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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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    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,…

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    Oracle Deck Review – Dragon Wisdom by Christine Arana Fader, Illustrator Anja Kostka Earthdancer

    Oracle Deck Review Dragon Wisdom by Christine Arana Fader Illustrator Anja Kostka Earthdancer 43 Oracle Cards 112 Pages     From Avalon to Wisdom, the thirty-nine dragons (plus the four sacred chalices) hold magic and timeless wisdom. “Dragon Magic” is a combination of messages and exercises offered by dragons. “The first time in this life that I looked deep into the eyes of a dragon, I was so moved I could not hold back the tears and sank to my knees at the sight of the unending love of the divine source within,” Christine Arana Fader wrote in the introduction. “Dragons are companions, spirit guides, and wise teachers. Their love…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Zeus   (Statue of Zeus at Olympia From Ancient History Encyclopedia www.ancient.eu)   Zeus is the Greek king of all the other gods and of man. He rules the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order, and justice. In addition to the weather, Zeus is associated with wisdom and destiny. Universally he was referred to as Father. His home was Mount Olympus. The son of Cronus and Rhea, he married his sister and wife Hera. His legitimate children are Ares, Hebe, and Haphaestus. His numerous affairs resulted in many children including Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Hermes, Heracles and Helen of Troy. A promiscuous god, he could also take the shape…

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    Witch Hunt

      There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere… The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.   Meet Sinix O’Dair   I met Denis years ago at a pagan discussion group for LGBTQ genuinely kind – kind enough to help this “grandwitch” with computer problems and not to laugh at the shocked look I gave him upon learning he does not cleanse magical items that come into his possession, but rather works with the energy they possess. Be it rhyming a blessing or renovating a multi-family home, he relishes a challenge and his accomplishments never cease to amaze. 1. Do you have a magical name…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Osiris     Osiris was the god of death and the afterlife – one of the Egyptians’ most prominent gods. He judged the souls of the dead to determine who was worthy of reincarnation. He was considered a kind, merciful, and loving judge, bringing comfort and protection, not fear, to the people. Osiris (also know as Usir) was also identified with nature’s cycles, such as the Nile River’s annual flooding, and the growth of crops and other vegetation. In English, the original form of Osiris’ name means Almighty or The Powerful. Osiris is also known as the Lord of Silence, the Lord of Love, and He Who…

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    Worth the Witch

        A Little Zen Box   A Little Zen Box from My Little Magic Shop arrives ready to help you to make your own magic.   Everything tucked inside is described in the little booklet packed on the top.   Removing it, you get your first look at the tools inside “to help you become the best version of yourself by awakening your own damn magic.”   A red abalone shell, a wooden stand, sand, incense and a feather are offered for cleansing before a chakra balancing meditation. The idea is to place some sand in the shell atop the stand, and then add sage. Once lit, the smoke…

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    Divination Deck Review – Visionary I Ching Cards: The Book of Changes for Intuitive Decision-Making by Paul O’Brien

    Divination Deck Review Visionary I Ching Cards The Book of Changes for Intuitive Decision-Making by Paul O’Brien Beyond Words 64 cards; 224-page Booklet     The accelerating speed of life and the furious speed of change creates a feeling of chaos. “Change itself is really the only constant – the one thing we can absolutely count on,” Paul O’Brien wrote in the introduction, adding, “And the I Ching helps to befriend and manage these inevitable, unexpected, and sometimes confusing changes in our lives.” The Book of Change, one of the oldest books in the world, offers ancient wisdom to make informed and timely adjustments to adapt to these changes, making…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches – Travel Shrine     Merry meet. Decades ago, while studying the Kabbala, I made a personal connection to Archangel Raphael. Recently, synchronicity brought him to my attention repeatedly until I got the hint and began calling on him again. We often meet in the same place we once did. Now I realize the old stone cottage on the side of a mountain, deep in the forest is that of a hedge witch – me – and he is helping me to heal myself and others as he watches over my travels.   To honor him I wanted to make a small shrine that had a…

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    Book Review – The New Witch: Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More by Marie D. Jones

    Book Review The New Witch Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More by Marie D. Jones Visible Ink Press 256 Pages     Marie D. Jones wrote “The New Witch: Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More” to bridge ancient pagan ways and today’s digital world. She offers ideas to bring together the nature-based traditions of the ancestors, and the powers of social media, to embrace the past and honor the future. It’s seemingly odd that a nature-loving tradition blends with the technology dependent world, but the vast amount of information available and the speed, ease, and options to communicate – not…