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Christmas spiders

Okay, those people who know me know that I have a dark side. I like a good M.R. James ghost story during the holiday or an occasional homage to my favorite holiday Halloween. That being said, Christmas spiders is a thing — really.

The tradition is from northern Europe; Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia. The Ukrainians tell a story of a poor widow who while cleaning her house for Christmas drove the spiders to the attic. As she slept, the spiders returned and spun webs over her Christmas tree. From here you have different variations of the story, ultimately the webs are transformed into silver and gold and the poor widow has a happy ending. One version (link). Wiki (link).

Perhaps this might be something to add to your family’s Christmas tradition.

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Posted by on December 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Review Conscious Ink by Lisa Barretta

Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos: Mystical, Magical, and Transformative Art You Dare to WearConscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos: Mystical, Magical, and Transformative Art You Dare to Wear by Lisa Barretta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t really care for Barretta’s last book “The Book of Transformation” but “Conscious Ink” was superb. It was really an uplifting book.

Picture 18I suppose what stuck me most was the courage and strength the woman, Anita, who had cancer and mastectomies. There is a picture of her with her tattoos covering her scars. I just hope that I have enough courage to face adversity as she did.

There are several stories detailing what a person’s tattoos mean to them and I found them very moving. Barretta also covers topics like symbolism, chakras, magic, and more.
All in all, it is an excellent book. I give it 4 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on December 12, 2017 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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CROW Awards for 2017

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Creative Reads by Outstanding Writers

Once again it’s time for my pick of “Creative Reads by Outstanding Writers”, I’ve picked a few good ones for you this year. These are not necessarily books written this year but books that I have read this year. They will be great stocking-stuffers for that book geek in the family.

In the category of Non-fiction:

that-moment-mediaThat Moment by C.C. Champagne

“That Moment” is a collection of 13 short stories that are real stories from the Author’s friends or family. You’ll find these stories to be inspirational and fuel for your spirit. I was moved by several of them.

While I read through this book pretty quickly, I am certain that I will return to it over and over again. “That Moment” is the sort of book that you will buy multiple copies of — one to keep and one to share. It’s a must-have for your home library. As you may have seen on Amazon, I scored this one 5 stars out of 5.

Life is a blessing, and each one of us is a unique individual whose path through life is guided. It is our decision as to what we do in that moment, which then determines how the events play out.

SAM_0044 The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags by Elhoim Leafar

A delightful and beautiful book. I love seeing how people express their spirituality.

Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings by Varla Ventura
I loved it. Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings is packed with folklore of the Fairyfolk. You might be reading about a pooka one minute or a troll statue under a bridge the next. Everything Varla covered was interesting and my only complaint was that I wanted more.

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In the category of Fiction:

51jpctosuql-_sx331_bo1204203200_The Castle in Cassiopeia
by Mike Resnick
Space opera at it’s best. I enjoyed the previous books in the series The Fortress in Orion, and The Prison in Antares. I gave them 4 stars out of 5 and I’d give this book the same score.

As with the other books in the series, The Castle in Cassiopeia gets a little dialogue heavy and I hated the cover art but the book is excellent. It has an awesome pace and an entertaining story. If you can say anything about Resnick, you have to admit that he’s a great storyteller.

51dw9g1hyel-_sx329_bo1204203200_Black City Demon
by Richard a. Knaak
Is there any surprise that I loved it? I mean really? I really enjoyed the feel of the 1930’s era ( something that I really enjoyed about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and the film noir vibe throughout the book. Of course, the action is a plus. Since his Dragonlance days, Knaak has had a knack for story-telling with dragons.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Barry rant

 

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Review: The Eagle’s View by Paddy Fievet


front-cover-final-675x1024The Eagle’s View: Five Steps to Modern Mysticism
by Paddy Fievet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve always loved hearing how someone expresses their spirituality. I think Fievet can be summed up with “The Modern Mystic lives from his or her heart.” I loved the agape vibe throughout the entire book.
Fievet has found her own eagle’s view and she guides us to our own soul consciousness. I enjoyed the book and I think that it is a “must-have” for your esoteric home library.

Product description: In her third book on Modern Mysticism, Paddy Fievet guides the reader into discovering his or her own answers to the age old questions: Where am I? Who am I? What is my purpose? How will my purpose happen? What is Love? Perfect for spirituality coaches, Lightworkers, Healers, and Spiritual Directors, as well as all Spirituality seekers, it is a guide to a life enhanced by awareness, identity, purpose, spiritual artistry, and love as the reader travels the path to a heart-felt connection with God. The five steps offer a profound and life-changing self-discovery process for the reader to realize that all important inner divinity and intuitive power. Discover new ways to grow in wisdom, embrace your innate spiritual truths, and live your life as a Modern Mystic.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Warwick Associates and Cloverhurst Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

December in Florida

Well, for the past several days, I have been digging in the attic for Christmas decorations. I settled for the table-top Christmas tree and only a few boxes of decorations this year. I managed to locate the exterior lights but I can’t find the hangers — such is life.

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Of course, I started with the front door and a simple wreath. But nothing in life is ever that simple is it? I decided that I need to paint the front door and gave it three coats of paint. Now that’s a display that I can live with …

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My legs and arms are a little sore. I think that I’ll take it easy today. Chili is on the stove and I’m sharing the aroma with the neighborhood. The weathermen predict cold weather in a couple of days so I have the doors and windows open enjoying what might be the last of my Fall weather. Time for some tea and chili ….

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Barry rant

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Picard solves the tangled Christmas lights problem

Make it so ….

 

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Posted by on November 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Tantric Jesus by James Reho

Tantric Jesus: The Erotic Heart of Early ChristianityTantric Jesus: The Erotic Heart of Early Christianity by James Hughes Reho

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As is my habit, I jumped to the back of the book. Rev. Reho’s book “Tantric Jesus” has an excellent Notes, Glossary, Bibliography, and Index section. There is a lot to enjoy about this book, but I’d have to say that the beautiful Plates ( many in color ) were among my favorites and they were simply eye-popping gorgeous.

The book is easy to read, though beefy, and I was moved by Reho’s personal anecdotes. While Tantra ( a belief system found in Hinduism and Buddhism ) may not sound like a match with Christianity, Reho makes a good case for Tantric Christianity. I think that “Tantric Jesus” should have a place in your esoteric home library. I highly recommend it.


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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy a happy and joyous Thanksgiving to all of those celebrating. I guess that I should be thankful for these feast days because they force me to clean the house.

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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

RIP David Cassidy

I’m at an odd place in my life where the Divine is taking away more than it gives. I wasn’t a huge fan of David Cassidy but I enjoyed his work and I enjoyed the The Partridge Family. In my teenage years, he was a teenage heartthrob. In those wild teenidol days, teenaged girls would rush the concert gates crushing fellow fans. A young girl died at one of his concerts. When I hear of crazy antics of teenage fans, I shrug because I’ve seen it before.

RIP David…

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
 
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