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    Light a Fire Under Your Own Ass: The Magic of Motivation – An Excerpt from ‘Witchcraft Therapy’ by Mandi Em

    Light a Fire under Your Own Ass: The Magic of Motivation     Motivation is a funny thing: It seems like when you need it the most, it’s not there for you to draw from. Many of us struggle with motivation in various areas of life, a problem that, when left unchecked, can suck us down even further into a lazy hole of “I don’t wanna!” There’s also a special relationship between depression and motivation that can leave high hopes feeling like a neglected third wheel. Depression can make even the simplest tasks, like getting out of bed, a monumental challenge. And as the things around you that you should…

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    Book Review – Herbal Magic: A Handbook of Natural Spells, Charms, and Potions by Aurora Kane

    Book Review Herbal Magic A Handbook of Natural Spells, Charms, and Potions by Aurora Kane Publisher: Quarto Publishing 208 pages Publication Date: 5/25/2021     This book has everything a witch could want to know about magical herbalism. It is “full of purposeful potential and whimsical wisdom to be used wisely,” with a catalog of 78 herbs and 40 rituals. For the herbs it gives the planetary companion, day of the week it corresponds with, elemental correspondence, zodiac sign, and gender. The author explains a plants gender as its energy because it is “relative to plant life [and] not assigned based on gender, but qualities of energy in life”. She…

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    Book Review – Spark Magic: 50 Ways to Find Your Power by Chronicle Books

    Book Review Spark Magic 50 Ways to Find Your Power by Chronicle Books Chronicle Books 50 cardboard matchsticks     “Spark Magic” isn’t a book, but an odd little novelty item intended to inspire the imagination. Although it might have easily been a deck of cards or a book of suggestions, “Spark Magic” comes in the form of a box of fifty cardboard sticks shaped like matches that don’t light, but instead, have short, pithy suggestions for introducing and manifesting magic in your life. The design and execution of the box is charming and shiny, and suggests something mystical inside; the matches themselves are cute and well-made.   The suggestions…

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    Book Review – The Magic of Pathworking: A Meditation Guide for Your Inner Vision by Simon Court

    Book Review The Magic of Pathworking A Meditation Guide for Your Inner Vision by Simon Court Llewellyn 288 Pages     When I saw that this title was available for review, I admit to being rather excited. Pathworkings are my favorite tools of use for teaching, reflection and personal growth. I’ve written them, participated in and learned from the best of the best about the potency and power of their work at all levels of being. So, add to this already impassioned perspective and author’s work background and training is derived from some of the best esotericists, magicians and teachers of Hermetic knowledge and you have all of the ingredients…

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    Book Review – The New Witch: Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More by Marie D. Jones

    Book Review The New Witch Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More by Marie D. Jones Visible Ink Press 256 Pages     Marie D. Jones wrote “The New Witch: Your Guide to Modern Witchcraft, Wicca, Spells, Potions, Magic, and More” to bridge ancient pagan ways and today’s digital world. She offers ideas to bring together the nature-based traditions of the ancestors, and the powers of social media, to embrace the past and honor the future. It’s seemingly odd that a nature-loving tradition blends with the technology dependent world, but the vast amount of information available and the speed, ease, and options to communicate – not…

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    Book Review – Water Magic: Elements of Witchcraft by Lilith Dorsey

    Book Review Water Magic Elements of Witchcraft by Lilith Dorsey Llewellyn 288 Pages     … Water is an element representative of your emotions, your hopes and your true vision. It occupies the space between inspiration and transformation like no other element does. One can use his energy to go with the flow and seek your own level of divine destiny… Water Magic: Elements of Witchcraft by Lilith Dorsey is the first book in a series by Llewellyn publishers dedicated to the alchemical elements. It is separated into Three (3) Parts and begins with the History, Folklore and Myth of alchemical/spiritual water. The remainder of the book flows from the…

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    Book Review – Strix Craft: Ancient Greek Magic for the Modern Witch by Oracle Hekataios

    Book Review Strix Craft Ancient Greek Magic for the Modern Witch by Oracle Hekataios Llewellyn Publications 310 Pages     I am the first to admit that I don’t know much about the different paths of Witchcraft or Wicca. I am eclectic; in that, I do what the Deities ask me to do. But they don’t require that I follow a specific layout in my worship. Strix Craft helped me understand why some people follow particular standards in their worship of the God/dess they work with and worship. In chapter one, the author, Oracle Hekataios, goes into detail about the different magics practiced and taught in Ancient Greece, especially in…

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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 – 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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    It Begins with the Aura – An Excerpt from the Book Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic by Miss Aida

    It Begins with the Aura An Excerpt from the Book Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic by Miss Aida     Have you ever seen paintings of God or saints or revered deities with a glow surrounding their heads? These depictions of light are energy fields called auras, something all matter and living beings possess. The radiance of the aura can emit different degrees of brightness or dim luminosity, as well as emanating different colors. Auras act as shields, protecting us from outside negative influences that might affect our psychological and spiritual well-being. In many cultures and traditions, it is also believed that the aura protects our physiological status. There are…