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The Moon as Calendar and Timepiece
Date: 2016-01-16   By: Susan Pesznecker
The Moon is a happily familiar sight when we gaze into the night sky. And thanks to cycles of rotation and celestial motion that are both constant and continuous, we needn't simply admire them from afar; we can also use the Moon to judge time of day and the passing of each month. In this article from Llewellyn's Moon Sign Book, Susan Pesznecker illustrates how we can use the Moon as both a calendar and as a gauge of time.
Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up: Exploring the Totemic Ecosystem
Date: 2016-01-11   By: Lupa
Most people who work with animal totems and other animal spirits don't do much with their plant, fungus, and other counterparts. There's nothing wrong with being a specialist; but, sometimes we get so tunnel-visioned on our fellow animals that we forget there's anything else out there. How can we re-connect with our full ecosystem, both locally and globally? Lupa, author of the new Nature Spirituality from the Ground Up, explains.
The Art of Introspection in a Self-Obsessed World
Date: 2016-01-04   By: Jennie Lee
There is no denying that we live in a time and a culture that is focused on self, and our efforts to be known and seen how we want to be perceived usually produces the opposite outcome than the one we intend. How can we become what we want to be, rather than appearing how we want? Jennie Lee, author of True Yoga, illustrates the power introspection has to change our lives for the better.
How to Use Tapping to Ease Stress, Pain, and Grief
Date: 2015-12-28   By: Kathilyn Solomon
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), or tapping, is a simple technique to release your stress and overwhelm, emotional pain and bad memories, limiting beliefs and unhelpful ways of thinking, and challenging behaviors. It is also regularly used to address physical and emotional issues as well as performance challenges. It is energy psychology and not talk therapy. It encompasses the body and the mind, as well as the body's energy system. It's quick, it's easy, it's free, and anyone can use it. So how do we begin to use EFT to address our issues? Kathilyn Solomon, author of Tapping Into Wellness, explains.
5 Steps to Achieve Any Goal
Date: 2015-12-21   By: Nathalie W Herrman
We really, truly, can achieve any goal in life. It may be finances, or time, or a shift in attitude or behavior. However, the process might not be easy, nor at first enjoyable. In order to make it a reality, we have to set it up. Here Nathalie Herrman, author of The Art of Good Habits, present a five-step process for achieving our goals.
Double Sagittarius Union: Jim Morrison & Pam Courson
Date: 2015-12-14   By: Brad Kronen
Brad Kronen's new book, Love in the Stars, profiles the romantic dynamics created between each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac whenever dating one another. The book illustrates that every combination of sign can work together, but that some combos take more work than others just to achieve a state of equilibrium. This is especially true when you consider the astrological rule of thumb that same-signed unions are generally frowned upon, due to each sign having its own unique issues to confront whenever dating itself. Since we're currently in the sign of Sagittarius, he discusses the issues that can arise with same-sign unions through the lens of the double Sagittarius couple Jim Morrison & Pam Courson.
The Witch and the Wand: Dryads and Gesture in Magic
Date: 2015-12-07   By: Alferian Gwydion MacLir
The wand is one of the witch's most versatile tools, adding great power to any magic. Why are wands so powerful? How can we make them more powerful? Professional wandmaker and author of The Witch's Wand and Wandlore, Alferian Gwydion MacLir, explains.
A Checklist: 5 Considerations When Examining Paranormal Phenomena
Date: 2015-11-30   By: Sarah Soderlund
Many times, when conducting a paranormal investigation (or even simply experiencing something "going bump in the night"), we can jump to conclusions when often the experience is a product of our own mind or body. Because of this, having an assessment guide on hand during an investigation can be both empowering and helpful in determining a phenomenon's cause. Sarah Soderlund, author of the new book Haunted by the Abyss, presents a checklist of five things to consider when determining the cause of any seeming paranormal occurrence.
Chakras Around the World: Are There Really Seven Chakras?
Date: 2015-11-23   By: Cyndi Dale
If you've ever taken a yoga class—or studied the chakras—you've probably been told that you have seven chakras. And you do—sort of. The truth is that the number of chakras you might perceive, as well as ideas about their function, is based on cultural viewpoint. For instance, a few hundred years ago, many Hindu experts said there are six, not seven, chakras. Yet others counted dozens of chakras. And yet, most people in the West conclusively believe there are seven Hindu-based chakras. So which number of chakras is correct? Is there even a correct number? Cyndi Dale, author of the new Llewellyn's Complete Book of Chakras, explains.
How to Successfully Navigate a Mercury Retrograde
Date: 2015-11-17   By: Bernie Ashman
Every few months, for about three weeks, the planet Mercury goes retrograde, appearing to move backwards in the sky. During this time—which can be a time of anxiety for many—experiences of issues with communication, technology, or travel are not uncommon. So how can we survive—and perhaps even thrive—during a period of Mercury retrograde? Bernie Ashman, astrologer and author of the new How to Survive Mercury Retrograde (And Venus and Mars, Too), provides some great ways to navigate this potentially frustrating time period.

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