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Interview with Reanna of Woodland Wand Creation

August, 2019

Bright
Blessings!

Last month, I got to review a great wand by Lady Reanna Shellenbarger of Woodland Wand Creation, and this month, I lucked into an interview!

Here is the link to my review if you did not have a chance to read it yet!

Read on to learn more about this amazing artist and creatrix, and her sacred, beautiful wands!

On
their Facebook page, it says:

“Welcome
friends to my store called Woodland
Wand Creation
. A magical place of
semiprecious stones & enchanting wood from the magical forest.
All to make amazing Wands. All work is unique artwork. No two are the
same. I work within the respect to our Ecosystem. Many of my pieces
are created with natural and reclaimed supplies. Wood is collected
with respect and reverence. All wood is render by the tree naturally
after stormy weather. No tree is ever harmed or wood cut from trees.
My artwork & Wands are said to be very powerful. Because I work
and charge all pieces by the moon light for an extra punch of energy.

Bert
is the engine and Reanna is the artist. Together we are Woodland
Wand Creation
. All items are made by
Reanna she is such the artist. We hope you all enjoy them as much as
we do.”

Then,
I got to catch up with
Reanna, and she told me wonderful things!

Saoirse-
How and why did you get into making your beautiful wands? What or who
inspired you?

Reanna-
A friend of mine purchased a bag of random semiprecious stones and
had no idea of what to do with them. so I took some of the stones
home and fashioned a Wand, not knowing if it would even work. well,
needless to say, it did, and here I am today.

Saoirse-
How does this tie in with your personal spiritual path, and what
would you like to share about your path with us?

Reanna-
I studied Wicca some years ago. I reached High Priestess status.
today I’m solitary but very, very social. I found more freedom by
dedicating myself to more creative pursuits. As a Libra, I require
the freedom to go with what the wind calls to me and what strikes my
fancy.

Saoirse-
Tell me about your creative process. How do you get an idea that
inspires? What types of materials draw you? What colors? How do you
begin, and how long does it usually take from start to finish?

Reanna-
Each stone or branch tells me
their desire to become something more. I then clean them up a bit by
removing the bark, to show off the natural beauty of the wood. I work
with only naturally rendered woods, like after storms and such. I
never cut or hurt a tree. I still go for the random mix of stones to
this very day. I meditate while I divide them up into the kinds of
stones they are. I can then hear them speak to me about their desire.
Some stones want to be a Staff, Smudge fan or a Rattle. I am blessed
with a wide range of woods in my area. White Willow is my all time
favorite, but I do work with Wise Oak, Red Elm, Sweet Maple, and
Driftwood.

Saoirse-
Tell about
how you run your business and how and why you decided to sell as
opposed to just making your own? Talk about your business partners!

Reanna-
I work with my longtime
partner Bert. Bert is my online Wizard. the engine to my inspiration.
We are the perfect team. We have a small shop on Etsy. We also are on
social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I will provide
links below.

Saoirse-
Tell about yourself aside from your path and wands.

Reanna-
I enjoy cooking and making up my own recipes. I like to sew
children’s blankets and quilts that I donate to the local church. I
really like to gardening, growing herbs, flowers and playing in my
Fairy garden. I dabble in painting. I like to recycle items to keep
them out of the landfills so most of my stuff is up-cycled. I also
work with many divination tools such as Tarot, Crystal balls, Zodiac-
natal charts, Tea leaves, and Pendulums. I write memes about magick
for FB as well as some really bad poetry. I teach the basic of Tarot
and Wicca in a FB group. well, I guess I’m just your all-around
crafty Witch.

Saoirse-
My editor noticed
your fair pricing. Many merchants charge a lot more for a wand than
you do. Why do you charge what you do as opposed to what many of your
competitors do?

Reanna-
Well, we did our homework on the prices before we set out. We
saw that so many are over priced for just the simplest items. We did
not want to rip off the Pagan community like this. We feel magick
knowledge should not be misused by over pricing. To us, it seemed so
unfair and it gives our movement such a bad name in a time when we
are rising out of the shadows. Our intention was to sell a good
product at a good price. Honest and true is the only way to a secure
future. In this simple and humble way, a Wand can be in many hands.

Shared
here are some links where you can find Reanna’s
amazing goods, and have some for yourself!

This
is Reanna’s
FB

This
is Bert’s
FB

This
is the Etsy
shop

Their
Woodland
Wand Creation FB

This
is their
Pinterest
link

And
Their
Twitter
Link

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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
.

Book Review – Find Your Happy: Daily Mantras by Shannon Kaiser

August, 2019

Book Review
Find Your Happy
Daily Mantras
by Shannon Kaiser

Find
Your Happy: Daily Mantras: 365 Days of Motivation For a Happy,
Peaceful and Fulfilling Life is one of the most positive books I
have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Published by Beyond
Words Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., this book
is designed to be a daily reader of wisdom and motivation. However,
I read it within forty-eight hours. It’s a really great book!

One
of the things I like about it is that there are no dates attached to
the daily mantras. Day 1 is entitled “I Am Abundant And Secure”
(Kaiser, 1) with two paragraphs explaining how to focus on abundance
and how to bring abundance into your life. However, unlike so many
other daily meditation or mantra books, Day 1 isn’t January 1 –
it’s whatever Day 1 you happen to open the book and start this
journey.

There
are so many gems in this book. Day 113 is “Self-Love Is A Practice
I Show Up For Daily.” Kaiser writes, “Self-love is not selfish,
nor is it something that just happens. It is a practice…When you
show up for yourself each day, your life becomes more manageable
because you are more grounded and balanced.” (Kaiser, 117). Also:
Day 152 with “I’ve Done Nothing Wrong”. “Instead of thinking
things didn’t work out, start celebrating how things have fallen
into place…Forgive yourself and know that you did the best you
could with what you knew at the time.” (Kaiser, 157)

There
are affirmations for each day. “I smile confidently and with
great love.”
and “We are all connected and a smile brings
us closer”
are some of the affirmations for Day 273, which is
entitled “I Smile At Strangers” (Kaiser, 283). Any one day
offers an affirmation that can be taken with you for the entire day
as a personal power thought. The affirmations for Day 189, “Just
Because It Hasn’t Been Done Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be” are
perfect for this kind of thing: “I am a force of energy and
focus.”
or: “When I put my mind to something I desire, it
will come true.”
(Kaiser, 196)

Each
day follows up with questions for the day. For instance, Day 245 is
“I Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart”. After the small sermon
and the affirmations, Kaiser poses the question: “How can I
cultivate a morning gratitude practice?” (Kaiser, 254). Day 80 has
the lovely title of “I Love My Body Because Of What It Has
Overcome” and asks, “How can I send light and love to every cell
of my body?” (Kaiser, 83). Indeed.

