Review: Practical Spellcraft: A First Course in Magic

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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (February 1st, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1571747540
ISBN-13: 978-1571747549

Product description:

Now anyone with an earnest desire can learn to cast spells with this intriguing introduction to the craft. Written by a practicing witch, this all-encompassing first course in Wiccan magic simplifies everything from performing spells to conducting candle rituals and using a talisman.

Also included here are:

  • A general introduction to witchcraft, sabbats, Halloween, and the key tools and concepts of spellcasting
  • Candle, garden, animal, and self-defense magic
  • Spells for love, money, fertility, and health
  • A chapter on writing your own spells

This is a practical introductory guide for everyone. Love life gone limp? Reinvigorate your relationship with a seductive spell. Boss too demanding? Use a little magic to help her reconnect with her softer side. Lost your precious pet? Bring him back home with a heartfelt incantation.

With the wealth of Wiccan wisdom in these pages, you can choose a spell to improve any aspect of your life, from career and money to health and family well-being. Upbeat and up to date, this volume brings witchcraft into the 21st century with a modern magic focused on gaining control over your life and understanding your destiny.

My thoughts:

All in all, I liked the book. It’s easy to read and understand. It is a good book for the beginner interested in Wicca. Practical Spellcraft will hit the shelves February 1st.  While I liked it, I think the book lacks quite a bit.

When covering historical characters and events, I want to see some documentation. I want to see some quotes and footnotes. When discussing spells, I want to see some personal anecdotes. Have you tried this spell? What were the results? Where did you get this spell? Did you create it? Was it passed down? Did it come from another book?

Why 20 pages on love spells and 4 on health? Love spells are 5 times more important than health? Really?

Like I say, Practical Spellcraft is an introductory book. Greenaway did a good job with a deep and complicated art. I do recommend this for the beginner’s home library. I give Practical Spellcraft 4 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. 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.”

Review: Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple

9781571747563Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
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Series: Plain & Simple
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (January 1, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1571747567
ISBN-13: 978-1571747563

Product description:

Though perhaps less well-known here than its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology is every bit as illuminating and provides an equally valuable shortcut to self-knowledge. Jonathan Dee, the well-respected author of several books on astrology, tarot, and fortune-telling, reveals all the mysteries of the art in this informative volume.

Filled with legends, charts, and history, it contains all of the essentials for working out your Chinese horoscope including the animal signs for each birthday year, month, and hour. Each sign receives a richly detailed and enlightening explanation.

Among the amusing and informative tidbits here:

  • The rat is considered to be the sign of charm and is noted for its shrewdness, enterprise, and wealth. Rats are also prosperous, entrepreneurial, obsessive, anxious, bossy, and mean.
  • The ox is the sign of tenacity and prosperity and a symbol of fertility and muscular strength. People born under the ox are patient, contemplative, eloquent, chauvinistic, petty, and grumpy.
  • The monkey is lively, complex, charming, diplomatic, and agile. Monkeys are also dishonest, sarcastic, lacking respect, and restless.

Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is an accessible introduction that enlightens, entertains, and informs.

My thoughts:

All in all I enjoyed reading  Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple , it gave me an entertaining escape from the Christmas holiday season (between you and me any escape from Christmas is welcome). According to Chinese Astrology, I am an Earth dog. Having said that, the description of an Earth dog as having a spendthrift tendency is a little off for me. No. Just no. Ask anyone who knows me, I make Scrooge look like a spendthrift. I will squeeze a buffalo nickel until it poops in my hand and I’m proud of it.

An Earth dog is also described as an excellent organizer which is one of my biggest flaws. This year I plan to really work at becoming “somewhat” organized. So no. Just no.

That isn’t to say that the book isn’t entertaining. I did enjoy sharing with a friend that he was born in the year of the pig and he may never hear the end of it. Ever. What are friends for?

The book is easy to navigate and has nice graphics. I hate the subtitle of “The Only Book You’ll Ever Need”. Geez people. Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is small and something that you’ll finish quickly. I knocked it out in one afternoon.

I give this one 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and I think it’s worth a look if you haven’t checked out Chinese Astrology.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. 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.”

Shark repellent fails on first try

Why is it always my home state of Florida? Why?

At any rate, people — magical magnets will not repel sharks, cure your arthritis, or decrease your body odor. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is …

“I got this for Christmas,” Zack said, showing us the green plastic band that looks like a watch with no face, “It is a shark band and it was supposed to keep sharks away and the first time I wore it, and I go surfing a lot, but the first time I wore it- I get bit.”

If you really want something that works, you need a ju ju bag.

source: http://cbs12.com/news/local/wearing-shark-repelling-band-teen-gets-attacked-by-shark

J.K. Rowling confirms she’s writing two new novels

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Clumsy spells: Daniel in a scene with Jim Broadbent, who plays Horace Slughorn

Hmmmmmmmmmm ? I wonder what Rowling is cooking? She has confirmed that she is working on two more books. As I understand it, these are not Fantastic Beast stories. Well, I for one wouldn’t mind another Harry Potter story.

Foggy Florida

It’s a foggy morning in my little spot of the world. The power went out twice yesterday after a power pole was knocked down in the fog. I was in the middle of updating my Manjaro Linux and was, to say the least, a little upset. That being said, my Linux system is working nicely.

Mom has not been well and I have spent a lot of the Holiday season taking her to Doctor appointments and a little shopping. She has a new doctor and I hope that this one will work out.

I didn’t decorate very much this year and most of my decorations have been put away. It was a bit of a depressing year. We have lost so many celebrities and artists this year. I guess I am at that strange period of life when life seems to take away more things than it gives.

Hopefully 2017 will be a year that I can get myself a little more organised..

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Ebook review: Linux for Beginners An Introduction to the Linux Operating System and Command Line by Jason Cannon

This was originally posted on my Facebook account and I’ve decided to repost it here. Let me know if you want to see more Linux ebook reviews.

Ghost Stories for Christmas, with Christopher Lee ‘The Ash Tree’ by M R James

I’ve always loved ghost stories for  Christmas and I’ve been a fan of M.R. James stories for some time. I was fairly certain that I had posted one or more of them on this blog, however, after a search, I was unable to find any …

So without any further ado, I give you M.R. James’ “The Ash Tree” read by Christopher Lee.

In my mailbox

Yes, the mailman still hates me…

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You just gotta love those easy-open-packages. Maybe the NSA just wanted to see what I was reading or maybe it’s the RUSSIANS?

9781571747594 Using numerology to learn more about yourself and your future doesn’t require any psychic ability, mathematical skills, or even any special equipment. The information is based on a series of numbers and by following systems that date back to the Greek mathematician and astrologer Pythagoras and the Hebrew Kabbalah, you’ll learn the basics of how to use numbers to explain your life.

Numerology Plain & Simple
The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
Anne Christie

9781571747563 Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple
The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
Jonathan Dee

Though perhaps less well-known here than its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology is every bit as illuminating and provides an equally valuable shortcut to self-knowledge. Jonathan Dee, the well-respected author of several books on astrology, tarot, and fortune-telling, reveals all the mysteries of the art in this informative volume.

Filled with legends, charts, and history, it contains all of the essentials for working out your Chinese horoscope including the animal signs for each birthday year, month, and hour. Each sign receives a richly detailed and enlightening explanation.


I want to thank Weiser Books for these free advanced review copies.