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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - February 2013

A Link Between Power and Image
by Lexa Olick

Llewellyn.com - Februrary 2013

Over recent years, we have seen great strides in digital technology. Whatever new device comes out, it is only a matter of time before its newer incarnations become capable of taking photos. It wasn't long ago when a phone was a just phone and an iPod just carried music. Now, everything seems to double as a camera.

These digital cameras are capable of storing thousands of images; some people take advantage of that feature and these pictures never see the light of day. They sit inside the memory cards and may even be erased to make more room for new photos.

Because the technology is at our fingertips, we tend to take photographs on a whim. Whatever spontaneous moment arises, we are there to capture it. We can keep these magical moments frozen in time forever, as well as smaller moments, such snapping a quick shot of our reflection in the mirror.

For the most part, subject matter is still important. We continue to use photography as art, to preserve memories, and to remember our loved ones. However, now that we have the ability to take a photograph of anything at any time, we have a collection of photos that will likely never make it inside a frame.

When photography was introduced, it was most notable for portrait art. However, in some places of the world, people were not only the subject of portrait art—they themselves would also become a magical object. In the beginning, photography was seen as a type of sympathetic magic; to take a person's photo was to steal a part of them. It was equated to taking nail clippings, hair, blood, or other personal possessions to strengthen a curse against a victim. Possessing a photograph of an enemy became a powerful tool.

The most common myth surrounding photography was that a photograph stole a person's soul. In the 19th century, the Indians of the North American Plains used the term "shadow catcher" to identify a photographer. They thought that photographs captured the shadows; therefore, it trapped their souls within the image. They believed it gave the photographers power over the subject in the photo.

Of course, realistic representations of humans were feared from the beginning. In the legend of Daedalus, an inventor from ancient Greek mythology, Daedalus was the first person to render realistic images. He sculpted his statues with opened eyes, outstretched arms, and feet stepping forward. He was the first to make a sculpture that represented movement, while other sculptors formed figures with hanging arms, legs fixed together, and lowered eyelids. It was said that many believed that his stone statues were living beings that had to be secured or else they would run away.

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - February 2013

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1. Your new book is Witchy Crafts. What inspired you to write a book about crafting, let alone crafts geared toward a "witchy" audience?

Lexa Olick

There are surprisingly not a lot of witchy crafts out there. If you're lucky enough to find some, they're usually in the realm of candles, incense, or smudge wands. Those are great projects; once you learn how to make them, you'll be making them for the rest of your life! They are extremely useful. However, once you learn the basic crafts, your fingers are itching to create more. In Witchy Crafts, the reader learns how to take everyday crafts and alter them to suit their lifestyle.


2. The sixty projects included in the book span various art techniques and implement various magical items and knowledge. Does a reader need to be particularly crafty or witchy to use the book?

Absolutely not. The introductory chapters include instructions on basic craft techniques, such as crocheting, sculpting, sewing, painting, and drying herbs. If someone is not particularly crafty, they can always refer to the beginning chapters for help. As for witchy, it does help but it is not mandatory. Someone who is Wiccan will appreciate the use of a Woven Tarot Bag or a Magic Wand. However, the crafts are not so far into the realm of magic that they couldn't be used by everyone. Many people enjoy burning candles, even if it's not for a ritual purpose and the Woven Tarot Bag can be used as a pouch. If someone is not witchy, they might be interested in the history behind the craft projects. In Part 1 of Witchy Crafts, I explain how different craft projects relate to each month of the year. Overall, it's a very informative book that's not just about craft instructions.

3. Do the craft projects include any magical imbuement, such as correspondences or rituals?

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - February 2013

Correspondences: Weave a Magical Web of Support
by Sandra Kynes

Magical correspondences are generally thought of as simple correlations among the elements, directions, seasons, and colors that are frequently used in ritual. What exactly are correspondences? Why do we use them? And how can we use them more effectively? Sandra Kynes, author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences, explains.

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5 Reasons Route 66 Is Haunted
by Richard Southall

Route 66 is a 2,448-mile roadway that connects Illinois to California; along with its many twists and turns come stories of ghosts, hauntings, and other paranormal activity. Why does this road, one of great history and legend, inspire paranormal activity? Richard Southall, author of Haunted Route 66, provides five reasons.

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The Cardinal Cross: Evolutionary Seeds of Change
by Deva Green

The Cardinal Cross is important to understand in evolutionary astrology. From an evolutionary perspective, the cardinal cross reflects the need to implement change and forward momentum in our lives. Evolutionary astrologer Deva Green explains the specific evolutionary intentions of the cardinal cross in the natal chart—in other words, why the Soul has picked the specific cardinal archetypes it did.

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The Book of Shadows Tarot, Volume 1: As Above
by Barbara Moore

In 2008, Lo Scarabeo asked Tarot expert Barbara Moore to create a pair of decks called The Book of Shadows Tarot. After considerable thought and planning, the Book of Shadows Tarot, Volume I: As Above was born. This is the story of its inception.

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Llewellyn.com - Try This! - February 2013

What Lines Mean in Palmistry

A Charm Bag for Attraction and Love: To Increase Your Magnetism

Tarot Spell for Courage in Facing a Difficult Situation


Llewellyn.com - New Releases - February 2013



The Celtic Golden Dawn, by John Michael Greer
The Celtic Golden Dawn
by John Michael Greer


Haunted Route 66, by Richard Southall
Haunted Route 66
by Richard Southall




Merry Meet Again, by Deborah Lipp
Merry Meet Again
by Deborah Lipp


Shapeshifter Tarot, by D.J. Conway, Sirona Knight, and Lisa Hunt
Shapeshifter Tarot Deck
by D.J. Conway and Sirona Knight
Illustrations by Lisa Hunt


Witchy Crafts, by Lexa Olick
Witchy Crafts
by Lexa Olick


Your Psychic Self, by Melissa Alvarez
Your Psychic Self
by Your Psychic Self

Llewellyn.com - Reader's Top Picks - January 2011

  1. Cunningham's Magical Sampler
    by Scott Cunningham

  2. Pendulum Power Magic Kit
    by Lo Scarabeo

  3. Spellcasting for Beginners
    by Michael Furie

  4. Runes Guidebook
    by Lo Scarabeo

  5. The Healing Power of Reiki
    by Raven Keyes; Foreword by Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

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