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  1. 'Tis the season for this topic for many (and for most of us here, all year 'round), so thought I'd mention it. I am still reading through it but am impressed so far with the depth this author goes to. I would consider this a really good book for newbies and adepts alike. His writing style is down to earth and just gets to the point. It's not the end all be all, of course, but I think it is better than some of the books on ancestors published under companies like Llewellyn that have come out in recent years. From the back of the book: the author is a licensed psychotherapist and a doctor of psychology. He has led ancestral and family healing intensives throughout the USA since 2005. He is an initiate in Ifa/Orisa tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has trained with teachers in Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and different indigenous paths, including the older ways of his European ancestors. He lives in North Carolina. It's a little paperback copy with about 290 pages of practical information. The book is also very affordable and you can pick up a copy for under $20. It was just published this summer. For anyone at all interested in the topic of ancestors and how to connect with them, you might find this one a good one to pick up and read through.
  2. ______________________________ Oh no! Not bunnies! LMAO! He's bringing you presents! That means he loves you! hahaha! (I feel ya... I've almost stepped on decapitated mice many a time..lol) :rabbit: :bunny3: :bunny3: :bunny3:
  3. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hey Aurelian- Just a quick comment from me- I do have a black cat that I've had a long time. She is about 13 yrs old. I do admittedly have a strange connection with her, although I wouldn't necessarily call her a "familiar". Some examples; she is an indoor/outdoor cat...she catches mice but it is a rarity that she catches a bird...like maybe once or twice in 13 years. I needed a bird one time. I let her out one morning and mentally told her to go get me a bird. Not an hour later that cat killed a bird and brought it to me. Another time I was in the house watching her outside "play with" a mouse out in the backyard. Feeling badly for the mouse, I wondered why cats actually do that. I was having a new talent emerge during this time period that allowed me to "switch minds" with animals (which I have contemplated to be the real definition of shape shifting possibly) and actually was able to switch minds with her briefly...like a minute or two maybe (I don't recommend it-it feels dangerous and is a very strange experience...I've only done it a few brief times...I feel like a lot of bad things can happen when you can truly do this...it's like giving your body over to an animal with an animal's mind and your own mind becomes more primal and a bit more limited in its ability to think like a human...saying all of that because this is in the public section of the forum). Anyway, it was fairly easy to make the switch. I know why cats do that now..lol. She does have a bit of an interest in being around when I am doing spells. I think she likes being around the energy that's being raised. I think she feels it maybe? I don't necessarily believe that our pets can be familiars...but based on my few experiences, there is a nugget of truth to explore there. Basically, where there is smoke, there is usually some fire. Regarding cats though, in general, I have more of a personal affinity for calicos (or tortoiseshell) rather than black cats. Always have. I have to get another calico at some point. When my black cat was pregnant years ago, I sensed a calico. I could see it in the womb of my cat...I just knew she was going to have it. When the calico was born, I gave it away. I wish I would have kept it. I'm always on the lookout for my next calico. If you look into it, you'll see some info. out there on witches and calico cats from Europe, I believe. Makes sense to me. Interesting stuff. I wonder if it is more about the individual owning the cat versus the cat itself...which is why I wouldn't call it a "familiar" situation but more of a witch being able to develop a special relationship with the cat, if that makes sense. Have a good one!
  4. Hey Deawic- Ok, I think I'm confident that from left to right you have Ceres, Pluto (Pluto was the Roman God of the underworld and judge of the dead...so that makes sense that the author matched it with the coffin card), then a card depicting the ascending lunar node, like you said. So far, I kind of like this particular deck. It is not taking long for me to connect with it on some level, so that's always a good sign. I will say I don't like the card stock so much-it feels a bit flimsy to me-but that's o.k.
  5. This might be helpful-Here are the three that I have not identified yet. The astrological symbol, of course, is in the upper right hand corner of each card. The third one (the whip) may be showing a lunar node, maybe? Edit to add: I think the 1st one (cross card) might be depicting a symbol for Ceres after just looking through a book of symbols I have. Uh, I think the scythe card would have been a great choice for Ceres too, if that is what this one is (scythe, instead, aligns with the 8th astrological house in this deck, which also makes sense, I guess...). The second one (coffin) could possibly be a version of Pluto's symbol???
  6. Yeah, I have that book and I agree, it is a good one to learn from! You'll love that book. However, I don't think the info. I need will be in that particular one. I'll go back through it and double-check though. Thanks for adding your thoughts.
  7. Does anyone here, by chance, have this deck from Germany? I just got it in the mail and am having trouble figuring out some of the astrological symbols on the cards. I cannot locate an accompanying book online to purchase (even if I could it would be in German and I don't read German, so I'd have to struggle through translating anyway), and I can't seem to find any websites with relevant info on the deck. The numbered cards from 1-12 are the astrological houses and I've identified all of the zodiac signs, it's just a few of the planetary associations that appear to be problematic in identifying. Thanks in advance to anyone who knows a bit about this deck and would be willing to share. :)
  8. listening to some old Ministry this weekend....it's fun driving music :D Al Jourgensen....the true inspiration for Johnny Depp's famous Pirates of the Caribbean look???
