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  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    The English are known as a nation of animal lovers, and English witches are definitely no exception. Most of the ones I know not only have pets - or would like to have pets - but frequently use animal magic as part of seasonal rites and celebrations.

    This can be through using the symbolism of animals in pathworkings and creative visualisations, journeying to meet animal guides, drawing on the powers that animals represent for spells, or allowing your own cat, dog or other pet to be present at rituals to add their energy to the event.

    A lovely new book by Rachel Patterson called Pagan Portals - Animal Magic shows a whole variety of ways in which you can work with both real animals and spirit guides.

    The chapters include meditations and spells to find familiars and spirit guides; shamanic techniques of shape-shifting; animal spell working; divination, omens and superstitions; animal magic in rituals, animal deities and animal symbolism. She also covers using animal parts in magic - but this definitely doesn't mean sacrificing them - it just means using things you might find in nature and, if you eat meat, making sure leftover bones and so on are not wasted.

    As publisher Moon Books says on its website, the book offers: "An introduction to the world of animal magic; how to find, recognise, connect and work with the power of animal magic."

    Rachel Patterson is well known for her friendly and easy-to-follow style of writing, and this book is a great addition to her range of previous titles including Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch, A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Food and The Art of Ritual.

    You can order Pagan Portals - Animal Magic: Working with Spirit Animal Guides via Amazon. ~ A Bad Witch's blog

  • Fairycraft
    Morgan Daimler
    Fairycraft is an introduction to a magical paradigm based in old fairy lore and modern neopagan witchcraft. Daimler’s approach to the “Good Neighbors” is serious and classic: unflinching in the face of the darker aspects of these entities.

    While recognizing that there are other possible cultural associations for the fairy realms, her focus is on the traditions coming to us from European sources: primarily Celtic, Germanic, and Nordic. Central to these ancestral faiths is a belief in the literal existence of the spirit world as opposed to a psychological model in which the practitioner is connecting to archetypes or aspects of the self — a postmodern approach unknown to our ancestors.

    “Polytheism is a key theology in Fairy Witchcraft and it is one that needs to be fully understood by anyone seeking to follow this path. The Gods are real and as such they have their own personalities as well as agency, which means they can and will directly influence things. And that is a blade that cuts both ways; yes they can act in helpful ways that benefit us, but they can also act in ways that are harmful.” (p. 29)

    The Gentry are a varied lot including many different orders of spirit ranging from benevolent to baneful, but with no hard distinction made betwixt the two. The most basic categorization between the Seelie and Unseelie courts indicate only an association with the bright or dark half of the year, respectively. Regardless of affiliation, each spirit is a unique individual.

    Whatever their nature the “Other Crowd” are said to respect proper etiquette; and are easily affronted because we may not understand all of their ways. The ethics of Fairy Witchcraft consist of those values which they have been shown to respect in the lore. Daimler names seven in particular: hospitality, generosity, kindness, compassion, courage, politeness, and adventuresomeness. Tales show that those exhibiting these traits tend to come to good ends while those engaging in their opposites are rightfully punished.

    Daimler’s position as a pagan parent also contributes her lived experience to the work. Unlike many magical traditions, Fairy Witchcraft places no age restriction upon practice as historically there were none. Children figure prominently in many myths for good or ill and whole communities engage in local seasonal rites. As religions go, this one is accessible to the developmental level of young children and provides a faith that grows with them.

    However, Fairy Witchcraft is not a tradition for the faint of heart. Once one opens the door to interaction with the wyrd one must take the fearsome with the bright. In example, regarding the famed Wild Hunt, Daimler writes: “In some cases the Hunt might offer to take a living person to ride with them, but the risk of doing so was great; the person might never return or might become a permanent part of the host. Seeing the Hunt could be an ill-omen and the Hunt itself could kill or drive a person mad, but conversely in some areas it was believed meeting the Hunt bravely and politely could earn a person great reward.” (p. 93)
    ~ Katina HaalandRamer., Sagewoman

  • Pagan Portals - Merlin: Once and Future Wizard
    Elen Sentier
    Hi Elen

    Reading your books has so been so enjoyable and touching in so many ways. For many years I have tried to find out about the British tradition but fell foul of New Age pagan groups or online Druid organisations that never felt true to the bone. Simply reading The Celtic Chakras, Elen of the Ways, Trees of the Goddess, and more recently, Enchanting The Deer Trods and Merlin put a stop to any missing links and confirmed what I'd always thought that we had our own strong vibrant tradition right here on our doorstep. I watched you talk in London two years ago, bought a book and haven't stopped since then. I hope over the next few months (or years) we can begin to work together and I can connect more intimately with Britain and her ancient culture.

