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New Pagan Books

Here’s a list of recent Pagan releases – not reviews, but blurbs taken from author and publisher websites. if you have a book you’d like including, do get in touch.

Pagan Portals – By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root

by Melusine Draco

A large number of poisonous plants have beneficial uses in both domestic medicine and magic. Needless to say, when utilising a toxic plant in magic, we are adding certain extra deadly or potent energies into the mix.

Buy the paperback – AMAZON US AMAZON UK HIVE INDIEBOUND

Buy the ebook – AMAZON US AMAZON UK HIVE INDIEBOUND

 

The English Runes: Secrets of Magic, Spells and Divination

By Suzanne Rance

You may be familiar with Runes, an old European lettering system. They can be found widely in literature and film; however, these Runes are usually the Elder Futhark. What people are less aware of is that the English have their own Runes, steeped in the heritage of an ancient land. Runes rooted in the culture of the early English and whose sound is part of the birth of the English language. Discover The Old English Rune Poem and, through this, find out more about the lives of the early English and their runes.

Buy on Amazon

 

The Minoan Tarot

By Laura Perry

Many Tarot decks come with a tiny booklet that offers snippets of meaning about each card and maybe a layout or two. The Minoan Tarot, in contrast, comes with a full-size, full-length book (176 pages) that describes the artwork and the meaning of each card in depth. It also includes detailed instructions for several layouts (including one designed just for this deck) as well as a Minoan Fool’s Journey, Elemental Journeys, and background information about Minoan culture and art.

Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and other Amazon platforms as well as other good online bookstores.

 

The Naked Witch (A Wendy Woo Witch Lit Novel Book 1)

By Wendy Steele

fiction: Lizzie Martin’s new boss has asked her to ‘bare all’ and become more corporate.

For Lizzie, swapping paisley for pin stripe is like asking a parrot to wear pea hen.

She has to choose between her job and her integrity, cope with an unexpected stay in hospital, monitor her fourteen year old daughter’s latest crush, continue seeking the truth about her father’s death and juggle two new men in her life.

There is hope though.

At the bottom of the garden is a little wooden shed that Lizzie calls Sanctuary. Within its warm and welcoming walls, Lizzie surrounds herself with magic…

Find it on Amazon

New Pagan Books

Recent releases of Pagan fiction and non-fiction titles… These are not reviews, content is taken from author and publisher websites.

New fiction:

Mac Ailpin’s Treason by Andrew J Keir.

Out of darkness, Scotland is born. When Dál Riata’s King is viciously killed by the Pictish army, his son, Cináed mac Ailpín, is driven into exile.  Resultant chaos reigns across the lands of Alba, in the guise of tragedy and Viking brutality; ultimately forcing Cináed to seek out a new kingdom for the Gaels … and to extract bloody revenge.

More about the book here – http://www.andrewjkeir.net/mac-ailpins-treason.html

Matlock The Hare: The Trial of The Majickal Elders, by Phil Lovesy, art by Jacqui Lovesy. This is volume three of a three part series.

Immerse yourself in the most fully-realised ‘majickal’ world ever imagined as Matlock and his clottabussed friends from Winchett Dale set off to complete three ‘peffa-twizzly’ tasks to prove him the most worthy hare in all the dales –  in a wondrous fantasy saga with more twists and turns than Trefflepugga Path itself… Animist fiction for subversive adults.

More Matlock here – http://matlockthehare.com/page/654816-books.aspx

Non Fiction:

The Secret People by Melusine Draco

The Secret People is a remembrance of times past and a preservation of ‘parish-pump witchcraft, wise woman and cunning ways’ adapted for use in the 21st century.

More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/secret-people

 

A Mystic Guide to Cleansing & Clearing, by David Salisbury

Using energetic methods from a variety of traditions and philosophies, this is a new approach to the practice of cleansing our lives.