There
are 365 days of these gems and jewels… they most certainly are!
Read them one day at a time or read them within a two-day period like
I did or skip around the book to find the wisdom that resonates most
readily with your own reality. You won’t be disappointed with what
you find within the covers of this book.

Shannon Kaiser’s website is HERE. There are plenty of things to see on her site check it out!

There is also “Find Your Happy” Oracle Card set! Pagan Pages writer Robin Fennelly wrote a review of the set a few months ago. If you haven’t read it, you can read it HERE.

I
would personally love to get this deck someday!

So
go to your favorite local bookstore or buy on your favorite online
store – mine is Thriftbooks.com – and purchase this very helpful
and holistic book filled with wisdom and healing. I can’t
recommend it enough.

Brightest
Blessings!

Find Your Happy Daily Mantras on Amazon

References

Kaiser,
Shannon. Find Your Happy: Daily Mantras: 365 Days of Motivation
For A Happy, Peaceful, And Fulfilling Life. Hillsboro, OR: Beyond
Worlds Publishing, 2018.

https://www.playwiththeworld.com/

PaganPagesOrg Review of The 365 Find Your Happy Mantra Deck

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About
the Author:

Polly
MacDavid
 lives
in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change,
since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the
divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has
three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her
philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly
based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She
blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com.
She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a
novel about sex, drugs and recovery.

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

August, 2019

Book review
Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish
by Lucy Cavendish
Pages: 208

“There
is an immense natural power in the Universe … You have this natural
power within you, and it is your birthright to learn how to work with
it,” Lucy Cavendish writes in her book, Spellbound:
The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish.

Working
spells connects you to that power that flows through everything, and
Cavendish offers enough information to harness that power. She
gleaned the contents of this book from her personal journals,
offering a grimoire – her collection of rules and laws that apply
to magic and the craft, rituals, spells, potions, meditations and
magickal notes.

This
book provides a solid introduction to understanding nature’s powers
and using them wisely. Beginning with laws and a history of spells,
Cavendish presents a spell to connect to your magickal bloodline.

Chapter
3 continues with information to time the crafting and casting spells
by the moon and the circle of the year. Building altars, magickal
tools, casting a circle, calling the quarters and the art of magickal
dressing are all covered. Working with deities is Chapter 8 while
Chapter 9 covers creating sacred space for spellcasting.

Spells are treated matter-of-factually – without mystery – as an empowering path to greater abundance and joy.

Disagreeing
with those who claim intent is everything, Cavendish writes, “Intent
is vital. But it is not everything. … Without your commitment to
gathering your ingredients, learning and studying, and casting, you
only have the strong desire to do something. When your desire teams
up with your commitment and your action, then you begin to create
magick.”

Seven
days worth of daily meditations, magic and spells offers readers the
opportunity to create a magickal life in a powerful week that has the
potential to be life changing.

Spells
for love, protection, success and abundance complete the book. A few
I found interesting include a spell for letting go of grief and one
for empaths to protect themselves. A glossary and a list of magickal
ingredients round out the book.

I
think anyone ready to take spell crafting seriously will find this a
helpful guide.

About Author Lucy Cavendish

Lucy
Cavendish is an eclectic solitary witch – drawing from a variety of
belief systems and magickal traditions – who sometimes works with
others. She created Witchcraft magazine,
has published several books and has been a feature writer for
Australian magazines.

“I
work with the word ‘witch’ because its root meaning is to ‘change
or bend’ and ‘wisdom’. Thus I see witchcraft as being a path of
change and manifestation, from natural sources, and in harmony with
natural cycles, and with awareness of the Laws of the Universe –
which, to me, are wisdom incarnate,” she wrote.

For more information, visit lucycavendish.com.au.

Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Lynn Woike

thewitchonwheels.com

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

Book Review – Pagan Portals: What is Modern Witchcraft?

August, 2019

Book Review
Pagan Portals: What is Modern Witchcraft?
Anthology

“What is Modern Witchcraft?” is an anthology written by some of today’s top pagan writers. It covers subjects from Modern Solitary Witchcraft, Modern Witchcraft and the Role of Activism, Cyber Witches, Kitchen Witchcraft, Old Craft for New Generation 21st-Century Witches, and a Celtic Perspective.

Morgan Daimler is the person they chose to open this book; I find her writing to be well-thought-out and well researched. Ms. Daimler’s writing makes her seem very approachable. I would love to attend a seminar where she is speaking.

Annette George, Philip J Kessler, & Amy Ravenson, all talk about cyber witchcraft, as well as traditional. In these chapters, they talk about using files on the computer to save rituals and using social media to perform rituals with people from around the world.

One of the more compelling chapters, for me, was written by Irisanya Moon. It is the chapter on Modern Witchcraft in the Role of Activism. One of the quotes that she has in this chapter is by Carol Hanisch, whose essay written in the late 60s early 70s entitled The Personal Is Political “Personal problems are political problems. There is no personal solutions at this time. There’s only collective action for collective solution.” Ms. Moon talks in this chapter about how to become an activist and how witchcraft can help you in that calling. I found this to be very moving.

Rebecca Beattie writes a chapter on Urban Witchcraft; she talks about how hard it is to find solitude in an urban setting, finding sacred space, finding your tribe, and embracing your inner weirdo. It was that last part, embracing your inner weirdo, that spoke to me in this chapter (I’ve been known to walk into shops wearing unicorn horns to work that day doing readings.)

Arietta Bryant writes about Casting Your Own Circle. She talks about doing what feels right to you, whether that’s setting up an open circle, or book clubs, or anything that makes you feel like part of a tribe. This chapter also lists 11 jumping off points for creating your own set of Principles. (These reminded me of The Council of American Witches set of Principles of Wiccan Belief written in April of 1974.) They are great principles to guide your path forward.

Mélusine Draco’s piece is about Old Craft for a New Generation. She is another author who writes with authority and talks about matters in which she is well versed. She asks three times three basic questions that are the cornerstone of her faith. These are questions that I have to ask myself regularly because as I grow still in my craft, I learn more about the more profound the answers to these questions are.

