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Book Review – Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time by Elen Sentier

April, 2019

Book Review
Numerology
Dancing the Spirals of Time
by Elen Sentier

I do quite a bit of numerology as an enhancement to my magickal disciplines and I am always looking for a fresh perspective to inform and find the bridges of connection between multiple esoteric disciplines. Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time does just that in decoding the patterns and vibrations that are present universally.

The author uses a very tactile approach to learning and “feeling” the numbers and the geometric patterns they create. This process engages the reader from the onset and provides Ms. Sentier as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and British Shaman. I have had the opportunity to read two of her other books, Elen of the Ways and Following the Deer Trods (both from her Shamanic Pathways series) and much of the way in which she approaches numerology, reflects her work in the setting of the natural world, the Fibonacci patterning and the cycles that are vibrational and number based universally.

As
Ms. Sentier states in her prologue…
What I’m offering you here are the results of my sixty-odd years of
work and play with numerology, what the numbers have shown me.
”…
So, from the start you know that the
information provided has been tested and tried for some time of
longevity and not just a hasty inquiry of minimum duration.

She
approaches the systems of numbers as points of correlates within a
framework of defining and reshaping the self. The push here is for
the reader to recognize the connections that numbers have in telling
the story of our role as part and parcel of a system that encompasses
the Universal and Cosmic energies of which we are a part. According
to Ms. Sentier…”Numbers are
amazing, they make wonderful patterns and the work in pairs. Like the
DNA double helix, they spiral in and spiral out showing us both
evolution and involution… the patterns of life, and of time.”

Each
chapter is organized in pairs of numbers, giving the characteristics
and correlates for each
providing
the balance of theory and integration into your own style of learning
and understanding the concepts. The
author has you scribe the number, using that as a very tactile way of
sensing the energy in the creation of that number. Very cool, idea!
Ms. Sentier says to….”draw the 1 as a
straight line…let the feeling flow into your body through your hand
and arm. Don’t try to translate the feeling, just experience it.”

I
particularly enjoyed the Working with your Numbers section. Samples
and explanations of the numbers that are important in your own
patterning are given enabling the reader to do the work of
numerological reading for themselves. The grids are a bit complex but
clear directions guide the way. In keeping with this highly
experiential style, there are several exercises provided to allow you
to kinesthetically connect with the numbers.

I thought Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time offered an opportunity to work with numbers in a very organic and universal way, but I would not consider this as an introductory book at all. That being said, I don’t believe that was the intention of Ms. Sentier in the least. Despite this, I do believe that this is a wonderful resource and exercise in being able to draw deeper conclusions beyond the superficial information we are usually privy to. Moving through the pages and information of this book requires that you look and feel with all of your being and not simply accept at face value what is being written. And, in this Ms. Sentier scores a home run!

Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time 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.

MagickalArts

March, 2019

Our Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part One

Our
physical bodies are a wonderful and grand vessel of complex and
varied capabilities. Most of the functions that sustain our life are
transparent in their process and automatic in their function. We
breathe, our heart beats, we move in coordinated and purposeful
mechanics, we feel, we think, we react. All of these physiological
components are used as vehicles of anchoring in the refinement of our
spiritual and subtle nature. We are humans in corporeal state and as
such our level of response to spiritual and energetic action is
through the vehicle of physical being. Even those experiences that we
cannot articulate or are unaware of their potency and impact move
through the state of our physical being and often become the eventual
place of manifestation.

This
posting will focus on the physical anatomy and in its briefest form
will offer some basic information to get us started. I am using the
elements as some additional correspondence to the form of energies I
associate with these physiological systems. There are many overlays
that can be used and some may find other attributes more relevant in
description or assignment. Formulate your own opinions and see the
analogies in whatever way you resonate most soundly with. As you work
with and through these systems over time, everything you thought you
knew about their function will change in perception and new
perspectives about how they work in collaboration with a strong
personal practice, magickal working and spiritual growth will evolve.

