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Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.


                                                          -Malorie Blackman

Enjoy 5 Book Picks from Smoke each Month



How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You're an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening By Ira Israel

Few of us are immune to  the ideas we absorbed as children. We learned how to get approval or  disapproval by creating the kinds of selves who would fit in and succeed  with the -right- jobs, relationships, possessions, and so on. Even if  we rebel against these ingrained notions by going in the opposite  direction, we are still controlled by them. Either way, as adults we are  often left feeling anxious or depressed because who we really  are has been ignored. Author Ira Israel, a uniquely multidisciplinary  therapist, offers a powerful, step-by-step path to recognizing the ways  we've worked to get our needs met and changing them with an approach  that allows for understanding and accepting who we really are, the  recognition of our true calling, and the path to the authentic love we  were born deserving.





Divination: Sacred Tools For Reading The Mind Of God by Paul O'Brien

How do divination  systems work? Do they work? Can the interpretation of tarot cards,  planetary alignments and numbers really help you achieve success and  happiness? Many assume that such arts are just fortune telling, but  according to the new book Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind  of God, this is not the half of it. Author Paul O Brien explains how  authentic divination systems can serve as a two-way communication with  the divine faculty of intuition within us, whereby we can receive  feedback that is meaningful and that helps us make the right moves at  the right time. The book not only explains how divination systems work  (according to the research of depth psychologist Carl Jung), it also  details the history of the classical divination systems, the opposition  of the church, the role that divination has played east and west  including in the bible, and the online use of divination systems in  modern times.


Spirit Drumming: A Guide to the Healing Power of Rhythm by Gabriel Horn

Perhaps the first  conscious beating of the drum sound occurred as we gestated in the wombs  of our mothers. Beat after beat, we grew within the sea of our births,  and then we were born into the air of the world—when did we begin to  separate from that beat? How long will it be before we hear the beating  again?

Gabriel Horn, White Deer of Autumn, is an  award-winning writer who has provided a nuanced look at Native American  culture and spirituality for decades. Now, he shows how drumming can  take us back to our true selves and connect us to each other and the  earth. Spirit Drumming follows his journey to the drums,  including a history of drumming in Native American communities, an  investigation of drums as living beings, and an authoritative reckoning  on vibration as a conduit for healing. In addition to sharing stories of  people he has known who have been affected by the drums, he also  provides information on how to integrate other sacred elements in your  drumming (such as feathers, cedar, sweetgrass, and tobacco), transcripts  of chants you can use in your own practice, and ceremonies for  thanksgiving, birth, the harvest, children, and more.


The Way of Four Spellbook: Working Magic with the Elements By Deborah Lipp

This knowledgeable  guide presents never before explored magical material, such as combining  elemental work with elemental purpose in a structured spell. Many  different magical methods and styles are covered, including spell  structures that are closely aligned with each element--handwritten  spells for Air magic, soaking and bathing spells for Water magic, sex  magic for the element of Fire, and burial and planting magic for Earth  spells.

In her friendly and forthright way, Deborah Lipp gives  detailed information on the essence of a spell, including the meaning of  intention, the difference between target and goal, the use of  interconnection, sources of power, magical focus, and much more.

This book is great for learning elements and foundations to spellwork.


New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True by Jan Spiller

A revolutionary approach to unlocking the transformative power of astrology Get what you wish for in love ... happiness ... health ... career ... money ... and more The Moon's influence on human destiny has been recognized since ancient times, but its potential for generating positive outcomes has often been ignored -- until now. In this breakthrough book, master astrologer Jan Spiller reveals the secrets of harnessing the Moon's astonishing power to make your goals a reality Not just another astrology book, New Moon Astrology provides practical, step-by-step instructions, based on ancient rites and philosophy as well as on Jan Spiller's own vast astrological experience, in framing your wishes in any area -- love, career, family, or health. On New Moon Power Days, your desires become incantations with amazing focus and strength. Using the special Moon chart included here, you'll be able to express your wishes during a "magic" moment -- a personal power period in the astrological cycle -- setting forces in motion that transform your desires into reality. With this exciting technique, you will see your wishes actually coming true in the months -- and years -- ahead If you are ready to live your dreams, use this proven-effective approach to personal fulfillment. Learn: - How to use the potent New Moon each month to time your power wishes - How to locate the three to five weeks each year when you personally are in a position of tremendous empowerment to achieve your goals - Which special Moons throughout the year help grant specific wishes, such as attracting money, meeting a new lover, or traveling to exciting places - How to use the destiny revealed by your astrological chart along with then New Moon to achieve an energy shift -- a power surge to help you succeed in weight loss, relationships, career advancement, sexual intimacy, and more

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