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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.
May Bush and Wishing Tree Magick for Beltane
Date: 2015-03-16   By: Melanie Marquis
With its focus on fun and frivolity, it's no wonder Beltane is one of the most festive Sabbats of the year for many modern Pagans. Held each year on or around May 1st, Beltane is a celebration of vitality, fertility, strength, and growth reflecting a blending of many traditions. Here, Beltane author Melanie Marquis provides ideas for May Trees and other ways to celebrate this sacred day.
Improving Your Habits with Lunar Help
Date: 2015-03-11   By: Maggie Anderson
Our agricultural ancestors also had health and grooming concerns similar to our own; that's why we've inherited their knowledge about the best phases of the Moon to have haircuts, visit the dentist, and begin a new business. But, personal goals were not the focus—food, family, and community were. However, it is a huge waste of moonbeam power to ignore the Moon and her phases when pursuing a primary focus of modern humans: self-improvement. Discover how to use the Moon's phases and the signs of the zodiac to enhance your self-improvement goals in this article from Llewellyn's 2010 Moon Sign Book.
Dispelling the Superstition and Fear of Communicating with Our Loved Ones in Spirit
Date: 2015-03-09   By: Mark Anthony
Are you superstitious? There are reasons people are superstitious, many of which may not always seem logical. Mark Anthony, Psychic Lawyer and author of the new Evidence of Eternity, discusses why superstition and fear—especially as they relate to communicating with our loved ones in spirit—must be dispelled.
Everyday Witchcraft
Date: 2015-03-02   By: Deborah Blake
Deborah Blake has written a number of books over the years, but far and away the most popular one was the third, The Goddess Is in the Details; it recently went back for a sixth printing. Here she discusses its popularity and its companion, her new book, Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World .
Tarot: Let's Talk About Strength
Date: 2015-03-01   By: Barbara Moore
One of the first "confusions" many tarot students encounter is regarding the Strength card, its meanings, and its numbering. What is the card about? Is its number important? And how has it changed throughout history? Tarot expert Barbara Moore explains.
A Week of Psychic Development
Date: 2015-02-23   By: Alexandra Chauran
Developing your psychic abilities to the next level can take time, but if you don't take that first step you might not make time for the opportunity. Here, 365 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Ability author Alexandra Chauran presents five days of psychic development exercises that you can try for yourself to see where and how psychic development fits into your life.

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