A
Disclaimer:
I am neither a healthcare professional nor a
professional scientist. The information I have pulled together is the
result of my personal experiences as both a professional dancer and
practitioner of Eastern and Western Hermetic protocols. I have read
and filled in what was needed of the basics of physiological anatomy
to gain a deeper understanding of how to make better use of the
energetic protocols and results and strongly encourage those who wish
to become more effective in their workings to do some research and
formulate their own foundation of understanding about the inner
workings of the greatest tool we have in our own spiritual
development- our physical state of being!

EARTH
Flesh and Bones

Our skin, the largest organ in our body, acts as the interface between what surrounds us and how we respond at a tactile level to those surroundings. The sense of touch evokes emotional and mental reaction and the sensitivity of our skin to multiple layers of stimuli is often one of the first points of engagement we have with our world.

Our
bones form the structure that holds in place and protects the bodies
we inhabit as corporeal and physical beings. Our bones connect us the
most deeply to the earth and the mineral life that is composite in
the formation of the planet itself. Our bones serve as the upholders
of our physical action and are the scaffolding of what is our outer
appearance and make-up.

The
Muscular system

The
muscles are responsible for movement of the bones and work in
conjunction with the brain, nerves and sensory systems. There are
three types of muscle:

The
Skeletal Muscles-
sheath the bones connected via tendons and are
responsible for reflex actions and giving shape and form to the
skeleton.

Smooth
Muscles- these are found in the organs and work automatically to
ensure the continued function of their specific organ. These are
controlled by the autonomic nervous system and regulate such things
as digestion, elimination and breathing.

Cardiac
Muscle-
constantly works pumping the blood in and out of the
heart and is stimulated by the electrical impulse generated within
our body. This muscle is directly responsible for the function of the
circulatory system.

FIRE/AIR

The
Neurological System

The nervous system is the master communicator, receiving and distributing the information received throughout our bodies and is the most complex of the physiological systems. The Central Nervous System includes the Brain and spinal cord and the Peripheral Nervous System acts to initiate changes inside and outside of the body. This information gathered is sent to the CNS and reacted upon.

It
is through the nerve endings in the skin that the sensorial feed-back
is transmitted to the brain. These neural networks of fibers are
often interconnected to tissue and blood vessels. Additionally, it is
through this system of communication that the development of
language, motor and thinking processes is set into motion.

WATER

The
Endocrine System

The endocrine system is similar to the nervous system in that it relays information and acts as a signal system. The nervous system uses blood as the conductor of the electrical impulses and the endocrine systems uses the blood vessels as the channels of transport.

The endocrine glands release specific hormones that regulate the body’s growth, metabolism, development and more. These secretions are released directly into the bloodstream, carried by the blood vessels and act upon the specific organs and their functions. These hormones are vital for the body to function optimally and grow in a productive healthy way. In spiritual practice the endocrine system is one that can be attuned to enlivening and reforming the physical body’s responses. The seven master glands act one upon the other stimulating and opening the subtle spiritual centers.

FIRE/WATER

The
Circulatory System

Our circulatory system uses the electrical current of fire and the flow of water to maintain our life’s spark. The pumping of blood through our bodies and its transformation within the chambers of the heart and then ultimate release back into circulation throughout our bodies is a statement of efficiency in use and flow. The heart is the central core responsible for multiple functions and the related by products that keep us healthy and alive. Mind and heart have long been the components of spiritual growth and deeper understanding. The scientific parameters of the heart have shown that the heart ‘s electromagnetic field is 60 times greater than that of the brain and that it is capable of performing some brain-like functions because of the continual energetic flow between heart and brain in an exchange of cellular information.

The
spiritual term “Intelligence of the Heart” takes on new meaning
when we have this scientific knowledge and provokes a new way of
thinking about how our emotional and mental interactions may better
serve one another.

AIR

The
Respiratory System

The intake of breath is the sustainer of life. The air that moves in and through us serves to oxygenate and maintain the life force that runs as current throughout our physical form. The lungs become the great bellows expanding and contraction; response and reaction to the flow of air that is taken in and then released.

