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Issue #40 -- October 2003

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In this Issue:

[01] Editorial Notes
[02] Poem: Even Odysseus Yearns
[03] Cauldron News
[04] Cauldron Discussions
[05] Reviews
     [05-1] Supersleep
     [05-2] The Lore of the Bard
     [05-3] Witchcraft: An Alternative Path
     [05-4] The Urban Pagan
     [05-5] Sexual Ecstasy and the Divine
     [05-6] Celtic Astrology
     [05-7] Exploring Numerology
     [05-8] How to be a Ghost Hunter
     [05-9] 2004 Sun Sign Book
     [05-10] 2004 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac
[06] Received For Review (with Mini-Reviews)
[07] Articles:
     [07-1] One Woman Can Change The World
[08] Columns
     [08-1] TarotDeevah on the Tarot
     [09-2] Humor: Cthulhu Cult Press Release
[09] Around the Planes: Notes from All Over
     [09-1] Tips On Reducing Indoor Air Pollution
     [09-2] Ways Consumers Can Make An Earth-Friendly Difference
     [09-3] Young Voters Key In 2004
     [09-4] Flu Season Is On Its Way. Get Ready, Get Vaccinated!
     [09-5] Seasonal Secrets From The Pumpkin Patch
[10] Support The Cauldron by Volunteering to Help
[11] Newsletter Information
              (Including How To Subscribe/Unsubscribe)

  +++ Submission Deadline for next issue: October 25, 2003 +++
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========= by Randall Sapphire

As I mentioned in the September issue, my mailbox was flooded
with review copies of books while I was out of town in late
August and early September. These books and many of the books I
received in September have received first glance comments on our
web site. As usual, we have reprinted these comments in the
Received for Review section of this newsletter -- and most of
these items will receive full reviews over the next few months.

However, so many books were received that this newsletter grew to
over 105K. I decided that would be too long for many subscribers
and delayed one good, but long, article until the November issue
-- Kensho Godchaser's "Goddesses of the Sun: Exploring the Myth
of the Moon Goddess." Look for this article next month.
Apologies, Kensho!

However, this brings up an important point. This newsletter is
growing longer with almost every issue. If I can line up more
columns and articles, it could easily jump to 120k to 150k a
month over the next 6 to 8 months. If it does, Cauldron & Candle
will probably be sent out in two or three sections, one section
per email message -- the way the Cauldrons and Broomsticks
newsletter was sent out when it was being published.

Meanwhile, enjoy this issue. Even without Kensho's article, there
is a lot here to read.

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I, wanderer, warrior,
Strategist, explorer,
Inventor of schemes which conquered Troy,
Outwitting even Poseidon's one-eyed son.
I, who enchanted goddesses
But escaped their grasp,
Could not be seduced by Sirens,
Tied to the mast of past longings, heard another's song,
Saw another's face,
The silky black tendrils of her hair weaving through the tapestry
  of my thoughts.

Penelope, are you more than memory?
In my dreams I become your loom,
You ravel and unravel my hopes.

Are you the Penelope I knew or have you too forgotten,
Foundered, as I did in that mad mad war, in these madder
And even now in the wonderings of my tide-tossed mind.
Penelope, do you wait for me?

What have I lost in this world of brawn and manly prowess,
Where women are goddesses or slaves,
Above or below me,
Where human hearts dare not yearn
For what they cannot claim or reclaim?

In the mist I see Penelope in her garden,
Watering the blossoms of tomorrow,
Penelope in her room winding the warp,
Twisting the skeins of yesterday,
Letting slip through her fingers year after year, the colors of
  the seasons.

Am I then in love only with memory?
I, the wily Odysseus, humbled by wisps of dreams
Waking me at dawn to stare at the rising tumescent sun swollen on
  the horizon,
Behind me always.
But only in the dusk of this vast western emptiness,
Lies the warming call of home.

Must memory alone sustain me,
Or do you live outside my mind,
Daily scanning the craggy shore of Ithaca
Peering across that fog-gray desolation,
Weaving into your woolly nights the foam of this churning sea,
Waiting for me?

========= by The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum Staff

===== Cauldron Delphi Message Board Top Poster -- September 2003

The Cauldron's message board had 6428 posts in September. Mary
(JALILIFER) had the most posts of any non-staff member in
September and snagged our monthly "top poster" award. Our Runner
Up was Celeste (CELESTE621). Brock (BLAKEK), Milo (MILO_BOOTH),
Dragonoake (DRAGONOAKE) and Jenett (JENETT) gave Celeste a very
close a race for that runner up spot.

===== New Cauldron Cookbook

A few months ago, members of the staff (particularly Sperran)
started collecting recipes from members of the Cauldron's message
board for a new section of our web site with member's favorite
recipes. This section is finally available and includes the
recipes given to Sperran in the early summer. Go out and have a
look at what your fellow members like. The recipes look really

Browse the Cauldron Cookbook

===== Support The Cauldron, Shop At Our New Cauldron Mall

How did The Cauldron end up with a mall? It started with my trip
to see my fiancee last month. She had been doing a lot of
shopping online and one of the places she showed me while I was
visiting was CatalogCity. That's a really nifty web site that
lets you shop from hundreds of specialty catalogs at once with a
single interface and search engine.

I saw they had an affiliate program and thought it might be nice
to add it to The Cauldron. Instead of running their own affiliate
program as Amazon.com does, CatalogCity uses a third party
affiliate program provider. I signed up with them and discovered
that they also handled Abebooks, a network of used book dealers
that a number of our members use and really like. I decided to
add Abebooks as well.

Before you know it, I decided to create a mall with a number of
interesting stores. In addition to Amazon.com, CatalogCity, and
Abebooks, our mall currently includes 123Inkjets, Astrology.com,
Animal Den, ArtprintCollection.com, Autobytel, eCampus.com,
eKitchenGadgets.com, EthnicGrocer.com, Fabric.com, Furniture
Domain, GoCollect.com, HobbyTron, HomeVisions.com, JC Whitney,
Kalyx.com. OutdoorDecor, Spring Hill Nursery, VisionDirect, and
Walter Drake. More stores are on the way and shopping at any of
them will help fund The Cauldron. If you want to know more about
these stores, check out our mall page.

While purchases from our Amazon.com links are still the best way
to support The Cauldron when you shop, you'll find lots of stuff
at these online stores that you will not find at Amazon: herbs,
sewing supplies, auto parts, contact lens, plants, and much more.
If you like to shop online, we hope you'll want to check out our

Visit the new Cauldron Mall

===== New Special Topic Chat Logs Available

The Cauldron's "Special Topic Chats" (Tuesdays 8-10 pm US Eastern
Time) have been very popular thanks to all the effort Koi,
Shadow, and other staff members have put into them. We are trying
to log these chats and make those logs available on our web site
for those who cannot attend.

Logs of the following additional "Special Topic Chats" are
available in the Chat Logs section of our web site:

=== What Is Sin?

The chat log for our August 19th "What Is Sin?" chat is now
available on The Cauldron's web site. This chat was a discussion
of the nature of Sin in Pagan religions, and mechanisms for
describing wrong actions.


=== Eclectic Paganism

This is the log of The Cauldron's September 16, 2003 chat, which
was a discussion of Eclectic Pagan Paths: what it takes to create
a path for oneself, what the challenges are, and what to look out


=== Nature of the Divine

This is the log of The Cauldron's September 23, 2003 chat, which
was a discussion of the nature of the divine: what we believe of
it and believe it is.



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========= Recent Discussion Topics on our Message Board

In an average month, over 150 new discussion topics are started
on The Cauldron's message board. Here are a few of the more
interesting discussions from the last month. It's not too late to
join in.

Thanks to Bloglet, you can now receive an email every night on
days we post new site news items to the main page of The
Cauldron's web site. These emails contain a link to the new item
and the first couple of lines of the news text. You can sign up
for Bloglet's free news delivery via the form at the end of the
site "News and Updates" section of The Cauldron's main web page.

