New blog post @ Every Cat Has a Tale:
New blog post @ Every Cat Has a Tale:
Since I’m over 13,000 words and 69 pages into a project, I suppose it would be a good time to announce that there is a new book in the works. And because I still haven’t decided how I’m going to publish this book, whether with Amazon’s KDP program, or with a standard publishing company, I should call the title and cover a “working title and cover”. The book… “The Divine Me, Embracing Your Inner Goddess”. There are portions of this book that are highly personal, but then, getting to know and embrace the goddess within means getting to know and embrace yourself and everything that goes with you. I’m using myself as an example. So, beware world.
I’m going to conduct an experimental writing exercise today, pulling three cards, and let’s see what story they will tell us, where it will take us, what connections we’ll make. The most intriguing thing to me about using the cards in this manner, is that I most likely will not be writing this story on my own.
My favorite part of writing my new book was the bio’s for some of the founding patrons of the pagan movement from the 1960s and 70s, because the nostalgia for that era was exciting, and it made me realize how far we’ve come. It was also a heartwarming segment to write because I’ve personally spoken to a couple of these founding pagans and spiritual icons: Z Budapest and Raymond Buckland. I know you’re going to love it.
Pre-order your copy here: https://amzn.to/2FIOU1f
BOOK LAUNCH!… You Can Now Pre-Order Your Copy
After a LOT of hard work behind the scenes for the past several months, I’m so excited to finally announce that I have a new book coming out, The Essential Guide to WICCA for Beginners — “Learn about the key beliefs and practices of Wiccan life… Explore the roots of Wicca with comprehensive information about how it began and where it originated… Discover straightforward spells and rituals” I would love you to support my book. Stay tuned for sneak peeks in the coming weeks! I’m so excited!
My secret revealed: I’ve been hard at work on a special project recently and I’m finally able to tell you what it is!… I’ve been writing a book, and I’m so excited to be able to share more details with you soon (including links to pre-order your copy). Be sure to keep an eye out for my Official Announcement and Cover Reveal this coming Tuesday!
I recently received a book proposal and have accepted it. I’ll begin work on Book #7 this Monday. This will be my main focus for the next few weeks and months to meet deadlines. If I’m scarce, it means I’m busy.
It was my pleasure to be interviewed by DJ Martin, herself an author and herbal witchy woman. You’ll also find links to her blogs & books at this post ~
There is a new blog post @ Every Cat Has a Tale!
I was thinking that an opportune way to make some extra cash, since I’m still unemployed in the great sunny land of Arizona, would be to write, specifically to write magazine articles. So I started looking for magazines that would fit my topics of expertise.
First, I found several very enthusiastic, colorful, glossy even, new-age periodicals that proclaim to prospective contributors… “We don’t pay, but you’ll receive 2 (or 3, or 4, or 5) copies of the magazine; or you’ll receive one PDF; or online copy, etc. etc. Well, shiver me timbers, am I supposed to be all dewy-eyed with the honor of acceptance into an elite (and very underpaid) group of creative enthusiasts?
Some of these periodicals back up this offer to work for no pay with a lucrative (?) offer of free advertising in their periodical. One such magazine cheerfully states, “This is a $30.00 bonus!”
I know, I know, I can hear the happy free-lancers, thrilled to see their names in print, declaring that these small new-age periodicals could not afford to pay writers for the articles they submit. Well, you know what? If they didn’t have your FREE articles to publish in their magazines, they wouldn’t have any magazine to publish… period. And I might add that these magazines can be expensive for the public to purchase. I know of one that charges $16.00 for a single copy.
Would you work at McDonald’s for free? Would you work in retail for free? Would you spend hours doing any job… for free?
Well, writing is a JOB. Writer’s have to pay bills, just like everybody else. Writers need to make a living, and we’re not going to be able to do that when miserly opportunists rip us off.