More about the book here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/mystic-guide-cleansing-clearing

Book Review: Apollo Weeps & Generational by Lizz Clements

Title: Apollo Weeps ISBN 978-0-557-13752-7

Generational  ISBN 978-0-557-10063-7

Author: Lizz Clements

Author Site

Buy Link

Publisher: Lulu

Genre: Poetry, Non-fiction

Length – # OF PAGES:

Apollo Weeps: 113

Generational: 72

Other: Suitable for Young Adults

Pagan & Pagan Elements: Yes/Yes

Card Rating: – 4 Tarots for both

Reviewed by: Brew-Hilda

Excerpt From Apollo Weeps

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“Apollo Weeps”
Apollo in his chariot
He of golden rays
Once rode through
The sky so blue
In older, earlier days
But now the boy cannot be found
He hides his gentle face
His eyes are red
His bones not fed
Hanging his head in disgrace
The smile he wore so long ago
Wants so much to return
But all the joy
He had as a boy
Is not so easily earned
Apollo knows there is no chance
No one asks his favor
And those who do
Are less than true
It’s not insight they favor
The boy god cries alone at night
I hear him as I sleep
He knows as I
This world’s a lie
In the darkness we both weep
Apollo, I know that it hurts
It’s true what we both dread
Rhyme has been whored
The bard ignored
The art of poetry is dead

Excerpt From Generational

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Generational
What’s with these kids today?
Is it me or are they strange?
It doesn’t seem they know the way
They can’t see they have to change
What’s with these kids today?
With their purple hair and eyes
What do they expect me to say
To interracial couples living happy lives?
It must be generational
More than just sensational
Or just irrational
It’s just generational
What’s with these kids today,
With their co-dependent ties?
Do Christian youths think it’s okay
To marry Pagans with sinful lives?
Do teens think it’s okay
To ignore people’s frailties?
That work can still mean less than play
That adults will like their oddities?
It must be generational
More than just sensational
Or just irrational
It’s just generational
I can’t begin to fathom why
They think they’ll be young forever
When all around them people die
And inflict in each other terror.
We must have raised each of them wrong
And pampered them simply too much
Their unity’s naively strong
They have no prejudice and such.
The fact is that they just don’t care
They’re too loving and accepting
Oh, and God, that damn purple hair
Their whole lifestyle’s worth rejecting
It must be generational
And I hope they’re happy there
It’s more than just sensational
They’re brainwashed without a care
Of course it’s all irrational
They’re slaves to living their own way
It hope it’s generational
So it’ll be put to rest someday.

About The Books & Review:

I am doing both reviews in one because I felt the books were somehow linked…maybe because of the not so long ago between the pages in the Author’s life or time frame. Although it should be noted that one book isn’t needed to understand the other. Both, just being written when the author was young.

Both books are filled with Poems written during the time that the Author was young and filled with youth. (That’s not to say they aren’t feeling sprite-ful now. In fact, I have no idea.) However, when reading poetry, a few things can happen. One, you are bored to death and decide to hate poetry forever. Two, you can relate to the poem or at least draw your own meaning. And three, be swept away by words that require deep understanding and feel either partially educated or enlightened by it all afterwards.

Number One will not apply to this book at all to readers who do have a deep love of Poetry already. In fact, I believe books like this are wonderful to read to our children or grandchildren. I think it may awaken something inside them and this book, Apollo’ Weeps seems like a great candidate for that.

I think generational would be eaten up by most Teens today simply because how the author seen magic then, is how most young ones still view it.

For the teen or young adult– perhaps they will also relate to this because at the time this was written, the Author was not far from being one herself.

Taken from Apollo Weeps:

This book can be considered a sequel, though there is no plot
exactly or even a storyline. Its predecessor, Generational (originally
entitled Car Chases & Fake Bologna), was my first “real book.” It was
also my first collection of poetry. It contained a handful of
humorous, contemplative, and irreverent diary entries, respectively.
In essence, Generational chronicled five years of my life, from just
before I started high school until shortly after graduation. The
“stories” are the poems and entries themselves, as they are the
result of my day-to-day existence. The plot is my life, and the
setting is as I live it.