    Many thanks Elen, best regards
    Jeremy Kiely 14/3/17
    ~ Jeremy Kiely 14/3/17, druidnomad@gmail.com

  • Arc of the Goddess
    Rachel Patterson
    Tracey Roberts
    Insightful,informative and intriguing, I devoured the book in one sitting. The book is a must read for every one . The book opens the eyes of the reader.
    ~ Rubina Bashir, NetGalley

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    I'm a fan of Rachel Patterson, and I follow her blog on Patheos. Patterson's approach to the subject of witchcraft is very practical, no-nonsense, and down to earth. Her sensible writing, bereft of zany woo-woo and fluff is an example that I wish more authors would follow. If you're a witch who wants to read a book about animal guides that gives practical, workable exercises, then look no further. This very succinct book provides enough information to get started.

    Some of the topics covered include what animal magic is and the benefits of practicing it, meditations and simple spells to employ when attempting to figure out which animal has something to teach you, and how to incorporate your guides into rituals and other workings after you've connected with them. Also included is the obligatory brief listing of traditional associations belonging to the more commonly known animal guides, but Patterson encourages the reader to use their own intuition to learn what the animal has to teach them as opposed to relying entirely on a paragraph from a reference book. Much appreciated.

    I would recommend this title to anyone who is curious about animal guides, just getting started working with them, or has been working with them and would like some new ideas to try out and deepen their current practice. Fans of Lupa's works will also appreciate the solid content and no-nonsense approach. ~ Rachel Karfit, GoodReads/NetGalley

  • Fairies
    Morgan Daimler
    This is an absolute gem. No other modern work gives the reader a better understanding of the fair folk or offers a more comprehensive wealth of knowledge pertaining to their lore. Morgan Daimler continued to be one of my favorite authors. She draws readers in with a mix of personal experiences and practical advice that will be invaluable to anyone who wants a genuine connection with the Fair Folk. ~ Stephanie Woodfield, author of Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess, and Dark Goddess Craft

  • Pagan Portals - By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root
    Melusine Draco

    I do think that the author does have solid magickal insight, and the book is very informative and well researched.


    The first part of this very short book was mostly history. The history included how and why witches were often linked to poison, but the majority of the history included use by ordinary people, including popes, nobility, and common people from classical times on... This first half, the history of poisons, and the magickal and superstitious belief that concerned them, really could have been a book in itself... The second half read a bit like Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, which includes the more popular botanicals featured in the second half of this book. The second half is simply a listing of some poisonous plants, how their poisons work to some extent, and if the plant has any magickal propensities it is listed. A section on mushroom poisons is also included. Lastly, there's a discussion on cursing vs. 'bottling' or binding, with some brief spells and magickal explanation/theory... it is packed with information, and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone with an interest in poisons. Even people with no interest in witchcraft at all might find the history in the first section informative.

    A time limited digital copy was provided free of charge for purposes of review.


    ~ Kristi Gilleland, Total Witch

  • Pagan Portals - Merlin: Once and Future Wizard
    Elen Sentier
    5/5 Stars

    I've walked with Merlin all my life, but until I read this book I had no name for the kindly old man who has guided me or an adequate way to describe the way I perceive things since I was a toddler. I stopped trying to tell people about it when I realized they didn't approve, but as I've grown I've secretly nurtured it, and I'm glad I have. I feel like my relationship with Merlin will become even stronger having read this book. ~ Lily Greer, NetGalley/The Faerie Review

  • Zen for Druids
    Joanna van der Hoeven
    5/5 Stars
    First - I was absolutely blown away and I likely will purchase this book for myself. I was fascinated by buddhist philosophy at a young age when my aunt took me to visit a local buddhist monastery. I was raised by very very religious Roman Catholics (everyone in my family including my aunts and uncles and grandparents were that way) but the family religion never sat well with me. Buddhism spoke to me in a way the others didn't. After that, I started exploring other religion. Among them druidry. I found my home in it . This meshing of zen buddhist and druidic principles is both intuitive and beautiful. An amazing and well written book. ~ Lily Greer, NetGalley/TheFaerie Review

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    Informative, insightful and eye opening. The book is a must read for every one. I hope for more titles like this. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone. A really great book. ~ Rubina Bashir, NetGalley

  • Pagan Portals - By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root
    Melusine Draco
    Who isn't drawn to the exotic beauty of poisonous plants? This was an introduction to some of these plants but instead of just focusing on the bad this book focuses on the good as well. Many of these deadly plants can be used for medicine for many things. Draco has written a fascinating book about the these amazing plants which will be enjoyed by many!

