Earth Spirit Living

Earth Spirit Living: Bringing Heaven And Nature Into Your Home
by Ann Marie Holmes.
Copyright 2006
Atria Books through Simon and Schuster
ISBN 1-58270-150-4 (10 digit) / 978-1-58270-150-9 (13 digit)

As soon as I saw it listed on Amazon, during one of my many browse-throughs, I knew I had to give this one a read. I have not been disappointed. Ms. Holmes discusses how to use one's intuition to work with nature and place to create a harmonious environment. She gives examples of how to work with nature spirits, describes the different kinds of energy one may encounter (such as ley lines and vortexes), and incorporates elements of feng shui in a very easy to understand manner. Her tone is straight forward but kind, with an emphasis on working with the earth and your own natural energies.

Definately a book every witch should have on her shelf.

Two Books on Space Clearing

I own a copy of both Sacred Space by Denise Linn and Creating Sacred Space With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. Both books are very good primers for clearing, cleansing and consecrating the space in your home. Both books explain about energy and how different energies affect your home. Both books also discuss the utilization of the elements, sound, and feng shui in space clearing.

Denise Linn's book has a gentler tone to it than Karen Kingston's book. Linn is more flexible in what she considers appropriate for clearing space. She emphasizes that it's more important that you be comfortable with your tools, than that the tools be made specifically for space clearing. Kingston differs from Linn's approach in that she is more particular about the tools used. This may be explained by her more limited background in such work, whereas Linn has had a wider education in such arts.

Kingston's work is very influenced by the Balinese, whose culture she is immersed in for a time each year. From what Kingston describes, the Balinese have a beautiful culture, with time honored traditions that are tied directly in to the energy of the land upon which they live. Kingston has taken inspiration from this culture, and uses what she has learned from the Balinese in her space clearing work.

Linn's work appears to be a more eclectic mix, with influences from diverse ethnic groups that include the Native Americans, the Aborigines of Australia, the New Zealand Maoris, and the Zulu People in Africa. Linn also gives credit to her past spiritual teachers, including a Hawaiin Kahuna.

Both books are very useful, and have a lot of very good information in them. I prefer Linn's, but I have also found that Kingston's book has merit. I utilize techniques from both with success. Linn's book is essential reading for me, with Kingston's being good for added emphasis.

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I wanted to apologize to everyone in this community for not keeping it going like I planned to. Real life has gotten much busier and I just haven't had the time to keep writing reviews. But, after the first of the year, I hope to get back into it and keep this community going. I have several more books to review. Thanks, Myfanwy

Spell Crafts: Creating Magical Objects by Scott Cunningham & David Harrington

Spell Crafts: Creating Magical Objects
by Scott Cunningham & David Harrington

ISBN: 0-87542-185-7
Published 1993 by Llewellyn Publications

$10.00 US $15.50 CAN

This book has instructions to help create physical objects for specific magical purposes. This includes potpourris, mandalas, pentacles,plaques, candles, spell brooms, banners, witch bottles, etc.

Ok,we all know I love Scott Cunningham. And even if this book is 13 years old, I think there is a lot of good info in it. I also enjoy Cunningham's writing style. Some of the crafts may seem simple or childish, but even so, they can be a starting point used for inspiration to go on to other, similar, crafts. There is a list of suppliers in the back of the book that is probably very out of date,but most of us know enough about the internet to be able to find the supplies we want and/or need. There are also many spells in which to use the items you have crafted.

In my opinion, this book is a wonderful beginner book for the pagan who wishes to begin to make their own magical tools and objects instead of using items crafted by others.It can also be an inspiration for more experienced practitioners.

There does not seem to be a specific religious slant to this book. It is for the Wiccan and non-Wiccan pagan. And again, we all know that is what I prefer in a book.

Scott Cunningham wrote more than thirty books, both fiction and non-fiction. He practiced elemental magic for 20 years.

David Harrington has a long time interest in the mysteries of magic. Spell Crafts is the second book on which he collaborated with Scott Cunningham.

