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    Book Review – A Practical Introduction to Numerology: Your Expert Guide to Understanding the Hidden Power of Numbers by Sonia Ducie

    Book Review A Practical Introduction to Numerology Your Expert Guide to Understanding the Hidden Power of Numbers by Sonia Ducie 136 Pages     This book introduces beginners to the metaphysical science of numerology, which dates back to Pythagoras in the sixth century BCE, showing how adding numbers together can offer information about everything from personality to life events. All the basics are covered in a Q&A format, chapter by chapter, exploring the questions most often asked about numerology. There are “Focus On” boxes that provide a deeper understanding of key terms and aspects. “Try It” boxes help readers calculate their own numbers. “The whole of life is based on…

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    Book Review – Warriors, Witches, Women: Mythology’s Fiercest Females by Kate Hodge

    Book Review Warriors, Witches, Women Mythology’s Fiercest Females by Kate Hodge 224 Pages     Kate Hodge’s book, “Warriors, Witches, Women,” is a modern encyclopedia of powerful female archetypes from various world cultures. She divides the goddesses into five main categories: witches, warriors, bringers of misfortune, elemental spirits, and munificent spirits. Hodge re-tells stories of goddesses who are well known and introduces us to ones who are lesser known in this volume. Dividing them into distinct categories that focus on a theme helps the reader to see the different faces of the goddess clearly. Because this is a cross-cultural work of sorts, we also see how various cultures have picked…

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      Blessed Be Box / New Moon in Aquarius   The enchanting box for the new moon in Aquarius January 24 was carefully packed with products to honor the moon cycle, empower individuals to manifest their desires, and provide support for the coming four weeks. Refreshing angelic white – representing air and the feeling of elevation – served as a sub-theme for this box. Slipping the box out of the bag, the frankincense incense, even in its package, offered a calming, uplifting scent and hinted at the magic inside.     Opening the box reveals a card showing its contents, a copy of a Temperance tarot card that can be…

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    Book Review – The Healing Plants of the Celtic Druids by Angela Paine

    Book ReviewThe Healing Plants of the Celtic Druidsby Angela Paine 304 Pages   I have to be honest; this is one of those books that I found so enjoyable it was hard to figure out what to include in the review. The Healing Plants of the Celtic Druids is a book that I feel should be included in a witch’s collection of books. Mx. Paine explains in chapter 1, why she wrote this book. In this chapter, she also teaches a little bit about the ancient Celtic world, including mining, farming, trade, places of worship, the role of the Druids in ancient Celtic Britain, and ancient Celtic medicine. Mx. Paine…

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    Book Review – Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation by Mat Auryn

    Book Review Psychic Witch A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation by Mat Auryn 312 Pages     Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation by Mat Auryn sets the tone for its intention with a beautiful dedication and quote in memory of Raven Grimassi   … “ If the art of Witchcraft can be reduced to one aspect, it would be the achieving of altered states of consciousness…On a deeper level, we can add trance (induced by whatever means) and psychic development. Such states of consciousness allow the Witch not only to perceive things behind their veneer but also to reshape reality in an experiential…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Dreams of Gaia Tarot & Guide Book Created by Ravynne Phelan

    Tarot Deck & Guide Book Review The Dreams of Gaia Tarot & Guide Book Created by Ravynne Phelan     The Dreams of Gaia Tarot, published by Blue Angel Publishing, 80 Glen Tower Drive, Glen Waverly, Victoria, Australia 3150, is created entirely by Ravynne Phelan, a talented and prolific fantasy artist. This is Phelan’s first Tarot deck (although not her first divination deck); she created all the artwork and wrote the guidebook (which was edited by Jamie Morris). I am thrilled to be reviewing this beautiful and powerful deck. Full disclosure: I purchased my deck directly from its creator back in late 2016, when the deck was first released. I…

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    Book Review – Divination Conjure Style: Reading Cards, Throwing Bones and Other Forms of Household Fortune-Telling by Starr Casas

    Book Review Divination Conjure Style Reading Cards, Throwing Bones and Other Forms of Household Fortune-Telling by Starr Casas 256 Pages     Conjure magic is not my thing. Nor is Hoodoo or Voodoo or Santeria – I don’t come from these cultures – so I don’t practice these religions anymore than I practice Islam or Hinduism or Evangelical Christianity. However, I love reading about any religion and their practices and finding the commonalities that many religions – and cultures – possess. Because as different as all religions are, they are all very much alike in many basic ways. And – as a person who will try any kind of divinatory…

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    Book Review – The Hidden Meaning of Birds: A Spiritual Field Guide Explore the Symbology and Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

    Book Review The Hidden Meaning of Birds A Spiritual Field Guide Explore the Symbology and Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers by Arin Murphy-Hiscock 240 Pages When first seeing this book, I was instantly reminded of my many Peterson’s Field Guide books to birds of various locations. Like the reliable Peterson’s series, The Hidden Meaning of Birds provides illustrations, physical descriptions, preferred environments and habitat ranges for over 50 birds from around the world. It also invites us to connect with birds as divinatory messengers, opening us up to another layer of relationship with them. I have watched birds as message bringers for a long time. I’ve gone on omen…

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    Book Review – Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness – A New Edition of the Tarot Classic by Rachel Pollack

    Book Review Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness A New Edition of the Tarot Classic by Rachel Pollack 368 Pages     Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness, A New Edition of the Tarot Classic, by Rachel Pollack, originally published in 1980 and 1983 (as a two-book set), also 1997, 2007 and republished in 2019 by Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950. This is a 6 inch by 9 inch by 1 1/8 inch thick soft cover book with a matt color front cover containing the title of the book, and four reviews and a brief author bio on…

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    Book Review – Witches and Wizards: The Real-life Stories Behind the Occult’s Greatest Legends by Lucy Cavendish

    Book Review Witches and Wizards The Real-life Stories Behind the Occult’s Greatest Legends by Lucy Cavendish 178 pages     I cannot begin to tell you just how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read it from cover to back in one sttiing in an afternoon. I was captivated and enchanted by these stories. The book is beautiful. It is a hard bound book with a ribbon for a bookmark (so helpful, don’t you wish every book had this feature?). It is illustrated with images from Flickr, Shutterstock and Lucy Cavendish. The images help the characters come to life. The beginning chapter is devoted to Merlin, the well-known wizard…