The next post will continue to move through the systems and take a look at the correlates of function of our energetic anatomy.

References:

Emmet B. Keefe, Introduction to Know Your Body: The Atlas of Anatomy (Berkley, CA;Ulysses Press, 1999)
Cyndi Dale, The Subtle Body:An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Boulder, CO:Sounds True Inc., 2009)

***

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 – The Good Witch’s Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magical Ingredients and Spells by Shawn Robbins and Charity Befell

March, 2019

Review
The Good Witch’s Guide
A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magical Ingredients and Spells
by Shawn Robbins and Charity Befell
Published by Sterling Ethos
Pages: 305

Rituals,
History, aromatherapy, crystals, candle magic, spiritual alchemy,
potions, tinctures, herbs and recipes are just some of the topics
covered in this hardcover book that’s approximately six inches by
six and a half inches. It’s an inch thick and just feels good to
hold.

As
a “wiccapedia,” it covers all the topics you need to know, and
then offers lists for additional reading and reference materials.

The herbal folklore includes information about botanicals for health and healing, and passes along an old but potent charm. The chapter on aromatherapy explains how to use essential oils both for health and in magick, offering dozens of recipes. In presenting crystals, their properties are explained, along with instructions for using them to make waters for to balancing chakras, and for relief from everything from asthma to stress.

Practical
magick covers spells for mind, body and spirit. There’s a
housecleaning incense spell, a healing poppet spell, money spells,
and spells for protection and for love. Twenty-three pages focus on
candle magic while forty-seven pages are dedicated to teas, tinctures
and tonics for health and magick. A chapter offers ways to cook up
some magick – literally – with recipes for soup, bread, Yule
shortbread cookies, Imbolc cake and more.

The
book introduces readers to a variety of tools and topics, helping
them make their own magick, and it makes a reliable reference source
as well.

Shane
Robins is a psychic and a paranormal researcher whose grandparents
immigrated from Russia and Hungary with bottles of botanicals and the
knowledge of herbal healing. Her grandmother’s tea cured the polio
she contracted from one of Salk’s first vaccines. That changed her
life, and set her on a course to teach holistic medicine and healing.
Robins put her research and extensive knowledge into this book.

Charity
Befell has been practicing witchcraft for seventeen years – a
journey that began when she was given a copy of Silver Ravenwolf’s
“Teen Witch” on her thirteenth birthday. Her witchcraft now is
wild and free, incorporating shamanic techniques, prayer, meditation,
trance work and offerings to connect to the spirits of the land.
Befell is committed to the Temple of Witchcraft traditions. A
lifetime of herbalism and alternative healing practices also stretch
back to her youth.

Each
woman has written other books before this. Coming together, their aim
was to inspire and empower readers, giving them a vast collection of
information. The new as well as the seasoned witch will find
knowledge of value. My copy has the corners of several pages turned
down.

The Good Witch’s Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magickal Ingredients and Spells (The Modern-Day Witch) on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

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

Witch & Popcorn

March, 2019

Dracula

This month, I reviewed Dracula, the original one starring Bela Lugosi.

OH
MY!!!!!

They
just don’t make movies like they used to!

Ever
since I was a little girl, I’ve found the divine Bela Lugosi to be
positively magnificent, but I have never sat and watched the entire
original Dracula he made famous.

I
waited too long, and if you have not seen it, don’t wait any
longer.

Take
a look at the trailer of what we have been missing!

Universal has released a set of Blu-Rays’s called “Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection”, and it has six films, including the 1931 Dracula with Bela. The films were made from 1931-1948, and include Dracula, Dracula’s Daughter, Son of Dracula, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, and the very funny Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

I
will watch the rest of the films this week, but I have watched plenty
of horrors from this era.

The
charm of old Hollywood is a feast for the eyes, and the drama of more
theatrical type performances actors in movies used to do makes the
stories more fantastical.

