Glamour Magic by Deborah Castellano

Glamour Magic by Deborah Castellano

You will not find any reference to glamour magic tucked away in any dusty occult grimoire. Neither will you find it taught by masters of any of the mystery schools or find an ancient temple dedicated to its practice. Nevertheless, according to Pagan writer Deborah Constellano, it is a very real and legitimate form of spiritual work – one which enables you to follow your heart’s by totally engaging with your inner power. As she states in the opening to her book “Glamour isn’t a magic of landscapes that never…

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Embracing the End of Life by Patt Lind-Kyle

Embracing the End of Life by Patt Lind-Kyle

Death is, from our physical perspective, the final journey we make. Confronting the issues imposed by the final days of our lives is the greatest of all challenges.  Sadly, we do not live in a society that adequately prepares us for that last great leap into the unknown. Someone who is keenly aware of that fact is Patt Lind-Kyle; an author, teacher, therapist, speaker and consultant who’s book Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal Award and Best Book Award from USA Today News. In her…

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The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson

Wicca and Paganism is generally thought of as a specifically adult practice – after all, messing with magickal ritual can be a somewhat dangerous pursuit! As a practitioner of the Old Religion for many years, Monica Crosson also believed this to be the case – that was until one July evening when she found her seven-year-old son dancing around outdoors completely naked. When she asked him why he was doing this he answered “I’m dancing naked under a full moon just like you and Daddy.” Up until that point, Monica Crosson had thought…

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The Power of Archetypes by Marie D. Jones

The Power of Archetypes by Marie D. Jones

Have you ever caught yourself becoming so engrossed in the events and circumstances surrounding a character in your favorite TV series that you physically and emotionally sense every single personal experience that they have? On the other-hand have you ever felt a deep sense of vehemence towards a politician, a musician, or a celebrity – and for no apparent reason? If the answer to either of these questions is yes then you have probably fallen under the spell of one or more archetypes. Hidden Realms So then, what exactly is…

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Letting Go of Good by Andrea Mathews

Letting Go of Good by Andrea Mathews

There can be little doubt that whilst a great deal of today’s New Age spirituality distances itself from established religions such as Christianity it still harbours more than a thin connection to their traditional values. The most prominent example of this exists in the idea that in order to be a worthy human being we have to be ‘good’, we have to do good things, or carry out good works. Similar ethical ideas permeate many other fringe areas of occult and mystical philosophy. As a result we find that many…

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Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts

Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts

By the early 1960s author and philosopher Alan Watts was receiving recognition for his radio talks and for his landmark books. This led him into working on a speaking circuit that included colleges and large public halls. By way of a contrast he was also actively engaged in presenting seminars to small, intimate groups. Following his death in 1973 his son, Mark Watts carried on his fathers work through the Alan Watts Electronic University and nearly ten years ago he selected six of the more important recordings from his fathers’…

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Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Frater Barrabbas

Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Frater Barrabbas

The conjuration of spirits is an aspect of occultism that has been somewhat in decline over the past few decades. Once the core activity in many arcane practices it no longer features as heavily as it once did in the ritual workings of occultists — even to the degree that there is risk of us losing so much of the once deeply revered knowledge and understanding of this aspect of magic. Frater Barrabas is a practicing ritual magician who has studied Magick and the occult for over thirty-five years. He is…

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Listening to Ayahuasca by Dr. Rachel Harris

Listening to Ayahuasca by Dr. Rachel Harris

Every generation of psychospiritual students have had their preferred stimulant of choice. From marijuana and LSD in the 1960s through to MDMA, DMT and psilocybin in subsequent decades; successive waves of consciousness explorers have used natural and manmade psychedelics as a way of speeding up spiritual development. The rising star in this long list of psychoactive substances; and one that is particularly well-suited to the increasingly Shamanic context to modern spirituality, is Ayahuasca. Whilst Ayahuasca its has actually been quietly used for thousands of years by the natives of the…

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Walking the Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma and PTSD by David R Kopacz and Joseph Rael

Walking the Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma and PTSD by David R Kopacz and Joseph Rael

Psychiatrist and holistic & integrative physician, David Kopacz, and Native American Visionary, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow), offer a healing path for veterans suffering trauma and PTSD. Our Rating – Book of the Month: March 2017 5/5 Trauma is a complex medical condition and one that is notably prevalent within the military: most specifically by soldiers who are returning home from time spent serving at the frontline. Treating it successfully can be equally complex. Whilst those working within the established medical profession believe that trauma is essentially a mental aberration; psychiatrist David Kopacz views trauma,…

