Review: Storytelling Alchemy

Storytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy EndingStorytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy Ending by Renee Damoiselle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All in all, I thought it was an excellent book. I liked the writing style of the author and more importantly I came away liking the author. That being said, at first, I was uncomfortable with her and her definition of alchemy “a magickal term for transforming lead into gold” page 9. I thought that her definition was too simple and fru fru. I was prepared to dislike the book and found myself quibbling about everything she said. I was letting her words and my ego get in the way of what she was trying to say. Eventually, I decided to give the book a fair chance and I came away really liking it.
I guess, at some point, I felt that I heard her voice.
If you give “Storytelling Alchemy” a chance, I think you’ll turn your lead into gold.
*Disclaimer* I want to thank Weiser Books for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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Book Review: Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor

My thoughts of Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, and Tales of True Hauntings.

Picture 28From shimmering specters to mysterious tricks, Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor includes original supernatural tales, classic ghost stories, legends, hauntings, séances, superstitions, and death customs. This book showcases a chilling collection of startling ghost stories as told to the author as well as legendary ghosts and haunted locations and an overview of the paranormal parlor games that rose to popularity in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It also includes hidden history such as the story of Mark Twain’s ghost, and the quiet horror writings of the architect who started the Gothic Revival movement (Ralph Adams Cram).

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: The Master Mason: The Reason of Being by Gregory B. Stewart

The Master Mason: The Reason of Being - A Treatise on the Third Degree of FreemasonryThe Master Mason: The Reason of Being – A Treatise on the Third Degree of Freemasonry by Gregory B. Stewart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As is my habit, I jumped to the back of the book and read the Appendix and Footnotes first. If you do not come away inspired by the quotations in the Appendix, I fear that there is little hope for you. Simply put, the back of the book is as brilliant as the book itself.

Stewart had me hooked from the start when he quoted Pike and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) on the same page. Trust me, it works. The treatise covers the symbolic lodge, the Master Mason, Living as a Mason, Didactics, and so much more. I have to say that, while everything was interesting, I enjoyed the section on the Tracing Board the most.

His artwork is eye-popping gorgeous and I’ve returned to the illustrations several times. By the way, there is an excellent Index for the book, and the illustrations are indexed as well. In short, this is everything that I like in an esoteric book and I strongly suggest adding this one to your home library.

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Review of the Lunar Nomad Oracle

The Lunar Nomad Oracle: 43 Cards to Unlock Your Creativity and Awaken Your Intuition. By Shaheen Miro

The Lunar Nomad Oracle is inspired by the traditional Lenormand system, but unlike the Lenormand, this deck comprises 43 cards and additional significator cards that are multiracial and multiethnic. The Lunar Nomad Oracle cards are rich with layers, colors, and imagery, all designed to speak to the intuitive self.

The book and deck allow users to explore their inner depths, looking for clues and prompts to activate their lunar side—their creativity, intuition, and inner wisdom. The symbolism of the cards helps the user formulate a story or reading.

The process will be familiar to followers of tarot, but because The Lunar Nomad Oracle does not have suits or a linear structure, readers have the freedom and fluidity to really explore the deck and add their own insights and interpretations.

51zp-asefxl-_sx354_bo1204203200_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: The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Keys to Successful Sorcery

The Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Keys to Successful SorceryThe Elements of Spellcrafting: 21 Keys to Successful Sorcery by Jason Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All in all, I really enjoyed “The Elements of Spellcrafting”. I like Miller’s writing style, he seems to be a person that you could have a beer with and argue the evening away. My favorite line in the book: “There is no Magic Magic.” Trust me, you’ll have to read that section.
Of course, as I usually do, I jumped to the back of the book. I found a nice Appendix and Notes section. The Notes section makes for a nice starting point for your own research.
One the downside, I hated the interior art. The cartoons looked like jokes from an old 1970s era D&D magazine. They just didn’t work for me.
That being said, I give the book 4 stars out of 5 and strongly encourage you to add this one to your esoteric home library.
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Product description:

51bx2bbjt6elThere is no shortage of spells out there. Some books highlight thousands of spells, but do any of them actually work? And how well do they work? I don’t mean just getting a result—I mean getting a result that matters, a result that will impact your life or the lives of those you work for. The Elements of Spellcrafting provides the most effective and efficient ways to get things done with magic.

The Elements of Spellcrafting identifies and explains 21 keys to successful sorcery—a best practices of sorcery—in three sections:

  • Principals and strategies for how best to apply magic before you begin.
  • Methods and tactics that will ensure a positive outcome.

How to take spells to the next level—building a life of spiritual accomplishment and material success beyond the basics.

If you have ever cast a spell that didn’t work, The Elements of Spellcrafting will help you figure out why.

If you regularly cast spells that seem to work but you still wind up in the same circumstances, this book will definitely help you chart a new course for victorious spellcrafting.


Picture 22Disclosure 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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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.

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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.

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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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My booktube review of The Witches’ Almanac issue 37

My booktube review of the Witches’ Almanac issue 37

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My review of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags by Elhoim Leafar

My review of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags by Elhoim Leafar.

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SAM_0044Charm bags, also known as mojo bags and gris-gris bags, may be the most popular style of amulet or talisman in the world today. Around the globe, they are crafted by people from many cultures and spiritual traditions and are created for many purposes. Until now there has been no definitive guide to the art of creating these magical power objects. The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags remedies this situation.