Preparing Yourself for Spellcasting

by Leanna Greenaway

Some people love the idea of meditating, others think that it will be boring or a waste of time. The fact is that you won’t get anywhere with your spellcasting if you can’t attune your­self, so the following easy meditation techniques will begin to turn your mind, your psyche, and your aura in the right direction for the work that you wish to do.

Before you begin to cast spells, you must try to clear your mind and thoughts and rid yourself of any negative vibrations. Now let us take a look at meditation and visualization. It is impor­tant to focus when you perform ritualistic tasks, because you need to master the art of tuning in to your inner self so that the spells that you use will be effective.

When someone begins to learn the art of meditation, they usually follow the guidelines written in certain books or teach­ings. This is fine as a beginner’s guide, but as you progress, you will form your own methods and exercise your own techniques. There are many different ways to meditate, and I am sure that you will eventually discover the system that suits you best. What suits you may not work for another person, but as long as you practice regularly, you will find you can really can tap into your subcon­scious and become at one with yourself.

Meditation and visualization are not only useful for putting yourself into the right frame of mind for performing rituals, but they are also a fantastic sleep aid. I read somewhere that ten min­utes of good meditation is equivalent to four hours sleep, so it really is worth giving it a try. I usually advise my students to spend a couple of weeks working on their meditation before starting to cast spells.

How to Meditate

Find a quiet place in your home. It is probably best to lie down on your bed, but relaxing in a scented tub can create the perfect setting. Take care, because meditation can make you sleepy; so for goodness sake don’t drown! Surround yourself with scented candles. Ensure that you have complete peace and quiet and that your family and pets are unlikely to disturb you.

Take three deep breaths and clear your thoughts as you do so. In your mind, recite your protection prayer for whatever day of the week it happens to be and imagine that you are looking out through your inner eye. Keep your breathing steady as you do this. In your mind, count down from thirty to zero. Your body should start to feel light, floaty, and relaxed at this point.

Next, take ten deep breaths, but this time, imagine that with every inward breath you are inhaling all the magical energies of the universe. As you exhale, imagine that you are ejecting the negativity that is within you. This is called spirit purification, and if performed properly, it can give you a wonderful sense of well­being. The next stage is to take a further ten deep breaths, letting the magic that you have allowed in to envelope your spirit. It takes practice to perfect this, so don’t be too disappointed if you fall asleep; enjoy the rest and try again the following night.

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For the past 11 years, Leanna Greenaway has had her own monthly column in Take a Break’s Fate and Fortune magazine. As their resident witch, she answers reader’s questions and offers quick and easy spells to combat problems. She is the co-founder of The Psychic Study Centre and lives in the south of England.

Tarot and Astrology Travels in Italy

by Marcia Masino

There are some “must see” locations for the Tarot and Astrology enthusiast planning a trip to Italy. My suggested itinerary will take you to Florence, Milan and Bologna with a stop at Garavicchio in the Tuscan countryside to experience the world-famous Tarot sculpture garden. I’ve also included an excursion to the world’s most famous zodiac cathedral in the hills outside Florence in the “gotta go there” category along with a Tarot themed restaurant, museum and rare bookshop.

Italy is regarded as the birthplace of the Tarot. The first recognised Tarot decks were recorded between 1430 and 1450 in Milan, Ferrara and Bologna. The oldest surviving tarot cards are from the mid 15th century and painted for the Visconti-Sforza family, the rulers of Milan. Cards are documented in a written statement in the court records in Florence, in 1440 for the first known time.tarot-and-astrology-travels-in-italy

Tuscany and The Tarot Garden

The Garden of Tarot is a sculpture garden based on the 22 Major Arcana cards created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Location – In the Italian village of Capalbio located in Garavicchio in the Maremma countryside Tuscany. St Phalle, along with love and collaborator Jean Tinguely designed and produced this architectural and archetypal masterpiece.

The sculptures and dwellings are huge, modern, recognizable, trippy, thoughtful and playful. They were made from soldered steel covered with cement then decorated with mosaics of ceramic, mirror and glass. The artist resided inside and worked on her sculpture garden for over twenty years.

St. Phalle stated that her Tarot garden was inspired by a dream she had about creating a sculpture garden. Motivated by faith and her love for humanity, she saw the garden as an “esoteric stroll “and viewed the cards as philosophical trials of self awareness and connection with the Universe. For St. Phalle her large than life Tarot constructions created a direct encounter with the archetypal world and it’s potential to heal and transform those who interact with it.  It is truly a tour de Force and something the Tarot world has to celebrate from this incomparable Scorpio artist.

Address: Pescia Fiorentina, Capalbio (GR)Opening hours:1 April to 15 October from 2.30 to 7.30. Closed: Closed from 16 October to 31 March, one free Saturday per month in winter. Ticket Full euro 12,00, Reduced euro 7,00.