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Trance Dancing With the Jinn by Yasmin Hennish

Trance Dancing With the Jinn by Yasmin Hennish

 Collins English Dictionary defines trance as ‘a state of ecstasy or mystical absorption so intense as to cause a temporary loss of consciousness at the earthly level’. Of course modern use of the word tends to include impressions of raves and mind-bending electronic music played in sweaty venues to an audience most of whom are high on synthetic substances. However whilst the trance state is a powerful entrance into communicating with the spirit world’s the traditional approach has been to employ more natural tools such as chanting and drumming. Trance…

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Spiritual Alchemy by Jenny Tyson

Spiritual Alchemy by Jenny Tyson

During the last week of May 2013 magickians Jenny and Donald Tyson attempted to contact the spirit of the Elizabethan occultist and alchemist Dr. John Dee (1527 – 1609) using a homemade spirit communication board. Their hope was that by making a connection to these legends of occultism they would glean a deeper understanding of Dee”s life, work and in general, the practice of Enochian Magic. The couple spent a few moments focusing upon a portrait of Dee and then invited him to make himself known to them. The response…

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Start Right Where You Are by Sam Bennett

Start Right Where You Are by Sam Bennett

Even when you know and understand the personal journey that lies before you in life the actual act of trying to get from where you currently are to where you want to be fraught with problems and challenges. In fact, the busier we become in our daily life more difficulties appear to be thrown up in front of us – issues that twart our every move and which try to deflect us from our path. What if there was only someone that we can call upon at such times, someone…

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Whispers From the Wild by Amelia Kinkade

Whispers From the Wild by Amelia Kinkade

How many of us can honestly say that upon being confronted by a large male tiger we would be able to identify that it was suffering badly from toothache? Maybe a few of us could detect that there was something amiss if the animal was acting in an overly aggressive way and for no apparent reason, however it takes someone with a real degree of compassionate connection to animals to diagnose any health issues simply by psychically tuning into them. Hearing and Healing With this somewhat unorthodox approach to animal…

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The Toad of Dawn by Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa

The Toad of Dawn by Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa

The Sonora Desert has an area of two hundred thousand square kilometres and stretches from California and Arizona in the US to Sonora in Mexico. This is an inordinately harsh terrain with receives only a few centimetres of rain each year and has temperatures that can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius or 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite its harshness this is a region that features a variety of animals and plants – many of which are found only in this part of the World. It is also home to numerous…

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Practicing the Tao Te Ching by Solala Towler

Practicing the Tao Te Ching by Solala Towler

Lao-Tzu was an Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer who is the father of philosophical Taoism. He is specifically associated with his authorship of one of the most highly respected and influential metaphysical works of all time: The Tao Te Ching. In his book, Practicing the Tao Te Ching, Taoist meditation teacher Solala Towler offers a very modern interpretation of the original Lao-Tzu text. A New Examination Practicing the Tao Te Ching essentially examines each one of the brief 81 chapters of Taoist philosophy in a practical and easy to digest…

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Discover Your Authentic Self by Sherrie Dillard

Discover Your Authentic Self by Sherrie Dillard

Who are you? Are you a living your life as a fully conscious being aware of every aspect of your true divine nature or are you little more than a train making its way along pre-defined tracks to an unknown destination? In order to survive in this world we all need to compromise our true ourselves to some degree by offering up only a small part of ourselves to society and even then in a way that keeps everybody feeling comfortable. For most of us this process occasionally becomes too demanding and…

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The Five Roles of a Master Herder by Linda Kohanov

The Five Roles of a Master Herder by Linda Kohanov

It is often stated that it is the dog that is man’s best friend. Whilst this might be the case on a personal level equine expert Linda Kohanov argues in her latest book The Five Roles of the Master Herder that it has been the influence of nomadic cultures, along with their close working relationship to the horse, that has been most influential in determining the direction in which humanity has developed. In her book Kohanov suggests that the principle characteristics of the horse now exemplifies both the best as…

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Whatever Arises, Love That by Matt Khan

Whatever Arises, Love That by Matt Khan

“A new spirituality has dawned, one that acknowledges your energetic sensitivity and unravels every burden by inspiring your deepest vulnerability to come out and play. This is a heart-centered journey of infinite joy and endless self-discovery, rooted in the beauty of compassion and anchored by the embodiment of your highest wisdom.” With those inspiring words author, spiritual teacher and highly attuned empath Matt Kahn opens his book of spiritual teachings – a book that compliments his work in his YouTube channel. Whilst the teachings are fresh and the medium for…

