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Book of Interest—Traditional Witchcraft For The Seashore

Jan 10 2018 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest

Do the waves speak to you?

Craft practitioner and teacher Draco begins her Traditional Witchcraft series with a look at the magical setting created by the powerful combination of water, light, and moon. While most people associate Craft work with forests and meadows, Draco calls our attention to the magic of coastal landscapes shaped by the sea. She introduces us to Sea-Witches and tells us that the best time to do drawing magic is just before the high tide reaches its peak. She lets us know that estuaries foster chaos but are also sacred places of rebirth.

The book is chock full of physical plane information (weather, clouds, salt, driftwood, scallop shells) and merges science and magic. There are concise but brilliant instructions for doing rituals, magical tasks, and other exercises.

Decades ago, a Polish taxi driver in Krakow told me that if he was going fishing and he saw a priest or a nun, he turned around and went home because it meant bad luck on the sea. According to Draco, fisherman are the last bastion of pagan lore as opposed to modern religious hierarchies.

Draco’s Traditional Witchcraft series is truly a find for anyone interested in the emerging high-level rebirth of natural spirituality. She has gathered her information with loving care and an attention to detail. She presents it flawlessly. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2018 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Tarot Plain & Simple

Nov 09 2017 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

There is a new genre of metaphysical practitioners/instructors emerging from the chaos of the popularization of all things occult. They make it clear that they know and understand the traditional foundations of the craft they practice, but they have claimed that knowledge and turned it into wisdom that speaks to today’s practitioners. Leanna Greenaway is a standout in this new group.

The book includes a brief recap of traditional interpretations of each card, but then Greenaway goes on to offer a detailed modern interpretation which makes the card applicable to today’s challenges and situations. I was amazed at how clearly and concisely she stated each card’s implications and insight in ways that were relevant to the real world.

She relied on the time-tested work of A.E. Waite and Pamela Coleman Smith to illustrate her book. (The Rider-Waite deck is still the deck which I personally believe contains the most helpful symbolism for those whose interest in the occult extends beyond mere parlor tricks.)

I highly recommend this book to well-seasoned card readers as well as newcomers to the craft. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2017 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Books of Interest—The Magic of Trees

Mar 03 2017 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

Have you talked with a tree recently?

From the author of The Magic of Flowers and Magical Housekeeping, now comes the definitive guide to trees and the spiritual role they play with humans. She has catalogued more than one hundred trees, listing spiritual, energetic, and magical properties in detail.

Did you know that a Maple Grove rescues the grandmother of a creator god in a Salteaux Indian myth? That the Fever Tree, source of quinine, is known in South America as the “medicine of medicines”? That avocado oil promotes hair growth? That Poplars, one of the fastest growing trees, are aligned with Jupiter and support expansion in all life areas?

The book includes suggested rituals, spells, visualizations, etc. It’s an excellent resource for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, as well as being fun to read. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Tarot Triumphs

Dec 12 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Weiser Books

Tarot Trumps. What, Where, Why, and How?

Gilchrist takes us back to the beginning, to the time when tarot imagery was pageantry that echoed through the streets and touched people’s lives.

First she shows us the triumphs (trumps) as many historians suggest they existed 500 hundred years ago in Northern Italy. Then she gives brief keynote interpretations of each triumph. Lastly, after much detailed instruction about working with the cards, she takes us on an in-depth journey through these 22 major cards and the ways in which they trigger ideas and suggestions as magical archetypes.

Part autobiography. Part metaphysical history of tarot. Part spiritual inquiry. Part instruction manual. What separates this book from the many, many other tarot books is Gilchrist’s constant reminder that the tarot triumphs are living imagery and meant to be interacted with. It’s a great way to get to know the cards, however you intend to use them. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Tarot for One

Nov 01 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Weiser Books

Can you really read tarot cards for yourself?

As a teacher, I have always cautioned my students about the perils of doing any kind of channeled readings for themselves (and I do believe that tarot is a tool for channeling information from the other side). Simultaneously, I’ve always admitted that I regularly read tarot cards for myself. Who among us can resist?

Weber is unique in encouraging readers to develop a system of communication with the tarot cards which is personal, rather than just applying traditional symbolism to the cards and interpreting them accordingly. It opens the door for a more spontaneous flow of information, and puts responsibility for accepting the truth of what the cards offer squarely on the shoulders of the person asking for the information. She suggests using the cards as direction for meditation about a situation rather than for predictions. While she warns about becoming addicted to looking for answers in the tarot deck, she makes the point that the world needs a bit of magick right now and the tarot is a perfect means of providing that.

Part workbook with practice exercises, part instruction manual, Weber’s voice speaks through the esoteric fog of centuries and captures the essence of the way in which spiritual forces are working with us today. She draws on traditional tarot wisdom, modern media metaphors, and her personal experience in order to make the tarot as accessible as possible to everyone.

