Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: Cassandra Eason’s Chronicles of Magick: Love Magick

Cassandra Eason’s Chronicles of Magick: Love Magick. Paradise Music, Ltd. 2009

This is the first of seven CDs from white witch Cassandra Eason – author of more than 80 books on magic and paganism.

In each of the CDs, Eason walks you through each topic step-by-step so you can listen along as you perform the ritual and spells she sets out for you. This is a bit easier than trying to read a spell or ritual as you perform it, so the CD idea is pretty interesting. Though I’m sure some people will be more apt to write the spells out and perform them from a written work instead.

The tracks on this CD include:

1. What is love magick?
2. The tools of love magick
3. Basic love spells with flowers
4. A moon love spell
5. Seeing your future lover in the mirror
6. Knot magick for making love grow
7. Spells for commitment and marriage
8. Spells for fidelity and enduring love in existing relationships
9. Two spells to rekindle or restore passion
10. When things go wrong, reconciliation in love
11. Bringing and keeping lasting love in your life
12. Love is for all of us

I particularly liked track 2, and the enclosed linear notes do include more information to help you along.

I would have like to see more history given in track one, and for each of the spells given as well. I’m not sure which are spells that Eason wrote herself, or if some of them were passed down to her.

Tracks 3 – 11 are all different spells given for the listed topic. Some are short and don’t require much preparation, while others are more elaborate so there is a good variety here.

Track 12, Eason gives a bit of a pep talk on finding love – in other words, she lets you know the work you need to do in the mundane world in order to back up the spells to help you find love. Basically, she states that once you stop looking for love is when you will most likely find it.

The CD includes beautiful background music to accompany the spoken words, and it also helps to create a magical feeling while listening to the CD.

The other CDs in this collection include:
Defensive Magick
Moon Magick
Candle Magick
Prosperity Magick
Healing Magick
Workplace Magick

Saturday, January 29, 2011

If I should die, before I wake

A few days ago, I made an executive decision in my household.

After over 11 years of marriage, my husband and I are going to take a REAL vacation together.

We’ve done a few weekend camping trips, 1 night in Chicago after a Bears game, 1 night in Springfield, IL when driving down to meet my parents who had been playing with their grandchildren for a few weeks, but we had definitely never gotten on a plane and gone anywhere before.

I’ve wanted to see New Orleans for probably about 25 years now, and so we are going.
The reason I decided to go ahead and do this is because a month ago my best friend died very unexpectedly. She was only 34 years old. Her death made me realize we have no clue how long we will be around. She literally got sick on December 27th, and died on December 29th. I didn’t even know for 2 weeks because the family had no idea how to get a hold of me.

Often we talk about doing things “Someday”. Well I decided “Someday” is now. I’m not waiting any longer. All those things I said I would do “Someday”, I’m doing. And I’m doing them now.

One of those things I am doing is starting a non-profit organization called Nurturing Necessities. The mission of Nurturing Necessities is to provide gently used clothing, blankets, toys and other baby related items to low income families in Lake and McHenry Counties in order to help relieve the financial burden on these families while keeping these reusable items out of landfills.

Some of the other things I have planned is a Mardi Gras Party, an Irish Heritage Party (I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day) and I hope to get another book or two done this year. (I did just finish up my fifth book/first book with Llewellyn that should be out early next year.)

So for the most part, this blog is going to turn towards being about living life to the fullest. I will document the plans for my trip, and the parties, and as one of those things comes up that I want to “someday” too, instead of answering “someday”, I will grab my calendar and write it in. In pen even.

Plans for our trip so far have included checking out different tours we want to take. SO far those are:

From Haunted History Tours:
New Orleans Ghost Tour
Voodoo Tour
Vampire Tour
Cemetary Tour

And the Honey Island Swamp tour

We’ve been given a few suggestions of places to see and things to eat and will get into that more in detail later on. Today in preparation we bought a Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day guidebook and got a great deal on luggage - $63 including tax for a 5 piece set. Granted it’s hot pink, but I think that will only make it easier to pick it out at the luggage carousel at the airport – one of my irrational fears is never finding my luggage as it goes round and round in circles right in front of my face.

Oh, I also hate flying, but apparently I don’t hate it as much as the idea of not going at all so I plan on dealing with my fear at a much later date – and most likely with some valium.

And finally…since I want to work on this blog this year, I also want someone out there to oh I don’t know…READ it!

