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    Book Review – Warriors, Witches, Women: Mythology’s Fiercest Females by Kate Hodge

    Book Review Warriors, Witches, Women Mythology’s Fiercest Females by Kate Hodge 224 Pages     Kate Hodge’s book, “Warriors, Witches, Women,” is a modern encyclopedia of powerful female archetypes from various world cultures. She divides the goddesses into five main categories: witches, warriors, bringers of misfortune, elemental spirits, and munificent spirits. Hodge re-tells stories of goddesses who are well known and introduces us to ones who are lesser known in this volume. Dividing them into distinct categories that focus on a theme helps the reader to see the different faces of the goddess clearly. Because this is a cross-cultural work of sorts, we also see how various cultures have picked…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Ullr     Merry meet. Winter is upon us, and up north, in the land of the Norse, was the cold-loving god Ullr. Norse mythology called him the God of Snow. Son of Six and stepson of Thor, Ullr became the patron saint of skiers. It is said he’s an expert skater, skier and hunter who moved around the world, covering the land with snow. References indicate he was an important deity: it is said he ruled while Odin was temporarily exiled and he occurs in many place names, but little else is known.   (Ullr. Small Wooden Figurines created by Kseniya of AncientGods on Etsy.)  …

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    Book Review – Dancing with Raven and Bear: A Book of Earth Medicine and Animal Magic by Sonja Grace

    Book Review Dancing with Raven and Bear: A Book of Earth Medicine and Animal Magic by Sonja Grace 144 Pages     Drawing on both her Native American (Hopi) heritage and her Norwegian upbringing, Sonja Grace presents 18 original wisdom stories about Earth Medicine and animal magic. In them she’s woven ancient teachings and everyday practical applications such as grounding, mending a broken heart and dream interpretation. Each chapter is a tale, followed by an explanation of the magic and medicine of Raven, Bear and Earth. Ancient teachings are interwoven with descriptions of such practices as smudging and energizing water for healing. Grace shows parallels between Norse mythology and Native…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Hyacinth   The hyacinth is a flowering plant which grows from a bulb. It has beautiful clusters of fragrant flowers and is very popular during the holiday season and spring. This easy to grow plant has a wealth of history and mythology, and could bring a touch of magic into your home as well as a blast of floral colour and fragrance.   The Kitchen Garden Hyacinths are poisonous so aren’t grown for culinary purposes. They contain oxalic acid, a compound that causes skin irritation externally. If taken internally it can cause: Damage to mucous membranes Damage to respiratory tract Wheezing Shortness of breath Laryngitis Inflammation…