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Perimenopause: A Spiritual Threshold

July, 2019

The special powers and sensibilities of women (especially menstrual powers) are central to the Wise Woman tradition. Men in the Wise Woman tradition find the wise woman within themselves and become her. In the Wise Woman tradition, we nourish. We do not fix or cure or balance…health/wholeness/holiness comes through nourishment. Healing occurs in the ground of woman power, in the ground of heart-centered compassion…Nourishment encourages expansion and growth. Nourishment includes. Nourishment supports each being as unique, holy, individual. Nourishing our problems encourages love for all parts of ourselves.

-Susan S. Weed from “Healing Wise”

(Haida Gwaii Beachcombing Collage by Jennifer Engracio)

Recently, I was talking to a friend who is also at the threshold of perimenopause about the changes she is experiencing as a woman at this age. Neither of us have ever been forty-four before, after all! And it turns out that we are feeling similarly at this point in our development even though we lead quite different lives in many ways. Ellen Besso’s article on menopause being a time for women to go inside in order to heal deeper emotional wounds makes sense to me. I feel my psyche is mature enough now to go there–that I can finally parent myself compassionately through the pieces I discover: pretty and ugly. Recently, I’ve been able to unearth the root cause of many issues that plagued me my whole life. And I have faith that my body will continue to heal as that process completes itself with the support of homeopathic medicines, practicing living aloha, and ceremony. I also feel that there is a deeper level of spiritual fulfillment that I am starting to venture into. I don’t know what this is going to look like and I am curious about how all of this is unfolding.

When
these psychological shifts started happening along with the
physiological ones, I didn’t put the two together. I initially
thought I was losing my zest for life or that there was something
wrong with my dreaming and manifesting skills that I’d always been
able to lean on. What I see now is that there is a really profound
change happening in all of my energy bodies requiring me to rest and
introspect more. Gone are the days of rushing through life to get as
many things done as possible. I find myself reflecting on what I’ve
accomplished in my life so far. Morbid thoughts come and go: If I
died tomorrow, would the legacy I leave behind be enough? Somewhere
along the way, part of life has become about achieving things as a
way to validate my existence somehow. As if taking up space isn’t
alright unless I am contributing in ways that the mainstream culture
approves of. These thoughts are fleeting though. These false beliefs
are what I am letting go of as they arise in my consciousness. This
is the transcendence that is presently taking place.

I’ve
been going on the long walk to the beach most mornings here on Haida
Gwaii in Northwestern Canada. It is late spring and nature is alive
and blooming. Most mornings, I walk through the bird sanctuary, the
dark and cool rainforest and its ethereal cemetery until I get spat
out onto the big open ocean. I breathe in the salty air and thank the
Goddess I am here in all this beauty. It is all I can do to keep
taking it all in, allowing its magic to fill every cell of my body.
This morning, I rode a bike so I could spend more time on the beach
looking for agates, shells and beach glass. I haven’t ridden a bike
around the ‘hood like that since I was in elementary school; this
made my inner kid indescribably happy. I bumped up and down the
trails giggling to myself as I went. Ironically, even though I work
with children, there are things I forgot about slowing down to kids’
pace–like the details and moments I notice when I am not on a
mission to get somewhere. I spend my days wandering and beachcombing
for treasures that maybe only I will find beautiful. But then, when I
was a kid, I didn’t care if other folks thought these finds had
value. I am going back to a time when all there was was me and
Spirit. Back then, I was conscious of what was happening in the now
and nothing else. I can sense something being rejuvenated inside
myself even while I don’t know exactly what it is. And I don’t
feel I need to know. I know it’s all as it should be.

