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    Tarot Talk

    Two of Pentacles (The Two of Pentacles card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)** Let’s return to the Pips this month and talk about the last of the Twos, the Two of Pentacles. As I’m sure you know by now, a Tarot deck consists of 22 Major Arcana cards with archetypal correspondences that deal with broad and far-reaching life experience issues, and 56 Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories or suits corresponding with the four elements (sometimes called “Pips” or “Pip Cards”) that usually deal with day-to-day issues. The Two of Pentacles is part of the Minor Arcana; as we have discovered, one effective way…

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    Retha’s Crystal Reflections

    I Bought Crystals…Now How Do I Work With Them? This month instead of focusing on specific stones I thought it would be helpful to some to have a rundown of how to work with & maximize the properties of your crystals once you get them in your hands. There are many ways to use your crystal friends and I hope this will inspire you to try working with your stones in a new way! Read on to learn more! Wear Them: I have a particular fondness for this method of use. I mostly sell jewelry because I truly think it’s the easiest way to work with crystals. Having them on…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Chilli Chili is a useful medicinal and magical plant. This spicy fruit is delicious in a variety of cuisines, from Mexican to Indian and many in between. Modern research has found many health benefits, and the modern witch can use chili for a range of spells and magics. Chili is a beautiful plant, with striking foliage and stunning, glossy fruits ranging from scarlet to shades so deep they’re nearly black- perfect for the inner goth! Read on to find out why chili is such a useful ingredient for mundane and magical use. The Kitchen Garden Not everyone likes spicy food, but chili pepper adds flavour as…

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    Book Review – Goddess Power by Isabella Price

    Book ReviewGoddess PowerAwakening the Wisdom of the Divine Feminine in Your Life by Isabella Price This is a beautifully written and well-researched book of Goddess history, or *herstory*, if you will. Ms. Price’s love for her subject shines through in every word. It is a culturally diverse chronology of Goddess myth, lore and magic, beginning with the prehistoric and neolithic Goddess figures that have been found in chapters on Inanna and Ishtar, Isis, Minoan Crete, Yoruba, Shaktism and both the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdelene. Ms. Price speaks of the different cultures and their Goddesses, including the myths about them. She tells of Goddess symbols and their meanings. This book is…

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    Book Review- Midlife Is Not a Crisis: Using Astrology to Thrive in the Second Half of Life by Virginia Bell

    Book Review Midlife Is Not a Crisis Using Astrology to Thrive in the Second Half of Life by Virginia Bell Published by Weiser Books Pages: 242 What others call a midlife crisis, Virginia Bell calls a Mid-course correction, saying, “Whatever we’ve left out of the equation, whatever we’ve ignored, begins to rise up and can no longer be disregarded. This cycle involves four planets and is spread over a decade.” With that, she welcomes readers to understand life’s most important cycle. As she began to study astrology in her early-50s, Bell came to realize it wasn’t about something happening in the sky, but something happening within each of us, “and…

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    Book Review – Mindful Tarot by Lisa Frienkel Tishman, Ph.D

    Book Review Mindful Tarot Bring a Peace-Filled Compassionate Practice to the 78 Cards by Lisa Frienkel Tishman, Ph.D The preface gives the reader a very specific view into the interpretative style and way in which Dr. Tishman is going to incorporate a Mindful approach to using the 78 Keys as tools of integration and awareness. This is a different ideology than is the norm in treating the cards of the Tarot as tools for accessing predictive information or having a specific spiritual practice in mind that these interpretations may be fused into. Dr. Tishman is, after all, a Zen Buddhist minister, so the underpinnings of this book’s methodology are grounded…

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    SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

    Dream Candles Merry meet! This year for the new moon in Pisces I made dream candles. I was inspired by a ritual in the book I reviewed, “Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with Your Inner Goddess” by Simone Butler. I later modified her ritual for Ostara where some participants changed it to meet their own visions, so do revise it so it works for you. Pisces is dreamy, making it a wonderful influence for letting your subconscious choose images and words to glue to a seven-day glass pillar candle. Candles can also be made for a particular intention. You can find them at the dollar store. Any color you…

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    Book Review – Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time by Elen Sentier

    Book Review Numerology Dancing the Spirals of Time by Elen Sentier I do quite a bit of numerology as an enhancement to my magickal disciplines and I am always looking for a fresh perspective to inform and find the bridges of connection between multiple esoteric disciplines. Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time does just that in decoding the patterns and vibrations that are present universally. The author uses a very tactile approach to learning and “feeling” the numbers and the geometric patterns they create. This process engages the reader from the onset and provides Ms. Sentier as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and British Shaman. I have had the opportunity to read…

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    Book Review – Choosing To Be A Medium by Sharon Farber

    Book Review Choosing To Be A Medium by Sharon Farber Ms. Farber received her BA in sociology at Univ. of Mass. before pursuing a path in healing arts. This is evident and supportive in the manner in which Choosing To Be A Medium is written and the subject in general is presented. This very pragmatic approach is reflected in the Disclaimer at the beginning of the book… “ Not everybody has the ideal emotional strength and stability to be a medium. Good mental health, including a strong connection to reality is vital. People with certain types of mental illness, including clinical depression or psychosis, are advised to consult with a…

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    Review of The Closet Pagan Etsy Shop & Interview with Owner Anna Pierce

    The Closet Pagan Bright Blessings! I was tickled pink when I got this lovely bundle in the mail to review! I am so happy to share what The Closet Pagan has available, and I am confident you will find something you’d love to have! Owner, and craftsperson Anna Pierce is a gifted jewelry maker, and she knows her stuff about what stones have which magical attributes, and she makes spell kits as well. She shipped me, as pictured, two different necklaces. One with crystal ball smoky quartz, and the other with the mysteriously beautiful bloodstone. She also sent single amazonite and fancy jasper stones, and had them all put together…