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    Book Review – Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings: Working with Intelligence in Nature by Marko Pogacnik

    Book Review Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings: Working with Intelligence in Nature Marko Pogacnik Published by Findhorn Press 254 pages Publication date: February 1, 2010 (Second Edition)     For over thirty years, Marko Pogacnik has worked with Earth’s energies to heal and balance places where trauma or violence has occurred. He uses a process called lithopuncture – placing large stones at specific points in the landscape – similar to acupuncture. Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings: Working with the Intelligence in Nature is the result of his first encounters during lithopuncture work with the intelligent forces and beings who shape and protect Earth and her processes. Pogacnik wrote the first…

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    Book Review – Enochian Vision Magic: A Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley by Lon Milo DuQuette

    Book Review Enochian Vision Magic: A Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley by Lon Milo DuQuette Published by Weiser Books 304 pages Publication date: September 1, 2019 (Previously published 2008)     I was not sure what to expect from Enochian Vision Magick as I leafed through it before sitting down to read – there were lots of charts, tables, and diagrams. I was not familiar with the work of Elizabethan era magician Dr. John Dee and his scrying partner Edward Kelley and their communication with angelic beings, except in the most general sense. So, with some trepidation, I prepared to be confused or…

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    Book Review – Shamanic Creativity: Free the Imagination with Rituals, Energy Work, & Spirit Journeying

    Book Review Shamanic Creativity: Free the Imagination with Rituals, Energy Work, & Spirit Journeying by Evelyn C. Rysdyk Published by Destiny Books 256 pages Publication date: January 25, 2022     I have been on an Evelyn Rysdyk reading binge in the last few months. In the April 2022 edition of Pagan Pages, I reviewed her book, co-written with Bhola Banstola, The Nepalese Shamanic Path. I was lucky enough to have another of her books on hand to review – Shamanic Creativity: Free the Imagination with Rituals, Energy and Spirit Journeying. Working from her underlying worldview of shamanic practice, Rysdyk shows us how to examine our relationship to the fear…

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    Book Review – Nightside of the Runes: Uthark, Adulruna and the Gothic Cabbala by Thomas Karlsson

    Book Review Nightside of the Runes: Uthark, Adulruna and the Gothic Cabbala by Thomas Karlsson, Ph.D. Published by Inner Traditions 288 pages Publication date: February 12, 2019   Nightside of the Runes: Uthark, Adulruna and the Gothic Cabbala is an exploration of esoteric meanings and correspondences of the runes in two parts. In fact, it is actually two books. Each was published separately in German, Swedish and Italian, then published as one volume in the first U.S. edition. Thomas Karlsson lays out the “nightside,” or hidden dimensions of the runes, through the work of Sigurd Agrell, a Swedish runologist and professor of Slavic languages, and Johannes Bureus, a Swedish mystic…

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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…