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    Book Review – Russian Black Magic: The Beliefs and Practices of Heretics and Blasphemers by Natasha Helvin

    Book Review Russian Black Magic The Beliefs and Practices of Heretics and Blasphemers by Natasha Helvin 176 Pages     I didn’t really know what to make of this book when I received it – I don’t really believe in the reality of “black” magic – or “white” magic, for that matter – magic is magic! – and I don’t care about the practices of so-called “heretics and blasphemers” – where I’m from, spiritually, “heretics and blasphemers” are simply those who do not adhere to the orthodox view, whatever it may be. Which would include me. So although I read it eagerly – I love anything about Russian culture –…

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    Ostara Correspondences

      (oh-star-ah) – Lesser Sabbat – Spring/Vernal Equinox, March 20-21st – when the Sun enters Ares Other Names: Ostre, Oestre, Eostre, Rites of Spring, Eostra’s Day, Lady Day, First Day of Spring, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Alban Eiler, Bacchanalia, Mean Earraigh, Pasch, Caisg, Pess Date: Spring Equinox (March 20-22 in Northern Hemisphere) or when the Sun is 1 degree Aries. Symbolism: The beginning of spring, new life and rebirth, the God and Goddess in Their youth, balance, fertility Goddesses: all love, virgin, and fertility Goddesses; Anna Perenna (Roman), Aphrodite (Greek), Astarte (Canaanite, Persia, GrecoRoman), Athena (Greek), Cybele (Greco-Roman), Blodeuwedd, Eostre (Saxon Goddess of Fertility), Flidais (Irish), Gaia (Greek), Hera, Ishtar…

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    Book Review – Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish by Lucy Cavendish

    Book ReviewSpellbound The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendishby Lucy Cavendish208 Pages   “There is an immense natural power in the Universe … You have this natural power within you, and it is your birthright to learn how to work with it,” Lucy Cavendish writes in her book, Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish. Working spells connects you to that power that flows through everything, and Cavendish offers enough information to harness that power. She gleaned the contents of this book from her personal journals, offering a grimoire – her collection of rules and laws that apply to magic and the craft, rituals, spells, potions, meditations and magickal notes. This…

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

    (Photo by Ben White on Unsplash)   Starting Your Book of Shadows: Part Two The Dedication You’ve found your “perfect” container to house your Book of Shadows. Now what? First let me clarify perfect “CONTAINER”. Although the emphasis feels as though you should be using a physical journal, many keep their Book of Shadows entirely in electronic format. To the purist, this would be a no-no. Quite frankly, I am of the opinion that the important focus is on codifying what you learn and develop-not so much what form it is kept in. So, with that in mind, if your perfect container is an ipad, your phone or other tech…

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    Book Review – 1001 Spells: The Complete Book of Spells for Every Purpose by Cassandra Eason

    Book Review 1001 Spells The Complete Book of Spells for Every Purpose by Cassandra Eason 544 Pages     Love and money – the two things everyone wants. Those are the topics of the first and second chapters of the book “1001 Spells: The Complete Book of Spells for Every Purpose” by Cassandra Eason. There are 50 spells in each of those chapters: spells to attract love and increase romantic commitment, to overcome debt and attract money during urgent financial situations, and much more. Other chapters cover such categories as angel magic, protection spells, fertility magic, justice and peace spells, animal magic, magic for all seasons and celebrations, and spells…

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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…