=== Pagan Ethics Books

We've talked about writing Pagan 101 books, but what the
community really lacks are Ethics books. I know of Robin Wood's
book, but other than that, are there any?

What would you like to see in an Ethics book? How many religions
should it cover? What qualifications should the author have? What
approach would you want it to take (case studies, outlining of
religious principles, etc.)?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== What is The Summerland?

For those of you who hold the Summerland concept, could you
explain what it is? I don't recall ever reading much about it
other than it is a place you pass to. With so many Wiccans
believing in reincarnation in one form or another, I am a bit
confused by the lack of information.

Is it a rest stop before your next incarnation (like Bardo in
Buddhism) or a final peaceful resting place (like heaven in
Christianity)? Or does the concept differ from person to person?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== What Basic Magickal Skills are Absolutely Required?

What do you consider to be the very most fundamental magickal
skills, the skills that anyone trying a spell or ritual should
have a solid grasp of? Are they the same for simple spells and
full-blown ritual, or would there be more advanced skills
required for one than the other? Or are there even any such
things as "skills everyone doing any energy work at all should

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Dealing with a Bad Teacher?

I moved to a new town, a small city in the midwest. I found a
larger Wiccan community here than I expected. The problem is it
is dominated by a truly awful teacher who has taught a majority
of the Wiccans here a lot of fluffy nonsense.

Here's the reading list for her introductory course: The Origins
of Modern Witchcraft, The Power of the Witch, Wiccan Beliefs &
Practices, Witta.

She turns out fluffy bunnies who think Wicca is the embodiment of
peace and white light, thousands of years old, and in conflict
with just about any other religion you can name -- including many
Pagan religions.

In the months I've been here I've met a couple of other Wiccans
who realize she is training fluff bunnies not Wiccans, but they
don't think anything can be done because this teacher is central
to the local community. What, if anything, can I do to counteract
this teacher's influence and poor instruction? Or should I just
stay out of it?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== A Personal Experience With The Gods?

I find that most people choose a particular path because they've
had a personal experience with a particular god. Or they feel
close to a path because they feel close to their gods; all the
Hellenic Recons I've met have personal relationships with their
patron gods.

Now, I have never had a personal experience with a god, certainly
nothing that I could consider definitive. It does worry me...I
guess my question is, should I be worried? Is it my own fault?
Would you say that I need to be more open?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== What Makes an Author Seem Condescending?

Having stopped reading a majority of pagan books many years ago
because I got tired of repetitiveness, I was curious when people
mention that a certain author is "condescending." How precisely
is the author being condescending and could anyone give any
examples? In my writings I'm trying not to sound like a complete
jerk, but I know I can tend to exaggerate or be sarcastic,
although usually toward a subject rather than a person or the
reader. So anyway, would anyone mind being the Jerk Police and
give me an idea of "condescending writing"?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Pagans, Money, and Greed

Doesn't it seem obvious that having money spells around means
that we like money? Who doesn't, but to say that we let money
rule our lives might be wrong.

We could say being well rounded makes us prosperous and we have
plenty to live on, but at some point a lot of us have used a
money or prosperity spell. I have been keeping a money bottle for
found money, an idea I found in Cassandra Eason's books.

How many well off pagans of any path can you think of? Off hand I
can only think of Fairuza Balk who bought and now sold the oldest
occult shop in Hollywood. Having money and being happy, maybe it
doesn't mean millions but enough to call the shots and afford
those who don't want to live in the city to move. Where does
greed come into play or does it?

Please pick out the questions from my ramblings and let me know
your thoughts.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== New Magickal/Religious Names?

Many people say that our birth names are our most intimate
possession and reveal much about us. While I'm not really sure
how much our birth names reveal about us, I do not that most
people consider their name to be a very important possession and
often get annoyed when others mispronounce, misspell, or misuse
it. Feminists even fought to give women the right to keep their
name when they marry rather than becoming Mrs. David Jones (or

Given that our birth names are so important to most people, why
do so many people seem to feel the need to take a different name
for magickal or religious use? Note that I'm not taking about an
online name which is often needed for privacy reasons on the
Internet, but a name one uses face to face with others or even
just with the Gods. This tradition isn't confined to Pagan
religions, it is common in many belief systems.

Have you taken a new name for magick or religious purposes? If
you have, why did you do so and do you feel doing so has changed
you in away way? If you haven't, is there some special reason why
you did not do so? What do you think of this practice in general?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Daily Rituals

For those of you who do something religious or spiritual every
day -- what do you do? Also, if your daily ritual requires your
altar or other physical components, what do you do when you're
away from your home? Are your requirements such that you can
bring them with you, or do you have to make do with whatever you
can find to substitute, or do you just let it go until you get
home, or ...?

For those who perhaps are searching for something but haven't
found just the right thing yet, what have you tried that didn't
seem to work for you?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:


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============    BOOK AND DECK REVIEWS

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

SuperSleep: The Ultimate Power to Change Your Life
Author: Teri D. Mahaney
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Citadel Press
Publication date: January 2003
ISBN: 0806523360
US Retail Price: $16.95
Amazon Link:

The back cover of SuperSleep: The Ultimate Power to Change Your
Life says this book will teach the reader to "Dissolve blocks to
success and fulfillment in your personal relationships, career,
and life. . .while you sleep!" I'm not really sure why I was sent
this book for review. There's nothing really magickal or Pagan
about the techniques discussed in this book: recording
affirmation-like scripts on tape and playing them while one
sleeps. While I don't believe the scientific community thinks
this technique has a lot of merit, I know people who swear it
works for them -- and many more for whom it doesn't seem to work.

Mahaney's book isn't hard to read, especially as over half the
book is scripts to be recorded for specific issues (everything
from anger management to healing to making cold sales calls).
This book seems really about the power of thinking positive and
convincing your inner self to do so as well. Some of the scripts
might also be helpful for those who use affirmation magic, but
have trouble thinking up really positive affirmations.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

The Lore of the Bard: A Guide to the Celtic & Druid Mysteries
Author: Arthur Rowan
Trade Paperback, 366 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: April 2003
ISBN: 0738702854
US Retail Price: $17.95
Amazon Link:

Authur Rowan, a member of the British Druid Order, has written a
lengthy book on Celtic bardcraft, The Lore of The Bard: A Guide
to the Celtic & Druid Mysteries. This book both attempts to
explain Celtic mystical lore (as the British Druid Order
understands it, I assume) and attempts to relate it to modern
psychological and scientific concepts. As usual in such books,
quantum mechanics comes up and Rowan doesn't butcher it any more
than most occult authors do. However, the main thrust of the book
is on bardcraft: poetry, music, and the telling of myths.

This is a long, but readable book. As I'm not a Celtic scholar, I
really do not know how accurate it is. However, the scarcity of
academic references in the bibliography and some of the material
on the British Druid Order web page makes me suspect that this
may not be a book that most Celtic Reconstructionists will
embrace. However, even so, it seems to be an order of magnitude
more useful to the average Pagan reader than books like The 21
Lessons of Merlyn.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Witchcraft: An Alternative Path
Author: Ann Moura
Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: March 2003
ISBN: 0738703435
US Retail Price: $14.95
Amazon Link:

Ann Moura, best known for her Green Witchcraft books and her
revisionist history book, Origins of Modern Witchcraft, has
written a very basic introduction to Wicca and witchcraft with
Witchcraft: An Alternative Path. This book is a fairly typical
Neo-Wiccan 101 book. In the first half of the book, Moura
discusses the basic beliefs of Wicca as well as the Wiccan Gods,
Esbats, and Sabbats. Short and simple rituals are provided. The
second half of the book is devoted to magick. There is a long
chapter on creating spells and a chapter with example spells and
basic information on a number of methods of divination. The book
concludes with a list of deities, a glossary, and a bibliography.

