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ORISHAS, GODDESSES, AND VOODOO QUEENS:
The Divine Feminine in the African Religious Traditions
by Lilith Dorsey
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (May 11, 2020)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An inspiring exploration of the goddesses of the West African spiritual traditions and their role in shaping Yoruba (Ifa), Santeria, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.

Throughout Africa and beyond in the diaspora caused by the slave trade, the divine feminine was revered in the forms of goddesses like the ancient Nana Buluku, water spirits like Yemaya, Oshun, and Mami Wata, and the warrior Oya. The power of these goddesses and spirit beings has taken root in the West. New Orleans, for example, is the home of Marie Laveau, who used her magical powers to become the “Voodoo Queen” of New Orleans.

Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens shows you how to celebrate and cultivate the traits of these goddesses, drawing upon their strengths to empower your own life. In addition to offering a guided tour of the key goddesses of the African religious traditions, the book offers magical spells, rituals, potions, astrological correspondences, sacred offerings, and much more to help guide you on your own transformational journey.

From the Introduction:
"There has never before been a book of this kind, and I welcome the opportunity to share this material based on thirty years of scholarship and practice in these traditions. An exciting and an extreme time is now upon us. History has a long list of orishas, loas, goddesses, warrior women, and queens who have embodied the sacred feminine from the dawn of time. These can serve as wise teachers from the past, helping us to navigate an empowered future. In fact, there is nothing that can’t be accomplished with the assistance of these forces, as they hold the keys to the ancient mysteries of life itself. One of my spiritual elders likes to remind me that the original mystery was not one of death, but of birth. Birth is a slow and secret process. The orishas, loas, and goddesses nurture physical, emotional, and spiritual births on every level, just as they continually nurture us." - Lilith Dorsey

Oshún:
Beauty, love, money, fertility, honey, gold—the orisha Oshún represents all the good things in life. She embodies the sweet things that are as old as time.

In the African diasporic religions, Oshún is described as the Ashe of the river. It is here that her truly sacred energy resides. A river is a liminal place, the sacred site of in-between where magick is made. It is a place of both earth and water. Here is a divine crossroads of spiritual energy. It is fertile with potential and possibility. This is the location where people leave offerings to Oshún, and also where her holy ceremonies are held. Oshún’s river water is a divine vehicle of healing. It is this water that makes all of life possible. She is vital to creation in this world and the next. This is true in all the religions where she is honored, from Ifa to Lucumi to Candomble. She has the divine power to both bless and birth.

Oya:
The wind, the tornado, the hurricane—all of these are the domain of the great and powerful orisha Oya. She is the active embodiment of change. Oya can very often manifest as change in the form of severe weather. She is the lightning strike that hits with insane accuracy. Civil rights activist Dick Gregory used to speak of the HER-icane, a powerful force of the wind that started in Africa, where the roots of mass slavery began, and carried its anger over the ocean, destroying the New World and finally stopping at Canada. This is the kind of energy Oya brings. Oya's Ashe, or sacred life force, is said to reside in the Niger River, which in the Yoruba language bears her name. And just like the river, she brings opportunity with every twist and turn. Her power is multifaceted and multidimensional. Oya has the power to travel between spaces and worlds, between the living and the dead.


Reviews:
Lilith Dorsey opens the door and shines a light upon the world of African Traditional Religions and their magnificent deities of the Divine Feminine. Her exceptional storytelling, delicious recipes, offerings, and appendixes give the reader instant access for working properly and respectfully with the orishas, goddesses and Voodoo queens who are frequently misunderstood or misinterpreted. This book is a must-have for anyone seeking practical and authentic knowledge on how to begin their journey into the multifaceted worlds of African Traditional Religions. I truly enjoyed it. It is a fantastic read and a book I shall return to many times. Ayibobo!” -- Najah Lightfoot, author of Good Juju: Mojos, Rites, & Practices for the Magical Soul
In Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens, Lilith Dorsey takes readers on an exploratory journey of a beautiful religious current, examining its history, evolution, and even its most complex and uncomfortable aspects, such as slavery, syncretism, and cultural prejudices. The book also includes the most curious recipes and interesting anecdotes, all summed up in one accessible read.” --Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags.