This
is the first time I’ve given myself a “victory vacation” where
I am celebrating all of the accomplishments and challenges I’ve
transitioned through in my life. And there have been a lot of them!
My inner landscape has completely changed. I am in a space where
nothing new has emerged to place my focused energy on. I am in the
dreaming of creation. Little wisps of inspiration and interest come
my way, yet something has yet to really take hold. Strangely, I am
not panicking about this like I would have done in my thirties. My
ego keeps telling me I should be worried, but I am really not and
this is liberating. I feel more present lately–like I did when I
was a kid. Susun S. Weed describes this further in her incredible
book “Healing Wise”:

In the Wise Woman tradition, all health…begins with a return to the void. To…become whole, we turn again around the spiral of our life…The void is woman power: simultaneously dynamic and relaxed; empty yet completely full, satiated yet always consuming; creative, abundant, insatiable, unfillable, unquenchable, wild, having nothing to receive, knowing everything is already present, completely calm. Here in the void lives the Crone.

If
I had a wish for women my age, it would be to surrender to this
process. Fear of the unknown is natural, however, I hope we can
remember to celebrate all of the things we’ve accomplished and
overcome in our lives and to “nourish” our current challenges.
It’s good to acknowledge the enormity of this with all of the
responsibilities pulling on women in the world! I recommend that
women take time for reflection so they can really be in this new
psychological and spiritual landscape they find themselves in as they
prepare to enter their crone years. I’ve found solace and insight
speaking to fellow sisters who are going through this stage of life
and I really encourage you to do the same if you are in the same boat
with us! I have a feeling an exciting and edgy new journey is
beginning…for all of us if we can find the courage to welcome the
elder we are becoming.

Resources:

Article:
The Change: Medical Problem or Spiritual Passage? By Ellen Besso

https://www.life.ca/naturallife/0608/spiritual_menopause.htm

Book: “Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal)” by Susun S. Weed

“Haida
Gwaii Beachcombing” collage by Jennifer Engrácio

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About
the Author:

Jennifer
Engrácio

has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified
teacher who has worked with children in many different education
settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic coach, reiki master,
and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance
Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in
Calgary, Canada with her life partner.

Engrácio
participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The
Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s
Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’S Shamanic Journey into Healing on Amazon

Crone’s Corner

July, 2019

My Soul’s Journey

I
believe that I have a soul that chose to live this life that I am
living right now. This soul was a part of the Great Divine, the One
True Source and Center, The ONE…you can call it whatever you
like…when my soul was part of that Force, it was given the task of
learning what it would feel like to be a woman, the youngest of 6
children, a sister, a daughter, a college graduate, a divorcee, a
happily married wife, a battered woman, a molested child, a gardener,
an herbalist, a professional woman, a sports fan, a quilter, a Witch,
a Pagan, and every other subtle little nuance that comprises who I am
and it chose my life to be born into.

When my mom got
pregnant with me, my soul was ensuring that I would be and experience
all of the things that my soul was required to learn about when it
was with that Force and then when it was sure, I was born. During the
birth, my soul suffered great pain and trauma from the delivery,
after all, a small baby confined in its mother’s safe and warm womb
being thrust down a narrow birth canal and smooshed all to creation
and back and then thrust into a cold, sterile environment to be met
by a doctor with really cold hands – that’s traumatic! Well, the
trauma of all that caused my soul to start to forget that it was here
on a mission from the Force to learn all of those things.

So,
while I was learning how to speak and to communicate with the world
around me, I started to forget that I was a soul in this body. I
learned how to talk, but I forgot what I had to talk about…so I
started to live and to learn and to meet people and to experience
everything that there was to experience in this life. And some times
I would get a feeling of deja vu and wonder… “Hmmm, was I here
before, did I already experience this?” which serves as a
confirmation to me that I’m right about my thoughts about my soul
being here for a reason.

So I am learning and experiencing
everything here and now and when I am done learning and experiencing
and my soul has reached the end of its journey here, the soul will
need to report back to the Force in order to share these earthly
experiences and bring them back to the Force for the greater good of
all. That’s when the end of the world happens; when all of my soul’s
work here is done. When my soul’s mission in living this life is
complete, my soul with reunite with the Divine Force, the One True
Source and Center, the Divine Light, and it will start to heal from
all of the pains that it has experienced when it was here in this
shell.

