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    Book Review – The Witch’s Guide to Ritual: Spells, Incantations and Inspired Ideas for an Enchanted Life by Cerridwen Greenleaf

    Book Review The Witch’s Guide to Ritual Spells, Incantations and Inspired Ideas for an Enchanted Life by Cerridwen Greenleaf 344 Pages     “The Witch’s Guide to Ritual” is a surprisingly ambitious book which seeks to catalogue and discuss the use and place of witchcraft in rituals of all kinds. With such a broad subject as ritual, the scope of this book has been tailored: it’s intended for intermediate practitioners, so there isn’t a lot of introductory information about witchcraft in general, and the subject is approached very pragmatically, without too many frills or explanations for beginners. The book is broadly cross-cultural, and discusses many Eastern traditions, but expresses a…

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    She Who is All – Goddesses & The Divine Female

    Mira Bai/MiraBai (1498-1546 CE)   (Image Credit: learnreligion.com)   Mirabai, also known as Meera, is a Bhakti poet and mystic from India. She is the central poet of the Bhakti movement, a path of spirituality that focuses on a personal love for the Divine, and that one is able to have direct access to the Divine through this intense devotion. She became a symbol of the suffering and persecution of her people, of all castes. She was born into the Rajput aristocracy. Legend has it that when she was a mere four-year old, she and her mother witnessed a wedding procession. She seriously looked at her mother and asked who…

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    Learning Lenormand

    Using Your Pendulum With Your Lenormand Cards I’ve been doing this for a while now. It came to me when I first laid out the all the cards for a Grand Tableau and I thought – gee, what if I used my pendulum to pick out the most important cards? But I didn’t do that for a long time because – ya know – I was still learning. But I’ve been stuck – really stuck – for what seems like ages. I think a big part of that is that the Lenormand is my “second language” – so to speak – the Tarot is my first language – and I’m…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing 3s and the Tower     Many Tarot cards can seem similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. One way to achieve a deeper understanding of a card is to compare it to another card. This month we will compare a Minor Arcana card, the 3 of Swords, with a Major Arcana card, The Tower. We will explore similarities between these two cards, and then we will look at the differences. I will be using card images from the Rider Tarot Deck for this analysis. First, the similarities. The basic messages or interpretations of these two cards…

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    Witch & Popcorn

      Review of The Bad News Bears 2005 Version     Bright Blessings, Film Lovers! I found another gem with magical lessons and this one is a remake of a beloved 1970’s movie that can never be forgotten: The Bad News Bears. Not for the easily offended, this one casts Billy Bob Thornton, and Greg Kinnear as sparring coaches, hellbent on proving to one another that THEY are the best little league baseball coach with the best players! Here is a trailer.     While this is considered to have bombed at the box office, and critics have called it a replica of the 1979 version, saying that was disappointing.…

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    Book Review – Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures by D.J. Conway

    Book Review Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures by D.J. Conway 192 Pages   As an author of dozens of books, D.J. Conway, who passed away in 2019, is well known to many of us who walk the Pagan path. The wisdom and knowledge in her books has guided many of us. “Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures” is no different. Many of us are enchanted and identify with creatures of the deep, but most, especially mermaids, myself included. Ms. Conway starts with the basics: what are they and what are their secret powers – and powers they have!! The author introduces us to all manner of waterfolk, not just those that…

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    Book Review – 10 Minute Crystal Healing: Easy Tips for Using Crystals for Healing, Shielding, and Protection by Ann Crane

    Book Review 10 Minute Crystal Healing Easy Tips for Using Crystals for Healing, Shielding, and Protection by Ann Crane 176 Pages     “10-Minute Crystal Healing” introduces readers to these natural wonders and their energies. In the first part of the book, Ann Crane explains how crystals work, the significance of various shapes, the attributes of each color, how to choose and care for stones, some of their most common uses, and how to program them. There are tips, rituals, exercises and meditations to inform, guide, heal, protect and empower users. Basic correspondences for zodiac signs and chakras, and using crystal grids are also presented. I was impressed with the…

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    Book Review – In Focus Tarot: Your Personal Guide by Steven Bright

    Book Review In Focus Tarot Your Personal Guide by Steven Bright 192 Pages     In Focus Tarot: Your Personal Guide is written by Steven Bright, full-time Tarot reader, author and blogger, and published by Wellfleet Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group, 142 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018. In Focus Tarot is a 6¼” by 9¼” book with a color hard cover with Tarot images on the front and a book description on the back. The interior of the book consists of 192 pages, black easy-to-read type of a nice size on smooth and substantial white paper. I like the setup of the first chapter,…

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    Sober Pagan Reviews – The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction: Updated & Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition by Darren Littlejohn

    Book Review The 12-Step Buddhist Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction Updated & Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition by Darren Littlejohn 400 Pages     I was so happy to receive this book. I was well acquainted with the original edition, as my son’s father, a long-time Buddhist practitioner in the Tibetan tradition and AA guru had it on his shelf the last time I visited him in Florida, and I remember reading parts of it and being overall impressed with Darren Littlejohn’s synthesis of 12-Step dogma and Buddhist philosophy. This edition has much more information than the original edition – I have to say that it’s a tad dense – but…

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    Gael Song

    A Druid’s Garden, Edible Forestry, Year Two A year ago, I wrote an article on putting in an edible forest garden when I was so excited to finally have enough outdoor space to plant one after waiting lots of years for it. And someone requested a follow-up on that first article, so here it is. Just to recap the basics: an edible forest garden is made up of three layers, trees, shrubs, and ground covers, all perennial and all edible in some way. Most of the examples of EFGs I’ve seen look a lot like a jungle, masses of plants scrambling all over each other. But I’m a druid and…