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canoflightbulbs

Joined July 2019

Trying to get my crates of unread books emptied (and my literal hundreds of unread kindle books finished), and excited about the process!
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A nice guide for tarot beginners. The book cites no sources, so it‘s safe to assume most of the interpretations in this book come from the author. That‘s not a bad thing when it comes to as subjective a subject as tarot.

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I enjoyed this so much that I put off finishing it for a long time. I have immediately started reading it again.

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I relate to this book far too much. Definitely recommended for anyone familiar with depression.

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I found out about this novel nine years ago. I have finally acquired it. The only novel about Roy Orbison in cling film that I will ever need to own.

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Glad I finally read this one. I‘m gonna have to procure a physical copy for myself.

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It‘s pretty awesome to find books that correctly differentiate gargoyles from grotesques. The more I read of this one, the more fascinated I get. I‘m glad I kept reading in spite of my initial reaction.

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Started this tonight and got sucked in. I figured it was an appropriate read, considering the date. Plus, it‘s exactly the amount of insanity I needed right now.

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A good hunk into the book now, and I‘m actually pretty happy. Very different from what the intro felt like.

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Only a few pages in and the author has declared herself an exorcist. I am suddenly glad I borrowed this from the library rather than buying a hard copy. We‘ll see how this goes.

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A very good collection of both well-known and obscure ghost stories. Definitely a great starting point for anyone looking into the spooky side of the state‘s history.

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Panpan

This was the page when I stopped caring. Contrary to the description, the spell actually advises you to wait until you feel a physical change in the affected body part. Add in the fact that it throws in a Catholic petition to a saint and a Cherokee prayer and you get a whole lot of problematic content. I skimmed everything past the above page. I wouldn‘t recommend this.

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Hell Is Coming | N. P. MARTIN
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Aside from a lack of proofreading, the gratuitous sex chapter felt entirely unnecessary. I feel no need to read more of this series.

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A delightful read on common (and not-so-common) superstitions.

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Satanic Bible | Anton La Vey
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Don‘t go into this expecting scripture, as that kind of defeats the point of the whole philosophy. At its core, it seems like the book is pushing you to acknowledge who you are and accept all aspects of yourself (good and bad). It does indulge in a bit of psychodrama, though.

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This book was extremely helpful in figuring out how to sort out priorities. I did find it hard to relate to some of the examples, though.

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This was really interesting! It compiles a huge amount of historical sightings of unknown creatures, and gives possible scientific explanations for a number of them.

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I‘m honestly a bit disappointed in this one, as it seems to be an internet favorite. While there is some useful information to an interested occultist, this is really more of use if you‘ve decided to dedicate yourself to demonolatry as a religion. Not my personally cup of tea, but could be useful to others as it includes a workbook for beginners.

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An important note. I find it strange that the only metaphysical book I‘ve seen that mentions that meditation can be detrimental in certain mindsets is one on demonolatry.

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A very comprehensive introduction to Santa Muerte. I‘d highly recommend it to anyone curious about her.

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Still just as good as the first time I read it! I‘m looking forward to re-reading more of the series.

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An excellent reference book, even if you follow a path other than Wicca. The book is worth getting for the Suggested Reading list alone.

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I didn‘t realize this book had recipes, and I am delighted. My late aunt would have loved to run through these with me, especially the ones including edible flowers. Maybe I‘ll try some out soon.

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Miracle Mongers and Their Methods | Harry Houdini, Houdini Harry Houdini
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I will confess, the sword-swallowing chapter made me a bit nauseous. Some of the “solutions” presented have also since been proven dangerous. Still an enthralling read.

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Miracle Mongers and Their Methods | Harry Houdini, Houdini Harry Houdini

I‘m actually really enjoying this one! I‘ve just finished a chapter detailing how to perform a bunch of fire-eating feats. I‘m honestly just as impressed at the ingenuity of the tricks now that I know how they work as I would have been without that knowledge.

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This is going to sound weird, but I most liked this book for how detailed the citations were. I love a well-researched book. It gives a lot of insight into why some things affect me the way they do.

cherinium I also appreciated the level of research. 💕 2y
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A must-read, especially if you tend to obsess over things you can‘t change (like me). Decluttering shouldn‘t only apply to your sock drawer.

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Miracle Mongers and Their Methods | Harry Houdini, Houdini Harry Houdini

Trying to keep myself well-rounded by throwing in a renowned skeptic to the fray. Always a good idea to look at all sides of the issue, no? I‘ve always rather admired Houdini‘s dedication to his denial of the fantastic. I wish I could have a fraction of that certainty myself in anything save death and taxes.

