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In my mailbox: Love Magic

Today, I received a copy of Lilith Dorsey’s book Love Magic: Over 250 Spells and Potions for Getting it, Keeping it, and Making it Last. I think that a book like this may be a little too late for an old man like me, but there you go. I want to thank the people at Weiser Books for this free review copy.

Love Magic will be available December 1st…

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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.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in book news, Religion and Spirituality

 

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Hugh Jackman ~ Spiritual Awakening – The Spiritual Tourist

 
 

In my mailbox

This week I received another cool book from the Weiser Books folks, The Key of Solomon the King.

A magical grimoire of sigils and rituals for summoning and mastering spirits, The Key of Solomon the King is the most famous, or infamous, of all magick books. It has influenced everything from the revival of magick and the Western Mystery Traditions (tarot, alchemy, astrology, etc.) to fictional works such as Lovecraft’s The Necronomicon.

Purported to have been penned by King Solomon himself, the book provides instruction for incantations, rituals, and sigils used to call upon and control spirits and demons. Those practicing magick have used it extensively through the centuries, but its true origins and purpose have been lost in the mists of time.

No library of the contemporary occult student or practicing magician is complete without this tome. It remains a standard of esoteric lore by which others are measured. This edition includes a new foreword by noted esoteric scholar Joseph Peterson.

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Sun Salutation

Hello Gnostics,

Today I thought that we would continue our exploration of morning rituals by looking at Yoga. So put the pet outside, give the kids something to do, and make sure the neighbors aren’t watching.

 

Qigong – Morning Qi Ritual by Lee Holden

Hello gnostics,

I hope that those of you who celebrate the 4th of July had a happy and safe holiday weekend. Aside from the fireworks, it was a quiet weekend for me.

This week I thought that I would show you some morning rituals that you might consider adding to your start of the day.

 

 

Review: The Big Book of Practical Spells by Judika Illes

my_photo-1-5The Big Book of Practical Spells
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.”

 

In my mailbox: Tarot Mysteries by Jonathan Dee

It’s a wet, stormy, depressing day in my part of Florida. It is the kind of weather that makes the frogs happy or should. At any rate, I received a copy of Jonathan Dee’s “Tarot Mysteries: Rediscovering the Real Meaning of the Cards.”

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source: http://redwheelweiser.com/detail.html?id=9781571747501

This is a practical and accessible guide to one of the most popular divination systems. What makes this book different from the others is that it:

  • Provides instruction on reading both the Major and Minor Arcana
  • Explains why the cards are the cards, why each picture forms part of a sequence, and why they occupy a mystical place in our consciousness
  • Gives a balanced and informative perspective on each of the cards, as well as an overview of the entire deck
  • Provides a history of the tarot
  • Connects the tarot to the Qabalah

Dee is a life-long tarot reader and historian. He traces the spiritual origins of the cards from Celtic mythology and Hebrew mysticism to Renaissance theatrical productions and the stars and planets of astrology. He also examines how past scholars thought about the tarot and how that thinking has changed to make the cards meaningful for today’s readers. This wide-ranging primer provides readers with everything they need to know about the tarot and provides fresh insights into the cards.

An illustrated edition of this title was published by Sterling in 2003.

tarot-mysteriesI really like what I see in my thumb-through and I believe that, when I get a little sunlight again, I’ll video a thumb-through. It is filled with black and white illustrations of the various cards. I believe that this book will be available July 1st ( http://amzn.to/1Ybh30L ).

If there is one thing that I can say about Hampton Roads / Weiser is that they know what they are doing with their cover art.

 

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In my mailbox: The Big Book of Practical Spells

The Big Book of Practical Spells
by Judika Illes
Published by Weiser Books

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I want to thank the folks at Weiser Books for this free review copy. Expect to see this book at your favorite bookstore June 1st.

 

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Rick Hamlin – Praying on the Subway

Rick Hamlin reminds us that prayer is not something that you do just in a Church but it is something a spiritual person does everywhere.

 

Hamlin has a new book published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company (Wesiser Books) titled “10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without” (link).

9781571747419In this inspirational “how-to” book, Guideposts executive editor Rick Hamlin shares ten real-life ways of praying to God. He draws on the practical insight he has gained from the everyday men and women in the pages of Guideposts magazine and from his own lifelong journey in prayer.

He encourages readers to think of prayer as an ongoing conversation that God that should include everything. He expounds on the power of prayer. He discusses how to find a time and place for prayer every day, the importance of praying in times of crisis, of how to ask for forgiveness, and how to listen to the spiritual nudges God gives us.

The 10 prayers are:

  1. Conversational prayers
  2. Mealtime prayers
  3. Prayers for others
  4. The Lord’s Prayer
  5. Forgiveness prayers
  6. Crisis prayers
  7. Singing prayers
  8. Thanksgiving prayers
  9. The Jesus prayer
  10. “Yes and . . .” prayers (aka possibility prayers)

This is a book filled with practical advice, insight, and inspirational stories; a book for anyone who wants to develop a rich and vibrant spiritual practice.

 

 
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