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Daughters of Sin

  The universal power of dominant feminine energy that our Stone Age ancestors revered as the Great Mother became split in two with the arrival of the patriarchal Bronze Age that followed. Mother Goddess nurtured and protected humanity who saw themselves as part of the fertile nature they existed in and not apart from it

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Daughters of Sin

  The universal power of dominant feminine energy that our Stone Age ancestors revered as the Great Mother became split in two with the arrival of the patriarchal Bronze Age that followed. Mother Goddess nurtured and protected humanity who saw themselves as part of the fertile nature they existed in and not apart from it

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A Book for the Goddess

  It has been a season since I last had time to write a blog, between Samhain and Imbolc, or three complete moon cycles. It is a time of death and rebirth, when an idea or thought is transformed into existence into the physical realm, a world of constant change, of emotions and feelings that

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The anniversary of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck

Today is anniversary of the publication of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck. It is the most influential tarot deck design and the talented artist who drew the images, occultist Pamela Colman Smith, was a woman of colour. Geraldine Beskin of The Atlantis Bookshop in London wrote this entry in the Moon Books community book Every Day

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Planet Zoo

The Garden of Delights A blog with a difference for you this month. Is it a work of fiction with elements of fact, or a work of fact with elements of fiction? You decide.   Hundreds of thousand years ago Earth was a paradise planet teeming with life, a sacred temple of the solar system.

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Quia Ergo Femina: My Journey to the Goddess

My parents began taking me to church as soon as I was old enough to go, which is to say, from the time of my christening onward.  I grew up in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which was somewhat more relaxed toward Communion than the Catholics but still had a lot of rules to

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Know your onions on traditional weather lore

In folklore, onions can be used to predict whether the winter ahead will be harsh or mild. They are also a traditional ingredient in some folk remedies to help combat common winter ailments. In the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic, I wrote this entry for today about onion folklore: A traditional weather proverb

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Signposts at Samhain

I waited beneath the Yew, its bedraggled branches still somehow providing shelter from the sudden rush of rain. The car park before me and the park behind seemed empty and not for the first time I wondered whether I was doing the right thing; whether these outdoor GATHERings were sustainable in the face of determined

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Book News

Standing and not Falling – an excerpt

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction to Lee Morgan’s sorcerous primer – Standing and Not Falling… My first teacher was hardline about a lot of things. It was his belief that you couldn’t practise witchcraft, or any type of occultism for that matter, if you were suffering from mental illness or addiction. Like many purists

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Keeping Her Keys – an excerpt

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction to Keeping Her Keys – an introduction to Hekate’s Modern witchcraft by Cyndi Brannen. Overview of this Book And here you are, reading this book. That’s the last time I’m going to call it that because this is really an introductory course to Modern Hekatean Witchcraft. You probably have

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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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Book Reviews

The Doctor and the Daoine Maith

Whovian Druids may be unaware that there is a Doctor Who adventure involving the Good Neighbours: Autumn Mist by David A. McIntyre (1999, BBC Books). I recently finished reading it for the first time. The book features the Eighth Doctor, as portrayed by Paul McGann on television, radio, and on licensed audio dramas produced by

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The Urban Ovate

Over the last couple of years I have much enjoyed the Pagan Portals series from Moon Books. They are very brief introductions to a wide range of topics. Usually around eighty pages, they can theoretically be read in one sitting. I would not recommend that though. The books I have read in the series have

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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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