Everything You Need to Know About Wicca, from Best-Selling Wicca Author Lisa Chamberlain It is estimated that there are over 1 million practicing Wiccans around the world today. But what is it that has made these people turn their back on the formal, structured religions that encompass the majority of the Western world? In our modern, high-pressured world, many of us fail to take notice the sheer beauty of the natural world surrounding us. In many ways, this is a travesty: the world we live in today seems so completely distant from the one our ancestors lived in, a world where humans and nature were at one, their existence intertwined in the natural cycles of life. Wicca is a new way of life, a religion that takes you back to a more simple time, before the invention of the high-tech gadgetry we see all around us. You will learn to live and appreciate the natural world that surrounds you, celebrating the intricate changes in the seasons and everything they bring — from the bounties of the Summer harvest, to the cold and darkness of the Winter months, as Mother Nature rests in preparation for the next explosive cycle of life that Spring brings. Wicca is a re-incarnation of the very earliest religions, long pre-dating Christianity.
Wiccans celebrate and share many of the same beliefs that these early people held, and try to embrace their way of life, all while remaining fully-functional in today's modern world. Getting Started as a Wiccan If you’re sold on this new, exciting, peaceful way of life, that’s great! Good to have you on-board. Unfortunately, and despite this commitment, this is where many people get stumped. One of the biggest questions I hear would-be Wiccans ask: “how do I start practicing Wicca?” The truth is, there is no right answer. If you endeavour to learn as much as possible about this religion, follow the core principles (for example, the Threefold Law), and revere the natural world surrounding you, as far as I’m concerned, you’re a Wiccan. If you’re just starting out, I’m sure this vague answer is of little help to you! That’s why I set out to write this mini-series of books, titled Practicing the Craft. In this particular book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Wicca Book of Shadows – what they are, their history, and what to include in your own Book of Shadows. Wicca Book of Shadows Practicing magic isn’t compulsory for Wiccans, however many people are inevitably attracted to the religion by the potential to positively change their lives for the better. As such, spellwork is one of the most discussed parts of being Wiccan. For those wanting to start practicing magic, keeping a Book of Shadows is a good starting point. A Book of Shadows is the ideal place to document your Wiccan journey, write down detailed spell outlines, and write any other information that may help you going forward. Because it contains all of your spells, many Wiccans will take their Book of Shadows into the circle during spellwork, too. Having a beautiful, leather-bound book will make the spell crafting process far more authentic – though you can use any book you like for constructing your own book. Due to the contents, many Wiccans are very private about their Book of Shadows. As such, you will probably want to take proactive steps towards protecting your book. This guide includes several privacy tips, as well as a dedicated spell for protecting your book.
A junior fiction series written in partnership with Netball Australia Meet Maddy and her friends from the Gems! Maddy can't wait to play her first game of netball with her new team. She's been training hard and is eager to try out her skills. But Maddy's excitement soon turns to nerves when she realises that things might not go exactly as she imagined. What position will coach Janet put her in? What if she gets asked to sit on the bench? Suddenly, the netball courts are the last place Maddy wants to be! Perhaps some inspiration from one of the Australian Diamonds players will finally get Maddy hooked on netball!
Remembering everything you might need for a camping trip is a big challenge—there is gear, food, tools, skills, maps, plans, backup plans, and more. Don’t scramble at the last minute to get ready; be that person who is always prepared for anything. Why rely on others because you forgot something or because you lack skills to take care of yourself? You can be confident that you have everything you need and always know what to do next. This book is a quick reference guide with lists of everything you need to plan for your next outdoor adventure, to improvise in your next crisis, or reach your next level of proficiency. Whether you are a newbie or a veteran of outdoor adventure looking to expand your horizons, there is tremendous value in this compilation of essential tools, skills, methods, and strategies. The prep lists in this book were personally crafted by an experienced outdoorsman who relies on being prepared for anything—camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, backpacking, canoeing, trail riding, and more. Reading this Prep Lists Book is like brainstorming with a room full of experts. Having these checklists of things to remember, projects to do, ideas to plan, or topics to learn gives you complete self-reliance. Whether your adventure is solo, with family & friends, or part of a team, you can be assured that you will relax and enjoy a fulfilling experience. So get started! You can read this book from cover to cover, or more likely you will use the tables of contents and reference links to bounce around to the topics that interest you most. Then think of the people in your life who need a copy of this book—both the planners and the spontaneous free-spirits. Tell them about it or just go ahead and buy a few books as gifts. Uses of This Book: • A checklist to see if you have everything you need • A reminder to add missing items • A learning tool to acquire new skills • A refresher to remember forgotten items • A quick reference of topics to consider • A notebook to capture fresh insights • A source of ideas and creativity • A gift for a birthday or holiday • A planning tool for each trip or adventure • A resource for emergency preparedness From the Author: This useful book will surprise you! It covers everything you can imagine for camping and backpacking. This is not a boring how-to manual. It is a detailed reference guide with links to jump around to topics of interest so that you can explore and learn and even link to pictures and more information online. Maybe you’ve seen bits and pieces of this kind of information in other places, but this book has so much more—all together and well organized. Chapters include: Fire, Water, Food, Shelter, Tools, Skills, Checklists, and Resources. Readers keep saying how they really appreciate the book’s design and structure. After reading either the Kindle format or the paperback format, you will probably want to get the other so you have both—which has a discounted “Matchbook” price.
In countries that have managed to confront and cope with the challenges of food insecurity over the past two centuries, markets have done the heavy lifting. Markets serve as the arena for allocating society's scarce resources to meet the virtually unlimited needs and desires of consumers: no other mechanism can efficiently signal fluctuations in scarcity and abundance, the cost of labor, or the value of commodities. But markets fail at tasks that society regards as important; thus, governments have had to intervene to stabilize the economic environment and provide essential public goods, such as transportation and communications networks, agricultural research and development, and access to quality health and educational facilities. Ending hunger requires that each society find the right balance of market forces and government interventions to drive a process of economic growth that reaches the poor and ensures that food supplies are readily, and reliably, available and accessible to even the poorest households. But locating that balance has been a major challenge for many countries, and seems to be getting more difficult as the global economy becomes more integrated and stable. Food Security and Scarcity explains what forms those challenges take in the long run and short term and at global, national, and household levels. C. Peter Timmer, best known for his work on the definitive text Food Policy Analysis, draws on decades of food security research and analysis to produce the most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of what makes a productive, sustainable, and stable food system--and why so many countries have fallen short. Poverty and hunger are different in every country, so the manner of coping with the challenges of ending hunger and keeping it at bay will depend on equally country-specific analysis, governance, and solutions. Timmer shows that for all their problems and failures, markets and food prices are ultimately central to solving the problem of hunger, and that any coherent strategy to improve food security will depend on an in-depth understanding of how food markets operate. Published in association with the Center for Global Development.
A very simple introduction to the autumn season, when it occurs, and the weather associated with it.