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    Book Review – Russian Black Magic: The Beliefs and Practices of Heretics and Blasphemers by Natasha Helvin

    Book Review Russian Black Magic The Beliefs and Practices of Heretics and Blasphemers by Natasha Helvin 176 Pages     I didn’t really know what to make of this book when I received it – I don’t really believe in the reality of “black” magic – or “white” magic, for that matter – magic is magic! – and I don’t care about the practices of so-called “heretics and blasphemers” – where I’m from, spiritually, “heretics and blasphemers” are simply those who do not adhere to the orthodox view, whatever it may be. Which would include me. So although I read it eagerly – I love anything about Russian culture –…

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    Wisdom Keepers Book Box by WEvolve     WEvolve’s Wisdom Keepers Book Box launched in December 2019. Its first was “An Exploration of Past Lives.”     The book around which the box was themed was “The Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Lifetimes” by Ann Barham. As described on Amazon – where seventy-five percent of people who rated the book gave it five stars – it is described this way: In this rare and fascinating intimate glimpse at past life regression therapy, licensed therapist Ann Barham invites us into her office as she helps her clients mine their unconscious memories for the key past life experiences…

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    Review of the ‘Circular Wall Calendar and Wheel of Year 2020’ by Monica-April Skinner of QuintessentLife Etsy

    Review ‘Circular Wall Calendar and Wheel of Year 2020’ by Monica-April Skinner of QuintessentLife Etsy     From the very moment I took this calendar out of its wrapping, I absolutely adored it! I have seen other Goddess-oriented calendars over the years but nothing like this one! This is truly an innovation. Other Goddess calendars kept the tradition square shape of regular calendars while using a lunar-based system – I remember one that showed the days of the (lunar) month in a spiral shape that was almost impossible to read. This calendar is totally different. Created by Monika-April Skinner, a Wiccan artist who sells via her Etsy, QuintessentLife, this calendar…

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    Book Review – In Focus Reiki: Your Personal Guide by Des Hynes

    Book Review In Focus Reiki Your Personal Guide by Des Hynes 144 Pages     Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master Des Hynes defines Reiki as “a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing through using the energy of a higher, divine, guided life force.” The practice is named after the healing energy involved. Hynes learned about its benefits watching as his wife received Reiki treatments while getting chemotherapy     The book provides an introduction to this noninvasive healing modality, explaining it can reduce stress, depression, anxiety and physical pain, by removing blockages and balancing the body’s energy centers. Reiki (Rei meaning higher power and Ki…

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    Book Review – Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish by Lucy Cavendish

    Book ReviewSpellbound The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendishby Lucy Cavendish208 Pages   “There is an immense natural power in the Universe … You have this natural power within you, and it is your birthright to learn how to work with it,” Lucy Cavendish writes in her book, Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish. Working spells connects you to that power that flows through everything, and Cavendish offers enough information to harness that power. She gleaned the contents of this book from her personal journals, offering a grimoire – her collection of rules and laws that apply to magic and the craft, rituals, spells, potions, meditations and magickal notes. This…

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    Music Review – Half Tongue Tribe’s Debut Album ‘All Acts of Joy’!!

    Half Tongue Tribe is the Spell Between Worlds Are you looking for new music? New music with a Witchy edge? Well – here you are. David LeBarron has a great new band called Half Tongue Tribe with an upcoming album ‘All Acts of Joy’ and it’s all about Witchcraft and Wicca and Goddess-love and freedom. For those of us who are older and who remember bands the revered the old gods – whether they were local bands or more regional – Half Tongue Tribe brings back a lot of memories. Half Tongue Tribe – come from Los Angeles, California, and the main writer of the songs is David LeBarron and…

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    Book Review – The Magic of Marie Laveau: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans by Denise Alvarado

    Book Review The Magic of Marie Laveau Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans by Denise Alvarado 224 Pages     The legendary former Voodoo Queen is the most anticipated stop on ghost tours, has had books written about her, is the subject of songs and is a character in “American Horror Story.” Although Marie Laveau (1801-1881) shaped New Orleans Voudou as well as Hoodoo and Conjure practices internationally, there is not one photograph of her. While much has been written, Denise Alvarado chose to focus on Laveau’s magical and spiritual legacy. Alvarado is “a born and bred in New Orleans Creole, a cultural anthropologist as…

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    Book Review – The Darkening Age: The Christian Deconstruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey

    Book Review The Darkening AgeThe Christian Deconstruction of the Classical Worldby Catherine Nixey 352 Pages   I can’t remember where I once read that we humans are creatures who are amnesiacs. But we are, lucky for us; someone will come along and write a book that helps us remember what we should have never forgotten. The Darkening Age is such a book written by Catherine Nixey. When I was growing up, I was told the myth that Christians in the early part of their Spirituality were prosecuted for their beliefs. That the religion slowly won over the world with love and peace. I was raised being fed a Christian myth…

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    Book Review – A New Dictionary of Fairies: A 21st Century Exploration of Celtic and Related Western European Fairies by Morgan Daimler

    Book Review A New Dictionary of Fairies A 21st Century Exploration of Celtic and Related Western European Fairies by Morgan Daimler 416 Pages Most people know of my views on fairies; specifically, my concerns when some people insist that fairies are wee, harmless creatures who only want to help us. The fae are powerful, unpredictable beings, but to be fair, they are also numerous and varied in type, and understanding them is a convoluted and confusing process. Morgan Daimler’s new book is a massive aid for anyone wanting to understand the world of fairies and magical beings. When I was a little girl, one of my favourite books was ‘A…

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    Book Review – Finding Your Higher Self: Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care by Sophie Saint Thomas

    Book Review Finding Your Higher Self Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care by Sophie Saint Thomas 223 Pages     Almost a blog in book form, “Finding Your Higher Self: Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care” is a book which asks the same question that “Enhancement Smoker” Jon Stewart did in “Half Baked”: did you ever do the stuff you normally do… but on weeeeed?     In the spirit of Saint Thomas’ central message — to take care of yourself and use cannabis’ relaxing properties to make your everyday activities more pleasant — I’m writing this review while stoned. The introduction to “Finding Your Higher Self” has a short…