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Moon Magic

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The moon is magic. From the very earliest pagan beliefs and rituals the moon has always played a dominant role. For the most part it is considered auspicious, feminine, part of the goddess, though as the moon waxes and wanes both male and females are affected by it’s pull. From the earliest civilizations people have looked to the moon both spiritually and scientifically.

The moon affects us daily and in ways that most people don’t contemplate these days, but to those living with earthly pagan beliefs it is easy to see where the magic of the moon originates. The moon affects the tides, thus the fishing and sailing arrivals and departures of times gone by. Monthly it affects crops, it’s a well known fact that if you plant crops by certain phases of the moon the plants flourish even more than usual.

As people, the moon surely pulls at us in the same way it pulls at the tides and the earth. Humans after all are made up of 65% water, it must have some affect. Monthly we may find our emotions being swayed by the moons phases. One reason the moon is considered as a feminen deity is because of the cycles women face that may co-incide with the moons cycle.

The moon certainly has a huge influence on our lives, even now in the modern era when we don’t seem as in tune with the cycles of nature as our forebears were. In the time-line of humanity and therefore spirituality, the moon has been shown to have an affect on human emotions. The very word, lunatic was founded from the Latin “luna” meaning moon, as it was believed people were “lunatics” at the phase of the full moon.

All this got me thinking, what happens in the places where the moons phases are thrown out of whack? For example, the northern and southern poles where there can be months of daylight or mostly darkness. Surely this must have an affect on the people who reside in such extremes.

Lycanthropes are legendary shapeshifters who are said to be in tune with the phases of the moon. An example is were-wolves changing at the full moon. In my new up and coming  novel “Dark Moon” I have explored this theory with lycanthropes living in Alaska where they have one full 24 hours when the moon reigns supreme and it is a massive feast for all the lycanthropes. Of course there are good guys who hunt the shape-shifters and try to stop them from devouring the humans.

But the moon is a spectacular place to find inspiration for not only writing and reading, but also for spirituality and even a little bit of peace. Tonight, go out and gaze at the moon, no matter what phase it happens to be in. Moon magic has been around for eons and is there, available for all of us to soak up in abundance.

Thanks for reading,

Cheers

Connie

Book Review: Cat’s Curse by Kelly Heckart

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CAT’S CURSE

by Kelley Heckart

Author Name: Kelley Heckart

Author Website: www.kelleyheckart.com

Book Title: Cat’s Curse

Series: Dark Goddess Trilogy

Genre: Celtic historical romance/fantasy

Length: Novel length

Publisher: www.awe-struck.net

Buy Link:
http://www.king-cart.com/Awe-Struck/category=Kelley+Heckart/exact_match=exact

Rating: 4 Cards

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The Book:

Cardea lives alone in the forest and stalks her prey by night, living on the blood of others. One night she finds herself on the business end of a sword held by the hand of the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. Unable to take her mind off him, Cardea manages to appear wherever he is; yet the man seems uninterested in her.

Aedan mac Gabrain has been cursed. In fact, the witch, Cat Anna who stalks the forests as a black cat, cursed his whole family. Aedan’s brother didn’t believe the curse, and now he’s also a black cat. All Aedan has to do is find the witch and force her to reverse the curse. Of course there’s one little problem. The most beautiful woman he’s ever seen appears everywhere he goes and keeping his hands off of her is getting more difficult with each passing moment. But if he touches her he knows he’ll be joining his brother as a black cat.

The Review:

This is a solidly written tale that is romantic and charming. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was totally caught up in the magic and romance. Ms. Heckart has written an entertaining tale that combines both history and fantasy in a way that will enchant the reader. Definitely put this one in your “I’m gonna read it next” pile!

Book Review: Bound by Blood: The Awakening by C.H. Scarlett

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Bound By Blood: The Awakening

Author Name: C.H. Scarlett
Author Website: http://chscarlett.net
Book Title: Bound by Blood: The Awakening
Series (if any): Yes, this book is the first in its series.
Release Date: February 14th, 2009
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal. sub-genre–romance/erotica
Length: 714 pages (includes glossary)
Publisher: Dark Roast Press http://darkroastpress.com
Buy Link: http://www.darkroastpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20

Rating: 4 Cards

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The book:

Before the earth existed, there dimensions where doors opened to other dimensions and twelve powerful and ancient bloodlines existed. Though others have forgotten, the Crone has not and she is the only one who can still read the writing on the wall. Taking a young girl of the blood to the cave with her, the Crone enters the secret room and the girl watches as a time forgotten appears before her. Like a ghost unable to comment or interfere with what she sees, the girl must watch and feel everything before her.

Samanthra Lmpir is one of seven sisters born under the same stars on the same day, and she’s high priestess of their clan. Samanthra’s father has kept the sisters apart all of their lives and claims it’s for their own good, especially Samanthra’s. He claims that he is protecting her from the “awakening” and a curse, but his intentions may not be as caring as he hopes she will believe.

Now the festival of Beal-Tene has arrived and Samanthra’s father has ordered his daughters to stay away, but Samanthra must attend. As high priestess, she can’t miss the celebration, so she and her sisters defy their father’s orders and begin their journey.

Samanthra has told no one of her dreams of a man she can’t quite see in her mind’s eye, yet when she arrives at the festival, he’s there; at the pub, he’s there. And he is determined to claim her.

The Review:

Bound by Blood is a romantic, poetically written story that takes the reader on a journey like no other I’ve read. Full of beautiful imagery, spells and poetry, this is a book to get lost in. The author has written a wonderful, magical, spellbinding tale that will capture the reader’s imagination, as well as their heart. This is a “don’t miss this book” read!

So why did I write a book about angels?

This is a pagan blog, so why is my first book, “The Fallen Fae” about angels? The book is based on the concept of the Fae (the fairies) being the fallen angels of heavan when Lucifer lead the original rebellion against God because he would no bow down to Adam and Eve.

I always thought of the Fae as specific entity or species of mythology and the domain of paganism. So why was there a Christian explanation of the Fae? This got me thinking and to explain, we need to go back and do some defining of Paganism.

There are many differing definitions of paganism but the general consensus is that anything pre-Christian is classed as pagan. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities as there is a lot of history and a lot of “religions” that held the worlds imagination before the beginning of Christianity.

If by definition any pre-Christian is pagan, then everything including the Druids, Norse, Wiccan, Celtic, Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, Aboriginal, Taoism, Hindi and many more both living and dead religions are pagan.

Some of the Christian rituals that have been incorporated into our society are actually pagan rites that were blended into Christianity to make the assimilation easier. There are numerous examples of this and many major Christian holidays are celebrated around the same time as many pagan events that correspond to natures calendar, such as Christmas adn the summer or winter solstice (depending on what part of the himisphere you reside). Another example from a different pagan “religion” is the Christmas tree that was originally believed to be in honour of Odin, the Norse God.

So, if Christianity has blended some elements from pagan cultures, is it possible to do the reverse and blend some Christian theories into paganism? For example, angels. But not all angels are Christian. If you use the Greek “Angelos” meaning a super natural being, then that can incorporate both Christian and pagan entities.

The Christian angels such as Archangels and angels of death have the same chores as Celtic Fairies and Norse Valkyrie. A lot of pagan religions have “super natural beings” that have the same standing as the angels, such as bringing the souls of the recently dead to “heaven”, “Valhalla” or the “Underworlds”.

So I wrote a fantasy novella on the theory of Christianity’s version of the creation of the Fae, because it was another aspect on a mythology of many pagan religions. And whichever branch of Paganism you follow take care to note the similiarities and differences between it and many other belief systems.

Cheers

Connie

www.conniewood.co.cc