Lilith Dorsey writes from her heart and from the heart of her devoted service as a priestess of the Divine Feminine. While she encourages her readers to seek a "House" and trustworthy mentor with whom to seek initiation, she also gives clear instructions and suggestions for ritual practices that anyone can use to experience these beautiful African goddesses and spirits. I'm sure her words will inspire new generations of seekers and priestesses who are exploring their own paths to spirituality.”—Sallie Ann Glassman, author of Vodou Visions: An Encounter with Divine Mystery.


In Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, Lilith Dorsey has created a long-overdue, welcome, and helpful guide for all of those interested in goddess, lwa and orisha work. . . This book not only aids in the understanding of the Divinely Feminine of the Motherland and African Diaspora, but it also helps us interact through herbal connections, rituals, altars, prayers and invocations, storytelling, special food recipes, and so much more" -Stephanie Rose Bird, author of Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones

Applying what resonates most with self on one’s spiritual journey is what has worked for me over the years. Lilith Dorsey has created a divine companion Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens for seekers to turn to in their practices. Dive into this treasure chest of a book and learn various gems including spells, rituals, and incantations.” -- Riva Nyri Précil, artist, dancer, songstress, and author of Anaëlle ak Lasirèn.
"Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens is a practical guide for working with the energies of the divine feminine in a way that taps into an ancient well of mysteries while remaining accessible to all. I highly recommend Lilith Dorsey’s Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens for anyone who is interested in the stories and backgrounds of these spirits, for anyone who wishes to work with them through ritual and divination, and for all those looking to honor and amplify the sacred and divine feminine energy within themselves. --Denise Alvarado, author of The Magic of Marie Laveau and The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

"Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens is a one of a kind book and a must-have, a truly unique piece of work that has arrived at a crucial time.” --Witchdoctor Utu, author of Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad.

About the Author:
Lilith Dorsey, MA, hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on plant science, anthropology, and film at the University of Rhode Island, New York University, and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria, also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. She has been a professional psychic for over three decades. Lilith is a frequent presenter at festivals and gatherings, including the Sirius Rising Festival, Sankofa Fest, New York City’s Pagan Pride Day, and the Earth Warriors Festival. She is a regular guest on several Pagan blogtalk radio shows.






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UTTERLY WICKED:
Hexes, Curses, and Other Unsavory Notions
by Dorothy Morrison, Amy Blackthorn (Foreword)
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (May 11, 2020)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Protect yourself (and maybe indulge in a little payback) with practical instructions from one of the most beloved figures of Wicca and the Neo-Pagan movement.

Utterly Wicked is one of the most important books I own and one that every serious witch and magickal practitioner should have on their shelf.” —Mat Auryn, author of The Psychic Witch

Hexes, curses, and other unsavory notions—most magical practitioners won’t even discuss them. Why? Because they’d much rather find a positive solution that benefits all concerned. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Occasionally, though, our problems are such that nothing in the positive solution arena will handle them.

It’s time to make a decision to stand tough, be strong, and take definitive action to defend ourselves. And if you‘re ready to do that—if you‘re ready to own that action and take responsibility for it—then Utterly Wicked is for you.

Jam-packed with more than one hundred rituals, incantations, hexes, and curses, this is the quintessential primer for learning all the magical tricks no one wants to talk about. Do you know the proper way to enter a cemetery? Utterly Wicked tells you how, as well as the proper methods for collecting and using graveyard dirt. Explore the little-known secrets of the 11-inch fashion doll, and see why it‘s become such a valuable magical tool. Learn how to prepare Hot Foot Powder, Four Thieves Vinegar, Goofer Dust, and other magical components designed to obliterate your toughest problems. Most important, you‘ll find the tools to protect yourself, your family, and your home from ever being bothered with these sorts of difficulties again.
EXCERPT:
Do You Have What it Takes?
Curses are not for the namby-pamby. Nor are they for fluffy bunnies or for those who insist that even the worst of horrors happen for a reason. They are for gutsy folks with the courage to do something about their situations when all other possibilities have been exhausted.

