship, ritual work or any other spiritual endeavors.

Part
Three
takes your journey to another
level giving suggestions about establishing yourself professionally
as a medium. Everything you need to get started, should you choose to
work in this field is discussed as well as the pros and cons to
putting yourself out there. Ethics is brought into the equation as
well, something that greatly appreciate particularly given the
vulnerability of those you would be reading for. An additional
feature that supports diving right into finding your own style of
mediumship is the author’s companion journal with ample of space to
record and revisit the exercises suggested in the Choosing
To Be A Medium
book.

Choosing
To Be A Medium
is packed with
opportunity to test out your abilities and try out what you believe
being a medium is and what the reality of its work entails. This is
one of the few books I’ve come across that is so effectively
organized that it naturally encourages growth in your own abilities,
at all levels. It speaks to all levels of inquiry and many of the
exercises are great reminders for those already involved in the
practice of mediumship as refreshers and self-care tools. Kudos to
Ms. Farber for making this mysterious skill so accessible!

Visit
Dragonfly Healing Arts:

www.dragonflyhealingarts.net

The Choosing to be a Medium Companion Journal is available on Amazon:

Choosing to Be a Medium: Experience & Share the Healing Wonder of Spirit Communication on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

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

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Book Review – 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

***

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]

Book Review – The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 38, Spring 2019 to Spring 2020 – Animals: Friends and Familiars

February, 2019

Book Review
The Witches’ Almanac
Issue 38
Spring 2019 to Spring 2020
Animals: Friends and Familiars

Brightest
Blessings

This
issue contains a wealth of knowledge. You want to take your time
reading this issue, snuggle next to the fire with a cup of tea or hot
cocoa. You can tell that each article or story they chose was thought
out. Some of the articles make you ponder your thoughts on subjects,
while others just entertain you, they are so adorable.

You
can learn a lot of lore, history and gain new insight on many topics.
Some of the articles are shortened for the book, but they include
links for further reading on those articles. The authors applied a
lot of time and research to create each of their contributions, it
inspired me to do further research on the various topics on my own.

The articles I found most interesting are…

Why
&
How Animal Omens Work
– This article gives ideas and signs on how animals work with spirit
and deities, share their knowledge and share insight when we are in
deep thought or need help during moments of our life.

The
Ja
de Emperor Race’s, How
the
Zodiac Signs Came to Be
– This story I found entertaining and adorable. I didn’t know
this story even existed. I think it is the perfect way to explain
them. The book gave information on this year’s Chinese zodiac sign
and a table listing this year’s preview and coming future date’s
of animal signs in following years.

NikolaTesla – Was a very interesting read, very well
thought out using his birth chart for astrology. This information I
found uniquely designed to add intrigue to the story.

Merry
Meeting of Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki – I loved this
article. Having her spend author interview time sharing her
experiences and her knowledge about the society of the inner light.
The article felt perfect just like you were in room with her. Even
though they shorten her interview for the book, they provide a link
to an audio file to further listen.

Corvids –
This article was about using knowledge of certain beautiful birds,
lore, and how to divine knowledge from birds of choice and messages
associated with certain deities.

There are many more
articles within this issue I found so inspiring I wish I could list
them all! This book contains information on zodiac influences for
coming spring 2019-2020, weather, mooncycles, explanations for
gardening by Moonphases, astrological key information, eclipses,
retrogrades for this spring 2019-2020, book reviews, and question
about the craft you can send in to be answered From a Witches
Mailbox!

In ending
this book is worth having in your collection of almanacs,
you can even order past issues to add to your collection. I was
honored to read this book.

