April Edition 2018

In Memory of a Caped Crusader – by Annette Rochelle Aben
April: God, Choise, Mystic
   
  • Choosing Happiness – by Nancy Zimmerman

    I had always hoped for a life of happiness. I remember being a small girl and looking at those around me who were smiling, laughing, and playing. They seemed so happy. I was always smiling and laughing, but somehow I knew that I was not happy. I was always waiting and watching for that moment […]

  • Into The Mystic – by Annette Rochelle Aben

    I believe in the power of fire, because I have seen what it can do to food and forests. I believe in the reality of water for I have stood in my shower early in the morning and felt it washing over my body. But what about truths that go beyond intellect? Are there some […]

  • Oh my God – by David J. Little

    You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down. . Oh my God… . What do you think of when you think of God? Who do you think of? Is it a person or something different? . I like to think it is something different for everyone. We can’t put our […]

  • Connection is the Antidote – by Sabrina Fritts

    In the wake of the most recent mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I posted: . . “My heart hurts. Sometimes it feels like this world is F.U.B.A.R.” . . For those who don’t share my crude sense of humor, F.U.B.A.R. is a military acronym meaning F*cked Up Beyond All Recognition (alternatively Repair).

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The sense of self – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

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    The Way of The Mystic - by Rhea Dopmeijer

    The Way of The Mystic - by Rhea Dopmeijer

    You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down. . . Talk to me about Diversity In connection to the One . With every experience dear one you will learn more ...Rhea DopmeijerApr 1, 2018
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    The sense of self - by Andreas N. Bjørndal

    The sense of self - by Andreas N. Bjørndal

    You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down. . . In this series about the senses we have reached the 12th sense; "the sense of self" ...Andreas BjørndalApr 1, 2018
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    In Memory of a Caped Crusader - by Annette Rochelle Aben

    In Memory of a Caped Crusader - by Annette Rochelle Aben

    I write this after reading about the sudden death of a man I have known for nearly 30 years. When we met, we were both in our early ...Annette Rochelle AbenApr 1, 2018
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    Are You Settling? [channeled] - by Marisa Ferrera

    Are You Settling? [channeled] - by Marisa Ferrera

    You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down. . . What would you do if you knew you could not fail? You have likely heard these ...Marisa FerreraApr 1, 2018
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    A Message from Our Mythical Friends - by Sara Jane

    A Message from Our Mythical Friends - by Sara Jane

    You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down. . . We are sure you have heard it said on many occasions “Listen to your Heart”. . Why should ...Sara JaneApr 1, 2018
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Playing with holons – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

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    Review of Crow Cross Roads Spell Candle Company - by Aeson Knight

    Posted by Aeson Knight on Jan 1, 2016

    In this day and time, it’s easy to come by candles and wax melts. Every dollar store has then but if you prefer long lasting, good quality, you may want to shop the small specialty stores for that special scent. I personally prefer to use products that are hand crafted by someone that knows what they are making not something that has been made 1000 at a time. With Crows Cross Roads Candles and Wax Melts, you get not just a set of special made manifesting candles but products that been made in small good batches which, if you follow Silver Raven’s news feed, can watch them being made step by step. I ordered some candle and wax melts, to aid in my creativity and also to bring in some abundance. Within a few days looking at my news feed, I saw her posting pictures of her mixing herbs, and pouring my candles, along with other orders. It was the process, step by step, showing me not only what was going into ...
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    Girl Tribe and Momspired - by Sheri Sennhauser

    Posted by Sheri Sennhauser on Aug 1, 2016

    When we dare to dream and chase rainbows our lives become empowered!  I have been getting to know Kim McConaghy for quite some time and it all started at a little Holistic Heath fair in Forest Ontario.  Since meeting that day I have felt like part of her family.  Kim, her mom Elly, Aunt Dori and her mother-in-law, Jodi now attend my meditation circles and have helped promote my services in more ways than I can say thank you!  But THANK YOU!! Girl Tribe and Momspired are excellent resources for nutrition, beauty and so much more!  These are positive healthy groups...by girls for girls, age is of no consequence!  I follow all the wonderful events, products and I get to lead the meditation nights!!  This is all about owning our power and being who are were always meant to be!  But without losing our feminine edge, without becoming "hard".  Ladies we get to remain soft and mysterious. Kim explains who they are best so here is a quote from her: "MOMspired Mamas are women from all ...
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    SELF-AID: Inspirations to Turn Struggles into Success - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Apr 1, 2015

