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Sensitive people have gotten a bum rap. We live in a world that doesn't embrace the values of sensitivity, so we get told that we are weak, unusual, touchy, and hard to please. The sad truth is that we hear these messages in many ways throughout our lives. Even if it is from a well-meaning teacher or parent who tries to "toughen us up," the crux of these messages is that there is something wrong with being sensitive. But what if we came to realize that our sensitivity is actually composed of many different strengths? Dr. Kyra Mesich, author of the new Strength of Sensitivity, presents four of the secret strengths of sensitivity.
Date: 2016-05-16 By: Melanie Marquis
As humans, it's hard to not drown in the chaos that builds from accumulated stresses big and small. It's hard to not feel overwhelmed when faced with a million tasks, responsibilities, and expectations that don't exactly call to our highest potentials or truest desires. But how can a person make magick when feeling so mediocre? Melanie Marquis, co-author of the new Witchy Mama, provides tips to help us remain magickal in the midst of chaos.
Date: 2016-05-02 By: Sasha Graham
Sacred space is the pliable and expansive place where creative possibility exists. Sacred space, like a crossroads, becomes a threshold where multiple possibilities converge. Tarot cards can easily be used as a gateway to this sacred space, the sacred space within ourselves, to achieve our magical goals. Sasha Graham, author of the new 365 Tarot Spells, explains.
Date: 2016-04-25 By: Jean-Louis de Biasi
On the spiritual level, mantras and prayers can be used in the same way; a precise and regular repetition of words that will progressively build an inner core, allowing you to rise to the divine. I am not talking here about hymns or declamatory prayers. Likewise, prayer beads can be used in all spiritual and initiatic traditions to help with this process of prayer and repeition, creating strength with each refrain. Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of the new Magical Use of Prayer Beads, discusses their history and power.
The global economy is changing, and we are moving to a new form of money: a completely digital one. Most people will not currently believe it, but such a world is almost here. How does this impact money magick? Gordon White, author of the new Chaos Protocols: Magical Techniques for Navigating the New Economic Reality, explains how we can navigate these changes and how we might even benefit from it.
Date: 2016-04-13 By: David Pond
The sign your Moon was in at your birth describes your habits, comfort zones, the way you respond to your emotional needs, and how you express yourself emotionally. Knowing the Moon sign of others will give you clues as to how to better understand and relate to their emotional needs. In this excerpt from Astrology & Relationships, author David Pond explains the emotional needs of each Moon sign.
Date: 2016-04-11 By: Sandra Kynes
While we may think of herbs as unassuming little plants, their importance and use is intertwined with human history. And herb gardening need not be mundane, either—as The Herb Gardener's Essential Guide author Sandra Kynes points out, it can be an exercise in creativity and magic! Herb gardening creates a connection through time that binds us to the earth, the ancestors, and to each other. You'll be amazed that something as simple as an herb can be so powerful in so many ways.
Date: 2016-04-05 By: Barbara Moore
Some say tarot reflects back what you think, feel, or believe. Some say that it reflects back what you want to see. Whatever you believe, you can blend these ideas into one process that helps you identify your ideals and your practices so that you can be aware of the distance between those two points. Then you can develop an action plan to close the gap between your ideals and how you live your life. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore provides a process to do just that.
Date: 2016-04-04 By: Erin Byron MA
It is a busy world and most of our lives are full. So full, in fact, that we barely have time to notice how we are living as life hurries by. This sense of disconnected rushing leads to stress and, in time, pervasive anxiety. Mindfulness, or the act of bringing awareness to our thoughts, bodies, and the present moment, is a powerful practice for reducing stress. Here, Erin Byron, MA, co-author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living, presents five areas that mindfulness can help us relieve stress and anxiety.
Once upon a time, we were all part of the earth. The birds, the animals, the plants, the dirt, and us. We were one family, related, bonded, and each holding a thread to the same ancestral story that is life on earth. Throughout the generations, however, we lost that connection. Now, Leeza Robertson, creator of The Animal Totem Tarot, discusses the power of Animal Totems in helping us reconnect with the earth—and achieving our goals.