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    Gaia’s Mantle: The Greening of the Earth

    (Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository) As Spring approaches and we find ourselves at another turn of the Great Wheel, opportunity abounds for making deeper connection to the natural world and Gaia’s greening of it. Gaia is seen as the maiden offering the promise of new life in a womb that is still developing and preparing for what will be birthed in full glory as the summer approaches and the peak of all living things is held in father sun’s gentle hold. It is Her sweet breath that breathes life into what lay in wait to be birthed and it is Her gentle hand that guides the process of renewal.…

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    Book Review – From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao by Xueting Christine Ni

    Book Review From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao by Xueting Christine Ni Anyone who has sat down in a restaurant and ordered a dish of phoenix (chicken) or dragon (lobster) has experienced a taste of the poetry of Chinese language and culture. The richness of the cultural imagination, built upon millennia of continuous civilization, has created an incredible breadth of cast that makes the Chinese pantheon easily overwhelm the outsider looking for an easy entry point. When we look at the mythology of the Western world we are often encountering the pantheons of long past civilizations. Sifting through the strata of history, we encounter pieces of Roman, Nordic, Egyptian, or…

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    Crone’s Corner

    We Are ALL Right I was sitting around a bonfire one Saturday night in early spring, pondering what will happen to me when I die – exactly. I brought out my flute, stared into the fire and I began to play. I played until I went somewhere else and was totally immersed in thinking about my Spirituality. Suddenly, I got this feeling of utter and complete weightlessness and I tell you honestly, for the first time in my entire life, I had a feeling of not only acceptance but genuine understanding. Here is the culmination of what I am now calling my “vision quest.” I was playing a song on…

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    Book of Shadows: As the Wheel Turns

    Ostara – New Beginnings My March divider is a reminder to myself to “Never Lose Your Sparkle” and I made every effort to bling the reminder as hard as I could because sometimes the mundane aspects of living actually dull my shine. It is my belief that every time I get out of bed, I am presented with the opportunity to shine; to potentially be the light that someone else sees and reflects in their own lives. Kindness is free, presenting someone with a smile is free and in March, I intend to be deliberate in passing along a lot of free smiles and kindness. I am also trying something…

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    Book Review – The Mixology of Astrology: Cosmic Coctail Recipes for Every Sign by Aliza Kelly Faragher

    Book ReviewThe Mixology of AstrologyCosmic Cocktail Recipes for Every Signby Aliza Kelly FaragherPublisher- Adams Media The first ten pages of the book are about astrology and mixologist terms, in defining types of glassware used in serving refreshments. From there Ms. Faragher breaks each chapter down into the astrology signs. Each sign has a page dedicated to explaining some of the characteristics of each symbol. Then each sign is paired with 16 different drink recipes. Each recipe gives a bit of an explanation why each goes with that sign, the recipe, serving size, and directions on mixing ins for serving suggestions (kind of glass and garnish) included. There are 192 (yes…

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    Book Review – Mindful Dreaming: Harness the Power of Lucid Dreaming for Happiness, Health, and Positive Change by Clare R. Johnson, Ph. D.

    Book Review Mindful Dreaming Harness the Power of Lucid Dreaming for Happiness, Health, and Positive Change by Clare R. Johnson, Ph. D. I love dreaming! It is one of my favorite things to do! I have been tracking and working with my dreams for years. But sadly, I have not had much luck with lucid dreaming, even though I’ve read many books on the topic and practiced lots of different techniques. Author Dr. Clare Johnson is the first person to write a doctoral thesis on the topic of lucid dreaming as a creative tool. She’s been a lucid dreamer since the age of 3 and is currently the president of…

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    Book Review – Witchbody: A Graphic Novel by Sabrina Scott

    Book Review Witchbody A Graphic Novel By Sabrina Scott 74 pp. “Can magic teach us how to love?” asks Sabrina Scott partway through their graphic essay, “Witchbody: A Graphic Novel.” As Scott builds up layers of radical environmentalism and transformative animism through the book, the answer crystallizes: yes, magic can teach us how to love, because empathy and experience are the way forward, and magic gives us the tools to learn and practice both. While it is difficult to pin down a single thesis for this essay — perhaps only because the scope of Scott’s topic is so broad — one clear theme is that through the intentional sharing of…

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    Book Review – Divining With Animal Guides: Answers from the World at Hand by Hearth Moon Rising

    Book Review Divining With Animal Guides Answers from the World at Hand by Hearth Moon Rising I was delighted to discover that Divining with Animal Guides is not a cookbook dictionary, concretizing the “meanings” of animal encounters. Author Hearth Moon Rising has created a manual for learning to observe and discern and ultimately, to shift our strictly human viewpoint. Only when we look at the context in which the animals offer us their messages are we able to fully understand their invitations and gifts. Rising weaves science, mythology, mathematics and storytelling into each of the chapters. There are 9 in total, covering the cat family big and small, alligators and…

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    Spring’s Awakening

    The sweet song of the birds calls me from my winter’s sleep announcing that Spring has arrived. I stretch and wipe the remnants of sleep from slowly focusing eyes. Sunlight streams though spider silk curtains of gauzy lightness and a soft and gentle breezecarries the scent of newly awakened earth. I stand from my soft bed of moss and greenery the earth below my feet moist with fairy kissed dew a leafy canopy of roof that shelters over head filters early morning sunlight like shards of the finest crystalline prism. All of nature surrounds me The call to Spring heard in the deep roots that meander through loamy earth. I…

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    Book Review – Moon Power: lunar rituals for connecting with your inner goddess by Simone Butler

    Book ReviewMoon Powerlunar rituals for connecting with your inner goddessby Simone Butler Published by Quarto Publishing GroupPages: 208 Where the Moon appears in your birth chart* determines your emotional nature. Your moon sign indicates what makes you feel secure and what wisdom you’ve accumulated during past lives. In “Moon Power: lunar rituals for connecting with your inner goddess,” Simone Butler provides information about the moon in each astrological sign. “Identifying and honoring your lunar nature helps you feel comfortable in your skin,” she states in the book where she helps women connect with their primal, feminine, moon power. My moon is in Scorpio and I devoured the 14 pages allotted…