• Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – The Sacred Herbs of Samhain: Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead by Ellen Evert Hopman

    Book Review The Sacred Herbs of Samhain: Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead by Ellen Evert Hopman 216 pages   What a perfect time of the year to review this book! Ellen Evert Hopman has written a very concise book on herbs to use in and around Samhain, and, most likely, at other time of the year, when one wishes to communicate with their ancestors. It begins with a very basic herbal primer – how to know if your herbs are of good quality, how to make salves, tinctures, poultices and more, all things that herbalists know. Part I is “Herbs of the Spirits and the Dead and…

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    Book Review – Herbal Magick: A Guide to Herbal Enchantments, Folklore, and Divination by Gerina Dunwich

    Book Review Herbal Magick: A Guide to Herbal Enchantments, Folklore, and Divination By Gerina Dunwich 240 pp. Red Wheel/Weiser     “Herbal Magick: A Guide to Herbal Enchantments, Folklore, and Divination” is a wonderful collection of mythology, superstitions, traditions, and lore surrounding herbal medicine and magic. While there are many herbal books which include some of this type of content while dwelling primarily on medicine, foraging, gardening, or just repackaging information, “Herbal Magick” really focuses on easily-digestible tidbits of lore. Some of this lore is quite well-known to herbalists and students of the craft — like the lore of the mandrake’s shriek — but there are also some more obscure…

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    Book Review – Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self, Transform the World by Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed

    Book Review Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self, Transform the World by Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed 288 pages     Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self, Transform the World is written by Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed, published with a copyright of 2019 by Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950. This is a 6 inch by 9 inch soft cover book with a matte color illustration on the front cover and a book description, author photos and brief author bios, and book reviews on the back cover. There are 274 pages with black typeface printed on…

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    This Month’s Freebie from Shirley Lenhard

    Advice from a Tree Freebie from Shirley Lenhard     This month’s downloadable freebie is brought to you by the talented Shirley Lenhard who shares her Pagan themed planner stickers in her group the Pagan Plannertarium. The Pagan Plannertarium is a beautifully created home for FREE Pagan Themed planner stickers for anyone who answers the membership questions and gains entry into the group. I spend a lot of time looking around for stickers that I would use in my Book of Shadows and my daily planner but I don’t really want to spent an arm and a leg on etsy shop layouts that don’t really work for me. So I…

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    Book Review – Crystal Gridwork: The Power of Crystals and Sacred Geometry to Heal, Protect and Inspire by Kiera Fogg

    Book Review Crystal Gridwork: The Power of Crystals and Sacred Geometry to Heal, Protect and Inspire by Kiera Fogg 128 pages     Crystal Gridwork-The Power of Crystals and Sacred and Geometry to Heal, Protect and Inspire by Kiera Fogg is a 128 page book published by Welder Books. It’s a book with beautiful photos of all variety of crystal grids as well as information on everything from intentions, selecting crystals, selecting the type of grid patterns to setting up the actual grid.       This book is divided into three chapters. The first chapter is “Your Tool Kit” and it covers how to set your intentions, selecting your…

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    Book Review – Astrology of Love and Sex: A Modern Compatibility Guide by Annabel Gat

    Book Review Astrology of Love and Sex: A Modern Compatibility Guide by Annabel Gat 288 pages Bright Blessings! If you are like me, you study Astrology, and learn all you can about yourself, and your loved ones. You see patterns in personalities and behaviors based on signs, and learn why those happen. I have been learning since I was a kid! I like a good guide written by educated Astrologers, not amateurs like myself, and I like something I can take home, and hold onto. By that, I mean a book worth paying for, and worth using long term. Enter Annabel Gat! She is certified by the International Society for…

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    Book Review – Secrets of the Combined Astrology: The Full 144 Combinations of the Chinese and Western Zodiac Signs by Zakariya Adeel

    Book Review Secrets of the Combined Astrology: The Full 144 Combinations of the Chinese and Western Zodiac Signs by Zakariya Adeel 760 pages   This is not a book you will read cover-to-cover. It is an encyclopedic reference – over 750 pages – pairing and describing the 144 combinations of the 12 Western astrological signs and the 12 Chinese animal archetypes which are used to designate each year. The author, in the Acknowledgments, states that it took 9 years to put the book together. He admits to a fascination with Chinese astrology since he read Theodora Lau’s Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes when he was a child. Adeel has paired each…

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    Book Review – One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy by Keith Readdy

    Book Review One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy by Keith Readdy 436 pages     I purposely do not read anyone else’s reviews on a book before I read that book. I do this so that another does not influence my view of the book; I must admit books on Aleister Crowley can be a little dry, and difficult. But there’s always exciting tidbits that I pick up. Mr. Readdy’s book is a history book. Therefore, it reads like a history book, and if you’re a history buff that’s fine. I was still able to find a lot of interesting information within this book. I found it…

  • Divination Articles

    Tarot Talk

    Knight of Pentacles   (The Knight of Pentacles card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**   Back to the Court Cards! Let us examine another Tarot “Royal” by getting to know the Knight of Pentacles. Just in case this is the first time you are reading my column, we will first review some basic information. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories or suits…

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    Book Review – Sister Karol’s Book of Spells, Blessings and Folk Magic by Karol Jackowski

    Book Review Sister Karol’s Book of Spells, Blessings and Folk Magic by Karol Jackowski 255 pages     The idea of a book about spells and folk magic written by a religious sister with a Catholic background is fascinating. Sister Karol’s Book of Spells, Blessings and Folk Magic is a beautiful book that explores the impact of mainstream religion on what Sister Karol refers to as the religion of “none”. The religion of “none” is described as persons who are “living at the heart of what the Dalai Lama sees as a spiritual revolution, a shift in consciousness touching the heart of those who seek to save their soul without…