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    Book Review – Mystical Stitches: Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment by Christi Johnson

    Book Review Mystical Stitches Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment by Christi Johnson Publisher: Storey Publishing 208 Pages Publication Date: June 22, 2021         First things first- this book is amazing! It was an absolutely perfect book for me, and I am lucky that I was able to review it. It has everything you need- clear instructions, amazing tips, patterns, sketches and a lot of inspiration. I reviewed this book digitally, and enjoyed it so much I bought the hardcover as I know I will be referencing it many times in my crafting journey. I could tell right away that a lot of time and effort went…

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    Book Review – Pagan Portals: Blodeuwedd-Welsh Goddess of Seasonal Sovereignty by Jhenah Telyndru, Cover Art by Dan GoodFellow

    Book Review Pagan Portals: Blodeuwedd Welsh Goddess of Seasonal Sovereignty by Jhenah Telyndru Cover Art by Dan GoodFellow Publisher: Moon Books 136 Pages Publication Date: August 1, 2021     Do you know Blodeuwedd? If you do, you may, as most do, think she is a cheater at best, and an attempted murderess, at worst. If you do not know her, this is the perfect introduction. This book, by the wonderful Jhenah Telyndru, is part of the Pagan Portals series by Moon Books, and is a perfect addition to this series. I was particularly intrigued by how Ms. Telyndru’s narrative has been influenced by the rights of women – then…

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    Video Book Review – Seeking the Spirits of Palo Kimbisa: Exploring the Mysterious World of the Afro-Cuban Religion by Tata Rodriguez as told to Sophia Kelly Shultz

    Video Book Review Seeking the Spirits of Palo Kimbisa Exploring the Mysterious World of the Afro-Cuban Religion by Tata Rodriguez as told to Sophia Kelly Shultz Publisher: Red Feather 112 Pages Publication Date: 1/28/2021   Bright Blessings. I had the pleasure of reviewing this amazing book. It is the words of Palo Kimbisa elder Tata Rodriguez and was told to Sophia Kelly Shultz. Published in 2021 by Red Feather Mind Body Spirit, this book is a short 112 pages, and you will be sad it’s not longer. Shultz’s conversational writing style is an easy read, and her relaxed voice comes through well for readers. With much love and care, she…

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    Book Review – Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition: Customs, Rites and Ceremonies by Nigel Pennick

    Book Review Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition Customs, Rites and Ceremonies by Nigel Pennick Publisher: Destiny Books 352 Pages Publication Date: 5/21/2015     Like many of Nigel Pennick’s books, Pagan Magic of the Northern Traditions, is a scholarly survey of the cultural uses of magic in the everyday world of pre-Christian Northern Europe. It is not a “how-to” book. It’s better than a how-to book; Pennick explores the practices and customs that underlay our understanding of telling time, the powers and associations of the days of the week, the seasons and the year, household magic and protection, colors, planetary magic, and the power of sigils and objects, among…

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    Book Review – Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems & Meditations from Around the World by Rev. Maggi Oman Shannon

    Book Review Prayers for Healing 365 Blessings, Poems & Meditations from Around the World by Rev. Maggi Oman Shannon Publisher: Conari Press 302 Pages Publication Date: 9/15/2020     Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems & Meditations from Around the World by Rev. Maggi Oman Shannon brought back so many wonderful memories for me. We have five children (under five) and when they were little ones we started a tradition of celebrating many different cultures and spiritual/religious beliefs. Every weekend was another trip to some part of the world and a special celebration that was happening on those dates. We did this as a way of raising our children in…

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    Book Review – The Spirit of Life by Niaby Codd

    Book Review The Spirit of Life by Niaby Codd Publisher: Clink Street Publishing 198 Pages Publication Date: 8/20/2019     “The Spirit of Life” seeks to gently guide people back to their true purpose – “to love and be loved, and to experience himself in all his entirety.” The text is channeled from “The Magic Man,” Merlin, who speaks in rhymes. In her early twenties, Niaby Codd could feel spirit trying to shake her awake, but she resisted for years before enrolling in a mediumship class. Calling herself “something of a control freak,” she chose not to communicate while in a deep trance, but rather to blend their minds and souls, becoming a team…

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    Video Book Review – Doctoring the Devil: Notebooks of an Appalachian Conjure Man by Jake Richards

    Video Book Reviewed Doctoring the Devil Notebooks of an Appalachian Conjure Man by Jake Richards Publisher: Weiser Books 288 Pages Publication Date: 4/01/2021   Bright Blessings, The Appalachian Mountains stretch from Canada, through New York, and into the South, clear down to the Cumberland region and cover over 200,000 square miles. This includes 420 counties in 13 different States and are home to more than 25 million people. It’s where tons of European settlers from mostly Germany, Scotland, Ireland, and parts of Eastern Europe set down roots to call home when they immigrated to The Americas. Many Indigenous Native Americans, and people of African descent made the Appalachias home as…

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    Book Review – Live with Intention: Remember and Do What Matters by Mary Anne Radmacher

    Book Review Live with Intention Remember and Do What Matters by Mary Anne Radmacher Publisher: Conari Press 194 Pages Publication Date: 10/27/2020     Live with Intention: Remember and Do What Matters by Mary Anne Radmacher encapsulates a mindset that many verbalize, but find it much more difficult to put into consistent application. We all have good intentions, but the challenges arise when those intentions require changing behaviors we have allowed ourselves to fall into- aka. habits. Ms. Radmacher has managed to pull together all of the excuses and fold them into a model that can be applied in a variety of ways, all the while retraining our patterning to…

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    Book Review – Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot by Susan Chang and M.M. Meleen

    Book Review Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot by T. Susan Chang and M.M. Meleen Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 672 Pages Publication Date: 3/8/2021     Tarot Deciphered is an in-depth voyage into the esoteric roots that underlie the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, the Thoth Tarot, and the myriad of decks that share their symbology. This card-by-card analysis reveals detailed insights drawn from the multi-layered traditions of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the magical order that most strongly influenced modern tarot.… From the Publisher Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot by T. Susan Chang and M.M. Meleen is a massively informative text containing every correspondence and point of…

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    Book Review – The Complete Guide to Astrological Self-Care: A Holistic Approach to Wellness for Every Sign of the Zodiac by Stephanie Gailing

    Book Review The Complete Guide to Astrological Self-Care A Holistic Approach to Wellness for Every Sign of the Zodiac by Stephanie Gailing Wellfleet Press 256 Pages I was so excited to get this new book, not yet released to the public. The Complete Guide To Astrological Self-Care: a holistic approach to wellness for every sign in the zodiac, by Stephanie Gailing is set to be published in April, 2021 by Wellfleet Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group. It’s a wonderful book! As anyone who knows me will attest, I am passionately into self-care, holistic health and astrology, so this was right up my alley! I confess that I had…