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    MagickalArts

    What Are the Magickal Arts? When I began this column for PaganPagesOrg many years ago, I had a vision of filling it with writings focused on exploring the magickal weavings of artistic endeavor. I am after all a former professional ballerina. One of my children is a trained fine artist, another is a classically trained musician, and all five of my children are excellent writers and artists in their own rights including the sciences- a pediatrician, a biomedical engineer and a veterinarian. As the years continued forward I have come to using the term Magickal Arts as an expression of the artistic and refined nature the Craft requires. As magickal…

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    Book Review – My Pocket Self-Care: Anytime Activities to Refresh Your Mind, Body, and Spirit by Adams Media

    Book Review My Pocket Self-Care: Anytime Activities to Refresh Your Mind, Body, and Spirit by Adams Media Published by Simon & Schuster 176 pages Publication date: December 8, 2020     This cute little book is an excellent addition to my library of self-care books. It covers the body, mind and spirit, rather than just one of those topics like some books I own. I think it’s great how it is small enough that I could just throw it in my purse and have it easily at hand. In fact, it lived in my purse as I was reading and reviewing it. Now it lives on my nightstand for quick…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for February 2022   (Photo by Wout Vanacker on Unsplash )   Bright Blessings! The holidays are behind us and it’s a new year. How time flies! For some that means you are still procrastinating about putting the Yule decorations away, doesn’t it? And the kids have absolutely begged you to leave them up, haven’t they? Have a mug of hot wassail and admire your work a bit longer why not? While you are at it, think about all the good things you accomplished in 2021. If you can’t think of anything? I can. What about the time you made somebody’s day because…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for April 2021 Bright Blessings, I write this a little more than a week before the Spring Equinox, and I have exciting news. For the first time since falling ill a little over 6 years ago- I have found a sustainable job and reliable income. Not Full Time- but this is something I can do for as long as the job is available to me and even if I were to become extremely ill once again. The empowerment of accomplishing something I feared I never would gave me the courage to DO something for myself. I bought myself a necklace as a congratulatory…

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    The Benefits of Forest Bathing & 8 Simple Tips

    Forest bathing (or shinrin-yoku) has been practiced in Japan for over 800 years to help improve physical and mental health. The country now has several designated shinrin-yoku forests and doctors even prescribe it to their patients. Simply put, forest bathing is a blend of exercise and meditation where you intentionally set out to immerse yourself in a forest environment. It will come as no surprise to readers of this magazine that communing with nature has physical and mental health benefits. What is, perhaps, surprising is that science has finally got round to studying the practice and describing the benefits. What several studies have found is that being in nature has…

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    Book Review – Finding Your Higher Self: Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care by Sophie Saint Thomas

    Book Review Finding Your Higher Self Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care by Sophie Saint Thomas 223 Pages     Almost a blog in book form, “Finding Your Higher Self: Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care” is a book which asks the same question that “Enhancement Smoker” Jon Stewart did in “Half Baked”: did you ever do the stuff you normally do… but on weeeeed?     In the spirit of Saint Thomas’ central message — to take care of yourself and use cannabis’ relaxing properties to make your everyday activities more pleasant — I’m writing this review while stoned. The introduction to “Finding Your Higher Self” has a short…

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    January Joy: New Year; New You?

      I want to lend some spiritual advice to all those bombarded with the inevitable January blast of “New Year, New You” thinking. There’s a lot of advertising out there telling you that you need to change. Here’s what I think. You don’t need to go on a diet. Unless a medical professional tells you different, or you genuinely want to for your own reasons, you are fine as you are. You don’t need to buy new sports gear. If you want to, great! But don’t be pressured or guilt tripped into it. You don’t need a crazy new exercise routine. Exercise is amazing. It boosts endorphins, it makes you…

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    Book Review – Tarot For Self-Care: How to Use Tarot To Manifest Your Best Self by Minerva Siegel

    Book Review Tarot For Self-Care How to Use Tarot To Manifest Your Best Self by Minerva Siegel 256 Pages     Tarot For Self-Care: How to Use Tarot To Manifest Your Best Self, by Minerva Siegel, published in 2019 by Adams Media, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc, 57 Littlefield Street, Avon, Massachusetts 02322. This is a 7 1/4 inch by 9 1/2 inch hardcover book with a matte finish front cover in lavender, gold and cream containing the title of the book and some Tarot-based symbols, and a description of the book and a brief author bio on the back cover (with the same colors). There are 256…

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    Book Review – 10 Minute Magic Spells Simple Spells and Self-Care Practices to Harness Your Inner Power by Skye Alexander

    Book Review 10 Minute Magic Spells Simple Spells and Self-Care Practices to Harness Your Inner Power by Skye Alexander 208 page     Any book by Skye Alexander is an enjoyable read. This is the second book I am reviewing by Ms. Alexander and it proves to be as good as the last book I reviewed (The Modern Witchcraft Book of Love Spells: Your Complete Guide to Attracting Passion, Love, and Romance). This book is great for anyone beginning a journey into magic and spell work. Part One of the book covers the basics of magic, how it works and how to use it so it is successful for you.…

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    Book Review – The Little Book of Self-Care for Libra by Constance Stellas

    Book Review The Little Book of Self-Care for LibraSimple Ways to Refresh and Restore – According to the Starsby Constance Stellas 160 Pages   Bright Blessings, Readers! I am glad to be reviewing this great guide to why it is important to take care of yourself, and even happier to say, that author Constance Stellas has guides for all twelve signs! An accomplished astrologer in print, she also teaches, and helps clients in both the United States and Greece. She has written for such illustrious publications as the New York Times and Marie Claire. She’s been a practicing astrologer for over 20 years, and she really knows her stuff. For…