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Book Review – The Little Book of Dream Symbols by Jacqueline Towers

July, 2019

Book Review
The Little Book of Dream Symbols
The Essential Guide to Over 700 of the Most Common Dreams
by Jacqueline Towers

Brightest Blessings

This book contains a wealth of knowledge in its easy to use format. It makes you want to take your time referencing and reading up on what your dreams mean the next morning. Each entry is well thought out. Ms. Towers gives a bit of intro into dreams, a little bit on nightmares, also.

I especially loved her advice here where she says:

” As you begin interpreting your dreams, consider images that the dreams are giving you, if a certain image means something to you, check the interpretation in this book, but also go with your own feeling about the image” -Jacqueline Towers

I feel the most interesting information came from her entry about colors and how each has it’s own meaning.

Mixed: you will have increased security and success.

Blue: you will be free of worry, and you can expect help from others. Red: you should control your temper.

Green: Expect news from afar or plan for a journey.

Gray: you will experience a stagnant period.

Mauve: you will have some small disappointments.

Orange: Delays will occur
Pink: surprising success is coming your way.

Yellow: Achievement will be gained only after a series of setbacks and struggle.

White: the color of promise succession all areas of your life.

Black: this color is unhappy omen, unless connected with funeral, in which case it predicts that you will have difficulties to overcome.

You can learn a lot and gain new insight on many topics of dreaming from this book. Some of the entries are short, but they give you a lot to ponder on dream interpretation. This book is a good tool for understanding dreams and small enough to tuck into your purse or pocket to enjoy somewhere in the sun. This is a good book to start with.

My thoughts:

Like with any thing when learning about dreams, write down about the dream, emotions, colors, images, even numbers, esp anything that repeats. You can find a lot of help in Ms Towers book, but don’t be afraid to look beyond as well.

The Little Book of Dream Symbols: The Essential Guide to Over 700 of the Most Common Dreams on Amazon

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About the Author:

Norma Clark I’m Wiccan, My style follows my spiritual path and what comes to mind.. I live in a small rural town, Paris, Idaho. I share my life With my Wiccan husband, 2 hyper Children & gang of critters. I love to create new designs by looking at nature & cultural ideas for my Jewelry and create unique Metaphysical items. Shop, sit a spell or two & Come see the Magick of Forevrgoddessboutique Link to my shop: forevrgoddessboutique

App Review: Simple Habit – Meditation for Busy People

May, 2018

App Review

Simple Habit – Meditation for Busy People

Once more into the world of meditation apps I wander! This time I’m exploring the benefits of Simple Habit, an app I’ve had for a while but only used very sporadically. Again, I started with the free version then looked to upgrade for more features. The app is normally about $6 a month for the full version, but you can invite friends to get limited time access to premium content, so I bugged my friends and family in order to get access to the good stuff. Just for you guys. Because I loves ya.

The interface is less showy than the other apps I’ve looked at. It’s a dark gray background, with ‘windows’ style blocks displaying the title of each meditation. It’s very easy to navigate, and the lack of ‘flashiness’ lends itself well to a tool that’s designed to be calming and soothing. There’s a search function that allows you to look for key words. It even suggests things you may be looking for help with, such as ‘stress’ or ‘sleep’.

On the home page, there’s a larger block that simply says, ‘Play Next’, which shows the next meditation that’s either been recommended or lined up based on what you’ve already listened to. Clicking on this today opens ‘Simple Habit Starter’. The block disappears, and the screen shows a podcast style interface with the round circle showing how much audio remains, a pause/play function and before you start, a friendly reminder to ‘Take a deep breath’. Again, the colors are very muted, there is no clutter on the screen. It’s as if the app has been designed specifically to avoid distracting you from examining the recesses of your mind, by being as unobtrusive as possible.

Simple Habit Starter’ is subtitled ‘Introducing Mindfulness’. Many of the meditations (possibly all, I haven’t listened to them all so can’t say for sure!) start with ‘You’re listening to Simple Habit; a daily vacation for your mind.’ What a nice idea, that meditation is taking your brain on a little break. Someone called Cory Muscara tells me to get comfy; either sit or lie down. Close my eyes if it feels comfortable. Give myself permission to be here; stopping can feel foreign. There’s nothing I need to achieve. I’m encouraged to focus on my breathing, and the short starter session is over before I know it, leaving me oddly refreshed and keen to explore the other features. Before I do anything else, I’m encouraged to aim for small meditation goals, like a 3 day streak.

What I particularly liked was once the meditation was over, the app doesn’t fling you right back to the home screen, but lists other meditations you may be interested in, to add to your play list. Some are on the same or a similar theme and others are by the same guide. This is a great feature as if you are picking meditations that appeal to you, you’re more likely to be excited about meditation and see it as something to look forward to, rather than something you ‘should’ be making time for.

I did seven ‘sleep better’ sessions, and believe me, I have listened to *many* guided meditations promising a great night’s sleep, so wasn’t expecting anything special. I was pleasantly surprised. Each of the first six sessions taught you a different technique to help you fall asleep. What I found most useful about this was the fact that most of these techniques can be used without the need for external audio input. Once you’ve learned the skill and practiced it, you can simply relax and use the power of your own mind to put it into practice, without having to load up the app every time, which can wake you up further.

Simple Habit is perhaps one of the best mediation apps I’ve found so far. Even when I ran out of ‘premium’ time and was flung back to freebies only, I still found plenty of relevant meditations, from really short ones for busy days, to longer ones for after the kids have gone to bed. The guides are positive without being condescending, it’s reasonably priced and it’s easy to tailor the experience to your own needs. Highly recommended.

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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.

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