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    The Gifts of the Solstice to Connect with the Animal Allies

    (Image: Robert Kaufman)   Seeking our Animal Allies We are filled with great anticipation for welcoming the Light of the Solstice, the promise of increasingly warmer days and the promise of Spring’s grace. Solstice is also a wonderful time of opportunity to connect to those energies and beings that stand with shining eyes in the darkened forest, seas and air. These gentle and fierce creatures are ready to support our work in all of our endeavors. I would like to share with you a pathworking written a few years ago and one that I have had requested many times. Join me on a journey through the gates of the elemental…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – Priestess of the Morrigan: Prayers, Rituals & Devotional Work to the Great Queen by Stephanie Woodfield

    Book Review Priestess of the Morrigan Prayers, Rituals & Devotional Work to the Great Queen by Stephanie Woodfield Llewellyn Publications 336 Pages     From the Publisher: …. Become a priestess of the Morrigan and build a personalized devotional practice with this profound book on deepening your connection to her. Through stories, prayers, and rituals for groups and solitaries, Priestess of the Morrigan shows you how to serve the Great Queen and enhance your spiritual journey. Explore the true nature of the Morrigan, discover what it means to channel her voice, and learn about her role in prophecies and curse work. Create your own unique tradition with this book’s ritual-building advice and…

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    Book Review – Llewellyn’s Little Book of Yule by Jason Mankey

    Book Review Llewellyn’s Little Book of Yule by Jason Mankey Llewellyn Publications 240 Pages     Jason Mankey has been obsessed with the magical season of Yuletide since he was a young boy. In a small, easy-to-read book, he presents winter’s festive holidays – including Hanukkah, the winter solstice, Yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and Twelfth Night – all which he celebrates, all of which he loves. He admits in the introduction that he has been told it looks like “Christmas threw up all over” his house, but that he wouldn’t have it any other way. Although Yule is often used as a synonym for Christmas, they are different.…

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    Storm Moon

    (Image via Unsplash)   Full moons in November or December are sometimes known as Storm Moons. Here’s my poetic take on that, and how it can feel when times are tough.   Storm Moon Storm moon coming Beating at the door Tempers are a raising Mood drop through the floor Hard times over Starvation ain’t the kill Hearts running hungry Stagnant water standing still Voices louder No one asking why Anger comes from the gut Emptiness from the sky Flowers drowning Crimping o’er with frost Tiny reminders Of just what you have lost Trees still bare Under February air But they need no help to get there To the green…

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    Book Review – Shamanic Alchemy: The Great Work of Inner Transformation by James Endredy

    Book Review Shamanic Alchemy The Great Work of Inner Transformation by James Endredy Bear & Co. 277 pages Shamanic Alchemy: The Great Work of Inner Transformation, tracks the parallels between the “Great Work” of classical alchemy and the shamanism’s work of aligning the inner and outer worlds through the process of initiation and transformation. Endredy’s introduction to the book sets out his thesis: “both alchemy and shamanism are practical gnostic systems of enlightenment…The predominant reason for practicing gnostic systems…is that direct experience is highly effective in relieving suffering, ignorance and fear of death. The direct experience of practicing shamanic alchemy has the power to invoke peace of mind, a healthy…

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    Book Review – Cosmic Flow: A Creative Guide to Harnessing the Rhythm of the Moon by Nikki Strange

    Book Review Cosmic Flow A Creative Guide to Harnessing the Rhythm of the Moon by Nikki Strange Leaping Hare Press 176 Pages     Cosmic Flow: A Creative Guide to Harnessing the Rhythm of the Moon by Nikki Strange is a journey through the eight (8) phases of the Moon’s cycles. The book is separated into these as eight sections and provides the reader with bite-size pieces of information. The journey begins with recommendations about how to make use of the book and the basics of the Sun and Moon’s energies. A nice little chart is offered that outlines the astrological signs and how these express themselves as your Sun…

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    Ho’oponopono: A Hawaiian Forgiveness Practice

      Forgiveness is the end result of a deeply emotive process of coming back from the devastation of trauma and betrayal and into strength once again.  You’ll understand anger’s profound connection to real forgiveness and you’ll understand the true definition of mercy: mercy can only arise from a position of strength that gives you the ability to harm, tempered by the ability to control your impulses and choose not to. -Karla McLaren from “The Language of Emotions”   *The following is an excerpt from the book “Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing:”   Harry Uhane Jim is a Kahuna, healer, and teacher. He is the author of…

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    Oracle Deck Review – Spirit Animal Oracle by Frédéric Calendini

    Oracle Deck Review Spirit Animal Oracle by Frédéric Calendini Beyond Words Publishing 48 Cards 128 Pages     Frédéric Calendini wrote and illustrated the “Spirit Animal Oracle” to help readers reconnect with these wise, benevolent guides. The 48-card deck and its accompanying 128-page guidebook, published in September 2020, began as an app with “Indie Goes Oracle Cards” four years ago. The idea for the deck came to him during his shamanic experiences in Peru. “All the animals came to me to show me their energies and how we can use them in our daily life,” Frédéric explains in a video on his website introducing the deck. He was shown the…

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    MagickalArts Video Edition

    A New (Witch’s) Year! A New Mantle of Power! Welcome to this month’s video version of MagickalArts.  This month we begin a new series “A New (Witch’s) Year! A New Mantle of Power!” Join me as we explore the Witch’s Year moving through each of the Sabbat’s and claiming new ways of practice, expression, integration and self-awareness. This is a journey of claiming your mantle of power as a Witch. Enjoy! *** About the Author: Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan…

  • This Month's Holiday

    Yule Correspondences

    (Ornate Pentacle Holiday Stocking by Jinx of Mtcoffinz Underground available on etsy.)   Lesser Sabbat – Winter Solstice, circa Dec 21 Other Names: Jul (“wheel”, Old Norse), Saturnalia (Rome ~December 17 & 18), Yuletide (Teutonic), Midwinter, Fionn’s Day, Alban huan, Christmas (Christian~December 25), Xmas, Festival of Sol, Solar/Secular/Pagan New Year Animals/Mythical beings: yule goat (nordic), reindeer stag, squirrels, yule cat, Sacred White Buffalo, Kallikantzaroi-ugly chaos monsters(greek), trolls, phoenix, yule elf, jule gnome, squirrels, wren/robin Gemstones: cat’s eye, ruby, diamond, garnet, bloodstone Incense/Oils: bayberry, cedar, ginger, cinnamon, pine, rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, wintergreen, saffron Colors: gold, silver, red, green, white Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: bayberry candles, evergreens, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia,mistletoe, lights, gifts,…