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Compassion is the Key to Everything by Alexandra Chauran

Compassion is the Key to Everything by Alexandra Chauran

Do you consider yourself to have a compassionate nature? Most spiritual people are involved in some sort of work to help humanity or who are engaged in caring for another person on an individual basis would quite naturally consider themselves to be capable of expressing a high level of compassion towards those who might be less fortunate than themselves. But what exactly are the practical challenges involved in acting emphatically towards others? Do we put others needs before those of our own? Do we know when it is entirely appropriate…

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Against the Pollution of the I by Jacques Lusseyran

Against the Pollution of the I by Jacques Lusseyran

Jacques Lusseyran (1924 – 1971) was a teacher, French author and political activist Born in Paris, France, he became totally blind as the result of a school accident at the age of eight and he spent the rest of his life learning to adapt to the circumstances that having no vision brought to him. Whilst many disabled people during that era were drawn to live very limited lives with equally self-limiting concepts about what they could do, this proved not to be the case with Lusseyran who, with the support…

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Clearing Emotional Clutter by Donald Altman

Clearing Emotional Clutter by Donald Altman

It is widely accepted within the spiritual community that ‘living in the light’ effectively means ‘traveling in the light’ – ‘light’ in this context referring to both spiritual power via our Sun and to the process of carrying as little psychospiritual baggage as possible. For many people the act of traveling the path of life completely uncluttered is a an optimum condition to be in but despite our best efforts there are invariably times when we are faced with deeper issues – the residue of problems that arise from unresolved…

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Expectation Hangover by Christine Hassler

Expectation Hangover by Christine Hassler

We all expect so much from life. Whilst some of the things that we desire are within our grasp to attain others are not. In fact sometimes the expectations that are placed upon us are not based in reality. Either way life so very often pans out for us in ways that were either not planned but which emerge as obstacles and failings along the way. So often when we look back at the aspirations that we held in our youth and compare them to the reality of where we…

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The Wildwood Way by Cliff Seruntine

The Wildwood Way by Cliff Seruntine

Most of us, at one time or another, have dreamt of giving up entirely on modern life, of selling up and moving away from the noise and chaos of the big city to live all alone in the peace and quiet harmony of mother nature. Those who do momentarily consider this dramatic change in lifestyle often become overwhelmed by many questions related to the sheer practicalities of surviving in a remote area. How would we survive living in any type of wild and desolate environment? Do we have the necessary…

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Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington

Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington

Buddhism is, in many regards, a spiritual philosophy that lends itself more to practical involvement than theoretical teaching. This is particularly the case when one is learning the specialized discipline of the jhanas -an offshoot of meditation that develops around deepening degrees of mental concentration. In his book ‘Right Concentration’, Buddhist teacher Leigh Brasington warns his reader of the complexities behind jhana practice – one which he ready admits is …best learned on a ten-day or longer meditation retreat.. and which he also states …is a controversial topic… He admits…

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Wicca: Another Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick

Wicca: Another Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick

The modern practice of Witchcraft is no longer the closed and impenetrable system of natural magick that it once was. In the introduction to his book ‘Wicca: Another Year and a Day’, Wiccan High Priest and Craft leader, Timothy Roderick – a practitioner of over 30 years, describes the hard task that he faced way back in the 1970s and 1980s when trying to find out more about this often misunderstood aspect of occultism. As he reminds us, back then few good books were available on the subject, at least…

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Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss

Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss

All spiritual and religious traditions openly accept that there is, surrounding us – and yet at most times unseen, a parallel world of spirit that interweaves with our own and which occasionally even interpenetrates with it. For thousands of years we have been conditioned to believe that it is only initiated members of our spiritual communities that have the qualities necessary to enter into a state of intercourse with this world leading most people to fail to recognize that each one of us is a multi-dimentional being and that we…

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Seven Cups of Consciousness by Aleya Dao

Seven Cups of Consciousness by Aleya Dao

Everybody’s Soul purpose manifests in different ways and at different times in their lives. For healer Aleya Dao, it occurred in the middle of a sound healing session during which a bright light enveloped her and her awareness shifted into a higher realm. It was an experience that she describes in her book Seven Cups of Consciousness: as …simultaneously overwhelming, empowering and comforting. Less than six months later, her whole life had changed for the better and in previously unimaginable ways. During the intervening period, Aleya was forced to clear…