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Absolutely nothing like what I was expecting! A fantastic read from beginning to end. Borrowed it from my local library‘s Hoopla. Definitely worth giving a read if you have the chance!

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My favorite poem got a mention!

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As someone who thoroughly enjoys dinners alone and book-reading, I relate to this.

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A wonderful read. I find it hard to articulate what I like so much about this book, but I know it‘s always nice to find people who share similar views on things to your own. I borrowed the ebook from the library, but I‘ll have to buy my own physical copy.

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There are things you can compromise on, and there are things you can‘t. It‘s nice to see someone acknowledge this.

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“What ailment are these breadsticks and Alfredo sauce attempting to cure?”

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I‘m not sure what I was expecting when I started, but this definitely wasn‘t it. I‘m not usually a fan of time travel stories, but this is a whole world of difference from anything else in that vein. I‘m really enjoying it so far!

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Conclave: A Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy | Lee Murray, Jan Goldie, Piper Mejia, Cline Murray
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I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. The one common thread between all of the unrelated stories is that there‘s always a location called Conclave. Definitely worth a read!

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For once, I found a book of ghost stories from my state that I hadn‘t already heard most of! I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Book of Pagan Prayer | Ceisiwr Serith
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A breakdown on why prayer can be useful in one‘s practice, as well as several example prayers on different subjects that can be used as a jumping-off point for developing one‘s own. I will be honest that I preferred the first part of the book. The example prayers themselves really did nothing for me.

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Reading this makes me feel like a bad West Virginian. I had forgotten about John Henry. It‘s cool to know somebody did the research and proved he actually lived. Super fun read so far, even if I did already know some of the stories.

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A collection of some of Lovecraft‘s collaborations and less popular stories, including a non-mythos sci-fi story about crystal hunters on Venus. It was good to re-read these.

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Voyeurs | James Wharton
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A bizarre and amusing short story that I‘m incredibly glad I picked up at some point. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

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I‘m not going to pretend that my eyes didn‘t glaze over during the “do this, don‘t do that” sections of the book, but reading about the history and philosophy of Feng Shui was really interesting.

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I‘m not going to lie: I got about a third of the way through this book when things just started making sense. Going into it, I had no idea what I was doing with tarot. Once I had a basic understanding of a few cards through this book, things just kind of fell into place. It‘s fantastic for beginners, and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a clearer, more example-based explanation of the classic tarot meanings.

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Mehso-so

Another hoopla ebook borrow. Not a bad read, if a bit repetitive. Though a bit dogmatic on the morality front, it‘s a good stepping-off point for learning how to personalize spells and rituals.

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Eric: A Novel of Discworld | Terry Pratchett
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Another one finished! A very quick and pleasant read. It made for a nice change.

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Eric: A Novel of Discworld | Terry Pratchett
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Figured it was time for a lighter read after the heavy subjects I‘ve been into recently, so I snagged a Discworld book out of the TBR crate. One of the few I‘ve never read! I‘m excited to dive back into the universe. Sorry, The Univers.

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This book really spoke to me. I‘m going to have to get my own copy, as a lot of the exercises take much more time to master than my library loan would have allowed. Very good for anyone interested in shamanic practices.

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Totem Animals | Celia M. Gunn
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An incredibly short read when you realize over half of it is a listing of different animal meanings. Very disappointed that absolutely no references were listed, so I‘m inclined to believe the author made things up. The a-z listing might be of use as a reference to one person‘s interpretation of symbology, but I wouldn‘t take any of it as fact.

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Totem Animals | Celia M. Gunn
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Luckily, this chapter is only one two-page spread. I didn‘t force myself to read it, as it has no relevance to my life.

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Totem Animals | Celia M. Gunn
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Found this one for cheap a while back. 24 pages in. Pretty basic so far. Briefly touches on the origin of the term and how similar ideas are present in various cultures, but with few sources cited. There‘s been a fairly basic write-up of a meditation exercise to reveal your spirit animal, which is similar to many others I‘ve read both online and in print. Nothing new. About what I expected of a bargain bin find.

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This really just reads like someone read a book on the concept, then wrote a series of blog posts on it. Overall disappointing, but a short enough read that I don‘t feel like I wasted too much time. Would be a decent introduction for people who had never heard of the concept before.