Bela
Lugosi played Dracula so well, people said he WAS the immortal
Dracula. Far from it, he was said to be shy in America because of his
heavy European accent- YES, it was real! And he suffered from severe
sciatica, which led to his reliance on prescription painkillers to
the point of addiction. In his acting, he transcended his suffering
to become larger than life, and to set the standard for the sexy
undead blood drinker who made men, women, and future generations
scream in terror and swoon with admiration.

The
film is an adaption of Bram Stokers horror novel, Dracula and in the
film, it is set in the gorgeous 1930’s, complete with silk, damask,
oversized furniture bedecked with art deco finery, and spectacular
makeup and clothes.

The
film is wildly entertaining, but holds magical truths!

The
story begins with the ill fated Renfield’s trip to Transylvania for
a business deal with Dracula, who strides into the filthy, ramshackle
set of Castle Dracula, and lights it up like the Prince of Darkness
he was. We all know Dracula completely destroys poor Renfield, played
like nobody else could by Dwight Frye, who ironically died young,
himself.

Frye,
a veteran actor, starring in more than 60 films in his 44 years, is
as big a presence on screen as Lugosi, and really set the standard
for Renfield in future Dracula productions. This is also a testament
to not only exquisite character development, and passionate acting,
but astoundingly good makeup. Frye’s Renfield is initially what
would have been called a “dandy” back in that day, and is reduced
by Dracula into a Smeagel like writhing creature who more resembles a
maimed, maniacal worm than anything else. Frye plays both aspects of
Renfield to the max.

All
of the acting is equally as good as Frye’s and Lugosi’s, but it
is the character of Van Helsing I want to explore in depth, because
it is he who exemplifies the occult truths the film expresses.

Of
course, we know vampires ARE real, but are not undead blood suckers.
Some are simple energy workers who can be very helpful and pleasant,
and others may even be completely unconscious of the fact they are
vampires, and are a downright pain in the ass. The pain in the ass
folk are the ones who drain people’s energy and we might be stuck
sharing an office or even a home with them. Some do this on purpose,
however. Many of us have at least one family member we could put in
this category. Unfortunately.

The
film, however portrays the vampire of folklore, which is nothing like
the real vampires who live among us. Dracula is dead and needs the
blood of the living to survive. He has to sleep in the dirt he was
buried in, hates crucifixes and wolfsbane, turns into a bat, and
REALLY digs chicks. He keeps wolves for company, and refers to them
as “children of the night” and drops the famous quotes like “The
blood is the life”.

The
wise Professor Van Helsing , who is called in when medicine cannot
explain what has killed the lovely Lucy and is sickening her beloved
friend Mina, is said to “knows as much
about obscure diseases as anyone in the world” in Bram Stokers
Novel. Van Helsing also studied other obscure topics, and as luck
would have it, vampires happened to be one of those topics. While he
was educated in all modern topics, he knew enough not to discard
knowledge of the supernatural, most especially when he observed it
himself.

As
witches, we KNOW people used to be accused of doing impossible things
like flying on brooms, and having sex with the biblical devil, and we
know the dangers of such uneducated thinking. But we also know how
quick many are to dismiss established occult truth such as the
ability to move energy, and the harm that can result by the activity
of malevolent spirits.

This
truth is revealed by Van Helsing in the film when he says, “The
strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him.”
How many people have insisted that a curse will not work on you if
you do not believe in the power of the curse? Good luck with that. A
practitioner proficient in curses will not leave any clue they have
cursed you. It is like saying you believe you will not catch a
disease, so it is therefore impossible to. I am reminded of a very
old preacher who told me he never got sick because he believed in
Jesus- instead of being thankful he had a strong immune system, that
is.

I
am also reminded of another individual. I used to have a neighbor
from Haiti, who I asked about Voodoo, and he almost shit a brick in
fear talking about how awful he felt Voodoo was. He said that he, and
many others converted to Xtianity to escape Voodoo and the Voodoo
curses, which he claimed Jesus protected against. I would hear the
drumming and chanting prayers he did with friends calling Jesus
regularly. Well, as some know, I have a relationship with Papa Legba.
Papa always let me know he did NOT like my neighbor. One night, said
neighbor tore his entire apartment apart, throwing everything all
over the place, and even ripping the kitchen cabinets off the walls.
The neighbor on the other side of him said he heard the man arguing
with somebody else- but police said there was nobody else in the
apartment. I was told there had been one hell of a fight. The
neighbor disappeared without a trace, and family came around looking
for him for weeks following the incident. Jesus did not stave off
whatever magic had been flung at him. And no, it was not just him
being bonkers- I asked Papa.