    Personal triumph is a remarkable feeling and when we can share tools we have used to achieve this remarkable feeling with others, then we can experience the full circle of oneness. In her book, SELF-AID: Inspirations to Turn Struggles into Success, Helen Woo accomplishes just this.  Each page is filled with the wisdom and wit of not only the author but others who have found their way through the darkness in to the light. What is unique is that Helen Woo doesn’t focus on the details of the story that brought her to writing this book as many ‘self-help’ books are want to do.  In fact one is presented with statements such as “…to overcome my struggles and inspire me to look for the light when I feel trapped in the darkness.” And “They help me achieve more daily and motivate me to take action when needed.” So one gets the idea that everything written in this book has the potential to help ANY person in any GIVEN situation which is ...
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    When I Knew Better I Did Better - by Annette Rochelle Aben

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Jan 1, 2017

    When I Knew Better, I Did Better, ISBN 978-1-63177-539-0,  Mascot Books by Barbara Wood is the very personal story of a woman who found that by taking control over her life, she could finally be happy. Ms. Wood published this book in 2016 however it has been in the making for decades. While trying to come to grips with traumatic experiences dating back to her childhood, where she felt victimized, Ms. Wood realized that the choices she made reflected what she knew about life. What she grew up knowing, lead her to make adult choices that perpetuated a cycle of unhappiness and victimization. It took her over two decades of work to learn how to make better choices. In the process, she learned how to love herself, how to forgive and how to be happy. This is not a long book, less than 90 pages. Each of the pages tells the tale of a woman who wants to help others do better in their own lives. During her own search for ...
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    Jaspar's War by Cym Lowell - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Aug 1, 2015

    There is a famous quote that says that women are much like tea bags because you don’t know how strong they are until they are in hot water.  I imagine this is what the heroine of the debut novel by Cym Lowell discovered as she endured Jaspar’s War. While there are as many sub plots in this thriller it begins with one strong scenario: a pampered socialite, married to the United States Secretary of the Treasury, has her life turned upside down when she finds out her husband’s government jet has crashed, her children have vanished and that she has been tagged as the key player in the whole drama. As the sub plots unfold, Jaspar’s journey to rescue her children takes so many seemingly strange twists and turns that putting this whole thing together appears as intricately connected as a three tier, 3D jigsaw puzzle. Not that this is a bad thing, it’s actually part of the charm of a story that is anything other than charming. Jaspar Moran finds herself ...
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    Review of smartphones and artificial intelligence - by Andreas N. Bjørndal

    Posted by Andreas Bjørndal on Oct 1, 2017

    You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down. . . I phone X is here! Run and get it, is the message. Few gadgets receive so much attention as new smartphones. Let me take you through a review of smartphones and what they do to our soul. Before smartphones, I used to remember many phone numbers; my parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, my best friends many colleges and even many of the patients that most frequently contacted me. Not to mention the phone to the taxi, a few takeaways, the railway info and more. It was no effort. Today I know less than ten numbers by heart. Many people do not even know their own number because the smartphone knows. I do not remember the mobile phone of anybody in the family but my wife. That is due to the smartphone. My phone also has a calculator and if I did not like to challenge my brain and people using a calculator, I would soon also forget that multiplying by 25 is the ...
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    Write Right from God, by Tom Bird

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Jan 1, 2016

    For those who have always felt the calling to write, thought it was about time they get writing or sit in front of a computer screen from time to time, too terrified to begin, may I suggest you pick up a copy of Write Right from God by Tom Bird.  This relatively small book packs a large amount of information in its easy-to-read, flowing 101 pages. Tom sees writing as a “Spiritual” experience and as such, seeks to bring the opportunity to as many people as possible.  Of course getting a book published is the ultimate dream, however what the writers experience during the creation of the book is profound and in most, if not all cases, life changing. With this book (whose subtitle is You, Words, Writing and Your Divine Purpose), Bird shares insight as well as offers encouragement to all who aspire to put pen to paper to set their thoughts free. What Bird has discovered (and teaches in his seminars and workshops) is that a transformation of one’s ...
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    The I Ching answers your question – a classic – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

    Posted by Andreas Bjørndal on Jul 1, 2017

    You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down. Here is the review of another classic. I Ching or The book of Changes or Classic of Changes is one of the most ancient books we have. It is an ancient divination book and the oldest Chinese classic. It is ascribed to cultural heroes as King Wen and the legendary world ruler Fu Xi, but its author will probably remain a mystery. It is regarded as close to 3000 years old, but might be older. It also is likely that its knowledge was passed on verbally before it was written down. It is based on eternal principles and as such it is ageless. There are no other two books so old and so much used today as the I Ching and the Bible. The I Ching is not a book you read, but a book you consult when you have a challenge, a difficult decision or important question in your life. Some people use Tarot cards, the patterns in the bottom of ...
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    Zeus and the Rise of the Olympians - A Review by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Mar 1, 2018