Florence – Il Tarrochi Restaurant

My favorite eatery in my neighborhood in Florence was, ironically, Il Tarocchi, or The Tarot. I received the first copy of the first Tarot book I wrote when I was living in Florence and we went there for a celebratory feast.  The restaurant has Tarot card paintings on the walls above the booths and good pizzas. Very authentic and you’ll find close-by Gelaterias  ( Gelato joints) too. I Tarocchi I tarocchivia dei Renai 12/14r.Florence 50125.

Hillsides of Florence- San Miniato al Monte

Known as the Medieval Astrological Church, with secret symbolism and mystical healing energy. The celebrated basilica was designed with underlying astrological context in 1018 – the 13th Century and is, some believe, dedicated to esoteric sun or solar healing. Think – The Sun Card and The Hierophant when you spend time there and of course the Three of Pentacles.

San Miniato’s relationship with the sun mysteries is profound and my advice is to visit with your head and your heart. The expected elements of arcane design are present in this space – the idea of the interplay of sunlight shafts that illuminate secret meaning within a sacred space through the use of occult symbolism only known to initiates, astrological characters, zodiac wheel and much more await your exploration. If you go with an open heart, you’ll feel the energy of the hermetic wisdom ensconced there and be touched by it.

One is greeted by a zodiac mosaic floor in the main entranceway of the church. A Latin inscription lies on the pavement nearby and when translated it states the time, date and names of the planets involved with a rare celestial event that the astrologically informed founders used for the date to set the mosaic onto the cathedral floor. It was a rare constellational astrological event of a new crescent Moon with the planets Venus, Mercury, Jupiter with Saturn hidden behind the Sun in the constellation of Taurus in May 1207. At sunrise in May the sunlight aligns with the Taurus sector on the zodiac pavement and illuminates it. For those who love an occult mystery this church is a must see.

Bologna – Tarot Book shop and museum. Museo Dei Tarocchi – Via Arturo Palmieri, 5 40047 RIOLA di Vergato, (Bologna) Italy.

Milan –  Tarot Museum Milan, il Meneghello Via Fara 12, 20124 Milano, Italy. Italian Artist Osvaldo Menegazzi has art, decks, rare items, and more at his shop. By appointment.

Best times for travel – April, May, September and October, avoid the summer months if possible. Each of the locations are places to savour so allow ample time to really engage with the energy each offers. You may find significant memories, dreams and thoughts are evoked by these very special locations and a second inspired visit may end up on the agenda.

Good Journeys or Viaggio Sicuro!


Marcia Masino is a certified Grandmaster of tarot and author of the tarot classic Easy Tarot Guide. She has lectured at numerous tarot conferences and is a popular speaker for the Lily Dale Assembly workshop program. Her articles on metaphysical subjects have appeared in Fate and on the Web at http://mmasino.wixsite.com/tarotbooks. She lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

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Bookstores We Love – Namaste Bookshop

We are very excited for our latest addition to the blog, Bookstores We Love, a feature dedicated to our independent bookstores! Our next store featured is Namaste Bookshop!


Namaste Bookshop is such a wondrous place filled with spiritual books, crystals, candles, oils, music, statues, jewelry, incense and so much more. The most extraordinary gift of this shop though, are the people that work here.

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The moment you walk into the shop from 14th Street, which is one of the most bustling streets in Manhattan, you can feel the difference immediately.  The tranquility and soothing music envelopes you and puts you at ease, as you are embraced by the attentive staff, who are more than eager to help and assist you in what ever you need. This staff is comprised of passionate teachers of Reiki, meditation, crystal energy, Tarot, Numerology, Theology, Esoteric studies and again, much more. There is love and sincere consideration for the clientele of Namaste.

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These amazing services and contributions are not only offered in the shop on 14th Street but also at the Namaste Bookshop Healing Center, which is just around the corner on 5th Avenue. There are book signings, lectures, meditation circles, Reiki treatments and classes, the Spiritual Book club, crystal classes and psychic readers giving their services every day of the week.

Namaste Bookshop is not just a spiritual book store but a family of passionate teachers, inspirational instructors, located in an oasis of peace and enchantment in the incredible city of New York.

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Connect with Namaste Bookshop!

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2 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Random Acts of Kindness Week – February 12 – 18

Random Acts of Kindness week is a seven-day celebration showing that kindness is contagious. It is a chance for those participating to the leave the world a better place and inspire those around them to do the same. Visit the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s website to learn more!


Here are a few stories from Random Acts of Kindness to inspire kindness this week (and every week).

