Thumb through: Tarot by Design

51bohwqhyal-_sx383_bo1204203200_Tarot by Design Workbook  by Diana Heyne, I give it a thumbs-up.

Featuring original color-in images of the 22 major arcana and the 56 images of the minor arcana, Tarot by Design Workbook is a coloring book for students of the tarot and all those who find tarot symbolism intriguing.

The book contains original coloring-ready images illustrated by the author, Diana Heyne, and an additional 78 unique learning page designs, one to accompany each card. Geared toward an enjoyable and intuitive understanding of the basic meanings of the tarot through coloring, brief word prompts and short rhythmic phrases, Tarot by Design Workbook aims to make the foundational learning of tarot a pleasurable task for beginners and others who would like to deepen their connection with the symbolic images. Included in the book is room for journal-like interaction with each image as well as fresh interpretations of time-honored imagery approached through coloring.

Unlock the mystery and magic, secrets and symbolism of the tarot through this serious, yet fun, teaching tool that engages both intuition and intellect.


Thumbing through Tarot by Design by Diana Heyne.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser 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.”

Review: Develop Your ESP

My thoughts:
Develop Your ESP comes in a small package but, like dynamite, it packs a punch. As is my usual habit, I checked the back of the book and found a nice Appendix. An Appendix is very often a good sign of a well thought out book.
I liked the illustrations and the charts ( though the one with the female body seemed a tad repetitive ) and I found the exercises easy. All in all, I thought that the book was excellent and I enjoyed every minute of it. “Call it intuition, a hunch, a feeling, or ESP,” but I like Nina Ashby.
Develop Your ESP is definitely a must-have for your home esoteric library. I recommend it and give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Product description:

9781571747532Develop Your ESP
A Quick and Easy Way to Become Psychic

by Nina Ashby

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1571747532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571747532

Have you ever heard the telephone ring and known who was calling before anyone spoke? Or had a gut feeling about someone or something that ultimately proved true? Most of us ignore experiences like these because we can see no physical basis for believing in our dormant psychic abilities. Call it intuition, a hunch, a feeling, or ESP, this elusive knowledge can provide information, motivation, or direction about various aspects of our lives. Nina Ashby, teaches readers:

  1. How to listen and be receptive to the inner messages received by your intuitive senses
  2. How to use techniques and exercises to develop and control your psychic abilities

This is a program that can quickly enhance anyone’s ability to go beyond the 5 senses and enter another dimension of awareness. Find out which psychic talents you possess and develop those particular gifts with a mix of theory and practical exercises. Learn to understand the body’s energy fields and auras and see why the spiritual plane is every bit as important as the physical world. Then get a complete psychic education, from cleansing rituals and focusing your inner energy charges to reading auras and using divination techniques such as tarot, I Ching, and psychometry to interpret signs and messages. Charts, tables, and graphs illustrate the theories.

Born in New York, Nina Ashby was acutely aware of her psychic gifts even as a child and could see colors around people, objects, and other living things. She has spent many years training in various forms of bodywork and energy healing, psychology, yoga, meditation, astrology, palmistry, dowsing, card reading, and psychic studies including mediumship and all levels of psychic perception and channeling. She lives in England.

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:Numerology, Plain & Simple

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Series: Plain & Simple
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
ISBN-10: 1571747591
ISBN-13: 978-1571747594

Product description:

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.

Topics include:

  • Name number
  • Personality number
  • Heart number
  • Destiny number
  • Relationships
  • Short-term forecasts

Once you master these simple principles, you’ll be able to plan your days, predict your future, and even find the most suitable mate. This is an accessible and user-friendly guide for people interested in divination systems and personality types.

“Three is the number of those who do holy work; Two is the number of those who do lover’s work; One is the number of those who do perfect evil, or perfect good.”―Clive Barker, Abarat

My thoughts:

I have to admit that I really didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought that I would.Like many of you, I took pencil in hand an doodled my numbers. I really didn’t think that they fit so I changed the parameters by changing my name/nickname/etc.  Eventually, my paper landed in the trash bin. What’s the point?

Here is my biggest problem with books like this — says who. When you tell me that a certain number has a certain meaning I want documentation, I want footnotes, I want to see YOUR work. I don’t want something that could just as easily been an afternoon on Google. I want YOUR experience.