    Between my mom's mythic bedtime stories, a very thorough Greek Parochial School education, and my own life-long passion for the Mythology of my ancestors, the tale of Father Zeus' ascent to the Throne of Mount Olympus is already very much a part of me. It is firmly etched on my neurons and comfortably nestled in all the strata of my psyche. As the story is already so familiar to me, I was very pleasantly surprised by the delight I experienced while reading Zeus and the Rise of the Olympians by Ryan Foley. Framed as classroom instruction during the reign of Zeus, with students occasionally asking questions to clarify enigmatic elements in the original myths, the graphic novel covers the reigns of three Hellenic pantheons: the Primordials, the Titans and the Olympians. Ryan's well crafted words convey the saga of divine succession powerfully and effectively. His selection and use of source material is brilliant and his own creative spin greatly adds to the enjoyment of the account. The unique personalities and motivations of Ouranos, ...
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    David Wood‘s Crown and Conjure, Oil and Pump Spray - by Aeson Knight

    Posted by Aeson Knight on Dec 1, 2015

    When I purchased some crown and conjure oils, I found them to be very pleasant and heavily scented, without that under laying scent you get with some oil blends. The oil you can tell has quality, it is thick and smooth to the touch. For those who used blended oils back in the early 80’s, these oils will remind you of them, before the oils when into mass production, as your oil is not blended until you order them. You can tell that they are freshly made and have not been setting on a shelf for God knows how long. Now I am very impressed when it comes to packaging. When I got the oil I ordered, it came packaged, in not one padded envelope but two, and each bottle was individually wrapped. The oil comes in glass bottles, not cheap plastic. Plus even through all the packaging, you could smell the scent of the oil. While I understand that for many,  the idea of the word conjuring could throw you off but ...
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    Universal Energy Online Store and Family Constellations - by Sheri Sennhauser

    Posted by Sheri Sennhauser on Feb 1, 2016

    This month I want to introduce you to Kim Muzzi in Guelph Ontario.  Kim has an online store selling a variety of Orgones and offering numerous services which can be provided online as well as in person. I asked Kim to explain what Family Constellations is and here is her awesome response: "Family Constellations allow us to break patterns of suffering so that we can live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives. Bert Hellinger is the founder of this work. He studied and treated families for more than 50 years and he observed that many of us unconsciously “take on” destructive familial patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, aloneness, alcoholism and even illness as a way of “belonging” in our families. He witnessed how the bond of love can cause a child to sacrifice her own best interest in an attempt to ease the suffering of a parent or other family member. Family Constellations is a way of discovering underlying family bonds and forces that have been carried unconsciously over several generations and, as ...
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    How To Do All Things - A Book Review by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Jan 1, 2018

    The third section of this four-part text by Mark-Age consists of fifty How-To's, the first of which is How To...' Do All Things'. This bold heading also happens to be the title for the book as a whole and the short paragraph that follows provides a great summary for everything expounded upon in the entire volume. How To Do All Things is indeed a tightly knit tome and all the information it contains simultaneously rests firmly upon and greatly expands every other piece of information contained therein. This hologram of a book is well worth reading, from cover to cover, for it gives the reader practical and time-tested tools for recognizing their own divine nature, establishing a working relationship with Spirit itself and becoming an active agent in the unfoldment of the Spiritual Hierarchy's Divine Plan. The Mark Age was the period between 1960 to 2000, a forty year span of time that helped wrap up the old Age of Pisces and prepare humanity for living in the New Aquarian Age. This period ...
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    Review of the Missing Element - by Aeson Knight

    Posted by Aeson Knight on Jan 1, 2017

    The Missing Element, by Debra Silverman M.A., bridges psychology and astrology, bringing the energy of the stars to the mental plane.  What I found so interesting with this book, is you do not need to know one degree of astrology. So, put down the calculator and pencil and open yourself to the wisdom of the ancients in your life. Have you ever noticed that some Aries people are just full steam ahead and matching off to take on the next mountain or how Cancer folks find it hard to get comfortable with you? “Psychology and spirituality are best friends,” says Debra. “Psychology without the cosmic or spiritual angle really doesn’t have the potency that allows people to understand from the biggest picture why they do what they do. Psychology is all about the ego and astrology is all about the soul. I marry the two.” In her new book, “The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition,” Debra takes this assertion a step further to bring our attention to the backbone of astrology—the four ...
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    The Dolphin's Dance - 5-Step Journey into Conscious Awareness - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Apr 1, 2015

      You know that feeling you get when you casually exchange glances with someone and it is as though they are saying, “I understand”? Well this is the feeling you get when you read Emerging Voices Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal by Laurel D Rund. Everything from the design concept to the content will touch your heart, speak to your soul and allow you to move through the processes of grief and healing at your own pace.  Created as a result of her own grieving/healing journey, Emerging Voices will not only offer you a variety of stimulus but at the same time it reminds you that you are not alone as Laurel has left her essence on every page. This book IS Art from the Heart, thank you Laurel D. Rund. The art is stunning, Laurel herself is the gifted artisan who created the visuals that even if this was all the book consisted of would be reason enough to make Emerging Voices your own.  As the art is ...
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    The Superyogi Scenario - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Jul 1, 2015