While this is really just another in a long line of Wicca 101
books, I was pleased to note that the author toned down her
revisionist history claims and did not constantly knock other
religions as she has in some of her other books. Unlike the
fairly complex and ceremonial rituals in her Green Witchcraft
series, the rituals in Witchcraft: An Alternative Path are short
and simple. This isn't a bad Wicca 101 book, but there are many
better ones on the market.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Reni Religion

The Urban Pagan: Magical Living in a 9-To-5 World
Author: Patricia Telesco
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: September 1993
ISBN: 0875427855
US Retail Price: $14.95 (but out of print)
Amazon Link:

Strengths:  All of the rituals and exercises in The Urban Pagan:
Magical Living in a 9-To-5 World can be used as is and are vague
enough (for want of better words) to be personalized. The author
also lists basic references which are useful in doing such. There
is a small chapter devoted to holidays which, in addition to the
Sabbats, lists traditional and cultural holidays and ways in
which they relate to Pagan spirituality and beliefs. There is
also a chapter for what the author refers to as the "frugal
magician" with ideas (and in some cases instructions, recipes,
and/or diagrams) for making and acquiring one's own tools without
spending insane amounts of money. There are detailed references
for making magical use of everyday items.

Weaknesses:  Part 1 of this book focuses on self-healing and
self-preparation, but it reads a bit like a self-help manual. The
book is almost ten years old, so some  of the resources are
outdated but it isn't difficult to find updated addresses or
suitable replacements if one is so inclined. For all intents and
purposes, it is a bit of a beginner's book so a lot of the
information is repetitive to anyone considering themselves
"advanced" or beyond.

Does the book contain Spells? No.

Does the book contain Rituals?  Yes -- there are a few rituals
for Earth healing.

Does the book contain Notes?  There are rather detailed footnotes
at the end of each chapter.

Does the book discuss History? The only historical information
given directly is a brief history of herbalism. There are a few
historical references throughout the text.

Does the book discuss Ethics? Not discussed at length.

Is the book worth the price? This book retails for $14.95 new; I
bought a used copy from an auction site for less than ten
dollars. To be honest, I almost abandoned this book early on. The
first three chapters reminded me of an overdrawn session on the
therapist's couch. I understand the author's pointing out the
need for self-healing and self-preparation, but I feel that it
was taken a bit too far. I don't know that I'd recommend this
book as a purchase to too many of my friends because a lot of the
information given is rather basic, but it does have its redeeming

For the beginner, I remember what it was like looking for books
and being inundated by Wicca on the market. This book is a
welcome breath of air in that respect, but I feel that it leaves
a lot to be desired. I feel that this book is one to borrow
before buying, and is best if accompanied by books such as True
Magick by Amber K to help fill in a few of the holes.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Sexual Ecstasy and the Divine
Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press
Publication date: March 2003
ISBN: 1580911137
US Retail Price: $16.95
Amazon Link:

In the introduction to Sexual Ecstasy and the Divine, the author
writes "Sex is a loaded gun. We use it to sell products, to win
friends and influence people. We wallow in it, yet call it
sinful. We crave it, yet we fear it." In these few words Yasmine
Galenorn sums up the problem of sex in American society. She
spends the rest of the book trying to provide a sensible
treatment of sex within a Pagan (well, mainly Wiccan) spiritual
view. This book is part sex manual and part spiritual guide,
written in Galenorn's usual style which makes the reader feel
like he or she was sitting at the kitchen table chatting with the

The book opens with a chapter on the history of sex, or more
correctly, a brief history of the place of sex in western
culture. The second chapter discusses the practical aspects of
sex: the obvious physical ones and the less obvious ones that
deal with human nature, like how to discuss sexual problems with
your partner. The next chapters deal with masturbation, including
its use in raising the kundalini force and in magick, and with
the use of sex toys and fantasy.

The following two chapters provide each gender with a detailed
"meditation ritual": a sacred harlot ritual for woman and a stag
king ritual for men. Chapters seven and eight talk about how a
couple can commune with the divine or work magick through sexual
intercourse. Alternative practices like BDSM and polyamory are
addressed in the next chapter. The tenth chapter deals with the
aftermath of rape: how to move from victim to survivor. The final
chapter talks about the gods and goddesses of sex and provides an
"interview with yourself" to help the reader determine his or her
feelings about sexual issues.

In Sexual Ecstasy and the Divine Galenorn has done an excellent
job in presenting subjects that many authors and publishers
carefully step around. Her willingness to talk about her personal
experiences make the book far more readable than many books which
only discuss sex in the abstract or in third person clinical
accounts. This book is a nice sex manual for Pagans. I recommend
it to any Pagan interested in sex. Although those with less
experience will get more out of it, there is something in this
book for everyone. However, if you are looking for a manual
concentrating on Tantra or sex magick, this is probably not the
book you are looking for.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Celtic Astrology: How the Mystical Power of the Druid Tree Signs
  Can Transform Your Life
Author: Phyllis Vega
Trade Paperback, 255 pages
Publisher: New Page Books
Publication date: July 2002
ISBN: 1564145921
US Retail Price: $13.99
Amazon Link:

Phyllis Vega's book, Celtic Astrology: How the Mystical Power of
the Druid Tree Signs Can Transform Your Life, gives the reader an
analysis of each of the 13 "Druid Tree Signs" (and the Nameless
Day) of the Celtic calendar. If you know a person's birthday, you
can discover their tree sign and learn something about what this
system says about their personality. Of course, tree signs are as
broad as sun signs in astrology -- a huge number of very
different people fall into each sign. Checking the tree signs of
a few people I know showed this system to be about as accurate as
sun signs. This book goes further by giving an analysis of each
tree sign/sun sign combination and provides special exercises and
rituals for each tree sign/sun sign combination.

This book is written in a friendly, easy to read style. While sun
signs are very superficial astrology, a surprising number of
people do use them as clues to dealing with people. I suspect
anyone who does so will find this book interesting. As the sun
sign tells how a person deals with the outer world and the tree
sign tells how a person deals with the inner, spiritual world,
the sun sign-tree sign combination does provide more information
from a birth date. I personally doubt that the ancient druids
would recognize much of this system but it is still interesting
and workable. (Truth in reviewing note: The reviewer is a long-
time friend of the author.)

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Exploring Numerology: Life By The Numbers
Author: Shirley Lawrence
Trade Paperback, 221 pages
Publisher: New Page Books
Publication date: April 2003
ISBN: 1564146510
US Retail Price: $14.99
Amazon Link:

Numerology is one of my favorite methods of divination. Like
palmistry, I've been fascinated with it since I was a child,
perhaps because it involved math, but not nearly as much math as
astrology. I've never found it all that helpful for providing
advice about the future, but is a wonderful tool for figuring out
what makes a person what they are. Unfortunately, there don't
seem to be many books published on numerology any more. I've been
reviewing Pagan-oriented books for about four years now and I
believe this is only the second numerology book I've received for
review. Fortunately, Exploring Numerology: Life By The Numbers by
Shirley Lawrence, is a nice introduction to this method of

This book jumps right into the thick of things by having the
reader construct a complete chart based on his or her name and
date of birth. Unlike in astrology, constructing a chart is
simple, and really only requires the ability to add and follow
the author's clear directions. Lawrence explains the complete
process in less than 20 example-filled pages. With practice, most
people can construct a complete numerological chart on a person
in 5 or 10 minutes.

Of course, while constructing a numerological chart may be much
more simple than constructing an astrological chart, interpreting
the chart is a complex art in both cases. Lawrence devotes most
of the rest of book to interpreting the simple chart the reader
created. The author is clear and her descriptions of the meanings
of the various numbers in different places on the chart are
direct and useful (as opposed to the vague descriptions in some
of the numerology books in my library). Chapters on understanding
your child via numerology and the numerology of addresses round
out the interpretation part of this book.

As an example of constructing and interpreting a chart, the
author creates and interprets the chart of the current US
president, George W. Bush, and shows how items in the chart
relate to his life. There is also a brief chapter on the
numerological significance of 9/11.

