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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - March 2015

by Deborah Blake

Llewellyn.com - March 2015

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 .

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - March 2015

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1. Your new book, Everyday Witchcraft, focuses on bringing spirituality back into our busy, daily lives. What inspired you to write this book?

Deborah Blake

I wrote the first book on this topic, The Goddess Is in the Details, back in 2009, and it has been far and away the most popular of all my books, which made me think it was the one people resonated with the most. And my life has only gotten busier, so it occurred to me that my readers might enjoy more ways to connect with spirit in small, practical ways.

2. You are a prolific writer, and many of your books (such as Everyday Witch A to Z and Witchcraft on a Shoestring) focus on being a Witch in a mundane, everyday world. From where do you draw your ideas?

From being a Witch in a mundane, everyday world, of course! But seriously, most of my books are drawn from my own experiences, or those of my group, Blue Moon Circle. I also get questions and requests from my readers, which might prompt a book (like the Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook, which I wrote after I got so many requests for simple, practical spells for everyday issues).

3. Why is important for us to continuously be renewing our spirituality as we go through our daily lives?

Life can be exhausting, and we tend to put out more than we take back in, which drains our mental, physical, and emotional batteries. Renewing our spirituality actually feeds those batteries, allowing us to keep moving forward with more energy and an open heart.

4. Practices in the book include five-minute rituals, "hibernation vacations," mini daily divinations, and more. How can such small practices reap such positive benefits?

Small things add up. It only takes a minute to hug someone, and think of how good that makes you feel! (And it only takes a couple of minutes to eat some chocolate. I rest my case.) There have been a lot of studies that show that small bursts of exercise are as effective as one long session—why should spiritual practices be any different? And let's face it, if the choice is between doing a few small things that you can find the time for, or doing nothing…well, obviously the small things count. Now go eat some chocolate and hug somebody.

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - March 2015

Dispelling the Superstition and Fear of Communicating with Our Loved Ones in Spirit
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.

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5 Reasons to Combine Crystals, Oils, and Essences to Facilitate a Life Well Lived
by Kerry Nelson Selman

An ongoing component of ongoing wellness is being able to re-balance our selves, 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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Demons, Fairies, and Saints in a Renaissance Manuscript of Magic
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.

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Llewellyn.com - Try This! - March 2015

Crafty Ways to Rummage and Recycle

An Ostara Sabbat Ritual for One

Spring Tonic: Inner and Outer Beauty


Llewellyn.com - New Releases - March 2015



Beltane, by Melanie Marquis
Beltane
by Melanie Marquis


Crystal Resonance, by Kerry Nelson Selman
Crystal Resonance
by Kerry Nelson Selman




Everyday Witchcraft, by Deborah Blake
Everyday Witchcraft
by Deborah Blake


Evidence of Eternity, by Mark Anthony
Evidence of Eternity
by Mark Anthony



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