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    Book Review – Yoga: 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week by Gertrud Hirschi

    Book Review Yoga 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week A Gentle Daily Practice for Strength, Clarityand Calm by Gertrud Hirschi As a long-time kundalini yoga instructor, I really enjoyed this book. It describes a gentle, wonderful path to a daily yoga practice, something everyone can benefit from. One of the things I found most enjoyable is the fact that Ms. Hirschi used certain exercises/postures for each day of the week, using the qualities and the energies of each specific day. Keeping in mind that different practices/traditions have alternate names for each day, the author uses the following: Sunday is the Day of the Sun Monday is the Day…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    SOPHIA (Image Credit: crystallinks.com) Wisdom is calling us, Sophia is calling Raising her voice, she stands by the city gates, at the crossroads, on the mountaintop. At every entrance, she is standing, shouting to us: “O people”, she calls, “learn from me!” Listen to me, for I speak nothing but the truth. Know my ways, for they are richer than silver. Know my secrets, and you do not need gold. Listen to me, my words are more precious than rubies. My words are riper than figs, sweeter than dates, more nourishing than applies and olives. Kings and princes and careful judges know me, and so do those who simply love…

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    Book Review – The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by the Megalithic Portal, Edited by Andy Burnham

    Book Review The Old Stones A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by the Megalithic Portal Edited by Andy Burnham Who can look at a circle of stones, standing stones, without feeling a sense of awe and amazement, without wondering who made this, why is it here? Megalithic Portal is an independent website run by prehistoric site enthusiasts. This book was collaboratively put together from people across the globe. For more information, please visit their website. This is a good sized book, limited to stones within Britain and Ireland. It is chock-full of articles, photos, maps, appropriate quotes. I love that it describes the different types…

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    She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Lalita, the Red Goddess (Image Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Deck by Meggan Watterson) Lalita Tripura Sundari, also known as Lalita, is an Hindu Goddess, connected to playfulness and desire. Lalita is “She Who Plays”. Her name in Sanskrit is comprised of Lila, meaning “divine play”, Tripura, meaning three worlds, and Sundari, meaning beautiful; hence, Tripura Sundari is “She who is beautiful in three worlds”. She is known for Her spontaneity and joy. Lalita is part of a group of ten Goddesses called the Mahavidyas, or Great Wisdom. She is seen to be an aspect of manifestation of Parvati, as well as “Adi Parashakti”, a Goddess considered a Supreme Being…

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    Book Review – Goddess Power by Isabella Price

    Book ReviewGoddess PowerAwakening the Wisdom of the Divine Feminine in Your Life by Isabella Price This is a beautifully written and well-researched book of Goddess history, or *herstory*, if you will. Ms. Price’s love for her subject shines through in every word. It is a culturally diverse chronology of Goddess myth, lore and magic, beginning with the prehistoric and neolithic Goddess figures that have been found in chapters on Inanna and Ishtar, Isis, Minoan Crete, Yoruba, Shaktism and both the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdelene. Ms. Price speaks of the different cultures and their Goddesses, including the myths about them. She tells of Goddess symbols and their meanings. This book is…

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    A Woman’s Place…

    I Am the Light of My Soul In an uncertain world, one of the most important things we can do, as women, is to develop a soothing self-care practice. We were created by the Goddess, in Her image, and we carry a spark of Her radiant love for us. It is unfortunate, then, that the world does not see us as Goddesses, nor do many even see Her, and so women, in our current society, are seen as *less than* we really and truly are. We must remember that, as Her daughters, we carry Her in our heart and, in so doing, project Her presence out into the world. It…

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    Book Reviews – The Only Books You Will Ever Need: 3 Titles From the Plain & Simple Series

    There is a series of books titled, “Plain & Simple, The Only Book You will Ever Need”. I have three of these that I would like to review together, in that they are part of a growing series. The first one I will review is “Chakras, Plain & Simple” by Sasha Fenton. The book begins with an introduction to the chakras, what they are, and how they work. From there, there is a chapter on each chakra with description, purpose, benefits of each when healthy and each includes an exercise for the specific chakra. How to heal your chakra is next discussed, bringing them into balance using colors, crystals, oils,…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Akhilanda (artwork by Pieter Weltevrede) Akhilanda is the Hindu Goddess of Never Not Broken. Her formal name is Akhilandeswari Ma, and is known informally as Khodiyar Ma, a form of the Great Mother Goddess. In Sanskrit, Akhilanda means “never not broken” and Ishwari is Goddess or female power. She is one of India’s oldest depictions of the Goddess. She is said to be originally a Vedic Goddess, the Vedas being the oldest layer of Sanskrit scripture. She is also known as the Goddess of the “agamas”, the texts known as tantra. She has been described as a form of the Goddess Parvati and as associated with Goddess Durga. She carries…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Hygiea (Image Credit: Amazon) Hygiea, the daughter of Epione, the Goddess of the Soothing of Pain, and Aslepius, God of Medicine, is the Greek Goddess of Health and Healing. Hers is a healing family, as Her sisters are Panakeia, the Goddess Who Cures All and Iaso, the Goddess of Remedies. Called Salus in Rome, She is also the healer of both physical and mental disease. She is sometimes called the Protectress of Mental Health. Her symbol is a cup, or chalice, surrounded by a snake, as She is most commonly shown with a snake wrapped around Her body, holding a bowl for libations. The cult of Hygiea started in the…

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    Interview & Review – Laura Tempest Zakroff: Sigil Witchery

    A Book Review Sigil Witchery (An interview with Tempest follows this review.) It was very serendipitous that as this book was coming up for review, I had just registered to take a workshop with Tempest based on this very book. The word “sigil” means “seal” or an action/word of a spiritual nature. I would hazard a guess that most of us have seen sigils that mean specific things, written and drawn by others. Tempest brings sigils to us in a more personal way, with the sigils drawn by us, to have meaning to us, specifically. She simplifies it for us, while never detracting from their power. Before doing this, she…