• Reviews & Interviews

    Review of “The Witch Books” & Interview with Author Michely Cantagalo

    The Witch Books I & II By: Michely Cantagalo 240 Pages     “Every woman has a witch inside her!” That’s the first line of Michely Cantagalo’s “The Witch Book I.” In an email interview she explained, “It was the kind of Book of Shadows / Grimoire I would like to have. I actually was looking for something similar to buy, and didn’t find anything cool, so I decide to make one.” The book – the first in a series – introduces the Divine Feminine, describes the magical and medicinal uses of eight herbs, identifies forty magickal symbols over two pages, presents rituals such as one for protection, and gives…

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    The Transformative Power of Telling Your Story

    (artwork by: Francene Hart)   We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. That’s what I want–to hear you erupting. You Mount St. Helenses who don’t know that power in you–I want to hear you…If we don’t tell our truth, who will? -Ursula K. Le Guin   Folks often tell me they don’t know how or why I share such personal things in my writing with the wide world. Aren’t I scared of being judged? Aren’t I afraid my heart will get squashed by the insensitive people of the world if I tell my story? The honest answer to…

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    Book Review – Seasons of Moon and Flame: The Wild Dreamer’s Epic Journey of Becoming by Danielle Dulsky

    Book Review Seasons of Moon and Flame The Wild Dreamer’s Epic Journey of Becoming by Danielle Dulsky 376 Pages     ….There is much to be said for self-discipline, for keeping our promises to ourselves, for harboring a deep knowing that any new way of being in the world is going to come with moments of intermittent discomfort that must be welcomed as small rituals of growth and learning. 1. Seasons of Moon and Flame: The Wild Dreamer’s Epic Journey of Becoming by Danielle Dulsky is the second of this author’s books that I’ve had the pleasure to read and review. Her style and message is one of empowerment and…

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    ‘Bad Words, Good Smells’ An Interview with Desiree Horton of Co-op of Creation

    ‘Bad Words, Good Smells’ An Interview with Desiree Horton of Co-op of Creation     Desiree Horton is currently on call 24/7, providing terminal decontamination for hospitals and other places, some of which have tested positive for COVID-19. She works as needed, so her schedule “can get a bit crazy.” A few years ago, she started making candles in her kitchen before moving her workspace to the garage. Before the pandemic, friends and family would come and create with her. “I was doing my candle shop full-time, but I stepped back into this to help train people and to handle these places since it’s hard to find people willing to…

  • Divination Articles,  Reviews & Interviews

    Learning Lenormand Interviews – Diana Clark, Creator of the Gaelic Lenormand

    This interview was done a few months ago, before the COVID-19 virus crisis hit all of us, so it’s a tad dated (I know that was just a short while ago, but doesn’t it seem like years already?). But I hope all of you will enjoy it. I have to say that I am looking forward to her horse-themed Lenormand! I have always loved horses, as anyone who knows me will attest!     Polly MacDavid (PM): In the beginning of the Companion Guide of the Gaelic Lenormand, you talk about your family history & how this informs your divinatory style.  Since not all of our readers have read the…

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

    Last month I shared some documents with you to consider adding to your BOS. This month I want to share some brainstorming prompts to use as you fill more of your BOS pages. On first glance this month’s article may appear less robust than most but I assure you that if you work with each of the questions in a thoughtful and authentic way, you will have more than enough to keep you occupied. So, let’s get started. Some of these will become checklists for crafting your own rituals. Others are in the moment wanderings and others are for the intention of having a strong foundation to grow upon. Be…

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    Gael Song Second Edition

    The Hidden Gem of Solitude   With most folks staying at home during this pandemic, I thought an article about solitude might be helpful. I’ve lived a contemplative life for twenty years now, mostly by myself, writing, meditating, in complete silence 90% of every day. Besides three mornings of volunteer work a week, my life is very, very quiet. When my last daughter went off to college twenty years ago, I chafed against the isolation but within a very few months, I began to cherish it and still do. What I discovered fairly quickly is that silence opens the doorway to the Otherworld. In general, beings on the other side…

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    Tarot Talk 2

    Comparing The 5 & 7 of Swords   (image: The Rider-Waite tarot deck)   Many Tarot cards have such strong and unique meanings that we can easily tell them apart. However, there are cards that are similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. One method for coming to know cards in-depth is to break them down to their components; we have been using this method to study each of the 78 cards of a traditional Tarot deck. Now that we have completed our study of the individual cards, it’s time to use another method: comparison. This month, we…

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    Book Review – Let Your Spirit Guides Speak: A Simple Guide for a Life of Purpose, Abundance, and Joy by Debra Landwehr Engle 

    Book Review Let Your Spirit Guides Speak A Simple Guide for a Life of Purpose, Abundance, and Joy by Debra Landwehr Engle  218 Pages     “‘Let Your Spirit Guides Speak’ is a book about what it means to live a life that’s divinely guided by direct experience with Spirit,” written by author Debra Landwehr Engle. In it, she shares what she’s “learned about developing a collaborative relationship with guidance and the practical steps you can take to deepen your connection to a conscious, co-creative conversation.” Some people call these helpers spirit guides, others refer to them as angels, God, and light beings, in addition to entities with other names.…

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    Book Review – Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Magick Rituals by Rodney Orpheus

    Book Review Grimoire of Aleister Crowley Group Magick Rituals by Rodney Orpheus 320 Pages     I have read four books on Aleister Crowley. To me, he has been this mythical person that I had heard of since I was a kid. I’ve wondered if the people writing about him are just writing to get published, or is there something that I am missing in their books. Most books I felt that I was having to struggle to get through or stay awake while reading. I am now looking into reading more of Lon Milo DuQuette’s works, after reading the forward he wrote for Rodney Orpheus’ book: Grimoire of Aleister…