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 Busy Witch: Patheos Book Club – Gifts of the Visitation

Mary is more than a woman who took on the guise of Queen of Heaven. Like the other strong matriarchs, maidens, and crones within the pages of the Old and New Testament, Mary is relatable and human when you dig beneath the surface of the myth. [Read more…]

How to Survive Life (and Death) by Robert Kopecky (Review)

I had started the book hoping for wild descriptions of near death experiences and the afterlife, because I am a drama addict. However, what I received from reading the book was perhaps more profound. [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 Dance of Pagan Recovery: Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World, by Crystal Blanton (Review)

Crystal Blanton is a counselor, a High Priestess, and an activist at the front lines of social justice issues. This makes her uniquely qualified to write a book about the quest for spiritual meaning through our most difficult life events. Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World is that book. [Read more…]

Goddess Spells for Busy Girls (Review)

GODDESS SPELLS FOR BUSY GIRLS is an accessible, warm and lighthearted book introducing a young adult reader to the magic of world Goddesses. The book inspires the reader to find out more about the world’s Goddesses and encourages girls to be strong, creative and empowered individuals who see themselves mirrored in the many faces of the divine. [Read more…]

The Best of the Equinox, Vol 3: Sex Magick

Part of the duty of anyone receiving the secret of sex magick is to “make sure as many worthy individuals as possible discover the secret by discerning it themselves.” Thus Crowley, like so many writers of his era, is bound to two diametrically opposed masters: secrecy and evangelism. [Read more…]

The Best of the Equinox – Vol 2: Dramatic Ritual (Review)

Crowley infuses these plays with the energy of sacred invocation, making explicit the implicit magic of good drama; he is turning (or perhaps returning) the magic of performance to a sacred end, calling upon a specific deity and sharing that energy a group. In doing so, the audience is (hopefully) initiated into the mystery of the conjured divinity. [Read more…]

The Best of the Equinox – Vol 1: Enochian Magick (Review)

It is strangely ironic that Crowley chose the prophetic language of the very group he was critiquing to lead the world into its new aeon. It was this deeply flawed choice that left Crowley’s powerful, if Byzantine, work to languish in relative obscurity while the less spiritual but more accessible Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell went on to deeply influence the direction of personal spirituality in the new age. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Seeking the Mystery (Review)

I love books and teachers that give me frameworks to hang my own ideas from, or who offer me a map and encourage me to go and explore. I like broad, flexible ideas I can adapt to fit my own ways of living and being. I don’t want to be led, I want to be inspired! Seeking the Mystery gives some really good DIY tools to get a person thinking about and exploring theology on their own. [Read more…]