Good Karma: How to Find It and Keep it

Good Karma:  
How to Find It and Keep it  
by Joan Duncan Oliver
Duncan Baird, 2006


Good Karma: How to Find and Keep It is such a cute little book that it may mislead the reader into thinking it can’t possibly be serious. Such a judgment would be mistaken.

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The Amulet Manual: A Guide to Understanding and Making Your Own Amulets

The Amulet Manual:  
A Guide to Understanding and Making Your Own Amulets  
by Kim Farnell
O Books, 2007


Most Pagans, once they have some experience, prefer to create their own magical objects. The Amulet Manual is a guidebook to making amulets, magical objects aimed at drawing a particular sort of energy, influence, or entity.

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Make Your Own Love Altar


©2012 Holly Golightly

Make Your Own Love Altar!
by LaSara Firefox 

I love sex. I love talking about it, writing about it, reading about it, and having it.

I also love writing in general, mostly on the topics of sex and sexuality, feminism, and “alternative” lifestyle choices. (I always want to ask “Alternative to what?”) I work in the sex industry as a sideline, I’m a sex educator and self-proclaimed expert, a Witch, neo-feminist, mother of two, and wife to a supercool guy.

Through the years I have chosen to participate in a wide variety of relationship styles including polyamory, monogamy, singleness-by-choice, and celibacy, and see the benefits that each held for me. I’m a queer identified sex-radical, married to the father of my kids, and my husband and I are committed to egalitarian child rearing, career development, and in clear communication in our primary relationship and beyond.

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The Crafty Witch

The Crafty Witch:
101 Ideas for Every Occasion
by Willow Polson
Kensington, 2007

If you enjoyed Ms. Polson’s Witch Crafts (Kensington, 2002) you are absolutely going to enjoy The Crafty Witch! This is a richly-illustrated book filled with crafts just about any one of us can make. From cross-stitch “Never Thirst” sippie cups to embellished altar shelves to handmade soaps, Ms. Polson has put together a charming collection of things we can make.

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So Many Rituals, So Little Time

So Many Rituals, So Little Time
by  Wendy Thurston

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
— Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

As a solitary practitioner I spent lots of time planning and implementing rituals. Not only did I recognize the eight major holidays, as well as full moons and new moons; I also observed the quarter phases of the moon. I would spend a couple of hours setting up and planning a ritual, an hour or two in ritual, then it would take another half hour to clean up and put all my paraphernalia away.

The more I got involved in planning and presenting learning circles for a local Pagan group and organizing public rituals, the more my personal practice fell by the wayside. First the quarter moon rituals, then the new moon. The full moon and sun rituals soon followed, until all my attention seemed to be focused on making magic happen for others.

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Witches with Weapons

Witches with Weapons:
The Case for Firearms in Pagan Spirituality
by Wintersong Tashlin and Galina Krasskova

Guns and Pagans. The two words just don’t seem to go very well together. One just doesn’t expect to hear of the local Wiccan priestess and her Remington rifle or the friendly New Age guy and his 9mm. Coming of age as they did in the 1960s, American Wicca, Goddess spirituality, and the many varieties of Neo-Paganism influenced by their development often advocate principles of non-violence that seem to exclude weapons-craft, particularly gun-craft. For many in our communities, the idea of incorporating weapons into one’s spiritual practice is anathema. Some grudgingly permit an athame, or even a sword (especially in ceremonial magic), but the aesthetic and esoteric line is usually drawn there. But a growing number of Pagans are coming to integrate the active use of firearms into their spiritual practice. For some, learning to use a modern weapon is a means of connecting to and honoring their ancestors while for others, it is a commonsense skill in an uncertain and often violent world — one in which Pagans remain a religious minority. Whether you love them or hate them, firearms are a significant part of the world in which we live, and feelings run hot on their significance for Pagan living.

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