• This Month's Holiday

    The Origins of the Yule Log

    (Photo Credit: pastemagazine.com) While the origins of the Yule log are attributed to the Scandinavian countries or to Germanic paganism, most would say the tradition started in Ancient Rome, where entire trees would be burned in an effort to keep away Kallikantzaroi. Silent prayers would be offered while the tree was burning. Kallikantzarois was a demon/goblin, who lived underground but who would surface during the 12 days of Christmas to wreak havoc. Legends surrounding him were also found in Southeastern Europe and Anatolia (Turkey). In France, the tradition was that the peasant would bring a gift to their Lord, hidden under a log and prayers would be offered when the…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – The Little Book of Self-Care for Libra by Constance Stellas

    Book Review The Little Book of Self-Care for LibraSimple Ways to Refresh and Restore – According to the Starsby Constance Stellas 160 Pages   Bright Blessings, Readers! I am glad to be reviewing this great guide to why it is important to take care of yourself, and even happier to say, that author Constance Stellas has guides for all twelve signs! An accomplished astrologer in print, she also teaches, and helps clients in both the United States and Greece. She has written for such illustrious publications as the New York Times and Marie Claire. She’s been a practicing astrologer for over 20 years, and she really knows her stuff. For…

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    Witch & Popcorn

      Review of Little Miss Sumo   Bright Blessings, Film lovers!   I’ve always been a huge fan of Sumo Wrestling since watching the first match on TV I ever saw of it. In a country- America- where sports fans and athletes tear each other apart, and get into fights on the playing fields- it is downright refreshing to me to see the courtesy, pride, and poise Sumo Wrestlers exhibit. I have never seen a more polite, or regal sport. Tonight, I learned something about it, though. Traditionally, Sumo is for men only- but for many years, many little girls and women around the world have done Sumo wrestling, although…

  • Crafting Articles

    Planner Magic

    Seasonal Spinner I’m bringing you tips and ideas for turning your planner into an oracle, an interactive grimoire, and a spellbook. We’ll be using your planner, planner supplies and accessories for lots of magical fun. This month’s Planner Magic is a Seasonal Spinner. It’s a divination tool you can keep right in your planner for instant insight. It will help answer a lot of questions such as: Which time of year is best to begin a new project? What moon phase would be best for spell work? Who would be most compatible with me for a business partnership (zodiac)? What type of self-care activity should I pursue?   SPRING Air…

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    Gael Song

    The Sacred Geometry of Nemetons In order to explain the sacred geometry of nemetons, I need to briefly explain the levels of light in the inner planes. My understandings about this topic came through my 30-year druid path, druidry and light healing both. The simple, meditative, healing process I use twice a day moved me gradually through many planes of light, which came into the ethers around me for a week or so and then moved out below, so I was always moving up, an ascension process basically. Altogether, there were 363 planes, separated into seven different inner worlds, or heavens. Each heaven was inhabited by different beings who came…

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    Book Review – Out of Your Hands: What Palmistry Reveals About Your Personality and Destiny by Beleta Greenaway

    Book Review Out of Your Hands What Palmistry Reveals About Your Personality and Destiny by Beleta Greenaway 160 Pages     There is 5 parts to this book. Part 1: Palmistry Basics. This chapter teaches about reading the map of life, hand shape and different sections of the hand. It teaches the do’s and dont’s, which tools are helpful, and how to take prints. Part 2: Hand Topography. This chapter teaches about the knuckles and the mounts. Part 3: The Lines of The Hand. This chapter teaches about the major lines and it also discusses Simian Lines and Gridle of Venus. It also teaches about the minor lines that not…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Review of the Book ‘Waking the Witch’ & Interview with Author Pam Grossman

    Waking the Witchby Pam Grossman 304 Pages   Waking the Witch by Pam Grossman has a decidedly different “feel” than most of the books currently on the market about Witches, Witchcraft and what it means to be a Witch in the 21st century. Her academic background of a degree in cultural anthropology with minors in art history, creative writing and comparative religion has served her well in crafting a book that is beautifully woven with very thorough research and on point references that are easily recognizable by anyone reading. Waking the Witch begins with the traditional Introduction, is separated into eight (8) chapters and ends with the “Afterwyrd”, a purposeful…

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    Book Review – Zentangle Dingbatz: Patterns & Projects for Dynamic Tangled Ornaments & Decorations by Brian Crimmins

    Book Review Zentangle Dingbatz Patterns & Projects for Dynamic Tangled Ornaments & Decorations by Brian Crimmins 160 Pages     In the world of typography, dingbats are ornamentation or decorations whose use dates back centuries. They can be seen framing a title, separating chapters and decorating broadsides. Dingbatz are dingbats made by incorporating the fundamentals of Zentangle. They nearly always have a frame, although the design can extend beyond it, and they are typically made with familiar shapes. Small and varied, they are easy to do and can fit just about anywhere, adding flair to hand lettering, scrapbook or journaling projects, and other crafts. For readers unfamiliar with Zentangle, Brian…

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    Book Review – Storytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy Ending by Renée Damoiselle

    Book ReviewStorytelling AlchemyWrite Your Own Happy Endingby Renée Damoiselle 208 Pages   Storytelling Alchemy is a self-help book written by Mx. Damoiselle. Storytelling Alchemy is about the Story You Tell Yourself (SYTY) and how to change it and write a happy ending for your life. Everyone has a story (several of them) we tell people about who we are. Then there are those stories that we don’t share with others; you know the ones of which I talk. Those are the stories for which Mx. Damoiselle wrote this self-help book. The first chapter is broken down into two different paths; one is mundane; the other one is magickal. The second…

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    Book Review – I Ching, Text and Illustrations by Chao-Hsiu Chen

    Book Review I Ching Text and Illustrations by Chao-Hsiu Chen Pages: 144     Of all the oracles in the world, the I Ching is the oldest, dating back more than 4,000 years. Created by Fu Xi, the mythical First Emperor of China, the I Ching is also known as the “Book of Changes.” Not only does it provide forecasts of the future, it is also the source of all Chinese wisdom. The outcome of throwing three coins determines if a line is broken or whole. Stack upon one another, each set of three lines forms a trigram; in all there are eight – based on the eight directions of…