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    Book Review – Contemporary Witchcraft: Foundational Practices for a Magical Life by Frances Billinghurst

    Book Review Contemporary Witchcraft Foundational Practices for a Magical Life by Frances Billinghurst Publisher: Moon Books 264 Page Publication Date: August 1, 2021   Part I of “Contemporary Witchcraft” is comprised of nine essays focusing on the foundational philosophies and background of witchcraft as it used to be taught. Part II has a collection of essays on practical aspects and exercises for practicing the Craft with contemporary traditions. There is a growing number of witches who are of the “anything goes” and “do what you feel” belief, Frances Billinghurst said, noting that “bears little resemblance” to the training she received for initiation into a lineage that can be traced back…

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    An Excerpt from Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Planet Friendly Living

    Recently, non-violent environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion took to the streets of London to protest governments investing in fossil fuels. Regardless of your political affiliations, we can all agree that looking after our planet is good for everyone, human and otherwise! Here is an excerpt from Mabh Savage’s upcoming book, Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Planet Friendly Living, considering ways of fighting the systems that contribute towards an unhealthy planet and global ecosystem.     I think some Pagans and spiritual folks may avoid intense environmental activism because they may be concerned that their practice may become too political. It’s easy to get bogged down in politics, which as…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches Book Review – Creating Smudge Sticks: 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness by Peg Couch

    Book Review Creating Smudge Sticks 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness by Peg Couch Publisher: Red Feather 128 Pages Publication Date: September 28, 2020   Merry meet. This month, my column is about a book I was given to review called “Creating Smudge Sticks: 15 Projects to Recover Negative Energy and Promote Wellness.”     While not pitched directly to pagans, using smoke is a common practice among us for purification and removing negative energy. In this book, Peg Couch presents projects for these as well as such intentions as love, anti-anxiety, stress relief, blessing a house, courage, and good vibrations.     Each project calls for…

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    Book Review – The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car

    Book Review The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car Publisher: Running Press Kids 168 Pages Publication Date: July 20, 2021     The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to Astrological Signs, the Zodiac and More by Nikki Van De Car is one of those books that not only do you wish was around when you were a kid, but also wish your own kids had access to such a fun, yet informative title. Everything about the book calls out to the energy of kids and their naturally inquisitive nature. The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to…

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    Book Review – How to Lead a Badass Business From Your Heart: The Permission You’ve Been Waiting for to Birth Your Vision and Spread Your Glitter in the World by Makenzie Marzluff

    Book Review How to Lead a Badass Business From Your Heart The Permission You’ve Been Waiting for to Birth Your Vision and Spread Your Glitter in the World by Makenzie Marzluff Publisher: Changermaker Books 224 Pages Publication Date: November 1, 2020     Makenzie Marzluff’s advice to play big and let your heart lead you is a blueprint for not only building a badass business, but for making any vision a reality. “How to Lead a Badass Business from the Heart” encourages dreamers, visionaries, and light-workers to heal the planet through their creations. Approaching business from a spiritual perspective requires breaking from the old paradigm, avoiding decisions made from a…

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    Book Review – Llewellyn’s Little Book of the Day of the Dead by Jaime Gironés

    Book Review Llewellyn’s Little Book of the Day of the Dead by Jaime Gironés Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 196 Pages Publication Date: September 8, 2021   ….If the Day of the Dead inspires you to celebrate your loved ones who have passed away, the most important thing is to do so from your heart. When working with the spirit world, it is crucial that what you are doing has meaning to you. If you are motivated to practice some of the activities mentioned in this book, by all means, do so. If some symbols or aspects do not resonate with you, it is more important to find a way to engage…

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    Book Review – The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots: Folk Magic in Witchcraft & Religion by Nigel Pennick

    Book Review The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots Folk Magic in Witchcraft & Religion by Nigel Pennick Publisher: Destiny Books 352 Pages Publication Date: May 11, 2021     Crosses. A rabbit’s foot. Bells. The Cimaruta. Bones. Four-leaf clovers. Bluebirds. Horseshoes. The mandrake. Runes. An Ankh. Pentagrams. Hag stones. Lucky numbers. Sigils. Emblems. Down through the centuries, people have worn, carried, and displayed hundreds of these as well as amulets, talismans, charms and mascots for protection, luck, love, good health, and more. In this book, Nigel Pennick presents the origins, meanings, traditions, and folklore for each magical artifact – plus pictures of some from his vast collection. Information…

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    Book Review – Journey of a Shaman by John Norseman

    Book Review Journey of a Shaman by John Norseman Publisher: Balboa Press 382 Pages Publication Date: May 26, 2015   In Journey of a Shaman, John Norseman has written his autobiography, beginning with his early life in England during World War II. He takes us in detail in the first quarter of the book through his education and coming of age, his marriage and romances and his work in the insurance industry ”that lead him to become the CEO of four major companies,” and to live and travel internationally. In 1992, he met the woman who became his business partner and second wife. Their work together, subsequent retirement and journeys…

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    Book Review – The Good Morning Journal: 5-Minute Guided Reflections to Start Your Day with Inspiration, Purpose, and a Plan by Molly Burford

    Book Review The Good Morning Journal: 5-Minute Guided Reflections to Start Your Day with Inspiration, Purpose, and a Plan by Molly Burford Publisher: Adams Media 176 Pages Publication Date: June 1, 2021     I’d like to start with the fact that I approach journals like these with much excitement, but always with a dash of skepticism. With a journal, I hope to see some progression in the prompts, as a journal is usually (as expected) the same page copy and pasted throughout the whole book. I was firstly disappointed by the lack of such a progression in this book.  The journal invites you to take 5 minutes each morning…

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    Book Review – Answering the Call of the Elementals: Practices for Connecting with Nature Spirits by Thomas Mayer

    Book Review Answering the Call of the Elementals Practices for Connecting with Nature Spirits by Thomas Mayer Publisher: Findhorn Press 160 Pages Publication Date: June 15, 2021     Elemental beings are around us everywhere, living in the ether and astral worlds. Thomas Mayer shares his experiences with all the ones he knows, giving a glimpse into a world few see and showing readers how he learned to make personal contact with them – never claiming his way is the only way. In fact, this book is the first in a series that includes interviews with more than thirty individuals who perceive elementals and explain their individual approaches. Mayer stresses…