Articles

Magic Is a Hard, Gritty Thing (Part I)

With my book coming out in just a few short months, I’ve decided to write a few blog posts exploring the heart and soul of Everyday Enchantments, my writing life, and my life life: Everyday Magic. This is the term I use to explore the mysticism inherent in our daily lives, the sacred simple pleasures that heal the soul, and the radical

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Articles

Magic Is a Hard, Gritty Thing (Part I)

With my book coming out in just a few short months, I’ve decided to write a few blog posts exploring the heart and soul of Everyday Enchantments, my writing life, and my life life: Everyday Magic. This is the term I use to explore the mysticism inherent in our daily lives, the sacred simple pleasures that heal the soul, and the radical

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Calling in the quarters

Calling in the quarters   Calling in the elements, calling the quarters, calling the Guardians of the Watchtowers, calling the Elementals – so many names!  But essentially we are calling upon the four elements from the four directions to join us in ritual and to lend their power, energy and protection.  These might be in

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Every Day Magic

Mirror magic for the feast day of Mary Magdalene

Today is the Feast of Mary Magdalene, who is a Christian saint but is also honoured by many pagans as a symbol of the divine feminine. In the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic, Dorothy Abrams wrote this entry for today, 22 July. She also offered a suggestion for some mirror magic to help

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Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms

NEW BOOK RELEASE! So the very lovely publishers Moon Books, having already released a book or thirteen of mine have given me my very own series, a Kitchen Witchcraft series. The first book in the series is called ‘Spells and Charms’ – and will be released on 27th July 2018 (although you can pre-order). The

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Are the Gods Set in Stone?

I had something completely different in mind when I started writing this particular blog post. On Facebook, I had asked for folks to say something about a topic that they wanted me to write about. One individual asked me to take an animal spirit into account and see how much it changes around the world.

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Magick is as Magick Does

A Witch is a curious being, a wide-eyed wanderer who looks beyond what is before, and extends an arm out to mystery. They are daring and discerning, becoming the spell they seek before deciding on an herb or a color or a sound. They are the one who calls out with a voice that can

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Cast the circle…

Cast the Circle…   If you are just working on your own, meditating or doing a simple candle spell I don’t believe casting a circle is always necessary.  If you regularly smudge and protect your house and have your own shielding in place I wouldn’t bother, but the choice is yours.  If you are going

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Book News

Gardening with the Moon and Stars – an excerpt

Gardening with the Moon & Stars brings biodynamics to the ordinary gardener. Elen Sentier is passionate about biodynamics. She feels it’s vital to make organics and biodynamics available to as many people as possible if we are to help our earth cope with the increasing demands we humans place upon her. Biodynamics is easy, simple,

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Kitchen Witchcraft Spells & Charms – an excerpt

Kitchen witchcraft Spells & Charms is the new book from Rachel Patterson. It’s the first in a series of books which delves into the world of the Kitchen Witch. Each book breaks down the whys and wherefores of the subject and includes practical guides and exercises. Other titles on the way include Garden Magic, Altars &

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The Hidden Worlds – an excerpt

Written by Sandra Ingerman and Katherine Wood, this is a story designed to answer the spiritual needs of young adult readers.  Writing in the introduction, Sandra Ingerman said: “I wrote a story based on my own spiritual guidance to share a shamanic foundation with children and young adults. Our children are our future and need

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Poppets and Magical Dolls

Poppet Magic – workshop and book signing in London

Treadwell’s Bookshop in Bloomsbury, London, is offering a double dose of poppet magic on Saturday 14 July. First I’m teaching a mini-workshop called Poppets in Practical Magic. After that I’ll be signing copies of Pagan Portals – Poppets and Magical Dolls at the very first launch event for my new book. The book signing is completely

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Announcing a new book from Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan will be best known to Moon Books readers as the author of A Deed without a Name. Published back in 2013, this was a cutting edge title about traditional witchcraft that has proved enormously and enduringly popular. January 2019 will see the publication of a new book from Lee – Standing and Not Falling,

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Book Reviews

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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The Iron Druid

The Iron Druid by Dr. Frank Malone   Kevin Hearne signing my copy of Scourged at the Doylestown Bookshop in Pennsylvania I am aware that not all Druids know of the American author, Kevin Hearne.  He is a former high school English teacher living in Colorado.  This week saw the publication of his book Scourged

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The Sea Priestess

The Sea Priestess is the title of a highly acclaimed novel, self published in 1938 by Dion Fortune. The protagonist of the story is a mild mannered gentleman and lonely bachelor, Wilfred, who meets Vivien, a veiled priestess who presents herself as a wealthy heiress in search of a seaside property. Wilfred becomes instantly enchanted

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