I would say this is a book that is for anyone on the path of Paganism, not just Witchcraft. I feel that it is one that allows you to explore more of what is out there today for us compared to the old ones whose roots we grew from. I am happy that it was Trevor Greenfield who edited this book for us. But I am incredibly grateful for all those writers who contributed to this tome. Thank you for your insights.

Pagan Portals – What is Modern Witchcraft?: Contemporary Developments in the Ancient Craft on Amazon

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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 on
Facebook @eagleandunicorn.

Book Review – Shamanic Plant Medicine-San Pedro: The Gateway to Wisdom by Ross Heaven

August, 2019

Book Review
Shamanic Plant Medicine-San Pedro
The Gateway to Wisdom
by Ross Heaven

San
Pedro: The Gateway to Wisdom is one in The Shamanic Plant Medicine
series authored by Ross Heaven. Each book introduces a plant
medicine teacher and medicine ally. This well-written, accessible
book introduces us to the Cactus of Mystery, San Pedro, native to the
Andes and used by Andean shamans in healing ceremonies.

Mr.
Heaven, who died in 2018, has left us with a practical and nuanced
introduction to San Pedro. The book gives us an overview of the
plant’s history and the lore relating to its sense of mystery,
which certainly drew me in to wanting to know more about it. Here
are some of the fascinating bits of lore that Heaven provided: Legend
has it that St. Cyprian was instructed by Jesus to hide the keys to
Paradise from the Spanish invaders and Inquisition in a cactus under
the watchful eye of St. Peter, keeper of the keys to Heaven– hence
this entheogen’s name. It also has many nicknames, one of which is
punku – doorway or gateway – for its ability to open a doorway
beyond the world of illusion, as author Heaven wrote. Its active
ingredient is mescaline and its healing and nurturing action has
earned it another nickname: Grandfather. As Heaven wrote in a
different book: “There is a sort of mystery surrounding San Pedro
and a sense that knowledge of the plant must remain secret or at
least be earned through preparation, participation and worthiness of
those who drink it.”

Heaven
provided a detailed chapter on why San Pedro’s medicine is sought
after and descriptions of various ceremonies and methods of use by
San Pedro shamans. Heaven also discussed various modes of
preparation, while urging respect, safety and caution working with
this teacher plant. While it is not a how-to, step-by-step manual,
the book provides excellent guidance on what to look for when seeking
someone to conduct and support a ceremony. The personal accounts of
people who experienced San Pedro’s healing effects in ceremony with
Heaven and other shamans are engaging, encouraging and worth reading.

The
most fascinating and instructive section examines the effects of San
Pedro on creativity. There is an overview of the early research with
psychedelics in the 1960s, specifically with their effect on artists.
Heaven equated the ability of the creative process – to “shift”
the brain into perceiving and functioning differently – with the
nature of the entheogenic experience. Both processes are
“nonrational and nonverbal, the insights coming at an almost
cellular level through the remodeling of the self. Trying to capture
this experience in words is too limiting for those who have undergone
it.” Heaven’s description of these processes is reason alone to
read this book! A discussion of shamans as artists as they engage
with the creative flow of energy in the healing process is also worth
the read. There are also deeply engaging personal accounts of visual
and musical artists who described the effects of San Pedro on their
work and their search for self-knowledge.

Heaven
ended the book with a chapter on working responsibly with San Pedro.
There are in-depth recommendations regarding environment, introducing
yourself to the plant with respect, what to expect during the work
itself and legalities of possession and use of San Pedro.

If
you are interested in working with San Pedro, or simply in learning
more about entheogenic plant medicine in general, this book is a
great place to start. It is an easy to read, well-researched and
information beginning. I will keep it on my bookshelf as a good
reference and already plan to read the other books in this excellent
series from Moon Books.

Shamanic Plant Medicine – San Pedro: The Gateway to Wisdom on Amazon

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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

Review of Morrigu’s Nest on Etsy & Interview with Owner Anne Corrigan

June, 2019

Review of Morrigu’s Nest Etsy Shop Products

Morrigu’s Nest is a wonderful shop on Etsy that sells a variety of products to cover your magickal demands. Owner, Anne Corrigan, hand makes all her items from talismans & jewelry to candles & oils, there is guaranteed to be something you need or can use! Her recipes are her own secrets and she carries, in Morrigu’s Nest, many ways for you to celebrate the holidays.

This past Spring Equinox we celebrated using item’s from Morrigu’s Nest. (We only took before pictures, as our rituals are private.)

Ostara/Spring
Scented Equinox Candle

Packed
to the brim with all you need for an Ostara/Spring Equinox ritual
this easy to travel with tin held candle is very convenient. Either
for the witch on the go, or the witch in the closet who needs to hide
her magick in her bag till she can find a place to do it, this all in
one kit is a go to all inclusive ritual package! It is filled with
corresponding herbs like honeysuckle
&
orange daylilies; and crystals
like amethyst and rose quartz to name a few. The candle itself
smells like jasmine and spring blossoms. The
pure freshness of it brings thoughts of spring.

Instructions come with the
candle explaining that you are to remove the herbs and gems from the
candle before lighting. Then giving ideas on what you can use your
gemstones for. You are to imbue them with your energy, you can
arrange them around the candle, you can use them in a spell, a
bottle, a sachet, a poppet, there are so many ways. There is a
generous amount of herbs and stones given with the candle. So you
can use them in a few ways.

The
candle is 4 oz hand poured into a tin with a cover. Smooth
looking. It
burns very well. Nice scent. Clean burn. We loved using it during
our ritual. Plan to use the herbs in many ways. Plan
to use the tin, too. Right now I’m saving the herbs in them.

Ostara
Anoninting Oil

100% natural, essential oil, body potion. Loaded with herbs, flowers, oils & crystals. You can see them filling the bottle. The smell is of a sunny spring day in a meadow. The oil is light on your skin and blends in well without leaving any residue. The scent is nice and strong and will stay on you for a long period of time. It has calming scent. You can use this beautiful oil to anoint yourself for ritual and magick work, or just to wear on a beautiful spring day to remind yourself you are the magick.

Morrigu’s
Nest
, also, has ways to help you celebrate other sabbats, let’s
take a look!

