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Pagan Portals - Zen Druidry: Living a Natural Life, With Full Awareness
Pagan Portals - Zen Druidry: Living a Natural Life, With Full Awareness
by Joanna van der Hoeven
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super little overview and introduction., 23 Feb. 2014
Clearly covering all of both of these deep subjects in any one book would be a massive task, however Joanna van der Hoeven does a wonderful job of looking at how they compliment one another.

It doesn't give the full explanation of all aspects of either path, as she rightly says there are many other texts which do that. What it does do is give an inspirational consideration to how well the two interlock or complement each other.

For anyone with a familiarity with either it will be valuable as a reflection, leading to further thought on the values each holds dear.

Basic principles of each are covered, with the focus on their common ground and how the understanding of either deepens the understanding of the other.

The authors style is non-prescriptive and gentle, easy to read and well informed.

I found that despite it's modest size (67 pages) it was in many ways a far more inspirational and stimulating read than many books twice it's size as it allows for intellegence on the part of the reader.

Read it but don't rush it. Allow each chapter to permeate into your mind and understanding and start to reflect in your life before rushing on to the next section and you'll never notice it's a slim volume. An appropriate approach for a student of either path. It's simplicity also means it's not likely to be too heavy or complex for a beginner, the power of the values it addresses means it's rich enough to be worthwhile reading for any more experienced student of either path. Quite an achievement of healthy balance and right thinking and action.

A lovely read I would happily recommend to anyone with the slightest interest in either or both subjects.

Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture
Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture
by Bill Pfeiffer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile and interesting book - I want to attend a workshop now :), 12 Nov. 2013
It is a positive reflection on this book that i no longer have my copy, already I have found a friend who really has to read it.

I loved it and I had to share it as soon as I could.

The presentation of the whole book really is as a manual for those wanting to run a wild earth workshop/retreat, however, even with no intention of actually hosting an event it is filled with valuable gems, either ones which are of valuable for inspiring us to greater thoughts just within ourselves, or for short exercises for groups which are bound to be valuable when freestanding as well as within their intended context.

It covers our interactions and awareness of our choices, it covers traditional tools like storytelling or sweat lodges,
and numerous other areas used to develop people or communities, sometimes trust exercises, sometimes creative spaces,
all of it built together under a coherent framework which gives flow without restriction. The thinking behind it all is explained and it works.

At the very least I will be considering some of the exercises next time I am putting together a dance workshop day
as exercises to help people relate to each other or connect have to be good to support people dancing together,
but more likely the information in the book is the kind of thing you take in and it slowly grows and some day something major could come of it. Either way every little bit of help people can get reconnecting has to be good, reconnecting to their lives, to their selves, and to the community they are living within, and the whole environment they are a part of.

I expect to be coming back to this book a number of times in future, just as soon as i have my copy back
from my friend, and she doesn't also find dozens of others who need to read it too (I think they'll have to get their own
copies or use a library cause I need it back to refer to soon!)

Stories That Crafted The Earth : The Man from Story Mountain
Stories That Crafted The Earth : The Man from Story Mountain
by Adrian Beckingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.18

5.0 out of 5 stars better then expected., 1 Nov. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
After ordering my second hand copy of this I was warned that there are some pirate copies with bad numbering so I was wary. So when it arrived I checked the page/chapter numbers and they all matched up to where they said they were meant to be so it's all looking good, it's a genuine second hand copy.

I have to say it's a more substantial book than I expected from the promotional stuff you see online. There are a decent number of good quality pictures throughout, some related to the stories, some about the tribes and traditions the story comes from, and very nice colourplate chapter headers, , which really adds to it. It gives the impression of a book that has had some consideration and effort put into making it a really nice treasure of a book, rather than just text on pages between covers. Though it mentions the number of pages on the online store it's a chunkier paperback than I expected which is always a nice bonus.

Now I just have to leave it tucked away safely for a month or two so I can give it to my partner as a xmas present.

Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch
Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch
by Rachel Patterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good little starter book with loads of information and correspondences., 28 Feb. 2013
Kitchen Witchcraft is a lovely little introduction to this area.