    It would never have been my first choice, to read a book about super heroes saving the world from certain destruction. Never read comics regularly, unless you count the Sunday papers and then it was Family Circus, Blondie and Garfield. So when The Superyogi Scenario landed in my lap I was less than enthusiastic about cracking the cover. Of course I was scheduled to interview the author, James Connor and I DO read the books of those I am interviewing on the radio so it HAD to happen, eventually. With a mere 3 days left before the interview I took a deep breath and began my long day’s journey. When I finally came back up for air, I was more than 3 chapters in and totally hooked! Yes, The Superyogi Scenario has all the elements of a terrific thriller, layers of intrigue, complex characters and of course the compelling need for good to triumph over evil.  Yet what I never expected was for Connor to be able to take fantasy and ...
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    The Staircase on Pine Street - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Jun 1, 2015

    . How does Alzheimer's disease affect a little girl?  How does that little girl's grandfather handle being the one afflicted? What role does the man's daughter play in this scenario? All of these questions are beautifully addressed in the book The Staircase on Pine Street written by Mariana Llanos (and illustrated by Kate Gattey). In this short but touching tale we are immersed into the worlds of all 3 characters enough to empathize with each of their lives whether or not we have been personally touched by this disease. Kudos to Llanos for using knowledge gathered from several sources to develop a story line that appears to have been lifted directly from first-hand experience. By her own admission this is not auto biographical yet the reader would never walk away feeling this was anything other than true-to-life. Because the child, Lilly, is the one around whom this story revolves it makes this book perfect for young people.  It is written with an innocence that will transport any one or any age back ...
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    A Moment In Time - Review by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on May 1, 2017

    A Moment in Time, by George L. Helmer, is a wonderful journey through the remarkable life of Steve Reeves. George was Steve's close friend and business partner, with access to Steve's records and momentos. He is very generous in sharing details, making this a rich and lavishly illustrated biography. Starting a few generations before Steve's birth, A Moment in Time sets the stage for the conditions Steve encountered when entering our world. And his early life was not easy. Steve's parents were often on the move and his father Lester died when he was still a toddler. He and his mother Goldie stayed with family until prospects picked up, and they did. Steve was educated at Deaconess, a boarding school and orphanage while his mother worked, established herself and built a household. As a young child Steve had many adventures and performed several heroic deeds. He rode horses at three, survived an earthquake, got hit and dragged by a car... all before starting public school! He also discovered bodybuilding. Over time he constructed ...
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    The Secret of the Golden Flower - by Andreas N. Bjørndal

    Posted by Andreas Bjørndal on May 1, 2017

    You can listen to an audio version of this article, look further down. The Secret of the Golden Flower is an ancient Chinese book about spiritual development. It was first translated to German by sinologist, Richard Wilhelm who also made the I ching (Book of Change) known to the western world. He was a friend of Carl Gustav Jung which provided comments on the translation. Thomas Cleary translated it again in 1991 and criticized the validity of the earlier translations. I would recommend Monica Esposito, The Different Versions of the Secret of the Golden Flower and Their Relationship with the Longmen.  If you are happy with an electronic version you can find the link here under books or else you can order it from Amazon or other places. Let me start with a quote from the first chapter: "The Golden Flower is the Golden Pill (Elixir of Life). All changes of spiritual consciousness depend upon the heart. This wonderful charm, although it works very accurately, is yet so fluid that it needs wisdom and alertness, and ...
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    Legends of Time, Inner Peace - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on May 1, 2015

    Soothe your soul, bring peace to your mind and find a connection with Spirit when you listen to the music of award-winning artist, David A. Martinka. For several years now I have enjoyed his melodious compositions and performances via the CDs he has available on his websites: www.redbellymusic.com and www.sunshadows.net and I would like to invite YOU the party.  David is a 5th generation musician and uses his gifts to blend Native Slovak and Native American Flute music together. The relaxing tones are a great accompaniment for meditation or healing times but rest assured that you need not be in need of either meditating or healing to enjoy David’s music as you can listen anytime you like! I personally enjoy popping the CD, Legends of Time II, Inner Peace in while I am writing, reading and especially at night as I am drifting off to sleep.  I find the music helps me think deeper, can help me cultivate a calmness and keeps me company. You will find many musical offerings ...
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    The Alexander technique, my experience - by Andreas N. Bjørndal