But just the same, curses aren’t to be taken lightly or flung about without due cause and serious thought. They’re not your normal type of magic and certainly not anything that should be performed as readily as a protection spell or a money spell. In fact, there’s good reason that they’re usually at the top of the magical practitioner’s ten-foot-pole list.

Cursing someone takes an inordinate amount of energy. Energy that you’ve stored for other things, like the simple business of everyday living. And cursing someone effectively is going to wipe out all your reserves. It's important to remember that you’re going to be transferring that energy to the person on the other end of your magic.


Lost and Away Powder
When dealing with folks who can’t seem to mind their own business, use this powder to get them out of your life and banish them for good. I’m told that it’s also an excellent tool for keeping others from breaking through psychic boundaries.
  • Crossroads Dirt
  • Mistletoe
  • Orris
  • Sage
  • Sulfur (the heads from three matches works nicely)

The Vinegar Bath
Long known for its healing and curative properties, vinegar also has the capacity to slice through psychic grime, making it perfect for this bath.
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
Add the ingredients to a warm tub of water, then stir clockwise with your index finger until well mixed.

Oshun Oil
Dedicated to the Goddess of the same name, this oil is not only used by women to draw love and money but as a protection from enemies as well. To stay on the good side of Oshun, always taste the honey before adding it, so She knows it isn’t poisoned.
  • Anise
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey (a drop or two will do it)
  • Jasmine
  • Orange Peel
  • Rose

Putting a Hex or a Curse in Magical Reverse
If you’ve resorted to this section, you obviously can’t retrieve the remnants of your original spell. You may have delivered a curse on the power of words alone. You may have opted to go the gift route and delivered something with a built-in hex. In either case though, you have absolutely nothing to work with that’s going to be of any help. This means that you’re going to need a lot of resolve, some serious focus, and the tenacity of the most willful bulldog. But if you’re willing to work at this, there’s no doubt you’ll succeed.

The first thing you’ll need to have in hand is a copy of any words (incantations, evocations, verbal curses, etc.) that you may have said while casting the original spell. If you kept a copy of it, grab it now, and thank the Gods for making you so analretentive. If you didn’t though, do your best to call it up, and spend some time writing it down.

Next, obtain an old, knitted sweater. The color isn’t important. Neither is the size. In this case, only two things matter: 1) You have never actually worn the sweater, and 2) you’re willing to reduce it to yarn. If you don’t already have something suitable on hand, check your local thrift shop.

Once you have the sweater, gather the paper on which the incantations are written and a black permanent marker. Now write the words on the sweater. It’s not important that they’re legible; it’s only important that they’ve been written on the sweater and that you have done it yourself. Use the front and back if necessary.

Reviews:

Empowering and invigorating, Utterly Wicked: Hexes, Curses, and Other Unsavory Notions is true to its title as it contains an array of fiercely shrewd and cunning magical spells of justified revenge for every imaginable circumstance. It is also brimming with an abundance of recipes to make oils, powders and washes not only for cursing purposes but for self-confidence, protection and more! After having read this book, it is clearly apparent that Dorothy Morrison is an exceptionally devoted teacher. Most impressive, however, is her ongoing compassionate concern for her readers’ psychological and spiritual well-being. This book is, without a doubt, a treasure chest of precious information.” -- Miss Aida, author of Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic

Sassy, wise, and wonderful, Dorothy Morrison’s Utterly Wicked opens the gateway into a witchcraft garden that has been largely ignored. This book is filled with creative ideas for turning the tables, declaring personal agency, and correcting life’s little quagmires. Highly recommended by this village witch—go buy it!” -- H. Byron Ballard, author of Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time


I cannot say enough about Utterly Wicked! If I were to describe this book, I would call it utterly amazing, utterly thorough, and utterly potent. Dorothy goes through the side of magic that is talked about more in whispers than it is spoken about openly. She has done a phenomenal job in showing the reader practical applications that will enable them to send their worst enemy to hell and look forward to the trip! Utterly Wicked is filled with priceless knowledge that any practitioner of magic should have. From rats to roaches, hair to fingernails, this book has it all! I cannot recommend Utterly Wicked highly enough to anyone that has a desire to learn. The power in this magical writing is one that will bring change to both the reader and their enemies!” – Hoodoo Sen Moise, author of Working Conjure.