It covers the basics, such as cleansing a space; moon phases and energies; cycles of the year; and the elements and their correspondences. Many on pagan paths will be familiar with these ideas but since these correspondences vary and the aspects of an element which are significant in other paths may also differ it's always useful to have it included, even if some of it is already familiar, otherwise inaccurate assumptions could happen. It also means it's fully equipped as an introductory text on the subject.

I saw some reviews of this book mentioning recipes and I have to confess I was rather expecting some recipes for food with magical intention. Therefore I think I should mention, to save others from the disappointment, that most of the recipes referred to are what many of us would think of as spells, or recipes for incenses or herb baths rather than recipes for meals; though that said it wouldn't take much to apply the principles and ideas contained in the book to your normal cooking to create your own magical meals.

There are a generous number of these recipes, along with meditations to practice and other Kitchen Witchcraft advise.

It reads easily and smoothly and leaves the reader with a fairly clear insight into the authors practices and ideas.

All in all a worthwhile read, which lays out the basics of Kitchen Witchcraft clearly and offers a great range of things for the reader to get on with trying.

And of course the extra bonus, that it's printed on lovely soft paper like so many of the moonbooks titles are.

If you're curious about this area, then this book will answer your questions and give you enough information to go crack on with your own kitchen witchcraft.

I would also mention that although I am a pagan myself I have not, as some reviewers have, ever knowingly come across Rachel or her Kitchen Witchcraft before.

A Druid's Tale
A Druid's Tale
by Cat Treadwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, inspiring but down to earth book., 28 Feb. 2013
This review is from: A Druid's Tale (Paperback)
A Druid's Tale is an excellent collection of essays. That said there is still a coherence which runs through it.
Each chapter stands alone well as a thought provoking read, and yet the book still has the sense of being a whole,
which many collected essays fail to achieve.

Cat Treadwell does a fine job of illustrating the values and principles
held by many druids, whilst being clear that though her view is an
honest reflection on druidry, that it is a very personal path, that the
variations are actually typical of those following the druidic path.

Having followed training, read many books, and practiced druidry in my
own life I wasn't necessarily expecting to be taught new lessons by this
book, which is as well because it doesn't attempt to do that. It is neither
a how to or a strict definition of druidry. It is more a compelling illustration
with ideas and questions which challenge you to continue to grow for yourself.

I have in the past suggested people read Bobcat's book on druidry to get
get a more detailed idea of what it means to some of us, I think any suggestions
now will also include this one as between them they will give a far more comprehensive
impression of what druidry is to many of us.

All in all it was an enjoyable read; one which I have every intention of
revisiting every now and again as I found myself enjoying reading it sufficiently that I
might have raced through it rather faster than would help me get the most from it.

I'm looking forward to re-reading it and letting it inspire me to action
and thought again sometime soon.

Jennie (Essential Modern Classics)
Jennie (Essential Modern Classics)
by Paul Gallico
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for the connection with cats., 13 Dec. 2012
Here another fan who read this as a kid and returned in adult years.

Of all the many many books i read as a child I think Jennie probably had the greatest impact.
It was exciting and enjoyable with characters you really connect to, but more than that it
helped me think about what life must be like from our cats point of view.

It is a great read and well written and in my mind is bordering on compulsary reading for anyone
who wants to enhance their empathy for other creatures.

It has always amazed me that this isn't up there as one of the greatest ever animal books on everyones bookshelves
along with watership down.

Pagan Portals - Pathworking through Poetry:Pagan Pathworking through poetry: exploring, knowing, understanding and dancing with the wisdom the bards hid in plain view.
Pagan Portals - Pathworking through Poetry:Pagan Pathworking through poetry: exploring, knowing, understanding and dancing with the wisdom the bards hid in plain view.
by Fiona Tinker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely stimulating read - useful idea & lots information, 13 Dec. 2012
Fiona Tinker writes a very personable book. Although this book has structure and order and is packed with information, it feels like having a good chat with a very knowledgable lady about interesting ideas. Rather than try to cast her net too wide she keeps the examples to a few poems focussed on a couple of specific characters. As she explores in the book the poems meaning in this world, and the characters interactions in other worlds, you start to get a sense of how much more there is to explore in a pathworking. Worlds, just as soon as you put down the book and open your mind.

The author doesn't waste time describing what 1001 other pagan "how to..." guides are more than happy to dictate to you, the casting of circles and the like, that is taken as read and left to the reader to sort out what they are doing, what their tradition or practice suggests. This book is all about the journey of exploration and learning that can be found on a good focussed pathworking and having quality poetry as the gateway into that journey.