    Posted by Andreas Bjørndal on Jan 1, 2017

    This is a review of the Alexander technique. A therapy and self-help method developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander in the 1890s to alleviate breathing problems and hoarseness during public speaking. It is an educational process or a method of bodymindfulness. It makes you aware of your habitual misuse through getting bodymindful again. You reprogram yourself and regain the ability to realign posture and balanced gracious movements. It is the homeopathy of manual therapy or the manual therapy equivalent to patient centred therapy. Let me explain through my experience. Nigel Hornby brought the Alexander technique, AT to Norway and I regard him as the master teacher of this therapy in the country. He kindly offered me to try some sessions to see if it could help my pain and discomfort after an injury to my head and neck. So I decided to give it a try. Let me share my experience and reflections on the Alexander technique (AT). The proof of the pudding is in the eating, is a well known saying. And this review ...
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    It's spooky by David Wood Review - by Aeson Knight

    Posted by Aeson Knight on Feb 1, 2016

    David Wood is a mainstream recording artist based in Columbus, Ohio. His music has been described by local media as the POP/Dance Alternative with a dash of Soul. . The music of David Wood often hits home with his blend of upbeat POP music and ballads. His latest song, 'It’s Spooky', touches on a deeper subject than the normal 'love and fun' connection that many other mainstream music stations seem to dump into our car radios. I feel it goes deeper into understanding how some relationships tend to leave battle scars which future relationships have to work past. In an interview in late October Mr. Wood shared that the song was about an abusive relationship that he had with a music manger early in his career and how it left scars that other relationships would have to work past. Abuse in itself and in any form leaves that terror in your heart. Even basic smells or just sounds will bring one back to the same position or fear and terror. This song ...
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    Living Hope Steps to leaving Suffering Behind by Lynne Cockrum- Murphy ED.D - Review - by Aeson Knight

    Posted by Aeson Knight on Apr 1, 2016

    As an infant, Lynne Cockrum-Murphy survived a tragic house fire that claimed the lives of her father and two sisters and left her with severe burns over much of her body. She lived most of her life with a severely depressed and alcoholic mother, who shared with Lynne at five years old her thoughts of suicide. She lived through her stepfather being crushed to death in a logging accident and her mother being murdered in a bar-room robbery. After all she has been through Lynne is radiantly happy and living a life of pure service to the world, don’t you think she can teach us a thing or two? This book takes you through moving forward from the pain of your life. It shows you through sharing the stories of Lynne's life events from when she was a small child through becoming a young adult, that you really and truly can heal. Lynne learned to grow past the pain and deal with the personal emotions. The book also gives some hard ...
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    Supernatural - A Book Review - by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Feb 1, 2018

    As a child I attended Greek Parochial School for eight years. This provided me with a comprehensive bi-cultural education, for which I remain forever grateful. Roughly half our day was spent on Hellenic subjects such as Greek language, history, culture, religion, philosophy, and mythology Though I found my deepest resonances with classical myths and folk practices, I was also quite devout and started reading through the Old Testament, the Apocrypha and the New Testament to see what I could learn. Though much of it was familiar, I was quite surprised to discover that there seemed to be an obscure level of lore that was truly mythic. It appealed to me immensely, and hinted at a different way of interpreting both the War in Heaven and the Titanomachy. The riddle of the Sons of God and what appeared to be references to a Biblical pantheon intrigued me the most. And I couldn't really see how the actions of the God of Abraham proved him morally better than the Olympians, who unapologetically exercised power ...
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    Review of RSVP from Heaven by Marie Saint-Louis - By Aeson Knight

    Posted by Aeson Knight on Mar 1, 2016

    RSVP from Heaven is a fresh new approach in spiritual books that is entertaining and captivating readers around the world. This is the true story of psychic medium Marie Saint-Louis as she shares guidance with those searching for answers. Told in a down to earth and intimate style, RSVP from Heaven is filled with memorable scenes from the most remarkable parties and unique social events around. You will sit table side during readings at an Arizona casino swap meet and experience front row seats with costumed guests during three nights of dazzling Hollywood Halloween parties. The stakes are high as Marie battles anxiety, rejection, and skeptics along the way bringing her spiritual gifts to the mainstream. Her passion is simply to assist those looking for comfort and clarity in their own hectic lives. Looking to have a reading with a psychic or medium? By following Marie’s easy to use tips she’ll show you how to prepare for a more fulfilling experience. Marie Saint-Louis is a Psychic and Spiritual Medium (since childhood) ...
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    Champions of Olympus: Engage the Hero Within - by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Jul 1, 2017