"Dorothy Morrison is a wonderfully magickal powerhouse. Utterly Wicked is a groundbreaking and necessary work that tells honest truths and, more importantly, provides strong solutions for every eventuality. It is a must have for any spiritual person worth their salt." -- Lilith Dorsey, author of Love Magic

"Dorothy Morrison knows that in real witchcraft wars, you don’t bring beach sand to a graveyard dirt fight. Yet, protection and defense are two aspects of modern-day witchcraft that are often misunderstood. Whether a neophyte or an adept in the magickal arts, I highly recommend Dorothy Morrison’s Utterly Wicked: Hexes, Curses and Unsavory Notions as the perfect introduction to this body of knowledge” --Denise Alvarado, author of The Magic of Marie Laveau and The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook


Dorothy Morrison has created a book magical people have long needed. Sometimes it is okay to curse and enact magic in anger, and she is not afraid to show us how. This collection of spells and ritual is lively, entertaining, informative, and–more importantly–forces us to a new level of self-responsibility and spiritual introspection. I applaud Dorothy’s courage for making this controversial material available after all too many years of suppression and needless fear.” –Edain McCoy, author of In a Graveyard at Midnight and Advanced Witchcraft.


About the Author:
Dorothy Morrison is the award-winning author of numerous books on the ancient arts and their application to modern life. A practicing witch since the early 1970s, Morrison is an elder of the Georgian Tradition of Wicca and an initiate of the RavenMyst Circle Tradition. Formal training and group memberships aside, her true focus has always been on magic and its practical application to everyday living. Morrison lives a magical life near New Orleans with her husband, Mark, and their black Lab, Dixie.

Amy Blackthorn has a certification in aromatherapy and incorporates her experiences in traditional witchcraft with her horticulture studies. Amy’s company, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends, creates tea based on old Hoodoo herbal formulas.




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THE 21 DIVISIONS:
Mysteries and Magic of Dominican Voodoo
by Hector Salva, Hoodoo Sen Moise (Foreword)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (June 1, 2020)
List Price: $18.95

FROM THE PUBLSIHER:
One of the first books to explore the unique tradition of Dominican shamanism, the magical practices called the 21 Divisions.

Like all forms of Caribbean Voodoo, practitioners of the 21 Divisions believe in one God, a distant God that doesn’t get involved in human affairs. Followers of this Dominican spiritual tradition believe that God created intermediaries to help humans, beings known as Los Misterios.

The Misterios are powerful beings with rulership and dominion over universal forces and human conditions. Practitioners of the 21 Divisions have ways of connecting with the Misterios to achieve success in life, improve their careers, resolve love and relationship issues, heal illness, and much more.

Filled with detailed insider information and real stories of healing, magic, and mystery, this book will serve as an illuminating guide to the 21 Divisions. Hector Salva―one of the foremost authorities on the practice of the 21 Divisions―offers his insights into:

  • The history and foundations of Dominican Voodoo
  • The major Misterios, or spirits, of the 21 Divisions
  • Ceremonies, rituals, and magical spells
  • How to get started on the path of the 21 Divisions

EXCERPT:
An Oral Tradition
Handed down orally and at first within the bloodlines of the family only, the many ways of practicing are not recorded in any book. This leads to great changes in short periods of time, as anyone who has ever played a game of telephone or whisper down the lane is well aware of. The tradition is also dependent upon human memory, the capacity and willingness to learn and absorb information, and the commitment of the students so that they can be fit enough to pass the teachings on. After receiving the teachings, the student-turned-teacher must also be able to correctly and fully share them with others.

In order to preserve the tradition and its practices, priests and priestesses came together creating secret groups to hand down the secrets, knowledge, and rituals. Families who had preserved the knowledge within them did the same. Rules and manner of practice, as well as other information would be shared and passed down to apprentices and students.


