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Mindful Meditations

January, 2019

Guided Video Mindful Meditation

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About
the Author:

(Amy
Dubenetsky & Becky Coates, respectively; Writers of the Mindful
Meditations column & Coven Sisters.)

This
Mindful Meditation is brought to you by Amy Dubenetsky, a
Bodyworker/Reiki Practitioner/Witch based out of Manchester, CT whom
leads group meditations as well.  Amy is deeply involved with
her Coven, Organic Farming, and various Dance Communities across the
country.

Follow
her on Instagram and Facebook @bodyandbeyond444.

Witch & Popcorn

January, 2019

Bright Blessings Film Lovers!

This
month, I am reviewing Fullmetal Alchemist, a Japanese live action
film based on the Manga books, of the same title, written by Hiromu
Arakawa.

Here
is the trailer for this film.

The
film is all about magic, and science, breaking the rules, and the
consequences of doing so.

The
film follows the lives of brothers Ed and Al, beginning when they
were small, and learning Alchemy on their own. Their mother dies
unexpectedly, and they try to bring their mom back to life using the
little skills they have learned. This was forbidden, and both boys
knew this. It could not end well, but these were kids, and they
wanted their mother back, so they disregarded the rules, and did the
operation to bring, or “transmute” a human anyways.

The
operation fails, it costs them both dearly, and they both spend years
tying to get back what they lost due to the consequences. Al is
taken away to a place called The Gate of Truth. Ed finds a way to go
there to try and get him back, and is only able to bring back Al’s
soul, and loses body parts in the process. He is told not to come
back for Al until he has the fabled Philosopher’s Stone. Ed
figures out how to use Alchemy to put Ed’s soul into a metal robot,
and vows to find the Philosopher’s Stone and get both Ed and his
own body parts back. A metal arm and leg are fashioned for Al, and he
later becomes known as The Fullmetal Alchemist.

Fast
forward years later, Al and Ed are professional Alchemists, working
with the government, and Ed gets a lead about where to find The
Philosopher’s Stone, but unfortunately, people keep telling him it
doesn’t exist. Undeterred, and determined, he continues his search,
which leads him to meet the people with the knowledge.

He
discovers, however, he and his brother were not the ONLY ones
transmuting both human bodies, and human souls, and the horrors Al
and Ed discover almost destroys them, and all the people they hold
dear. They discover The Philosopher’s Stone is not what they
expected, and using it would be more than breaking rules. It would
mean something terrible.

The
film ends with the brothers making an unexpected decision, and a
sequel is due out sometime in the future.

As
practitioners of magic, we can identify with some of the points made
in the film.

There
is a time to break the rules, and a time to keep them. Magic is a
practice of harmonizing with Nature. If doing something goes against
the Natural Order of things, or is otherwise unethical, it should not
be done.

It
is unwise to do magic when you are grieving. Strong emotions
interfere with the ability to reason, and acting on your emotions
might cause you to do something you later regret.

Things
are not always as they seem. Brothers Al and Ed discover this over
and over in the film. From who they can trust, to what an item truly
is, things seem to constantly change, and the brothers have to keep
their wits about them, and pay close attention constantly. Belief
does not equal or create Reality. It creates perception, and
perception can be false. Magicians and Witches are experts at
enchantment, and illusion. Be aware.

Sometimes,
we have to listen to what people say when they are trying to warn us.
At one point, a character tells Al, “Play with the Devil, and
you’ll end up in Hell!”, and Al replies, “I’ve already been
to Hell.” He did not realize he was being told to avoid the very
thing he was driven to acquire. Had he listened, things would have
been better.

All
in all, this was a good film. I always love to see Manga brought to
live action. They managed to maintain the flavor of Manga with the
dramatic costumes, character acting, and special effects. The action
scenes did not fail to please, and the sets were gorgeous.

It’s
a good work of fiction to read or watch, and I recommend the film.

Happy
Viewing!

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About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You
can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

Interview with Jennifer Noel Taylor: Spiritual and Broke

September, 2018

Jennifer Noel Taylor: Spiritual and Broke – How to Stop Struggling with Money and Live Your Purpose

I was really intrigued by the title of Jennifer’s latest book. I generally consider myself to be a spiritual person, and I’ve definitely been broke from time to time! Sometimes it certainly seems like a spiritual life is not one that lends itself towards wealth or riches, but maybe it can be? Is there a way to keep on the path that enriches your soul, without neglecting your bank balance? I was lucky enough to be granted a sneak peek at Jennifer’s upcoming book and discovered that she has a real insight into how to balance money, spirituality and living for your passion, not just your pocketbook. Jennifer was kind enough to answer a few questions for Pagan Pages about the book and her inspiration.

Mabh Savage: What inspired you to write about money and the connection to spirituality?

