The Ultimate Guide to Divination - A Review

Today I am reviewing "The Ultimate Guide to Divination" by Liz Dean

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This book covers a plethora of divination topics. Numerology, Runes, Palmistry and Scrying all are included in this extra large book. Generally I'm not big on this size book in a soft cover but this one really needs this extra volume to provide the visual impact needed for explaining these crafts.  The section on crystal reading discusses working with pendulums as well as a deep look at what each stone means. There is a large photo as well as the zodiac signs associated with each stone. There is a crystal directory sheet that the author recommend the reader use with a pendulum to find the stone that speaks to them. Then use the guide to look up the divinatory meaning of the stone.

I tried this out and found the rose quartz, a stone of Taurus and Virgo showing love and reconciliation. It talked about an opportunity to heal old wounds and practicing self love.  Something surely I need to address at the present. 

The next section in the book was related to working with Runes. It discusses the origins of The Elder Futhark, The Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, The Younger Futhark and the Northumbrian Runes. Then delves into to each of the rules with a meaning, an interpretation, the letter sound and even a Tarot card association.  The last, not something I have seen before.  I have been doing a great deal of work lately with FEHU the rune of material wealth.  A friend of mine, owns and operations a site called Primitive Witchery where you can find an assortment of items related to pulling the power of these runes into your daily life.  I recommend working with her if you have the chance.

My favorite chapter of the book is the chapter on Scrying.  It covers, water scrying, candle, flame and smoke scrying, and of course mirror scrying. I have spent many years reading photos and found that my active interest and practice of scrying in all sorts of mediums has helped my readings improve immensely. The key to this is to keep a well documented log of your readings. This book provides an example page of how to log your visions and if you intend to do any type of readings of this manner professionally I would highly recommend beginning with this type of log and just do readings through out the day/week.  Practice on friends and family or even on yourself.  You can never have too much practice at this.

I won't go through each section of the book but I will tell you the chapters that follow include, Teacup readings, Palmistry, Tarot/Playing Card reading, and Numerology.  This is a great getting started book to learn about the assorted methods of divination. I highly recommend checking it out.

Lavishly illustrated with step-by-step instructions, The Ultimate Guide to Divination presents the oracles of the ancients to modern seers, from palm-reading and tea leaves, to fortune-telling with cards, runes, and crystals.

The Ultimate Guide to Divination
The Beginner’s Guide to Using Cards, Crystals, Runes, Palmistry, and More for Insight and Predicting the Future
By Liz Dean
April 5, 2018
$24.99 US · $32.99 CAN
224 pages · Paperback
ISBN: 9781592337781

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Fire in the Soul - A Review & Giveaway

This is a review of Fire in the Soul by Helena Judith Sturnic, PhD.  The publisher has offered to provide a copy of this book directly to one of my lucky fans.  To participate in the giveaway please enter using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget at the end of the review.

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This book presents the personal experiences of the author with the Sekhmet. She takes us on a journey though the comments and anecdotes of those who have taken this journey with her. The book consists of sixteen chapters with additional resources as well as an annotated bibliography by chapter are startlingly unlike the chapters they reference.  Even the name of the chapter in the index doesn't match with the book.

I did a each reach out to the publishing coming as I checked on the author to see what her life was like.  The links to her page were dead.  The search only showed a small blur on the publisher page.  At this point I'm feeling a bit let down by the whole thing.  The book is printed well, the cover is nice and there are some great illustrations, but the meat of the book seems to be missing.  For me, it was at best two stars.  Instead of going on with the review here, I'd like to offer you, my readers the opportunity to have a look at this book and tell me what you think.  I'll move forward with the giveaway and I would like to ask that my winner come back and give me their views of this book.  I'm very interested to see what you may think of it.

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The Tarot Companion - A Portable Guide - A Review

Today I'm reviewing "The Tarot Companion - A Portable Guide to Reading the Cards for Yourself and Others"  By Liz Dean

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First, as many of my regular readers know, you can lose me in the cover of a book.  Some of those suede feeling books just get on my nerves.  I have to say that this traveling companion is perfect. It is a hard cover and slightly smaller in height to a normal book. This means you can toss it in a bag or tote and not worry about damaging the cover, bending pages and the like.  I really like that about this book. Strong start for me, just on the cover alone. If it is a traveling companion it should travel well and this one fits the bill.

