The Rantin’ Raven: Celebrating Wildness – a Book Review

Celebrating Wildness is a unique, exquisite, and profound book. It created in me a sort of homesickness, a wistfulness for the idealist I was – we all were – back when we and the world and the Magic were all young and fresh. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower

I’ve always been a fan for the works of Joseph Campbell, and it should come as no surprise that I was eager for the opportunity to ready Jody Gentian Bower’s book Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine’s Story. [Read more…]

The Theban Oracle by Greg Jenkins (Review)

Greg Jenkins has achieved the enviable accomplishment of creating a divination system with a great deal of depth and utility, while still being easy to understand by those just beginning along a magickal path. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing Mandy Mitchell’s HEDGEWITCH BOOK OF DAYS

Arranged by month, Hedgewitch Book of Days by Mandy Mitchell is a wonderful hodge-podge of recipes, spells, and rituals that can easily be incorporated into everyday life. [Read more…]

The Zen Pagan: Contemplative Druidry by James Nichol (Book Review)

Nichol came to be interested in a more contemplative approach to his Druidry after a mystical experience in June 2007, “triggered simply by noticing and contemplating a wild rose, growing on the banks of the river, an experience “which only “lasted a few moments” but caused “a subtle shift of awareness” for several weeks, where he “woke up every day with a sense of joy and connection.” This experience eventually led him to renew his study of the Shambhala school of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as other forms of Buddhism, and then to propose to the OBOD leadership a program of “contemplative exploration”. This book is the result of that exploration. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Why Buddha Touched the Earth: Zen Paganism for the 21st Century, by Tom Swiss (Review)

Like Zen and like Paganism, readers will take away from this book whatever matters most to them, and that’s a powerful thing. As Swiss reminds us, “it is the key to meditation, shamanism, and magic in all their forms: change your mind, change the world” (pg. 113). [Read more…]

Making Light: Blessed by Less by Susan Vogt (Review)

All in all, I enjoyed this book and feel a renewed commitment to clearing out the physical, emotional, and spiritual clutter. As Vogt describes, “The spiritual paradox is that the less tightly I cling to my stuff, my way, and my concerns, the happier and more blessed I feel. Once I have enough, less is more.” [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: ISIS MAGIC by M. Isidora Forrest (Review)

Weaving the historical context with spells, rituals, and her own deep experiences, Forrest’s updated volume is a wonderful addition to any magical library. New seekers of Isis, long-time worshipers, and those with an interest in the diverse pantheons of the ancient world will each find something of value in ISIS MAGIC. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing SEEKING THE MYSTERY by Christine Hoff Kraemer

SEEKING THE MYSTERY is an excellent jumping off point for intelligent interfaith dialogue outside of the Pagan community. Kraemer’s straightforward writing style, coupled with extensive research and a wide range of perspectives, creates an accessible text for anyone with an interest in modern religious practice. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing MAKE MAGIC OF YOUR LIFE by T. Thorn Coyle

Whether you are feeling blocked like I was, or you are simply seeking a way to know yourself better, this is book is an excellent place to start. Read it slowly, savoring the information and exercises, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself transformed by the time you reach the last page. Coyle has, once again, produced a piece of soul-work that will nourish others, and I am so thankful this book came across my path this month. It was exactly what I didn’t know I needed, and those kinds of unexpected blessings can bring the most bliss! [Read more…]


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