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Wiccan Misconceptions Discussed on The Gut and Bone Show with Robby Bradbury

October 6th, 2011

Tune into the live interview with Patricia Gardner, Angela Kaufman, and Dayna Winters as they discuss Wiccan misconceptions on the Gut and Bone Show with Robby ‘Gutwrench’ Bradbury!

(USA) On Monday, October 10, 2011 at 7 PM Eastern Time, Robby Gutwrench Bradbury, the host of the radio show The Gut and Bone Show on Tenacity Radio will interview Patricia Gardner, Dayna Winters, and Angela Kaufman about Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions, a new book out by Schiffer Publishing. Patricia, Dayna and Angela, will discuss the myriad misunderstandings associated with Wiccan practitioners and Witchcraft, what prompted them to write a book about Wiccan misunderstandings, and the important need for education, not for the purposes of conversion, but for the purposes of promoting an atmosphere of tolerance.

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions is a paperback book being offered by Schifferbooks.com and major retailers from around the world.  While not a book that teaches how to be a Wiccan practitioner, Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? offers sound advice on how to explain one’s belief system to others, and what to do when faced with religious intolerance.  The book covers a wide variety of topics including information on esbats, sabbats, the basics of ritual structure, Wiccans and non-Wiccans in the media, teens and Wicca, and more.  A book trailer is available for more information:

http://youtu.be/dSGDfhdYUpM.

About the Authors

 

Patricia Gardner, Angela Kaufman, and Dayna Winters are three Wiccan practitioners in the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven who serve as elders in the pagan community.  Angela Kaufman is the owner of Moonlight Tarot LLC, and Patricia and Dayna are the co-founders and co-directors of ISIS Paranormal Investigations, in addition to hosting the ISIS Paranormal Radio Show on Blogtalkradio.  You can find out more about the authors at their official website: www.wwtrd.webs.com or www.isisinvestigations.com.

About the Gut and Bone Show

 

The Gut and Bone Show is an Internet Radio Talk Show hosted by Robert J. Bradbury; the show airs from 7 PM to 8:30 PM Eastern Time and is part of the Tenacity Radio Network.  Robby explores obscure subject matter, especially issues many people often miss.  You can join the chat room during the show or you can call in via telephone or Skype.  Robby interviews uniquely talented special guests from all over the globe, with the goal of enlightening listeners about obscure topics and issues.  You can find out more about The Gut and Bone Show on Tenacity Radio:

http://tenacityradio.com/gut-a-bone-show/93-robby-gutwrench-bradbury.

Get the New Book

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? is available in more than sixteen countries.  You can find it in local book stores near you or ordered online.  If you don’t find it on the shelves at your local book store, you can request it from your favorite book retailer.

ISBN-13: 9780764339080

ISBN-10: 0764339087

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wicca-Whats-The-Real-Deal/194602253932415

Contact daynawinters [@] gmail.com for interview and/or review requests.

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2011 Halloween Event in Manchester Vermont

September 30th, 2011

The North East Paranormal Society will be hosting their first ever 2011 Halloween Event in Manchester Vermont!  You can participate in the event hosted at the Historic Wilburton Inn; the event will take place on October 29, 2011.  The event begins with a dinner, followed by a lecture about the haunted history of the Manchester, Vermont area.  The North East Paranormal Society will present some of the evidence they have collected from their past investigations, including findings collected at the Wilburton Inn in Vermont!

During the review portion of the program, you can see footage from some of the team’s past cases and the type of equipment the team uses to collect the information.  You will get a chance to listen to Class A EVP samples and to review video clips of what the team believes to be a passing entity.  Further, you can examine photographs of apparitions, energy in flight, shadows, and more.

All attendees will then be able to join the North East Paranormal Society as they perform a formal investigation formal the Wilburton Inn!  Attendees are encouraged to bring along voice recording equipment, a camera with night vision or flash capabilities, a flashlight, and/or a video camera so that you can document your own findings.  You should wear a hoodie or sweater in the event of poor/cold weather, and no open toed shoes are permitted on the investigation.

