I-Ching Holitzka Deck

I-Ching Holitzka Deck
by Marlies and Klaus Holitzka
United States Games Systems

 

My copy of Wilhelm’s I-Ching, Book of Changes is stored securely wrapped in red silk; the cloth is said to inhibit any impact from external influences. I haven’t touched the book in years. But, one of the last times I did, my husband and I followed the instruction: “The Superior Man will seek his fortune in the south and west.” At the time, we were in the midst deciding whether or not to accept a job offer that would move our family from Boston to a land-locked city in Ohio. We took the advice. In retrospect, it was a good decision.

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A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural

A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural
by Gerina Dunwitch
New Page Books

 

When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?

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Magic and Meditation with Pagan Rosaries and Prayer Beads

Magic and Meditation  
with Pagan Rosaries and Prayer Beads  
by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn Red Wheel
Weiser, 2007

 

Rosaries are used in many religions, and today’s Pagans have adopted this practice as well. Pagan rosaries have multitudes of uses; they’re not only used for prayer, but also for spellwork, chants, meditation, various Pagan rituals, and even for pathworking (my favorite).

Pagan Prayer Beads, by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn, is a handy guide on how to plan, make, and use your own handmade Pagan rosaries. What a fabulous magical craft!

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The Psychic Energy Codex

The Psychic Energy Codex
by Michelle Belanger
Weiser, 2007

 

Michelle Belanger does not want to startle or astonish you. She doesn’t want to mesmerize you with mysterious tales of supernatural occurrences, or impress you with tales of her mad Gypsy family. She doesn’t want to convert you to her spirituality, or sell you assurances that she can make “anybody, even you, a swami or trance medium in ten easy lessons.” What she offers instead, in her latest book, The Psychic Energy Codex, are the tools and expertise to develop your own psychic abilities as far as you can, probably much farther than you believed possible. She does this with such humor, grace and sensitivity that she really manages to demystify psychic awareness.

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Spirit Walking, A Psychic Handbook:

Spirit Walking, A Psychic Handbook: 
The Definitive Guide to Living and Working with the Unseen  
by Poppy Palin
O Books, 2007

 

While I wouldn’t necessarily call this book the definitive guide, it’s a fairly thorough guide to the basics involved in a magical practice. The author addresses a wide variety of subjects from protection to astral travel, from working with faeries to doing the necessary banishing and cleansing after all the magical work is done.

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Chinese Birthday Book

Chinese Birthday Book
by Ta- kashi Yoshikawa
Weiser, 2007

Most readers and, as far as I know, all authors agree that publishers now and then really need to be spanked. Among the offenses that justify such action putting a bad title on a good book ranks high. Additional swats are earned when the title is not only bad but misleading; when the cover art also leads potential readers to think they are holding a dull book on a familiar subject, rather than an excellent book on a subject most people in the Western world don’t know from Lao Tsu’s ox, it’s definitely time to take the publisher to the woodshed.

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