I’ve been reading tarot cards for almost fifty years. I found this book insightful and motivating. Beginners will find that it provides everything they need to know to get started. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Tarot Mysteries

Aug 02 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Red wheel/Weiser

Hampton Roads Publishing

Do you know the truth about tarot?

Dee has pieced together the scattered remnants of early tarot history into one of the more lucid accounts of tarot’s past that I have come across. He turns a similarly clear eye to the origins of Qabala, Hermeticism, and the Order of the Golden Dawn.

There is an in-depth section on the various correspondences commonly made with the tarot cards (astrology, the Hebrew alphabet, numerology, The Tree of Life). Dee compassionately puts much of this information into charts for easier comprehension and ongoing reference.

By the time Dee gets to the individual card interpretations, he has not only gained our trust, he has instilled enough knowledge for us to have insight into the interpretations that are given and how they were derived.

Basic instructions for reading the cards and a selection of card spreads comes at the back of the book. Those who read the book from front to back will have gained enough confidence in their understanding of card symbology to be ready to dive right in to readings. Dee ends by telling us that tarot meanings are not set in stone, giving us permission to chart our own course from there. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—TAROT

Jul 12 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Schiffer Publishing

Schiffer Publishing

What secrets will the tarot tell you?

Like many of his generation, it was Harry Potter who prompted Nasios to begin his journey into the world of magic. Originally, he embraced tarot as a magic wand with which he could wield power. However, he quickly realized that he had found something much more interesting than that. His connection to tarot was forged and he continues to make the most of what this special esoteric world has to offer.

Nasios begins with a basic overview of tarot and the essentials of getting started. From there, the book becomes more specific with each chapter, covering common interpretations and attributions of each card, religious philosophy in relation to tarot, sample spreads, sample readings, advanced study and certification, and in-depth discussions of both the Major and Minor Arcana.

Nasios is insightful, knowledgeable, and well organized in his presentation. Whether you’re curious about, or experienced with, tarot, this book will be a good investment. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—365 Tarot Spells

May 17 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, Llewellyn

Llewellyn Publications

Can the tarot change your life?

Sasha Graham began her journey into the magical world of tarot at her kitchen table with Jenina Renee’s book Tarot Spells. Once she was able to connect with sacred space, she found the walls of her kitchen confining and took her work outdoors, embracing the lessons of the natural world. Nature combined with tarot taught her a lot. She’s sharing what she learned in this exciting new book.

Graham tells us that there are three components of spellcasting: desire, feeling, and action. She points out that every one’s connection to the magical realm is unique. While most people associate magic with the natural world, Graham says that the tarot cards offer a special metaphysical gateway into the magical realm through our individual consciousness. Relying on powerful symbols and archetypes, the world of tarot connects us to the wisdom of our Higher Self and beyond.

Graham has created 365 magical tarot spells, one for each day of the year, and has described them in detail for readers. She includes ingredients, method, visualization, meditation, a special incantation, and an illustration of the associated tarot card. The instructions are beginner-friendly yet sophisticated enough to capture the attention of experienced tarot/magical practitioners. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Deviant Moon Tarot

Mar 22 2016 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Does the moon speak to you?

Never before has the tale of discovering tarot, from the sighting of a small box in a shopping mall to the creation of one of the most successful and inventive decks of all time, been recounted in such detail and with such animation. From the moment he talked his parents into buying him that first tarot deck, Valenza practiced recreating the cards. He arrived at adolescence with advanced drawing and interpretative skills. By the age of 18, he had created the first thirteen Deviant Moon tarot cards. Then, as he matured and his style began to morph and his interests changed, he put those first thirteen cards away and didn’t return to them until 2004. When he did reconnect to the deck, it began to come to life in an extraordinary way. Digitally merging the figures with his extensive photography collection, the current version of the Deviant Moon tarot was born.

Beautifully printed, this book is a visual feast as well as a stellar documentation of the creative process. After telling us his story, Valenza takes us on a personal tour through the deck. Each card is reproduced as a full page illustration. Valenza tells us how he interprets the card and gives us a peek at how the card came to life by sharing preliminary sketches and reference material with us. Tarot lovers, artists, or those who are curious about creative esoteric reality will find this a very special treasure indeed. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—Exploring Tarot using the Radiant Rider-Waite®

Dec 21 2015 Published by under Anna's Books of Interest, US Games

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

How much do you know about TAROT?

Venefica has been studying tarot, searching for answers, since she was twelve. It has revealed many of its secrets to her, but it has not lost its mystery. There are always new layers to uncover and that’s what she is committed to do. Now she is teaching us to do it as well. She tells readers that “the tarot is a partner on your life-path”. People usually arrive seeking answers but leave with clarity and self-guidance.

The book includes a Glossary of Tarot-Related Terms, descriptions and interpretations for all Major and Minor Arcana cards, an appendix of Tarot Symbolism, a Troubleshooting section, sample spreads, and basic instructions for working with a tarot deck.

Full-color, updated modern design, utilizing the illustrations from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot deck, make this book a new and valuable addition to any tarot afficianado’s library. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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