Maybe some day, my soul will be required to be
born into another life for another experience. Who knows? Probably
me, but I forgot it! :) But I think that there are a finite number of
souls in this world, they continually reincarnate until they have
learned all that they must learn for the Greater Good of All. They
continue to come back here to experience life’s lessons and bring
them back to reunite with the Divine. When all of the experiences
have been lived and learned, there will no longer be a need to come
back here. THEN,
and only then, do I believe there will be a true end to this world,
as we know it. That is not to say there won’t be something better,
free of all of these soul lessons and pains and aches, some better
place, some better ways and we will all be experiencing them. I
believe that I will be one of those souls that returns not for
experiences any longer, but to help those who must still come back
and learn, I will come back time after time after time to lend a
hand, to share love and understanding; those are the two biggest
emotions that I know.

I believe that souls are learning
their lessons and those lessons that were already required have
already been learned. The shift is coming from a place of
understanding and already knowing what is about to happen…like deja
vu…I can’t quite put my finger on it, and it feels familiar.

***

About
the Author:

Shirley
Lenhard
has
been a practicing Witch and a Pagan since 1983 and lives in New
England with her husband. She is employed full time in the legal
field and has her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of
South Florida. Shirley looks forward to living her best possible life
by giving back to the Pagan Community and has created the Facebook
group “Pagan
Plannertarium
” where she provides a safe home for fellow pagans
to have discussions about their path and to get free planner stickers
and layouts. Shirley is a past writer for Llewellyn Publishing and
The Peace Paper.

Book Review – Primal Awareness: Reconnecting with the Spirits of Nature By Rob Wildwood

June, 2019

Book Review
Primal Awareness
Reconnecting with the Spirits of Nature
By Rob Wildwood

Rob
Wildwood gives us a perspective on the evolution of First World
cultures in this thought-provoking book. The “primal awareness”
of the title is humankind’s awareness of the immanence of spirit,
consciousness and generative life force alive in every aspect of
creation on Earth. Wildwood gives us an overview of how humanity in
First World cultures has lost its sense of connection to the natural
world and as a result, is now destroying it. The book takes us
through the impact of cultural development from the evolution of
language into cultural belief and identity, then maturation of
religious structures which separate individuals from their own
connection to divinity. Wildwood delineates shifts in civilizations
as people moved into permanent settlements and homes, began to value
possessions over social connection and started wars over territories
and resources with colonization of all that was “primitive” as
the end result. He describes the effects of mechanistic thinking –
only humans have souls – with the rest of the universe broken into
component parts for analysis, categorization and ultimately,
domination for economic profit. Each incremental step took humans
farther away from an understanding that they are part of the natural
world. Now we think of “Nature” as something we go somewhere to
“be in;” it is something separate from who we are. Wildwood
would like us to understand how this happened and help us find our
way to a different perception of humanity’s role on Earth.

I
found the Wildwood’s selection of the milestones of cultural
evolution interesting and thoughtful. Each milestone is a chapter
heading; the ensuing discussions are brief but enlightening and
certainly timely. The very recent Global Assessment from The
Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services,
prepared by scientists from 130 countries, confirmed Wildwood’s
assertions that humankind’s activities, especially large scale
“industrial” farming and fishing will result in the extinction of
over one million plant and animal species unless radical changes in
humanity’s approach to use of natural resources are made now.

The
thread of redemption that runs through the book is the narrative
voice of the “shaman.” Wildwood asks the shaman to provide a
remedy to help reverse the loss of connection to the natural world
that individuals experience as a result of each of the culture
changes described. The practices provided are simple and effective;
they can be used anywhere to return us to mindful awareness that we
are a part of the web of life.

I
agree with Wildwood that we humans have to find a post-growth
economics that is loyal to life instead of to profits. However, I
take issue with his premise that all cultural development is
necessarily problematic. Primal Awareness idealizes humanity
in its “natural” state, and tends to demonize all social
institutions and development. Certainly, we must find a way to stop
being the human “cancer” on the natural world that Wildwood
describes, and we must do it by finding our place in the order of the
cosmos, rather than dominating it at the expense of all other life
forms. But humanity has a genius and beauty of its own and a part in
that cosmic order that Wildwood does not acknowledge.