Belief
does not equal reality, but it does create our perception of reality,
and Van Helsing knew Dracula used the fact modern people did not
believe in vampires to take as many victims as he wanted.

Van
Helsing was able to look beneath Dracula’s glamour, a very powerful
magical weapon. Dracula’s glamour just might have worked had he not
become overly confident, and gone into Mina’s home, because that is
where it was discovered he did not show up in the mirror, starting
Van Helsing’s quest to kill Dracula.

Two
lessons to us as witches come through this. Keep your glamour strong,
and don’t get sloppy. Also, learn to see beneath other people’s
glamour. Dracula had portrayed himself as a charming, handsome Count
from another land. He was very well spoken, friendly, and nobody
would have seen him as a threat. Even within our metaphysical circles
and public communities, people whose glamour is undetected by the
masses allows them a way in to manipulate, and cause harm. Be the
witch who speaks up and expresses something is not right, as Van
Helsing was, and protect your community.

Beyond
being a fantastic film adaption of a fantastic classic horror novel,
this film reminds us that magic and the occult are not obsolete and
it is very important to be well versed in modern mundane knowledge as
well as educated about the hidden, the occult. It also reminds us
that as those who are aware of the role spirits, and energy plays in
our everyday life, to keep our eyes, ears, and sixth senses open to
when something is just not right.

Don’t
take my word for it! Go watch this great film!

Happy
Viewing!

Blessed
Be!

Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection on Amazon

***

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
.

WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

January, 2019

Magic for Material

Merry
meet.

When
my body weight was fluctuating, I found myself buying most all my
ritual wear at thrift stores and consignment shops. One way I used to
make some of the velvet pieces more special to me was to emboss them
with magickal symbols.

While
many different types of velvet work, those with the most nap give the
most striking results. Some velour fabrics
work as well.

Rubber
stamps are very easy to use. Cork and the large, thin erasers are two
other materials you can use. You might experiment with others.

Place the front side of the fabric face down on the shape you wish to imprint on the material. Mist a couple of times with water and, using an iron set to the silk setting, press directly down on top of the shape. Hold it fairly still for about fifteen to twenty seconds. (If possible, use a test strip first.)

Wait
a couple of moments and pull back the fabric to see the impression.
Areas will still be damp, so let the fabric sit until it dries.

Goddesses,
symbols, sigils and words offer abundant options, and embossing them
with intention will add magic to
your ritual garb, tarot bags and altar cloths.

Merry
part. And merry meet again.

***

About
the Author:

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

3 Pagans and a Cat Monthly Feature

December, 2018

 

3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast

Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat

In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.

 

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Each Month… we will share the previous month’s episodes with you from their site to help keep you up-to-date with their impressive podcast. While there, don’t forget to listen to this month’s as well, we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!

 

November 2018 Podcasts

Episode 24: Embracing Dissonance: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the damage they’re still trying to cast off from Christianity, some basic criteria for exploring your pagan options, and how to do the research that brings it all together.

 

 

This Month’s Podcast Share from their Backlog

Episode 5: Building Your Book – Overview: Car, Gwyn, and Ode launch the Building Your Book series by talking about some historical grimoires, discussing their own magical books, and covering the general principles and contents of a Book of Shadows.

 

Where Else to Find 3 Pagans and a Cat…

Their Website: http://www.3pagansandacat.com

Their Twitter: https://twitter.com/3_Pagans

Their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3PaaC

Their YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0GJacu9SUzuumXJNNUZwQ

Their G+: https://plus.google.com/u/2/collection/oCWVXE

 

Remember …

You can always support your favorite podcasts with a donation. Every bit helps to keep them going.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Wright is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving those a platform to share and learn without judgment. There are too many important things to her and not enough room to mention them. You are one of them.