Location of the Event: Wilburton Inn

Address: 257 Wilburton Dr., Manchester Vermont 05254

Itinerary

  • Check In – 6 PM (receive admission ticket with PayPal receipt)
  • Meet & Greet – 6-6:30pm
  • Historical Introduction about the Wilburton Inn, by Georgette – 6:30pm
  • Buffet Dinner (TBA) – 6:45pm
  • One hour Presentation and Local Paranormal Evidence Review including evidence from the Inn – 7:45pm –
  • Ending this evening will be a formal paranormal investigation of the Wilburton Inn.

Sign up by visiting the Official North East Paranormal Website at:

http://www.northeastparanormalsociety.com/?page_id=10.

Ticket Prices:

$65.00 early sign up

$75.00 at the door

For more information contact:

North East Paranormal Society

518.268.9603

north.east.paranormal.society@gmail.com

www.northeastparanormalsociety.com

Listen into ISIS Paranormal Radio on Sunday, October 9, 2011 to find out more information!

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal on Stirring the Cauldron with Marla Brooks

September 29th, 2011

(USA) On Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9 PM Eastern Time, Marla Brooks, the host of the radio show Stirring the Cauldron, will interview Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman about their first book: Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions. Dayna, Patricia, and Angela, three Wiccan elders in the pagan community, will talk with Marla about common misconceptions people have about Wicca, the many misconceptions dispelled in the book, and the inspiration behind the body of work. The interview is accessible via live Internet stream on:

http://para-x-radio.com/shows.php?id=21

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions is a brand new, 176-page paperback book released by Schiffer Publishing on July 28, 2011. The book covers misunderstood Pagan/Wiccan/Witchcraft terminology, erroneous perceptions, misunderstood practices, and misunderstood historical information related to Witchcraft and Wicca.  It also covers Wiccan traditions, the difference between the beliefs in magick and the signs/symptoms of a mental illness, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to walk the path of the Wiccan faith.

“It’s important to note that, for people interested in Wicca, this book is going to explain a lot of terms and clarify a lot of misconceptions; it’s not going to tell you how to do it. It doesn’t include spells… this book teaches people how to convey what Wicca is about, what it isn’t about, and for those just interested in the subject, it serves as a nice, rich, comprehensive resource about the Wiccan faith.” – Angela Kaufman –

About Stirring the Cauldron

Stirring the Cauldron is an amazingly popular radio show on the Para X Network. The show airs on Thursday evenings beginning at 9 PM Eastern Time; Marla’s show includes topics related to paranormal, pagan, and controversial subjects. Stirring the Cauldron airs live and is also available through archives following the live interview. For more details on Marla and her show, Stirring the Cauldron, visit the Para-X Network at:

http://para-x-radio.com/shows.php?id=21

About the Authors

Dayna Winters is a Witch, Priestess in the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven, and a freelance writer. She earned an Associate in Arts from Hudson Valley Community College, and later graduated magna cum laude from Sage College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Dayna is one of the co-founders and co-directors of ISIS Paranormal Investigations in Upstate New York, and the co-host of ISIS Paranormal Radio. Her publications have appeared in Threads Magazine, Crescent Magazine, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, and The Journal for the Academic Study of Magic.

Patricia Gardner is a Witch and the High Priestess of the Dragon Warrior’s of ISIS Coven in Upstate, New York. She is the co-founder and co-director of ISIS Paranormal Investigations, and she co-hosts the ISIS Paranormal Radio Show. She has had publications appear on Isisinvestigations.com, Unexplained-Mysteries.com, Ghost-mysteries.com, and Haunted-Voices.com. Angela Kaufman

Angela Kaufman is a Witch, Priestess in the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over five years of experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues. She is also a professional Tarot card reader and owner of Moonlight Tarot. She has had several articles published on ISIS Paranormal Investigations; she is a psychic artist for the latter ghost investigation group, and she has had publications appear in Wisdom Magazine.

Get the Book

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? is available worldwide; you can order it in Australia, Estonia, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Finland, Norway, France, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden, among other locations in the world. You can get updates about interviews, book signings, and upcoming events on the official website for the book:

http://wwtrd.webs.com

The book is offered by Schifferbooks.com, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and other leading book retailers.

