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    ZOOM IN!

    TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR EFFECTIVE ZOOM EVENTS COVID-19 and new protocols for safety has resulted in cancelled festivals, rituals and workshops leaving many within our community feeling isolated and yearning for interactions with others. Fortunately, we live in a technologically booming age and since creativity is a staple of pagans, these two together can form a winning partnership. The past several months, I’ve used a virtual platform for workshops, Esbats, Sabbats, social activities and more. There is undeniably, a learning curve in finessing the event to make it enjoyable and powerful for the participants. And, unlike an in-person event, there is additional planning required to ensure that the technology component…

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    Book Review – 10 Minute Crystal Healing: Easy Tips for Using Crystals for Healing, Shielding, and Protection by Ann Crane

    Book Review 10 Minute Crystal Healing Easy Tips for Using Crystals for Healing, Shielding, and Protection by Ann Crane 176 Pages     “10-Minute Crystal Healing” introduces readers to these natural wonders and their energies. In the first part of the book, Ann Crane explains how crystals work, the significance of various shapes, the attributes of each color, how to choose and care for stones, some of their most common uses, and how to program them. There are tips, rituals, exercises and meditations to inform, guide, heal, protect and empower users. Basic correspondences for zodiac signs and chakras, and using crystal grids are also presented. I was impressed with the…

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    Book Review – Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis by Lisa Marie Basile

    Book Review Light Magic for Dark Times More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis by Lisa Marie Basile 176 Pages     I was lucky to be sent a copy of the book “Light Magic for Dark Times” by Lisa Marie Basile. It’s published by Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc, 2018. This book is 176 pages and is a hardback. This is a book that is perfect for the current state of the world. It is filled with self-care and coping practices targeted for the hard or challenging times in life. This book has lots of general information that will help any newbie to magic…

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    Book Review – 10-Minute Moon Rituals: Easy Tips for Working with Each Astrological Sign to Develop Your True, Lunar Nature by Simone Butler

    Book Review 10-Minute Moon Rituals Easy Tips for Working with Each Astrological Sign to Develop Your True, Lunar Nature by Simone Butler 208 Pages     “10-Minute Moon Rituals” has two parts. The first is an introduction to the eight monthly phases of the moon and the characteristics of each. This link to author Simone Butler’s site http://astroalchemy.com/your-moon-power/ will determine your moon sign at birth so you can read up on your emotional nature, needs, wisdom from previous lives, and what can trip you up. Other sites, including this one, https://www.astrocal.co.uk/find-out-your-moon-phase/ will give you the phase of the moon. I was born under a waning gibbous moon. According to Simone,…

  • Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches – Gratitude Tree

      Merry meet. Making a gratitude tree is a timely craft for Mabon or Thanksgiving, and it’s something the whole family can do. Start by finding one branch or several small ones to place in a vase or other container that is weighted with rocks, sand, etc. to keep it from tipping. Cut leaves out of paper in fall colors. On each, write something for which you are thankful. To hang on the branch, punch a hole and tie one end to the leaf and the other to the branch. You can also tape the thread to the leaf.     To use real leaves, write on them with a…

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    Video Book Review – The Book of Altars and Sacred Spaces: How to Create Magical Spaces in Your Home for Ritual and Intention by Anjou Kiernan

    Video Book Review The Book of Altars and Sacred Spaces How to Create Magical Spaces in Your Home for Ritual and Intention by Anjou Kiernan 177 Pages   “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and nothing is more inspiring than the creation of an altar that speaks to your intentions. Ready to manifest your intention? Learn more in this video edition book review by Robin Fennelly.   The Book of Altars and Sacred Spaces: How to Create Magical Spaces in Your Home for Ritual and Intention on Amazon *** About the Author: Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High…

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    Spiritual Preparation for Pregnancy Excerpted from The Pregnant Goddess by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

    Spiritual Preparation for Pregnancy     Is Anyone Truly Ready for Pregnancy? On the surface of that question is the obvious answer: If you can conceive or have conceived, then you are physiologically ready for the state of pregnancy. Whether you are mentally, emotionally, or spiritually ready, well, that’s another story. Even if you have previously been pregnant, that experience serves only as a guideline for how this pregnancy will go and how you will feel and react to the changes in your body once again. It is one of the miracles of pregnancy that every experience with it will be different. Every gestation is unique and you must look…

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    “Self-Love Ritual for When You Don’t Get It Right the First Time” An Excerpt from The Junior Witch’s Handbook by Nikki Van De Car

      Fulfillment will never be achieved without some failure along the way. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be all that fulfilling, would it? Failure is an integral part of the process of reaching satisfaction and happiness. That doesn’t mean it’s a pleasant experience. Whenever we fail at something—and particularly when it’s something we really want to be good at—it hurts. We feel all kinds of emotions, and may decide that this failure along our journey means that we’re not good at this, that we’re never going to be good at this, and, sometimes, that’s there’s something wrong with us because we weren’t successful this time. Sometimes it helps to…

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    Book Review – Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners-A No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious by Theresa Reed

    Book Review Astrology for Real Life A Workbook for Beginners-A No BS Guide for the Astro-Curious by Theresa Reed 288 Pages     Theresa Reed has given us a gift! Astrology for Real Life is a practical, funny and accessible guide to astrology for those who want to dip their toes into their relationship with the heavens. Practical? Yes! The very first thing Reed teaches is how to create your own natal chart on-line! She walks us through it step by step. I have read many astrology books for beginners; this is the first one I have encountered where the author explains where and how to truly start learning about…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Making Soap     Merry meet. We all need a bit more magic these days, and soap is one way to add magic to your life without it being noticed. I never liked messing with lye, so I found two easy options. Briefly, one is to grate bars of soap, melt, add ingredients and pour into molds. The second way is to buy the soap base from craft stores, melt, add ingredients, pour into molds. It’s that easy.   (image: soap with oatmeal)   Directions for the latter are on the package, so I’ll step through the first lazy method. [1] If you choose to use botanicals, sprinkle some in…