I
recommended Primal Awareness: Reconnecting with the Spirits of
Nature for the overview of the steps of First World cultural
evolution; although quite general, it is, again, a thought-provoking
analysis. And the shaman’s remedies are excellent prescriptions
for returning us to awareness and appreciation of the beauty and life
force in all of the beings with whom we share Earth.

Primal Awareness: Reconnecting With The Spirits Of Nature 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 – Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing by Amy Blackthorn

March, 2019

Book Review
Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic
The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing by Amy Blackthorn
319
Pages

The
use of essential oils has gained a lot of attention in recent years,
it has become easy to purchase bottles of these extraordinary elixirs
at local retailers, but do people understand how to properly use
these oils? Amy Blackthorn, founder of Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends,
provides the reader with a guide to the safe and proper use of
essential oils both in everyday use and in magic.

Ms. Blackthorn has admirably demonstrated her extensive knowledge of horticulture, herbalism and agriculture in this book. Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic is an encyclopedia of essential oils. Thirty-?ve (35) plants and their corresponding oils are described and explored. Each description includes scientific information, magical correspondences, warnings, herbal lore and uses of the oil providing the reader with the information needed to properly and safely use them.

As
a practitioner of magical traditions, Ms. Blackthorn teaches the
reader how to incorporate the use of these oils in spellwork, rituals
and anointing. A chapter on botanical divination combines
horticulture with divination with the suggestion of creating your own
oracle card using pressed ?owers and herbs that have been pressed
and laminated.

Not only does this book provide one-hundred and thirty-?ve (135) oil blends to make, it also provides instructions for craft projects and food and drink recipes. You will discover how to make beads using fresh roses, rose absolute and a few other ingredients just as monks used many years ago to make rosary beads.d

One blend helpful to home owners is mixing eucalyptus oil with vodka or rubbing alcohol and water to create a spray to repel mice and rats as they cannot tolerate the smell of eucalyptus.

Appendicitis
include a Glossary of Botanical Magical Terms, which allows the
reader to further understand the subject matter, and an index of
magical recipes that allows for easy identi?cation of an oil blend
by need.

Blackthorn’s
Botanical Magic is a well-written and outlined resource for the use
of essential oils. It is highly recommended for those practicing
magic as well as those who do not and those seeking to safely
incorporate essential oils into their daily life. It will become one
of the resource books that you will reach for time and time again
when using essential oils.

Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing 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 certi?ed 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]

Going Shamanic Radio

March, 2019

Going Shamanic” is hosted by Jennifer Engracio on P.A.G.E. Media Project’s blogtalk radio each month. The show focuses on how to integrate shamanism into every day life. Instead of relegating the spiritual aspect of ourselves to Sundays at church or weekend workshops, this show will support listeners in weaving ritual, prayer, magic, alignment with the Spiritworld and the Earth into their lives to enrich their experience of living.

This Month’s Topic: Healing with Ho’oponopono

Join us for Going Shamanic as we explore the Hawaiian art of forgiveness called “Ho’oponopono.”  Uncle Harry Uhane Jim joins us to talk about why clearing the past is important to our health and well-being in the present, and shares with us how it’s done.  Don’t miss this show!  It’s filled with wisdom you can take into your daily life.

Harry Uhane Jim is a Kahuna, healer, and teacher. He is the author of the book, “Wise Secrets of Aloha.” He was born and raised on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.  He has been doing healing work for many years and has been trained in the traditional apprentice style by the best known native Kahuna’s of the last seven decades.

Instead of relegating the spiritual aspect of ourselves to Sundays
at church or weekend workshops, this show will support listeners in
weaving ritual, prayer, magic, alignment with the Spiritworld and the
Earth into their lives to enrich their experience of living. Jen is
also the founder of Spiral Dance Shamanics.

Going
Shamanic
is hosted by Jennifer Engrácio,
about how to integrate shamanism into everyday life.