Yule Scented ritual candle

Their Yule Candle smells like Yule. The herbal & crystal topping is spectacular. You can see the juniper berries, orange peel, cloves, and so much more. The crystals shimmer. The aroma is warming and of spiced fruits and wood.

In the instructions Morrigu’s Nest is clear to state, many times, to remove the herbs and crystals before burning your candle. I wanted to show you how the candle looks without the herbs. Here is the herbs in a bowl. You can see there is a good amount of herbs and stones to work with in spells and a nice 4oz full candle in the tin. It is 100% natural wax.

Yule herb blend

Another wonderful product to
help celebrate Yule is their Yule herbal blend. It is a potent blend
of corresponding herbs, botanicals, spices, barks, & roots.
Morrigu’s Nest
has used over a dozen ingredients in her special Yule Winter Recipe.
Some ingredients include: bay laurel, cinnamon bark, yew leaves,
coriander, and much more.

This is intended for magickal
use only, NOT culinary. You man NOT eat this. There are warnings
that come with the package. The ingredients were chosen for their
magickal correspondences only. It is suggested to burn it in small
amounts as the scent may be over powering in large quantities and may
not smell the same when burned.

You get 4oz in a resealable
pouch, which is great. You can keep it fresh! It smells wonderful,
woodsy. You pick up the cinnamon and juniper right away. It is good
to use simply as a magickal Yule potpourri filled with your wishes &
intent for everyone! Give a little sachet maybe to everyone with a
gift? To keep in their homes. A little goes a long way with the
scent & the blessing.

Samhain
Set

This set comes in a Gold Gauze
bag, a peek-a-boo presentation of witchie delights. All of it’s
contents are addressed on explanation documents that arrive with your
set. It’s a long bag & sticking my hand in I just grab for the
firs thing I feel. Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the
bag…

An herbal Samhain blend

An
herbal blend for Samhain, much like the one for Yule. It is meant to
be used for magick or an incense. However, this one includes such
herbs as rosemary,
wormwood, mugwort, and
others. You receive 1oz of 100% natural herbal blend. The smell is
lovely, but I must admit, it is not as strong as the Yule blend. I
like the Yule blend a bit more, but that is just MY taste.

Dressed
Scented Samhain

Black
Tin Candle & Orange Tin Candle

These two candles are
beautiful. They shine with glitter and smell glorious! Each a
different aroma & color. If I have to guess and say what they
smell like I would say the orange one has a more fall smell to it.
They typical fall smelling candle. The ones you just love to get
when it’s that time of year! The black candle smells more, I can
not explain why, but like night to me. Like a sweet night. On the
breeze. Oh so dreamy! Plus you have all the Samhain corresponding
herbs on top to work with.

Bottle
of Witches Black Salt

Morrigu’s Nest has included an important tool in this Samhain kit…Black Salt. For those how have never used Black Salt before it is used in workings for protection, banishing, curses, hex breaking, uncrossings, etc… It is a great item witches should have in their cupboards for defending themselves.

Morrigu’s Nest recipe is NOT just colored salt. She uses all natural ingredients and NO DYES. She has her own recipe she has formulated of a powerful blend of protective and banishing herbs, roots, seeds, & combined them with ashes from her Samhain ritual fire and sea salt. Then using energy and intense visualization she imbued the intention of protection and fiery defense as she pulverized these ingredients into almost a powder. It is a very fine powder and not the usual chunks of black salt you will find at shops. I like this because a little goes a long way.

After explaining more of her method of making her Black Salt at Morrigu’s Nest, she goes on to explain safe ways to use it, including a spell. I found that very handy. I like knowing how it was made. Her secret recipe. Suggestions are always helpful.

4
Thieves Vinegar

Four
Thieves Vinegar is an ingredient found in Hoodoo & folk magic
spells. The recipe has evolved from Western Europe, around the
fifteenth century. Their are many legends about it. The common string
among them is that there was a horrible plague in a village, and the
only people who survived were four thieves. Each of them contributed
one ingredient to a jar of vinegar and garlic, they drank it, and
somehow survived the plague uninjured. Since they were healthy and
everyone else was dying, the four thieves went around the town and
robbed the empty houses. Eventually they were caught, and sentenced
to hanging, but they were able to escape the gallows by sharing their
secret formula. Whether this is true or not is anyone’s guess.
Four Thieves Vinegar is a useful item to keep on hand because it can
be used in a wide variety of spells, from healing to protection to
banishing. I have never worked with this stuff before, but I look
forward to it.

Morrigu’s Nest version is made with herbs that correspond to protection & banishing. It claims to be very potent. It warns you to NOT INGEST on the bottle boldly. The papers that come with it suggest how you are to use it and state it is toxic!

Samhain ritual oil

Samhain essential oil, 100% natural, body oil. Comes in a .33 oz glass roller ball applicator bottle. It’s a unisex scent of autumn mostly cinnamon & orange. Very fragrant. Lovely smell. Definitely unisex. Morrigu’s Nest says they oils were chosen based on folklore magickal correspondences as well as their aroma therapeutic traits. It also has notes of patchouli, cedarwood, and other scents. It lasts a long time on the skin and blends in well.

Samhain
Gemstone Clip-On Charm

Genuine gemstones frame a
pretty, bronze, large triquetra charm on a sturdy clip. I actually
pulled on it, cause I can be a jerk like that, to see if it would
fall apart easily. It didn’t! I thought it would. I am glad it
didn’t because it is so lovely. The suggestion is to wear it on
your backpack, bag, purse, handbag, planner, key ring or belt loop.
You can use this in your ritual wear, or keep it as your everyday
spiritual reminder. The paper it comes with tells you exactly what
stones are on the keychain. It does not tell you what they mean, but
it tells you they were selected intentionally to correspond with
Samhain. It’s easy to look up stones, however, if you do not know
the meanings off hand.

How
about when it’s not a sabbat & you just need supplies?? Well
Morrigu’s Nest
has them for you!

Prosperity
Candle spell kit

Just like all their sabbat
candles, this tin is all you need for a wonderful spell. The
prosperity candle spell kit comes with all you need to cast your
spell. Filled to the top with all the herbs & crystals you will
need to cast and a 4oz candle in a tin that you can travel with.