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Book Teaser!!… I’m still plugging away at the chapter on the Court Cards. How well do you really understand the Queen of Cups? Here’s a clip from my book:
The Dark Side ~
The Queen of cups walks through life in a haze and fog of dreamy unawareness to the physical world, caught up in the ethereal, the unseen, the spirit side of existence. She can often tell you the innermost unspoken true feelings of someone she was conversing with but not remember what they were wearing. When she does plant her feet in the earth, she doesn’t connect with the physical world in the way most people do. She can hear voices within the wind in the trees; she can see the aura of plants; the wisps of magical beings in the garden; the thoughts and emotions of animals. To the mundane world, this Queen may often appear mentally fragile and on the edge. In reality, this is her reality, and sometimes her curse, she can see and hear and feel things that most people can’t.
Not many people will truly understand the Queen of cups, and some may even dislike her, though they may not understand why. There will be those who are disturbed at the nuances and unspoken connections often misunderstood by individuals who lack this sensitivity, and there will be those perhaps frightened by how easily she walks through the spiritual realm, so matter-of-factly, as though it were completely normal, when to most people it is not. She will always be the outsider, viewed with suspicion and sometimes disdain by the community around her, the clubs and cliques of society. At her most extreme, even the people who share her inner knowledge and experiences will find her bewildering, and her place at the outside edge of communal inclusion will be complete.
Her greatest downfall is the ability to lose herself, not being true to herself, in search of love and commitment. Relationships will be difficult for her. She will strive to connect with someone who can connect with her on a myriad of levels and meet her on her turf, as part of her inner world. Her search may prove futile, but it won’t be from lack of trying. She is artistic, creative, and wonderfully fluid, and she will use these abilities to try and transform herself to fit into the mold, to be what her suitor wants her to be, to fit into their life and their mind and their heart perfectly, in fairy tale fashion. In the midst of this hopelessly impossible endeavor, this Queen will often amputate the best parts of herself.
Here you be, sez I. Follow this link, which will magickally transport you to The Witch’s Corner, where you’ll find a whole bunch of correspondences you’ll need to craft your spells successfully. This is “stuff” you’ll want to add to your own Book of Shadows. (You’re welcome!)
My Personal Book of Shadows ~
My Private Journals, Grimoires, & Notebooks ~
Hello, World!… There’s a NEW VIDEO up at my Youtube Channel. Thank you in advance for LIKING, SHARING, & SUBSCRIBING!
My Google Hangout: Woman Speak
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Magick & Witchcraft
1. People get so upset about the fine line between ‘black’ magick and ‘white’ magick. There really isn’t any line at all. The intensity and direction of our magick depends upon our boundaries and how deeply we will allow someone to encroach upon our territory, our person, our life…when these boundaries are broached, that’s usually when magick begins to take on shades of gray…and in that case, it winds up being about protection and self-preservation.
2. What kind of witch am I?…The ‘me’ that I normally am naturally slips into the witch that already exists. If you are a normally bitchy person, you’re going to be one fine and mighty bitchy witch. If you are a passive individual, so shall you be a passive witch. The witch that you are is so wrapped up with the psyche that is ‘you’ that it is one and the same– indistinguishable from the rest of your humanity.
1. The best writing that I’ve ever done is writing that I get lost in.
2. Literature Classes…The most idiotic thing– this teacher in a Literature class in high school had us read some prose, and then she had us tell her how we interpreted it. So I read it, and I told her. I don’t remember today exactly what it was I read, but I do remember the intensity of feeling it created and the enthralling layers of personalities and possiblities that unfolded.
When I finished telling this teacher my breathless interpretation of this prose, she quietly and unceremoniously told me that I was wrong.
“Now”, she begins, “this is what it really means…”
I was stunned and crestfallen– had everything that I had experienced during my reading been false?
Some people should never teach art or literature…those people who are trapped inside an invisible box they can’t see out; those people who are trapped in small minds and small lives; those people who can only justify their existence by feigned superiority; those people who insist that everyone must view the world through their eyes; those people who color all flowers red and all leaves green; those people who only see the sky as blue.
1. The older I get, the nearer the past seems.
2. Life doesn’t slow down as you get older, it winds itself up tighter so that you have to run faster.
~ Amythyst Raine
*Note: This blog post is an excerpt from the last newsletter I published for The Witch’s Corner (December 2011)