***

About
the Author:

Jennifer
Engrácio
has been a student of
shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified teacher who has worked
with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is
a certified shamanic coach, reiki master, and lomilomi practitioner;
in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from
Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life
partner.

Engrácio
participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The
Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s
Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing

For
more information go to: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

February, 2019

Crystals
For Self Love & Drawing Love Into Your Life

Well
its February & we know what that means….love, hearts,
chocolates and…..crystals!! Crystals are an amazing tool to use
yourself if you are focusing on self love, and great for gifting to
loved ones as well. There are crystals for drawing love of all kinds
into your life. I feel its important to not get caught up in just
relationships & partnerships on Valentine’s day. Not everyone is
currently in a relationship, and some are not able to spend the
holiday with their partners. None of these people should  be
left out. Love is for the self first & foremost so lets celebrate
that. And if you are blessed enough to have a partner to celebrate
with, then share the love by gifting them a love crystal. Read on to
find out my top picks for crystals to bring love of all kinds into
your life.

Morganite
is a stone that just oozes love in my opinion. Its gentle, soothing
and feels like a warm embrace. This is a stone of divine love in fact
and therefore vibrates strongly with a beautiful love energy. This
stone is a heart and higher heart (thymus) chakra crystal. Its potent
for helping romantic partnerships. It helps you to respect both
yourself and others. It enhances patience. Its a great crystal for
women as it helps them to see and appreciate both their inner beauty
and their strength from within. It also helps to connect with divine
feminine energies. Morganite assists in connecting with the angelic
realm. This crystal holds the vibration of divine love. It doesn’t
get any better than that!

Pink Danburite is one of my very favorite crystals. So I may be a bit biased here. Danburite is amazing in so many ways, but pink Danburite has all the properties of Danburite but with a good dose of heart opening added in. Pink Danburite gently, but powerfully, opens the crown chakra and then links and attunes it to the heart chakra. It activates higher consciousness from a heart based perspective. The pink variety of Danburite is a heart chakra and higher heart chakra stone. It increases acceptance of ones self and others. It brings emotional healing and releases fear, grief and anxiety. Brings in the energies of serenity and peace. It resonates with angelic realms and brings harmony from that realm down into your heart….um yes please!  This stone helps the heart to resonate with divine love, which also promotes self-love. We can all use more self-love in my opinion.

Ruby.
Say the word and it makes one think of love. And passion. Ruby is a
very powerful love stone that opens and activates the heart chakra.
It actually protects the loss of heart energy. It helps us to connect
to others and helps us to be more emotionally aware. It dissolves any
emotional congestion and balances the emotions. Ruby has an intense
energy that stimulates loving emotions and passion. It amplifies
energy, drive and success. It helps you see and open yourself up to
divine love. It makes you see the true nature of love. Ruby helps you
to become a vehicle for divine love to flow through to others. Ruby
brings bliss and love. 

Green
apophyllite. I have a real thing for this crystal. When I hold this I
immediately feel so comforted and loved. Green apophyllite cleanses
and balances the heart chakra. In fact it is said that all one needs
to do is be in the presence of this crystal to cleanse and balance
your heart. This crystal helps you to connect to mama Gaia. It
balances the emotions with gentle, loving energy. Its a very healing
stone. It helps you to let go of harbored resentments and heals a
jaded hurt heart. It brings clarity to situations and decisions of
the heart. Green apophyllite helps you to forgive and to release
emotions that no longer serve you. It helps you to reach a meditative
state and enhances spiritual growth. It infuses you with spiritual
love and light and opens you to beings from the higher realms. Most
importantly, this crystal opens your heart to joy and love and
enhances your ability to receive all the good things in life;
friendship, marriage, children, abundance of all things, and love.
Sounds like heaven.

