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    Book Review – The Last Ecstasy of Life: Celtic Mysteries of Death and Dying by Phyllida Anam-Aire

    Book Review The Last Ecstasy of Life Celtic Mysteries of Death and Dying by Phyllida Anam-Aire Publisher: Findhorn Press Pages: 176 Publication: July 20, 2021     “Time and space are gifts of birth Timelessness and spacelessness are gifts of death We move and dance between the two Like children playing in fields of corn” These lines from a poem by Phyllida Anam-Áire preceding the table of contents opens the door to a deep dive into the mysteries of death and dying. Knowledge from her early near-death experience, Phyllida Anam-Áire, a former nun, becomes a spiritual midwife, using her Celtic heritage to explain the sacred stages of transitioning. In the…

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    Book Review – Daily Magic: Spells and Rituals for Making the Whole Year Magical by Judika Illes

    Book Review Daily Magic Spells and Rituals for Making the Whole Year Magical by Judika Illes Publisher: HarperOne 592 Pages Publication Date: August 31, 2021     “Daily Magic: Spells and Rituals for Making the Whole Year Magical” is the quintessential collection of days that pagans of all varieties celebrate around the world. It is a perpetual calendar of dates having spiritual, magical, and esoteric significance, helping readers make the most of the energies and influences that are associated with special power times. Some significant historical events, such as September 11, are also referenced. April 30, for example, is perfect for spellcasting – especially for love, romance, fertility, and prosperity.…

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    Book Review – Animal Spirit Wisdom: A Pocket Reference to 45 Power Animals by Phillip Kansa and Elke Kirchner-Young

    Book Review Animal Spirit Wisdom A Pocket Reference to 45 Power Animal by Phillip Kansa and Elke Kirchner-Young Publisher: Earthdancer Books 112 Pages Publication Date: May 4, 2021     Animals have always been important to humans for food, clothing, and tools. Their spirits have also been important, providing special energies and wisdom to shamans and others who learned to connect with them. They still are important. This pocket reference introduces forty-five spirit animals – from ant to wolf – and helps readers discover their gifts. These spiritual helpers bring healing, wisdom, strength, companionship, and special energies to those willing to accept assistance from animal energy from other dimensions. Each…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches Book Review – Creating Smudge Sticks: 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness by Peg Couch

    Book Review Creating Smudge Sticks 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness by Peg Couch Publisher: Red Feather 128 Pages Publication Date: September 28, 2020   Merry meet. This month, my column is about a book I was given to review called “Creating Smudge Sticks: 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness.”     While not pitched directly to pagans, using smoke is a common practice among us for purification and removing negative energy. In this book, Peg Couch presents projects for these as well as such intentions as love, anti-anxiety, stress relief, blessing a house, courage, and good vibrations.     Each project calls for…

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    Book Review – The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car

    Book Review The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car Publisher: Running Press Kids 168 Pages Publication Date: July 20, 2021     The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car is one of those books that not only do you wish was around when you were a kid, but also wish your own kids had access to such a fun, yet informative title. Everything about the book calls out to the energy of kids and their naturally inquisitive nature. The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to…

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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 – How to Lead a Badass Business From Your Heart: The Permission You’ve Been Waiting for to Birth Your Vision and Spread Your Glitter in the World by Makenzie Marzluff

    Book Review How to Lead a Badass Business From Your Heart The Permission You’ve Been Waiting for to Birth Your Vision and Spread Your Glitter in the World by Makenzie Marzluff Publisher: Changemaker Books 224 Pages Publication Date: November 1, 2020     Makenzie Marzluff’s advice to play big and let your heart lead you is a blueprint for not only building a badass business, but for making any vision a reality. “How to Lead a Badass Business from the Heart” encourages dreamers, visionaries, and light-workers to heal the planet through their creations. Approaching business from a spiritual perspective requires breaking from the old paradigm, avoiding decisions made from a…

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    Book Review – Llewellyn’s Little Book of the Day of the Dead by Jaime Gironés

    Book Review Llewellyn’s Little Book of the Day of the Dead by Jaime Gironés Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 196 Pages Publication Date: September 8, 2021   ….If the Day of the Dead inspires you to celebrate your loved ones who have passed away, the most important thing is to do so from your heart. When working with the spirit world, it is crucial that what you are doing has meaning to you. If you are motivated to practice some of the activities mentioned in this book, by all means, do so. If some symbols or aspects do not resonate with you, it is more important to find a way to engage…

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    Book Review – The Way of the Seabhean: An Irish Shamanic Path by Amantha Murphy with Orla O’Connell

    Book Review The Way of the Seabhean An Irish Shamanic Path by Amantha Murphy with Orla O’Connell Publisher: Womancraft Publishing 240 Pages Publication Date: January 28, 2021     I was so very excited to get this book into my hands. As a daughter of the Goddess and a woman of Portuguese/Azorean descent, which is the home of my heart, I have always been pulled by Celtic/Welsh spirituality, which is the home of my spirit. I have always had an interest in England and Scotland, but for some unknown reason, have never felt that pull to Ireland. It is my hope that this book is the beginning of unlocking that…

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    Book Review – The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots: Folk Magic in Witchcraft & Religion by Nigel Pennick

    Book Review The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots Folk Magic in Witchcraft & Religion by Nigel Pennick Publisher: Destiny Books 352 Pages Publication Date: May 11, 2021     Crosses. A rabbit’s foot. Bells. The Cimaruta. Bones. Four-leaf clovers. Bluebirds. Horseshoes. The mandrake. Runes. An Ankh. Pentagrams. Hag stones. Lucky numbers. Sigils. Emblems. Down through the centuries, people have worn, carried, and displayed hundreds of these as well as amulets, talismans, charms and mascots for protection, luck, love, good health, and more. In this book, Nigel Pennick presents the origins, meanings, traditions, and folklore for each magical artifact – plus pictures of some from his vast collection. Information…