So anyone who follows it will get entered into a monthly drawing. Don’t know what prizes yet. Maybe autographed books, maybe gift cards, maybe items reviewed on The Pagan Review site, maybe I’ll just give the winner a choice. Please share the link with your friends too, if they post that they were referred by you, I’ll give you an extra entry into the drawing.

So that’s it for now – don’t forget – life is too short to be miserable.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Elemental CD by Kellianna. 2010

Elemental CD by Kellianna. 2010

The much anticipated new CD from Kellianna is out and sure to be a huge hit in the Pagan community.

This CD is so versatile – the songs are great just to listen to, but so many of them can be used in your actual rituals adding a new dimension to your practice.

1. Direction Song (by Terri Rivera)
This song can be used to call direction, and deities. This would be incredible to see being used at a large community ritual. Easy to sing along with, or someone could actually act out the words as they travel around a sacred circle.

2. There is No Time (by Veronica Appolonia)
This song could also be used to create a sacred circle. A beautiful chant that is sung in a round, so it’s really a circle within a song about a circle. Easy to learn. I have plans to use this one at a full moon ritual around a bonfire this summer. With the round going, this one shows the true beauty of Kellianna’s voice. This is definitely one of my favorites.

3. She is Crone (by Kellianna)
My group used this song at our last Samhain festival. Our entire ritual was spread out throughout our acreage where tributes to deceased love ones took place at our bonfire and then we traveled through the grove to our sacred space ritual area. This song accompanied us on our way. While at the bonfire, it was a time of reflection and communion with those who had gone from this world before us, so needless to say, it was also quite emotionally heavy. The beat to this song is uplifting and transformed us as we danced along from one part of the festival to the next, recharging us as we went.

4. Pele (by Kellianna)
Though I personally don’t work with Pele, this song is quite awesome. Very upbeat and it will get you moving. One of the lines in this song is I’m taking action to waken the fire within”. This is a perfect song to add into any spell or ritual that is about achieving or gaining something.

5. Sacred Stones of Stonehenge (by Shawna Carol)
This song slows it back down again, but also would be a great song to use in ritual, especially any ritual dealing with ancestors. A beautiful song with a beautiful message.

6. Brighid’s Flame (by Kellianna)
This song is also one of my favorites, kind of gives me a chill when listening to it. I look forward to incorporating this into our upcoming Imbolg ritual. This is a true celebration of Brighid and all that she is.

7. Full Height of Our Power (by Shawna Carol)
This song again speeds things up a bit with some fun drumming. Easy to sing along or drum with. This song has several different possibilities for ritual/spell use. With the “full height of our power” lines, it’s appropriate to be used in conjunction with the sun or moon being at its full height of our power – which means it could be used at solstices or full moons. There is also a line “We have the power to transform the earth”. This would be great in healing rituals for events such as Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. Granted it would be nice if things like that never happened again, but we all know better. The next time one of these catastrophes happen, keep this song in mind as a delightful way to build energy for a devastating situation.

8. Gaia Loves (by Kellianna)
Kellianna slows it back down for us with this moving, swaying song. Any ritual designed to honor or draw down Gaia would be perfect with this song added in as it creates a somber, loving atmosphere.

9. Fire Transform Me (Alisa Starkweather)
This song, with its pounding drum, makes me want to go build a bonfire right now (and it’s January with about 10 inches of snow on the ground!) and dance around it. This song is the perfect accompaniment to any fire festival.

10. The Horned God (by Kellianna)
This celebration of the Horned God and Beltaine can be used as pure entertainment, in your Beltaine ritual, for dancing the maypole or for dancing around your Beltaine bonfire.

11. Ebb and Flow (Shawna Carol)
Singing of the different ebbs and flows in nature, this song is perfect for moon, menarche or croning rituals.

12. The Maid and the Dragon (by Kellianna) With the Dragon Ritual Drummers, this song is sexy and seductive, making it a nice choice for Beltaine or a handfasting – especially with its message of love, it’s almost a singing of vows.

13. Elemental (by Kellianna) This song brings us full circle back to calling the elements and directions as the first song did, however the tone of this song makes it perfect for dismissing the elements instead. Like the first song, I would love to see a large community ritual using this song in there closing, though of course you can use it in your own private ritual just as well, I feel it would be quite an impressive sight and experience to be used with a large group.

A CD that is just plain great to listen to is always a nice treat, but when it is one that you can use in many different ways while adding to your own spirituality, and possibly sharing it with others – well that makes this CD an important aspect of Pagan practices today.