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  • Aspecting the Goddess
    Jane Meredith
    Although it is only published today, I have already read Aspecting the Goddess twice. I suspect I will read again and again.

    The book, by Jane Meredith, teaches how to invite the Goddess into our lives in her many different aspects and in a variety of ways. Its subtitle is Drawing Down the Divine Feminine.

    Many witches and pagans talk about "drawing down the Goddess" - sometimes referred to as "drawing down the moon". The term usually refers to a rite of invocation in which we invite a specific deity to join us in mind and body, so that we merge for a brief moment. This enables us to speak the wisdom of that deity, but also allows us to experience their essence at least in some small way.

    It is an advanced skill and not usually recommended without considerable training. Aspecting the Goddess effectively breaks that training down into six stages: walking with the Goddess, researching her, dedicating to the Goddess, presencing her, enacting myth and finally aspecting the Goddess. Aspecting is essentially the same as invocation. This allows us to work with various goddesses - or gods - in a way that feels appropriate for us at that time.

    The book is beautifully written. Between the practical lessons are the stories of 12 goddesses: Persephone, Bloduewedd, Isis, Mary, Aphrodite, Ereshkigal, Nepthys, Freyja, Ariadne, Inanna, Eve and the Star Goddess. Jane offers her personal experiences of how these goddesses have influenced her life and how she has worked with them using the techniques she describes.

    I said I had read this book twice. I first read it more than a year ago. I proofread it before manuscript was finalised - and I loved it. I already loved Jane's earlier books Aphrodite's Magic and Journey to the Dark Goddess. I think this is my favourite of the three.

    Last night I started to read it again. I had been intending just to skim over the book to refresh my memory before writing my review, but I was drawn in by Jane's beautiful words. I read it late into the night and picked it up again early this morning. I should have been doing other things, but the pages seemed as though they all needed to be read - and the messages I got from the second read were different to those I got the first time round. That is surely the sign of a powerful and important book. ~ Bad Witch (Lucya), http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2018/05/review-aspecting-goddess-by-jane.html

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    This is a great book for anyone looking to make positive changes to their lives that have a passion for magic and witchcraft. One thing I did like was that the ingredients you need for the spells are items are ones that most people will have at home anyway making it easy to gather everything needed without spending a fortune. A really interesting read and I may give one or two recipes a tray! ~ Kirsty White, For the love of books!!

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms by Rachel Patterson is a book you want to keep close to hand as it will be used frequently as a hands on reference. It explains how to cast spells in easy terms. From money spells and love spells to what to do with the leftovers from your workings. Using what you have instead of going out and spending a lot of money is also part of what makes this book very usable.. Using different phases of the moon, charging and recharging magical objects, charms as opposed to amulets are just a few of the many subjects taught. This author has written one of the best books on this subject and one I think that should be in everyone's library. Being High Priestess of the Kitchen Witch Coven and an Elder at the online Wyrd Witches/ Kitchen Witch School makes her an authority on the subject. ~ Marie Angel, NetGalley

  • Witchcraft...into the wilds
    Rachel Patterson
    I’ve read all of Rachel’s books and this one is my favourite so far! It is packed full of ways to work a more natural kind of Witchcraft, working with the seasons and using natural items provided by Mother Nature. I found this book to be inspiring and totally engrossing, I couldn’t put it down and recommend it to anyone interested in natural earth magic ~ Kindle Customer, Amazon

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    Despite being interested in the craft, Kitchen Witchcraft is the first book I've read on the subject.
    I found it to be interesting and informative, especially for a beginner.
    I would definitely recommend it. ~ Orláith Armstrong , NetGalley

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    Absolutely brilliant as are all of her previous books. Full of interesting facts written in a way that is like having a conversation with the author. Totally recommend this book ~ Peter Frances, NetGalley

  • Pagan Portals - Pan
    Melusine Draco
    I found this book to be a fascinating read. The author opens with The Orphic Hymn to Pan. She talks about the Coven of the Scales, of which she is the Principal Tutor, they worship Aegocerus “the Goat-God” and not Cernunnos. Ms. Draco puts forth the question, “How did the pre-Olympian Deity find his way into traditional witchcraft of Britain?” No other foreign Deity has been added to Traditional British Old Craft, so why Pan?

    Ms. Draco goes into some great depth on the history of Pan. She does this in a way that is very smooth and never a dry read. It is interesting to think that because in early times art was a way of teaching, the early church was able to pick Pan as a stand-in for their Devil. People didn’t know how to read, so the church used art to teach them what to fear and what to love. So, they had to change the landscape. You can’t fear a scruffy looking being playing the pipes surrounded by half-naked beauties in a lush green valley. The church changed his surroundings.

    Ms. Draco writes about the resurgence of interest that lasted into the early 1920’s. Here she talks about some of the writings that many pagans grew up reading or having read to them by their parents. One of these stories is that of “The Wind in the Willows” By Kenneth Grahame. “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” is very much the story of Pan appearing to the characters of the story. He looks like a protector of the wild places. The way this piece reads you feel a closeness to Pan that is calm and beautiful.

    I also learned all the different names of the different types of nymphs from this book about Pan. I find that the history of Pan, in all the different ways he was seen, to be fascinating. It becomes an attractive subject, in such a way that if you would let it, it could quickly become a rabbit hole for you to fall down.