Pink/purple Lepidolite is such a workhorse and should be a staple in everyone’s collection in my view. Usually when you think of Lepidolite, you think of an anxiety or stress relieving stone. It contains lithium in it so it is for sure a great stone for this. But for me it is much more than just that. Before we can invite all the things we seek into our lives, we first need to learn how to cope with and treat our discomforts. We must be healthy mentally and spiritually in order to both love our self and to love others. This stone is your new best friend. This stone opens and releases pain and suffering layer by layer. It helps you overcome emotions that keep you from doing what you want in life. Wow….that is the real deal. That cuts right to the chase doesn’t it? Its our fears and limiting beliefs that hold us back from our hopes and dreams. Start releasing it! What are we holding onto it for? Holding onto a fear becomes a self-fulfillling prophecy. We make the very things we fear come true by sending so much energy to them! Crystals are tools, our allies in becoming more happy and complete beings. I truly believe that. My life has been so enriched by working with crystals, meditating and getting in touch with my heart space. Lepidolite helps you find your emotional center. It balances emotions and mood swings. This stone opens up your heart to love and a nurturing vibration. It helps remove the worries and fears. It dissolves energy blocks in all the chakras, making way for happiness and love to dwell. Calm, tranquility and bliss….yes I’ll take that please!

Rhodochrosite
is a stone that really screams heart to me. Its such a gorgeous shade
of pink one can’t help but think of love when gazing upon it. And
rightly so, this stone encourages you to reach a state of joy,
happiness and love. It aids in emotional healing and encourages you
to love yourself. It can stimulate your inner child and promote a
childlike joy in your life. It can bring forgotten memories to the
surface in order for healing to occur. Rhodochrosite is a powerful
heart chakra stone. It vibrates to the energy of love. In this case
it focuses on the energy of love directed at the self. Its a very
active stone that helps you to heal especially if you suffer from low
self-esteem. Self-love is what it’s all about friends. 

Ahhh
rose quartz. Probably the one love stone most people are familiar
with above all others. Its easily accessible and inexpensive and
therefore the first recommended stone when wanting to draw love into
your heart or life. And just because its such a common crystal, that
by no means makes it any less powerful or special. Its a perfect
stone for someone new to working with crystals and those very
experienced alike. Rose quartz is a very high vibration stone. It is
a heart chakra and higher heart chakra stone. It’s a stone of
unconditional love and infinite peace. It helps you to open your
heart so you become receptive to love. It teaches you how to love
yourself and encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance. It invokes
self-trust and self-worth. Rose quartz is an emotional healer. It
draws love to you and supports love in an existing relationship, by
restoring harmony and trust. It promotes receptivity to love and
beauty of all types. If you need some love, call on Rose quartz. 

I
hope this sparked some interest in working with some of these love
crystals. Whatever type of love you want to attract, I’m sure one of
these will be more than up to the task. I hope whether you celebrate
Valentine’s day or not that you make bringing more love into your
life a priority. And if you do celebrate V-day, crystals are the
perfect way to spread the love. 

Crystal Blessings

Sources:

“The Encyclopedia of Crystals” by Judy Hall

Encyclopedia of Crystals, Revised and Expanded on Amazon

www.healingcrystals.com

www.crystaldictionary.com

www.healingwithcrystals.net.au

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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
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https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her
FB group
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https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her Sage
Goddess
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www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram
at @spookygirl16

Book Review – The Witchcraft Handbook by Midia Star

January, 2019

Book
Review

The
Witchcraft Handbook:

Unleash
Your Magical Powers to Create the Life You Want

By
Midia Star

This
is a beginner’s book, someone who has some experience may use the
spells in this book just as a jumping off point to create some new
spells. At the very beginning of the book, the first thing the
author writes is “Witchcraft is the practical side of the Wiccan
religion.” I have to say that I disagree with that statement
because not all witches are Wiccan.

I
had a hard time on telling what demographic the writer was going
after with this book. There are spells for home, sex, work, and love.
While at the back of the book there is a section on Dreamboards. In
this section, the writer states that the Dreamboard should be for
your dreams and not those of your friends or parents.

While
the author’s writing is well done, I do have to wonder about the
information this book contains. As far as information on herbs,
crystals, oils, and Moon phases the author is spot on. But there are
other little small things that I feel are misinformation.

