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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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In the footsteps of Dion Fortune (part 1)

Sep 6th, 2018 | By

This beginning isn’t entirely pertinent to the rest of the story, but almost three decades ago I was drinking with my soon-to-be life partner, in the George and Pilgrims hotel on Glastonbury High Street when we said, “One day, we should stay here for a couple of nights”. Fast forward to the penultimate weekend in

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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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