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    Book Review – The Grim Grand Grammarye: Making Sense of The PGM and Joining the Sabbatic Ecstasies by Coemgein Gowdie

    Book Review The Grim Grand Grammarye Making Sense of The PGM and Joining the Sabbatic Ecstasies by Coemgein Gowdie 230 Pages Publication Date: 1/14/2021     Published originally on May 5, 2020, this book can be had, conveniently through Amazon’s Kindle as well as paperback through Amazon.com. It is confusing that on one Amazon site, it states the author is Isobel Gowdie, and another lists it as Coemgein Gowdie. Isobel Gowdie was accused of witchcraft and confessed in 1662 in Auldeare, Scotland. Her testimony was used extensively by Margaret Alice Murray, which in turn inspired Gerald Gardner’s Wicca, and scholars consider her vivid testimony of dealings with the devil as…

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      Review of The 13th Warrior This beautiful film opens in the splendor of the ancient Middle East and we find our hero, Ahmad ibn Fahdlan, cast far away from home for having an affair with a married woman. He is banished for having an affair with a king’s wife to the land of what is called the home of the “barbarians” aka the Norsemen- Odin’s men, pagan Heathens! He and his hosts are told by a holy woman 13 men must go to the aid of Kind Hrothgar- yeah ANOTHER Hollywood take on the epic Beowulf- and the 13th Warrior will be no Northman. As a daughter of Odin,…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for March 2021 Bright Blessings! It’s below freezing outside, and we may get up to eight inches of snow in the next three days. I have been shoveling my backside off this month, because we’ve already gotten PLENTY of snow already, as The Cailleach reminds us it’s still her domain. Not for long!   (Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash)   In just over a month, it will be Spring Equinox, and, according to weather reports, it will have warmed up significantly by then. Already, the days are longer, and seeds are out in stores…YES we got some seeds. Those who have read…

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      Review of My 600 Pound Life Bright Blessings! The show I am reviewing addresses sensitive topics: body image, health, and the identity all of this creates. Magically, it addresses transformation, and the fact magic is a process that takes time. It’s not flinging one spell, uttering a few words, or “putting the energy out to the Universe” and then going off and forgetting about it. My 600 Pound Life streams on Hulu, and my husband and I have watched several episodes. Multiple individuals open up to share their struggles, and successes with the public. Some allow people to see them nude. They allow camera crews into their everyday personal…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for January 2021 Bright Blessings, and happy 2021! As it is between Sabbats, I get to pick what to write about, and I decided there is something I want to say to my Pagans. Without further ado…   An Open Letter to My Pagans   It has been over a year since I have seen some of you who I see regularly. Last Winter, we did craft gatherings, and Circles- and in January and February, we died back with the earth for a bit. I was planning to have more craft gatherings, and then Beltane. Then the virus hit. I canceled everything. A…

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      Review of Behind You   Bright Blessings, film lovers! I am reviewing yet another horror film! My favorite genre! This one was not as fun as some others I have reviewed, but it’s still a good film to discuss magical topics. It’s called Behind You, and here is a trailer to watch! The 2020 film follows sisters Olivia and Claire, whose mom has just died. They are brought to stay with their Aunt Beth, who they don’t know, while people try to reach their father. Right off the bat, their Aunt informs them they are not welcome, and it turns out she has good reason for this. While Aunt…

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    Room on the Broom Bright Blessings, film lovers! If you are like me- you love a good cartoon. Well, this was just too cute to resist. Room on the Broom is a short cartoon film based on the children’s book with the same title, written by Julia Donaldson. It was originally released by BBC One in 2012, then again in 2013. Voiced by some of Britain’s most famous stars, including Gillian Anderson, Timothy Spall, and David Walliams, the film is inspiring, heartwarming, and fun. More than this, it teaches a lesson to all people, not just magical practitioners should heed. Here is a trailer to watch:     The story…

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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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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times Second Edition

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for December 2020 Bright Blessings! We have had an unusually warm November this year, and I have taken full advantage of it to sit and visit outdoors as much as possible with people who I know I am not going to see again until March or April. Covid-19 has hit us hard this month. I am in Franklin County, Ohio, and our county hit purple warning level of public emergency in regards to the levels of Covid19. For the first time, shops and even our Metro Parks are enforcing mask use, and we are back on a curfew again. Next, they may shut…

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      Review of Little Evil   Bright Blessings, Film Lovers. I thought I’d do a horror since it’s October- Halloween month! This one is not scary really, but it is a horror comedy. It’s hilarious and deals with theme of evil, cults, and the individual will. Little Evil was released in 2017 and stars the illustrious Clancy Brown, the very funny Adam Scott, and the legendary Sally Field. Here is a trailer so you can see how great this is.     Gary meets the woman of his dreams, Samantha, and after a very short courtship, marries her and moves in with she and her five-year-old son, Lucas. Lucas is…