Page
79 of the book the author writes in the Did You Know? box:
“Christians once used the pentagram as a religious symbol. Each
point represented the five wounds of Christ. To pagans and to
witches it represents Morrigan, the war goddess who fights for peace
in good fortune for others. If you see the pentagram drawn with the
top point of the star pointing to the bottom of the circle, this
represents dark and sinister magic, so always draw your pentagram
with the top point of the star pointing upwards.” The part about
the Christian’s is correct. I honestly don’t know about the
Morrigan part. But the inverted Pentacle I do know something about.
This is misinformation because on specific paths the pentacle with
the star pointing down is a sign of protection or even a sign of
attaining another degree within that path.

On
page 97 the author writes when talking about A Garden Space: that in
the William Shakespeare’s witches’ famous incantation’ eye of
newt and toe of frog’ actually refers to mustard seeds and a type
of buttercup plant. I had never heard that myself, I would like to
know what research the author used to arrive at that conclusion.

On
page 123 Midia Star writes in the Did You Know? box: “The Druids
where the first to believe and the power of the four-leaf clover.”
Now whether this is true or not I don’t know, again I would like to
know other resources the author used to arrive at that conclusion.

The
book contains no bibliography, or other sources were the author may
have gotten their information. The author does state that they have
tried the spells and they have worked for them. Again, as I said at
the beginning, the information on herbs, oils, candles, and the Moon
phase are all spot on. But, I do take exception to the things I have
listed, due to the lack of the bibliography.

The Witchcraft Handbook: Unleash Your Magical Powers to Create the Life You Want on Amazon

***

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/

Book Review – Everyday Enchantments by Maria DeBlassie

December, 2018

Musings on Ordinary Magic and Daily Conjurings

 

 

Maria’s book is described as a collection of ‘micro-meditations and celebratory reflections on living life as a wild woman’. How could I not be intrigued? Though far from a true wild woman myself thanks to my urban-slash-suburban setting, I’m always drawn to the idea of being freer, away from the hubbub and city grind. This book holds chapter after chapter of golden, glowing moments from just such a life, and is as compelling as it is calming.

Each chapter is short and sweet in the best possible meaning of that phrase. One chapter focuses on the magic of chamomile, from the point of view of taking the tiny, dried buds and bringing them to life in a soothing cup of tea. Another reflects on the divine powers of the onion. This is true ‘everyday’ magic. Rituals we may go through every day without perhaps realising the power inherent within our actions. Maria encourages us to pause, drink in what we are doing and absorb every moment’s magical potential.

I love the meditative nature of the chapters. Most are written in the second person, a style I normally find a bit jarring. In this book it works really well. This is because it is written in the same way a guided meditation is spoken to you. As you read you can almost hear a gentle voice whispering the words directly into your brain and allowing you to completely visualise and lose yourself in each moment.

I have found this book immensely useful for reminding me to stop and take stock. It helps me enjoy each moment more fully, not by trying to recapture the moments in the book but by following the example of living fully in each minute and being grateful for the enchantment that flows through every second. A thoroughly wonderful book. Recommended for all.

Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings on Amazon

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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: The Giggles and Joy Children’s Series

November, 2018

Book Review

The Giggles and Joy Children’s Series

 

The Giggles and Joy Children’s books are a series of three books that focus on spiritual life lessons for kids. Each book consists of 8 poems that cover a variety of different topics. The books are written by Ariane de Bonvoisin with Carlie Sutcliffe. They are beautifully and creatively illustrated by Ellie Cross.

These books are amazing and now a personal favorite in my home. They teach kids that positivity, joy and happiness are something to experience every day.

 

 

Giggles and Joy

Giggles and Joy: Spiritual Life Lessons for Kids is the first book in the Giggles and Joy series. It features 8 poems on topics of “kindness, gratitude, having a bad day, home, prayer, planet Earth, self-belief and the physical body”.

One of my favorite features is that even though Giggles and Joy talks about prayer, it is in a universal way, that does not align prayer with a certain religion. For a home like mine, where I’m Pagan, my mother is Christian, and my son is undecided, this is a perfect fit.

