• Divination Articles

    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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    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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    Learning Lenormand

    Where Is My Rug?   When I started learning the Tarot – wow, over thirty years ago! – I used to “throw” the cards nearly every day because my life was so filled with drama that I had to know what was going to happen – or could happen – and the context of all this melodrama and operatic emotion! But nowadays, my life is much more serene – you could call it boring. One day is much like the next and I’m quite content like that. I recently moved into a new apartment and had to order new rugs for the entire place, since it has hardwood floors. The…

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    Learning Lenormand Interviews – Diana Clark, Creator of the Gaelic Lenormand

    This interview was done a few months ago, before the COVID-19 virus crisis hit all of us, so it’s a tad dated (I know that was just a short while ago, but doesn’t it seem like years already?). But I hope all of you will enjoy it. I have to say that I am looking forward to her horse-themed Lenormand! I have always loved horses, as anyone who knows me will attest!     Polly MacDavid (PM): In the beginning of the Companion Guide of the Gaelic Lenormand, you talk about your family history & how this informs your divinatory style.  Since not all of our readers have read the…

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    Book Review – Modern Wicca: Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life by Rowan Morgana

    Book Review Modern Wicca Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life by Rowan Morgana 170 Pages I have never thought of Wicca as “modern”. In fact, back in the mid-to-late 1980’s, when I first began to explore this religion – and its co-religions Paganism, Heathenism, Druidism, and various forms of Witchcraft – it was routinely called “the Old Religion”. After reading books by scholars like Margaret Murray, Merlin Stone and Monica Sj??, among others, it made perfect sense to me that the ancients revered a great goddess over all and the rise of a patriarchal society gradually changed this to where the god ruled alongside the goddess but eventually took over…

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    Book Review – Russian Black Magic: The Beliefs and Practices of Heretics and Blasphemers by Natasha Helvin

    Book Review Russian Black Magic The Beliefs and Practices of Heretics and Blasphemers by Natasha Helvin 176 Pages     I didn’t really know what to make of this book when I received it – I don’t really believe in the reality of “black” magic – or “white” magic, for that matter – magic is magic! – and I don’t care about the practices of so-called “heretics and blasphemers” – where I’m from, spiritually, “heretics and blasphemers” are simply those who do not adhere to the orthodox view, whatever it may be. Which would include me. So although I read it eagerly – I love anything about Russian culture –…

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    Review of the ‘Circular Wall Calendar and Wheel of Year 2020’ by Monica-April Skinner of QuintessentLife Etsy

    Review ‘Circular Wall Calendar and Wheel of Year 2020’ by Monica-April Skinner of QuintessentLife Etsy     From the very moment I took this calendar out of its wrapping, I absolutely adored it! I have seen other Goddess-oriented calendars over the years but nothing like this one! This is truly an innovation. Other Goddess calendars kept the tradition square shape of regular calendars while using a lunar-based system – I remember one that showed the days of the (lunar) month in a spiral shape that was almost impossible to read. This calendar is totally different. Created by Monika-April Skinner, a Wiccan artist who sells via her Etsy, QuintessentLife, this calendar…

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    Music Review – Half Tongue Tribe’s Debut Album ‘All Acts of Joy’!!

    Half Tongue Tribe is the Spell Between Worlds Are you looking for new music? New music with a Witchy edge? Well – here you are. David LeBarron has a great new band called Half Tongue Tribe with an upcoming album ‘All Acts of Joy’ and it’s all about Witchcraft and Wicca and Goddess-love and freedom. For those of us who are older and who remember bands the revered the old gods – whether they were local bands or more regional – Half Tongue Tribe brings back a lot of memories. Half Tongue Tribe – come from Los Angeles, California, and the main writer of the songs is David LeBarron and…

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    Book Review – Sex Signs: Your Perfect Match Is in the Stars by Constance Stellas

    Book Review Sex Signs Your Perfect Match Is in the Stars by Constance Stellas 256 Pages     With Valentine’s Day this month, many of us are thinking about our love life. Either we are looking for a new lover or we are looking to reignite a love that perhaps has fizzled out a bit. Here is the book for you! It’s Sex Signs: Your Perfect Match Is in the Stars. I have always loved these kinds of books. Who doesn’t? Who doesn’t want to find their “perfect match”? Published by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Sex Signs is written by Constance Stellas, an astrologer living in…

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    Book Review – Find Your Happy: Daily Mantras by Shannon Kaiser

    Book ReviewFind Your HappyDaily Mantras by Shannon Kaiser   Find Your Happy: Daily Mantras: 365 Days of Motivation For a Happy, Peaceful and Fulfilling Life is one of the most positive books I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Published by Beyond Words Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., this book is designed to be a daily reader of wisdom and motivation. However, I read it within forty-eight hours. It’s a really great book! One of the things I like about it is that there are no dates attached to the daily mantras. Day 1 is entitled “I Am Abundant And Secure” (Kaiser, 1)…