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    Book Review – Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide To Magical Activism by Sarah Lyons

    Book Review Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide To Magical Activism by Sarah Lyons 158 Pages     “This is a book about magic, politics, and how we can change the world when we blend the two together,” activist and practicing witch Sarah Lyons writes in the introduction to her book, “Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide To Magical Activism.” What many refer to as energy, prana or the Force, Lyons likes to call power, noting “politics is about power.” Magic has always been used to channel the power of desperation, pain and rage by people with no other means to achieve justice. And because “[w]itches get their power from a connection with the…

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    Book Review – The Sacred Herbs of Samhain: Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead by Ellen Evert Hopman

    Book Review The Sacred Herbs of Samhain: Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead by Ellen Evert Hopman 216 pages   What a perfect time of the year to review this book! Ellen Evert Hopman has written a very concise book on herbs to use in and around Samhain, and, most likely, at other time of the year, when one wishes to communicate with their ancestors. It begins with a very basic herbal primer – how to know if your herbs are of good quality, how to make salves, tinctures, poultices and more, all things that herbalists know. Part I is “Herbs of the Spirits and the Dead and…

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    Book Review – Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self, Transform the World by Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed

    Book Review Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self, Transform the World by Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed 288 pages     Tarot for Troubled Times: Confront Your Shadow, Heal Your Self, Transform the World is written by Shaheen Miro and Theresa Reed, published with a copyright of 2019 by Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950. This is a 6 inch by 9 inch soft cover book with a matte color illustration on the front cover and a book description, author photos and brief author bios, and book reviews on the back cover. There are 274 pages with black typeface printed on…

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    Book Review – One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy by Keith Readdy

    Book Review One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy by Keith Readdy 436 pages     I purposely do not read anyone else’s reviews on a book before I read that book. I do this so that another does not influence my view of the book; I must admit books on Aleister Crowley can be a little dry, and difficult. But there’s always exciting tidbits that I pick up. Mr. Readdy’s book is a history book. Therefore, it reads like a history book, and if you’re a history buff that’s fine. I was still able to find a lot of interesting information within this book. I found it…

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    Book Review – Sister Karol’s Book of Spells, Blessings and Folk Magic by Karol Jackowski

    Book Review Sister Karol’s Book of Spells, Blessings and Folk Magic by Karol Jackowski 255 pages     The idea of a book about spells and folk magic written by a religious sister with a Catholic background is fascinating. Sister Karol’s Book of Spells, Blessings and Folk Magic is a beautiful book that explores the impact of mainstream religion on what Sister Karol refers to as the religion of “none”. The religion of “none” is described as persons who are “living at the heart of what the Dalai Lama sees as a spiritual revolution, a shift in consciousness touching the heart of those who seek to save their soul without…

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    Book Review – Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose by Sarah Bowen

    Book Review Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose by Sarah Bowen 244 pages     “Contempt prior to examination is an intellectual vice, from which the greatest faculties of mind are not free.” The author is quoting the writer Paley, who in fact is another Christian writer however that doesn’t make the point less valid. We all come into paganism from other sources, and like it or not those sources effected our own journey on a deeper level. This is not a book for those looking for structured black and white thinking on spirituality. It is experimental and requires engagement to get much…

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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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    Book Review – The Big Book of Tarot: How to Interpret the Cards and Work with Tarot Spreads for Personal Growth by Joan Bunning

    Book Review The Big Book of Tarot: How to Interpret the Cards and Work with Tarot Spreads for Personal Growth by Joan Bunning 368 page     The Big Book of Tarot: How to Interpret the Cards and Work with Tarot Spreads for Personal Growth by Joan Bunning published in 2019 by Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950. This is a huge 8½ inch by 10 inch soft cover book with a glossy color illustration on the front cover and book description on the back cover. There are 357 pages with a nice large, easy-to-read typeface on white paper. Bunning has a website that contains…

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    Book Review – Unicorn Magic: Awaken to Mystical Energy & Embrace Your Personal Power by Tess Whitehurst

    Book Review Unicorn Magic: Awaken to Mystical Energy & Embrace Your Personal Power by Tess Whitehurst 288 pages     Ok, so I will admit that when I first got this book, before I even started reading it, I was afraid this was for the much younger crowd. But, after reading the book, I found that Mx. Whitehurst wrote it for 7th grade and above. Mx. Whitehurst has written a lovely book for those of us who see the Unicorn as Magickal, Divine, or Inspirational. I have been a lover of Unicorns and their playfulness (they belong in the fae realm after all) since I was a child. I carry…

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    Book Review – Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals and Magickal Work by Ivo Dominguez Jr

    Book Review Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals and Magickal Work by Ivo Dominguez Jr 216 pages For all you workers of magick who have avoided digging into astrology because it is so darn complicated, hesitate no longer! Ivo Dominguez, Jr. has created a very practical, basic and down-to-earth reference book that I, a practicing astrologer, find chock full of useful information. I am also a beginning user of magick and have started weaving astrology into that practice. This book has really opened my eyes to all the ways to work with the energy of the heavens outside of the…