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Solitary Spirituality - PaganSquare - Join the conversation! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:02:19 -0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Eco-Foods Guide: What’s Good for the Earth is Good for You!

The Eco-Foods Guide:  
What’s Good for the Earth is Good for You!  
by Cynthia Barstow
New Society, Gabriola Island, 2002


A generation ago, grocery shopping was easy. You went to the meat counter at your local market and watched the butcher grind your beef. You picked up iceberg lettuce and Red Delicious apples in the produce department, a loaf of Wonder Bread, and a jar of spaghetti sauce completed your list. You didn’t buy milk and eggs; the milkman delivered those to your front door. Mango? Radicchio? What were those?

]]> (Cynthia Barstow) Reviews Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:46:08 -0700
Milagros: Little Miracles For All

Little Miracles For All
by article and photos by Joan Robinson-Blumit  

Miracles. Except for the most cynical, the majority of us want to believe that miracles can occur; and, in fact, extraordinary things do happen in seemingly hopeless situations. Frequently the miracle is attributed to a Higher Power, whose intercession is believed to come after we contact them.

As Pagans many of us utilize spells, often likening them to prayers. We also fashion amulets, talismans and charms, imbuing them with our energy or with requests to our gods to protect, cure, or assist us.

]]> (Joan Robinson-Blumit ) Personal Altars Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:58:41 -0700
Workin’ for a Livin’
Workin’ for a Livin’

Workin’ for a Livin’
Five steps to a more magical workplace.
by Deborah Blake 

In my view of the perfect world, we would all own Pagan stores, do Tarot readings, create beautiful crafts, or make our living in some other way that satisfies our Pagan inclinations. Alas, for most of us, earning money to put food on the table requires that we spend our days toiling away at more mundane jobs, often under circumstances that are more likely to sap our spirits than to sustain them.

However, that doesn’t mean that we should give up on our dreams. In my experience, magick can find you almost anywhere, if you are willing to look for it. So, until the day when that perfect Pagan world arrives, here are some guidelines to help you survive — even thrive — in the everyday workplace.

I have wanted to be a writer all my life. But in the past I had lots of explanations as to why I couldn’t start writing. Then, two years ago, an idea so possessed me that I had to write it down and share it. I ignored all the reasons that I knew my writing career couldn’t take off, and did it anyway.

]]> (Deborah Blake) Spiritual Practice Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:25:35 -0700
The Magick of Travel
City Witch

©2012 Holly Golightly

The Magick of Travel
by Christopher Penczak

We often think that magick only occurs in neatly compartmentalized times and places. When I meditate, create ritual or attend a workshop, I am open to magick. Otherwise, I have a typical, ordinary everyday life, or so I used to think. I’ve learned better; everything is magical. Everything has the potential to show you the mysteries of the universe.

]]> (Christopher Penczak) Spiritual Practice Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:27:35 -0700
Self-Hypnosis: Easy Ways to Hypnotize Your Problems Away

Easy Ways to Hypnotize Your Problems Away  
by Dr. Bruce Goldberg
New Page Books


I was skeptical at best when I picked up this book. Self-hypnosis has always seemed to be too good to be true. Most of what I had previously read on the subject was a combination of pseudo-New Age meditation, hype, and recto-fumigation. However, Dr. Goldberg’s book presents hypnosis in a serious and scientific way.

]]> (Josh Shanks) Reviews Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:26:26 -0700
Finding the City of Light
City Witch

©2012 Holly Golightly

Finding the
City of Light

by Christopher Penczak

“Cities are not natural. Cities are not magical. Cities are not sacred.” So we often hear, but I don’t believe it for a minute.

As modern pagans, witches, sha-mans and mages, we have been conditioned to long for a techno-free utopia, a garden of paradise. Many of us look to the matriarchal Stone Age cultures, claiming that these societies possessed a perfect paradise without violence, war, crime or any social ills.

It is because of this anti-urban attitude that I wrote my first book, City Magick: Urban Rituals, Spells and Shamanism. Mythic cities abound in pagan mythology, and if we look to such stories for guidance and inspiration, how can we claim cities are not magical?

]]> (Christopher Penczak) Spiritual Practice Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:35:42 -0700
Goddess Gift

Goddess Gift  
by Sharon Turnbull, Ph.D
Quiet Time Press, 2007


Maybe there’s a reason why for thousands of years individual people have been drawn to particular gods and goddesses. In Dr. Sharon Turnbull’s book Goddess Gift, she helps readers discover their own “personal goddess type,” the female deity who most resembles their own personality and who can help them better themselves.

]]> (Nic Davidson) Reviews Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:04:16 -0700
Good Karma: How to Find It and Keep it

Good Karma:  
How to Find It and Keep it  
by Joan Duncan Oliver
Duncan Baird, 2006


Good Karma: How to Find and Keep It is such a cute little book that it may mislead the reader into thinking it can’t possibly be serious. Such a judgment would be mistaken.

]]> (Dragonlady) Reviews Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:51:57 -0700
The Amulet Manual: A Guide to Understanding and Making Your Own Amulets

The Amulet Manual:  
A Guide to Understanding and Making Your Own Amulets  
by Kim Farnell
O Books, 2007


Most Pagans, once they have some experience, prefer to create their own magical objects. The Amulet Manual is a guidebook to making amulets, magical objects aimed at drawing a particular sort of energy, influence, or entity.

]]> (Lupa) Reviews Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:49:22 -0700
Make Your Own Love Altar


©2012 Holly Golightly

Make Your Own Love Altar!
by LaSara Firefox 

I love sex. I love talking about it, writing about it, reading about it, and having it.

I also love writing in general, mostly on the topics of sex and sexuality, feminism, and “alternative” lifestyle choices. (I always want to ask “Alternative to what?”) I work in the sex industry as a sideline, I’m a sex educator and self-proclaimed expert, a Witch, neo-feminist, mother of two, and wife to a supercool guy.

Through the years I have chosen to participate in a wide variety of relationship styles including polyamory, monogamy, singleness-by-choice, and celibacy, and see the benefits that each held for me. I’m a queer identified sex-radical, married to the father of my kids, and my husband and I are committed to egalitarian child rearing, career development, and in clear communication in our primary relationship and beyond.

]]> (LaSara Firefox ) Personal Altars Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:50:09 -0700
The Crafty Witch

The Crafty Witch:
101 Ideas for Every Occasion
by Willow Polson
Kensington, 2007

If you enjoyed Ms. Polson’s Witch Crafts (Kensington, 2002) you are absolutely going to enjoy The Crafty Witch! This is a richly-illustrated book filled with crafts just about any one of us can make. From cross-stitch “Never Thirst” sippie cups to embellished altar shelves to handmade soaps, Ms. Polson has put together a charming collection of things we can make.

]]> (Lisa McSherry) Reviews Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:42:54 -0700
So Many Rituals, So Little Time

So Many Rituals, So Little Time
by  Wendy Thurston

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
— Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

As a solitary practitioner I spent lots of time planning and implementing rituals. Not only did I recognize the eight major holidays, as well as full moons and new moons; I also observed the quarter phases of the moon. I would spend a couple of hours setting up and planning a ritual, an hour or two in ritual, then it would take another half hour to clean up and put all my paraphernalia away.

The more I got involved in planning and presenting learning circles for a local Pagan group and organizing public rituals, the more my personal practice fell by the wayside. First the quarter moon rituals, then the new moon. The full moon and sun rituals soon followed, until all my attention seemed to be focused on making magic happen for others.

]]> (Wendy Thurston ) Spiritual Practice Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:11:14 -0700