Philip Carr-Gomm’s The Winged Psyche

Jun 30th, 2019 | By

Druid-psychologist Phillip Carr-Gomm’s most recent book, The Winged Psyche (Oak Tree Press, 2018), is unique amongst his published oeuvre. Here he presents his account of encounters with an Otherworldly being (or beings) that he can only describe as angelic. Philip recorded responses to questions he posed about some of the big questions: the purpose of

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The Urban Ovate

Apr 4th, 2019 | By

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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A Review of The Norse Shaman by Evelyn C. Rysdyk

Feb 7th, 2019 | By

It is remarkable what Evelyn C. Rysdyk has accomplished in her new book, The Norse Shaman: Ancient Spiritual Practices of the Northern Tradition. The rise of the shamanic renaissance is such that I stumbled across this volume at a Barnes & Noble (a Borders-like bookshop in the States).  An immediate delight in reading Rysdyk’s treatise

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On Norse Mythology, Freyja and The Franklin Institute

Jan 10th, 2019 | By

Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute is showing an exhibit until 3 March 2019 called, Vikings: Beyond the Legend.  Included is over 600 objects from the National Nationalmuseet/Denmark.  It is a generally well-designed exhibition on Nordic daily life during the Vik ing Age.  I recommend it for anyone with an interest who has not had exposure to such

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On Winter Solstice

Dec 21st, 2018 | By

Happy Winter Solstice!  In honor of this beautiful day, I offer you a short reverie on the beauty and power of the shortest day of the year: It is the darkness that brings light.  Even on the darkest night of the year, the longest, we have the stars to cast their brightness on this earth,

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Lessons in Magic – The course with Philip Carr-Gomm

Dec 17th, 2018 | By

Psychologist and magician Philip Carr-Gomm has created a fabulous online course called Lessons in Magic.  It is based on his 2017 book, Lessons in Magic: A Guide to Making Your Dreams Come True. (See my review of the book in the blog entry for 31st October 2018.)  This course is a natural extension of the

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Lessons in Magic – The book by Philip Carr-Gomm

Oct 31st, 2018 | By

Philip Carr-Gomm’s 2017 book is titled Lessons in Magic: A guide to Making your Dreams Come True.  I always look forward to his publications as Philip is also a psychologist and shares a common quest: for a spirituality that is more psychological and a psychology that is more spiritual.  Highly accomplished, amongst other things, he

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Green on White

Oct 10th, 2018 | By

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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Magic is a Hard, Gritty Thing (Part II)

Oct 6th, 2018 | By

Last month, I wrote about what everyday magic looks like and how magic demands hard work to manifest things.  This month, I offer you a more poetic exploration of the same themes: I asked for a new life. In return, I had to bury my seed so deep in the earth it kissed Hell.  It

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A Freshness (and a book review)

Sep 9th, 2018 | By

September is here – one of my favourite months as autumn sings through the trees, overnight cobwebs magically appear with dewy cool grass in the morning.  The last of our raspberries bring a show of crimson to already browning leaves, and we wait eagerly for our apples to be ready. In September we begin to

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