A Bouquet of Flowers

When I graduated from college I took a job at an insurance company in this huge downtown office building. On my first day, I was escorted to this tiny cubicle surrounded by what seemed like thousands of other tiny cubicles, and put to work doing some meaningless thing. It was so terribly depressing I almost broke down crying. At lunch—after literally punching out on a time clock—all I could think about was how much I wanted to quit, but I couldn’t because I desperately needed the money. When I got back to my cubicle after lunch there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers sitting on my desk. For the whole first month I worked there flowers just kept arriving on my desk. I found out later that it had been a kind of spontaneous office project. A woman in the cubicle next to me brought in the first flowers to try to cheer me up, and then other people just began replenishing my vase. I ended up working there for two years, and many of my best, longest-lasting friendships grew out of that experience.

Kindness from a Stranger

A few winters ago, I was at a particularly distressing dinner with a friend who was having a difficult time with her then boyfriend and was considering leaving him. I was getting very worked up because the man she was dating was a very close friend of mine and I was torn between loyalty to her and my friendship with him. She got so upset with me that while I was in the bathroom, she paid her half of the check and left. I was dumbfounded and hurt and so I rushed outside in a weak attempt to reason with her. But she was out of sight and I was so confused that I began to walk without thinking toward the bus stop a few blocks away. I was so lost in my troubles that I started when I felt a hand on my shoulder. I whirled around and to my surprise, there was the waitress from the restaurant holding my purse and coat which I had left in the booth. Without a word, she handed me my belongings and gave me a hug. I burst into tears. She smiled and said, “I have been through that before, and I know how it is. Go home, take a hot bath, and watch Casablanca until you fall asleep.” I laughed, thanked her, climbed onto the bus, and never saw her again.


Do Something Nice

  • Buy a roll of brightly colored stickers and stick them on kids shirts as you walk down the street
  • Spend a week just being aware of things in nature that befriend you
  • Visit a neighbor with a bouquet of flowers for no reason at all.
  • Let the person behind you in line at the grocery store go ahead of you
  • Laugh out loud often and share your smile generously
  • Next time you go to the ice-cream parlor, pay for a few free cones to be given to the next kids to come in.
  • Make a dedication on your local radio station to all those people who smiled at strangers today.

For Your Reading Inspiration

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Online Dating Spell for the Perfect Partner

by Lilith Dorsey

Many of us have had to kiss a lot of frogs before we found the Prince, or Princess, of our dreams. I had one friend who was out at a restaurant with her online date and he got up in the middle of things and started to proposition someone who was sitting at the bar. Did I say there are a lot of frogs out there? Keeping that in mind, there are many things you can do to help improve your chances of finding the perfect partner online as soon as possible.

There are other things to consider too before we take the plunge into the romantic internet pool. Maybe, until now, we have been working on ourselves, building our empire, raising our children, finding ourselves, healing ourselves, or otherwise too busy to start looking for the right partner. We must take all of this into account as we ready ourselves for a big step into a wider world. That is why the following spell includes elements for finding honesty, communication, healing, joy, passion, and last, but certainly not least, love in your new relationship.

Online Dating Spell Bath

Take this bath before you begin your online dating journey, if possible. It is best performed during the full moon.

Ingredients

3 drops carnation oil
3 drops ylang-ylang oil
3 drops rose oil
3 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops myrrh oil
3 drops gardenia oil
Pinch of dill
1 cup Spring Water

Combine all ingredients in your bathtub along with enough warm water to make you comfortable. Sit in the bath and say the following words:

I seek happiness, honesty, love and joy, 

May the universe guide me to my perfect (enter here what suits you best!) 

As you soak in the water, envision all the obstacles to love draining away and washing off you. Then inhale deeply, and absorb the positive energy of new beginnings created by the herbs and oils in the bath.

Best of luck and love to you on your journey!

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Lilith Dorsey, MA is a magical practitioner/voodoo priestess with training in several traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean (Santeria and Vodun), and Native American spiritualties. Her traditional education focused on plant science, anthropology, and film. She owns her own magickal consulting business, Branwen’s Pantry, and is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly. She is also the author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook. She has a degree in anthropology from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Our February Titles Are Here!

Happy Reading!


The Little Book of Dream Symbols

Jacqueline Towers

9781571747587Did you know that a dream about a blanket can either be a warning to guard your investments or a sign that you can expect financial gain—depending on the context? Or that a dream about lightening generally precedes good luck?

From the time Jacob dreamt of a ladder to heaven, through the era of Freud and Jung, right up to the findings of the latest sleep research, the wise have believed that dreams hold important secrets. In this A–Z dictionary of dream symbols, a psychic counselor applies both traditional and scientific approaches to provide a handy key to what your dreams are saying. From anchor to zebra, all dream symbols are analyzed, showing how they bring us messages, reveal our hidden wishes and mental states, and even foretell our future. Readers everywhere will use this little book to learn what their subconscious is trying to communicate.