Fiona's knowledge of both poems and celtic mythology is strong (and this comes from someone who lives with a professional storyteller who has spent over 20 years studying mythologies of norther europe). I loved the way she is able to heap information about the mythologies, the characters and back stories into the text. This is delivered elegantly and smoothly, without it once departing from the sense of a relaxed conversation. At no point was there any sense of her showing this off or overloading, it was all palatably presented in the way to best stimulate your own knowledge and ideas.

This is not a text book nor an instructional, it is not a poetry book, or a book of literary criticism - what it is is something greater than all of these, and yet essentially combining elements of all, smoothly and with a clear purpose. An enjoyable read, filled with useful stimulating ideas and passages, built around a wonderfully sound concept, which seems so obviously of great value I wonder the book wasn't already in existance. It seems like poetry as a basis for pathworking, and pathworking to better understand and engage with poetry should be a normal practice, a traditional one we have been at for years, something referred to in school even as one of the most powerful ways to interpret poetry; and yet I would bet that this will be a new concept to many, even those who already practice one part or the other.

As well as a lovely addition to your own shelves it would make a great gift for anyone who has an interest in either poetry, pathworkings (narrative based meditations) or paganism.

Basically - Buy it - you won't be dissappointed.

Born To Be Wild: 16 Rock Classics
Born To Be Wild: 16 Rock Classics
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £4.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing, 19 Sept. 2012
Track listing - make your own choice about whether it's a good compilation or not.
Goes well with the II and III of the same title.

Hold The Line 4:00 Toto Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Since You've Been Gone 3:19 Rainbow Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Jane 4:12 Jefferson Starship Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Don't Stop Believin' 4:12 Journey Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Eye Of The Tiger 4:07 Survivor Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
(Don't Fear) The Reaper 3:53 Blue Öyster Cult Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Rockin' All Over The World 3:33 Status Quo Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Spirit Of Radio 5:02 Rush Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) 4:08 John Parr Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Modern Girl 4:26 Meat Loaf Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now 4:27 Starship Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
You're The Voice 5:05 John Farnham Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Holding Out For A Hero 4:23 Bonnie Tyler Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet 3:34 Bachman-Turner Overdrive Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Paranoid 2:50 Black Sabbath Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Parisienne Walkways 3:25 Gary Moore Born To Be Wild V1 Rock 16
Born To Be Wild 3:31 Steppenwolf Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
Free Bird 9:05 Lynyrd Skynyrd Born To Be Wild V1 Rock
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Cafe Istanbul (3CD)
Cafe Istanbul (3CD)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing - good album, 19 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Cafe Istanbul (3CD) (Audio CD)
Track Listing - there's a good variety and being split into 3 cds of different styles helps.

Cafe Istanbul 1 Traditional

Taqasim On Violin - Shaheen, Simon 1:36 Shaheen, Simon
Voyager - Erguner, Kudsi 4:30 Erguner, Kuds
Ol Lezzeti Veh - Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble 4:31 Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble
Taqasim On Nay - Shaheen, Simon 1:15 Shaheen, Simon
Huseyni - Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble 3:45 Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble
Ruzi Seb (Poems Of Sultan Selim III) - Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble 6:28 Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble
Taksim On The Keman Karadeniz Havasi - Erkose, Ali 3:41 Erkose, Ali
Gitti De Gitti - Taksim Trio 5:25 Taksim Trio
Nesrin Sipahi - Dun Gece Ye's Ile Kendimden Gectim 4:47 Dun Gece Ye's Ile Kendimden Gectim
Balade - Erguner, Kudsi 4:49 Erguner, Kudsi
Armenian Tambor - During, Sjahin 5:11 During, Sjahin
Longa Farahfaz - Shaheen, Simon 3:17 Shaheen, Simon
Kimseler Gelmez - Erguner, Kudsi 4:07 Erguner, Kudsi
Esin Var Asiya - Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble 4:43 Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble
Taksim On Tanbur - Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble 1:35 Erguner, Kudsi Ensemble
Wordless Prayer - Erguner, Kudsi 7:30 Erguner, Kudsi
Harmandali Zeybek/Izmir Kordon Zeybegi - Erkose Ensemble 4:55 Erkose Ensemble

