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: 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…

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…

Book Review The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD

Book Review The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD 384 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2013) ISBN-10: 073873599X ISBN-13: 978-0738735993 Nonfiction (adult), Religion & Spirituality In following the theme of Hypatia, I was excited to include this book. I enjoy reading books on philosophy and this book did not disappoint me. The book is divided into four parts and is designed to be used as a nine-month program. Each part includes different subjects along with exercises. The exercises are meant to be practices before moving to the next topic. The author compares training for an Ironman competition to practicing the exercises. He states you wouldn’t begin the competition without the necessary training and the exercises should be approached in the same manner. Below are the four parts. Part I Preliminaries This section of the book goes into detail about the three degrees of wisdom—The Garden, the Porch, and the Grove along with a brief history of philosophy. The author mentions several times this book is not written to be a history of philosophy. He mentions several books for more information on the subject. Part II. The First Degree of Wisdom is represented by Epicureanism which seeks tranquility…