Book Review – Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft by Rose Orriculum

November, 2018

Book Review

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

by Rose Orriculum

 

 

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft is a great book written by Rose Orriculum. It is tagged as a beginner’s guide to witchcraft, however, after reading it, I feel that anyone could enjoy the contents of this book regardless of where they are on their magical path.

The book begins with a chapter on the “basics”. This tends to be the run of the mill basics but Rose is honest and open. She makes it a point to let you know that witchcraft is not a certain way. She makes it feel open and inviting. This would be a great read for someone who is on the fence about joining the magical community.

One of my favorite chapters is Potions. This chapter is about infusing your hot chocolate, coffee, & teas. Rose makes magic so simple that you can incorporate potions into your daily life.

The book goes into detail regarding the seasons and how you can celebrate them. One of my personal favorites from her collection is how you can use a snowman as a poppet. What a grand idea. Especially since it would allow families to do the act together.

At the back Of Witchcraft and Whimsy, Rose has included many of her own spells, glamours, bindings and curses.

Rose Orriculum has such a way with words and spells. I enjoy her work and cannot wait to see what else she comes up with. To learn more about her, check out my interview with her in this issue!

 

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Book Review: Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice by Candice Covington

July, 2018

Book Review

Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice:

Working with the Chakras, Divine Archetypes, and the Five Great Elements

by Candice Covington

This book has a decidedly Eastern, rather than Western Hermetic approach to the use of Essential Oils, herbs and the elemental correspondences. In fact, the page opposite the title page is a full color and beautifully rendered graphic of the shapes and colors of the Five Tattwas, the Eastern cousins of the traditional alchemical elements that are used in most pagan magical practice.

The Forward sets the tone for Candice’s work and is written by Sheila Patel, M.D. and medical Director of the (Deepak) Chopra Center. Despite what appears to be not very well aligned with traditional pagan practice, this book is a definite keeper for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of adding the layers of subtle anatomy, Divine archetypes and vibration in the form of numerology and color consideration in selecting essential oils for mundane and magickal pursuits.

The book is neatly separated into major chunks of information with Part One taking the reader through the basics of Theory and education about the Tattvic elements, Divine Archetypes, Chakras and concluding with a chapter on manifestation and consciousness. This lays a very well-thought out foundation before discussion of what essential oils are and how they may be used comes into play. This approach also affirms the interwoven energies of these areas of consideration and their usefulness in fine-tuning what and how you will use the oils.

Part Two gives a complete picture of how essential oils may be integrated as part of daily practice as well as an alphabetical listing of some more commonly used oils, their properties and a host of correspondence categories aligning with the information provided in Part 1.

I especially liked Part Three and the way in which the author engaged the reader in exercises and quizzes, all weaving back to reinforcing self-study and self-reflection as paramount deciders in the work you choose for your essential oils. Healing is prominently highlighted and deepening your own experiences with meditation as you allow the energy to flow in accord with what your intention is in choosing an essential oil for this journey.

All in all, I would say this is definitely worth a look regardless of your spiritual path or preferences. Having different tools in your kit ensures that you are adequately prepared and informed for any task.

Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice: Working with the Chakras, Divine Archetypes, and the Five Great Elements

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About the Author:

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

She is the author of:

 

The Inner Chamber Volume One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2)

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1)

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

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

 

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Notes from the Apothecary

March, 2018

Notes from the Apothecary: Dill

Feathery and fragrant, the herb dill is so much more than just a flavouring for fish dishes or pickles. This magical herb has been used for centuries as a medicine, and as a potent tool for magical practitioners. From a muscle toner for Greek athletes, to a medicine for treating boils, this versatile herb is truly fascinating.

The Kitchen Garden

You can find dill growing wild, so if you manage to harvest a few seeds, or purchase some from your local supplier, you could cultivate a little patch of dill yourself. It likes loose soil with good drainage, and you can plant the seeds directly where you want the herb to grow, ideally in a sunny spot. It’s an annual or biennial, which means that at most each plant lasts two years, or two growing seasons. However, it self-seeds, which means that you should get plenty of fresh seedlings the following spring.