ISBN-10: 0764339087

ISBN-13: 978-0764339080

Dayna, Patricia, and Angela are available for radio and/or television interviews upon request. Contact daynawinters [@] gmail.com.

Meet Three Real Witches at a Book Signing Event at the Loving Café in Delmar, NY

September 16th, 2011

The authors of the Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions, Patricia Gardner, Dayna Winters, and Angela Kaufman, will be signing their book at the Loving Café in Delmar, New York.

(New York, September 16, 2011) Carolyn Woodard, the owner of the Loving Café in Delmar, New York, will be hosting a book-signing event for the book: Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions, on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 12:00 PM ET.  You have the chance to meet three real Wiccan Witches, Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman, as they sign books and answer questions about Wicca and Witchcraft!  You will also get to sample some of the tasty vegan cuisine in the friendliest vegan café in the city.

The Loving Café a vegan café located at 318 Delaware Avenue, at the former site of the Java Jazz Café.  Carolyn Woodard opened the business in the summer of 2011, and participates in the daily operation of the cafe.  Carolyn began the business with, not only financial interests, but spiritual interests as well; she hopes  that the café will “serve as torch for Vegan Peace,” in Delmar, and beyond.  The awning on the exterior of the café reads, “Loving Café:  Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet.”

Map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=318+Delaware+Avenue,+Delmar,+New+York+12054&hl=en&sll=40.166537,-84.780793&sspn=1.935073,5.059204&vpsrc=0&t=m&z=16

Foods offered include vegan burgers, curry soup, ocean salad, wraps, shrimp, fish fillet, sloppy Joes, sandwiches, local produce, and organic selections.  In addition, the café serves a variety of meat substitutes including vegan shrimp, fish fillet, steak, and ham.  Beverages offered include specialty coffees, regular coffee, and tea.

The Loving Café is open daily, with the exception of Sundays.  Hours of operation are from Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman are thrilled to have the opportunity to have a book-signing event at the Loving Café, since the theme of their book is about an alternative lifestyle and earth-based religion.  Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions is a body of work that the authors hope will educate those interested in Wicca and the basics of the religion while simultaneously eradicating any misconceptions individuals may have about the Wiccan lifestyle or Wiccan religious practices.  Reviewers of the book suggest that Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? is a must have book for new Wiccan practitioners, for coven leaders seeking an informative resource for coven members or students, for solitary practitioners, and for non-practitioners curious about the religion and Wiccan traditions.

A limited supply of books will be available at the book signing, so attendees should arrive early.  You can also preorder the book before the event and bring it with you to have it signed.

The book signing begins at 12:00 PM ET: just in time to get a delicious vegan lunch, and an excellent read!

Event Information Recap

Book Signing: Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions

Location: Loving Café, 318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011

Time: 12:00 PM ET

About the Authors

Dayna Winters

Dayna Winters is a Witch and Priestess in the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven. She earned an Associate in Arts from Hudson Valley Community College, and later graduated magna cum laude from Sage College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is the co-founder and co-director of ISIS Paranormal Investigations in Upstate New York, and the co-host of ISIS Paranormal Radio.

Patricia Gardner

Patricia Gardner is a Witch and the High Priestess of the Dragon Warrior’s of ISIS Coven in Upstate, New York. She is the co-founder and co-director of ISIS Paranormal Investigations, and she co-hosts the ISIS Paranormal Radio Show.

Angela Kaufman

Angela Kaufman is a Witch, Priestess in the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven, a psychic artist for ISIS Paranormal Investigations, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over five years of experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues. She is also a professional Tarot card reader and owner of Moonlight Tarot.

Order Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions now at Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Wicca-Whats-Breaking-Through-Misconceptions/dp/0764339087.

All of the authors are available for radio/television shows, lectures, and presentations.  To contact the authors you can send an email to daynawinters@gmail.com.  For more information about the authors, ISIS Paranormal Investigations, ISIS Paranormal Radio, or the book: Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? visit: http://www.isisinvestigations.com.

