The Sacred Power in Your Name by Ted Andrews: REVIEW * A Must Read!!

If you are interested in learning the metaphysical meaning of your name, then this book is must read! Traditional name meaning resources stick to historical and cultural meanings, while this book includes the spiritual essence behind your name. Our names are like magical words that carry vibrations and codes which determines the path of our life. The power and sounds of words are like spells which weave our destiny and purpose here on earth. Each vowel and sound carries power that enables us to awaken to our energetic patterns revealing secret information about our soul and essence. By learning the esoteric meaning of your name, this allows you to use your name as a talisman, spell, magical tool for enlightenment, expansion, and evolution. A great portion of the book focused on the history of magical and sacred naming practices, and also spent a great deal of time on sacred vowels. In ancient times, vowels were considered the most sacred as consonants cannot be discerned without vowels. The primary vowel sounds in your name- especially your first name tells you which elemental kingdom you have come to work with, and they can assist you in expressing your own creativity. Each vowel is linked to an element and combining this with your astrology is helpful and insightful. For example; I have a lot of water in my Astrology, but my primary vowels are Ether- so I have come to link the Ether with all 4 elements- bringing everything into balance.

There was a great discussion on the esoteric meanings of the letters themselves which was both unique and incredibly eye opening along with both the positive and negative traits of each vowel.  The sound meanings of the vowels were also included along with the musicality of names. The best part of the book was the Metaphysical Dictionary of Names. Common names were included alphabetically and provided a page long analysis of the spiritual meaning. This was profound and enlightening. Looking at my own name, I could see just how accurate and eye opening it was for me. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to learn more about their name, who is thinking about changing their name, or is in the process of choosing a name for a baby. A remarkable read! And as the famous saying goes “know thyself.”

 

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The Voynich Manuscript- REVIEW

This is the most comprehensive book I have read about the Voynich Manuscript which is a manuscript written in an undecipherable language featuring sketchings of herbs, and cosmic imagery. The theories, researchers, and facts about this strange ambiguous book are featured throughout this quick read. Detailing the book’s personal and academic history allows the reader to come to their own conclusions, as the book was written with a scholarly objective perspective. I loved that the book included pictures of the Voynich Manuscript which is a nice added bonus and allows the reader to conduct their own research. I was hoping for a more concrete theory and or more succinct answers, however, as an introductory book- it was both informative and concise. Overall, this was an easy read that provided a nice over-view about this mysterious manuscript. I would highly recommend this for anyone who has ever been curious about its origins and full history.

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson- REVIEW

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson is THE manual to use if you want to raise magickal children and imbue your life with a bit of practical magick. The author told the story of how she raised her own magical family successfully while providing many tips and advice on how to incorporate modern day witchery and paganism into your life. Her approach was not forceful and did not come across as preachy or intimidating, rather, her tips on how to add magic into children’s lives were more covert and disguised as fun little games or child friendly crafts. While many people will not feel comfortable going to the extreme the author did by making every single aspect of their child’s lives paganistic, tips such as following the Wheel of the Year, or honouring Mother Nature, or grounding exercises accompanied by cutesy songs were much more realistic ,as opposed to running naked under the full moon. What I especially loved about this book was the underlying message- that honouring your child’s individuality and uniqueness is what magic is all about. I appreciated the author’s encouragement throughout the book to nurture your inner child, as it is the innocence and joy of believing in magic that truly makes any life extra ordinary.  I would highly recommend this book for anybody who wants to fill their family’s lives with wonder and appreciation of the simple things in life such as the changing of the seasons, the lunar cycle, and handmade soaps among other things. It is these simple practices offered in this book that gets back to the basics on what magic truly is. The appreciation of the time, and beauty of all the little things in life……much like raising a family is all about treasuring those little moments that whizz by in the blink of an eye……and that is what the magic of life is all about.