The Review:

Pagan Elements: Yes for both & the Author is Pagan

Cover (Rated 1-10): 4 for Apollo Weeps

8 for Generational –I think teens will relate more to this cover

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Book Review: Curiosity Expands Your Mind by Brenda Miller

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Author Name: Brenda Miller

Are you a Pagan or does the book have Pagan elements? Yes/Yes

Author Website: http://www.designsbybrenda.net

ISBN: 978-1-4251-8856-6

Series (if any): No—not that we know of.
Release Date: August 15, 2009
Genre: Non- Fiction

Length: 164 pages
Publisher:
Trafford Publishing
Buy Link:
www.amazon.com; www.amazon.co.uk; www.bn.com; www.trafford.com; www.bookfinder.com; www.designsbybrenda.net;

Cards: 5 Tarots

Reviewed by: C.H. Scarlett

Blurb: This reference book is to guide you on your quest for a more magical and spiritual existence. This book will introduce you to affirmations and how they are used to empower your life; chakras and the colors associated with them; gemstones and their meanings; phases of the moon and the magical workings for each phase; symbols and their significance; and much more. This resource book is detailed enough to be all that you may want to know on each of the subjects referenced. It may be used as a starting point towards the mastery of any topic that ignites your passion.

Review:

Now, let me explain something before everyone has a heart attack. Normally we do not review non-fiction. Our staffs experience is in FICTION and alas, that’s what we stick with. However, I am not on the reviewers staff. I simply jump in from time to time to fill in or help catch us up when we are behind. With that being said, my experience does exist in non-fiction because if you looked at my library and the hundreds (not an exaggeration) of books in it—well those lovely references are none other than Non-fiction. So as a Christmas present to a fellow Pagan that contacted me from out of nowhere requesting a review—I am giving her one. And for the record, I do not know the Author of this book personally. She, like all of you, is just another precious and treasured follower of The Pagan and the Pen.

Now, what made me give Brenda a 5 Tarot?  I gave her a high score because this book was written through the eyes of probably every Pagan out there. What could I possibly mean by that?

Where did you first begin your journey? Why did you begin your journey if you were not raised a Pagan to begin with?

What Brenda has done is write a book filled with Paganism and information but not as someone slapping about certificates, high egos, or titles, or high degrees and many degrees–in magic and whatever else…

No, she has written a book as one of you…a Pagan…on a journey…and what she discovered when she first began that journey. She is an equal…she is familiar…and she is a mirror to those of us just beginning or those of us who have been there.

So for that and because of that, I highly recommend this non-fiction book to every Pagan out there starting or flourishing or planting their own roots. This book has great information and would find its place as a wonderful tool of reference.

I quote Brenda:

This book started out as my way of trying to make sense of
the different religions, why we believe the way we believe, or see
the world as we do.
Brought up in the Christian faith, I was told that certain
things were the “Devil’s work.” To become more informed, or to
really understand this so called “Devil’s work,” I had to look at
other religions or different belief systems. At first, I was hesitant to
begin because of the fears that were instilled into my very essence,
my belief system, but I overcame my fears with my need to know,
and so began my search for understanding.
My search began in 2003. I joined the Austin Herb Society,
which I was elected as editor of their monthly newsletter, The
Potpourri. I had never been an editor of anything before, so what
were they thinking by electing me to such a position. My knowledge
of herbs, herbal lore, or anything that would be of use to the Austin
Herb Society, was very limited or to be very honest, non-existent. It
was an education for me, as the members of the Austin Herb
Society are all very knowledgeable and I learned so much from
them, a big thank you is being sent out to them right now. Well,
like any ill-informed knowledge seeker of the 21st Century, I began
with the Internet, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
It is amazing all the different sites that pop up when you
type in “Uses for Basil,” etc. Not only did the food references
come up, but magical references came up as well. And as you know,
I was hesitant to check out such magical uses. But, I did. What is
really amazing about my search or research is, that I began to
understand my connection with Nature, the Universe, God, Spirit,
etc. I am now able to worship or relate to God/Spirit out of love
and understanding and not fear or because it is expected out of me.
Now, I actually acknowledge my angels, because before now I was
taught not do that, it was wrong. I now invite them in each and
every day, talk to them, rejoice with them, as I know that they are
sent to me from God/Spirit/Source as a gift of unconditional love.
I also feel the presence of the fairies, which I like to call “earth
angels,” as they are in charge of nurturing Mother Earth and me as
well.
It is my hope that you find this book interesting,
informative, and insightful. That your curiosity in purchasing this
book will cause you to open your mind to other possibilities, to
other realms of existence, or worship, to see that we are all one,
that it really is a small world. Take this book as a starting point for
your search or research in your quest for knowledge and
understanding of this world.1
Enjoy, and happy discovering.
Brenda Miller
May 2009
Austin, Texas