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Identified As a “Must Have” Read

September 13th, 2011

A new book promoting religious tolerance through education, Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions, has been called a “must own” book for many people by editor and owner of The Magical Buffet, Rebecca Elson.

A new book promoting religious tolerance through education, Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions [big], is a book authored by three Witches and Wiccans, Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman.  Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? is an easy to read guide, consisting of four information-packed chapters; the first chapter explore Misunderstood Terminology and Erroneous Perceptions; Chapter 2 explores Misunderstood Practices and Historical Misconceptions; Chapter 3 explores “What Wiccans Do;” and Chapter 4 explores the concept of “When Magick is Sane.”  The book includes an index, bibliography, and a glossary as well.

Just released by Schiffer Book in July 2011, Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? is already getting reviews that are suggesting that the book is ideal for a wide audience.  According to Rebecca Elson, this book is suitable for High Priests and Priestesses as a book that they can offer to their coven members who are addressing the concerns of friends, family members, and loved ones.  Further, since the book points out the advantages and disadvantages of begin Wiccan, Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? is suitable for anyone new to the Wiccan faith or to those individuals thinking about taking up Wiccan practices and studies.  In her review, Rebecca Elson cautions readers not to dismiss Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? as a Wiccan’s basic 101 book.  Rebecca asserts:

“‘Wicca: What’s the Real Deal?” could easily be mistaken as another “Wicca 101″ book at first glance, and …readers being well versed in Wicca or practicing Wiccans themselves, may find themselves dismissing this book a bit too soon. With its straight forward myth/truth format and easy to follow explanations of the basics of Wicca and being Wiccan, this book is, in my opinion, a must own for many people.”

Rebecca Elson is the chief writer, publisher, and founder of The Magical Buffet Online, a site where “Spirituality, Politics, and Pop Culture” Collide.  Rebecca identifies herself as a literary mercenary, a spiritual mogul, and a warrior poet.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, and she has written for other websites like Deeper Perception Made Practical and What Greg Eats.  She was also a featured speaker at the Plattsburgh Paranormal Presentation where she talked about protection against the Devil, demons, and evil spirits.  You can find out more about The Magical Buffet at: http://themagicalbuffet.com.

Readers interested in getting Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions can do so through Schifferbooks.com, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.jp, Amazon.fr, Barnes and Noble, and myriad other book sellers online.  The book is also for sale at the Spindle City Market on 302 Ontario Street in Cohoes, New York, and if you visit your local bookseller, the vendor can order the book for you upon request if it is not on their shelves.

The authors of Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions are elders in the pagan community, and Priestesses in the Dragon Warriors of ISIS Coven in Upstate New York.  Dayna Winters and Patricia Gardner are the co-founders of ISIS Paranormal Investigations, and the co-hosts of ISIS Paranormal Radio.  Angela is a psychic artist in ISIS Paranormal Investigations and the owner of Moonlight Tarot LLC.  For more information about the authors you can visit ISIS Paranormal Investigations at: www.isisinvestigations.com/index2.html.

All of the authors are available for radio/television shows, lectures, and presentations.  To contact the authors you can send an email to daynawinters at gmail dot com.

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Now Available in the United Kingdom

August 31st, 2011

New Book on Wicca helps in the fight against religious discrimination and intolerance; Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions is now available in the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, India, Canada, and through myriad booksellers online and off.

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions is a brand new book available from Schiffer Publishing; the 176 page paperback book is written by three Witches, and the goal of the book is to destroy some of the many misconceptions people have about Wiccans and practitioners of magick.  The book is now available in the United Kingdom.  It can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk online as well as through myriad online resources and booksellers.

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions is not a book that teaches the reader how to become a Wiccan practitioner and the book does not have a goal of converting people to the Wiccan faith.  Instead, the authors’ goal in writing the work is to promote religious tolerance through education, and to change the biased perspectives that some people have about Witches and Wiccans.