To be honest, I googled numerology and got more information than I found in this book’s modest 160 pages. I suggest giving this book a pass and google a few sites if you find the subject interesting. I give “Numerology, Plain and Simple” 2 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: 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: Lilith Dorsey’s Love Magic

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books
  • ISBN-10: 1578635926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578635924

Product description:

This is really “the big little book of love magic.” Magical maven Lilith Dorsey has packed into this fun, informative, and practical book over 250 spells, potions, rituals, and recipes devoted to all facets of love and sex.

Based on years of magical experience and prodigious research, this book includes sections on such topics as self-love, marriage, fertility, erotic adventures, the ethics of love magic, and more. The spells are drawn from a wide diversity of magical traditions and focus on an equally diverse situations. There are spells for finding love, keeping love, and healing yourself so that you are ready for love. The book also includes rituals for invoking goddesses of love. Dorsey considers and discusses all facets of the romantic experience.

Let’s face it we are obsessed, inspired, delighted, and in love with love. And here is the go-to book for every spell you will ever need for finding and keeping romance, passion, sex, marriage, fertility, and love in your life. Rooted in serious scholarship while still exploring the weird, wild, and wonderful side of love magic, this book provides expert advice and genuine spells that work to bring you your heart’s desire.

My Thoughts:

picture-7When I first pulled this book from it’s wrapper, my first thought was, “Oh hell, I hope this isn’t some HP Mallory crap.” I immediately hated the cover and I was prepared to hate the entire book. Imagine my surprise when I found myself loving the book. In time even the cover grew on me — okay, that’s not true.

Love Magic is nicely written, paced well, organized well, and packed with clipart. Having said that, some clipart of the plants in the  Materia Magica chapter would have been a little more helpful. I think that I would like to have seen a little less Psalms and a little more in the way of an Index. As a History major, I loved the Suggested Reading, and the little touches of History and Folklore scattered throughout the book.

All in all, this is a damn fine book. I love reading about how someone explores their own spirituality. In many ways it makes me think of Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery or the Hedge Witch Book of Days. I don’t know about food for passion but that fig recipe looked pretty tasty. Mmmmmmmm figs.

I’m giving Love Magic by Lilith Dorsey 5 stars out of 5 and I consider it a must-have for your esoteric home library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser 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.”

My review of The Witches Almanac issue #36

The theme of Issue 36 (Spring 2017-Spring 2018) is Water: Our Primal Source, and among our lineup of obscurities is Waynaboozhoo – The Great Flood Story of the Ojibwa, Sweet Madness – One Honey of a Mysterious Tale, Drums That Talk – The Sacred Rhythms of Yorubaland, The Fathomless Mystery of the Sea, and Kitchen Magic — Glögg.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Witches’ Almanac (http://thewitchesalmanac.com/) and Weiser 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.”

My booktube of Totem Animals, Plain & Simple

“Animals are not only beholders of great beauty, but they are also beholders of ancient wisdom.” —Molly Friedenfeld

The idea of spirit guides speaking through animals and birds dates back to ancient times. Today, if we’re open to watching and listening to our totem animals, we can develop beneficial relationships withthem. We can also recognize that when a totem animal appears to us in a special way, it’s offering insight into what’s happening in our lives.

This helpful book will give you a greater understanding of more than 60 totem animals and their unique meanings in an A to Z encyclopedic listing, lead you through the steps for accessing a chosen spirit, and help you explore the role of animal spirits in cultures around the world.

Also included are chapters on:

  • Totem Animals Around the World
  • Your Totem Animal
  • Working with Your Totem Animal
  • Strengthening Your Connection to Your Totem Animal
  • Your Child’s Totem Animal

This user-friendly guide is practical and accessible and offers insight and wisdom for daily life.

A color edition of this title was briefly available from Sterling in the North American market in 2010.

Celia Gunn lived in British Columbia for 18 years studying Native American lore. She now lives in England.

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

Review: Your Haunted Lives Revisited: Terrifying true stories of Ghosts, Hauntings and the Paranormal – Book 2

Your Haunted Lives Revisited: Terrifying true stories of Ghosts, Hauntings and the Paranormal – Book 2
by G. Michael Vasey

Product description:

Your Haunted Lives – Revisited, edited by G. Michael Vasey, is the second collection of creepy, often downright terrifying, true experiences of the paranormal submitted by visitors to the My Haunted Life Too website (http://ww.myhauntedlifetoo.com) and it is the follow up to the supernatural Amazon hit – Your Haunted Lives.