The Witching Hour by Silver RavenWolf- REVIEW

A compendium for the modern day witch which includes spells, powders, and formulas for a variety of needs, wants, and wishes. What is unique about this book compared to other grimoires is that it contains plenty of information on how to prepare yourself for magic. This is the most important part of spellwork which Ms. RavenWolf makes obvious in this book as she spends a great deal of time providing tips on how to do this. Many tips on how to energetically prepare yourself are included such as breathing, posture, and visualization techniques. All of these methods will greatly enhance your magical practices along with choosing the right ingredients and tools which comprises most of the book. Step by step instructions on how much powder, oil, and herbs should be used makes this book extremely useful whether you are a beginner or more advanced witch. Where and when to perform magic, how and where to store your items is also included making this book a magical textbook. Incorporating the elements and planets into spells is also discussed along with fluid condensers which was unique and compelling and should be incorporated into magical practices more often. There is a plethora of information contained within this book that is a must read for anyone who uses magic. No review can do this book justice as you need to pick it up right now and watch your magical practices greatly improve. The Witching Hour begins when you get your hands on this handy dandy grimoire.

Crystal Prescriptions Volume 6 by Judy Hall- REVIEW

This book explored the use of crystals for karmic healing, soul reintegration, and ancestral clearing. Reading about alternative uses for crystals as opposed to the standard applications was a breath of fresh air. Each chapter contained an overview of what the crystals should be used for ie; karmic healing. This was helpful as it was explained in very straightforward ways that makes it easy for the reader to comprehend. Each chapter contained a list of items needed to perform the rituals and step-by-step instructions on how to use the crystals was provided. I would have liked a description of the crystals used as opposed to simply naming them. There was not enough information about the crystal properties and why certain crystals were preferred over others. This may be due to the fact that this book is not for beginners and those who are new to crystals, but it still would have been helpful to at least list the properties of the crystals- as I do believe some of them are harder to find. I also think there should have been more warnings and precautions mentioned throughout the book as anytime you delve deep within yourself for healing, there is always the risk of fracturing your psyche or shattering your emotional body.

Overall I do think this book was groundbreaking as there is not enough discussion on how crystals can aid very deep spiritual work.

Instant Presence by Enza Vita- REVIEW

Instant Presence was equivalent to a riddle wrapped in an enigma. Its main message of practicing mindfulness was shrouded in heavy metaphysical language that read as if it was a long forgotten scripture hidden away in the Tibetan mountainside. For those who are new to mindfulness and spirituality, this book would be very hard to grasp. The essence of being present is basically non attachment to everything. Explaining how one can achieve this state was just as confusing as the explanation of the state itself. I personally do not feel this book is for the everyday person trying to achieve a calm state of peace. This book is for those who have experienced a spiritual awakening similar to the one the author experienced. Functioning from a place of neutrality is nearly impossible for the average person, and trying to achieve that state would be extremely frustrating as most of us do not have the self control that is needed to “turn off” our over-thinking, analytical programming . The heavy metaphysical descriptions of presence detracted from the message of why presence is important. The benefits of instant presence were lost throughout the entire book.

I would have appreciated a lighter approach to presence alongside the deep exploration of mindfulness. For instance, can we be present when we are observing our breath? When we are doing something we love? When we listen without judgement? More practical advice would have been helpful and would have turned this book from an incomprehensible manual to a more grounded approach at living. I appreciated the long discussion of the “I” and how when we become neutral observers of our thoughts and actions, we can achieve presence. This was profound but more step-by-step advice on how to accomplish this would have been great. The ‘Presence Pause’ at the end of each chapter was a clever idea but did not do a good job at breaking down the chapter it followed. I was hoping it would offer easier steps to achieve presence, but it was shrouded in just as much confusion as the chapter itself.

Overall this was a fantastic read that will transform the way you view yourself and life. Ironically Instant Presence is not something any of us will achieve instantly when we first read this book, it is more like Delayed Presence. This is a book we will have to read over and over again, in order to unlayer all of its messages and to decode its rich spiritual language.
If a real life guru accompanied this book, then I think instant presence would literally manifest.