With so many resources explaining the Wiccan faith available on the Internet and in myriad books, why is a book like Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? necessary?  A look at recent headlines in the news reveals that there are still so many misunderstandings about Wicca and Witchcraft, and that many pagans endure prejudicial treatment because they practice an alternative religion.  The authors hope to reach out to the community, to explain Wiccan beliefs, and to diminish some of the stereotypes, labeling, and prejudicial treatment that pagans experience; from on-the-job discrimination to discriminatory treatment in social situations, Wiccans are still dealing with the baneful effects associated with religious intolerance.

The first two chapters of the book are written in a myth/truth format, and the remaining two sections of the book explore Wiccan tenets, holidays, religious symbolism, the advantages and disadvantages of being Wiccan, and the differences between a belief in magick and the signs and symptoms associated with mental illness.  The book contains a table of contents, and index, a recommended reading list, and a glossary for easy referencing.

The authors of Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions, Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman, are long time friends and elders in the pagan community.   Dayna, Patricia, and Angela are Priestesses and Witches in the Dragon Warriors of ISIS Coven in Upstate New York.  Patricia and Dayna are the co-founders/co-directors of ISIS Paranormal Investigations and the co-hosts of ISIS Paranormal Radio; Angela Kaufman is a psychic artist for ISIS Paranormal Investigations and the owner of Moonlight Tarot LLC.

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions is also available in the United States, Japan, Australia, India, and through a variety of book sellers around the world.  Dayna, Patricia, and Angela are available for radio and television interviews upon request.  You can order the book from Amazon.co.uk at the following link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicca-Whats-Breaking-Through-Misconceptions/dp/0764339087/ref=sr_1_21?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314748020&sr=1-21.

To request reviews and interviews, contact Dayna Winters at daynawinters [at] gmail [dot ] com.

I Want to Be Wiccan, Should I Tell My Parents?

August 27th, 2011

If you want to be Wiccan and you fear that your parents may not be accepting of your religious choices, you may be afraid to tell your parents about your affinity for the Wiccan faith.  We have been approached by many teenagers who either practice Wicca and hide it from their parents or question us on how they should go about telling their parents they want to be Wiccan.  Sometimes, we even have teenagers who want us to teach them about Wicca, but they don’t want us to contact their parents because they fear their parent’s reaction.

The answer to questions like “Should I tell my parents I want to be Wiccan” or “Should I tell my parents I am Wiccan,” is always “Yes.”  This answer may fly in the face of some arguments like “Wicca is about free will,”You shouldn’t have to answer to anyone except yourself and the Divine,” and “Wicca is a harmless religion so why should you have to tell anyone, especially your parents, about your practices?”  Nevertheless, the bottom line is that if you are a minor, you should definitely tell your parents about your interests in Wicca.  Our coven is happy to teach teens, but only with parental consent.  It seems unethical for us to teach a teen without the consent of a parent, and we do not recommend that you hide from your parents who you are or your beliefs. 

Why do we insist on parental consent when a teen asks us to teach them about Wicca?  First, we do not want to infringe on the rights of parents who have the right to raise their children as they see fit to do so.  We also insist on consent from a parent because if you are going to be a practitioner, you need to be able to walk this path proudly and with honor; to keep secrets from your parents is not only dishonorable behavior, but also, it can create disharmony in your familial relationships.  We also feel that teenagers do not reach the age of consent until the age of 18, and until that time, your “free will” is limited to that which your parents allow for you.  Finally, as a teen, if you cannot honor the guidance and direction of your parents, how can you honor the guidance and direction of Wiccan teachers, elders, or even a God and Goddess?

If you feel that you have to keep Wicca and your practices or interests a secret from your parents, it can seem like you are really doing something wrong when you are not.   For example, imagine that you partake of Wiccan practices for six or seven months and then your parents find out about it.  One of the first questions your parents might have is “If you are not doing something wrong, then why do you have to hide it from us?”  The latter-mentioned reaction is a perfectly logical reaction, especially if your parents have no idea what Wicca is or what it involves.  Until you are a parent yourself, you will never truly realize how much your parents care for you and worry about your well-being; if you are keeping secrets from them, you will only cause your parents to have grave concerns about your welfare, even when there is no real cause for worry.

