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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…

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    Hedge Witch, Vedge Witch

    Naked Nutrition More and more folks are embracing a plant-based lifestyle, many of whom are pagans as being plant-based fits in with “do no harm”. Plant based is best for our animal companions and it is best for us. This new occasional column will review offerings within the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. First up, is “Naked Nutrition“, who recently reached out to PaganPagesOrg. After a few back and forth emails, I was sent a couple of samples. The first, and largest, is NAKED CHOC PB. I received a 5 lb. tub. I’m grateful that I make smoothies so often! This is really tasty vegan protein powder. I tend to buy vanilla protein…

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    She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Aa (Image Credit: freedom for humanity2016.wordpress.com) She to whom January 1st is dedicated and to whom is honored on this day is the Babylonian Goddess, Aa. She is also known as: Great Mother Mother of All Things Goddess of the Dawn Goddess of the Light While She is known as Aa in Babylonia, She is also known as Serida in Sumeria, and in Akkadian as Aya, which means “dawn” in Akkadian. She is “the Beginning” and “The Mother of All Wisdom” and is associated with the eastern mountains which bring the sun into the sky. (Image Credit: earthandstarryheaven.com) Her symbol is an 8-rayed sphere representing the symbol of light. As…

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    Review of Ritual Bath Salt by Nuit Apothecary on Etsy

    Ostara Ritual Bath Salts by Nuit Apothecary on Etsy I received Ostara Ritual Bath Salts by Nuit Apothecary. It came nicely packaged in a black bag, with a pretty label explaining what it was. It’s made with Dead Sea salt, Epsom salt, prairie lily, red clover and essential oils. As someone who adores taking hot baths, I was looking forward to trying this salt out. I ran the tub and sprinkled some in. It had a nice scent and the salts dissolved well in the hot water. There were plenty of herbs floating around in the tub. The scent was not as strong as I would have liked and what…

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    Book Review – Working Conjure: A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic by Hoodoo Sen Moise

    Book Review Working Conjure A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic By Hoodoo Sen Moise Due to the fact that, in all honesty, I say I know absolutely nothing about Hoodoo, I was pleased to see that the first chapter was entitled, “What is Conjure/Hoodoo?” The author explains the when, where, how and proceeds to tell us of Hoodoo’s principles in chapter 2. I love the explanation of how “Conjure was birthed out of a need to overcome the oppression of slavery. It was a way for the slaves to turn the tide against the slave masters and take back, at least in some way, what had been taken from them.”…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    AGISCHANAK   As I sit here looking out at the world outside my window, covered with the first snowfall of the season, wrapped in a shawl due to the cold. My thoughts turn to Alaska and what Goddess I may find there.   (Image Credit: hubpages.com)   My search brings me to Agischanak. Goddess of the Mountains. Goddess of the Earth. Protector of Her people. Agischanak is a Goddess in Southeastern Alaska. She lives on top of Mt. Edgecumbe, near Sitka.   (Image Credit: listverse.com)   She is kindly and protects Her people and all of the peoples of the Earth. However, She is also forceful and powerful, as She…

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    Book Review: The Witch’s Altar The Craft, Lore and Magick of Sacred Space By Laura Tempest Zackroff and Jason Mankey

    Book Review: The Witch’s Altar The Craft, Lore and Magick of Sacred Space By Laura Tempest Zackroff and Jason Mankey As someone with many altars strewn about my home, I was happy to have the opportunity to read this book. Whether for a beginner or someone with many year’s experience with Wicca/Witchcraft/Paganism, this book will help you in setting up, designing and maintaining your altars. Just perusing the Table of Contents makes you aware that the two authors know exactly what they are talking about, as they have many years of wisdom and knowledge both individually and collectively. It is a very reader-friendly book, conversational and easy-to-read with much information…