    Ms. Draco’s book “Pan: Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches” is both entertaining and educational for those Pagan’s seeking more knowledge of an old God, that seems older than even the Olympian Gods.

    I look forward to reading more of Ms. Draco’s books and in learning more about the “Goat-God.”

    http://paganpages.org/content/2018/05/book-review-pagan-portals-pan-by-melusine-draco/ ~ Dawn Borries, PaganPages.org

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms is an interesting little book that guides you to do simple spells and charms from one's home. I enjoyed it and would recommend it for those wanting to learn simple spells and charms.
    ~ Rose Frum, NetGalley

  • Witchcraft...into the wilds
    Rachel Patterson
    I love this book. I started reading it the other night and time just ran away with me, it's hard to put down... ~ Latayvia, Amazon

  • Standing and Not Falling
    Lee Morgan
    Praise for A Deed Without a Name: '...visceral, poetic and timeless... This book should, and will, become a seminal text in the ever-growing Witchcraft phenomenon.' ~ Gede Parma, author of Ecstatic Witchcraft and By Land, Sky & Sea

  • Pagan Portals - By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root
    Melusine Draco
    What a totally fascinating read, from the history of poisonings to the herbs and such used to do so. Plenty of references to take note of, as well as terminology, stepping back centuries. The Alnwick Castle's Poison Garden in England has long been on my bucket list of must see's and this book has just reinforced that desire tenfold. The chapters are laid out splendidly with history, alphabetical herbs of caution, with effects, properties and magical elements noted, how to avoid them and how to utilize them. I had not heard of "bottling" prior to reading this and as far as curses go, that's the ticket! (Not that I would, mind you!) Plenty of book references for later reading. This is a very concise, well-planned and exceptionally informative book I think is a must for any gardener, if just for the symptoms of poisoning, given so many of these plants are most likely sitting pretty in your own yard. ~ Cheryl Townsend, https://cherylatownsend.tumblr.com/post/173013057046/pagan-portals-by-wolfsbane-mandrake-root-the

  • Fairies
    Morgan Daimler
    Very interesting read. Well written and very informative. I absolutely love fairies which is what drew me to request this book......and I was not disappointed. This book has definitions, poems and a serious look at the folkloreand mythology of fairies. Some of the things covered in this book are Fairyland, Basic Facts about Fairies, The Courts and Divisions in Fairy, Fairies in Tradition, Mortal Interactions and Fairies in the Modern World. I ~ Jessica Cashen, NetGalley

  • Shamanic Plant Medicine - Magic Mushrooms: The Holy Children
    Ross Heaven
    Praise for Shamanic Plant Medicine - San Pedro: The Gateway to Wisdom: '...written with a down to earth approach and sharing a personal perspective and stories from experience. Another excellent, invaluable and very accessible guide to shamanic plant medicine from author, Ross Heaven... a must-read...' ~ June Kent, Indie Shaman magazine

  • Pagan Portals - Odin
    Morgan Daimler
    As a beginner in Norse Mythology, I must say this was a very informative and enlightening read for me. It's been a while since I've been interested in getting to know the norse pantheon a bit more, and although this book is centred around Odin, there's also an introduction to the whole context of his being, from the beginning of everything, to the most known Norse Gods. It really goes into depth into who Odin is, where the references of his personality come from, his various names, etc. so I would completely recommend this book to people interested in getting to know this god and also to those who want to go deeper in their knowledge.

    ~ Mali Elliot, NetGalley

  • Witchcraft...into the wilds
    Rachel Patterson
    This book is dense with info so deep and meditative reading is required. Don't expect that you find practical step by step guide, this is more like presenation of ideas, seeds and advices from where one will use her/his intuition and in that way complete spells and rituals presented in this book. Book reminds me on Cunningham's books about natural magic and elements, but "dark" side is also explored! Nice book with many lucid ideas. ~ 108, Amazon

  • Witchcraft...into the wilds
    Rachel Patterson
    I love this book which is wonderfully written & I especially loved the hints & tips that can be written in a journal to help oneself with connecting with the natural elements of the path. I highly recommend this book! ~ Miss M. Panayi, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Merlin: Once and Future Wizard
    Elen Sentier
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  • Healing Plants of the Celtic Druids
    Angela Paine
    Praise for Healing Power of Celtic Plants: 'Fascinating...What makes this book so unusual, is that it does not just dwell in the past. A former researcher into the chemistry of medicinal plants, Paine turns her academic eye to more recent pharmaceutical history, which makes most enlightening reading.' ~ Sunday Telegraph

  • Pagan Portals - Nature Mystics
    Rebecca Beattie
    This book offers a great introduction to our literary history as pagans...These authors have a deep connection to the natural world around us and the magic within it. Their words allow me to become closer to my own spirituality and inspire me to continue to develop it. Reading their works, which echo those felt in my own soul, puts words to me experiences and beliefs. Treat yourself and expose yourself to theses fascinating individuals in our collective pagan history by reading this book. ~ Amanda Lonsdorf, Witches and Pagans

  • Fairies
    Morgan Daimler
    An excellent collection of fairy lore for anyone who loves the fair folk and the stories surrounding them. Highly recommend for those who want to learn more and those who love the fae. ~ Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review

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