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Book Review – Feng Shui Plain and Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need by Sarah Bartlett

April, 2019

Book Review
Feng Shui Plain and Simple
The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
by Sarah Bartlett

I love
little books that present the subject matter in clear and concise
form and engage the reader in a practical way so that you can use the
information immediately. Feng Shui, pronounced
“foong shway”
,
is one of those topics that has hoards of books available that often
contain either too much or too little information. As the title of
this little treasure suggests, this book holds the basics of Feng
Shui and provides the “just right” amount of information to get
you excited to start the transformation.

In these
discordant times, we all are seeking ways to improve our lives and
create sanctuary. The practice of Feng Shui has long been the panacea
to stress, disharmonious environments and general chaotic energies in
our surroundings. Ms. Bartlett provides in her Introduction a clear
definition of what Feng Shui is and how it can be used depending on
what your goal may be to bring healing and peace to any space…

….There
are several different schools of Feng Shui thought. One, is based on
a scientific and classical approach that uses astronomy, astrology
and a powerful Chinese compass called a “Lo Pan”. Another
concentrates solely on cures and enhancements, and a third is a blend
of intuition and spiritual awareness. This book shows you how to try
out some of the simpler principles of this highly organized
system…..

Each
chapter takes the reader through the why’s behind selecting to use
Feng Shui in your space and the how’s to get started without
needing to move doors, walls, sell or totally rearrange all of your
belongs. The intention of Feng Shui is to tap into the flow of energy
in a positive and supportive way in a proactive way that requires
awareness of yourself, and your impact energetically on your
surroundings. The additional component is that everything is created
from energy, so those things we have as possessions also contribute
to how we engage and interact with our surroundings.

The First
Chapter takes you through the processes of Decluttering,
Space-Clearing techniques and the principles of Yin Yang. Chi
(energy) flows in accord with what contains and expresses its
qualities and we are reminded that at its origins the Chi of the
natural world was more important than that of the home. Of course, at
the origins of this ancient practice, what was defined as “home”
was organically more integrated into the natural world than what we
live in today.

Chapter Two
speaks to the origins and use of the Baqua, a prominent tool used in
Feng Shui for assessing and mapping your space. The next chapters
expand on the information you obtain in using the Baqua to assess and
incorporate the Five elements. The Five Elements of Chinese use are
slightly different than the traditional alchemical elements used in
magickal workings. These are Fire-Earth-Metal-Water and Wood; each
having their own particular attributes. There are quick lists and
suggested cures and supports for each of the elements.

Chapter
Seven brings it all together with information relating to each area
of the home and simple fixes to bring a more harmonious flow of Chi
into these areas. I particularly liked Chapter Eight and the charts
to establish your elemental energy type based on your birthday. This
may seem like a tangential piece, but the synthesis of all of the
energies that permeate the home, inclusive of those who reside in
that space is demonstrated to be an important piece of a (w)holistic
puzzle.

I’ve long
had an interest in Feng Shui and tried several applications based on
books, online and more. But, this book truly lives up to its tile of
being plain and simple, which is the perfect recipe for someone who
doesn’t have a lot of extra time to spend in learning an Ancient
discipline that is complex, nor the money to hire a professional.
Kudos to Ms. Bartlett!

Feng Shui Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need (Plain & Simple Series) on Amazon

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About
the Author:

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

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

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

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

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The Bad Witch’s Guide

March, 2018

 

The Bad Witch Reviews

The Witch’s Spellbook

Enchantments, Incantations, and Rituals from Around the World

By Sarah Bartlett

I feel like I should begin by saying while this is a review, and I did read a book I feel reluctant to say the name of it.

Suffice to say it is a spell book. I feel like I would be much freer to comment without putting the name of this writer or the book title in this review.

The introduction starts with a story about how this person came to magick. They found a book (it happens to many) but what struck me was the kind of spell she choose to do.

It was a love spell, to get “back with her ex”.

I have ALL kinds of uncomfortable feelings about that sort of magick. Love spells like that mess with free will, cause more trouble than they are worth and tend to bring a new level of drama to relationships that is unhealthy and weird. If you care more about being with someone than whether or not they want to be with you…is that love? Love is. When you love someone you want their happiness above your own. I don’t know how it went down but apparently they’re still married! Yay?

So from the beginning I was a little ooked out. However I put it aside, after all, we all make mistakes, none of us are saints. I began the book proper.