  9. @ Island Bruja +1 (not a Rammstein fan, but love to hear talented kids!!) That reminded me of these girls I first heard about a few years ago....these girls are bad ass! If you haven't come across them yet, check it out!
  10. ruby


    The most interesting part of this poem to me is the last stanza, which feels different to me than the first 2. Maybe it's just me? Anyway, I like it- especially that last part.
  11. Interesting links to read through! +1 On page 42, the reference to the lore of witches saying the lord's prayer backwards caught my attention. I hadn't seen that written anywhere else that I can recall, prior to the Mastering Witchcraft book by Paul Huson (and, of course, folks referencing it here in forums). To see it in print from as early as 1915 is interesting. I'll enjoy reading through the rest, I'm sure.
  12. For the record, when I say "Let's agree to disagree", it means just that. It means we are just not going to see eye to eye on something, which is fine and, so, why bother? I'll talk about the book and my experiences with the book, if you cared to discuss it. I work with this book entirely by myself and have literally nobody to talk to about it, other than my husband who gets tired of hearing about it...lol.I talk the poor man's ear off and he's soooo patient. I'd love to talk to other witches about these books, but it seems like nobody wants to, or nobody is working with them, so I keep it to myself. "And there is interesting information there, but I have just found it to be regurgitated information amongst other "traditional witchcraft" authors. And nothing against any of the authors or thier practice, but its more of a personal annoyance than anything. These claims of supposed "ancient traiditional" methods are nothing but neo-witchcraft attempts at pasturbation of what they want witchcraft to have been, but also want to make it a super wordy and pretentious elitism in the world of witchcraft." ^^^ Regarding your thoughts here, I don't know that I agree and I've seen that type of thinking before on the internet regarding these books. I don't know why wordy= pretentious, necessarily. I live in a house where I have a husband who has a 155 verbal IQ and who uses big words daily...and not because he is pretentious...it is "his normal". Now, I have to look up a lot of these words because my verbal IQ most certainly isn't in the genius range, but it doesn't bother me (I'm kinda used to it anyway). I don't see anything wrong with broadening my vocabulary. I don't see it as elitist. I see it as just kinda...nerdy. LOL!! I also write poetry...so the flowery language I see as an art form and is actually well crafted IMO. The cost of the books are high and some feel it is pretentious. However, I have paid more for college textbooks that I've used for a single semester! I think the books are worth the cost. Not the super inflated Ebay prices you see out there, mind you, but the publisher's costs are reasonable...considering. Also, as a side note...I have seen recently they are beginning to offer paperback copies of some of their books on amazon for much lower prices. That tells me they are trying to reach a wider audience. Regarding the regurgitation of material; I can't honestly speak to much of that at this point. There may be truth to that and I'd love to hear about your reasoning behind that, if you are willing to discuss. However, know that this wasn't why I got this book in the first place. I had some very strange other worldly, soul changing, experiences with the book....some of which happened before I even got the book. Its the spirit of the book that ultimately impresses me, not the book itself, at the end of the day. Which is why I stubbornly say that a PDF download of the book is not where its at. Buy the book if you want to work the book. Its the right thing to do, plus there are other reasons that I'd prefer to keep to myself. In my experience, you won't regret it. The Dragon Book is a book of sacrifices...IMO the first sacrifice being one of monetary value. Also, I would not consider the spirit of the book to be neo-pagan at all. :) Regarding being contrary....well, I don't personally see anything wrong with being a little contrary because at least you are thinking for yourself and are questioning things that may need to be questioned. I'm not mad at ya. You are just as entitled to your opinions as I am. So that is that.
  13. ____________________________________________________ Well, you and I will just have to agree to disagree on the opinion of (at least some of) the CS books, I guess. I am not the least bit embarrassed by having this book. I think I understand where you are coming from though. Magic comes from inside of us, not books, and books are for knowledge seeking. Therefore, we can get results from any book we decide to use (if we decide to use books at all!). I agree with that to a point. I don't agree that all books are necessarily equal when it comes to "getting results" though. I also don't agree with the idea that "less or more embarrassing" is solely in the eye of the beholder. Some books truly suck. In addition to that, for the amount of time and energy those CS people must have put into their books....I just don't think you can compare it to something a Llewellyn author churned out in order to meet a deadline and cater to the masses at your local Barnes and Noble for $14.95. Not that there is anything wrong with some of those books-I have a few! But, I know there is a difference in quality. At the end of the day, that's just my opinion though, right? Have a good day, dude.
