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    Mabon Correspondences & Water Element Writing Ritual Excerpted from ‘The Ultimate Guide to the Witch’s Wheel of the Year’ by Anjou Kiernan

      MABON September 21–24 (Southern Hemisphere: March 21–24) Pronunciation: MAB-bon Alternative Names: Autumn or Fall Equinox, Second Harvest, Harvest Home, Wine Harvest, Fruit Harvest, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Alban Elfid (Celtic)   CORRESPONDENCES ALTAR DECORATIONS: Acorns, animal bones, apples, autumn leaves, balance scales, corn, cornucopia (horn of plenty), gourds, grapes and grapevines, pentacles, pine cones, pomegranates, poppies, root vegetables, seeds, sunflowers, wine ANIMALS: Blackbird, coyote, crow, duck, goat, goose, owl, raven, stag, squirrel, turkey, wolf CELEBRATIONS: Charity work, feasting, gather­ing, harvesting COLORS: Burgundy, burnt orange, dark green, eggplant, brown, gold DEITIES: Aphrodite/Venus, Dionysus/Bacchus, gods and goddesses of the underworld (Perse­phone/Kore/Proserpine, Demeter/Ceres, Hekate) (Greco-Roman); Modron and Mabon (Welsh) DIRECTION: West ELEMENT: Water FOOD…

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    Book Review – The Witch’s Guide to Ritual: Spells, Incantations and Inspired Ideas for an Enchanted Life by Cerridwen Greenleaf

    Book Review The Witch’s Guide to Ritual Spells, Incantations and Inspired Ideas for an Enchanted Life by Cerridwen Greenleaf 344 Pages     “The Witch’s Guide to Ritual” is a surprisingly ambitious book which seeks to catalogue and discuss the use and place of witchcraft in rituals of all kinds. With such a broad subject as ritual, the scope of this book has been tailored: it’s intended for intermediate practitioners, so there isn’t a lot of introductory information about witchcraft in general, and the subject is approached very pragmatically, without too many frills or explanations for beginners. The book is broadly cross-cultural, and discusses many Eastern traditions, but expresses a…

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    Book Review – Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect and Manifest by Ally Sands

    Book Review Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect and Manifest by Ally Sands 192 Pages     “Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch” is a collection of herb-based magical spells for protection, love, abundance, healing, and personal power. Each spell is laid out like a recipe, with the ingredients on one side and a ritual for the spell on the facing page. In addition, there is a short summary of the herbs discussed in each chapter, and their associations. The herbs discussed are mostly traditional European herbs, and are easily grown or bought at any herb store, while the associations are based in European…

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    Book Review – The Mythic Moons of Avalon: Lunar & Herbal Wisdom from the Isle of Healing by Jhenah Telydru

    Book Review The Mythic Moons of Avalon Lunar & Herbal Wisdom from the Isle of Healing by Jhenah Telydru 408 Pages     “The Mythic Moons of Avalon” by Jhenah Telyndru is a very worthy sequel to the author’s “Avalon Within”. It’s worth noting, however, that, while you may wish to for scholastic background, you do not have to have read “Avalon Within” to full enjoy and learn from “Mythic Moons”. “Mythic Moons” is based on the Women’s Mystery Tradition that is followed within the Sisterhood of Avalon, but again, you do not have to be a member to gain full benefit from Ms. Telyndru’s wisdom and knowledge. Part One…

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    Book Review – Elemental Magic: Traditional Practices for Working With The Energies Of The Natural World, 3rd Edition by Nigel Pennick

    Book Review Elemental Magic Traditional Practices for Working With The Energies Of The Natural World 3rd Edition by Nigel Pennick 144 Pages     Elemental Magic: Traditional Practices for Working With The Energies Of The Natural World by Nigel Pennick is a classic text of introduction to and practical application of nature in magical practice. Mr. Pennick’s books can be found in the libraries of both the scholars and those who follow the ways of the pagan path and he is an expert in the details of European folk magic. This is the 3rd Edition of a timeless book that provides a comprehensive and thorough teaching of the expression of…

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    Book Review – Chakra Healing Therapy: Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds by Glen Park

    Book Review Chakra Healing Therapy Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds by Glen Park 312 Pages     … In this journey through the chakras, we have seen unfolding the theory that we live in a conscious intelligent universe. Ultimately, at our highest and deepest level, the converse is also true; a conscious intelligent universe lives in us. We are in essence an expression of the pure divine energy of the universe…1. Chakra Healing Therapy: Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds by Glen Park is written from the perspective of serving a broad audience of readers ranging from those who work primarily with the Chakra system for spiritual…

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    Book Review – Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures by D.J. Conway

    Book Review Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures by D.J. Conway 192 Pages   As an author of dozens of books, D.J. Conway, who passed away in 2019, is well known to many of us who walk the Pagan path. The wisdom and knowledge in her books has guided many of us. “Magickal Mermaids & Water Creatures” is no different. Many of us are enchanted and identify with creatures of the deep, but most, especially mermaids, myself included. Ms. Conway starts with the basics: what are they and what are their secret powers – and powers they have!! The author introduces us to all manner of waterfolk, not just those that…

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    Book Review – A Modern Guide to Charles Godfrey Leland’s Gospel of the Witches-Aradia by Craig Spencer

    Book Review A Modern Guide to Charles Godfrey Leland’s Gospel of the Witches-Aradia by Craig Spencer 240 Pages     A Modern Guide to Charles Godfrey Leland’s Gospel of the Witches-Aradia by Craig Spencer is a fresh version of timeless material first published in 1899. Mr. Spencer had his work cut out for him in updating this classic by Charles Godfrey Leland that gives the view of Italian Folk magic as told to him by hereditary Italian witches. The book is separated into two parts. Part One: The Gospel and the Revelations, contains the sections of Leland’s original work with the “Revelations” offered by the author as commentary. Part Two:…

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    Spells, Potions, & Craft Excerpts from ‘The Little Witch’s Book of Spells’ by Ariel Kusby

    In Your Hands You Hold an Enchanted Guidebook. . . . Welcome, magical one. Are you wondering how to cast magic spells? Would you like to be a witch? Well, you already are one if you wish to be. A witch is someone with special abilities. You do not necessarily need to possess the power to make objects fly or to read minds, though. It is your essential qualities—the elements of who you are—that are magical and can be used in witchcraft if you believe they are powerful. Your kindness, for example, or your intelligence. You are a witch if you feel somehow different or special, and believe that within…

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    Book Review – The Ultimate Guide to Witchcraft: A Modern-Day Guide to Making Magick by Anjou Kiernan

    Book Review The Ultimate Guide to Witchcraft A Modern-Day Guide to Making Magick by Anjou Kiernan 192 Pages     “The Ultimate Guide to Witchcraft” is a beautiful and substantial book of full-color (and sometimes full-page) photographs, detailed and thoughtful charts and diagrams, and clearly expressed, well-thought-out explanations of basic witchcraft systems, ritual, and practice. Its focus is to be an introduction to beginner witchcraft, but it’s one which more experienced witches may enjoy enough to use as a reference as some of the diagrams are particularly pleasantly-designed and easy to use. While none of these craft practices is explored in very great depth, the book offers fairly involved summaries…