Exploring Numerology: Life By The Numbers is a fine introduction
to numerology. After reading this book, one will be well-equipped
to use numerology to help understand more about what makes
family, friends, co-workers, and other people work. It also
provides enough background to understand more advanced books on
the subject (such as Goodwin's multi-volume Numerology: The
Complete Guide. If you are interested in learning numerology,
this is a great book to start with.

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How to be a Ghost Hunter
Author: Richard Southall
Trade Paperback, 165 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: April 2003
ISBN: 0738703125
US Retail Price: $12.95
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Richard Southall, co-creator of Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours
of Parkersburg, W.V., shares practical advice for the beginning
ghost hunter with personal accounts from the author's experiences
in investigating hauntings in How to be a Ghost Hunter. While
this book is a bit on the thin side, it contains quite a bit of
useful information for someone who wants to investigate a
supposed haunting. It discusses the various types of ghosts and
spirits, outlines a four-phase method of investigation, how to
try to catch a ghost on film or the sounds one makes on tape,
ghost hunting equipment, and forming a group to conduct

While this book is far from a complete guide to paranormal
investigations, it is a fair introduction to the subject. There
is room for improvement, but the basic ideas are sound. Using
this book as a guide will help the beginner avoid some of the
basic pitfalls that I've seen when someone decides they are going
to investigate a reported ghost without any idea of how to
conduct an investigation of any type -- or the amount of work one

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========= REVIEW: 2004 SUN SIGN BOOK
========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

2004 Sun Sign Book
Author: Terry Lamb
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: August 2003
ISBN: 0738701254
US Retail Price: $7.95
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Llewellyn's 2004 Sun Sign Book: Horoscopes for Everyone is
Llewellyn's contribution to the annual sun sign horoscope book
market. Although many companies produce a separate sun sign book
for each sign of the zodiac, Llewellyn produces one book that
covers all twelve signs. This makes good sense to me as there is
only so much information the sun sign alone can give.

The book begins with a brief introduction to astrology.
Astrologer Terry Lamb then provides the forecasts for each sign,
including a summary of the sign's strengths and weaknesses, a
summary of the year, forecasts for each month, and a table of the
best dates within 2004 for selected activities such as asking for
a raise or starting a diet. Over 70 pages of articles round out
the book. There are seven articles including "Signs of Healing"
by Jonathan Keyes and "The Elements of Love" by Dorothy Oja.

There's usually not a lot for a reviewer to say about a book like
this, and this volume is no exception. It is competently written
and you get sun sign information on all twelve signs for about
the price of one of the single sign books. If you are looking for
a sun sign book for 2004, this book will fit the bill.

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2004 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac
Editor: Michael Fallon
Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: August 2003
ISBN: 0738702285
US Retail Price: $7.95
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Llewellyn's 2004 Spell-A-Day Almanac provides a short spell or
ritual for every day of 2004, accompanied by some basic
astrological information useful for magick. The spells included
cover a variety of areas of life. Health, home, protection,
travel, money, and love spells each get a day of the week (Sunday
through Friday). Saturday is a grab bag of spells that don't fit
any of these categories. This regular sequence is interrupted
with special magick for new and full moons, the major Wiccan
festivals, and certain other important days.

Most of the spells included have a light tone, but seem generally
useful. A few seem almost pointless to me, but that's to be
expected in a collection of 366 spells. Some days include
interesting holiday lore -- and not just for the holidays of
Pagan religions. Many of the spells seem to have been specially
selected to match their day, which makes me wonder if the "Banish
an Adversary" spell selected for November 2nd, the day the US
will be electing its next president, is a subtle political
message. As with previous editions of this book, the spells are
nothing spectacular, but there are a lot of them for a very low
price. I do have one major nitpick: the book really could benefit
from a spell index.

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========= by Randall Sapphire

The following books and decks have been received for review in
late August or September 2003 and may be reviewed more fully in
future issues. "First Glance Comments" included with these
listings are exactly what they seem to be: my first impression of
the item from a quick glance through the book or deck. Be aware
that these views could change drastically after a more complete
examination. If you are waiting for a particular review, remember
that reviews appear on our web site as they are finished -- often
a good while before they are published in the newsletter.

