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Honour the Goddess Pomona on Apple Day

October 21 is National Apple Day in England. In the Pagan world of Ancient Rome the festival of Pomona, Goddess of the Apple Orchards, was also about this time of year. In the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic, I wrote this entry for today: Apple Day: This annual celebration of apples and orchards

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Honour the Goddess Pomona on Apple Day

October 21 is National Apple Day in England. In the Pagan world of Ancient Rome the festival of Pomona, Goddess of the Apple Orchards, was also about this time of year. In the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic, I wrote this entry for today: Apple Day: This annual celebration of apples and orchards

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What is Remembered, Lives: Practices of Devotion

de·vo·tion /dəˈvōSH(ə)n 1. love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. 2. religious worship or observance. If what is remembered, lives, then remember I must. At this Samhain time, I take inventory of how I have cared for my dead — how I have faltered and how I have been present. As there

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Does Mrs Whatsit Need Wrinkle Cream? On Beauty and the Goddess

Recently, a mythologist friend of mine shared a video by Venezuelan-American television personality Jason Silva. Silva describes himself as a “wonder junkie” and “performance philosopher”, and he produces short, sermon-like videos in the style of Rob Bell’s NOOMA series. My friend specifically took issue with his “How Beauty Can Heal Us” segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W6wJniitTU. I am

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The Ancient One, Her Sacred Place and Our Return to Darkness.

I intended to write this blog piece about my recent visit to Eire but as October is here, and already the gentle summer breezes (or sweltering heat) are memories caught in glimpses of sunshine through russet and gold leaves, I wanted to combine this with a homage to the Ancient One. For I feel in

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rachel patterson, kitchen witch

Pumpkin, Turnip and Corn Magic

Pumpkin, Turnip and Corn Magic A familiar sight during the month of October…the carved pumpkin heralds autumn and the festival of Samhain along with Halloween and trick or treating. Originating in Ireland (according to my research) where they carved scary faces into turnips and placed them by their doors and windows to frighten away evil

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Green on White

Even in a land defined by winter, October 10 is early for serious snow. Leaves were just beginning to turn seriously yellow and red, patches of earth blanketing in the fallen. Now, Fall is sharing its time. All day I’ve been looking out at the snow, heavy and wet, pouring down at the same angle

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rachel patterson, samhain, kitchen witch

Magical Food: Samhain and vampire’s blood…

Samhain – 31st October/1st November This has got to be I would think, quite possibly the most celebrated pagan holiday?  I love this time of the year, autumn is my favourite with the crisp fresh air first thing in the morning and the colour of the autumn trees.  It is the end of summer and

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Book News

Pagan Portals Runes – an excerpt

The Runes are a set of 24 symbols which are steeped in history, myths and legends. pagan Portals Runes, by Kylie Holmes offers practical and accessible information for anyone to understand this ancient form of divination. Here’s an excerpt from the book. “If you’ve just begun your spiritual journey, you can boost the process whilst

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Hail Hekate! … From book reviewer to best-selling author

Moon Books author Viv Moss has recently celebrated her book on Hekate selling five thousand copies and reaching best-seller status. Viv originally got in touch with Moon Books in 2014 asking if she could be a reviewer. We were happy to take her on and after reviewing for a while she offered a chapter on

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Poppets and Magical Dolls

Poppets & Magical Dolls – a big thanks to everyone!

By Lucya Starza Today I got a lovely email from Moon Books: “Congratulations! Pagan Portals – Poppets and Magical Dolls is now published.” I’m delighted that my new book is finally out on shop shelves and available to order online. However, I would not have got this far if it wasn’t for the help of

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The Shaman Within – an excerpt

The Shaman Within, by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free  explains how our ancient wisdoms can now be employed to tackle the big issues that trouble our minds, ravage our bodies and quash our spirits. Through a very personal journey; the travels, experiences, rituals, highs and lows of the protagonist, an amazing tapestry of insights and answers is woven

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Old Gods New Druids – an excerpt

Old Gods, New Druids, by Robin Herne, offers a series of twenty humorous and informative lessons that can be used for group or solitary study and is ideal for people interested in Druidry and the Pagan spirituality of ancient Britain and Ireland. Here’s an excerpt: The word Druid conjures up all sorts of images. For

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Book Reviews

Reviews for Ross Heaven’s The Way of the Lover

Published in September 2017, Ross Heaven’s The Way of the Lover combines medicine wheel teachings of ‘The Path of The Heart’, with the poetry and hidden teachings of illumination within the words of the great Sufi love poet, Rumi. It explores the questions that concern every man and woman: What is True love? How can I

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Moon Books – New releases this month -Book Reviews to Keep You Entertained.

August is here, which means I am taking a break from my regular blog posts for the next two months. I know you are probably a little disappointed (I am writing this with my facetious face on.) But please be assured that I shall return with a vengeance from October onwards including a glimpse of

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The Essential Compendium of Irish Deities

One of my favourite offerings from Moon Book’s Pagan Portals series is Morgan Daimler’s Gods and Goddesses of Ireland: A Guide to Irish Deities (2016). There are certainly other texts that present Irish deities within the context of greater Celtic culture. (E.g., the excellent and scholarly Celtic Myth and Religion by Sharon Paice McLeod, which

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Reviews for Pagan Dreaming

Blogger Siobhan Johnson said of Pagan Dreaming, “I found a lot of new information in this book, but because of Nimue’s clarity and breezy writing style, Pagan Dreaming was a joy to read” You can read the full review here. Shamanism Books said “Pagan Dreaming is a book chocked full of wisdom and immensely readable; written

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The Dictionary of Magic and Mystery

The Dictionary of Magic and Mystery – The definitive guide to the mysterious, the magical and the supernatural Compiled by Mélusine Draco I’m often asked which of all my books has given me the most satisfaction and I can say without hesitation it would be The Dictionary of Magic and Mystery which I’d compiled over the years for

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