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    Peeking in the Shadows: Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light

    Top Picks and Ideas for Starting Your BOS: Part One Last month we began the exploration of what should be considered in selecting the perfect book. This month I’d like to share some of my top picks for journals and some ideas to get started…. Just to reiterate…. I have MANY journals that have at one time or another served as my BOS. I went through the phases of using a very traditional looking BOS. This was the look of “witchiness” a la movies and imagination; this was my novice witch look. The next phase was using whatever was handy and could be sourced readily as inspiration flowed. These were…

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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…

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    Spiritual Gaslighting: Part 1

    Spiritual Gaslighting: Is this Happening to You?   “We sometimes look at leaving as a bad thing or associate it with giving up or quitting, but sometimes leaving is the best thing you can do for yourself. Leaving allows you to change directions, to start over, to rediscover yourself and the world. Leaving sometimes saves you from staying stuck in the wrong place with the wrong people. Leaving opens a new door for change, growth, opportunities and redemption. You’re even allowed to leave the old you behind and reinvent yourself.” -Rania Naim   I grew up in a Portuguese family of mostly lapsed Catholics. My paternal grandmother was devout, however.…

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    January Joy: New Year; New You?

      I want to lend some spiritual advice to all those bombarded with the inevitable January blast of “New Year, New You” thinking. There’s a lot of advertising out there telling you that you need to change. Here’s what I think. You don’t need to go on a diet. Unless a medical professional tells you different, or you genuinely want to for your own reasons, you are fine as you are. You don’t need to buy new sports gear. If you want to, great! But don’t be pressured or guilt tripped into it. You don’t need a crazy new exercise routine. Exercise is amazing. It boosts endorphins, it makes you…

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    Book Review – The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need: A Modern Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Secrets of Tarot by Skye Alexander and Mary Shannon

    Book Review The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need A Modern Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Secrets of Tarot by Skye Alexander and Mary Shannon 272 Pages     The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need: A Modern Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Secrets of Tarot, by Skye Alexander and Mary Shannon, published in 2019 by Adams Media, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc, 57 Littlefield Street, Avon, Massachusetts 02322. This is a 7 inch by 9 1/8 inch softcover book with a matte finish front cover in turquoise, red and cream containing the title of the book and some Tarot-based symbols, and a description of the…

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    Book Review – Tarot For Self-Care: How to Use Tarot To Manifest Your Best Self by Minerva Siegel

    Book Review Tarot For Self-Care How to Use Tarot To Manifest Your Best Self by Minerva Siegel 256 Pages     Tarot For Self-Care: How to Use Tarot To Manifest Your Best Self, by Minerva Siegel, published in 2019 by Adams Media, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc, 57 Littlefield Street, Avon, Massachusetts 02322. This is a 7 1/4 inch by 9 1/2 inch hardcover book with a matte finish front cover in lavender, gold and cream containing the title of the book and some Tarot-based symbols, and a description of the book and a brief author bio on the back cover (with the same colors). There are 256…

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    MagickalArts

    Creating Sacred Space The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the “founding of the world”: where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, and the world comes into existence … Mircea Eliade … What is Sacred Space? Read and re-read the quote above. Take it into your space of meditation. Analyze, dissect and observe it from all angles, perspectives and meaning. Try to feel the weight and breath of its meaning and allow the words to gently wash over you. Digest it and then simply sit with the feeling of satiety its inner essence provides. And, once you have done these things, redo them, one by one.…

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    Oracle Deck & Guidebook Review – The White Light Oracle by Alana Fairchild

    Oracle Deck & Guidebook Review The White Light Oracle by Alana Fairchild Cards (44) & Guidebook (240 Pages)     …White light holds all the colours, all the frequencies needed for healing ourselves, each other, our planet, and all her precious creatures. It is divine medicine for the soul, empowering the heart, clarifying the mind, and awakening higher consciousness. I had been dreaming of writing this deck with the visionary art of A. Andrew Gonzalez for years. Finally it is the time to release it… (Author’s statement) The White Light Oracle deck is a gift of inspiration and visual feast. I had come across the work of artists, A. Andrew…

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    Book Review – Moon Spell Magic for Love: Charms, Invocations, Passion Potions, and Rituals for Romance by Cerridwen Greenleaf

    Book Review Moon Spell Magic for Love Charms, Invocations, Passion Potions, and Rituals for Romance by Cerridwen Greenleaf 190 pages     Books about spell casting are abound for those who practice this art. Here we present another book of spells but for the sole purpose of love. A wonderful book to help bring love into your life or to enhance the love you have. This book has much to offer. As the book suggests, there are many love offerings; teas to drink, an ink to bind; oils to anoint. If you are seeking rites of love, this book will provide you with rituals for engagements, hand-fasting, divorce, and baby…