Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Lupa, author of New Paths to Animal Totems, Plant and Fungus Totems, and Nature Spirituality from the Ground Up.
One of the common themes I see in books on animal totemism and similar practices is an emphasis on what we can get out of working with these beings. The language used can at times be pretty anthropocentric: "Harness the power of the totems to change your life!" sums it up well enough. Now, there's nothing wrong with wanting to improve your health, wealth, and wisdom with the help of totemic allies. After all, that's one of the strengths of spirituality—if it makes you a better person, you're using it right.
What few of these
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Alferian Gwydion MacLir, author of Wandlore and the new Witch's Wand.
In my first wand book, Wandlore, I wrote at length about the process of making magic wands. My forthcoming book, The Witch's Wand, focuses on that question people often ask me: How do I use my wand? Well, here are five ideas.
Meditate Holding Your Wand.
The dryad spirit of the tree from which your wand branch came and the spirit of your wand is a living thing. Like a familiar spirit, your wand is a helper, guide, and counselor. Sit with your legs crossed on a pillow or mat, or however is comfortable. Hold your wand in your dominant hand and rest the point in the
Let’s start by saying I can’t believe I’m writing another remembrance on this blog. I’ve lost too many authors in the 10 years I’ve worked for Llewellyn, and now I’ve lost my boss Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. We all have lost a very special person – not just his family, not just the Llewellyn family, but all of the Wiccans, Witches, Pagans, and magicians that I acquire books for, under his mighty imprint. So this is not going to be short.
Carl was a natural-born leader, the kind of person with so much enthusiasm for an idea or a project that others got caught up in it, too. He was a kind, intelligent person who was always looking to expand other people’s minds, by starting
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tomás Prower, author of the new La Santa Muerte.
"How can I get in contact with the spirits of the dead?"
Seems like a simple enough question, right? I mean, communing with beings from spiritual realms has been a worldwide hallmark of magic throughout the ages. Even nowadays among Earth's remaining isolated tribes of native peoples, shamans continue this age-old lineage of necromancy. So, in our modern and urbanized lifestyles today, where does one begin to learn how to gain the skills of a necromancer? Well, the secret to this skill (much like writing a good mystery novel) is to start with the ending and work your way backwards.