The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 38, Spring 2019 to Spring 2020: Animals: Friends and Familiars on Amazon

***

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, and gang of critters. I love to create new designs by looking at nature, cultural ideas for my Jewelry and create unique Metaphysical items. COME Sit For A  Spell or Two , And See the Magick of Forevrgoddessboutique

Book Review – Stones of the Goddess: Crystals for the Divine Feminine by Nicholas Pearson

January, 2019

Book
Review

Stones
of the Goddess

Crystals
for the Divine Feminine

by
Nicholas Pearson

Author,
Nicholas Pearson’s book offers a jam-packed volume of wisdom about
crystal lore and usage through the lens of Goddess study and
devotion. Looking at the Notes (Bibliography) section at the back of
the book confirms the extensive research and credible resources used
in compiling this book and providing relevant and cohesive
information.

Mr.
Pearson states in the Introduction…


The inspiration beh
ind
Stones of the Goddess began with my desire to deepen my connection to
the tides of life, magick, and mystery that keep the cosmos in
order.”

I
would echo that by saying that this book will most definitely achieve
that and inform about the crystal kingdom as well. The interweaving
of the sacred Feminine and the Sacred Earth domain are beautifully
represented in a way that is both user friendly and clear in its
intention.

Part
One
begins with the basics of
crystals, their use and the more commonly selected ones. Everything
is covered from soup to nuts; cleansing, storing, selecting and
attuning and programming to name a few. This serves as an excellent
primer for anyone who wishes to use crystals in a more specific way.
This section is filled with photos, which is a great way of use for
identification of crystals and building your own visual crystal
encyclopedia.

Part
Two,
entitled Meeting
the Goddess
, moves
into the stories and energies of the Goddess and application of
Goddess energy. The myths and worship within a matriarchal society
are brought to life and the resurgence of the Divine Feminine in all
of Her forms completes the first stirrings of connection to what is
ancient and organic in nature.

Part
Three
, Crystals
for the Divine Feminine
, brings
the information of crystal use and the Herstory of the Goddess
together seamlessly as a variety of stones are presented. From
the start, the Compendium of Crystals takes a look at crystals
bringing multiple correspondences into play; magickal uses, the
astrological signature, element, Goddess archetype and formation
process. The description of each crystal is complete and diverse in
its presentation.

Completing
the book, the Table of
Correspondences
provides even more
info for a quick selection list broken down into
Goddess-Elemental-Planetary and Zodiacal.All of your favorites are there, as
well as some less common crystals that deserve a closer look.

My
only negative note about this title is that it won’t be released
until February 19.2019. Have mine on pre-order and can’t wait!

Click HERE or Book Cover for Amazon Info

***

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.

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

January, 2019

“Super Seven & Auralite Twenty-Three: All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know”

Hi
everyone and Happy New Year!! I want to start off this year telling
you a bit about both super seven and auralite twenty-three. These are
two of my very favorite crystals because for one they are absolutely
stunning, and secondly they are the ultimate multi-taskers as they
contain many minerals in both and therefore contain the properties of
all the included minerals! How cool is that?! You can wear just one
piece of jewelry and gain the metaphysical benefits of all the
minerals you need! And to me the patterns and variety of colors
included are so very stunning, I have never seen a piece of super
seven or auralite twenty-three that I haven’t loved! 

Super Seven”

First
lets talk about super seven. Super seven, just as the name implies,
contains seven minerals. They are amethyst, smoky quartz,
lepidocrocite, cacoxenite, clear quartz, rutile and geothite. All of
these minerals alone are fantastic crystals to wear or use, but
having all seven of these power stones in one is beyond wonderful. 

Super seven comes from Espirito Santo (which translates to ‘holy spirit’) in Brazil. It is still relatively rare and therefore expensive. It is also referred to as “Melodys Stone” and “Sacred Seven”. It can be purple, gray, orange, red, brown and clear.This crystal is known as being high vibrational and called a stone of higher consciousness. It is an enhancer of all types. It aids in personal ascension, assists in development of all psychic gifts, aids in channeling, and brings souls into communication with the divine. 

It guides to help change the vibrational level of the whole planet! It links humanity. It aids you in taking the right path. It provides clarity of mind and revitalizes and clears the entire energy field. It clears the mind of distracting thoughts and anxiety and brings you to a sacred and tranquil realm. It clears & aligns all the chakras. It is great for all zodiac signs. 