Gardening with the Goddess: Creating Gardens of Spirit and Magick by Patricia Telesco

Gardening with the Goddess: Creating Gardens of Spirit and Magick
By Patricia Telesco

ISBN 1-56414-553-0
Published in 2001 by New Page Books

US $12.99

This book contains sections on how to become more Goddess-Centered in your thinking, what Goddess Gardens consist of, and gives detailed instructions on what to plant for over 40 gardens to honor individual Goddesses. The appendix contains information on theme gardening. These gardens can be very small in size or as large as you have the room for.

This is another book that I love. The type of information included is just what I needed to know to start planting and cultivating gardens dedicated to specific Goddesses. I greatly enjoy growing things and this book will help give a focus to my gardening that I didn’t have before I read it.

For each Goddess garden you will learn what plants, colors, stones, patterns, and decorative touches you can use to honor the Goddess of your choice. There is also a section on the history of each Goddess.

In my opinion, this book is wonderful. The author’s writing style draws you into the book. It doesn’t feel like you are reading something technical. It feels like you are in the gardens already.

Patricia Telesco has written more than 30 metaphysical books.

The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home by Scott Cunningham & David Harrington

The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home by Scott Cunningham & David Harrington

ISBN: 0-87542-124-5
Published 1983 by Llewellyn Worldwide
Price $9.95 US, $15.50 CAN

Synopsis: Pretty much what the title says. This book is full of spells and rituals for the home. It includes spells of protection, for luck, for good health, and many more.

Opinion: I adore this book. If you want to have magic in every aspect of your life, this is the book for you. It even has protection talismans/spells for your car. There are sections on housework, gardens, cooking, dreaming, bathing, pets, garages, moving, household purification, omens and portents, and household altars. All this is written in Scott Cunningham’s usual style, which I think is wonderful. I love reading his work. His are the only books, on this subject, that I have ever read cover to cover. There are others that I use as much, but, in my opinion, his is such a warm and welcoming style it always draws me in. This book is not as Wicca-y as some of his others, which I also like. And it’s full of information on how to live a magical life and historical information pertaining to customs we see in our everyday life.

Scott Cunningham wrote more than thirty books, both fiction and nonfiction.

David Harrington is a folklorist and student of the magical arts.
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The Wiccan Rede Couplets of the Law, Teachings, and Enchantments’

Title: ‘The Wiccan Rede Couplets of the Law, Teachings, and Enchantments’
Author: Mark Ventimiglia.
Publisher: Citadel Press Kensington
LengthL (212pgs)
ISBN: 0-8065-2740-4
Cost: USA: 7.95/ CAN 11.95

This book is sold as being about the Wiccan Rede. An important poem that has been used for at least 32 years to help teach the ideals of ethical behavior within the Craft. ‘The Wiccan Rede’ does offer some interesting insights regarding the nature of the Rede, if not its history and origins. It also goes into a diatribe as to why Witches should be vegetarian. It has numerous flaws that can detract from the information the author is attempting to provide about the Rede itself. What detracts from the book is the complete lack of supporting information as to where the author gathered their information and therefore calls into doubt their research. The fact that the author stresses their connection to Raymond Buckland as a friend and student. Also leaves one to feel that the author is using the connection rather then doing their research to ensure that the information they are providing is valid and has merit for the modern and educated witch of today.

For all the interesting information in this little tome, I would sadly have to give it a C- for its ability to provide useful and helpful information. While the book has some interesting sections that have some small merit for helping the reader to come to an understand of the Wiccan Rede and there by the underlying ethics of the craft, it offer little else that will satisfy the educated. I would rather recommend to the reader the well written and researched work of Robin Wood in regard ethics and behavior. ‘When, Why…If.’ The book was published by Robin Wood Enterprises (January 1, 1997), ISBN: 096529840X.

In all The Wiccan Rede, is a nice little book with flaws in its text and research. So if you were thinking about picking it up for an addition to your magickal reference library. I humbly suggest you borrow it from your public library (assuming they have an occult section.) and enjoy it in that manner.

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