Dunwich's Guide to Gemstone Sorcery
by Gerina Dunwich (New Page Books)
ISBN: 1564146723
First Glance Comments: This book is a whirlwind tour of gemstones
      and their uses in spells, in amulets, in healing, in
      divination, etc. While the "everything you need to know"
      hype on the back cover is a marketing excess, at first
      glance, this book looks like an interesting and readable
      introduction to the subject.
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Success Cards
by Alessandro Beltramo (Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738704121
First Glance Comments: The Success Cards are a set of sixty-four
      cards whose images are inspired by the I Ching. Like the I
      Ching, they are more about making one think than making
      predictions. It comes with a tiny 96 page booklet
      explaining the cards, but some knowledge of the I Ching
      would probably be helpful. The artwork, unfortunately, does
      not speak to me.
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The Book of Thoth (Etteilla Tarot)
by Pietro Alligo (Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738704105
First Glance Comments: This deck claims to be a faithful
      reproduction of the 1870 Grande Etteilla III version of the
      original late 1700s Book of Thoth deck. Like most older
      decks, this version of the Book of Thoth deck has pips
      instead of illustrations for the Minor Arcana. The Major
      Arcana and court cards are variable. Most have interesting
      illustrations, but some just make me go "huh?"
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Tarot of the Hidden Folk
by Giacinto Gaudenzi (Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738700568
First Glance Comments: The art of this Tarot deck is taken from
      fairy tales: the creatures (sprites, fairies, elves, plant
      spirits, etc.) who inhabit "The Secret Realm." The artwork
      is bold and often playful, although a few cards are dark
      and melancholy. Despite this, this is really not a deck for
      children. Fans of the Fae will probably love it. Previously
      published as "The Enchanted Tarot."
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Tarot of Mermaids
by Mauro De Luca (Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738704148
First Glance Comments: This is a nicely done mermaid-themed Tarot
      deck. The artwork is very nice, although the water theme
      required fairly monotone "background" colors. In this deck,
      chalices are depicted as shells, pentacles are pearls (and
      huge pearls at that), wands are oars, and swords are
      tridents. While the title says "mermaids" there are also
      "mermen" in this deck.
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Tarot & Dream Interpretation
by Julie Gillentine (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 073870220X
First Glance Comments: This book explores ways to use the Tarot
      to help interpret dreams and vice-versa. The majority of
      the book is special Tarot interpretation for dreams and a
      symbol dictionary which includes both dream and tarot
      symbols. Explanations and special spreads make up the first
      third of the book. From a first glance, there appear to be
      some interesting ideas and techniques in this book.
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How to Write for the New Age Market
by Richard Webster (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738703443
First Glance Comments: A lot of people in the Pagan community
      seem to want to write a book. Webster's new book on how to
      write for the New Age (and Pagan) market looks like it
      might be a good place for anyone with such desires to
      start. From a quick glance, this book seems to be full of
      advice and ideas to make actually producing something that
      will sell to a publisher more likely. It does seem to focus
      a bit much on Llewellyn, but the author has a lot of
      experience with that publisher.
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The Book of Wizardry
by Cornelius Rumstuckle (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738701653
First Glance Comments: The book was obviously written to take
      advantage of the Harry Potter phenomena. It's some very
      basic instructions in magick for children in 22 lessons and
      a long choose-your-own-adventure quest. It's all
      simplified, of course, but the information looks to be
      sound from a quick glance. Subjects like the elements,
      tools, divination, and visualization are covered. If this
      book holds up to a closer look, it will probably be a nice
      gift for Pagan children interested in Harry Potter or
      magick. (From the copyright notice, I believe this book is
      actually written by J.H. Brennan.)
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The Witch's Familiar
by Raven Grimassi (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738703397
First Glance Comments: Raven Grimassi's latest book is on
      familiars. As he stays away from historical weirdness and
      religion for the most part and sticks to magick, this book
      probably will not annoy me as much as many of his other
      books do. This book discusses physical, astral, and
      spiritual familiars and gives techniques for
      summoning/creating, binding, and controlling familiars. The
      techniques Grimmassi has chosen (or created) have a very
      ceremonial magick flavor, complete with various sigils to
      be used to control and direct a non-physical familiar.
      While I'm sure they would work, they strike me at first
      glance as more suitable for the ceremonial mage than the
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Karmic Palmistry
by Jon Saint-Germain (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738703176
First Glance Comments: In India and surrounding areas, the
      concept of karma is apparently applied to many fields,
      including divination. While karmic astrology has been the
      focus of a number of books in the West, this is the first
      book on karmic palmistry. This book tries to remedy this
      lack. It looks interesting and even a cursory look tells me
      that it is written in a very readable style. Unfortunately,
      there aren't as many illustrations as I would like to see
      in a book on palmistry.
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by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738701866
First Glance Comments: Doleres Ashcroft-Nowicki went though a
      "dark night of the soul" and worked her way through it by
      meditation and ritual work with the letters of the Hebrew
      alphabet. She presents her techniques in this book. Like
      most hermetic techniques, it isn't something one can
      evaluate by glancing though a book, so I'll have to
      withhold any opinion until I read it. However, as Gareth
      Knight calls this book "the most important piece of
      writing" the author has done, I am expecting good things.
      As in the case with many hermetic systems, the Judeo-
      Christian base may make the system useless for some.
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Healing Ground: A Visionary Union of Earth and Spirit
by Trish Tuley and Myra Dutton (Celestial Arts)
ISBN: 1587612011
First Glance Comments: This is an art book: an over-sized volume
      of photograph and poetry. Tuley's nature photographs have
      been used by many environmental groups over the years and,
      as this volume shows, with good cause. Her photos made a
      bold statement for the grandeur of nature as well being a
      subtle expression of its fragility. Dutton's evocative
      poetry is a perfect complement to the photos. This book is
      captures the beauty of the Earth and in doing so, soothes
      the weary soul.
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Leonardo Da Vinci Tarot
by I. Ghiuselev/A. Atanassov (Lo Scarabeo/Lewellyn)
ISBN: 0738704091
First Glance Comments: This is an excellent Tarot deck done after
      the style of Leonardo Da Vinci. The artwork is beautifully
      done and very reminiscent of Da Vinci without being a copy.
      This deck has a number of nudes, but is fairly unique in
      that many of them are male. Those who like a deck with a
      lot of detailed symbolism on each card will probably not
      care for this deck even through the minor arcana are fully
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Vikings Tarot
by Sergio Tisselli (Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738704156
First Glance Comments: This Tarot deck is based on Northern
      European (aka "Viking" mythology). It is an interesting
      idea, but I do not care much for the art. it is somewhat
      soft and indistinct. When I first saw it, I wondered if
      something was the matter with my eyes. The major arcana
      depict the Gods and major locations. Wands depict giants,
      chalices show the Vanir, pentacles feature dwarfs and
      elves, and swords depict humans. It's an excellent idea,
      marred for me by an art style that simply turns me off.
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The Apple Branch
by Alexi Kondratiev (Citadel Press)
ISBN: 0806525029
First Glance Comments: This is the first book on Celtic
      spirituality and its modern practice by a Celtic
      Reconstructionist that I've seen. I can't comment on it
      from a quick glance as I'm not a Celtic scholar, but it's
      definitely not another Celtic Wicca book written by someone
      with very limited knowledge of the Celts. I have heard
      positive things on it from some in the Celtic Recon
      community, so I'm looking forward to reading it. It is not
      footnoted, but the bibliography seems well-populated with
      scholarly books. This book will probably be a must read for
      serious students of Celtic spirituality.
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The New Book of Magical Names
by Phoenix McFarland (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738703958
First Glance Comments: This book is a massive volume of names,
      over 7000 of them, taken from modern and ancient sources of
      all types. There is quite a bit of background material both
      on names in general and on some of the names themselves. It
      would probably make a great gift for someone looking for a
      new and perhaps different name for a baby or as a magickal
      or even a pen name.
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Mapping Your Birthchart
by Stephanie Clement (Llewellyn)
First Glance Comments: This is an introductory volume on
      interpreting astrological charts. It discusses the planets,
      signs, houses, and aspects in basic terms. Example charts
      are given for a number of famous people (including George
      W. Bush and Tiger Woods). No information is given on
      creating a chart as the book  comes with a Windows
      95/98/ME/XP program on CD-ROM to create charts. I have not
      tried the program, but will when I review this book.
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The Spirit of Flowers Tarot
by Pietro Alligo (Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738704113
First Glance Comments: Each of the 78 cards of this Tarot deck
      features a different flower.  Most are accompanied by one
      or more child-like Fae.  Some also by an insect or other
      animal.  The deck is in pastel colors and the artwork is
      good -- the faces are often particularly expressive.  While
      the major arcana attempt to follow standard Tarot
      symbolism, the minor arcana really do not. Nevertheless, I
      think I like the deck.
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Coven Craft
by Amber K (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 1567180183
First Glance Comments: I had heard many good things about this
      book, but had never even glanced through it.  From a first
      glance, however, it's obvious that the good things I've
      heard about it over the years are probably all true.  Coven
      Craft looks like an excellent book for anyone interested in
      forming a Wiccan group.  It covers many practical details
      about organizing and working with a coven (e.g.  bylaws,
      group dynamics, activities, training, counseling, etc.)
      that I simply have not seen in other books.
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Signs, Symbols, & Omens
by Raymond Buckland (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 073870234X
First Glance Comments: This book is an introduction to the signs
      and symbols of various cultures, religions, and magickal
      systems from around the world.  Twenty-five different
      systems plus magickal alphabets and omens are covered from
      a metaphysical (not historical or anthropological) point of
      view.  This book is well-illustrated and the occasional
      academic book makes it into the bibliography.
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Cooking By The Seasons
by Karri Ann Allrich (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738703230
First Glance Comments: This is a second edition of Recipes from a
      Vegetarian Goddess. It features a large number of
      vegetarian recipes arranged by season. Each seasonal
      section also provides menus for a feast for both Wiccan
      Sabbats celebrated that season. Some of the recipes even
      look good to your meat loving reviewer.
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Professional Tarot
by Christine Jette (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 073870217X
First Glance Comments: Most Tarot books talk about how to read
      the cards and perhaps give some advice on reading for
      others.  This Tarot book talks about how to set up and run
      a professional Tarot reading and/or teaching business.  As
      someone who has set up and run small businesses, I'm fairly
      impressed from a quick first look.  It appears to cover the
      nuts and bolts of the business end well and suggests ways
      to get and keep clients.  If it holds up to a close reading
      (especially in the business ethics department), this book
      will be a winner.
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Divination For Beginners
by Scott Cunningham (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 0738703842
First Glance Comments: This book is the new Llewellyn edition
      of a book first published by Crossing Press as The Art of
      Divination. It's a basic survey of the theory of
      divination and the many types of divination.  These range
      from the well-known (e.g.  Tarot, palmistry, crystal
      grazing) to the much less known (e.g.  using a ladybug to
      divine one's true love).  Written in Cunningham's easy to
      read style, this book seems to be a useful intro at first
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Magick Of The Gods and Goddesses
by D.J. Conway (Crossing Press)
ISBN: 1580911536
First Glance Comments: Conway attempts the massive task of
      providing basic information on the deities and religious
      and magickal practices of over twenty cultures in this
      book.  As the bibliographies for most cultural sections
      are filled with popular press and even revisionist books
      (and often no references to academic sources), I doubt I
      will find much to rave about when I read this book.
      However, it will probably be useful for those Pagans who
      consider all the Gods to be faces of one or two deities
      and therefore may be less concerned about cultural and
      historical accuracy.
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Simplified Qabala Magic
by Ted Andrews (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 073870394X
First Glance Comments: Andrews explains the basics of working
      with the Tree of Life, which is the basis of the magickal
      Qabala, in a simplified manner in this book.  While it
      does not appear to delve deeply into this complex
      subject, the basics are covered -- including the
      Qabalistic Cross, the Middle Pillar ritual, and
      introductory pathworking.  From my first glance though
      this book, it does not appear that any wild claims are
      being made as often happens in Qabala books. This may be
      a decent book for those looking for an taste of the
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Magical Meditations
by Yasmine Galenorn (Crossing Press)
ISBN: 1580911552
First Glance Comments: This is a book of guided meditations
      designed for Wiccans and Wiccan-like Pagans.  After some
      basic instruction the book dives right into series of
      eighteen guided meditations designed for either group or
      solitary use.  Most meditations are on the elements, the
      Wiccan Sabbats, or deities.  To make the best use of
      these book, someone in your group will need a good
      reading voice.
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Tarot for Beginners
by P. Scott Hollander (Llewellyn)
ISBN: 1567183638
First Glance Comments: This is a 360 page introduction to Tarot
      reading for the novice.  Most of the book is information
      on the cards. The card descriptions look to be clear and
      usable and the information of reading the cards has
      complete sample sessions for three layouts. Larger than
      normal print will help those with poor eyesight.
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============    ARTICLES