The delightful, tiny yellow flowers are a real draw for bees, butterflies and other essential pollinators, so planting dill will definitely increase the number of visitors to your garden. Conversely, dill helps repel aphids and other pests, making it a great companion plant to cabbages, lettuce and many other food crops.

If you don’t have a garden, or quite frankly, the time and energy to grow herbs, dill is widely available at grocery stores as well as herbal retailers.

For culinary purposes, it’s normally the leaves that we’re talking about. Small amounts of leaves can be cut from each plant, so that you don’t kill the plant by harvesting. If you have more leaves than you need to use immediately, put some in a sandwich bag and pop them in the freezer. Don’t forget to label them!

Dill leaves can be added to salads, cheese (such as cottage cheese), soups and other foods as a garnish and to add flavour. Leaves or seeds can be added to a bottle of vinegar to create a unique, flavoured condiment.

The seeds are also used, primarily for flavouring the liquid that pickles are soaked in. Hence the term ‘dill pickles’.

These are but a very few of the culinary uses of dill. It is used all over the world in dishes from curry to crayfish. Because of this, it is relatively cheap, and very easy to get hold of.

The Apothecary

Charlemagne had dill tea made available for his guests who dined with him, to aid their digestion and prevent hiccups. It has been used as a ‘gripe water’ for infants, helping relieve colic and gas, but obviously don’t feed herbal remedies to children without consulting a pediatrician first.

It is normally the seed of dill that is used medicinally, as it has high amounts of the oil anethol, or anethole, also found in anise and caraway. Mrs Grieves recommended it as a stimulant and for easing stomach issues, flatulence and simply as an aromatic.

Modern research has found that the active oil has antimicrobial properties, which are effective against some bacteria, fungi and yeast. It’s even been found to be effective against salmonella in some instances.

It can also be used as an insecticide, which probably explains why it’s effective at repelling certain unwanted critters in our gardens.

Wash your hands after handling dill and don’t use the oil in massage. It causes photosensitivity so can lead to burning. Don’t take if pregnant or breastfeeding, as it can affect the uterus.

The Witch’s Kitchen

Mrs Grieve notes that during the Middle Ages, dill was used by magicians in spells and in charms against witchcraft. If this is true, we can surmise that there is a protective aspect to dill, particularly against supernatural or magical attack. Dill can be used in a poppet to provide protection to the person you are visualising. You could carry a sprig to ward off negative intentions towards yourself, or sprinkle some seeds around yourself and visualise a wall of light rising up from the seeds, protecting you from all harm.

In the bible, the Scribes and Pharisees are berated for paying a ‘tithe’, or tax of rich goods, but neglecting their morals and ethics. One of the items in the tithe is dill, along with mint and cumin, so we can assume that dill was very valuable. This can be translated magically into using the herb for money spells, perhaps a little in your purse to protect your existing funds, or used in a little pouch with other herbs to draw wealth towards you.

Both Culpeper and Cunningham assert that the plant is ruled by the planet Mercury, which one can also extend to include the god the planet is named for. This reaffirms the wealth and money connection, as the Roman god Mercury is strongly connected to financial gain, especially commerce and trading. He is also associated with eloquence, so dill could be used to help you find the words you need in a tricky situation. Linking the two, a charm made with dill is ideal for a sales person, as it will boost the holder’s communication skills and promote wealth coming to them.

Cunningham also states that placing dill in the cradle protects a child, which most likely links back to the herb having been used in children’s medicine for centuries. A sachet under the mattress where the child cannot reach it, or even under the bed or cot itself would be best for safety.