    I am greatly honored to have met, and spent some quality time with, both the author, Ivan Szendro, and his Inspiration, Gabri'El Alice Stollman, of Alice in the Upperland, a colorful, creative and truly mythic book. Ivan is a Shaman and Gabri'El is an Artist. They share a deep connection with Hungary and the timeless heroic tradition that is the heritage of all of humanity. You can read the book in two ways, from the bottom up (which gives you a sense of uplifting ascent) or, later on, from the top down (which is the way we've been conditioned to read things). I recommend both approaches, if only to discover that there is indeed a difference. For me there was a noticeable shift in consciousness while reading it upside-down similar to a mild meditative state.   On one level, Alice in the Upperland is the personal tale of a girl growing up in Queens during the post-war era. She is an American of Hungarian and Jewish descent. Her father, whom she idolizes, is ...
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    A Review of 'The Oracles of Apollo' - by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Aug 1, 2017

    I greatly enjoy experimenting with divination systems, especially those with an Olympian theme. Oracles played a vital role in Ancient Greek society and their influence and power reverberate throughout Greco-Roman mythology. Several Oracles, especially those of Apollo at Delphi and that of Zeus Ammon in Libya, played important roles in the adventures of the Theban Hercules. Though I love Tarot and Divination Decks, and often use them, I tend to prefer adaptations of techniques my ancestors actually used, such as gleaning guidance through dreams, omens, synchronicities and strong inner promptings. The Oracles of Apollo by John Opsopaus, Ph.D. has increased my available options by two and promises to provide me with months of Ancient Greek Oracular adventures. The author is a university professor and a scholar well versed in the esoteric practices of Hellenic Antiquity. The book is informative and very easy to read. It is also well constructed, well written and quite practical. Part I is an excellent introduction to, and overview of, 'Ancient Greek Divination'. It also provides you with rituals and ...
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    On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's by Greg O'Brien - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Aug 1, 2015

    Greg O’Brien has a story to tell to anyone who can read or listen. He tells this story with passion and an urgency that truly mirrors the compelling energy of the subject matter; Alzheimer’s disease. The statistics he shares are filled with sobering numbers such as: the number of individuals 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s will triple  to 13.8 million within the next 36 years and the fact that Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death and that it is the only disease whose cause of death figures ARE on the rise. This is merely the tip of the iceberg here and yet this doesn’t explain why O’Brien is vigilant in his need to educate as many people as possible. Well, you are invited to read ON PLUTO: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s which O’Brien wrote about his personal experience with this disease to learn more.  O’Brien, himself, was diagnosed at age 59 with early-onset Alzheimer’s and for the past 6 years has been living with the disease and ...
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    Light Atonement by Ariyana, a star child - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Jul 1, 2015

    Perhaps we are being prepared our entire lives to do an be whatever it is we are being called upon to be doing and being while here in this earth in this particular incarnation. This is exactly what was running through my head as I finished reading Light Atonement by Ariyana, a star child ©2015, Prospecta Press. Perhaps there are people we will meet, places we are drawn to make our homes as well as jobs we choose simply because the journey we came here to experience requires this. Yet at the time this is not completely apparent. Ariyana’s experiences in what will be her first book (of this I am certain) weave this thought into reality and does it so well that you will find yourself pondering your own life at the end of each chapter.  What is so cool about the thought provoking chapters is that at the end of each, Ariyana provides us with space to post our “reflections” encouraging us with questions as guides. The book chronicles ...
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    Perspective - The Book - by Kat McCarthy

    Posted by Kathleen McCarthy on Feb 1, 2015

    My Review of the Book: Perspective - It’s all about replacing one thought with another. Recently I had the opportunity to read this little gem by award winning bestselling author Annette Rochelle Aben. Annette is a friend of mine and an editor here at The Magic Happens so I know her fairly well and I believe I can safely say that her intention for her book was to spread joy and show how easy it is to replace one thought with another. I love many things about this book. It has beautiful coloured photographs, and it is very easy to read. In fact it is so easy to read, it is a book I would feel very comfortable recommending to someone who doesn’t like to read. Even the slowest reader can get through Annette’s book in a day. This is a clever little book full of angels and poetry and it definitely encourages the reader to choose their thoughts more carefully. For example: "I told the angels, I’d let go It was all right… I didn’t need ...
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    Every Card is a Work of Art, A Review of The Enchanted Tarot 25th Anniversary Edition - by Annette Rochelle Aben

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Nov 1, 2017

     I received a copy of this beautiful tarot card deck from the creators, in exchange for an honest review.  However, this did NOT influence my review. Whether or not you are familiar with the tarot, you will find yourself enchanted with this deck. A deck appropriately titled: The Enchanted Tarot – 25th Anniversary Edition. Yes, a reissue of a classic tool of divination created by the world-renowned team of artist, Amy Zerner and her astrologer husband, Monte Farber. These two souls found each other, over 40 years ago and have been putting their unique energy into spiritual goods and services ever since. http://www.TheEnchantedWorld.com Each card in The Enchanted Tarot is a work of art, literally. Zerner spent years creating fabric collages of each card as 12" x 24" tapestry. So, the images you see are not what you have experienced with other tarot decks. Farber's wisdom and knowledge, fills the companion book to ensure that anyone using the deck will be able to connect with their own Divinity. When you combine the two, ...
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    For the Love of the Gods - by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Mar 1, 2017

