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Shaman Pathways –
THE DRUID SHAMAN:
Exploring the Celtic Otherworld
By Danu Forest 
Series: Shaman Pathways
Paperback: 94 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (January 7, 2014)
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Covering the basics of Celtic shamanism, with reference to traditional lore and source materials through the lens of both ancient and modern Druidry and shamanic practice, The Druid Shaman is a well rounded guide, showing the seamless cross over between Druidry and shamanism in the Celtic tradition. It covers topics such as how to attain and work with guides and allies, understanding the spirit realm and interaction with spirits of all kinds, accessing powers of place, traveling the world tree and working with the seven directions and exploring and navigating within the Celtic Otherworld. With practical techniques, exercises and core skills, The Druid Shaman can be used as a practical manual as well as a valuable resource for practicing shamans and druids as well as those new to the subject.

REVIEW:
A sound, practical introduction to a complex and wide-ranging subject. Danu Forest's guidance chimes closely with my own experience of working with spirits over many years. Integrating folk traditions, literary sources and archaeology with contemporary practice, Danu combines visually strong and spiritually apposite ideas with sensitive advice concerning our relations with spirit, as well as working with sacred sites. As Danu says, how we perceive the spirits we connect with as Druids does make a difference. Having been plugging the notion of Druidry as the native 'shamanic' tradition of Britain and Europe since 1974, it's good to see that it's increasingly catching on, not only amongst fellow Druids, but also amongst archaeologists. I believe we are heading in a direction that links us very firmly with the spirit of ancient Druidry. This is what I call rekindling the sacred fire of Druidry, and I believe Danu Forest's 'The Druid Shaman' will play a part in this rekindling.
--Philip Shallcrass - 'Greywolf' Chief of the British Druid Order.

About the Author:
Danu Forest is a Celtic Shaman, Witch and Druid Priestess with over 20 years working in the Celtic Mysteries. Danu runs the Druid group 'Grove of the Avalon Sidhe' and teaches workshops and successful online courses on Natural magic, Celtic shamanism, Faery tradition and Seasonal Celebrations. She also runs a magical and shamanic consultancy in Glastonbury, UK.

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ELMER CROWLEY
By Tom Bradley,
David Aronson (Illustrator), Nick Patterson (Illustrator)
Publisher: Mandrake
Paperback, 134 pages
Publication date: 8/31/2013
List Price: $16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Bless me, curse me.
For better or worse,
my fallopian fall into matter. . .
After making careful preparations to ensure himself a proper reincarnation,
the dying
ALEISTER CROWLEY
flubs one syllable of the magickal incantation . . .
and comes back as
ELMER FUDD.

After making careful preparations to ensure himself a proper reincarnation, the dying Aleister Crowley flubs one syllable of the magickal incantation…and comes back as Elmer Fudd.

The pictures David Aronson did before getting sick are black and white. They take Crowley from his death, through his judgement in the Hall of the Divine Kings, and stop just as he is being sucked into Looney Tunes Land.

At that point, Nick Patterson takes over, and the color is switched on. It’s like the old movie, when Dorothy gets out of Kansas and arrives in Oz. The different style of pictures announces the big change in scene.

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TAROT FOR LIFE:
Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth
By Paul Quinn, Rachel Pollack (Foreword )
Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
Publication date: 6/16/2009
Edition description: Original
Paperback,  296 pages
List Price: $17.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Paul Quinn transforms the Tarot from fortune-telling into the ultimate self-help tool for intuitive guidance, empowerment, and well-being. Discover how to apply the Tarot, as a lifelong resource, to access inner wisdom and gain deeper insights and practical, inspired guidance in relationships, career, family, and personal growth. With illustrations from the Universal Waite deck, the book offers 78 engaging casebook examples (one for each card) from Quinn’s readings for clients. Drawing on Jungian psychology, the Hindu chakras, and other esoteric traditions, he explains how the Tarot can reveal unconscious patterns and offer soul-directed advice leading to positive changes and greater well-being. Quinn also provides guidelines on reading the cards for oneself and others, interpreting reversed cards, handling difficult disclosures, and psychic self-care.

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ANCIENT RUNE COMPENDIUM
By Ms Allaria QueVen
Paperback: 52 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 21, 2012)
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
All twenty-four Futhark ancient runes with images, pronunciation, explanations, divination information, bind rune use suggestions, lore and reading layouts.










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THE VOODOO DOLL SPELLBOOK:
A Compendium of Ancient and Contemporary Spells and Rituals
By Denise Alvarado, Dorothy Morrison (Foreword)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (June 1, 2014)
List Price: $21.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The Pin Is Mightier Than the Sword

"Denise Alvarado is a true hoodoo mamba home girl who burned hi-octane conjure in New Orleans where she grew up, and on visits to relatives in the Mississippi bayous, where she was formally introduced to the Voodoo/hoodoo path. Called by the spirits and taught conjuration by family members, she was working the goofer from five years old. That's some serious heat. Denise is no pretender. She's for real. She fixes the formulas, raises the spirits, calculates the mathematics, and works wonders at the old dirt track crossroads." -Doktor Snake, author of Doktor Snake's Voodoo Spellbook

When it comes to Voodoo, few things are more iconic than the Voodoo doll. Known also as conjure dolls, doll babies, dollies, baby dolls, poppets, fetich, fetish, and effigies, they are servants of fast-acting, long-lasting magic. If you are seeking a new job or new friends, need to find your one true love or keep your lover at home, wish to be rid of your enemies or protect yourself from thievery, in these pages you will find the doll and the spell to do just that and more.

Drawing not only on New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo traditions, Alvarado also presents doll spellwork from ancient Greece, Egypt, Malaysia, Japan, Africa, and the European grimoires of old magic. You'll learn how to make, use, and properly dispose of your Voodoo doll.

Be warned: this is some of the most effective magic that exists so be ready to reap what you are about to sow, or in this case, sew!

About the Author:

Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the Voodoo- and hoodoo-rich culture of New Orleans. She has studied mysticism and practiced Creole Voodoo and indigenous healing traditions for over three decades. She is an independent researcher, writer, artist, spiritual advisor, and cultural consultant. She currently lives in Arizona. She is the author of the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook.



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