Archives for November 2006

Pagan Voices on the Web

We’ve added some new Links to our Links Section! It’s time to explore the offerings for Pagan Radio and Podcasts available. Just scroll on down to the bottom for the list of Magical Radio & Podcast links. Why listen to some oldies station when you can get Pagan talk radio or the best in pagan and witchie-themed music? There’s quite a variety to chose from, and our list is by no means complete. A couple of our favorites are:

Lance and Graal Pagan Podcast: Pagan Talk Radio with an Attitude!

They have interviews with authors and recording artists, their website also has links to lots of other pagan podcasters.

For music, we suggest you check out The Pagan Radio Network which has a forum and a wonderful news site as well.

Esoteric Book Lovers discover true temptation

Join the BookWyrms Egghead book club!

This Month: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community

Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves Sarah Pike’s engrossing ethnography is the outcome of five years attending neo-pagan festivals, interviewing participants, and sometimes taking part in their ceremonies. Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves incorporates her personal experience and insightful scholarly work concerning ritual, sacred space, self-identity, and narrative. The result is a compelling portrait of this frequently misunderstood religious movement.

Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves explores larger issues in the United States regarding the postmodern self, utopian communities, cultural improvisation, and contemporary spirituality. Pike’s accessible writing style and her nonsensationalistic approach do much to demystify neo-paganism and its followers.

You are invited to attend Prof. Murphy’s BookWyrms Egghead Book of the Month Club discussion in our store on the 2nd Tuesday each month (Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves is our book for the November discussion). Come prepared to discuss the book, already read.

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Pendulum Dowsing: Easy To Learn Techniques

By Sherry Sims

Pendulum Dowsing is a very fun and simple way to begin to measure energy fields. Since we all live in a world that is comprised of energy, and since we all have energy in and around our physical bodies, the ability to recognize and measure energy can be valuable and useful.

In order to begin to learn the art of Pendulum Dowsing you will need a Pendulum. You can purchase a beautiful Pendulum at a metaphysical store or you can make one yourself. Actually, a pendant on a necklace chain makes a fine Pendulum. It’s a good idea to make sure that the pendant has a little weight to it. If it is too light you will not be able to experience the energy readings as easily.

Simply hold your Pendulum with one hand and allow it to dangle straight. By doing some deep breathing for a minute or so you will prepare yourself to begin your Pendulum reading.

You may find that your Pendulum may actually already be moving by itself. Begin by asking silently “which way means yes?” Your Pendulum may begin to rotate or begin to move back and forth or from side to side. Observe what direction your Pendulum moves in when asked “which way means yes?”

Next, mentally say “thank you” and allow the Pendulum to come to a rest. Now, silently ask “which way means no?” Observe what pattern of movement your Pendulum makes when asked “which way means no?” Again mentally say “thank you” and allow your Pendulum to come to a rest.

It is best to remain open-minded and relaxed when attempting Pendulum dowsing.

Now, begin to ask the series of questions listed below, each time after receiving the answer, mentally say “thank you” and allow your Pendulum to return to a neutral state before proceeding to the next question.


1.) Ask the Pendulum the following questions: Is today Monday? Is today Tuesday? Continue to ask the Pendulum about all of the different days of the week. You want to experience what happens and how the Pendulum responds when the answer is “yes” as opposed to when the answer is “no”.

Since you already know which day of the week it is, it will be easy for you to observe the accuracy of your Pendulum reading.

2.) If you have a dog or a cat, hold the Pendulum over the head of your pet and observe what your Pendulum does.

3.) Hold your Pendulum over a healthy green plant and observe what occurs.

4.) Hold your Pendulum over a dead plant and observe what happens.

5.) Hold your Pendulum over a healthy food, like fresh fruit, for example, and ask “Is this food beneficial to my health?”, and observe what happens.

6.) Hold the Pendulum over a non-healthy food and ask the same question.

Experiment with your Pendulum. Remember that it is vital that you phrase your questions so that the answer will be either yes or no.

Copyright © 2005 Sherry Sims

Sherry Sims has spent the last 20 years assisting people as a professional psychic, intuitive counselor, energy healer and teacher. Helping people to resolve personal and relationship issues has been at the core of her work. She gently assists her clients to accept their true power which allows them to begin taking control of their lives through healing, awareness, and self-love.

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