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Reading Tarot Cards: Divining Our Life Path
Date: 2015-05-08   By: Katalin Koda
From Where Do the Cards of the Tarot Originate? Mystery shrouds the origin of Tarot cards, but ancient oracle decks have been found in a wide range of places, from Hungary to India to China. Some historical sources credit the traveling, wandering musicians and performers who roamed (originally) from India to Persia to Egypt for carrying cards
Ghost-Hunting at the Old Charleston Jail
Date: 2015-05-05   By: Jamie Davis
The Old City Jail ("Gaol") in Charleston, South Carolina was built in 1802 right over the Provost Dungeon and a potter's field. It also served as an insane asylum and housed Union soldiers (prisoners of war). Why is this site considered so haunted? Is it due to the on-site death toll (estimated to be anywhere between 10,000 and 14,000)? Is it due to the deplorable conditions? Or perhaps some of its famous inmates? Jamie Davis, author of Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums, went to explore.
Visualization for People Who Have Trouble Visualizing
Date: 2015-05-04   By: Tess Whitehurst
Think you can't visualize? Not true. When you crave something—say chocolate—you strongly sense chocolate in your mind. Perhaps you sense it through taste, texture, or appearance…even when that chocolate isn't anywhere in sight. Here Tess Whitehurst, author of several books and the new Holistic Energy Magic, explains visualization and provides four easy exercises to help us visualize.
Easy Lenormand
Date: 2015-05-01   By: Barbara Moore
A large portion of the tarot community is becoming more and more aware of Lenormand as it gains in popularity. What exactly is Lenormand, and how is it different from the tarot? Why is it different from the tarot? And how can tarot readers begin using the Lenormand system for easy answers to everyday questions? Tarot expert Barbara Moore introduces the new Easy Lenormand oracle kit and explains.
Intuiting Your Way to Good Health
Date: 2015-04-27   By: Sherrie Dillard
Our body is always communicating to us and ready to reveal both the positive and negative influences that are impacting our health. Yet, its messages often bypass logic and reasoning. Through intuitive sensing and insight we can begin to better tune into and discern its messages. Sherrie Dillard, author of the new Develop Your Medical Intuition, describes how we can use our innate intuition as a powerful ally in uncovering the unknown factors and stresses affecting your health and wellbeing that lie outside of our conscious reach.
Wisdom from the Trees
Date: 2015-04-20   By: Penny Billington
How wonderful it would be to live in a magical place where the world is joined-up, the sacred is apparent in the everyday world, and every living thing supports each other. Penny Billington, author of The Path of Druidry and the new Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew, believes that we can, by communing with our tree friends—and that it is essential to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health that we do.
Gold and Alchemical Healing
Date: 2015-04-13   By: Chic Cicero
There are two types of alchemy that often overlap, both of which concerning the transformation of something basic into something more pure. Practical alchemy is concerned with transforming a base material into a higher and more purified substance, such as the turning of a base metal into gold. Meanwhile, spiritual alchemy is concerned with the transformation of the human soul from a state of baseness to one of spiritual enlightenment. Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, editors of the recently rediscovered Israel Regardie manuscript of Gold: Israel Regardie's Lost Book of Alchemy, reveal Regardie's ideas for spiritual alchemy and personal healing.
Why the Waite-Smith Tarot Was the Almost Perfect Tarot
Date: 2015-04-06   By: Marcus Katz
In the past decades, many questions regarding the world's most popular tarot, the Waite-Smith (or Rider-Waite-Smith) Tarot, have been answered. But one question remains open: why did this deck become the model for virtually every other deck in the last century? Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin, authors of the new Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot, explain.
Demons, Fairies, and Saints in a Renaissance Manuscript of Magic
Date: 2015-03-30   By: Daniel Harms
Demons, fairies, and saints—together? These are not three categories we think of together. In past eras, however, perceptions of the supernatural world were much more fluid; magicians of the Renaissance would not be averse to calling upon whatever beings were available to help. Daniel Harms, one of the editors of The Book of Oberon, details this working manual of a magician from the time of Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare, and John Dee. The original is in the Folger Shakespeare Library, and it could be the largest collection of ritual magic texts ever published in English—including calling upon demons, fairies, and saints for help.
5 Reasons to Combine Crystals, Oils, and Essences to Facilitate a Life Well Lived
Date: 2015-03-23   By: Kerry Nelson Selman
A vital component of ongoing wellness is being able to re-balance ourselves, both inside and out. We are able to do this through a number of avenues, but the combination of specific crystals, plant essences, and oils can combine synergistically to enhance the individual power of each—amping up our healing process. Kerry Nelson Selman, author of the new Crystal Resonance, provides five reasons why these combinations can be so powerful in helping us live our lives well.

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