You can see from the picture
you are given plenty of herbal & crystal supplies with your
candle for your spell. Plus you get a sheet with your kit explaining
exactly what is in your candle, what it’s scent it, how it was
made, precautions, and ideas on how to use it! Burn time is approx
25 hours. The smell is springtime greenery, woodsy, & lightly
floral. I love the sparkles on the candle. It adds some flare.

Rosemary Mint herbal bath soak

I would like to lick this it
smells sooo good! You can see the herbs in the salt. The salt is
unlike the usual bath salts you find, it is a fine texture and I love
it!!! Instead of rocks in the tub its a fine grain that blends in
and just rolls over your body and purifies you as the scent cleanses
your mind. I can not recommend this soak more!!!! The relaxation is
blissful!

Protect & Purify herbal ritual salt

For use during your sacred circle casting or for purification rituals. This herbal salt was ground with intention to form a powder-like blend & Morrigu’s Nest used traditional protective and cleansing herbs. She pulverized these ingredients into almost a powder.
Even though it is salt it is not edible and comes with a big DO NOT EAT warning. The salt is so fine and a little goes a long way. The container is packed to the tippy top so you have tons in the packed 4oz bottle.

Bring
the Green

This bottle of green powder is for use in prosperity, abundance & money spells and rituals. You can burn it, keep it in your wallet, make poppets, and sooo much more with it. Morrigu’s Nest has so many suggestions for its use. It has ingredients like allspice, vervain, basil, marjoram, and so much more in it! Its 2oz and finely ground, so a little bit goes a long way. The bottle is filled to the top. No space for anything. The smell is minty to me. I can’t wait to use it! Maybe carry some in my pocket.

Faery
Sight ritual Oil

A 2oz, 100% natural anointing
oil, essential blend, inundated with beautiful herbs and flowers!
Not so much that there is no oil, but you see them floating
beautifully like a garden. Lovely lavender! Rose! To me it has a
slight lemony scent to it. A freshness. It’s suggested you anoint
your crystals, and thirdeye, & candles with it. Anything to
attract fae to you. I can definitely see fae being attracted to this
oils ingredients & scent. I would definitely invest in the
larger bottles so you can see the herbs and flowers in the bottle.
Worth it!

Love & Romance herbal blend

This powder is for use in
love, romance, & lust magick. It was pulverized with intention
and a blend of herbs & botanicals was used for love and romance
magick. The bottle is 2oz and finely ground and filled to the top.
A little with this goes a long way! It has ingredients like rose
petals, hibiscus, dill, & so much more! The smell is so pretty.

She
sends information with all her packages explaining the ingredients of
the items, direction on how they are supposed to be used, and ideas
on how to use them. I
love the glitter, the flare to the candles. Everything has such
gorgeous, strong smells, that are not overwhelming and blend nicely.
The oils scents stay on your skin and do not fade quickly.
Everything
is made of great quality & care. The warnings are in bold and
mentioned over and over for safety.

Vervain
Protection Amulet

This is one of my favorite items in the Morrigu’s Nest catalog. It is gorgeous way to wear something we can all use a little something extra of everyday…protection. I think putting the half crescent moon, antique brass finish, moon charm on a simple silky, black cord allows the pendant to stand out more as the art piece it is. Giving the corked, spell bottle that square on the side eye-hook is just the perfect touch! The spell bottle is filled, packed tightly & permanently sealed with hand ground vervain that is imbued with intent of protection of wearer. The moon worn sideways & in this phase was chosen to represent The Crone, The Wise One, the Grandmother Moon. It is meant …”to represent the energy of the wise greandmother that loves and protects you and gives you her wisdom as she guides you on your path.”

Whatever you think it means to
you it does. I kinda got an Egyptian vibe from it. Soon as I saw
it, and Isis wings. May it be who it will for you & protect you
always!

Another set of items I found to be wonderful and helpful at Morrigu’s Nest were their Intention Bottles…

Intuition & divination

You can see this is a really decent size bottle here. We are not talking tiny little bottle to wear. It is almost 2 inches long. So it really has room in there! It comes with a label that tells you all the ingredients like: mugwort, wormwood, flaxseeds, labradorite, amethyst, and more. You can see and make out many of the ingredients. It is securely sealed. It is filled enough to give you just a touch of room to shake it to revitalize it. It arrives in its own gauze baggie. It comes with an explanation note from Morrigu’s Nest stating that it is …”ritually crafted with the intention of evoking and aiding.”

I am about to take on learning
tarot. Runes were my thing, or so I thought. The tarot is calling…
So this is what I chose to be my aid in the process. I have felt
protected by my other pendant, I believe this will aid me.

Self-Confidence

This bottle is the same size
as the other Intention Bottle. Made, ritually, in the same way.
However, its contents are different, for its purpose. Inside it
holds ingredients, such as; dill, turmeric, citrine, fennel seeds,
basil, & more. All for boosting your self-confidence.

It’s lively right? I found
that interesting. Like a punch of color…a punch to your system,
that boost you need. Well, I have been carrying this bottle on me
all day. I would shake it now and then for extra bursts, hold on to
it when I felt I was struggling a little more. Today was one of
those days! It would help me focus. Remind myself to breathe.
Everything inside is bonus to my self-confidence help. Plus the
magic of the intention that was lent to it & mine because I pray
over my things.

Courage
& protection

Just like the previous bottles this, almost 2 inch glass, filled and securely sealed bottle is filled with its own goodies, like: thyme, black pepper, black tourmaline, red jasper, & more. All of which you can clearly read on a removable label that comes attached to its cord.

I
used this bottle on my journey of change. I took it to battle
really. We all have fears we need to overcome. I have plenty. We
went on a hike. I do not like traveling into the forest for too long
or too deeply. It is a personal fear. I know we are on a path. I
know we can turn around. But I still have my fears. I decided to
start making changes in life and facing some fears is one of them.
This bottle and I hiked over 3.5 miles today in the forest. We
weathered panic. We embraced joy. We overcame… with each other.
Every bit helps.

My
Overall Thoughts…

I am so amazed by the workmanship, quality, inspiration, detail, and love put into every item I have reviewed from Morrigu’s Nest. Not one item has disappointed me. Every bottle is packed to the brim with quality ingredients. You can smell the herbs. The candles, well, they are brilliant spell kits in themselves. They come with the herbs and gems you will need, and you get the tin after. The amount you get for your money is fantastic. I love that it is their own recipes & handmade, not something I am going to find in every witch shop. My favorite piece, that I have not taken off is the Vervain Protection Amulet. I may feel a little too protected by it, thinking I’m supergirl!

