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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…

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    Book Review – Shamanic Alchemy: The Great Work of Inner Transformation by James Endredy

    Book Review Shamanic Alchemy The Great Work of Inner Transformation by James Endredy Bear & Co. 277 pages Shamanic Alchemy: The Great Work of Inner Transformation, tracks the parallels between the “Great Work” of classical alchemy and the shamanism’s work of aligning the inner and outer worlds through the process of initiation and transformation. Endredy’s introduction to the book sets out his thesis: “both alchemy and shamanism are practical gnostic systems of enlightenment…The predominant reason for practicing gnostic systems…is that direct experience is highly effective in relieving suffering, ignorance and fear of death. The direct experience of practicing shamanic alchemy has the power to invoke peace of mind, a healthy…

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    Book Review – Shamanic Healing: Traditional Medicine for a Modern World by Itzhak Beery

    Book Review Shamanic Healing Traditional Medicine for a Modern World by Itzhak Beery Destiny Books 226 Pages Shamanic Healing: Traditional Medicine for a Modern World is a great introduction to the power and scope of traditional medicine techniques from cultures that stand outside of Western medicine. Itzhak Beery opens the book, his third, with a compelling chapter on the need to integrate the wisdom and personal approach of shamanic healing wisdom with the benefits of Western medicine. He then takes the reader on his personal journey to shamanism, starting with his first workshops with Michael Harner and John Perkins, both of whom were instrumental in popularizing cross-cultural shamanic practices and…

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    Book Review – Demons and Spirits of the Land: Ancestral Lore and Practices by Claude Lecouteux, Translated by Jon E. Graham

    Book Review Demons and Spirits of the Land Ancestral Lore and Practices by Claude Lecouteux Translated by Jon E. Graham 212 Pages     In Demons and Spirits of the Land: Ancestral Lore and Practices, Claude Lecouteux has written a fascinating and well-resourced exploration of pre-Christian Europe’s relationship with the spirits of the land. The writing is academic in nature, with many quotations from and cites to original sources deftly weaving centuries of cross-cultural traditions from Northern and Western European. Lecouteux describes the practices by which humans first respected the spirits of natural places, then colonized and “civilized” those places, changing their relationship with the local beings. With numerous references…

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    Book Review – Magic in the Landscape: Earth Mysteries and Geomancy by Nigel Pennick

    Book Review Magic in the Landscape Earth Mysteries and Geomancy by Nigel Pennick 176 Pages     Nigel Pennick’s new book, Magic in the Landscape – Earth Mysteries and Geomancy, opens with a lament for the loss of a cultural sense of humans’ place in the natural world. We spend most of our time physically separate from the natural world, in artificial environments, oblivious to what we cannot see on our screens. The worldview of “developed” cultures is that we live in a “world of dead matter, there to be used and used up.” And, as Pennick emphasizes, we have rejected not only the natural world, but the ways in…