    ~ J.M. Night, NetGalley

  • Pagan Portals - The Awen Alone
    Joanna van der Hoeven
    Jo's work is always top notch, and this is an essential book for any druid. Well written informative and deeply soulful, this book is a gem. ~ Danu Forest , Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root
    Melusine Draco
    Informative and interesting, I loved it and would recommend it to everyone. This book hooked me up from the beginning. I loved it. ~ Rubina Bashir, Booklove blog

  • Pagan Portals - By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root
    Melusine Draco
    Melusine Draco is an author to watch out for. While this is a very short book, theree's definitely substance here. I feel that her bibliography was one of the stars of this book. You can tell she did her homework. They say a witch who can't hex, can't heal...this book will help there (wink).

    And thank you a thousand times for the chapter on cursing. I may not agree with her thoughts on undoing a crossing, but she makes a good case for her position.

    This is one of those "need to own" books. Well done! ~ Stephanie Arwen, Tarot By Arwen

  • Arc of the Goddess
    Rachel Patterson
    Tracey Roberts
    This books is, honestly, amazing, and this is coming from a girl who makes it her effort to collect Pagan/Women's Spirituality focused on Goddess Worship. Each chapter is broken down into months. The months are, then, broken down into deities, feast/celebration days by date/focus, goddesses, seasonal energy work, moon lore, the celtic moon calendar for that month, that month's ritual, crystals, oil blends, altar setups, mandals, and activities.

    I loved this book so much. I find it an immersive, intensive, amazing resource. ~ Amanda Tillman, To 1% GoodReads Reviewer

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    I get questions about animal Magick and spirit animals all the time. This, along with my go-to by the late Ted Andrews, will be my suggested reading. Well written and most of all valuable to the Pagan Community ~ Larry Zaracon Sodders, The Zaracon Show/Pagans Tonight Radio/Pagan Weekly News/ Pagans Musings Podcast Channel.

  • Fairies
    Morgan Daimler
    Impeccably researched and delightfully well written, Fairies - A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk is a book that every pagan who is interested in following the fairy path should read. Morgan Daimler is a leading expert on traditional Celtic fairylore and this is her finest work on the subject to date. ~ Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals - Candle Magic and A Bad Witch’s Blog

  • Fairies
    Morgan Daimler
    Living in the Irish countryside where fairy raths, paths and strange goings on are part of everyday life I was captivated by Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk. As with all of Daimler’s books I was impressed by her thorough research, her clarity of writing and the inclusion of a chapter giving basic guidelines for dealing with Fairies. There is so much to commend in this book that I believe it is the most thorough guide to the Good People I have read. ~ Jane Brideson, artist & blogger at The Ever-Living Ones: Irish Goddesses & Gods in Landscape, Myth & Custom

  • Moon Books Gods & Goddesses Colouring Book
    Rachel Patterson
    Love it!!! Beautifully drawn pictures, some intricate, some more simple - you can color depending on how the mood takes you ... and accompanied by information about each deity and a mantra, too. Its truly fascinating, and I can't wait to get cracking!!!! Thank you ~ Soup Dragon, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Hekate
    Vivienne Moss
    Vivienne Moss’ Hekate: A Devotional is part grimoire, part poetry, part devotional and part spiritual diary. There are many published books on Hekate, most of them scholarly, academic or historical. This on the other hand is not that. The book is a time capsule containing mostly the relationship between Hekate and the author, a solitary hedge witch from Indiana. Sharing personal gnosis is a brave and vulnerable gift to the world, especially when it goes against what is established about a deity. Yet this book is not about fanciful reveries or made-up information, it is about the living spirit of Hekate in today’s age and much of it can be verified by the personal gnosis of other practitioners, even if it does not abide by history’s records.

    Much of this book breaks the orthodoxy of the established history of Hekate, which is part of what I loved about this book. Humans often like to put things into nice and orderly boxes, including the gods themselves. However, if there’s one deity who defies dogma, orthodoxy and established rules it is most definitely Hekate. From fighting with the Olympians against her fellow Titans in the Titanomarchy to being the patron goddess of witches and outcast who defy conventional norms. She appears in extreme different forms and aspects throughout culture to culture and time period to time period. The vast spirit who is Hekate always challenges preconceived notions of who she is. She is not some relic of ancient history but rather a living spirit who shifts within history from Titan to Goddess to World Soul to Witch Queen.

    I have found Hekate within this book, many of the experiences paralleling my own and many that were very different than mine. This includes many experiences that I have not read in any other book. While it is a small book at only 96 pages, the book itself is brim full of soul. It is completely evident to me as a devotee of Hekate that Vivienne is indeed in contact with Her. While an oddity amongst my other books on Hekate it is perhaps one of my favorites for this reason. ~ Mat Auryn, Mat Auryn

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