We were lucky enough to get a chance to speak with the proprietress of Morrigu’s Nest & creatrix of all things wonderful within, Anne Corrigan.

Jennifer
Wright (JW): Hello Anne, It is such a pleasure to meet you!

 I
want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and our readers
about yourself, your company, and your process…speaking of your
process, where do your ideas come from?  Like your gorgeous
Protection Pendant!  I think its trendy enough to wear and get
away with magick.  LOL!

Anne
Corrigan (AC):
Hi Jenn! Thank you so much for reaching out to me,
I truly feel honored to have my shop reviewed by you. And thank you
and your husband Benjamin for all the work you’ve done to birth
PaganPages.org. Your site is a wonderful resource and nourishes the
pagan community; thank you!

My
inspiration comes from communing with my deities, spirit guides,
scrying, shamanic journeying and trance, magickal folklore,
connecting with nature, and hanging with my witchy friends. All these
muses revisit me during my daydreams and thunderstorms in my head
which I credit to my Attention Deficit Disorder, LOL! Sometimes it’s
like popcorn popping in my brain. The downside to that is that it’s
hard for me to focus on developing one product at a time and it’s a
challenge to bring everything to fruition.

 I
do make some products that could be considered staples of a magickal
path that are similar to other companies’ products. The difference
is that I really strive to make my offerings unique by putting my own
twist on the traditional standbys. At the moment I am working on my
own Florida Water recipe. I am also preparing DIY witchcraft project
kits for witch ladders, spell bottles, and spirit dolls. I love
crafting and making things with my hands. I also want to empower
others to create their own sacred objects by providing the raw
materials and instructions (coming soon). That way they can really
imbue them with more of their magickal energy. I’m glad you like
the Protection Pendant! Thank you for the compliment! I like the idea
of magick incognito under the guise of fashion, LOL!

JW:
Thank you so much for your kind words about PaganPagesOrg, it really
touches our heart!

You
mention that you use your own secret recipes, are they family
recipes?  Will you be passing your recipes down?

AC:
Well, my recipes are not completely secret, I do disclose the
ingredients in my listings, especially anything that is applied to
the skin, such as essential oil blends and ritual bath salts. As for
other items, such as, herbal blends, ritual salts, potions, and
vinegars, I don’t list every little detail. Even when using
traditional recipes for inspiration, I always tweak them based on my
intuition, research, and communicating with the spirits of the
plants. My recipes are mine alone, I was raised Catholic, and I have
no idea if there were any pagans or witches in my ancestral line. I
am planning on passing a grimoire down to my daughter. I may also
publish a spell recipe book in the future.

JW:
I really love how your Black Salt is a finer grain then you usually
find with black salts.  Why did you decide to go with this
grain?

AC:
 I wanted to create a versatile and energy packed black salt.
It’s versatile because you can take a pinch in your hand and blow
it at your target, discreetly sprinkle some around your workplace,
home car, anywhere really. Also, the main reason that I pulverized my
black salt is that the process of grinding it allows me to raise
energy while I enchant it with my intent and I believe that when I
use my mortar and pestle to grind and blend the herbs, salts, roots,
seeds, and ashes (I use ashes from our Samhain fires), that the
spirits of the plants are evoked and combine their energies with
mine. We work together to create magick.

In
order to attain such a fine grain, I grind the ingredients first by
hand and then again with a motorized grinder. However, because the
grain is like a powder, sometimes it clumps together and you have to
stick a skewer in the bottle to break it up. Everything in the recipe
is natural. I don’t add black dye; the color comes from the ashes.
My black salt is also a little different because of its unique scent
which I attribute to the ground fennel seeds and ginger root. Every
year after Samhain, I create a new batch and change the recipe a
little bit.

JW:
When you are working/creating, do you have your own special sacred
space?

AC:
Wherever I am creating is sacred space, because I create sacred
space by connecting with my spiritual allies and focusing my
intentions. I imbue my products with my energy and intention for the
highest good of the owner. I do have a working altar that I perform
rituals and spells on and a devotional altar dedicated to The
Morrigan where I pray and give offerings as well as charge products
that are specifically dedicated to The Morrigan. Much of my product
crafting takes place in my kitchen for practical reasons. I do have
special magickal wooden spoons and wands that I have dedicated each
one for specific tasks such as candle making, potion stirring, and
mixing herbal blends and salts.

J):
Are there other workers in your company or do you work alone? 
Do you hand package & ship your products yourself?

AC: For the most part it is just me. I have a friend who is a Druid that creates some of the ritual bath products for my shop. Her brand is called Blue Moon Sundries. I make my own labels and hand package everything myself. I would like to hire a graphic designer in the future to create some nice labels for my products. For now, I do it myself because I rather invest money in quality raw materials. It’s more important to me to have what’s inside the packaging to be of the highest quality than looking pretty. I really admire other people’s labels though, some are so beautiful, and I get a bit envious, LOL! Morrigu’s Nest is a micro-business, but who knows, one day I might have a crew. I would love that!

(W:
How did you start your company, what brought about the idea, did you
feel the pagan community was
missing something?

AC:
In 2014 I opened my Etsy shop and named it Phoenix Serendipity.
At that time I didn’t have a plan other than to have an outlet for
my creativity and to make a little money to support my crafting
habit. When I would make myself a witchcraft tool or altar decor item
I would make one for my shop as well. In the beginning my shop was
only a hobby.

When I was claimed by The Morrigan I renamed my shop
Morrigu’s Nest. I do feel the need to make it clear that my shop is for everyone regardless of their spiritual tradition and not only devotees of The Morrigan. By naming my shop after The Morrigan it is my public declaration of my devotion to her, a reminder to myself of my commitment. My motivation for my shop now is to empower others in their craft by offering a convenient way to access quality supplies, tools, and sacred objects.

The
one aspect of my shop that has remained consistent is my commitment
to serving my customers the best I can! I realize that there are many
other shops to choose from, especially on Etsy, and I feel honored
when people buy my creations.

I
am in the process of developing new items and one of my goals is to
create DIY kits such as witch ladders, spirit dolls, and spell
bottles. These kits will contain all the parts needed along with
instructions. I want to serve our community by giving people a way to
craft their own tools/sacred objects. That way they have an
opportunity to add more of their personal energy into them. I feel
these new products can encourage personal sovereignty and
self-empowerment.