=========   An Interview with Eridanah Crow
========= by Marilys Mars

On the outside, the Reverend Eridanah Crow appears to be a happy,
self-confident, and humorous woman. She is attractive and
ebullient. This day when she arrived for our interview, Eridanah
looked liked a woman who had just stepped out of the Riverdance
chorus line and into the Starbucks coffee shop. Although we had
never met before, Eridanah greeted me with a great hug. I could
see her bright green eyes flashing with enthusiasm and I felt her
genuine smile put me at ease.

After all, Eridanah is no ordinary woman. She is the spokeswoman
for Nehallenic Wicca, a recent arrival (founded in 1985) on the
spirituality scene. But not only is Eridanah introducing the
Nehallenic Way to a larger audience, she is an Elder in her home
coven and High Priestess of a union of four covens called the
Orion Grove. Using the World Wide Web as her tool, Eridanah is
sharing Nehallenic philosophy with people from around the world.

I was fortunate to catch up with Eridanah and record some of her
candid thoughts.

MARILYS MARS: So, 2003 has been a busy year for you.

ERIDANAH CROW: (laughs) Oh, you could say that. But that's the
way I like it. I'm not happy unless I'm busy.

MM: What led you to champion what is essentially an unknown
tradition with Nehallenic Wicca?

EC: Honestly? Nehallenia chose me. Things just fell into place
urging me to spread the word about our tradition. The people in
Nehallenic Wicca almost uniformly agreed that the age for a
secret tradition was past, and that we would be promoting
Nehallenia’s future by sharing the tradition.

MM: Who is Nehallenia?

EC: I think a better question is WHAT is Nehallenia. On the one
hand, Nehallenia represents an idea, a concept. She is the
personification of that which human beings reach out for in hope
and for comfort. On the other hand, Nehallenia is simply
everything. I keep using this word "ylem". The ylem is a
philosophical term for the primordial substance from which all
things in the universe are made. Nehallenia is the ylem --
everything that is.

MM: The Nehallenic Way seems to have spun traditional Wicca on
its head. Was this intentional?

EC: The last thing the founders worried about when creating
Nehallenic Wicca was what the rest of the folks in the world who
called themselves Wiccans would say about it. They had a vision
that needed to be realized and damn the consequences.

MM: How are you received by the Wiccan community?

EC: With a ten-foot pole! (laughs) No, I'm looked upon favorably
by many people. I think I have more friends than enemies. But I
know that Nehallenic Wicca poses a threat of some kind to the
usual pyramid of Wicca. Why this has to be, I don't know. We're
certainly trying not to step on anyone's toes. What was it that
Albert Einstein said? "Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds."

MM:You mentioned to me before that you think Nehallenic Wicca
might be a little frightening for some people.

EC: That is what I think. The Nehallenic way isn't for everyone.
It demands a lot from people, but it also delivers. A Nehallenic
Wiccan has to let go of a lot of constructs and crutches before
they can truly call themselves a Nehallenic. In addition, our
tradition was not created while circumventing the framework and
persecution of another religion. We aren't the rejection of
doctrine. Hey, we're not even worried about other doctrines.
Nehallenic Wicca exists for itself, not as an alternative to more
mainstream religion. I think there's a lot of empty room in which
to grow and nothing to hold onto but your own mind, and that
scares people.

MM: Have you always been a Wiccan?

EC: Such things were never discouraged while I was growing up
under my parents' roof. They were very much influenced by Taoism,
Buddhism, the works of Ram Dass, and so on. We never popped off
to church on Sundays, which would have been silly as we weren't
Christian anyway. So I had plenty of time to spend in my garden
getting to know nature, plenty of time to realize that I shaped
my own universe, plenty of time to realize that reality began
with me and that deity, whatever that was, dwelled within me. As
for a formal initiation, mine was on Imbolc of 1988.

MM: Are you an atheist?

EC: That would depend on your interpretation of the word atheist.
If you mean a malign puppeteer in the sky controlling all of us,
then I am most definitely an atheist. I believe in oneness -- in
Nehallenia, if you will. I believe that everything in this
universe, from stones to trees to humans to planets to
Zorkeldefians, is part of a whole. So I'll leave my answer open-

MM: You have often expressed a certain displeasure with the
Wiccan community. What bothers you in particular?

The role playing plague leaps immediately into my mind. I'm
seeing a lot of Wiccans in the belief for the trappings -- the
tools, the spells, the distinction of calling one's self a
Wiccan. Online and in person, they try and affect a bad takeoff
of old English, complete with "thee" and "thou" and what have
you. People without a drop of Celtic blood in them suddenly think
they're Irish or Scots by osmosis -- as I am actually Irish, I
can spot a phony from a league away. No one gains anything by
being a Wiccan because it's "neat". This is serious business, and
as far as I'm concerned, only the serious-minded need apply.
Wicca is about something so deep, so profound, that once you have
come to that level you realize the trappings are just a

Another problem I keep seeing is misinformation. I mean,
"Braveheart" was a great film, but watching it is not the same as
reading about the history of Scotland. There's almost no
encouragement for deeper education in fields outside of magic.
This is a shame, for now we have self-styled witches running
around calling themselves Celtic Shamanistic Druids with an
affinity for the Norse gods without the witch really
understanding what they're saying or what they mean. Wisdom is
not something you put on like a cloak -- it is forever under
construction in the mind.

Finally, I am tired of traditional Wicca's diabolophobia. It's
time to drop the Christian paradigm and let Satanists be. Magic
is neither white nor black but clear. We are not trying to
placate mainstream religion or put on an angelic face so that we
are better accepted. To that end, Nehallenic Wicca embraces all
paths and emphasizes that every path has something to teach us.

Readers can write to Eridanah Crow at eridanah@hotmail.com .

============    COLUMNS

========= by TarotDeevah

=== Nigel Jackson Tarot

by Nigel Jackson
Published by Llewellyn Publications
Copyright 2000 by Nigel Jackson
ISBN 1567183654
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What an absolutely beautiful tarot deck! Nigel Jackson did a
wonderful job. The deck follows Marseilles style of order and
naming but Rider Waite in that all cards (even pips) are fully
illustrated. A couple of modifications (although not really
modifications as they are true to the original Marseilles) should
be noted: the magician is the juggler, high priestess is the
popess, heirophant is the pope, and strength is fortitude. The
art is truly beautiful ... captivating even. Symbolism is quite
plentiful, so the deck will be excellent for beginners to
advanced readers.

Cards measure a whopping 3.75 by 5.75 inches, which is my only
complaint about the deck. The cards are too long for me to bridge
shuffle, which is my preferred method. I'm a bit torn, though,
since I wouldn't want these fabulous images to be any smaller.
So, I just deal with it, and it is well worth it. Card stock is
ideal, not too stiff but not flimsy either. I have the deck and
book set, which is packaged very well. Llewellyn and Jackson
truly did a marvelous job.

