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    SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

    Book Review: “Practical Spellcraft: A First Course in Magic” by Leanna Greenaway     Published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company Published, 2017; Copyright, 2003 Available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions Most of us, if I had to guess, began to make our way on this path with the help of books. Leanna Greenaway offers a comprehensive introduction. Her book takes readers from the early steps – relating Wiccan beliefs, the sabats and setting up an altar – through more than a dozen important topics including the significance of botanicals, the meaning of animals, and correspondences. The second half of the book provides 50 spells on a wide variety of topics…

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    Book Excerpt: “Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing” by Jennifer Engrácio

    “Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing” (available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Balboa Press, Chapters/Indigo). Ancestors In general, we tend to tell and remember stories of the dark side of human lives. When someone’s shadow side is prevalent, few take the time to look deeper to see that person’s true essence and shining. This was the case with my ancestors. I tell [the forthcoming stories in this book] from a light side not to excuse any addict’s behaviour or to minimize the pain they cause themselves and others through their addiction but to shine attention on a different perspective. I do not blame my ancestors or…

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    Interview with Evernia Fay

    Interview with Evernia Fay: The life & Craft of this Connecticut Witch are One Moss, dirt, lichen, bones, crystals, bark and a cicada all find their way into one-of-a-kind living botanical pendants made by Evernia Fay. Each contains its own spirit and energies. “Quest,” composed of mountain fork moss and Queen Anne’s lace with an amethyst point, is a talisman that brings balance, according to Fay’s website, by integrating “the wisdom and magick of the dreamtime into your life. She connects what you learn into your waking time.” Broken fork moss with a triple scepter quartz makes up “Birth” – “a manifestation miracle” with power flowing through her crystal heart. “Starman” – a…

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    Giant Hogwort – Big Teacher

      My dream for summer 2016 was talking to wild plants and learning their names and magical/medicinal properties. The dream came true: I spent the summer in remote rural Sweden where an abundance of flowers awaited me. People in-the-know say that the plant you most need unfailingly grows near you. If this is so, perhaps I only need to step outside (wherever I am) for a unique perspective on my health, my future or my marriage?! I developed the habit of walking around with a magnifying glass in my hand and field guide in my pocket. I was soon moving in a fog of linguistic confusion. I grew up in…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Attracting the Fae     Merry meet. The summer solstice – along with Beltane and Samhain – are traditional times to honor the fae, fae folk, faeries, or simply, fey. They are magical creatures with powers given them by nature. They are guardians of botanicals, water sources and other natural elements. Others live in a magical underground kingdom. Fey exist in all cultures, from the little people to elves, and from gnomes to leprechauns. They appear in art, music, folklore and movies. Fey have magic, and magic in and of itself is not good or bad, it’s all about how it’s used. For some reason, many Americans think of faeries…