It features a foreword by International Medium – Andy Hopkins, to create just the right ghostly atmosphere.

This collection of over 40+ Real Life Ghost Stories are true tales of ‘Horrifying Encounters’ with the Supernatural and paranormal. They include tales of visits from terrifying entities, creepy haunted houses, strange and scary poltergeists, attempted possession, Ouija board nightmares, evil demonic forces, haunted cemeteries, haunted places and much, much more. They will chill you to the bone! These are supplemented with true stories of the editor’s own strange and scary experiences.

This terrific, terrifying collection of true spooky stories of the supernatural will keep you looking over your shoulder and wide awake…

My thoughts:

The stories are brief, usually only about a page or so, and they contain very little information for you to figure out what might be causing the “paranormal” experience.  That being said, for the most part, the stories are good fun for a stormy night. Occasionally, I cried out bullshit after reading some of these tales and others made me laugh,”Peeing Ghost” but if nothing else I found the tales to be entertaining.

Reading this reminds me of some of the late-night “bull” sessions with friends at the dinner-table. If you are looking for some ghostly entertainment, consider picking up a copy. I give “Your Haunted Lives Revisited” 3 stars out of 5.

Review: The Big Book of Practical Spells by Judika Illes

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by Judika Illes
File Size: 1125 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; 2nd Revised edition edition

Product description:

Practical, inspirational, and comprehensive, The Big Book of Practical Spells is a useful tool and resource for beginners and experienced devotees of the magical arts. Here in one majestic volume is a basic introduction to magic; a psychic glossary; a primer on the four elements, colors, and magical supplies (including minerals and botanicals); and a compendium of spells for any situation you may face.

With Judika Illes as your guide, you will learn how to enhance your psychic power, cleanse your aura, protect yourself from malevolent powers, and create and use a wide variety of spells. There are spells for marriage, fertility, pregnancy prevention, babies and children, money, healing, and transitioning to the next life. These are spells that will help make life easier, more productive, and stress free.

*Previously published at Pure Magic

My thoughts:

“The Big Book of Practical Spells”, how big is it? It’s so big that I threw it up in the air and it got stuck. Sorry, I’ve been dying to use that joke.

If you are at all interested in spells, this book is a must-have.  As most of you know, I am a back of the book kind of guy. There is an excellent Appendix of botanical classes and a good bibliography. The Index makes for an easy-to-navigate experience for those of us who want to review something in the book.

Having read the book, I will never look at the phrase Florida Water the same way again. I thought that it was something we Floridians drank. Who knew that the pagan community think it’s a cleaning agent. That being said, a lot of our water contains alcohol — just saying.

So, how do I score this tome of pagan wisdom? Well, as I said, I think that it is a must-have for those interested in spells. I give  “The Big Book of Practical Spells” 4 1/2 stars. Run down to your favorite bookstore and pick it up. If you don’t have a local bookstore try ( http://amzn.to/28ZSfFA ) at Amazon and I’ll get a modest commission from the sale.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser 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.”

Thumbing through The Witches’ Almanac Coloring Book

Thumbing through The Witches’ Almanac Coloring Book (http://amzn.to/1S6EulP)

I want to thank The Witches’ Almanac and Red Wheel, Weiser, Conari for this free review copy.

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The Witches’ Almanac has long featured black and white images of beautiful woodcuts, fantastical creatures, tarot cards, astrological features and constellations, as well as line drawing selected from the folklore of our global community. The Witches’ Almanac Coloring Book brings together a larger format of these images presented in past Almanacs (in addition to images that have not been presented) allowing the inner artist to emerge in a mediation of color.

Neatly packed into seven distinct sections, the first fittingly is Woodcuts. When they first appeared in Europe, woodcuts had thick outlines and little shading. A printer inked the block and applied light pressure to transfer the lines to paper. After the ink dried, another craftsperson might color the images by hand. In other words, the process was very much like a coloring book today, except that today you are the colorist.

The six remaining sections are Constellations, The Planets, Creatures, Egyptian, Americas and Tarot. Each provides for the artist the space to meditate on the imagery imbuing each with color. The aspiring Tarot reader should especially enjoy the final section where each of the 22 Major Arcana and the four Aces are provided.