I recommend this deck for everyone! It's really that good in my
opinion. I highly recommend the deck and book set, as the book is
just as fabulous as the deck! Go out and get this deck!!

=== One World Tarot

by Crystal Love & Michael Hobbs
Published by US Games Systems, Inc.
ISBN 1572812508
See Cards From This Deck:
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I find this to be an interesting deck, although without much
depth. The cards are illustrated more in symbols than in
illustrations. I would expect more symbolism in a deck which
relies solely on that symbolism. However, the deck is quite
readable, although probably not to a beginner.

The deck loosely follows the Marseilles style, although many
modifications have been made. The heirophant is the high priest,
the hanged man is the haning man, death is rebirth and the devil
is deliverance. The suits are done differently than most decks.
They are in the Marseilles style in that only the number of an
item is represented, rather than being fully illustrated.
However, it's not the number of the suit that is represented.
Instead, each suit is given a symbol other than it's suit title.
Suits are swords (represented as air by bubbles), coins
(represented as earth by leaves), cups (represented as water by
starfish) and batons (represented as fire by suns). So, the eight
of coins has eight leaves on it rather than eight coins. Court
cards are princess, prince, queen and king. The court cards are
probably my least favorite of the deck, as they don't differ much
one from the other.

Cards measure about 3.25 by 4.25 inches, which is ideal for me.
Cards tock is excellent, perfect in my opinion (although some
might find them a bit stiff). My deck is new, so I haven't had a
chance to test their durability, but I have no reason to doubt

I recommend this deck for intermediate to advanced readers and
those looking for a fresh new take on Marseilles. Collectors will
definitely want one, just for the oddness of the deck.

=== Osho Zen Tarot

by Osho (the Zen Manifesto)
Illustrations by Ma Deva Padma
Published by St. Martin's Press
Copyright 1994 by Osho International Foundation
ISBN 0312117337
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When I opened this deck, I could not contain the "oohs" and
"ahs". This is a stunning deck. Despite the name, I wouldn't call
this a tarot deck. It is a new system of something, but not tarot
in my opinion. There are 79 cards, comprised of 4 suits and the
majors. Court cards are indistinguishable from the rest of the
deck. Other than the Fool and the Lovers, all names and meanings
have been completely changed. Even the meaning of the fool has
been changed. Despite all that, this is probably one of my all-
time favorite decks. The artwork is tremendous, and the cards
titles and descriptions are moving. The deck simply rings true
for me and makes an excellent meditation deck.

Major Arcana consists of: 0-the Fool, 1-Existence, 2-Inner Voice,
3-Creativity, 4-the Rebel, 5-No-Thingness, 6-the Lovers, 7-
Awareness, 8-Courage, 9-Aloneness, 10-Change, 11-Breakthrough,
12-New Vision, 13-Transformation, 14-Integration, 15-
Conditioning, 16-Thunderbolt, 17-Silence, 18-Past Lives, 19-
Innocence, 20-Beyond Illusion, 21-Completion, and the Master (no
number). Suits are Fire, Water, Clouds and Rainbows. Court cards
are King, Queen, Knight and Page, although not in any traditional
sense. They are indistinguishable from the rest of the suit
except for an arrow icon rather than the number.

The cards measure about 3 by 4.5 inches and are a little large
for me to handle effortlessly. They are not impossible, though.
The stock is perfect for my tastes. I have noticed some wearing
on the back of the deck, but not on the front of the cards.

I recommend this deck for everyone, although not as a primary
tarot deck. This deck is wonderful for meditation and self-
awareness work, which can always help any tarot reader (or anyone
for that matter). Collectors will find it a must!

=== Papus Tarot Deck

Distributed by US Games Systems, Inc.
Copyright 1982 by US Games Systems, Inc.
ISBN 0880790113
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Papus Tarot Deck follows the Marseilles style of numbering and
naming, except that Papus has much more symbolism in my opinion.
The High Priestess is the Popess and the Heirophant is the Pope.
Justice is 8 and Strength is 11. I really like the coloring and
the symbolism of this deck, although I generally prefer a more
sophisticated style of art. That's all a matter of taste,
however. The pips have glyphs and symbols in addition to the
number of their suits, so I find them more informative than
typical Marseilles style decks.

Cards measure approximately 2.5 by 4.5 inches and handle easily.
Card stock is ideal. I expect this deck will stand the test of
time and handling.

I recommend this deck for those who love Marseilles style decks
and are looking for one with a bit more depth. Of course, I also
recommend it for collectors.

===== About This Column

TarotDeevah's column will feature monthly articles or reviews
selected from her web site or written for this newsletter.
You can find TarotDeevah's web site at:

========= By EverFool

In the interest of ending common misconceptions regarding the
Cthulhu Cult we would like to issue a public statement to clear
the air once and for all.

We of the Cthulhu cult belong to a genuinely pre-Christian and,
for that matter, pre-human religion. No more will be said on this
matter except "up yours Neo-Wicca."

We no longer practice the more heinous aspects of the old
religion. For example these days we do not practice human
sacrifice willy-nilly. Instead, under government backing, we
sacrifice vagrants and beggars with accordant benefits to the
welfare system, and it's not like they really vote anyway.

Our only negative issues with Christianity or any other religion
is the extent to which they claim to represent the whole truth,
and the extent to which they discourage humans from fattening up
for the final slaughter when Cthulhu and the Elder Gods come to
feast upon us all.

The Cthulhu Cult does not worship Satan. What a wuss.

The Cthulhu Cult is actively recruiting, and will welcome anyone
susceptible to brain washing or, put more politely, advertising.

Recruits are encouraged to have positive body images. This is not
so much because we want you to be happy with yourself as us
hoping you'll eat lots. Remember, Cthulhu loves you, especially
with mint sauce.

The Cthulhu Cult will actively campaign for world peace and an
end to poverty and hunger. Or maybe not. It depends on how that
works out for our PR department.

Contrary to popular opinion, our main teachings do not come from
the Necronomicon. While we do have the real one, honest, we
realize that few congregations will be reassured by a priest who
foams at the mouth.

We would like to end this release with the following statement.
Feel free to pass it on to impressionable young children who like
playing with matches:

"Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn"

(As for pronunciation, your guess is as good as ours.)


Corporate America (and many large non-profits) keep a small army
of publicists busy writing copyright-free articles that busy
newspaper and newsletter editors can use in their publications.
Many are nothing but shill worthy only of a cartoon version of
used car salesman. Others contain useful information with only a
subtle plug. Your editor has found a good online source for these
and will be including a few that he feels may be of interest to
Cauldron and Candle readers in issues of this newsletter.
Remember that publication of an article in this newsletter is not
an endorsement of the authors' position or any products and
companies mentioned therein.

========= Tips On Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about
one in every five adults and children suffer from allergies,
including allergic asthma. Many health groups have recommended
three simple strategies for effectively reducing indoor air

First, control the source of pollution. Remember to clean
regularly, including changing sheets and vacuuming often. Wipe
down all surfaces with an appropriate cleaning solution and
discard clutter as often as possible. Consider replacing old
shower curtains, floor mats and anything on which mold is likely
to appear.

Also remember to adequately ventilate your home. Today's homes
are built more energy efficient to "hold" air inside-avoiding
heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Of course,
what's better for your energy bills isn't necessarily better for
indoor air quality. Opening windows may help circulate the home.
But remember to close windows during high allergy seasons, where
pollen could enter the home.

In addition, clean the indoor air. An indoor air cleaner may
significantly reduce the level of pollutants in a home. Before
purchasing an air cleaner, know the square footage of the room
you want to treat. You'll want to select an air cleaner that's
large enough for the room you're treating. Also, consider air
filtering efficiency. You'll want an air cleaner that's proven to
deliver filtered air.

