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  • Crystal Prescriptions volume 3
    Judy Hall
    Judy Hall clearly identifies the dangers of the Electro-Smog, that now intrudes into so many areas of our lives, causing people to suffer from a multitude of health problems. This is particularly common in the so-called ‘developed’ world, where the cult of materialism creates so many problems.

    The truth is that stress and electro- sensitivity are inextricably linked, and it is the unnatural effect of bringing into the human body something, that it was never designed to give space to, and never will.

    Those who want no part of this - because they are sensitive to modern inventions, have, in Judy Hall someone who cares about people and can give hope to ward off the worst effects that cause illness and distress. Blocking that which is harmful is difficult but not impossible.

    Crystal remedies hold out some hope that the solution is there, and by wearing the crystals near the body at all times human health can improve. ~ David Harvey, Letter to Kindred Spirit



  • Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism
    S. Kelley Harrell
    "Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism" is a good book on the subject for adults as well as teens. This is clear and useful instruction for any would-be sky-walker who wants to expand his or her worlds." ~ Peggy Payne, Author of "Cobalt Blue"



  • Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
    Rachel Patterson
    This isn't a medical herbal or a 'how to grow herbs' book. It is an easily accessible guide to the energy and magick of the old ways employed by cunning folk and the village wise women , often referred to as Witches. A Kitchen Witch will find this an invaluable quick reference to herbs, their magickal properties and correspondences.

    Written in Rachel Patterson's friendly and conversational style There are many ideas on how to use herbs around the home harnessing plant spirit energies, including tips on growing, harvesting and storing them, and using them in meditation. My favourite craft idea being the Lavender pentacle. The directory of herbs isn't comprehensive,, but most the items listed are easily grown, or acquired in a supermarket or online shop and are those you would probably the ones you would want to know about as a hearth and home focused Kitchen Witch.

    I found the sections at the end containing the correspondence lists really useful as a cross reference to identifying the most useful herb for a given situation. It will be a well used reference in my kitchen. ~ Zoe Lynch, Amazon



  • Afterlife Unveiled, The
    Stafford Betty
    A powerfully short book that packs a punch if you're interested in learning what the next life has in store for you in the spirit world. You can't put it down. The stories of seven different souls who find themselves in different levels of heaven. They've communicated their stories to willing mediums on earth. You'll learn so much if you are open minded. You'll also learn how incorrect many religions are in predicting what heaven is like and in the doctrines they preach. ~ John Hoffman, Ph.D., Amazon.com review



  • Bald New World
    Peter Tieryas Liu
    Bald New World is Peter Tieryas Liu’s first novel (he has published a short story collection, Watering Heaven). Aside from writing, he works as a VFX artist for films and a technical writer for LucasArts, the video game division of LucasFilm. Also, as an Asian American writing science fiction, he is a voice that is severely underrepresented in the genre. Delving into a project like Bald New World, with its off-the-wall premise and its non-mainstream cast of characters, is certainly a commercial risk, but Liu has proceeded with confidence, humor, and prescience. The world of books is richer with his inclusion. ~ Simon Han, http://heavyfeatherreview.com/2014/10/15/bald-new-world-by-peter-tieryas-liu/



  • Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
    Rachel Patterson
    This is a comprehensive look at how plants and herbs, those found in the garden as well as those purchased in shops, can be used in a wide range of ways to enhance your life. Rachel Patterson shares her ideas for growing, harvesting and storing herbs, working with plant spirits and energies, as well as ways of crafting with flowers and herbs. The bulk of the book is made up of information about each individual herb or plant and includes general information for each plus the magical properties. In some cases there are spells, incense mixes or even teas that can be made from the herb or plant. There are also correspondence lists for the plants in the book.

    This is not a medicinal guide, not a how to grow book but rather a wonderful resource in which the author shares her love of herbs and plants and the magical uses that they can be put to. A must for the bookshelf of every witch, would be witch as well as anyone who loves plants and herbs. ~ Yvonne, Amazon



  • I Am Here
    Georgi Y. Johnson
    The table of contents of this in depth psycho-spiritual inquiry reveals the author's understanding of not only that which we desire to become aware of, but that which is in the way of such knowing.
    With great humility and wisdom, Georgi Johnson leads your way to embracing the play of trinities in Life.
    The words glow with the consciousness of one who knows transmitting clarity and compassion. I highly recommend this book as a companion to any self-help study, therapy, exploration of consciousness or non-dual inquiry. ~ Anna Pittman, The Breathing Space Yoga, amazon,com



  • Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    The author's research is spot on and her writing style is more populist than academic. However, a little over a hundred pages of text merely breaks the surface of Katherine's larger impact on history. Given the task of handling a chunk of England's past within the limitations of a single book, Watkins' effort is a commendable overview of the Tudor family feud. The author keeps the pace brisk, especially in the narrative's second half, without sacrificing the emotional overlay of the story. ~ Rich Moreland, 3hattergrindhouse



  • Story of Light, The
    Hannah Spencer
    The Story of Light is overall a delightful read which transfers the reader into the Iron Age. Back into the mists of time where questions were asked and answers were discovered concerning Magic and the mysteries of life and how such knowledge can become a powerful tool of understanding.
    Indeed each generation of humanity rediscovers for themselves something similar as they themselves may choose to undertake such a journey.
    Fictional or truth, the reader will need to decide the answers to this question. ~ Druidic Dawn, Aontacht Magazine



  • Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
    Stephanie Sorrell
    This small compact book is deceiving. Although it is under 100 pages long it holds so much helpful and understandable information about the nature of Depression and Bipolar Disorder. It de-mystifies these conditions and explains them in terms that lay people can understand and work with.

