Pagan Culture - Magical Arts

Taking Up the Runes

Taking Up the Runes  
by Diana Paxson Weiser
2004

 

I have been awaiting the release of this book for over a year with great anticipation and for once, I was not disappointed. Paxson’s “Taking Up the Runes” is a thorough, ingenious, and most of all refreshingly practical guide to exploring and understanding this key element of Northern magico-religious practice. I would place this book at the forefront of modern runic literature. Not only does it hold its own in the company of such well-respected works such as Aswynn’s “Northern Magic and Mysteries” and Thorsson’s “Futhark” but in many ways, it surpasses them.

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Teenage Witch’s Book of Shadows

Teenage Witch’s Book of Shadows
by Anna de Benzelle and Mary Neasham
Green Magic

 

Teenage Witch’s Book of Shadows was much easier to read than it was to review.

I am usually a person of strong opinions — about everything.

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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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Everyday Tarot

Everyday Tarot
by Gail Fairfield
New Page Books

 

I read Tarot cards. Too often I can draw nothing useful from the image before me. When that happens I have to rely on a book to learn what the author meant that image to mean. That is inconvenient, inefficient and intrusive, and when it happens I have wished for a simple way to remind myself what a Two of Pentacles or a Page of Wands might mean.

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Herbal Magick — A Witch’s Guide To Herbal Enchantments, Folklore and Divinations

Herbal Magick:  
A Witch’s Guide To Herbal Enchantments, Folklore and Divinations  
by Gerina Dunwich
New Page Books

 

I jumped at this book as soon as I saw the title. I’ve been seriously studying and practicing herbalism since 1994 and a large portion of my library is dedicated to this subject. My approach has always been one that has dealt more with the medicinal properties of herbs and leans heavily toward a scientific approach, but I wanted to expand my knowledge on the magickal uses. So, when the book finally arrived in the mail, I eagerly opened the package and began to read it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

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Natural Magick

Natural Magick    
by Sally Dubats
Citadel Press

 

Natural Magic can best be described as a beginner’s guide to folklore, magic, and alternative healing. Pretty much all of the basics are covered, but if you’re looking for information beyond that you’re going to have to look elsewhere. For example, the herbal section contains a disappointing reference section; quite frankly, I’ve seen more interesting and in-depth lore and usage suggestions in New Age catalogs. Ditto for the astrology section, which repeats everything that you’ve already seen between the pages of your average fashion magazine.

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