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The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

Emptiness, grief and sorrow are, as we are all too aware, significant aspects to personal loss and separation from anything in life that we nurture and cherish. But what of those times in our lives when we feel inexplicably empty of spirit, devoid of life and drained of emotional energy—times during which there appears to be no particular reason or explanation for the way that we feel. We live in a society in which it has become very easy for the medical or psychiatric profession to diagnose depression in patients…

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Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower

Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower

Back in the 1980s the standard fare of almost all popular womens literature centered around a very narrow range of themes. For teacher and lecturer Jody Gentian Bower the stories that she read at that time were not only unimaginative and derivative but also left her feeling that they failed to reflect the essential dynamics within her own life—one which, as she points out in her book, ‘Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine’s Story’ …resembled the path a ball takes through a pinball machine. Then, whilst…

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The Great Work by Tiffany Lazic

The Great Work by Tiffany LazicThe Great Work by Tiffany Lazic

In The Great Wheel, Tiffany Lazic explains that the intention behind writing her book …is to provide a map of the inner frontier that facilitates rescuing Essence from the dark. In making this statement, she is, of course, describing a particular process of spiritual transformation that can be initiated through the re-discovery of the fractured, isolated and disparate parts of ourselves that become trapped within that part of our inner worlds—an area most commonly referred to as the ‘Shadow Realm’. While Tiffany Lazic is a practising psychotherapist, her approach to…

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The Naked Voice by Chloe Goodchild

The Naked Voice by Chloe Goodchild

Sound has played an important role in the ritual practices of all religions. Its sacred and ceremonial use can be found at the heart of all spiritual teachings. Whether it is through music, group chanting or vocal intonation, the powerful effects of sound are used throughout the world as a way of shifting consciousness or even of changing the vibrational rate of physical matter. In her early years, writer and expert in the ritual use of sound Chloe Goodchild suffered from a variety of illnesses which also led to a…

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Babalawo by Frank Baba Eyiogbe

Babalawo by Frank Baba Eyiogbe

Ifá is both a religion and a system of divination that is practiced throughout the Americas—though it originally arrived in Cuba from West Africa, the Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira. Ifá plays a critical role in the traditions of Santería, Candomblé, Palo, Umbanda, Vodou and other Afro-American faiths as well as forming an integral part within some traditional African religions. Babaaláwo or Babalawo (meaning ‘father of the secrets’ in the Yoruba language) is a spiritual title that is conveyed upon a Priest of Ifá. According to practicing Santeria High Priest…

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Transforming Faith by Fred Howard

Transforming Faith by Fred HowardTransforming Faith by Fred Howard

After spending almost twenty years in the Baptist Church, and enjoying the sense of community spirit that it offered him, Fred Howard became disenfranchized with its core traditions of salvation and invitation. He began to feel that his chosen religion was failing to fill his growing spiritual needs. As he began to ask more penetrating theological questions of its elders, he was confronted by equally confusing and somewhat irrational answers from those within the church. Howard decided to search outside of the confines of his religion and to move away…

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Hop, Skip, Jump by Marney K. Makridakis

Hop, Skip, Jump by Marney K. Makridakis

Play is the portal to presence says Marney K Makridakis, author of Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life‘. With that as a central premise for living a creative life, this best-selling author explores the myriad of ways that we can tease out the essential creative essence that resides within us all. Throughout her book Hop, Skip, Jump Makridakis promotes the idea of play being vitally important, both in our pursuit of greater creativity and as a way of improving our general levels of mental health, well-being…

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Forevermore by Kristy Robinett

Forevermore by Kristy Robinett

Edgar Allan Poe (born January 19, 1809), one of America’s most popular and enduring authors and poets, died in rather mysterious circumstances on the evening of October 3, 1849. Whilst Poe’s acumen at writing short stories is not in dispute, he was clearly, like so many creative geniuses, a troubled man. Suspicions have remained to this day that he died at the hand of darker forces than even he had written about during his fraught career as a writer. In her book Forevermore: Guided in Spirit by Edgar Allan Poe psychic…

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Creativity on Demand by Michael J Gelb

Creativity on Demand by Michael J GelbCreativity on Demand by Michael J Gelb

Have you ever wondered what makes an artist such a uniquely-creative individual? If a work of art has ever deeply moved you—regardless of whether it was a painting, a piece of music or a sculpture—you will probably have wondered where the inspiration for that art sprang from. As a society, we tend to think of creative people as being part of a sub-set of our culture. They are usually revered as individuals that the Gods have gifted with spectacular talents and skills. Is that really true? Or is there an…

