Archive for August 2018

On mother! – A Film for Druids

Aug 31st, 2018 | By

I finally got around to seeing the movie mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, which premiered last autumn. I had since then been planning to see the Darren Aronovsky film after reading an interview with the writer- director in which he referred to the film as an intentionally “allegorical work”. I watched the film

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Poppets & Magical Dolls – a big thanks to everyone!

Aug 31st, 2018 | By
Poppets and Magical Dolls

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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Herbs of Saturn

Aug 31st, 2018 | By

Morning Glory and henbane are both herbs of Saturn. Why did historical herbalists connect certain plants with the sun, the moon or the planets? Steve Andrews has explored this in his book: Herbs of the Sun Moon and Planets, which you can find out more about here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/pagan-portals-herbs-sun-moon-planets  Here’s morning glory        

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My Goddess Spirituality Part I

Aug 30th, 2018 | By

I gain my courage and strength from the goddess. She removes any fear or doubt that creeps into my mind and replaces it with stillness. She whispers in the wind and screams in the storm; she sings in the warm sunshine and gives birth to nature during the winter cold. The goddess picks me up

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Is Evil Necessary?

Aug 30th, 2018 | By

Is ‘evil’ necessary to highlight ‘good’? In a week where my friends’ social media posts are making me stop and think, a friend posted this comment: “If you had no ‘evil’, then you’d have no reference for ‘good’.” I found myself disagreeing vehemently. Evil suggests something that is totally reprehensible. Actions that are so deeply

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Reviews for Ross Heaven’s The Way of the Lover

Aug 29th, 2018 | By

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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Have Yourself A Merry Little (Pagan) Christmas

Aug 28th, 2018 | By

I’m sitting here on the sun lounger under an umbrella during the heat-wave and reading an article by one of the Sunday Independent’s columnist on the subject of all things – Christmas! “The festive season is on my mind,” writes John Masterson, “because my plans are made … I will be visiting a part of

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The Shaman Within – an excerpt

Aug 27th, 2018 | By

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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Everyday Beauty

Aug 26th, 2018 | By

Do you see beauty in everyday things? My friends keep inspiring me with things they post on social media, and my friend Chris popped this quote up today: “Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.”

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Superhero Magic

Aug 25th, 2018 | By

I freely admit I am a nerd of the first order when it comes to superhero movies. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the movie equivalent of highly addictive narcotics, especially those characters with a mythological back story (Thor anyone?). Perhaps this is common to those in the pagan and occult communities, fascination with characters

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