Please Note that the format is correct concerning the Table of Contents in the book but because this is a copy and paste, the format conditions of our posts on this site might wreck it some lol

Table of Contents
Affirmations ……………………………………………………………………………… 1
Amulets and/or Talismans ……………………………………………………….. 4
Angels ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 5
Animal Totems …………………………………………………………………………. 7
Birthstones by Astrological Sign ……………………………………………… 16
Birthstones by Month ……………………………………………………………… 16
Candlemas ………………………………………………………………………………. 17
Chakras …………………………………………………………………………………… 19
Clairvoyance/Clairvoyant ………………………………………………………… 21
Cleansing Your Crystals/Stones ………………………………………………. 22
Colors and Their Meanings ……………………………………………………… 23
Cuchulainn ………………………………………………………………………………. 25
Divination ……………………………………………………………………………….. 25
Ear Candling …………………………………………………………………………… 25
Elements: Air/Fire/Water/Earth ……………………………………………. 26
Empathy/Empath …………………………………………………………………… 29
Extrasensory Perception (ESP) ……………………………………………….. 29
Feng Shui ………………………………………………………………………………… 30
Friday the 13th and Number 13 ………………………………………………. 32
Gemstones: Meanings and Healing Properties ………………………… 33
Goddess Brighid ……………………………………………………………………… 41
Goddess Isis ……………………………………………………………………………. 44
Goddess Quan Yin or Kwan Yin ……………………………………………. 44
Hag Stones………………………………………………………………………………. 45
Halloween ……………………………………………………………………………….. 46
Happy Birthday ……………………………………………………………………….. 48
Herbs and How to Preserve Them ………………………………………….. 50
Imbolc …………………………………………………………………………………….. 51
Incense ……………………………………………………………………………………. 51
Lammas …………………………………………………………………………………… 52
Mabon or Fall Equinox …………………………………………………………… 53
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May Day, Beltane, or First Day of Summer …………………………….. 54
Moon Phases …………………………………………………………………………… 56
The Morrigan ………………………………………………………………………….. 58
Mythical Creatures …………………………………………………………………… 59
Namaste ………………………………………………………………………………….. 78
Neti Pot …………………………………………………………………………………… 78
Ogham ……………………………………………………………………………………. 80
Pendulum ………………………………………………………………………………… 81
Pentagram ……………………………………………………………………………….. 85
Plants and Flowers ………………………………………………………………….. 86
Psychometry ……………………………………………………………………………. 92
Reiki Energy Healing ………………………………………………………………. 92
Rings and Fingers ……………………………………………………………………. 94
Runes ………………………………………………………………………………………. 97
Sabbats and Wheel of the Year ……………………………………………… 103
Sanskrit ………………………………………………………………………………….. 104
Scrying …………………………………………………………………………………… 104
Smudging ………………………………………………………………………………. 104
Spells: How to Get Them to Work ……………………………………….. 107
Spell for Improving Negative Thoughts ………………………………… 107
Spring Equinox ……………………………………………………………………… 108
Summer Solstice ……………………………………………………………………. 109
Superstitions ………………………………………………………………………….. 110
Symbols …………………………………………………………………………………. 121
Telepathy ………………………………………………………………………………. 142
Third Eye ………………………………………………………………………………. 142
Triple Goddess ……………………………………………………………………… 143
Winter Solstice ………………………………………………………………………. 144
Wishing Well …………………………………………………………………………. 144
Yin-Yang ……………………………………………………………………………….. 145
References …………………………………………………………………………….. 147
Index……………………………………………………………………………………… 148
About the Author ………………………………………………………………….. 152
Miscellaneous ………………………………………………………………………… 152

The First Third Wednesday

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Well, merry met, everyone, and before I forget – Happy Litha!