JW:
Do you mind if I ask, what type of path you follow?

AC:
I am a daughter of The Morrigan. I also am dedicated to Cernunnos. My
path is very eclectic though and I combine aspects of multiple pagan
paths and practices that resonate with me. My spirituality is always
evolving, growing, and I am continuously learning. I practice
solitarily as well as with a group. I consider myself a neo-pagan
witch.

JW:
What are some of your other hobbies & interests?

AC:
Anything creative! I just love experimenting with all types of
craft supplies. My group of pagan friends get together about monthly
to work on “witchy-crafts.” Just yesterday they came over and we
each made a set of clay moon phases. I also love learning about
herbs, both magickally and medicinally. I also have become interested
in foraging and wild crafting. I feel nourished when I just sit among
the trees, or visit the river, or stroll through the woods. I also
like drumming, although I struggle with rhythm, I just love the
energy of it. Chanting and raising energy with my friends around the
fire pit brings me joy. I also enjoy shamanic journeying while
listening to live drumming. I am drawn to all modes of divination,
especially fire and black mirror scrying. I want to start studying
tarot too. I also am interested in developing my ability to
communicate with spirits, mediumship, and assisting those in need of
crossing over.

When
not doing these things, I’m hanging out with my hubby listening to
him practice bass and guitar, watching movies, or hanging with family
and friends.

Jennifer,
thank you so much for interviewing me. This was my first interview
ever, and I feel very honored and grateful. May your path be
abundantly blessed!

JW:
Anne, THANK YOU for taking the time to answer my questions for our
readers & sharing about, not only your shop, but yourself. I
loved learning about both!

If you are interested in any of the items I’ve reviewed you can find them on Morrigu’s Nest page, plus many other wonderful items. You can contact Morrigu’s Nest through any of the links below:

Etsy shop

Shop FB page

Anne Corrigan personal FB page

Instagram

Email[email protected]

Anne Corrigan of Morrigu’s Nest is offering our readers only a special 30% off coupon, good through the month of May. Use Coupon Code: PAGANPAGES to receive 30% off your purchase!!!

***

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 Pagans a platform to share and
learn without judgment.

She loves to create in her spare time and you can find her Creations, Jewelry, & Magickal Witch Bottles at: www.facebook.com/TwistedWitchesShoppe/

When not creating she can be found strolling around FB, Twitter, & Instagram looking for an interesting conversation. She’s the moderator of a FB Group called Cyber Moon Coven Of Changes and enjoys spending time with it’s members.

Book Review – Yoga: 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week by Gertrud Hirschi

June, 2019

Book Review
Yoga 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week
A Gentle Daily Practice for Strength, Clarity
and Calm

by Gertrud Hirschi

As
a long-time kundalini yoga instructor, I really enjoyed this book.
It describes a gentle, wonderful path to a daily yoga practice,
something everyone can benefit from.

One
of the things I found most enjoyable is the fact that Ms. Hirschi
used certain exercises/postures for each day of the week, using the
qualities and the energies of each specific day.

Keeping in mind that different practices/traditions have alternate names for each day, the author uses the following:

Sunday is the Day of the Sun
Monday is the Day of the Moon
Tuesday is the Day of Mars
Wednesday is the Day of Jupiter
Friday is the Day of Venus
Saturday is the day of Saturn

Each
chapter describes the particular day, what it’s energies are, what it
represents, followed by a kriya (exercise set) and meditation,
including a daily mantra, or affirmation. While each day has it’s
own unique set of exercises separate from the others, they build upon
each other for a complete sense of balance within the week.

Ms.
Hirschi ends with a chapter on taking this step-by-step approach to
your every day life, focusing on planning our days in a very mindful
manner, for organization, focus, creativity, analysis, generosity,
celebration and spirituality.

All
in all, it is a very easy guide to a better you, using yoga as your
pathway to more energy, clarity and peace.

Yoga 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week: A Gentle Daily Practice for Strength, Clarity, and Calm on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is [email protected]

My Name is Isis: The Egyptian Goddess on Amazon

Wreathing the Wheel

June, 2019

Wreathing
the Wheel: June – Summer Solstice and Project Planning

The
month of June contains my favorite of all the quarter days: the
summer solstice. This day is high noon for the year, a time when
transformative, fiery powers are at their peak, warming the earth and
helping plants grow to their fullest. Litha is about action, so this
month I’ve decided to get serious about planning some of my
personal projects. While there are many different types of projects,
I’ll be using the example of this column as our template.

Here’s
a basic, five-step road-map that can be used for both cyclical and
linear projects, from the start of an idea to complete fruition. This
can also be the basis for your planning spread, although obviously
some projects may require you to add or eliminate steps. I’ve tried
to make it as general as possible, so that this road-map can be used
for event planning, project planning, spell work, and much more!

1.
Brainstorm Your Idea

I
often do this first step in a sketchbook, as especially with
complicated ideas, it can easily be too much for a bullet journal.
However, this column’s a slightly simpler example than a long-term,
complicated project would be, so I’ve made a layout to include this
part of the process as well. My method of brainstorming is a bit like
Scrying: I like to make a word cloud out of short phrases, symbols,
diagrams, and keywords that inspire me in my project, as well as
short lists as I start to discover the structure in this cloud. I
also like to highlight certain words with colored pen so that they
stand out from the cloud after I’ve finished this first
brainstorming step.

2.
Refine the Idea: Vision, Mission Statement, and Goals

My
vision board conveys the most important parts of the brainstorming
results, and my ideas about how the finished project should be
realized. My mission statement is a short sentence which concisely
expresses my primary goal. While these may seem silly in the context
of a simple article, they can be very important for long-term
projects, as a mission statement will help remind you of what you
should focus on if you get distracted. I also include a list of
practical goals here to help give my idea some more structure and
formulate the next phase of the plan.

3.
Define the Project Needs: Resources, Education, Materials

With
a complicated project, this part of the spread could easily be
expanded to include a list of articles and references, a
bibliography, and even a complex budget for my project. In the case
of this article, this section is fairly redundant, since I already
have all the materials and resources that I’ll need, but it would
be a great way to track research progress for a longer project. If
your project involves a budget or financial goals, this part will
become much more important, and doing the exercise of writing it all
out may even help you realize whether your goal is truly attainable —
and affordable.