When you are ready to tell your parents that you are Wiccan or that you are interested in Wicca, you will need to be able to explain the principles of the faith system and your practices.  If your parents know nothing at all about Wicca, they are going to have many questions, and you are going to need to be ready to answer them correctly, accurately, concisely, and without hesitation.  Consider some of the questions that you had when you started this path or you found yourself interested in it and realize that your parents are probably going to have the same questions.  If you do not feel comfortable answering all of your parent’s questions then you can speak to elders in the pagan community or experienced practitioners who may be willing to help you explain Wicca to your parents.  You can also provide your parents with books that address the subject of Wicca and its basic principles and practices.

If your parents are adamantly against you partaking of Wiccan practices or if after explaining the Wiccan faith to them, they clearly convey that they do not want you to practice Wicca, then it is best for you to wait until you reach the age of consent when you can make your own decisions.  If you are truly meant to follow the Wiccan faith, waiting to practice Wiccan until you are an adult will not change your spiritual course. 

Authors: Dayna Winters and Patricia Gardner.

Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman are co-authors of Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions.  The book can serve as an ideal guide for parents looking to learn more about what Wicca is, and some of the many misunderstandings about this nature-based religion.

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Book Signing Event

August 19th, 2011

Join co-authors Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman for a book signing event at Spindle City Market in Cohoes, New York!

 

August 15, 2011

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CONTACT:

Dayna Winters

daynawinters@gmail.com

http://www.isisinvestigations.com/index2.html

 

Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? Book Signing Event

 

 (USA) Join Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman for a book signing event at Spindle City Market in Cohoes New York.  The event is set to take place Friday, August 26, 2011 starting at 3 PM ET.  There is a limited supply of books so interested attendees should arrive early.  The book signing event will occur at 302 Ontario Street in Cohoes.  John Nolan, the owner of the Spindle City Market is sponsoring the event.

About Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaumfan

 

Angela Kaufman, Dayna Winters, and Patricia Gardner are long time friends and members of the Dragon Warriors of ISIS Coven.  Angela holds a background in Social Work, and owns Moonlight Tarot LLC.  Dayna and Patricia are co-hosts of ISIS Paranormal Radio, and they are also the directors and founders of ISIS Paranormal Investigations.  You can learn more about the authors at:

www.isisinvestigations.com/index2.html.

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wicca-Whats-The-Real-Deal/194602253932415.

A book that is readily available in more than sixteen countries, you can get Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? by ordering it online, stopping in your local bookstore, or asking your local bookshop to order it for you.  The book’s ISBN numbers are as follows: ISBN-10: 0764339087 or ISBN-13: 9780764339080.  Find out more about the book by viewing the free book trailer posted on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSGDfhdYUpM.

Contact daynawinters [@] gmail.com for book review and radio/television interview requests.

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Lone Star Spooks on ISIS Paranormal Radio

August 19th, 2011

Join us for a discussion with Nate Riddle about his new book: Lone Star Spooks: Searching for Ghosts in Texas on Sunday, August 21 at 6 PM ET.   Listen to the live interview on ISIS Paranormal Radio at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isisparanormal!

Nate Riddle

 

Day: Sunday, August 21, 2011

 

Time: 6 PM Eastern Time

 

About Nate Riddle

 

Nate Riddle is a native Texan fascinated with ghosts. Among his heroes are Ronald Reagan, Batman, and his grandfather. He lives in North Texas with his lovely wife Lindsay and is the world’s biggest Castlevania fan. In Lone Star Spooks, Nate invites readers along for a spooky and engaging journey into the realm of the paranormal. Join him as he brings a unique anthropological perspective to the topic of ghosts and hauntings where the reader is introduced to a variety of interesting concepts, questions and people that will help form or possibly re-shape your opinion of ghosts. Tonight, Nate joins us to discuss his first book: Lone Star Spooks: Searching for Ghosts in Texas.

Website: http://www.lonestarspooks.com/.

For more information about our show and upcoming guests, visit the official ISIS Paranormal Radio homepage at:

http://www.isisinvestigations.com/isisparanormalradio.html.

