Don't worry, you're all winners to me.Thanks to everyone for entering my first 'contest.' It was fun to do!I wrote out all the names and put them in my pretty silver salad bowl.My son drew names for two of the books and my daughter drew for one.Without further ado the winners are:Ambaa wins Make Magic of Your Life by T Thorn CoyleJody Marx wins Seeking the Mystery by Christine Hoff KraemerRhiannon Mackey Dacono from Colorado wins Kali by Elizabeth U … [Read more...]

Win some books!

Winsome books that can be won.I have three books to give away!Make Magic of Your Life by T. Thorn Coyle. If you are a student of Feri or of Thorn's this book may be a bit rudimentary for you. You've probably already heard her say these things many times before. For those not familiar with Thorn's work or for those looking for a fresh perspective on integrating their passions into their lives, regardless of their spiritual tradition, I think this book could be very helpful. Thorn has a … [Read more...]


Next Friday I'm going to give away THREE books! Be sure to check back midweek (or follow the Facebook page) for details on which books and how to be eligible.And now, my family is off to Portland for the weekend. Have a good weekend! … [Read more...]

What I’m reading

I read a lot. All day long I'm reading, whether it's blogs, Facebook, actual paper books, on my nook, to the kids..... I tend to be rather obsessive with my subject matter, too.Niki's booksThe upper left corner is Peter Grey's Apocalyptic Witchcraft, which I recently finished and reviewed here.The upper right is Elizabeth U. Harding's Kali: The Black Goddess of Dakshineswar. I'm glad I read this, even though it had several chapters that I skipped because I didn't care about the … [Read more...]

Apocalyptic Witchcraft

I am a tremendous fan of Scarlet Imprint, publisher of fine magical books. Their books contain more than occult information, more than poetry, though they are certainly full of both; they are bound spells. I have read several of Scarlet Imprint's works. I don't always agree with the authors in their fervor or specifics, but I usually agree with the general themes. I almost always find myself thinking about their ideas long after I've finished a book. I'm still chewing over XVI, which I read over … [Read more...]

Reviewing Project Conversion

Andrew Bowen is an angry, self-righteous asshole. That's probably why we get along so well, and why his book, Project Conversion: One Man, 12 Faiths, One Year, is so powerful.Full disclosure: Andrew's blog, Project Conversion, began in 2011 and was one of the inspirations for me starting My Own Ashram. Through mutual blog reading and various discussions via Facebook he and I have become friends and allies in our spiritual journeys, though we've never met in person. When he asked me to review … [Read more...]

The best non-magic books about magic, part 2

Young adult and children's books are a font of magical storytelling. Much of the stories are based on myth or made up worlds. There may be similarities to magical practices or beliefs in our 'real' world, but usually most of the story is a fantasy, pure and simple. And yet, when I read The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer I was astounded at the depiction of magic.The Sea of Trolls is set in the 8th century in Saxon 'England'. Our hero is Jack, an 11 yr old boy. His father longs for Lindisfarne, … [Read more...]