It
attunes you to its abilities to trigger development of psychic
abilities to promote further healing of the earth and wellness on all
levels. It provides universal protection and universal creativity. It
guides and inspires creative life force. 

This
crystal is healing, grounding, protective, powerful and
transformational. A stone of expansion. It is a great stone for
sleeping as it creates peace and harmony. It is perfect for crystal
healers and meditation as it provides physical, intellectual and
spiritual healing. It also creates stability during chaotic times.
And it has the added benefit of heightening the vibrations of all
other crystals near it. So as you can see, this is a super stone
indeed. I could go on, but for lengths sake I will wrap it up….we
still have auralite twenty-three to dive into!

Auralite
Twenty-Three”

Also
known as “Auralite amethyst” and “kindred spirit
crystal”. Auralite Twenty-three contains 23 minerals. Xray
diffraction has identified these 23 minerals, though much is
comprised of amethyst, citrine, and a rare type of green quartz. Keep
in mind also that scientists cannot identify all of the minerals
within, because a meteor dissipated into the crystal over 1.5 billion
years ago and the minerals are not of this planet. Here are the 23 we
can identify: titanite, cacoxenite, lepidocrocite, ajoite, hematite,
pyrite, magnetite, geothite, pyrolucite, gold, silver, copper,
platinum, nickel, iron, limonite, sphalerite, covellite,
chalcopyrite, gialite, epidote, bornite and rutile. Wow…what a
combo!!! This crystal is a newer find and only comes from Canada. It
is mined in the “cave of wonders” or Boreal forest in
thunder bay, northwestern Ontario. It is one of the very oldest
crystals, more than 1.5 billion years old. It can be gray, purple,
clear, orange and red in color. It can also display beautiful etching
and chevron phantom banding.

This
crystal has an extremely high frequency and an abundance of
properties. It is a stone of new consciousness. It can even be too
strong and intense for some (much like moldavite). Being grounded is
important when working with this stone. It is a master healer and is
meant to be used. This stone is meant to change both your life and
the world around you for the betterment of mankind. Its used for code
clearing, DNA healing and cellular activation. It also activates
spiritual DNA and the pineal gland. It reminds our bodies of its
proper vital functions and brings forth regeneration and
rejuvenation.

Auralite
23 aids us in spiritual evolution, and enhances all spiritual and
psychic gifts. It helps with communication with spirit guides,
angels, ascended masters, and source energy.  It is great for
astral travel, lucid dreaming and accessing the akashic records and
past lives. It can heal the inner child and help release old karmic
patterns.

This
crystal balances and activates all the chakras and even the chakras
above the head and below the feet. It balances and awakens kundalini
energy. It aids us in self-acceptance and self-confidence. 

It can also revive our lifeforce, relax the body, remove tension, and relieve headaches and muscle spasms and pain.

It
can help to end bad relationships and create a healthy long lasting
one. It can help to create a divine line from you to your twin
flame. 

Auralite
23 is perfect for healing, meditation, deep soul work and exploring
ones own consciousness. 

As you can see from the huge amount of properties each of these power crystals have (and this is only some!), they are both very special crystals. If you can get your hands on one or both I highly recommend you give them a try!

Thanks for taking the time to read and I’ll see you back next month!

Crystal
Blessings and Happy 2019! 

References:

Www.crystalvaults.com

Www.crystalpedia.com

Www.auralite-23.info

Www.spiritialmagickal.com

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About
the Author:

Retha
N. Lent

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

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

Or
in her
FB group
:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her
Sage
Goddess
affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or
follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

Book Review – Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice by Janet Boyer

November, 2018

Book Review

Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down advice

by Janet Boyer

 

 

I am so excited to share Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down advice by Janet Boyer with you all. Naked Tarot is published by Dodona Books, Winchester, UK and Washington, USA, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing LTD., NO 3 East Street, Alresford, Hampshire S024 9EE, UK. It is available in paperback and digitally, and since I am reviewing a digital version, I can’t describe the physical book. But no worries, Naked Tarot has 451 pages chock-full of valuable insights into the Tarot cards, all presented in an easy-on-the-eye typeface in a style that is irreverent and fun!