Examples of dreams and their meanings:

  • Alligator: Treachery and secret enemies are about
  • Garlic: You are on the way up and will achieve wealth
  • Snakes: Forthcoming problems and deceit
  • Vermin: Petty irritations
  • Cancer: A long life, if you don’t overdo it!
  • Parking: Time to wind down a relationship

This little dictionary is an ideal reference for your nightstand. When you wake from sleep, quickly refer to this book and discover the meaning of your dreams.
(Hampton Roads Publishing)


Practical Spellcraft

Leanna Greenaway

9781571747549Now anyone with an earnest desire can learn to cast spells with this intriguing introduction to the craft. Written by a practicing witch, this all-encompassing first course in Wiccan magic simplifies everything from performing spells to conducting candle rituals and using a talisman.

Also included here are:

  • A general introduction to witchcraft, sabbats, Halloween, and the key tools and concepts of spellcasting
  • Candle, garden, animal, and self-defense magic
  • Spells for love, money, fertility, and health
  • A chapter on writing your own spells

This is a practical introductory guide for everyone. Love life gone limp? Reinvigorate your relationship with a seductive spell. Boss too demanding? Use a little magic to help her reconnect with her softer side. Lost your precious pet? Bring him back home with a heartfelt incantation.

With the wealth of Wiccan wisdom in these pages, you can choose a spell to improve any aspect of your life, from career and money to health and family well-being. Upbeat and up to date, this volume brings witchcraft into the 21st century with a modern magic focused on gaining control over your life and understanding your destiny.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

by Kendra Levin

The first half of January can be a time of big dreams, powerful goals, and strong motivation. We crack the spine on a brand-new journal, draw up a list of resolutions and stick it on the fridge, throw away the old calendar and tear the shrink-wrap off an untouched one that’s still full of possibilities. We are ready to make changes and take action.

For many of us, though, that ambition melts and muddies as quickly as pristine snow. By mid-month, those big dreams have turned into a puddle of backsliding, rationalizing, guilt, frustration, and ultimately resignation. By the time February rolls around, we’ve given up entirely. We live the rest of the year as if that brief, brilliant period of inner drive had never happened.

It’s not that we don’t accomplish anything. But often, we don’t accomplish what we’re truly capable of—what we see is possible for ourselves during that magical window when the year is fresh and new.

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What would it be like to continue to see that possibility for ourselves? To believe, beyond January, that we’re capable of true change? To set in motion a series of actions that carry us through a year of living closer to our greatest potential?

We are all capable of doing this. Here’s how (with thanks to author Leila Sales for inspiring this list):

Be focused. Don’t try to change every part of your life at once; instead, pick one or two goals that are the most important to you. Go for quality, not quantity.

Be ambitious but realistic. Challenge yourself with goals at the upper limit of your capabilities, so you can prove to yourself what you are able to do, but don’t set a goal so daunting you lose steam quickly.

Be a planner. Don’t make a broad goal and then expect yourself to just figure out how to accomplish it along the way. Instead, operationalize it: break it down into its component steps and plot out how you’ll do each one. Making a big goal into a bunch of small goals makes it much more manageable.

Be resilient. What will happen if you don’t do everything you set out to do this month? Probably nothing! If you don’t do every single thing on your list, it’s okay—don’t lose hope and give up on the whole thing. Every morning you get a new day and a chance to make new choices. Keep trying!

Be a Hero. If a resolution is important to you, treat it that way. Being a Hero means protecting, serving, and making sacrifices for what you care about. How will you protect this goal from whatever threatens it? How will you serve the cause that’s important to you—whether that cause is your writing or art, your health, your time, or whatever it is you are valuing with this resolution? What are you willing to sacrifice in order to keep this resolution? (Hint: it might be something you think you need but actually don’t.) Don’t forget how you feel today about this resolution; don’t talk yourself into not caring about it a couple weeks or a month from now.

Ask yourself: What will I do this year? How am I going to do it? What tools do I need to help me accomplish my goals? Thoughtful, specific answers to these questions can set you on the path to where you want to get to. And I firmly believe you’ll find your way there.


Kendra Levin is a certified life coach for writers, as well as a children’s book editor, teacher, and writer. Since 2008, she has helped writers and other creative artists all over the world meet their goals and connect more deeply with their work and themselves. She has been on the editorial staff at Penguin since 2005, editing all ages from picture books to young adult, and her books have received starred reviews and national awards. Kendra has taught classes for a range of populations from media professionals to prison inmates and has spoken at writers’ conferences and retreats in over twenty states. Her theatrical works have been produced Off- and Off-Off Broadway and regionally, and her eclectic professional writing credits include celebrity speeches, a bar guide, and Mad Libs. Her home base is New York City. Follow her @kendralevin or visit her at www.kendracoaching.com.

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