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    Peeking in the Shadows: Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light

    Top Picks and Ideas for Starting Your BOS: Part One Last month we began the exploration of what should be considered in selecting the perfect book. This month I’d like to share some of my top picks for journals and some ideas to get started…. Just to reiterate…. I have MANY journals that have at one time or another served as my BOS. I went through the phases of using a very traditional looking BOS. This was the look of “witchiness” a la movies and imagination; this was my novice witch look. The next phase was using whatever was handy and could be sourced readily as inspiration flowed. These were…

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    Book Review – Witches and Wizards: The Real-life Stories Behind the Occult’s Greatest Legends by Lucy Cavendish

    Book Review Witches and Wizards The Real-life Stories Behind the Occult’s Greatest Legends by Lucy Cavendish 178 pages     I cannot begin to tell you just how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read it from cover to back in one sttiing in an afternoon. I was captivated and enchanted by these stories. The book is beautiful. It is a hard bound book with a ribbon for a bookmark (so helpful, don’t you wish every book had this feature?). It is illustrated with images from Flickr, Shutterstock and Lucy Cavendish. The images help the characters come to life. The beginning chapter is devoted to Merlin, the well-known wizard…

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    Book Review – Clearing Spaces: Inspirational Techniques To Clear Your Home by Khi Armand

    Book Review Clearing Spaces Inspirational Techniques To Clear Your Home by Khi Armand 128 Pages   When I first picked up this book my initial reaction was how beautiful and vibrant the cover art is; I did the standard flip through, and the pages are sleek, almost like photo paper (not a fan) but it looked like a quick read. Oh boy was I mistaken. It isn’t a quick read but it’s a GREAT read. There is a total of 8 chapters and 128 pages. The introduction discusses the authors beginnings, talking on folk magic and the authors own Shamanic preferences. The introduction gave a detailed overview of the chapters…

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    Book Review – The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs: Avatars of Invisible Realms by Claude Le Couteux

    Book Review The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs Avatars of Invisible Realms by Claude Le Couteux 240 Pages     I am fascinated by the subject matters that I find when I read a book on a new subject. “The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs” by Claude Le Couteux is a new subject to me. I could see that Le Couteux’s book was unraveling the web that had long been placed by the clerics of yesteryear. The web (Loki’s name in Swedish is locke/lock. Loksnät {spiders web}) around the elves and dwarves was put in place to replace the belief in beings that once had a seat next…

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    Book Review – Slavic Witchcraft: Old World Conjuring Spells & Folklore by Natasha Helvin

    Book Review Slavic Witchcraft Old World Conjuring Spells & Folklore by Natasha Helvin 224 Pages     I was asked by the Editor of PaganPagesOrg if I would be interested in reviewing this book because my background/experience does involve some Slavic practices and traditions, and she wanted to see if I would mind giving an honest opinion based on what I’ve learned already. I most certainly agreed to it as I was curious how it might compare to what I learned while living in Croatia and what I’ve studied in the USA. Let me explain briefly a little about my perspective and experiences: My father’s family is originally from today’s…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Cow Parsley     Anthriscus Sylvestris or cow parsley is a member of the Apiaceae family, just like the carrot and hemlock. It has tall, hollow stems topped with a flurry of delicate white flowers. In Europe it is a common hedgerow plant, and a familiar sight to walkers and foragers. It’s one of the first flowers to appear by the roadside in spring. With many common names including the grand “Queen Anne’s Lace” and the morbid “Mother Die”, this plant is a piece of living history and an intriguing part of the British countryside.   The Kitchen Garden Encouraging cow parsley into the garden would…

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    Book Review – Book of Shadows and Light by Lucy Cavendish

    Book Review Book of Shadows and Light by Lucy Cavendish 268 Pages     …. This Book of Shadows and Light is dedicated to the reclaiming of magick. Every mark you make within it is a mark of dedication to your soul. When you make your mark within these pages, you will generate the courage to realize your potentials, the ability to create what your soul desires and the power to see how free and string you truly are…..(Dedication page) The Book of Shadows and Light by Lucy Cavendish is a beautiful addition to the catalogue of books and journals to be used as a BOS (Book of Shadows). Photos…

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    Book Review – The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might by Courtney Weber

    Book Review The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might by Courtney Weber 240 Pages     ….Goddess of war, witchcraft, death, protection and retribution, the Morrigan is one of Pagan Ireland’s most famous-and notorious-Goddesses… There are books that are few and far between that give the appropriate balance of myth, historical context and a deepened relationship with the Deity of focus, and The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might by Courtney Weber, is indeed among those titles. I would have expected nothing less from Courtney having had the pleasure of reading her other titles, Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: The…

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    MagickalArts

    Creating Sacred Space The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the “founding of the world”: where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, and the world comes into existence … Mircea Eliade … What is Sacred Space? Read and re-read the quote above. Take it into your space of meditation. Analyze, dissect and observe it from all angles, perspectives and meaning. Try to feel the weight and breath of its meaning and allow the words to gently wash over you. Digest it and then simply sit with the feeling of satiety its inner essence provides. And, once you have done these things, redo them, one by one.…

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    Book Review – Travelling the Fairy Path by Morgan Daimler

    Book ReviewTravelling the Fairy Pathby Morgan Daimler 289 Pages   Travelling the Fairy Path is a fun and educational resource to guide you on the Fairy Witchcraft Path. If you are just curious about the “Good People”, or have been working with them all along, you will find insight from Morgan Daimler, although, I would not consider this a “Beginners” book. It is not a long text, coming in at 288 pages, however there is a multitude of information waiting for you. This includes a chapter length autobiography on Daimler, in which she introduces herself as well as some of her qualifications. This, in my opinion, is to demonstrate her…