    The writer, herself a suffer of depression, has an MA in Phsychosynthesesis Psychology and trained as an Applied Practitioner at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London and also works at an NHS hospital in Cumbria, UK.

    Because of her background Stephanie is able to talk about the subject from all aspects including signs, symptoms, treatment and medication with great insight and balance.

    This book is a must for all practitioners/therapists who come into contact with the general public and will help them to understand the nature of ‘the black dog of depression’. For those whom themselves are sufferers or have a loved one who is suffering reading this book will give them greater insight into the disorder, its treatment and will find they have more compassion for the sufferer. Hopefully, as this subject is opened up and more people understand the nature of the condition then the stigma currently attached to Depression and Bipolar Disorder with become a thing of the past.

    Depression and Bipolar Disorder affects a larger portion of society than one would dare to imagine, reading this book will help each one to deal with the subject and the suffers with compassion and support.

    It is a book I will share with others and will keep a copy on my bookshelf for further reading and reference. Thank you, Stephanie for writing this book which is helping me to understand this area of mental health more fully.
    ~ Diane Morgan, Spiritual Insight: http://spiritual-insight.webnode.com/news/book-review/



  • Gag
    Melissa Unger
    Gag, brief but brilliant, shines out with a unique glimmer in the skies of the contemporary novel. From the very first sentence – which epitomizes the quirky mood of this innocuously short novel – we topple down from the cliffs of realism into a world located just one lopsided step from ours. A novel for the strong-hearted and quick-witted, Melissa Unger’s gem of a first novel throws us head first in a dizzying, high-speed rollercoaster adventure, in which it becomes a tough job to make out top from bottom..
    ~ Claire Lejeune, San Francisco Book Review: http://sanfranciscobookreview.com/2014/10/gag/



  • Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World
    Rev. Dr. Karen Tate
    Mythology drives culture and hence politics and the economy, so in order to change politics and economics, we have to change the mythology. That is exactly what Karen Tate has been doing for nearly a decade now with her radio show Voices of the Sacred Feminine. Her new book, also titled Voices of the Sacred Feminine, is an anthology that collects many powerful thoughts about Goddess spirituality as a tool for implementing that change on a personal, community and world level. Some of the pieces are essays written for this collection and some are transcripts of interviews from the radio show; all offer valuable insights into ways we can shift the current paradigm toward a more balanced, compassionate one.

    Voices of the Sacred Feminine is not a polemic – though of course, people steeped in the limited monotheistic patriarchal worldview may view it as such – but an encouragement to move forward, evolve, and heal, both within ourselves and in our communities at large. The wide variety of women and, yes, men who contributed their thoughts to this collection provide us with a window into Goddess spirituality in its great diversity as well as its underlying unity. In these pages you will find righteous anger, certainly, but also compassion, inclusion, and the stubborn fearlessness that has allowed women to survive and even occasionally thrive throughout the centuries of male domination. It is these qualities that drive us forward as we work to change the world.

    The book is divided into several sections based on several overarching topics. The first section, which addresses the existence of the Sacred Feminine and its (Her) manifestation in the world, gives us glimpses into divine forces from Mary Magdalene to Lady Liberty. These essays and interviews remind us that the Goddess is always relevant in every day and time and that to leave Her out is to risk dangerous imbalance, as we have seen for so long in worldwide society. The second section offers a variety of journeys into healing through opening ourselves to the Goddess in Her many guises. Whether it’s a formal ritual, a meditative reading, or a thought-provoking essay about why the Goddess should be important to men, each piece suggests a way toward the healing that is necessary if we are to put ourselves, and our world, back together again. The third section focuses on the values and paradigms that Goddess spirituality offers to the realms of politics and business. How wonderful it would be if the cooperative, egalitarian spirit of the Sacred Feminine infected our governments and companies! But that won’t happen on its own; we have to work for it. And the fifth section shows us exactly how we can achieve that goal. Sacred activism is a concept that can help us bridge the gap between personal spirituality and doing good in the world.

    The Goddess lives in all of us and She empowers us to speak out against the current, damaging paradigm. But instead of just complaining, we must offer a replacement, a new model. Voices of the Sacred Feminine addresses exactly this issue, this need to find a better way and to take action to implement it in the world. As Ms. Tate so perceptively comments, we must take on the taboo subjects of sex, religion, power and politics if we are to change them, and with the Goddess at our side, I believe we will ultimately succeed.