Planet Earth is one of my son’s favorites. He loves saying “thank you” to our planet Earth. He also enjoys the illustrations that accompany not only planet Earth but all of the poems in Giggles and Joy.

 

You Are Loved

You are Loved: Spiritual Life Lessons for Kids is the second book in the Giggles and Joy series. It also features 8 poems. These poems cover “love, navigating change, this beautiful life, courage, grown-ups, self-confidence, and adventure”.

Picking a favorite from this series is difficult. The poems are beautifully written in terms that are easy for children of all ages to understand. I will say that “The Moon Loves You” and “Change” are two of our most read poems. My son has always had a special attachment to the moon so this one gets read almost nightly.

Change quickly became one of our other most read poems when we had a situation shake up the home. It was nice to have a poem that could be read to my son to help him. It taught him that change can be scary, but change can also be fun and exciting.

 

Being You

Being You: Spiritual Life Lessons for Kids is the final book in the Giggles and Joy series. The topics for these last 8 poems are “what many kids are facing in the world today, what is true self-worth and how to nurture it, the importance of telling the truth, how to feel safe inside oneself, the magical effect of deep breathing and the adventure of being free to really be yourself”.

Take a Deep Breath” is one of my son’s favorite poems from Being You. It incorporated the deep breathing technique that he learned in school. It also has illustrations of dragons, which is his favorite beast.

 

All in all, I give the Giggles and Joy series a double thumbs up. By far, one of my favorite poem series for children. If you are looking for a positive series full of lessons, look no further. These poems are fun to read and listen to no matter the age.

 

Amazon Links to Books:

The Giggles and Joy Gift Set on Amazon

Giggles and Joy: Spiritual Life Lessons for Kids on Amazon

You are Loved: Spiritual Life Lessons for Kids on Amazon

Being You: Spiritual Life Lessons for Kids on Amazon

 

 

 

Book Review: The Book of Ceremony – Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life by Sandra Ingerman

November, 2018

Book Review:

The Book of Ceremony

Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life

by Sandra Ingerman

Although I do not follow a Shamanic path, I have long been a fan of Sandra Ingerman’s work and fold much of her teachings into the practice and teachings I offer to my coven mates and students. I particularly enjoyed this book as a reader friendly and generic template for incorporating ceremony into any practice.

The Book of Ceremony by Sandra Ingerman reminds us that our focus is often distracted as we attempt to recreate or analyze ancient teachings and wisdom and that the most important piece in ceremony is our intention and desire to affect change. The approach to ceremony that Sandra uses guides the reader towards healthy expressions of emotions that could otherwise become more negative energy feeding situations in which we feel helpless.

The book is divided into four parts beginning with the basics of what is considered a “ceremony”; moving to specific types of ceremony; work to create balance within ourselves and the energy that moves through us and concluding with practical application of ceremony and creating your own definition of what these actions enable within your practice.

One of the key points brought to light early in the book is the difference between the terms of “Ritual” and “Ceremony”. The author uses her perspective of ritual being more repetitive in nature, whereas a ceremony is designed for specific outcome and at a specific time. I don’t fully agree with this definition as I believe that the two overlap in a myriad of ways, however, I believe this to be a good starting point for those exploring the use of “sacred action” filled with intention and hoping to create something new from what is acted upon.

The sections throughout the book, cover all of the information anyone would need to begin crafting ceremony and weaving it into their specific practice. Altars, tools, music, preparation of yourself, seeking Spirit guides, ancestors and more are presented in a useable way and offer both background and reasoning behind the selection offered.

I especially liked reading the section, “Turning Points and Rites of Passage”. It is richly illustrated with actual ceremonies that have been created and executed that were powerful examples of what can be accomplished in sharing the gifts of ceremony as a working tool.

All in all, this is an excellent book to begin the process of aligning yourself more deeply with your inner wisdom and intention-filled practice in honoring the sacred in the work you undertake. To quote Sandra…

In shamanic teachings, every spiritual and sacred act we perform is a ceremony. When we recognize the sacredness of each moment, miracles happen.”

The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life 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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