Look for the CADR seal on the product packaging. The seal shows
how well an air cleaner reduces pollutants such as tobacco smoke,
pollen and dust. And, it also lists the unit's recommended room

From air cleaner to air cleaner, compare the CADR numbers. First
look at suggested room size. Then refer to the dust, tobacco
smoke and pollen CADR numbers. The higher the numbers, the faster
the unit filters the air. If from one unit to the other the
ratings are the same, their air filtering performance is similar.
You can then weigh the importance of product features to find an
air cleaner that fits your needs.

There are resources that can help you to select the right air
cleaner for your home. Log onto http://www.cadr.org/ or call
800-267-3138 to obtain a Consumers Guide to Selecting an Air

========= 5 Ways Consumers Can Make An Earth-Friendly Difference

Making a difference in protecting the environment can be easier
than you think.

The decisions consumers make every day can encourage the
development of new power sources, save natural resources and help
ensure that the quality of the environment is preserved.

Before the 1900s, the U.S. relied almost entirely on renewable
energy resources. Today, our economy is dominated by the use of
fossil fuels, but there are other renewable options to consider:

1. Buy a hybrid vehicle:

   As the country moves toward vehicles that run on renewable
   fuels, it's also important to reduce the amount of fuel used
   by vehicles. Hybrid electric vehicles are powered by both an
   engine and an electric motor and include a battery pack to
   provide power during normal driving conditions.

   DaimlerChrysler and Toyota are among automakers developing and
   selling hybrid electric vehicles.

2. Travel by buses powered by alternative fuels (AFBs):

   More and more communities and schools are providing a cleaner
   and healthier route to school with alternative fuel buses.
   These buses greatly reduce emissions and in some cases have
   lower fuel and maintenance costs than buses run entirely on
   petroleum fuels.

3. Use the sun for heat and light:

   Passive and active solar thermal energy systems make a
   valuable contribution to heating homes and businesses
   throughout the nation. The sun is the cleanest energy source
   for heating and lighting. Everyone uses solar energy to some
   extent. Just opening your drapes during the day is one way of
   using the abundant energy of the sun.

4. Investigate the use of geothermal heat pumps:

   One of the most energy-efficient options for heating and
   cooling your home draws on another form of renewable energy-
   geo-thermal energy-or heat from the earth. Geothermal heat
   pumps are at least three times more efficient than the most
   energy efficient furnaces on the market today.

5. Purchase green power:

   The purchase of green power (electricity generated from
   renewable energy sources) has shown to be one of the most
   cost-effective ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
   supporting renewable energy projects. In various parts of the
   country, consumers have the opportunity to choose the source
   of the power that is delivered to their home or business-
   including energy derived from renewable sources.

Renewable energy generally refers to electricity supplied from
renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power (energy
supplied by the sun), geothermal (energy created from the extreme
heat contained in liquid rock-called magma-from Earth's core),
hydropower (energy derived from the movement of water as it flows
downstream) and various forms of biomass (fuel from sources such
as trees, wood and agricultural waste).

One company helping many Americans "buy green" is the Green
Mountain Energy Company. About 600,000 consumers have chosen this
less polluting electricity.

You can learn more online at http://www.greenmountain.com/.

========= Young Voters Key In 2004

With the American electorate so narrowly divided, political
insiders are expecting to see many close races in Election 2004.
It's a presidential election year, and the outcome of the
election could also change control over both houses of Congress.
Swing voters will play a more important role than ever.

That's why both parties are investing significant resources in
trying to attract swing voters, particularly young voters. Making
up nearly a fourth of the voting age population, many young
voters have no specific party loyalty.

Now, a new report shows that with a little effort, campaigns can
attract young voters to the polls with traditional phone banks.
Researchers at Yale University, who conducted the study on behalf
of the Youth Vote Coalition, found that commercial phone banks
can increase young voter turnout more than five percentage points
if the callers gave an authentic pitch.

The Youth Vote Coalition is a national, non-partisan coalition of
organizations dedicated to increasing political and civic
participation among young people. To learn more, visit

========= Flu Season Is On Its Way. Get Ready, Get Vaccinated!

If you have not already received your flu shot, now's the time.
Flu season begins in October and peaks between February and
March. Influenza, or "flu," is responsible for approximately
36,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

=== Minimizing Your Risk

By far the most effective way to protect yourself from the flu is
to be vaccinated each year in the fall. Because the flu virus
changes from year to year, everyone who wants to be protected
needs to be re-vaccinated annually.

"Almost anyone (over the age of six months) who wants to improve
their chances of having a flu-free winter can benefit from
immunization. On average, the flu shot will reduce your chances
of getting the flu by approximately 70-90 percent," according to
Rite Aid pharmacist Sarah Matunis, R.Ph. "It takes 14 days to
work, so make sure to get your flu shot before you get sick."

Flu vaccinations are especially important for:

* People 50 years of age and older

* Adults and children with chronic heart and lung disease

* Anyone living in a nursing home or long-term care facility

* People with chronic conditions such as diabetes, anemia,
  cancer, immune suppression, HIV or kidney disease

* Health care workers and other care givers capable of
  transmitting to at-risk groups

* Women who will be more than three months pregnant during the
  flu season

=== What If I React to the Vaccine?

The vaccine acts to stimulate your immune system and prepare your
body to resist infection. The flu shot uses an inactivated or
"killed" vaccine; it can't give you the flu. However, like other
vaccines, the flu vaccine can occasionally cause a reaction,
which is not unusual. If you do experience a reaction, it's
normally local and mild-redness, soreness, and swelling at the
injection site within six to 12 hours after the vaccination,
which may last a day or two.

"Fever and more generalized aches and pains can occur but are
less likely. To treat a mild reaction to a flu shot, use over-
the-counter medication for fever, swelling, and aches and pains,"
recommended Matunis. "Do not give aspirin to children; use
another medication to relieve their fever or aches and pains. If
fever is high and symptoms persist, talk with your doctor."

According to Matunis, Rite Aid pharmacists can also help you
prepare for cold and flu season with advice on vitamins to help
keep you healthy and over-the-counter products to relieve
symptoms. In addition, Rite Aid offers vaccinations in
approximately 800 stores. Visit http://www.riteaid.com/ for more

========= Seasonal Secrets From The Pumpkin Patch

Dating back hundreds of years, pumpkins have a history as a
treasured part of holiday entertaining. This season, use pumpkins
to add a touch of style, color and flavor to your decorations and

=== Easy Decorating Ideas

* Hollow out a medium pumpkin and turn it into a colorful vase.
  Simply place floral foam inside and arrange seasonal flowers
  and foliage for a beautiful centerpiece.

* Add a warm glow to your table with candleholders made from
  miniature pumpkins. Cut a small hole out of the top and stand a
  taper candle in the center. Make the hole larger for votives or
  tea light candles.

=== A Pumpkin's Place at the Table

* Use canned pumpkin to add delicious flavor and a nutritional
  boost to baked goods. Instead of ordinary dinner rolls,
  complement your holiday meals with pumpkin biscuits or muffins.

* Add flair to your breakfast favorites. Mix canned pumpkin into
  waffle or pancake batter for an enticing twist to your morning

Infuse your holiday cooking with the rich history and tradition
of pumpkin. This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake from Nestle USA
will have family and friends giving thanks this holiday season.

=== Pumpkin Cheesecake (Makes 16 servings)

11/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
2/3 cup (5 fl. oz. can) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
11/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 container (16 oz.) sour cream, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.

For crust, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and granulated
sugar in medium bowl. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of
ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (do not
allow to brown). Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.

For cheesecake, beat cream cheese, granulated sugar and brown
sugar in large mixer bowl until fluffy. Beat in eggs, pumpkin and
evaporated milk. Add cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg; beat well.
Pour into crust. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until edge is set
but center still moves slightly.

For topping, combine sour cream, granulated sugar and vanilla
extract in small bowl; mix well. Spread over surface of warm
cheesecake. Bake for 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate
for several hours or overnight. Remove side of springform pan.

For more pumpkin-inspired recipe ideas, visit the Web site at

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