    ----- Laura Perry

    ~ Laura Perry, Goodreads, Facebook, Amazon



  • Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World
    Rev. Dr. Karen Tate
    “Voices of the Sacred Feminine” is an excellent collection of
    articles, written by numerous luminaries, New Age ministers and
    scholars of both genders, interspersed with dialogues excerpted from
    interviews conducted on “Voices of the Sacred Feminine Radio,” a show
    hosted by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate, the editor of this volume. The articles
    vary in focus from topics such as Goddesses (Kali-Ma, Sekhmet,
    Persephone, and the Virgin Mary), to feminine spirituality as an
    antidote to terrorism, to women in politics, women in positions of
    power, and the mysteries of menstruation and the female orgasm. I
    especially appreciated the article which points out the misogynistic
    tendencies of the Republican Party! And it was hard to miss the
    poignant irony inherent in the piece by a former Catholic priest, who
    was defrocked by the Church for advocating women in the priesthood!
    Yes, in so many ways, this world of ours is still in the Dark Ages,
    isn’t it. I also loved the book’s opening quote, a gem from Arundhati
    Roy: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a
    quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” The focus throughout the book is
    on discovering, defining and strengthening the Divine Feminine in our
    individual and planetary consciousness, so that we may blossom the
    world into equality, compassion, love and spiritual wisdom. Many
    contributors point out the problems created by the global patriarchic
    culture: wars, staggering wealth inequality, racism, violence, greed,
    and the destruction of our planet’s ecosystems. This book is therefore
    an urgent, many-voiced call for planetary healing, through the
    resurgence of all that is female, holistic, balanced and nurturing –
    and a beacon to help each of us to find our innate spiritual power,
    the God/Goddess within, our own “Sacred Roar.” The book’s first
    article features a quote from Amma, the spiritual leader and
    outstanding humanitarian with whom I have spent many years: “Women are
    the power and the very foundation of our existence in the world. When
    women lose touch with their real selves, the harmony of the world
    ceases to exist, and destruction sets in. It is therefore crucial that
    women everywhere make every effort to rediscover their fundamental
    nature, for only then can we save this world.” Karen Tate has given us
    a message of hope in a world on the brink of despair, reminding us
    that we all can and must use our focused energy to bring in a new era
    of equality, harmony and peace on Earth. And it is up to us to make it
    happen. As she affirms in the book’s Conclusion, “As we will it, so it
    shall be.” Thank you, Karen Tate!

    ~Ram Das Batchelder, author of “Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride
    to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint”

    --- ~ Ram Das, Author, Rising in Love



  • Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World
    Rev. Dr. Karen Tate
    Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World

    by Karen Tate


    This is a huge collection of essays and interviews exploring the role of the sacred feminine. There’s a great diversity of voices, opinions, ideas and energy – and in this it is an incredibly rich assemblage. The odds are you won’t agree perfectly with everything, but learning about how to roll with that is one of the joys of becoming less competitive-patriarchal in the first place. Without hierarchy and the desire for power over other people, we have a lot more room to be ok with difference.

    Rooted as it is in American culture and politics, this is a book that has most to offer to American readers. I would say absolutely, this is not just a book for women. There are many male contributors, and it is an expression of feminism as equality, rather than the man-bashing portrayal that the media tends to prefer. One of the many things this book does is explore why patriarchy is bad for most men, too, and what we might collectively do about that.

    I found a great deal to chew on, and a lot of authors I hope to read further, and a lot of subjects I just do not know enough about (yet) so if issues of feminism in relation to Paganism and spirituality are not familiar territory, if you don’t know where to start in terms of considering why we might need Goddess, and what the absence of Goddess does to a culture, this is a fantastic jumping off point.

    The scale here is almost overwhelming, but it doesn’t do a person any harm to be overwhelmed once in a while. ~ Nimue Brown, Pagan Dawn, Goodreads, Amazon



  • Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch
    Rachel Patterson
    Difficult to put down ~ Paul Marsden, Amazon



  • Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch
    Rachel Patterson
    excellent and a very interesting read ~ A Bland, Amazon



  • Pagan Portals - Moon Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    As always informative and a joy to read ~ Charlie Bolton, Amazon



  • Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft
    Rachel Patterson
    another great book by a wonderful author ~ A Bland, Amazon



  • Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft
    Rachel Patterson
    Again, another good reference book to keep stored on the bookshelf - to return to whenever intrigued or in need. Good book. ~ Della Griffiths, Amazon



  • OccupyMedia!
    Christian Fuchs
    Occupy Media! by Christian Fuchs is in part a recognition of how deep the change that is needed in the theories and practice of traditional oppositional politics. Christian explains the role of social media, as a model of organisation as well as a tool of communication, in terms of the transformation of protest movements world-wide. Such a role though isn’t by any means automatic ~ Mark Perryman, Philosophy Football

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