Book Review: Samhain: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel

Book Review: Samhain: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel Review by Dawn Thomas 264 Pages Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. Religion & Spirituality, Comparative Religion, Wicca & Witchcraft, This is the next installment of the Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials series. It is an excellent book on the Samhain season. The author does an excellent job researching and presenting information about the Sabbat. The first chapter covers the old ways. Samhain, pronounced SOW-in, is the last spoke in the wheel of the year. To most this signals the end of summer. Ancient Celts considered Samhain a fire festival. Fire festivals are also known as cross-quarter festivals. The author describes the Christian influence, how Halloween traveled to the new world, and the reassertion of Samhain with the rise of Paganism. The second chapter discusses the new ways the holiday is celebrated. The author discusses the modern themes and elements associated with Samhain. She debunks several Halloween stories including razor blades in apples. The author covers the different traditions within Paganism. The list includes Wicca, Celtic Reconstruction, Druidry, Stregheria, Heathen, Hellenic, Feri and Reclaiming traditions. She then explains other festivals celebrated around Samhain. These include All Soul’s Day, All Saints’ Day, Dia…

Book Review: The Practical Art of Divine Magic by Patrick Dunn Book Review by Dawn Thomas

Book Review: The Practical Art of Divine Magic by Patrick Dunn Book Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 360 Pages Religion & Spirituality   The book begins with an introduction that includes a historical account of theurgy. The author goes into detail the different times. He acknowledges a few great philosophers such as Socrates, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. He also discusses the influences of Hermeticism on theurgic practices. The author shows how the scientific revolution influenced people and how it affected theurgy. It seems people thought they had to accept one or the other but not both. Mr. Dunn’s goal is for the reader to discover information and incorporate it into a working system. He believes theurgy is the engine of magic and that it adds value to a spiritual path. These are the titles of the chapters in the book. Chapter 1 A Divine Technology Chapter 2 What is a God? Chapter 3 The Addresses of the Gods Chapter 4 Rituals and Tools of Theurgy Chapter 5 Divination and Oracles Chapter 6 Daimonology Chapter 7 Thaumatrugy Chapter 8 Know Thyself The book has many exercises with step-by-step instructions. They start out small and build from that….

Book Review: Clearing the Clutter by Alexandra Chauran

Book Review Clearing Clutter by Alexandra Chauran Book Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd 240 Pages Self-Help, Health, Mind & Body This book surprised me. I thought it was a book telling me how to remove clutter from my home. I was so wrong. It goes so much further than that. The author explains how important it is to remove mental clutter as well as physical clutter. She recommends that you simplify, harmonize and reflect as you go through the process. Sometimes when you are working on a decluttering project it can be overwhelming. She breaks down the process into small bits so it is easier to face the task at hand. She believes that clutter not only exists in our physical space but in our mental states as well. This was a new concept for me and I can see how her clearing clutter tips can help clean my mental and emotional states. She includes many clearing clutter tips throughout the book. With these tips she shows us how we can look at our lives and see what needs to be cleaned or removed and what should stay. She tells us not to go too far too…

Book Review: Faeries and Elementals for Beginners by Alexandra Chauran

  Book Review: Faeries and Elementals for Beginners by Alexandra ChauranReview by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.Nonfiction (Adult) Outdoors & NaturePrint size: 218 Pages Faeries have always been in my life. Now I realize elementals have been present as well. I enjoyed her story advising us to stay balanced with the elements. She worked and perfected her connection with fire but suffered the consequences for being out of balance. The book is divided into faeries and each elemental. The author does a wonderful job describing the different categories of faeries. I was not aware of most of them. The author provides ways to scry with all of the elementals. She also gives meditations and ritual ideas for each section which is a great way for people to get started with that elemental. The section on Sylphs and the element of air was very interesting. I now look at the air element differently. In the past I have had a hard time connecting with this element when in reality I should have embraced it. As a fire sign, I need air to fuel my fire. The author gave me ideas of working with air. About seven years ago at a ritual…