• Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – Secrets of the Witch: An Initiation Into Our History and Our Wisdom by Julie Légère and Elsa Whyte, Illustrator Laura Perez

    Book Review Secrets of the Witch An Initiation Into Our History and Our Wisdom by Julie Légère and Elsa Whyte Illustrator Laura Perez The Quarto Group 80 Pages     “Dear sister, If this book has found its way into your possession, then it means it is time for you to begin your apprenticeship,” are the first words in the book “Secrets of the Witch: An Initiation Into Our History and Our Wisdom.” Chances are readers (the target audience is girls ages 9 to 14) have already sensed some of their powers. The book, which has a feminist slant, is an introductory manual to help develop abilities, “for without knowledge,…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times First Edition

    Bright Blessings! Those who have been following my articles know I was prepping to move, right? Thus I did not plant a garden like I usually do, and I even removed perennials, pots, a large raised bed, and gave it all to friends! Well…the pandemic hit, my husband’s hours were cut at work, and while we are making ends meet, it’s just not a great time to buy property for us. I have no idea how long we will be here. I missed an entire year of gardening thanks to this. Don’t get me wrong, I planted zinnias, like always, and I have a couple of potted mums outside with…

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    Book Review – Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

    Book Review Wintering The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May Riverhead Books 256 Pages     … You may never choose to winter, but you can choose how… -From the Publisher   When I saw the title and cover image for Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May I was immediately intrigued. I was pulled in even further when I read the subtitle speaking to difficult times and personal respite. I think we would all agree that 2020 has been an off-the-rails rollercoaster ride. And, even those of us who are normally blessed by smooth sailing have hit the…

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    GaelSong

    Labyrinth Lore I’ve built quite few labyrinths and used to walk one every day, for years. This is the season for labyrinths and mazes, so I’ll share my thoughts on the two major types that have been found in history. First is the Minoan, 7-circuit one. This was built as a place for initiates to meet their darkest fears, and it is said there was a Minotaur in the center. But I am guessing it was shaman in disguise, helping move his tribe through their initiations, instead. These ancient mazes were not easy places, though, for many who entered did not come out alive. The seven-circuit labyrinth was used in…

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    Book Review – The Little Witch’s Book of Spells by Ariel Kusby, Illustrator Olga Baumert

    Book Review The Little Witch’s Book of Spells by Ariel Kusby Illustrator Olga Baumert Chronicle Books 134 Pages     If this book existed in 1965, I wouldn’t have had to wait until I was 50 to realize I am a witch. Ariel Kusby explains in the introduction, “You are a witch if you feel somehow different or special, and believe that within your uniqueness lies your power.” Throughout history, witches have “differed from the norm.” They have worshipped nature, owned many cats, and been healers, alchemists, quirky artists, and magick practitioners. Ariel wrote the book to help youth 8 to 12 see their own magic, and to offer tools…

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    She Who is All – Goddesses and the Divine Female

    CERNUNA (Image Credit – Deviant Art by Kendigo)   I had a special request to do a column on the Horned Goddess Cernuna. As it turned out, there is not much available on Her. As per usual, She seems to have been superseded by the Horned God Cernunnos, who is represented by his torque, holding a snake and surrounded by animals.     It would/could be assumed that all representations are of Cernunnos, however a small bust of a Horned Goddess was found in Kent, UK. Two others have also been found; one rests in the British Museum of London and the other at the Musee de Clermont-Ferrard in France.…

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    Learning Lenormand Reviews Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand Deck

    Pixie Astounding Lenormand!! And it IS Astounding! I’ve been studying the Lenormand for a couple of years now and I have to admit that I have fallen into somewhat of a rut – which happens, ya know – when you are using the same cards over and over again and reading only for yourself. It’s not so very different than what happened with the Tarot and my other divinatory practices – when I retired from active employment and decided to embrace my singleness relationship-wise, there was little reason to consult any form of divination – life was more or less the same every day and it was comfortingly boring. With…

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    Inside the Heart of Darkness

    As we move into the darkest time of the year, the human mind takes an inevitable turn towards more negative thoughts and emotions. One of the biggest myths of today’s society is depression. An entire society is forced to ignore their own needs and desires and trade them in for soul crushing indentured servitude; our very thoughts imprisoned by various belief systems. A legal system that imprisons a human being for doing with their own bodies what they will. A society of brainwashed sheep trained to trample any hint of free thinking. All of life has become a prison, where every man, woman and child is reduced to a mere…

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    Book Review – Magickal Tarot: Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual For Creating Your Life by Robyn Valentine

    Book Review Magickal Tarot Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual For Creating Your Life by Robyn Valentine Fair Winds Press 160 Pages     Magickal Tarot: Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual For Creating Your Life by Robyn Valentine. Published in 2021 by Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 265-D, Beverly, MA 01915. This book will not publish until May, 2021, and I am reviewing a pre-release digital copy. The published version will be hard cover, with 160 pages. As stated in the Introduction, Magickal Tarot addresses the Tarot as not just a divination tool, but as a magickal tool as well. This book works only with…

  • Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Directional Stones     Merry meet. At a pagan event perhaps a decade ago, I made a set of stones to mark the five essential directions. For almost that long, they followed me from desk to desk and no one ever questioned or commented on them. I recently made another set to give away.     All it takes are a selection of rocks, and paint pens or permanent markers. Rather than these pictures, you could use alchemy symbols, your own stylized design or even astrological signs.     The five essential elements exist in all of nature, including our bodies and personalities. By being aware of the energies earth,…