The Misterios
The Misterios are divided into groups known as Divisiones or Divisions. each group contains an array of spirits with an energy that binds them together. There are said to be twenty-one groups, thus the name 21 Divisions. Beginning at the highest level, there are three major divisions: the Black Division, the White Division, and the Blue Division. The Black Division encompasses the two major divisions of earth and fire. The White Division is also known as the Rada Division and connected to the energy of air. The Blue Division is of water and encompasses the Misterios of the Taino Indians of the islands and the water spirits. each of these three major divisions is split into seven divisions each. Thus, we get a total of 21 Divisions. Furthermore, there are magical meanings, sacredness, and associations in the numbers 3, 7, and 21. All are considered lucky and holy numbers.

The Divisions

Division Legba/Legba Division
The Division Legba is the group of Misterios connected with doors, passageways, and gates. Doors, gateways, and roads all represent opportunity and the potential for growth and progress in the 21 Divisions. When one has one’s doors or roads closed, this denotes that they lack any chances, opportunities, and therefore luck. Obstacles on one’s roads lead to troubles and issues. This division is the one in charge of opening the doors and roads in order for progress and success. Likewise it controls closing the doors and roads so that negativity cannot reach the servidor. This most well- known Misterio of this division is it’s leader Papa Legba.

Division del Fuego/Fire Division
This division is comprised of all the Misterios of Fire. This division’s ruler is known as Candelo Cedife and is associated with St. Charles Borromeo. The Fire Division is also known as Division Candelo (Candelo’s Division). The color of this division is red. It is mostly consulted for reversing hexes, getting revenge or justice, resolving difficult cases, cleansing, protection, and improving business and work. The Fire Division is one of the largest within the 21 Divisions. Within the Fire Division, many smaller divisions also exist.

Division de Justicia/Justice Division
This division is composed of all the Misterios of Justice and ruled by Belie Belcan. Sometimes this division is also called the Division Belcan. The Misterios of this division rule over creating justice and balance. In life, many of these Misterios assist in court cases, legal matters, and other such life issues. They can also be called up to serve justice or defend those who are just. Many of the Misterios of this division have lesser followings than its leader Belie



Reviews:
Dominican voodoo priest Salva brings to lay readers his vast knowledge of his Las 21 Divisiones (or the 21 Divisions) practice in this comprehensive work. Salva brings forth Dominican voodoo’s beauty and complexity. The book’s sensual anecdotes and stories of rituals and well-known Brujos create intimacy and resonance.”-- Publishers Weekly

From the riveting accounts of the hardships endured by the African slaves and their ingenious tactics for preserving their spiritual beliefs to a detailed description of Dominican Voodoo and its deities, The 21 Divisions is a masterpiece -- a fascinating, and reader-friendly explanation of these previously enigmatic magico-religious practices. Both my blood relatives and spiritual elders, all born in the early 1900s, practiced Cuban Santeria-- an African Traditional Religion (ATR) that closely parallels many aspects of Dominican Voodoo. Until I read The 21 Divisions, it was my fear that the moral codes of honor associated with those practices had died, along with that generation. Instead, Hector Salva has emphatically preserved the integrity and outstanding character, brought forth by the African slaves, deemed necessary to be an expert and honorable practitioner. This book is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind classic!”--Miss Aida, author of Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic

This book is a must have! Papa Hector has filled it full of information needed to understand the Mysteries. The 21 Divisions contains valuable information for both the novice and the experienced worker. He explains each division in detail that is easy to understand and there are some hidden jewels, if you really listen. To be honest, when I was reading The 21 Divisions, I had to force myself to put it down, I have not read a book in a long time that held me captive like this one has. Papa Hector has written this book in a way that you feel like you are sitting there, and he is speaking directly to you. I cannot recommend this book enough!”-- Starr Casas, author of Old Style Conjure and Divination Conjure Style

As both an academic and a priest of Afro-Diasporic traditions, I often react with hopeful trepidation when anyone who doesn't wear both those hats publishes a book on the subject. I am therefore pleased with this offering from Hector Salva. Neither a dry analysis nor simply another attempt at a DIY manual, this book combines a personal journey of religious exploration with a broad view of the diverse and multifaceted tradition of Dominican Vodú (21 Divisions). Anyone reading this will come away with a better understanding of Afro-Dominican religiosity.”-- Eoghan Craig Ballard, Ph.D., Ethnographer