The Symbolism of the Cover Image of Wicca What’s the Real Deal

August 7th, 2011

Cover Image Title: “Drawing Down the Moon”

Wicca: What's the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions

 

The symbolism of our book’s image is very intentional.  The primary image of the cover is of the Goddess as an Elder tree, with her roots firmly planted within the earth.  The Goddess, as a tree, represents the Tree of Life.  Her branches reach out, connecting to the universe, as they draw down silver moon energies.  The Elder Tree is a symbol of transformation, regeneration, fate, judgment, and the inevitable.  The leaves of the Elder tree have been used in spells for the purposes of undoing evil intentions, for protection, and for healing, and the tree is deeply associated with the Triple Goddess.

The moon in the image is a symbol of the Triple Goddess and the Divine feminine.  It is a symbol of womanhood, of the mysteries, and of magick.  The moon connotes illumination in darkness, balance, cycles, emotions, fertility, illumination, and the psyche.  The Goddess also has a Crescent moon positioned just below her throat; a symbol representing the Goddess herself.  The points of the blue crescent moon positioned below the throat of the Goddess point upward, representing, not only abundance, but the mark of the priestess, and the lessons that the Goddess teaches in regard to opening up one’s self to mystical experiences.  Since the Goddess draws down the moon energies in the image and remains rooted to the earth, the image symbolically conveys how the Divine connects all things and that all things remain connected through the Divine.

Within the tree’s branches, there are seven birds in all; a symbol representing the Egyptian Goddess Nephthys, the Fae, and the otherworldly realms.  The number seven also represents the seven circles that create the symbol for the Seed of Life, the seven prismatic colors of the rainbow, and the number of the chakras.  In numerology, the number seven connotes one’s life path and the path of destiny.

There is a white owl among the branches, a symbol of wisdom and Athena, the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, as well as the Goddess Arianrhod.   The owl represents initiations, moon magick, death and renewal, and in some cultures, the owl represents the crone aspect of the Goddess.  In addition, the owl represents the ability to see all things. 

The black Raven is a symbol of the spirit; the Raven is an amazingly intelligent bird and a symbol of Samhain.  It is associated with the Goddess Morrigan, and Hecate as well as the Gods Apollo and Odin.   The Raven is a symbol of shrouded mysteries, of the void, and of magick.  The Raven is also a solar symbol since some Native American cultures, told of the Raven who stole the Sun from one who would keep the world in darkness; this is how the Raven’s color turned black.

The cardinal, a symbol associated with Yule, represents graceful and noble leadership; this bird also represents strength, perseverance, a warrior’s heart, intuition, hope, joy, beauty, faith, and the discovery of one’s personal power.  There are eight butterflies in the image; the number eight is the symbol of the Goddess Isis, and the butterflies are a symbol of transformation: a primary goal of the book as we seek to change the world, one person at a time, by educating them about Wicca and Witchcraft.  The number eight also represents infinity, perfection, totality, balance, prosperity, harmony, and multiplicity.

The black and yellow bird is a goldfinch and there are two red-capped finches, all of which are a symbol of the Summer Solstice.  The goldfinch connotes the power of voice, the ability to deal with diverse peoples, conflict resolution, and the value one can identify in change.  It is a symbol of awakening and the bird represents the energy of multiplicity and variety.

Within the image, there is a brown sparrow connoting creativity and community; the bird is a symbol of the Goddesses Venus and Aphrodite. This bird is a symbol of personal empowerment, dignity, and the ability to look within in order to realize one’s self worth.  This bird also conveys how love can transform all things.

All of the elements are also represented on the cover image; the Earth’s oceans are associated with the element of water; the fiery colored cardinal represents fire, the Goddess in the image of the tree, the earth itself, and the Raven represent the element of earth; and the element of air is represented by the birds and butterflies in the image.  In the background color, one will see purplish colored hues that are associated with Akasha, the combination of all of the elements.

Finally, the birds and butterflies are all drawn to the Goddess; they fly about her many branches.  This depiction symbolizes that everything comes from the Goddess and that all things return to Her when called.  As the butterflies fly about the Goddess, they connote that all things that the Goddess touches, She changes, and it is our hope that our book will help to promote change, understanding, and an atmosphere of tolerance.

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