I read the Forward, written by Craig Conley, author and creator of the Tarot Of Portmeirion, and instantly smiled. Eight Implications of Nakedness lets us know what we are in for, and it’s all good, even if you are squeamish about getting nekkid. The Introduction, written by Boyer, gives the framework of the book and some biographical information. Boyer, who also has an incredible amount of Tarot knowledge and experience, holds true to the title of this book and presents herself and her life experiences without shields, and with naked honesty. The book continues with an overview of the Tarot and of divination. Boyer also talks about ways to use the Tarot, methods for reading the Tarot, reversals, correspondences, Tarot suits/elements, and even things to consider when choosing a deck. I love her description of the Tarot as offering Who (the Court Cards), What/How (the Minor Arcana), and Why (the Major Arcana) with regard to our readings and the messages of the cards. All of this information without a single image, just lots of easy-to-read and understand text.

The section devoted to each card contains a Stripped Down Overview (describing the personality of the card), a whole paragraph of Keywords, several Personifications and Embodiments (OMG, one suggested personification for the Page of Wands is Tigger; how perfect is that?!), as well as a Quote, a Challenge, a Gift, suggested Occupations/Vocations, a list of correspondences, a Writing Prompt, and on and on. Then there is the Naked Advice section, which contains Career, Romance, Parenting and Spirituality interpretations, as well as a list of Recommended Resources, and a suggested spread. In her card descriptions and extensive correspondence lists, Boyer uses current and up-to-date movie and book references and people, both real-life and imagined, who we all know well.

I particularly like Boyer’s treatment of the Court Cards. She treats each of the 16 Court Cards like individual persons, and even offers Nicknames for each, and the way to His/Her Hearts and MBTI/Keirsey personality descriptions.

At the end of over 400 pages of useful and fun information about each of the 78 cards of the Tarot, Boyer offers six sample spreads with interpretations, as well input and comments from some of the seekers. The book ends with an extensive bibliography, and a list of recent bestsellers from Donona Books.

Naked Tarot is a must-have, whether you are a new reader just dipping your toe into the Tarot ocean, or an experienced reader with a lot of esoteric information and reading experience in your tool box, or if you fall somewhere in between those extremes. This is not a dry list of correspondences and brief descriptions of interpretations that don’t seem to relate to current life. There is nothing stuffy or intimidating about this book; it is accessible to all and full of lots and lots and lots of useful information offered in a manner that is easy to connect with and remember, even though there are no card images.

I never expected to recommend a digital book on the Tarot, but this is one that you absolutely must have on your e-reader. Get the paperback too if you need to work with paper; you won’t be sorry. You will use this book, again and again, and the thoughtful insights and reader-friendly card descriptions and information will bring a new spark to your work with the Tarot, whether professionally or personally.

Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down advice on Amazon

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About the Author:

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

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

Interview with Author Rose Orriculum

November, 2018

Interview with Author & Spell Writer Rose Orriculum

 

 

Rose Orriculum is the author of Pastel Spells & Of Witchcraft and Whimsy. She also hosts a blog on Tumblr with links to pages of great help and information from herself. She also has a YouTube Channel and her own Etsy. Her books, and the spells used in them, are from Rose’s personal collection. After reviewing her 2 books in this issue, I had the chance to interview her.

Deanna (D) – You currently have two books published, Pastel Spells and Of Witchcraft and Whimsy. Do you have any other projects in the works?

Rose Orriculum (R)- There’s one witchy project that is going very slowly, a potions recipe book. It keeps getting pushed to the back burner by other writing projects and schoolwork. I hope to dedicate some time to it soon.

D – Pastel Spells is full of different spells, “most of them centering around the concepts of love, self-care, and healing”, although there are a few curses towards the back. Do you find that it is important to know how to curse even if we never use them?