Since this is my first post, I thought I might just take the moment to introduce myself and tell you a bit about the projects I work on. Please excuse the rambling why my mind wanders… I’m quite a topic hopper when left to my own devices.

My name is Jodi Lee; that is my professional name as well as my actual birth name. I do have a last name, but I rarely use it, only when I absolutely have to. Like on government documents and signing permission slips for my daughters’ school activities. I’m a single mom, divorced for a couple of years, separated longer than that. My daughters and I are very close, and I always say we’ve had to be. Although their dad had them every weekend for the first year, gradually his interest in being a father waned, and for the past four years it’s been just the three of us.

We do pretty well for ourselves. I am a work at home mom, due to circumstances somewhat beyond my control, but I love the work I do, and hey, who doesn’t want to go to work in their PJs? 😉 I am a freelance editor and graphic designer. My more recent positions include editor in chief of LBF Books and senior editor of Lachesis Publishing, although I recently turned in my resignation for both those positions in favor of some very lucrative freelance work. I also run a small webzine, The New Bedlam Project.

Time flies, it really does. It was when I was working on notes for a project (I’ll get to that one in a moment) that I realized I’ve been pagan for very nearly 25 years. I’d say that’s not bad for someone my age, but it makes me feel a bit older than I actually am. 😉

My grove will celebrate it’s ninth anniversary this weekend. My daughters have been studying for going on two years now. I can look back and see where the time has gone, and yet still wonder how it went so fast. In the past nine years, under my chosen name, ierne LloerCariad, I’ve been involved with the Pagan Pride Project, WARD Canada, Gaia Gathering, and written nearly a hundred articles and twice as many book reviews. I’ve taught numerous forms of energetic healing. I became disillusioned with being a public pagan and stepped back from it all, only to find recently that I miss some of it.

So here I am, taking baby steps into writing more spiritual non-fiction, but tying it in to what I do every day. My daughters and I spent all of March working on a chapbook series, which we market as an ebook or handmade chapbook on Etsy and one of my websites. We recently launched the series by releasing Litha, just in time for the Solstice.

Over the past few years, I’ve had to reconcile my choice of genre with my beliefs. I write horror, usually what’s called ‘splatterpunk,’ meaning the very bloody, visceral fiction that doesn’t appeal to many folks. It is through that fiction that I’ve worked out a lot of issues, a lot of tension and anger. The Rule of Three is less likely to come into play if the victim is a fictional character. Occasionally I have twinges of guilt for manipulating the Hollywood-vision of a witch into something so very foreign to what we actually are. I tend to steer away from the gore then, and focus on mind-twisting paranormal thrillers.

I have a wonderful, unofficial mentor who I’m proud to call my friend and colleague. He has managed to work the old ways into his murder mystery series, and I shall ever aspire to do as well with what I write. Granted, my writing will never come to what his is, but… all I can do is try.

I’ll be stopping in here—with my mixed bag of tips, tricks and general musings—every third Wednesday, bringing what I can do this wonderful forum of fellow pagan writers.

Here’s a collection of my links, in case you are so inclined as to follow the breadcrumbs into the woods. I promise, I’ve kept the monsters at bay this morning, for now. 😉

New Bedlam – http://www.newbedlam.com

Sacred Triskele – http://www.sacredtriskele.net

My author blog – http://www.jodilee.ca

Our Etsy shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7269725

My portfolio – http://tinyurl.com/JodiLee

My design portfolio – http://tinyurl.com/LeeLite

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/bychwych

Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/jodileebleeds

Associated Content articles – http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/189545/jodi_lee.html