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Masonic Magician, by Philipa Faulks and Robert L.D. Cooper

The Masonic Magician does a wonderful job of presenting the facts of Cagliostro’s life and allows readers to reach their own conclusions about the character the infamous Count Alessandro Cagliostro.
John Dee by Glindoni

John Dee and the Empire of Angels, by Jason Louv

Jason Louv's new book, John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochain Magick and the Occult Roots of the Modern World, is a departure from his previous works.
Occulture, by Carl Abrahamsson

Occulture: The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward

Occulture: The Unseen Forces that Drive Culture Forward is a collection of essays and lectures that set out to explore the places where the magical bleeds into the cultural, influences it, and leaves it both changed and charged.
Statue of Samantha Stevens, photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

A witch’s guide to Salem: Navigating the sacred and the profane

Consumerism is not going to disappear, so perhaps we can be discerning, provide education, and look at Salem as a locus of witch activity
Washing basin, photo by Flood G.

A spell of awe and protection: The Washing Verse

The Washing Verse is a versatile spell from the Icelandic grimoire tradition. The main intention behind it is protection. The act of washing is used to remove all the negative projections that people cast on you. It therefore adopts a quality of purification.
Return of Odin, by Richard Rudgley

Return of Odin, by Richard Rudgley

The Return of Odin, which bears a preface entitled “The Gathering Storm” is bound to occasion a certain amount of nervousness, particularly given the subject matter. That being said, once I completed the book, this title makes perfect sense in its context.
The Sacred Conspiracy, reviewed at Spiral Nature

Sacred Conspiracy, edited by Marina Galletti and Alastair Brotchie

The Sacred Conspiracy is a book to be revisited, mulled over and discussed.
Menstruation and magick: Reclaiming the power of the body

Menstruation and magick: Reclaiming the power of the body

The heightened sensitivity that many people feel during their periods can lead to greater access of reflective powers and give insight into our worlds.
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The Path of Modern Yoga, by Elliott Goldberg

Yoga is a complex and rich tradition that I have come to love very much. Because of my own interest, I jumped at the chance to review Elliott Goldberg's The Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice.
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Horary astrology: What it is and where it comes from

This is the practical side of astrology, the astrology for common people and handy deals. Now, we are used to everyone knowing the date and time of their birth, but in the past only few people could afford to pay an astrologer to record their birth time and create a natal chart. With horary astrology, any kind of situation can be examined without birth details. People still had questions and problems, and a way to read the stars based on the moment the astrologer accepts the question was accessible to everybody, like it is still now, even though this kind of astrology wasn't very popular for a time. Horary astrology can even answer less practical-seeming questions, such as those about magick or dream analysis.

The Witch, by Ronald Hutton

All in all, The Witch isn’t a book for those with only a passing interest in the cackling hags of popular culture. Instead, it’s a meticulously researched, erudite attempt at gaining a real understanding of the beliefs surrounding witchcraft, the various ways in which they developed around the world, and how they gave rise to the European witch trials. Refreshingly, the tone throughout is one of a genuine, immersive curiosity about the subject, rather than the implicit world-weary cynicism which so de-vitalizes some other scholarly surveys on the subject
Hades by redcarpet2010

Worshipping familiar gods: Going beyond pop culture

We can be called to honour deities from cultures other than our own. Even if we have seen a movie with the deity in it, there's still more to learn.
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