R – I think it’s important to be familiar with structure and practice of curses, if not for your own use but to be aware of how to recognize one in effect and how to respond. Just because someone never intends to, say, be an accountant, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a working understanding of taxes and the math behind it, because the need for at least some basic knowledge of those comes up in life every so often.

I know relationships and self-care seem sweet and clean, but I think healing is more complex than that. Healing involves expelling bile and sweating out fevers, and strong emotional scars that need to be processed are no different. Jumping immediately to forgiveness and happiness isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and not every situation calls for it, so sometimes healing is ugly and involves holding the people who hurt you responsible, sometimes healing means being proactive and binding them from hurting others the way they hurt you.

D – I was surprised to see how simple these spells truly are. The ingredients can mostly be found around the home, and the spell itself doesn’t seem to take very long. Pastel Spells really brings magic back to its simple core. What would you say to someone who believes magic should be more complicated?

R – I suppose I’d ask why they feel it needs to be complicated, what do we gain by making things needlessly complex and inaccessible? Does the same logic that more components to a spell will make it stronger rather than filled with redundancies or conflicting intents lend to the idea that simply more is better? Should then I stuff my spells with, say, several cups of salt rather than a teaspoon? What motivates the need to complicate things? Is it an agenda of aesthetic and pride or is it purely based in research?

While I suppose some spells may demand particular nuance in the correspondences of the ingredients and therefore demand several, not everything needs to be a strenuous production, not every spell is a goetic summoning. In regional and folk witchcraft, there’s a simplicity to them with practices that are so small they become ingrained in everyone as superstitions. Tossing salt over your shoulder, painting the porch ceiling faint blue, sprinkling a pinch of cinnamon out the window, all those little things. I really think that is the core of magic, a collection of little things that ease the way and blend witchcraft into everyday life.

D – In the foreword of Pastel Spells, you mention “blowing out birthday candles and hoping it would draw whatever student I had a crush on that week closer”, it seems that you have been practicing magic from a young age. How old were you when you started practicing?

R – Ooh, hard to put a number on that. I think children tend to believe in a more fairy-tale idea of magic being inherent in the world, and as a child I really tried to hold onto that. It was definitely somewhere in high school I discovered witchcraft was practiced by real people in real life, and I began to ease into that.

D – Out of all the spells listed in Pastel Spells, do you have a favorite one or one that you seem to cast more than others?

R – I think it’s called the “sweet and salty love spell”, probably because I have all the ingredients on my desk. It happens more by accident than anything else, I think to myself I’ll do a little impromptu magic, cobble together some things within reach, and then oh dear I’ve made that one again, sugar, salt, and rose petals. It’s a weird habit now and I’m too embarrassed to count how many jars of that I have lying around.

D – Of Witchcraft and Whimsy is listed as a beginner’s guide to witchcraft but it is truly more than that. What were you hoping to accomplish with this book?

R – Honestly all I ever intended it to be was just a beginner’s guide. It was a summation of the general basics that seemed to be agreed upon the pagan and witchy people I’d come across, a series of notes and a rundown of topics in witchcraft that I might as well put together. It still doesn’t feel like much of a book to me, maybe a pamphlet. Someone remarked to me that it felt like a very brief overview on a bunch of smaller topics, and I wish I had put more into it and gone into the depth each topic deserved.

D – One of my favorite sections is on coffee, tea, hot chocolate and infused water. “There are plenty of ways to work a little magic into your day without doing a full-on ritual…”, this is a great reminder that spells can be very simple but effective. Do you have a go to drink concoction that you use daily?

R – It’s a little silly but the two main things in my life I focus on are my projects and love in all things, so coffee with chocolate. That’s a Capricorn sun and moon in the fifth house for you. Also doesn’t hurt that it’s just a good drink.

D – Witchcraft is never just white and black, and there are many different areas, sects, and branches. However, witchcraft always seems to teach us something. What is the biggest lesson that witchcraft has taught you?