Based on his own deep insights as a brujo (wizard), Hector Salva has written a concise, colorful introduction to the divinities and rituals of Dominican Vodou. This is religious ethnography as it should be written and read.”-- Donald Cosentino, Professor Emeritus, World Arts and Cultures, University of California-Los Angeles, author of Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou and In Extremis: Death and Life in Twenty-First Century Haitian Art

French and Spanish colonizers carved an island in half, but they could not kill its people’s spirits. Many have heard of the African Diaspora traditions of the Haitian side of this island, but not as many know about the Dominican side. Papa Hector Salva introduces us to the world of the 21 Divisions of Dominican Voodoo. The 21 Divisions is a deep, colorful narrative about a lesser-known tradition and its continued survival inside the Dominican Republic and the rest of the world. Papa Hector’s contribution to our understanding of the Misterios and their servants is important and deeply needed.”-- Mambo Chita Tann, author of Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti’s Indigenous Spiritual Tradition

The 21 Divisions is an amazing book about magic and brujería.”-- Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags

About the Author:
Born and raised in a family of brujos (witch-doctors, healers, and sorcerers) that practiced 21 Divisions, Sanse, and Puerto Rican Espiritismo, Hector Salva (Papa Hector) started training as a brujo in 1989 and initiated in his family lineages of 21 Divisions and Sanse. He was raised by his grandmother, Dona Juana Acevedo, Bruja and Espiritista. In 2003, Papa Hector was initiated into Haitian Voodoo as a Houngan Asogwe, a high priest of the Asson lineage.

Hoodoo Sen Moise (pronounced mo-eez) was raised in Southern Conjure and Hoodoo. As a child, he was taught by his grandfather to speak with the ancestors and, by the age of four, was able to see the spirits and had learned to open the door to power, wisdom, and service. He is now among the foremost authorities on the topic and also an initiated practitioner of several African Diaspora traditions. Hoodoo Sen Moise resides in New Orleans, where he is co-owner of the shop Conjure New Orleans with author Starr Casas. He teaches in New Orleans, Salem, and elsewhere in the United States. Working Conjure is his first book.




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Pagan Portals
THOR
by Morgan Daimler
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (April 1, 2020)
List Price: $10.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Thor is an immensely popular God but also one of contradictions, whose complexity is sometimes underrated. Often depicted as oafish, he was clever enough to outwit the dwarf Alviss (All-wise). A god of storms and thunder, he brought fertility and blessed brides at weddings and although a defender of civilization and order, he usually travelled with a trickster deity. Pagan Portals - Thor is an introductory book that examines both history and mythology, untangling older beliefs from modern pop-culture.

About the Author:
Morgan Daimler is a blogger, poet, teacher of esoteric subjects, witch, and priestess of the Daoine Maithe. Morgan is a prolific pagan writer, having published more than a dozen books under Moon Books alone, and she is one of the world's foremost experts on all things Fairy. She lives in Connecticut, USA.






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Pagan Portals
LOKI:
Trickster and Transformer
by Dagulf Loptson
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (June 1, 2020)
List Price: $10.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Loki Laufeyjarson is the famous trickster of Norse Mythology, who brings its pages to life with conflict, humor, and excitement. Far from being just a villain or a prankster, Loki is a god who brings necessary change into the world, transcends boundaries, and shines light on hidden truth. In this book, you will be introduced to Loki and the many masks he wears: whether he appears as the bringer of enlightenment, the traveling companion of the gods, or the ender of worlds. This is also an accessible guide to building a devotional practice with the trickster, where you will learn new ways to honor this often misunderstood deity. Open the door to Loki's mysteries, and prepare to laugh, be challenged, and potentially change your life.

About the Author:
Dagulf Loptson is a writer, tattoo artist, witch, and devotional polytheist. He has been a devotee of Loki for over 20 years and is the author of Playing With Fire: An Exploration of Loki Laufeyjarson.





