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    Book Review – Sacred Smoke: Clear Away Negative Energies and Purify Body, Mind and Spirit by Amy Blackthorn

    Book Review Sacred Smoke Clear Away Negative Energies and Purify Body, Mind and Spirit by Amy Blackthorn 176 Pages     Throughout time people have embraced their sense of smell in new and exciting ways, using delicate flowers, plants and resins to uplift them and open their eyes to the world and the universe.1 Sacred Smoke: Clear Away Negative Energies and Purify Body, Mind and Spirit is a book that you will return to over and over again for sharing, learning and crafting powerful natural magick. Don’t let the size of the book fool you into thinking that there is not enough material. The best magick is accomplished with the…

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    Book Review -Pagan Portals Series: Sun Magic by Rachel Patterson

    Book Review Pagan Portals Series: Sun Magic by Rachel Patterson     “I think sometimes as a witch the moon tends to get pride of place and the sun perhaps takes a back seat? But it is an incredibly powerful source of natural energy and magic.” 1. Sun Magic by Rachel Patterson provides a fresh perspective on putting the Sun and solar energies into the same place of interest and mystery that the moon has typically held in practicing the craft. The book reads easily and is parceled out into bite-size pieces. The contents read like a table of correspondences for the sun and each chapter is only a few…

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    Peeking in the Shadows; Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light

    Welcome to Peeking in the Shadows. This monthly column will give you everything you need to create or to add to an existing Book of Shadows and Light – aka. BOS. This month is a quick-look at what a BOS is and what it may contain. We’ll go through in more depth these and other components in future months. But for now…. A Book is Not (Always) Just Another Book As you continue on the pagan path you will want to create a Book of Shadow and Light. This is essentially a journal or guide that holds special Quarter Calls, rituals, information and results of herbs used, incense recipes, spell work,…

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    Book Review – Field Guide to the Spirit World: The Science of Angel Power, Discarnate Entities and Demonic Possession by Susan Martinez, Ph.D.

    Book ReviewField Guide to the Spirit WorldThe Science of Angel Power, Discarnate Entities and Demonic Possessionby Susan Martinez, Ph.D. It is always interesting to me to read books regarding the occult/paranormal/esoteric that are written by those scientific academics that offer the opportunity to confirm the alliance between science and the spiritual/magickal. As the sub-title suggests, Field Guide to the Spirit World: The Science of Angel Power, Discarnate Entities and Demonic Possession does a fine job of forming a dialogue between the confirmable and the unknowable. The book’s author, Susan Martinez, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University, the perfect foundational ground from which to explore the realms of…

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    Creating Sacred Space The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the “founding of the world”:where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself,and the world comes into existence… Mircea Eliade … What is Sacred Space? Read and re-read the quote above. Take it into your space of meditation. Analyze, dissect and observe it from all angles, perspectives and meaning. Try to feel the weight and breath of its meaning and allow the words to gently wash over you. Digest it and then simply sit with the feeling of satiety its inner essence provides. And, once you have done these things, redo them, one by one. Therein you will…

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    Our Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part Four Continuing this series of posts about the Energetic Anatomy and our seat of power that comes from ourselves as a Divine Source of co-c The Nadis and Meridians: Specific Energetic Pathwaysreation…. The Nadis and Meridians are highly specialized energetic pathways that run in multiple directions throughout our body. It is these pathways that Chinese Medicine, Accupuncture, Accupressure and other healing modalities make use of by way of stimulating the flow of Chi energy to move in a non-restricted and healthful pattern. The Nadis are highly specialized and localized pathways that align with the Chakras and act upon the energy flow moving up the central…

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    Book Review – The Hidden Worlds by Sandra Ingerman & Katherine Wood

    Book Review The Hidden Worlds by Sandra Ingerman and Katherine Wood The Hidden Worlds is a gift to “juvenile fiction”. The authors, Sandra Ingerman and Katherine Wood bring the wealth of their experience as Shamans and in the case of Katherine, as an educator, and present a story of fiction that holds a wealth of keys and nuances to be used for any young practitioner. Sandra Ingerman, a world renowned Shaman, shares that The Hidden Worlds is based upon her own spiritual experiences as she entered the world of study and understanding the principles of Shamanic practice. Katherine, Sandra’s student, became the collaborator for a story that brings to life…

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    Book Review – Paganism in Depth: A Polytheistic Approach by John Beckett

    Book Review Paganism in Depth A Polytheistic Approach by John Beckett Let me begin this review by saying that John Beckett is a down-to-earth and genuinely unassuming and likable man. And, he also is committed to his path of Druidry, but not at the expense of also being very thoughtful and receptive to many of the other paths that fall under the umbrella of polytheism. These statements alone, in my opinion, make his writing all that more interesting because you can distinguish the underpinnings of a sound personal practice that allows for exploration of “what could be”. Paganism in Depth is separated into three Parts: Part 1-Foundations; Part 2-Practice; and…

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    Our Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part Three Excerpted from Part One… … ”The important consideration is that each system is dependent on the other either directly or through the bridge of another in producing the necessary life force to keep us alive. When we consider the complexity and precision of this life force and its active components that keep us functioning it truly is a profound and deeply humbling analysis. These same structures apply to every living thing in their own way of specificity and in larger scope to the entire universe. It is for this reason that our first point of connection to that which is part of, yet…

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    Book Review – Magickal Astrology: Use the Power of the Planets to Create an Enchanted Life by Skye Alexander

    Book ReviewMagickal AstrologyUse the Power of the Planets to Create an Enchanted Life by Skye Alexander Skye Alexander has been an author I have followed for several years now. She is a practitioner of magick and has a depth of understanding of astrology that fuses the basics of that discipline with practical magickal application. Magickal Astrology: Use the Power of the Planets to Create an Enchanted Life is the latest addition to her impressive collection of writings. ….”Astrology and magick serve as links between universal forces and earthly experience. Like myth, meditation and music, they provide windows through which we can glimpse the Divine and see its hand shaping the…