    As both a Theosophist and a Theurgist I greatly enjoyed For the Love of the Gods by Brandy Williams. It is an excellent introduction to, and synthesis of, the ancient art of embodying and expressing divinity in our daily lives and through our everyday actions. The first part of the book cleverly and creatively introduces you to the teachings of the Theurgists, from Neitokrity in Ancient Kemet to modern practitioners, through a chain of colorful and insightful biographical tales. How the lives the Theurgists lived, and the societies that shaped them contributed to the evolution of their immortal art is brilliantly demonstrated. Theurgy took root and grew in multicultural urban environments, where diversity and the exchange of ideas was most likely to occur and be recognized as something of great value. Theurgy establishes bridges between our world and the Higher Realms. The divine can be anchored in objects, such as statues, through ritual, or in the very core of our being. Theurgy embraces and incorporates mythology, spirituality, religion, shamanism and magical practice. Though ...
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    An Eye on the Mythic Gaming Business: An Interview of Magnus Nygaard - by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Jun 1, 2017

    Hercules: Greetings Magnus! I am greatly honored to be interviewing the creator and author of the Dogs of Hades RPG. Thank you for granting us this interview. Magnus: My pleasure. Hercules: What were the games you grew up playing? And which ones were your favorites? Magnus: Well my first game was D&D the Red Box, followed by AD&D 2ndEdition and Drager og Dæmoner - a Swedish Sword & Sorcery game based on the RuneQuest rules. But then I moved to France and found out that there were worlds beyond the standard high fantasy genre. I brought In Nomine Satanis/Magna Veritas and Bloodlust home to Denmark – two of the greatest French games ever made. I’ve regularly played both games, and Bloodlust is my personal favorite Sword & Sorcery world. As for systems – I’ve been mostly a fan of GURPS until I found Savage Worlds. Hercules: How did you discover Role Playing Games? Magnus: One of my friends called me – he had just gotten the Red Box and needed a Dungeon Master. ...
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    Inspired Digi's from Screech Owl Studio - by Sheri Sennhauser

    Posted by Sheri Sennhauser on Apr 1, 2016

    I have been creating like crazy lately!!! It must be the change in the season I am so loving saying goodbye to winter and welcoming back the sun.  A while back I promised a close friend I would make her a Book Of Shadows and until I was sidelined with the nastiest flu bug I have ever met everything was going tickety boo.  However wrestling with this particular outbreak proved to be prolonged.  I have the covers done, some parchment tea dyed and the digital kit I purchased, printed and ready to go.  Until I have the strength back to finish the new project I wanted to share with you a little Etsy shop I found.   this is the Book of Shadows kit I purchased from Screech Owl Studio.  It is the sweetest 5x7 kit I have purchased in a long time.  I love the imagery and the personal touches.  I also purchased another kit called Rooks and Ravens to use with the Book of Shadows, I will be channeling my ...
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    Odyssey of the Gods by Erich Von Daniken: A Review by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Apr 1, 2018

    In Greek mythology there are tales of sentient orbs and golden sky-chariots, wondrous robots and human hybrids, genetic experimentation spanning generations and voyages to OtherWorlds beyond the veils which billow on the borders of our perception. No wonder Erich Von Daniken, our planet's greatest proponent of the Ancient Astronaut theory, found strong support for his views in the pages of the Argonautica, the Iliad, the Odyssey, Critias and many other works of ancient Mediterranean authors. Von Daniken cross-references his Hellenic findings with antique material from all over the world. Ancient people have left us an overwhelming amount of information about super-human beings with advanced technology who came from the heavens, lived on mountaintops, warred amongst themselves, taught civilized arts to our ancestors, interbred with mortals to produce kings and heroes, then vanished - after vowing to someday return. There is a lot of interesting material on the Sacred Geometry of ancient Greek sites, the mysterious mechanical fragment from Anticythera, Stone Age cyclopean masonry, the remains of Giants, the riddle of Troy and Plato's ...
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    Gringo Parade - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Mar 2, 2015

    Gringo Parade by Jonathan Ojanpera is a book I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys not only an adventure based on a true story but one told through the eyes of a young person.  Although published a couple decades after the original experience, one can tell that the memory is as alive in the author’s mind as the experience was for a teenage missionary fresh out of high school. This is a novella about the group of wealthy missionaries “Nick” is part of and their journey to a poor village in Costa Rica.  Even though he is there to help the villagers with their religious endeavors, he IS a young American man, and as such makes the journey as much about filling his needs as he does fulfilling his duties. Of course Nick isn’t alone in this journey as he is traveling with many other young people including the impressionable and somewhat naïve Tom who provides a nice contrast to the more worldly nature of the main character. And it is this ...
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    A Feast of Wise Words: A Review of The Voice of Hermes - by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Dec 1, 2017