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Practical Prosperity Magick by Ellen Dugan

Practical Prosperity Magick by Ellen Dugan

In today’s commercial society, having enough money to live a quality life is vital. So much so that, from a magickal perspective, money could well be classed as that all elusive ‘fifth’ element. Money is, of course, a very externalized energy. It is a commodity that extroverts are more inherently in tune with and dispensed toward creating. The problem for most spiritual-seekers is that money lives in a sort of shadow realm. What magickians and occultists of all dispositions need is a little magick to bring the energy of money…

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Homemade Magick by Lon Milo DuQuette

Homemade Magick by Lon Milo DuQuette

As a society, we no longer really mark the transition points in life with due respect to our psycho-spiritual selves. Initiation, in the sense of marking a transition point in our lives, has, today, mainly become a byword for getting very drunk on the occasion of a birthday or being super-glued to a streetlamp in the nude on your stag night. From a spiritual or occult perspective, the rite of passage into a magickal system is also a rare event given that most of the established occult orders who would…

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The Magickal Union of East and West by Gregory Peters

The Magickal Union of East and West by Gregory Peters

When Aleister Crowley established the Aeon of Horus in 1904 with his channelled Book of the Law, he set in motion a magickal current that literally changed the world. Whilst the Aeon of Horus has most certainly conformed to the early expectations that Crowley had of it over one hundred years ago the Thelemic community has singularly failed to manifest anything remotely useful in the way of deeper insights into the 93rd Current. Does The Magickal Union of East and West break this depressing trend? The Magickal Union of East and…

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The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy by Solala Towler

The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy by Solala Towler

Tao or Dao (meaning ‘way’ or ‘path’) is a Chinese metaphysical concept that originated with Laozi. Its popularity grew such that it became a religion which is more commonly known as Taoism. In Taoism, as well as Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism, the focal point of all spiritual practice is to become one with the Tao through effortless action. While at its core this is an essentially Eastern mystical philosophy, interest in the Tao principles and practices has become extremely popular in the West in the last few decades. In a modern…

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365 Tarot Spreads by Sasha Graham

365 Tarot Spreads by Sasha Graham

Learning different Tarot spreads is probably one of those areas of Tarot divination that students of the cards probably focus on least. Other than the Celtic Cross Spread or 3 and 5 card spreads, it is relatively rare for even professional Tarot readers to use the more advanced spreads. This is a pity as many Tarot readers are missing out on a powerful area of Tarot divination. If you are this sort of reader, you should remember that using the right spread is as important as understanding the cards’ meanings.…

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The Witch’s Broom by Deborah Blake

The Witch’s Broom by Deborah Blake

The first known reference to witches flying on broomsticks dates to 1453, when it was referred to by male witch Guillaume Edelin. Since then, broomsticks, along with black, pointed hats, cats, cauldrons and flying ornaments, have become synonymous with witches and Witchcraft. Despite the fact that broom traditions appear all over the World, there has been no authoritative examination of the broomstick or its uses in Witchcraft. At least, until now. In The Witch’s Broom, Deborah Blake reveals the history of the Witch’s broom, its ritual use and practical application in…

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The Boy Who Died and Came Back by Robert Moss

The Boy Who Died and Came Back by Robert Moss

Robert Moss (www.mossdreams.com) is a popular writer on the nature of dreams from a Shamanic and dream-traveling perspective. His many insightful books, such as Dreaming the Soul Back Home and Active Dreaming, have won him a worldwide following and gained him a recognition as one of the world’s foremost investigators into the subject. I first came across Moss’ work after buying his Dream Gates audiobook and, as an avid recorder of my own dreams for over three decades, I found his approach refreshing and insightful. Consequently, I was looking forward to…

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A Witch’s World of Magick by Melanie Marquis

A Witch’s World of Magick by Melanie Marquis

The history of Witchcraft is often misunderstood. Many people believe it was eradicated during the 15th century Witchcraft trials. Others think it emerged in Britain with the publication of Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner in 1954 and many more see it as a commercial product of Hollywood and TV. Indeed, the Witchcraft and Magickal movements have become extremely diluted. As each new book on the subject is published, the core meaning of these ancient occult philosophies become increasingly confused. Into this lackluster stream of Pagan mishmash enters Melanie Marquis: a…

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