Cafe Istanbul 2 Contemporary

Otro Mundo - During, Sjahin & Arto Tuncboyaciyan 5:43 During, Sjahin & Arto Tuncboyaciyan
Mercanistan - Dede, Mercan 7:12 Dede, Mercan
Kumsalda (On The Shore) - Senlendirici, Husnu 4:51 Senlendirici, Husnu
Daglar Kizi Reyhan - Sesler, Selim 3:33 Sesler, Selim
Zeyrek - Tugsuz, Murat 5:45 Tugsuz, Murat
Istanbul Grooves - Musica Arabe 2 5:41 Musica Arabe 2
Cobra - Asena 3:21 Asena
Cilek - Berksan 3:43 Berksan
Wishes - Musica Arabe 2 6:08 Musica Arabe 2
Bandare - Rebel Moves 5:59 Rebel Moves
Faniler - Orient Expressions 4:16 Orient Expressions
Mo Fiibi - Demirdelen, Selim 3:07 Demirdelen, Selim
Zifir - Mira 5:00 Mira
Foma - Diyemedim, Hayir & Imer Damirer 5:22 Diyemedim, Hayir & Imer Damirer
Sevsem Oldururler Sevmezsem Oldum - Baba Zula 4:20 Baba Zula

Cafe Istanbul 3 Club electronica

Hat - Makossa & Megablast/Smadj 3:36 Makossa & Megablast/Smadj
Bagazici - Forty Thieves Orkestar & Burhan Ocal 4:39 Forty Thieves Orkestar & Burhan Ocal
Fiesta - Gokman, Kaan 4:17 Gokman, Kaan
Bogaziki - DJ Spooky & Burhan Ocal 4:23 DJ Spooky & Burhan Ocal
Who Knows - Zi Punt 3:20 Zi Punt
Dibidik - Nickodemus & Zeb/Sultana 4:02 Nickodemus & Zeb/Sultana
Bird And The Sword, The - dEmian & Emre 4:40 dEmian & Emre
This Is (H)it - Gokman, Kaan 5:35 Gokman, Kaan Cafe Istanbul 3
Melike - DJ Click & Burhan Ocal/Trakya All Stars/Smadj 6:12 DJ Click & Burhan Ocal/Trakya All Stars/Smadj
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Plaque Off Dog, 60 g
Plaque Off Dog, 60 g
Offered by PriceBlitzer Vitamins
Price: £9.58

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super stuff, does the trick, sure it takes a while but it's well worth it., 30 July 2012
This review is from: Plaque Off Dog, 60 g (Misc.)
Bought some on recommendation from a friend who works for the RSPCA.

I have two cats over 15 who both have tooth problems and bad plaque.
After trying to brush their teeth regularly I was getting quite distressed,
one of them has a heart murmur so with her age anaesthetic really isn't an option (for a full cleaning) .

Tried it and wasn't sure if it was my imagination for the first month or so,
now a couple of months on i can happily say i have cats whos breath doesn't make me wince or retch any more,
they seem happier and I am convinced it works.

Previous to using this at a vets visit they physically scraped a lump of tartar of back teeth of both cats,
in one cat a tooth also came away it was that bad, and continued with the brushing...
both cats just seemed old and shabby because of it.

After using it for a while one of the cats saw another vet recently and the verdict was that her teeth were quite good for her age!
That makes it worth every penny in my book.

I can stand having her lick my chin again (thankfully cause she likes doing that).

combined with switching off frontline, because it no longer works and they were getting fleas, and I've basically got a pair of rejuvenated cats :)

I want some for myself too now.

I know some people have issues with cats refusing food with it in - my girls did the first time when I sprinkled it on top.
However i very quickly discovered it's the loose powder they don't trust, if I make a dip in the food and put the powder in there,
and put a bit of jelly or gravy on top (or even better mix it in with a bit of gravy or sandwich it in two lumps of jelly)
then it gets happily eaten (and these are cats who will lick around the crumbs of medicine in their food usually).

It says half a scoop for cats up to a certain size and mine are both quite small so we use about 1/3 of a scoop each in their breakfast. Realistically the tub is likely to last me most of the rest of the year for my two cats I think.

totally excellent value, and like i say, I want some for me too now.

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