    The city of Aurelius on Hermes, which greatly influenced the Greco-Roman culture, serves as the Philosophical Learning Center of the Shamballah system that guides the evolutionary path of the human spirit. In the central Athenian section of Aurelius one can experience the Classical World in all its splendor. The original structures that inspired the Parthenon and the Temple of Apollo can be found in this district. One can even hear such luminaries as Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras and Lucretius debating the finer points of their individual intellectual legacies. And if one is fortunate, Plutarch himself may give them a guided tour of this wondrous place, as he did to Ernest and Ruth Norman, co-founders of Unarius, back in 1959. Though the 'Love of Truth' movement of ancient Hellas is greatly esteemed in Aurelius, other terrestrial thought systems are also honored and preserved. Aurelius is truly multicultural and their mental treasures are lovingly gathered from all cultures of our globe from our prehistory to the present time. The effects of philosophy on music, art and ...
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    The Gift of Cancer - A Life Changing Book - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Apr 1, 2015

      More than likely every life on this planet has been touched by cancer at some point.  Perhaps a family member, a neighbor, your former teacher or even your beloved family pet received the diagnosis. Imagine now that YOU yourself were to hear those words spoken to you about YOU.  How would you react?  What would you do in such a case? Well I know how one young lady handled it, she used her diagnosis to turn her life around and in the process was completely healed AND used the process she went through to write a book to help others. Wendy Treynor. Ph. D. wrote The Gift of Cancer – A Life Changing Book – because that is how she saw it and that is what happened. This book is not only remarkable because it is a true story it IS the story. Filled with journal entries, hand drawn illustrations and the revelations of the true meanings of life and love, you will find a reason to celebrate the gift of ...
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    Lord Have Murphy, Waking Up in the Spiritual Marketplace - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Sep 1, 2015

    Lord Have Murphy, what a title for a book. Yet if that doesn’t make you crack a smile, the book by the same name may just do the trick!  Fran Shaw Ph.D. gives the irreverently blunt outlook of Murphy, voice in this tour-de-force.  Truth be known, much of what Murphy shares is merely what is inside the heads of many who are Waking Up in the Spiritual Marketplace. As we find out, when we hop on this freight train of entertainment; “attention is the teacher.” Murphy serves up food for spiritual thought not because we don’t know it, moreover so we can find others out there who are experiencing the same type of “mass instruction” over load.  Everywhere we tturn, there is someone espousing this formula or that edict. We may find ourselves trying too hard to make it all fit into our lives.  This can be more stress-filled than that which we strive to eliminate from our day-to-day. Stress + stress doesn’t not = enlightenment.  Murphy brings this to our ...
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    SOUL original poetry by GiGi Jones The Writer - by Annette

    Posted by Annette Rochelle Aben on Mar 2, 2015

    When a person puts their soul into food we can taste it.  When a person puts their soul into a song, it moves us.  When a person puts their soul into a work of art, we see it.  So is it any wonder that the first book published by GiGi Jones “The Writer” is as tasty a visual treat (breath taking photographs) as it is a moving experience, after all she titled it SOUL. The original poetry on the pages of this beautifully crafted book is meant to be savored, not rushed through by any means. Each offering presents the story of an experience the author has lived through, come through and grown through to become the woman of strength she is today. While you may not find yourself on every page, you will find the ones that touch you deeply and perhaps once touched you will realize that emotions are something that unites people from all walks of life, all socio-economic backgrounds, races, genders and faiths.  Emotions hold tremendous power over ...
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    Let's Compare Cosmologies: A Review of 1000 Keys to the Truth - by Hercules Invictus

    Posted by Hercules Invictus on Nov 1, 2017

    Nada-Yolanda and El Morya (aka Mark Age) began their public mission in 1960 by establishing the Mark-Age organization and systematically actualizing plans laid milleniums ago by the Hierarchal Board of our Solar System to help this planet's denizens awaken to their divine heritage and ascend to fourth dimensional consciousness. The Mark-Age material, a vast collection of channeled messages lovingly recorded and patiently transcribed over the past sixty plus years, is a resource of incalculable worth to any and all whose life-work is dedicated to the spiritual growth and evolution of humanity. Daunting as the task of approaching and immersing oneself in all this data may seem, the Mark-Age School of Education, through its publications, does an excellent job of explaining their impressively comprehensive metaphysical system. 1000 Keys to the Truth is a slim volume comprised of one thousand numbered paragraphs divided into forty chapters. Each chapter focuses on a different topic, ranging from the nature of deity to the defining of obscure esoteric terms. All of the information was selected from Nada-Yolanda's voluminous ...
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