Jennifer Noel Taylor: During my 16 years of running a business in the field of energy medicine, I noticed that a lot of people in the healing arts as well other people with a genuine desire to help others, seem to be struggling with money. In my case, I was also struggling with money and had $135,000 of business and personal debt and no savings. As you can see, I was in financial trouble! Furthermore, I tried everything to get myself out of debt and nothing seemed to work. For example, when I forced myself to stick to a budget, I felt like I was on a starvation diet and hence my budget didn’t last very long! If I managed to increase my income, I would then have some unexpected expense that would match my new level of income. It seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t get ahead! I finally realized that I needed to shift my relationship with money –my thoughts, my emotions, the energy I was putting out into the world, and the stories I was telling myself. Once I made this deeper shift, then things started to turn around. I got out of debt, saved money and started investing in the stock market! I hope to help others do the same.

MS: Who would you say your book is primarily aimed at?

JNT: Spiritual and Broke is primarily aimed at people who are living their purpose and have a heartfelt desire to serve the world yet are having a hard time with money! Although I also feel like the issues I address in the book can be used by anyone who has an open mind and wants to turn their finances around.

MS: Do you think that generally, people are living outside their means more these days?

JNT: Yes, I read a statistic that over 75% of Americans are living pay check to pay check.

MS: Do you think it’s possible to become addicted to spending, just like a drug?

JNT: Absolutely! In my personal journey, I realized that I was doing a lot of “retail therapy.” As the old song goes, I was looking for love in all the wrong places. I was trying to buy love rather that buying things that I love.

MS: Was it difficult to open up about your own financial and spiritual difficulties before your epiphany?

JNT: Yes, I felt like a hypocrite. In Quantum-Touch, our work is based on the Law of Attraction – that we create our reality. In other worlds, our external world is a reflection of the world within. Yet I couldn’t use this same philosophy to attract money or balance my finances! I berated myself my predicament and I refer to this in my book as my “secret shame.”

MS: What was the most challenging thing about writing this book?

JNT: I share a very personal story about an Aha! moment that I had in a back of a police car. It was during this epiphany that I realized the fundamental mistake that I was making around money and how my fundamental approach to life wasn’t serving me. This story is near and dear to my heart, very vulnerable, and initially I found it difficult to write about.

MS: In contrast, what did you enjoy most about the creative process?

JNT: I love receiving feedback from people who have listened to my shows or read excerpts from my book – saying how it really helped them. I also love crafting the perfect paragraph or sentence, like creating a work of art with words.

MS: I love that you focus on avoiding deprivation and achieving emotional abundance. Do you think there’s a tendency for some people to believe you have to suffer for spirituality?

JNT: Yes! I believe that the martyr complex is alive and well in the spiritual communities! I think we have been taught that it’s somehow more pure or more generous when we suffer to help others. However, I have found the opposite to be true. When we have more money, more support, more means, we are in a much better position to truly enact change in the world. When we are happy, that energy is very healing!

MS: Tell us a bit about Quantum-Touch.

JNT: Quantum-Touch is a form of energy healing that uses life force energy to accelerate the healing process. We believe that the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself and Quantum-Touch is very effective at amplifying our own healing power.

MS: When did you first discover energy healing?

JNT: I discovered energy healing in massage school. One day, I was doing massage and I felt the life force energy coming from my hands and my client. It was pretty trippy as well as it made me realize that we are much more than just physical bodies. I understood at that moment that we are primarily energetic beings.

MS: What’s the most intense spiritual experience you’ve ever had (that you can share)?

JNT: I have to admit that my Aha! moment in the back of the police car was my most intense experience with life-changing implications. Although it wasn’t the most pleasant experience, it changed my perspective on what it means to be a spiritual being in a human body.

MS: When can people expect to see ‘Spiritual and Broke’ in bookstores?

JNT: I just signed a publishing contact and we should see Spiritual and Broke on Amazon early next year and in bookstores soon after that!

MS: And are you working on any new projects? Any more books on the horizon?

JNT: I’m working on a few projects – one is an online system like Doctors on Demand where you can see a Quantum-Touch practitioner 24/7. Another project we are working on is a Quantum-Touch workshop for kids. Finally, after I launch the book, I am intending to turn it into a workshop!

MS: Finally, how do you relax and unwind away from writing and healing?

JNT: My favourite way to unwind is to snuggle with my boyfriend and watch a movie or go to the gym and do some cardio. Occasionally I like to fly through the air on the flying trapeze! (Yes, I have actually performed on the flying trapeze! ?)

Find out more about Jennifer and Quantum-Touch at http://jennifernoeltaylor.com/ and look out for Spiritual and Broke in the coming months!

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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

 

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways

Peatbog Faeries-Live

June, 2009

peatbog-faeries-live


Peatbog Records

For all of you have never heard Peatbog Faeries they are the very nature of musical polyglot and that incongruent philosophical collection makes Peatbog Faeries faultless. And in this their new, first live album it is evident that once again with their undeviating approach they have integrated their deeply seeded Scottish roots with a constantly evolving mix of Celtic, Rock and blues genres, with the enchanting array of pipes and whistles, fiddles, brass, guitars and drums only add to the intoxicatingly beautiful sound that once again reaches the depths of my being, filling my soul with a plethora of enchanted instrumental magnificence.

So if you only purchase one CD this year take it from me PEATBOG FAERIES – LIVE is the one.

~ Michele Burke, PaganPages.org

Sound Sample- track 10 Caberdrone

Peatbog Faeries Live by Peatbog Faeries- £10.00 = $15.21 USD