  14. lol Island Bruja...after posting that, I yelled out to the husband "quick! gimme something to get perry como outta my head (not that there is anything wrong with Perry Como mind you...don't talk shit on Perry Como)!...without a missing a beat, he gives me this one! Beez Like (warning for sensitive ears...language and all of that) That'll do it! :P
  15. I didn't even notice the Tool posted up there! +1 Remember this one? I know its not "Tool", but....
  16. must be the mercury in retrograde...lol...as I was driving my son to work early this morning I had the XM radio tuned in to the '50s station & Sinatra was on...oh boy that started it-love some Sinatra..here is what I'm listening to now in all it's dorky glory-sing it Perry Como!..lol :lol: I'm going to have to balance this all out with, like, some gangsta rap or heavy metal later....or something... :P
  17. ____________________________________________ I don't know, RF. I've gotten some pretty interesting results from some of these books. So, I'd be a liar to sit here and say there is "nothing" to those books and so I'm not going to do that. The Dragon Book of Essex has personally done a lot for me as I've said before in forums, so I couldn't agree that it's all rather embarrassing. It has value to me, helping me get to my own personal gnosis and work through some things. So much so that I decided I am sticking with it through a third year. I hope in this third year I continue to learn. I certainly wouldn't have put this much effort into something that's crap. Having said all of that, the books aren't for everybody and neither is that particular path. To me, it would all be rather boring anyway if we were all doing the same old thing anyway. So, maybe you are just into other stuff and being called to another path. You can get the same personal gnosis in a variety of ways, from a variety of paths. I don't think any path is less or more valid than another. JMO. Regarding the "traditional aspect" and how new or old the material presented is...I have my thoughts about that, but I'm keeping most of it to myself for now. I will say that I think there might be some very old material in The Dragon Book reworked in a new way. There is a bit of tantra in the book, for sure, which runs parallel to some other things I'm doing separate from the book, and so it fits in nicely with what I'm personally doing. YMMV. Regarding embarrassing books...I don't think I have any embarrassing books right now. I'll think on it and get back to this later, maybe.
  18. I have Huson's book & think it's alright. I've stated in the past I've done the lord's prayer backwards thing and it did something for me. YMMV. I really love his tarot deck/book though. It speaks to me. I'm currently reading through Lost Envoy: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare, revisiting Pagan Christmas by Christian Ratsch & Claudia Muller-Ebeling 'cause it's that time of year, reading through Liber Nox by Michael Howard to connect with & gain a better understanding of a certain type of lore, and recently acquired 36 Faces by Austin Coppock (got it discounted from the AFA...woohoo!). I have to get to reading the last one here soon-its been sitting here forever. happy reading
  19. Ok, thank you for the thoughts, Nera! I will do a little more research and perhaps some divination and see what direction that takes me. I checked out his website and see he produces some pretty intense working grimoires, so it is not something I would jump into quickly. Aside from that, I have my hands full with another grimoire I've been working through at the moment. I will say it does appear this author certainly does walk his talk and is quite genuine in his approach, which automatically gives someone a bit of instant credibility, in my opinion. It's nice to know he's accessible as well to answer any questions about his books.
  20. Giving this a quick bump for any other members to comment on...especially The Scorpion God if anyone has read/worked through that book Any thoughts on these books? I've never read them or anything from this author, but after a dream last night-it has me chasing info. today and I came across this trilogy.
  21. I am currently reading "It's Written in the Cards" by Dr. Leo Martello along with "Card Reader's Handbook" by Regina Russell-both on the subject of cartomancy. The first was more difficult to locate, while the latter is easily available. Both good books so far.
  22. You can try getting on the publisher's mailing list by writing to them, and who knows, maybe they'll publish another edition of the book in the future. Just know that you'll wait forever for a book to come once you reserve a copy...lol. I think this is the least expensive way to get those books though. Otherwise, you can check sites like bookfinder.com and E-Bay daily and wait for a decent priced copy to become available. Eventually something will pop up. I remember checking these sites daily for months waiting for a copy of 13 Moons to show up in my price range. Finally found one and grabbed it.
  23. Of course I don't mind. I am referencing the grimoire The Dragon Book of Essex by Andrew Chumbley.
  24. My thoughts have evolved over the years on this topic... The book I am studying & practicing from currently is a heavy influence on my thoughts right now and seems to possibly indicate there are deities that pre-existed humanity and creation, while others may have been created later by man. It "appears" the Gods/Goddesses before creation would have no need for us to sustain their existence, whereas the latter may. My own personal experiences with deities seem to be somewhat in line with this and so I tend to think there may be some truth in it. In addition, I think spirits absolutely hide behind a guise of a god or goddess at times and mistakes in understanding can easily happen... Case in point; I have a certain god statue that came here from another area of the world. A spirit inside of it immediately reached out to me once it came to the house. It was only after connecting with it and conversing that I realized a human spirit took up residence in that statue. As far as I can tell, the statue does not even have an essence of the god it depicts around it-just the human spirit who is happy to dwell there.
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