First off was the most pointless circle casting I have ever seen. It literally had no idea what it was being cast for and the only quarter evoked was east, well you were asking them for inspiration, not protection, or empowerment, just inspiration. A circle casting is not merely magickal safety and good practice, but the ritual of making a space between places. There was no cleansing or blessing. No visualisation of any kind. It didn’t seem to know what it was, or whom it was for, this might be a running theme. Next came a very confusing pentagram drawing “explanation”. The best explanation I have when I teach is to use a clock face. Dependant on where you need to start and end (there are lots of places for many reasons) I’d say 7 up to 12, down to 5, up to 10, across to 2, then back down to 7. You can start anywhere this way working in both directions. Simple.

This is the point I was assaulted by some very odd full page colours, one being eye bleeding yellow and the next black. As a dyslexic person I found this very jarring and not good to try and read. The pages where to highlight the solar and respectively lunar. I can’t really remember if what it said was any good because it was such a struggle to read it. My immediate thought when I saw it was wow, that is really 90’s!

Onwards to the spell section.

It was set out like a recipe book, as many spell books are. I first noticed that there was a date in italics next to the name of the spell. It was December and I thought, oh, that’s a weird date to start on. I had a couple of reactions. The first one was how little explanation there was of the Goddess being evoked. This too would be a running theme of little to no research when evoking primarily Goddesses. I found the Goddess choice odd, the date for the spell wasn’t explained and I could find nothing much to connect the two. Next I was surprised by the amount of crystals and candles required. 6 pieces of mystic topaz! 5 candles of four different colours!

The spell was simple and not very specific. Now this Goddess is one of transitions, and they are NOT always fun or easy.

So let’s review: that is a Goddess whom can be at best difficult, at worst bloody, you’re to “make my life flower”. Using a circle that is basically made out of best wishes and paper. Using expensive crystals and a shit ton of candles.

At this point I started getting a headache.

IF and that is a big if, you wanted to use this spell with a well know patron Goddess, or one you hoped might become one, perhaps, with a better circle and actually asking the quarters to do their thing, maybe, maybe you could try this spell. I’m not sure why topaz. Or so many different coloured candles.

Now granted I am an old school Weatherwax witch. You’re either iz-ing or you ain’t. As my friend G would put it.

If I was asking for my life to blossom I might include, ya know, a flower. A bulb perhaps. A flower sacred to her or I could get at that weird time of year.

I digress.

My point first and foremost is would the spell work? Would what I want to happen or something like it happen? The answer with this is probably not. It didn’t even make sense within its self.

This was only the first spell.

Next we move from ancient Rome and December to China and August.

This time you are evoking spirits and hoping that because they love you they won’t do anything awful. The magickal alarm bells are ringing like an air raid siren at this point.

First off, let’s deal with the cultural appropriation shall we. The East Asian Ghost festivals are like a cross between Thanksgiving and Halloween, also known as, the Hungry Ghost festival. It is full of the rich cultures of the many countries and regions that celebrate this time in a multitude of ways. It is primarily a lunar festival. There you now know more about it than if you had read this book.

Here is just a random psychic’s opinion. DON’T INVITE SPIRITS INTO YOUR HOME. Just don’t.

Much like Day of the Dead in Mexico most families go to their ancestral shrines and leave offering there. Mostly it is a Buddhist festival but there is some Taoism and older stuff underneath too.

I’m not sure why you would want to evoke or work on a spell like this if it isn’t your culture or if you didn’t live in an Asian community. If you did you’d probably be doing whatever you usually do with your family anyway.

So we come back to do the spells make sense? Would they work with mostly as intended results? Nope and nope.

Third spell in. They call on Rhiannon and do not even give her the title Goddess, trust me, that won’t go down well. The wording of the spells seems to be calling really for magick and power.

This book doesn’t seem to know whom it is for. The spells don’t seem clear with intention vital for magick. The spells don’t have a logic to the desired outcome (the sympathetic component). They are not respectful or knowledgeable to the cultures, she mugs for magick small change. They don’t feel powerful or insightful.

In short if you know what you are doing you don’t need this book, if you don’t I would avoid it at all costs.

Magick isn’t something you need pretty rocks or large amount of candles for (though it is sometimes pleasant enough). Magick is the power of will, of change. It is asking for help to achieve it by what is powerful and sacred to you. Even if you don’t believe in Gods and spirits (some believe they are reflections of ourselves) then you should still treat them and other people’s beliefs and cultures with some basic respect.

I really wanted to try and find something good to say about this book but I really can’t. I mean the grammar is fine and it is not gibberish but short of that I can see no magickal logic in it what so ever.

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