If you are Irish-American, then you probably grew up hearing tales about the legendary St. Brigid, but did you know that the Catholic saint shared her name with an ancient Celtic goddess? High priestess and author Courtney Webber’s new book Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess explores the myths surrounding this ancient goddess and shares her wisdom with readers.
Weber starts off by exploring the origins of the ancient goddess and explains how she is honored by modern-day Pagan. Instead of focusing just on Paganism, the author makes sure to offer readers an in-depth explanation to Brigid’s ties to the saint of the same name and the Voudon Loa Maman Brigitte. Continue Reading →
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Raven Grimassi’s non-fiction work The Witch’s Craft: The Roots of Witchcraft and Magickal Transformation is a well-research overview that allows novice Pagans or curious seekers to explore all aspects of the Craft of the Wise. Instead of simply writing about different spells and informing the reader that the components can be swapped for something else, Grimassi describes in painstaking detail the tradition the spell is rooted in, which allows you to gain a better understanding of the history and cultures that shaped the different rituals.
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Christopher Penzack’s The Mighty Dead allows readers to connect with their loved ones across the Veil, no matter what their religious sensibilities are. In his non-fiction work, the famous Pagan author shows you how to reach out to your dearly departed and ask them for help. Whether you’re in a financial rut or seek to improve your psychic abilities, Penzack shows you how to honor the ones who came before us and ask for their help in important matters. For those who are ready to undertake a more difficult spiritual journey, Penzack also gives very helpful advice on how to meet spirit guides and other teachers who can aid the more advanced occultist on their path as well.
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Even though Raymond Buckland’s Witchcraft From the Inside was written in 1971, the subject matter is still relevant today. Witchcraft From The Inside allows readers to get a bird’s eye view of not only what life is like as a member of a Wiccan or Neo-Pagan coven, but also goes in-depth about the history of Wicca and Witchcraft as well. From Gerald Garner to Z.Budapest’s work with Dianic Wicca, no stone is left unturned as Buckland describes the movers and shakers of the ‘40s,‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s that have left their mark, for better or worse, on the modern-day Pagan movement.
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Although many people know the figure of the Norse God Loki from Tom Hiddleston’s performance in Marvel’s Thor and Avengers movies, in today’s day and age many modern-day Pagans and Heathens still honor the original deity. While some members of the Northern Traditions consider Loki to be the “Norse Satan,” others honor the fiery Trickster of the Norse as their main deity. Now, author Elizabeth Vongvisith’s collection of poetry allows readers to discover the different sides of Loki: World Breaker, Father, Best Friend, Mentor, Confidant, and Big Brother.
Trickster, My Beloved is made up of 27 poems from a dedicated “Loki’s Woman.” Not only are they inspiring, but it also allows those who may not know much about Paganism to get a deeper understanding of the “pro-Loki” Northern Traditions as well. Readers will also gain a new understanding and a deeper appreciation for Loki, whose fiery spirit, passion, and trickster nature are effortlessly appealing. If you’re looking for an expanded idea of Loki, Vongvisith’s work is both multi-faceted and inspiring.
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Although many religions like to bicker with one another over whose religion is “the right one” and whose version of God (or the Gods) is the “real one,” Lucinda Vardey’s God In All Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Spiritual Writing highlights all the best parts of many, if not all, of the world’s religions.
While the anthology does include bits and pieces from the Bible, the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, and Krishnamurti, it also includes the works of poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Maya Angelou. From Hinduism to Judaism and even Pagan beliefs such as Wicca, each of the 22 pages allows readers to adventure forth on their spiritual path. They’ll get a chance to delve into the depths of meditation, the power of mythology, and spiritual figures. All of the selections, whether it is from Martin Luther King Jr. or Albert Einstein, will give readers a new appreciation for spirituality and the world around them.
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Raymond Buckland, who has been called the “father of witchcraft” and has long been a revered figure in the Pagan community, has briefly turned away from writing about spirit communications, Wicca, witchcraft, and divination for a walk down the Victorian side. His new novel Cursed in the Act takes the “father of vampires,” a.k.a. Bram Stoker himself, and re-imagines him as a cross between Supernatural’s Sam and Dean Winchester with a bit of Sherlock Holmes thrown in for good measure.
It is 1881-era London, and after a famous actor is poisoned on stage while his understudy’s killed the night after the incident, stage manager Harry Rivers and his boss Bram Stoker must team up to discover who sabotaged the actor and why. Although they discover that Mr. Irving has a long list of enemies, many whom would happily see him dead, the dynamic duo soon discover that the perpetrator has turned to magic to wreak havoc on the play and shut it down. As Irving and Stoker fight to save Mr. Irving from supernatural mischief, they soon become the new target for the nefarious magician.
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