Home and Hearth

Sprinkle dried or fresh dill leaves or seeds around the boundary of your home to keep out unwanted visitors or negative energy. Walk widdershins (anti-clockwise) whist doing this if you feel there is an existing energy you need to banish. Walk deosil (clockwise) if you are wanting to boost the current mood or atmosphere in your home. You can boost the power of this simple spell by adding elemental energies, if appropriate to your path and beliefs. Sprinkle water, salt for earth, carry a candle for fire and walk the boundary again holding a lit incense stick to represent air. Don’t try and carry them all at once! Juggling candles and incense might seem impressive but actually it just leads to burnt fingers and clothing. If you are not mobile, hold the dill or have it near you, and visualise your energy surrounding your home or sacred space.

Once a year (I would do this at Imbolc as I have the idea of early spring cleaning firmly ingrained in my psyche) sweep the boundary and refresh your protective ward.

I Never Knew…

There is a superstition that burning dill leaves will cause thunderstorms to clear up.

Image Credits: Anethum graveolens by Forest and Kim Starr via Wikimedia Commons, copyright 2007; Dill seeds by Arto Alanenpää via Wikimedia Commons, copyright 2008.

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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.

Follow Mabh on TwitterFacebook and her blog.

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Notes from the Apothecary

September, 2016

Notes from the Apothecary: Maple

Maple

 

How beautiful the maple tree is. Also known as acers (from the Latin for sharp, due to the points on the leaves), maples range from small shrubs to 45-metre-high trees, are spread all over the world and although can be evergreen, are normally renowned for their spectacular colour show in the fall. The picture to the left is a collection of autumn leaves my boy and I collected a couple of years ago. As you can see, the maple leaves (from Norway maples) are very prominent in the display.

Well known as the symbol of Canada, and also the state tree of Vermont and Wisconsin, the maple is surely familiar to all, if only for the archetypal ‘hand’ shape of the leaf.

The Kitchen Garden

In the restaurant of trees, maple is the dessert menu, for sure. The sap is used to make a wonderful, ridiculously sweet and tasty syrup, which graces pancakes the world over. It takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup! The syrup is also made into sugar and candy.

Native Americans produces maple syrup and maple sugar well before Europeans arrived on the scene. The process was quite ritualised, with the first full moon of spring being named the Sugar Mon, and being a time for dancing and celebration.

The Apothecary

The Native Americans didn’t just use the maple for its sweet sap. They also used the bark to make a wash for sore eyes.

The maple leaf is also said to have a sedative effect, and to make a useful tonic for anxiety or depression. It is also used for treating ailments of the liver and spleen. There is no scientific evidence to back this up, unfortunately.

Other Uses

The inner bark can be boiled to produce dyes. The red maple produces a purple colour, which with sulphates added can be made into black ink.

The timber is widely used, but one of the most fascinating uses is for musical instrument. Maple is known as a tone wood, which means it carries soundwaves well; it has a useful harmonic resonance. Fender guitars have often been made with maple necks.

The Witch’s Kitchen

Maple syrup may be used as a substitute for honey in offerings and other magic.

The maple leaf is often used as an emblem in military regalia, and the wood has historically been used for rifle stocks. This gives the tree a militant aspect, useful in magic where you have to resolve a conflict, or brace yourself for a confrontation. The maple represents strength, especially in the face of adversity.

Think of the way the flowers and then the seeds get into everything! They represent tenacity and opportunity.

The wood is strong and useful for wands and staffs.

The leaves transform from verdant green to glowing gold and red throughout the year. They are perfectly symbolic of the wheel of the year and the transforming seasons, and make an awesome altar decoration.

The maple tree is seen as feminine, and associated with the moon. Therefore, any moon magic may be enhanced with the use of maple leaves, seed or wood; even a piece of bark. Leave a maple wand in the light of the full moon to ‘charge’ it with lunar energy, in the same way you would a crystal.

Home and Hearth

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One of our favourite things to do is to make roses out of maple leaves. Find out how HERE.

When picking maple leaves, the leaf should be attached to a stem which should easily come away from the main branch. These stems make it easy to string the leaves up to make a late summer or autumn garland, or even a crown or wreath.

I Never Knew…

The first literary mention of the maple is in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale, where it is written as ‘mapul’.

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