R – The power of names and the act of naming something. Those hold more weight than we think, but rarely do we take on the power of naming, of deciding and designating, but it definitely starts when someone first chooses to call themself a witch. That’s the beginning of discovering what personal agency is, and it lends to just how much control you have over yourself, inside and out, that I don’t think we’re ever reminded to stop and consider.

D – If you could give a beginner a piece of advice, what would it be?

R – Well, a question I get a lot is always where specifically to start, so I’d say to take time to assess what you are already, because the dearest parts of your craft will grow from what’s already in you, whether they were childhood superstitions, or a topic you’ve always found fascinating. Your craft isn’t a performance for other people, it’s a celebration of yourself, and an exercise in introspection.

D – In Pastel Spells you mention a blog. How can people get in touch with you?

R – The easiest way might be my blog Orriculum.tumblr.com, but there is also an email [email protected].

 

We’d like to thank the beautiful Rose Orriculum for sharing some of herself with us and our readers!

 

Where You can reach Rose Orriculum:

Email: [email protected]

Tumblr Blog: Tumblr

YouTube Channel: YouTube Channel

Etsy: Etsy

 

Her Works:

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft on Amazon

Pastel Spells on Amazon

Book Review – The Transformative Witchcraft: The Greater Mysteries by Jason Mankey

November, 2018

Book Review

The Transformative Witchcraft: The Greater Mysteries

by Jason Mankey

Repetition is a good thing, especially when the author infuses it with their own ideas and experiences. I believe that everything that we can do to make this information relatable to the broadest of audiences is a positive step towards bring greater awareness to the practice of Witchcraft and the work and dedication that is required to follow such a path. Such is the case in this new offering by author and editor of blog spot, Patheos Pagan, Jason Mankey- The Transformative Power of Witchcraft. Jason has authored several books on the craft, this one feeling more of a synthesis of the basics from start to finish.

The book is complete with history, ritual, creating sacred space, the work of self and more. There are three chapters devoted to the history of the craft and given that we are a spirituality based on the history, but crafted into a neopagan approach, having the solid foundation of what was, goes a long way into crafting what can be.

Chapters Four through Six focus on the “Cone of Power”, its creation, uses and theory behind its success. This information is presented in a thoughtful manner, offering options and adaptations, which I believe many newcomers to the path, are hesitant to interject on their own. Knowing how, when and where to direct energy is even more important now in the wake of global and domestic events and the working of witchcraft is a tool of change that, if wisely used can achieve amazing results.

I particularly enjoyed reading Chapters Seven through Ten, under Part Three’s Header of “Dedications, Initiations and Elevations”. For many, this topic alone is veiled in mystery and there are as many interpretations of what those semantics mean as paths of practice. Indeed, no one size fits all and as the author discusses, much depends on solitary, Tradition based, hereditary or other as to what these terms mean to the individual. Additionally, rituals are provided to be used as starting points or intact for the reader. I appreciate the detail that went into this section, particularly in preparing the seeker for the work required to be done, the preparation of self and the commitment that is undertaken when receiving any of these deeper connections to your path.

No book on witchcraft would be complete without attention to lunar working and Drawing Down the Moon as ritual and self-generator. Jason also covers the other types of Divine assumption, interaction and possession that may be encountered or experienced in the greater work. Chapter Thirteen provides all of the basics and information for the Ritual of Drawing Down the Moon.

The book concludes with discussion of The Great Rite and its ethical use in truth and physicality as well as metaphorical and representative approach. Each has its own specific reasons for selection, and in particular, when enacting The Great Rite as an offering of sex magick and potency, I believe it is important to know exactly why and where that option would be suitable and when it is used unethically as a means of control over the uninformed.

A glossary and bibliography is provided and the index makes it easy to zero in on specific topics.

This book is available for pre-order on Amazon with a publishing date of January 2019.

Transformative Witchcraft: The Greater Mysteries 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 

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

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