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    Book Review – Mountain Conjure and Southern Rootwork

    Book Review Mountain Conjure and Southern Rootwork Previously published as The Candle and The Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root Work by Orion Foxwood Published by Red Wheel / Weiser Books 256 pages Publication date: January 1, 2021     I have always been drawn to the practice of conjure – maybe it’s the power in the word itself. It evokes the ability to “conjure up” magic, healing, spirits and who know what else. I know little about it, and indeed, have followed other pathways. I took the opportunity to read Mountain Conjure and Southern Root Work find out more. Orion Foxwood was raised in his family’s…

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    Book Review – Banishing Snakes with Fire: 13 Rituals to Reclaim Your Authentic Self by James Dey Harris

    Book Review Banishing Snakes with Fire: 13 Rituals to Reclaim Your Authentic Self by James Dey Harris Self-published 238 pages Publication date: December 30, 2021     Banishing Snakes with Fire is a beautiful book. Author James Dey Harris takes us on a journey through the inner and outer landscapes of his life from childhood and offers us practices to make this journey in tandem with him. He explains that he wrote the book while doing the work – prospectively – inhabiting each phase of his soulful exploration as he recorded it. It’s not a retrospective look at the healing and self-revelation from the mountain top once he’s already arrived,…

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    Book Review – The Nepalese Shamanic Path: Practices for Negotiating the Spirit World by Evelyn Rysdyk with Bhola Nath Banstola

    Book Review The Nepalese Shamanic Path: Practices for Negotiating the Spirit World by Evelyn Rysdyk with Bhola Nath Banstola Published by Destiny Books 360 pages Publication date: February 19, 2019                     After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal in April 2015, killing almost 9,000 people, injuring over 20,000 and destroying sacred sites, Bhola Nath Banstola and Evelyn Rysdyk collaborated to write The Nepalese Shamanic Path: Practices for Negotiating the Spirit World. Banstola is a 27th generation jhankri – a Nepalese shaman – and Rysdyk is trained in and has practiced core shamanism for many years. She writes and teaches, integrating…

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    Book Review – Pagan Portals: Artio and Artaois – A Journey Toward the Celtic Bear Gods by Andrew Anderson

    Book Review Pagan Portals: Artio and Artaois A Journey Toward the Celtic Bear Gods by Andrew Anderson Publisher: Moon Books 120 Pages Publication Date: July 1, 2021   Andrew Anderson’s Artio and Artaois – A Journey Toward the Celtic Bear Gods is tour de force exploring ancient European bear worship – Arctolatry – from the Neolithic through its echoes in the twenty-first century. After meeting an ancient she-bear spirit when he invokes a guardian for his home, he discovers she is Artio, a Celtic Bear Goddess, and follows her trail through Europe and the United Kingdom on a pilgrimage in search of her roots and worship. During his journey, he…

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    Book Review – Journey of a Shaman by John Norseman

    Book Review Journey of a Shaman by John Norseman Publisher: Balboa Press 382 Pages Publication Date: May 26, 2015   In Journey of a Shaman, John Norseman has written his autobiography, beginning with his early life in England during World War II. He takes us in detail in the first quarter of the book through his education and coming of age, his marriage and romances and his work in the insurance industry ”that lead him to become the CEO of four major companies,” and to live and travel internationally. In 1992, he met the woman who became his business partner and second wife. Their work together, subsequent retirement and journeys…

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    Book Review – The Ultimate Guide to Shamanism: A Modern Guide to Healing, Tools and Ceremony by Rebecca Keating, BScN

    Book Review The Ultimate Guide to Shamanism A Modern Guide to Healing, Tools and Ceremony by Rebecca Keating, BScN Publisher: Fair Winds Press 192 Pages Publication Date: July 20, 2021     The Ultimate Guide to Shamanism is one of Fair Winds Press’ “The Ultimate Guide to…” series. It is a visually lovely book, with rich watercolors from Roberta Orpwood beginning each section. Rebecca Keating has organized the book into three parts: History and Principles of Shamanism, which covers origins and history, shamanism of the modern day, shamanic principles and shamanic energy medicine. Part II, Tools from the Natural and Unseen Worlds walks us through creating sacred space and introducing…

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    Book & Oracle Card Box Review – The Shaman Box: Tools for Healing Protection and Good Fortune with Animal Oracle Cards by Nicholas Breeze Wood (author) & Sarah Bartlett (oracle cards)

    Book & Oracle Card Box Review The Shaman Box Tools for Healing Protection and Good Fortune with Animal Oracle Cards by Nicholas Breeze Wood (author) & Sarah Bartlett (oracle cards) Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing 96 Pages, 36 Card Deck Publication Date: 9/01/2020   Opening The Shaman Box is like opening a medicine package. It presents as a hardback book, but then you open the cover. The paperback book, written by Nicholas Breeze Wood, is tucked into a sleeve on the right hand side of the cover and the oracle deck, with illustrations and key words by Sarah Bartlett, is in a soft box placed into an opening on the left…

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    Book Review – Shamanism for Every Day: 365 Journeys by Mara Bishop

    Book Review Shamanism for Every Day 365 Journeys by Mara Bishop Publisher: Citadel 464 Pages Publication Date 3/20/21     Shamanic practitioner and intuitive consultant Mara Bishop’s Shamanism for Everyday: 365 Journeys is a book of daily meditations which present opportunities to connect with inner wisdom and helping spirits in the midst of our busy lives. The Introduction is titled “Coming Home” and sitting down with this book indeed feels like settling in, calming down and having a break from the intense outward focused activity and distraction we experience in the 21st century. The main content of the book is the 365 daily entries referenced in the title. Each daily…

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    Book Review – Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition: Customs, Rites and Ceremonies by Nigel Pennick

    Book Review Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition Customs, Rites and Ceremonies by Nigel Pennick Publisher: Destiny Books 352 Pages Publication Date: 5/21/2015     Like many of Nigel Pennick’s books, Pagan Magic of the Northern Traditions, is a scholarly survey of the cultural uses of magic in the everyday world of pre-Christian Northern Europe. It is not a “how-to” book. It’s better than a how-to book; Pennick explores the practices and customs that underlay our understanding of telling time, the powers and associations of the days of the week, the seasons and the year, household magic and protection, colors, planetary magic, and the power of sigils and objects, among…

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    Tarot Deck Review – Visionary Path Tarot by Lucy Delics

    Tarot Deck Review Visionary Path Tarot by Lucy Delics Publisher: Park Street Press (Inner Traditions) 32 Pages Publication Date: 11/03/2020     The Visionary Path Tarot invites us to explore the vibratory nature of the universe and how it shimmers in our dreams and visions. Lucy Delics has created a portal to the mysteries into which sacred plant medicine guides us. This is a black and white deck, with intricate line drawings and images described on the box as “psychedelic.” The black and white drawings are alive and animate against solid black backgrounds. With a softened gaze, the drawings move and come alive. The images containing many references to plant…