4.
Project Road-map and Action Steps

For
this article, I broke my trackable progress up into two phases: a
structural phase which reflected my development of the article
itself, which I call the project road-map; and the actual steps
needed to bring this idea to fruition, from sketching the layout to
e-mailing the column to my editor. And when that last piece of this
road-map is done — so am I! But there’s still room in this layout
for one more section…

5. Reflection and Response

Ideally,
you’ve been using your road-map and your whole layout not only as
you plan, but also as you work on your project. You may find that you
need to expand or rework some of these items as you refine your idea.
You should also track your progress as you accomplish your goals to
help keep you moving forward. When your goal is accomplished, you can
even journal a short reflection, or note others’ responses to your
project, as a way of reviewing your own work. This is a great way to
bookend your project and make sure that you don’t miss recording
the results of all your hard work!

***

About
the Author:

Sarah
McMenomy
is
an artist and witch. Her craft incorporates herbalism, spellwork,
trance, divination, auras, and more. Her work can be found at
https://sarahmcmenomy.tumblr.com

Book Review – Witchcraft Activism: A Toolkit for Magical Resistance by David Salisbury

June, 2019

Book Review
Witchcraft Activism
A Toolkit for Magical Resistance
Includes Spells for Social Justice, Civil Rights, the Environment & More
by David Salisbury

If the call to service means acting to protect issues of importance in the community that you’re in, Take Charge! Issues that fiercely speak to your passions, and makes you want to go out there and put that energy into direct action then pick up Witchcraft Activism by David Salisbury and take guidance from one who is actively working on merging their path with their works of service.

Witchcraft Activism by David Salisbury is one book that would be best to read through once, or even, twice. Follow the action steps to build the agenda for the work you are passionate about and keep it on the shelf to review as the situations shift. The book is written from a logical standpoint, so if the reader was planning on the steps to aid their actions, this shows you how, which for folks who need structure, is a blessing.

This book reads as someone who’s been on the ground pounding the pavement & standing with protestors at rallies as a full-on ally. The integration of the devotional work, how the system works and how to break the rules is invaluable information for the activist that is up and coming. As well as for a few of us old timers that need to be reminded that acts of service aren’t always as full of glamour as it may seem. It is good to remember our history and grow from it.

Without giving the secret sauce, it’s a book that has good beginnings for spell working to enhance the protection of the people your working with… It has well thought out ideas for protection magic, as well as working on enhancing one’s instincts in a situational awareness setting. All while doing the follow-through that good activism requires to make lasting change.

As a reference book, the back pages have a recommended reading section. It is an essential jumping off point to build one’s own reference library of writers that are strong activists within various parts of the pagan community. Take this book and launch a library to help raise others towards a brighter future. That’s not a bad plan.

Witchcraft Activism by David Salisbury along with The New Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance edited by Laura Tempest Zakroff which is full of stories about folks doing the work combining social justice, activism and magic will inspire you.

Witchcraft Activism: A Toolkit for Magical Resistance (Includes Spells for Social Justice, Civil Rights, the Environment, and More) on Amazon

Book of Shadows: As the Wheel Turns

May, 2019

May – Blessed Beltane

Blessed
Beltane! May your fields be well watered, may you never thirst, and
may you never hunger. This time of year, makes me happy as I watch
everything coming from the earth in full bloom while love and
kindness are awakening from the long winter scowls and slowly turning
into deliberate smiles. We are all warming up! Finally. And, along
with the warmth returning, the Green Man emerges. The King Stag
comes in search of the Maiden. The need fires burn and the flames of
passion are fanned. It’s time to sow the seeds we have carefully
nurtured during the dark days from Samhain to Yule and planted at
Imbolc.

As
Beltane approaches, I find myself drawn by the Divine Masculine. I
have only one Matron who I venerate, yet the pull toward being
thankful for the Divine Masculine has its place in my walk. I chant
the masculine chants to pay homage to that Divine Force and I place
move my athame to a focal position on my Beltane ritual altar. I
seek and strive to find balance, reinforcing my connection to the
Divine Masculine and the beauty and the commitment of The Great Rite.

The
first week of May, I wanted to convey the spirit of the Divine
Masculine and utilize this space to journal every day about the
aspects of the Divine Masculine, the Horned God, the King Stag in my
everyday life and workings. It was a layout that I challenged myself
to complete without influence of others. I did not rely on graphics
that I found on the internet. Instead, I carefully birthed the
Greenman. He looks here in my first week layout as the Greenman who
resides in my heart, the one who beckons me to sow the seeds that I
have nurtured.

Of
course, May Day/Beltane, really the entire month of May, would not be
complete without a dance around the May Pole and the beauty of the
fae. Spring and the planting season, to me, are a combination of
fun, frivolity, and making merry. The happier I am when my hands are
in the soil, the happier the energy I am putting into my crops. Seed
work this year has been difficult and this layout is helping me to
see that even flowers grow through dirt and “difficulty” is not
“impossibility.”

As
mid-May approaches, I am drawn toward the growth of the seeds that I
have planted, which brings my thoughts to the Great Rite. Love
blossoming, seeds being planted, new life emerging. All of these
acts of love and commitment are in some form a symbolic “Great
Rite.” I utilized washi on the bottom that reads “HELLO” and
in my view, the inflection when reading that washi tape is
everything! It varies from “HELLOOO?” to “HELLO!” and I’m
practicing noticing the smaller details more and more…hoping this
makes me use the latter more than the former!

This
Spring is a busy one for me, spiritually, as I am doing things that I
had previously only dreamed about doing. I am facing the stark
reality, in my Crone years, that in this life we have one of two
things…we either have results or we have reasons. I am reflecting
on a lifetime of reasons and a lot of results. It is not time to put
those results into action and have them far outweigh the reasons.
This final layout in May is not devoid of graphics because I’m
being lazy, rather, it is devoid of graphics because I plan to do
that on the last week of every month to utilize this space to pull
the energies from the weeks prior into the final week and keep track
of my accomplishments. This is the beauty of using a planner as a
working BOS, I can change it up to suit my needs.

I
wish you all a bountiful harvest!

RESOURCES:

MAMBI® CHP Extension Packs

May Monthly and Weekly Stickers by Shirley Lenhard are free at the Pagan Plannertarium

May
Cover Page – Repurposed Birthday Card

Miscellaneous
Washi tapes: Available at Michael’s and other craft retailers

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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.

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