The beginning of the book addresses learning to read the cards. How to attune the deck, cleansing and protecting the deck as well as how to create a space for your readings. I attempted many years ago to learn the tarot and frankly I was so confused by the upside down, right side up meanings and having to learn all the card - YIKES.  I like the way this author addresses this directly by suggesting new readers only work with the Major Arcana first and simply right the reversed cards until the feel more confident working with the cards.

The art work in the book is fantastic. Each card is placed on a full page and the description on the next page. Giving the reader the opportunity to read the description and view the imagery simultaneously.

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The author three pages to layouts, the basic three card (past, present and future) layout, the week ahead and the Celtic Cross are included.

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This author offers a free Tarot Course as well as a free tarot e-book on her website.

Overall I think it is a great book for not only the beginner but for the on the go reader who would like to have a bit of reference material. This is a great way to learn the craft and make yourself feel more confident about your interpretations of the cards.

If you decide that learning to read the cards isn't for you, take a look at my sister's page, Wildly Witch to get a full reading designed just for you!

Can You Be Good Without God?

I fought with myself on creating this post.  Does responding give the accuser more power?  Should I sit back and say nothing?  Should I defend my honor?  You're probably thinking, Renee, what in the world are you talking about.

Recently I have had my character called into question simply based on one thing.  The title Atheist.  Over the years I have had my spiritual path ebb and flow as I expect most do.

As a small child I was baptized in a southern baptist church after being convinced by those in power that my poverty and sexual abuse was my own fault due to my sinful nature.  All I had to do (as a 9 year old) was accept Jesus as my savior and my troubles would be over.  Jesus would save me. Needless to say we all know how that went.  That very day my church bus driver told me as I stepped off the bus - "Tell (my abuser)'s name that I'll see him tonight at the show."  This destroyed me.  In my head - my church (my god) condoned the years of sexual abuse forced on me by my stepfather and condoned by my mother.

Fast forward 20 or so years and I was introduced to Wicca via a girlfriend.  It was a way to get close and yes, I was like dance naked?  Let's do it.  I began to study other alternative religions and hunted and pecked my way around paganism for the next 20 years.  Within the last 10 years, I was introduced to Hecate through a friend and found myself reading on the Covenant of Hekate, of which I am now a member.  I currently dedicate my spare time to assisting in administrative duties for the group such as moderator for various social media sites, editor of the monthly newsletter and a member of the administrative team.

More recently I have moved away from the idea of a divine creation for mankind and more in line with a scientific look at the world. I do believe there is energy and I do believe that there is a way to manipulate that energy, hence my identity as an atheist (does not believe in a divine creator) witch (believes in the manipulation of energy).

I fail to see how any of these beliefs make me unfit for public office, friendship or even just to be given the same respect that others receive. I believe that my public voice on this embodies the very virtues of Hecate or at least what we have assigned to her.

For now I will say to my naysayers, I am indeed comfortable on my path.  I do not expect, nor require your acceptance.  Your ability to judge and defame someone based only on their religious affiliation and not on the years of dedication to the cause speaks volumes about your character.

And with that, I'll share a few links for you on Atheism Science and Magic.

 Arthur C. Clarke: “Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.”

The Two Most Important Days - A Review

“The Two Most Important Days”, will have you questioning if you have figured out your life’s purpose and it will deliver the first road map for you to start your journey. It will explain using all sorts of reference from ancient teachings to scientific research. Sanjeev Choppa and Gina Vild are very passionate in sharing parts of their journey of their life’s purpose. 

Presenting their information using very practical steps. This is a book that you will find yourself picking up again and again, there is so much information that just one read cannot possibly do it justice.
One of the grandest steps in self aware, self exploration, self transformation books I have ever read.  There are over 200 pages of information from all types of sources for you to digest, also a complete notes section with all references for further investigation.

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