Book Review: 365 Tarot Spells by Sasha Graham

Book Review: 365 Tarot Spells by Sasha Graham Review by Dawn Thomas 408 Pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications Tarot, Divination, Ritual, Magic, Spirituality Ms. Graham begins this book with a homage to Janina Renee’s Tarot Spells. She describes her first experience using Janina’s book. During her reading, the author realized the question she asked was not what she needed to know. There were more ways to connect to nature and create sacred space. This prompted her to create this book. Sasha believes magic is understood in a threefold process using desire (thoughts and ideas), feelings (align yourself and visualize) and action (the spell). She explains the importance of magic and shows readers how they can connect with it. The author realized her first book, 365 Tarot Spreads, was a great starting point for a spell book. As in her pervious book, a bit of trivia is at the beginning of each daily spell. Reader can pick any tarot deck they feel comfortable using. Ms. Graham suggests reading each spell in advance and any tools needed gathered before the reader begins a spell. It is important to follow her guidelines to create sacred space and the three steps to responsible magic. Each…

Book Review The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat

Book Review The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat Review by Dawn Thomas 288 Pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Middle Grade, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Magic, Faeries This is a story of two girls, Izzy and Hen (11 and 7 respectively). They move with their mother to their father’s childhood home. Izzy is not happy about the move especially since there is nothing to do in this small town. The clerk at the grocery store tells them to be careful of the witch that lives next door to them. Izzy is curious and goes back to talk with the clerk to find out more. Izzy and Hen want to find out more about their neighbor, Marian. While sneaking around her house, Marian catches them and invites them in. She begins to tell them about their grandmother and her love for them. When Hen goes missing, Izzy goes to Marian for help. She describes the flute music she heard. Concerned, Marian goes looking for Hen in the woods. She tells Izzy not to follow but of course, she does not listen. When Marian goes into a hole in the ground, Izzy is not far behind. She lands on the ground and is amazed by…

Book Review: The Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash

Book Review: The Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash Review by Dawn Thomas 232 Pages Publisher: Chelshire Inc. Independent Book Publisher Association Mystery & Thriller, Witches & Wizards, Fantasy, Magic Wes Rockville is a rookie with the New York City police department. After he failed his first assignment, he was reassigned to the Witches Protection Program, a 232 year old secret agency where he met his new mentor, Alastair Verne. Wes was introduced to the world of Willa (bad witches) and Davina (good witches). This was a new world for him and he questioned everything. In his new role, Wes needs to stop the Willa from using their powers to control others while at the same time; he must protect the Davina helping humankind. Beatrice Pendragon is in charge of Pendragon Cosmetics. Her goal is to distribute a face cream made with Pendragon DNA. Once women begin to use the cream Beatrice can control them. Morgan Pendragon, Beatrice’s niece, has a feeling something is wrong at Pendragon Cosmetics and tries to find out what it is. Wes and Alastair try to protect Morgan from shape-shifting witches while trying to investigate the company. The book has high energy and is…

Book Review Incense Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal

Book Review Incense Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal Review by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. ISBN: 9780738741550 Health, mind & body, non-fiction (adult) This is the second edition and has been expanded and updated. I had not read the original edition and was very interested in this book. I had not made incense before but it has been on my “wishlist.” The directions and recommendations the author gives are very easy to understand and follow. The author goes into detail on the different types of incense. I was familiar with cone incense since we use them in smokers (wooden figurines with open mouths that blow smoke rings).  I have some stick incense and always wondered how it was made. I remembered I had a small incense kit. The kit has small joss sticks and a ceramic stone with a hole in the middle. These small sticks, about two inches long, burn for about 30 minutes. I like the versatility and flexibility from the different types of incense. After reading this book I can tell the difference between the three kinds and don’t feel intimidated by it. I had to giggle at the author’s telling of…

Book Review Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton
Fiction , Magic , Passion , Romance , Uncategorized , Wiccan , Women's Fiction / September 21, 2014

Book Review Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Penguin Books Australia I Destiny Romance Destiny Romance Romance, Women’s Fiction The book begins with us being introduced to Skye. She is a witch that has had her powers bound by her grandfather because she is uncontrollable. Her power has been leaking out which attracts all kinds of people to her. She and her two Wiccan friends went on a skiing trip and there Skye meets Jason. Their passion is instantaneous. Skye is afraid to get close to anyone and doesn’t want to see him again. Fate has other plans and the two are thrown together again when Jason takes his nephew to a new daycare, owned and operated by Skye. Jason woos her until she agrees to go out on a date with him. They must work together to save both of their families from dark magic. Skye is reluctant at first but listens to him and her friends. She must accept who she is before she can do anything and that may be the hardest thing she has ever done. This was an interesting book of good versus evil. The author does a good job building the…

Book Review: Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
Fiction , Magic , Memory , Uncategorized / August 25, 2014

Book Review: Season of the Witch by Natasha MostertReview by Dawn ThomasPrint Length: 403 pagesPublisher: Portable Magic Ltd (December 16, 2013)Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. All I can say is wow, wow, wow!!! This book blew me away. The story opens with a prologue of a man floating in a pool and paralyzed. We meet Gabriel Blackstone a thief and remote viewer. He is hired to find out what happened to the young man. Gabriel can use his remote viewing skills to see the last few minute of the man’s life. What he sees doesn’t make sense to him until he meets the sisters. The Monk sisters are distant relatives to John Dee, a renowned mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and occultist. Morrighan is daring and an activist while Minnaloushe is an expert in memory. Both sisters are beautiful and seductive and soon Gabriel falls under their spell.  The author spins a web that catches the readers and quickly draws them in. The story is full of alchemy and magic. We travel with Gabriel as he “slams a ride” a term the author created to describe the experience of remote viewing. When I started this book I did not know it would…

Book Review: Mixing Essential Oils for Magic Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra Kynes

Book Review: Mixing Essential Oils for Magic Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra KynesReview by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.Nonfiction (Adult)Print Size: 336 Aromatic alchemy – I love that terminology. The author starts out giving the history of blending fragrances then moves on to the magical connection. She describes the different oil extractions processes. I found one point especially interesting; pure essential oils do not leave an oil residue if dripped on a piece of paper. After sharing the information on history, the author shares information on the different ways to blend oils. In addition, she provides the magical properties of the essential oils so the reader knows which oil to use for a specific purpose. She also provides a sample blend at the end of each section. The first section addresses botanical families. The second describes blending scents according to their scent group. In the third section, the author discusses the process of blending by perfume note. I learned so much about perfumes in this section alone. She then lists the properties of the oils classified as So Below and As Above. She includes a section on carrier oils and their magical properties. It opened my eyes to…