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Pagan Portals
PERSEPHONE:
Practicing the Art of Personal Power
by Robin Corak
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (May 1, 2020)
List Price: $10.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Embark upon a powerful journey with Persephone, Queen of the Underworld and Goddess of Spring, as she helps you to discover your personal power and take control of your life. 'There is something for everyone in this book, which will be of interest to long-standing devotees of Persephone as well as those feeling newly-called to work with this powerful Goddess who helps us to walk a path of empowerment.' Jhenah Telyndru, founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon and author of Rhiannon: Great Queen of the Celtic Britons

About the Author:
A practicing pagan for roughly 20 years, Robin Corak is a long-time member of the Sisterhood of Avalon where she currently serves as the Board Secretary. She has been published in a variety of anthologies and teaches locally and nationally at conferences including Paganicon, and Pantheacon. Robin is also the CEO of a large non-profit organization, a member of the Forbes Non-Profit Council, and a recipient of multiple leadership awards. She lives in Edgewood, WA, USA.



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Pagan Portals
ISHTAR AND ERESHKIGAL
The Daughters of Sin
by Scott Irvine
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (April 1, 2020)
List Price: $10.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Ishtar and Ereshkigal are the daughters of the Moon God Sin and sisters of the Sun God Shamash and members of a family of deities called the Anunnaki who arrived from the heavens to the earth many thousands of years ago. Ishtar, as Inanna, was the original goddess of love and the forerunner to all of the fertility goddesses that followed. Ereshkigal was the original ruler of the underworld and the goddess of death. As the queens of heaven and the underworld, Ishtar and Ereshkigal represent the opposing forces that allow life, death and rebirth to occur in the world.

About the Author:
Scott Irvine has followed the path of the goddess since exploring the many goddess temples on the small islands of Malta and Gozo off the Sicilian coast in the spring of 2010. He has contributed to a number of anthologies, including Paganism 101, Naming the Goddess and Seven Ages of the Goddess, as well as publishing articles on the Moon Books blog. Scott lives in Portland, Dorset, UK.





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CAT TAROT :
78 Cards & Guidebook
(Whimsical and Humorous Tarot Deck, Stocking Stuffer for Kitten Lovers)
by Megan Lynn Kott (Illustrator)
Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 2, 2019)
List Price: $19.95

This entertaining modern twist to the classic tarot combines authenticity with a feline sense of humor in a complete deck for experienced and new readers alike, including 78 tarot cards and a guidebook on how to get the most out of the cat's wisdom.













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THE LIGHT SEER’S TAROT:
A 78 Card Deck & Guidebook
by Chris-Anne Donnelly
Publisher: Hay House Inc. (December 3, 2019)

List Price: $24.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER :
The Light Seer’s Tarot: A 78 Card Deck & Guidebook features: A compact, portable storage box measuring 2 ¾ inches x 4 ¾ inches. 








  • A deck of 78 cards with highly-detailed illustrations and bright, rich colors printed on 360gsm stock and finished with a matte lamination designed to keep the cards flexible and light for shuffling, while maintaining durability.

  • A 192-page guidebook of detailed keywords, meanings, and a mantra for each card. The guidebook also includes a brief intro to tarot for beginners, five new tarot spreads, and an exercise for finding your light seer and shadow seer card.

This 78-card tarot deck and guidebook is a healing tool and guide to explore both the light and shadow sides of our nature.

By re-imagining the traditional tarot archetypes and symbols in a contemporary, boho, and intuitive style, The Light Seer's Tarot expresses the light and shadow sides of our natures and explores the lessons that can be learned from both.

The expressive characters who live within the landscapes of the cards tell stories, ask questions, and provide guidance. This deck is an ideal companion as you seek to uncover the places in your life-and in yourself-that are most in need of illumination.


About the Author:
Chris-Anne Donnelly is a deck creator, artist, and magic-maker, as well as a marketing strategist and owner of Pixelbrand--a branding and graphic design company. She has successfully Kickstarted three independent card decks: The Sacred Creators Oracle, The Light Seer's Tarot, and The Muse Tarot, and she offers unique courses for creators that combine marketing and branding with manifestation and intuition.



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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again JULY 1st, 2020!
Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter











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