I confess. I'm a techno-idiot. Pretty much the only things I can do on the computer are write and research. Normally this isn't a problem for me. Usually those are the only things I want to do anyway but the major downside is that I have a very hard time keeping my website (http://www.judikailles.com
) up-to-date. I'm dependant on the kindness of others who are more computer-proficient. (If it wasn't for my kid, believe me, I wouldn't be attempting this blog. Let's just say she did not inherit her wonderful computer skills from me!)
Hopefully this blog will enable me to give better updates regarding books and classes plus keep in better contact with readers. I've been trying to answer all e-mail individually but I know I'm falling desperately behind (I'm so sorry!)and so maybe I can answer questions that are of general interest here.
First of all, to the many who have written to me, frustrated because they can't find a copy of 5000 Spells
: despite what some booksellers may tell you, the book is NOT out of print. The situation involves distribution. The publisher of my two encyclopedias is not based in the United States and so the US is not their primary focus. There is currently only limited distribution in the United States; the book is very much available elsewhere. I know that it is available at the One Spirit Book Club
. If it isn't in stock at Barnes and Noble
, it should be soon. It is widely available in Canada both in stores and with Canadian on-line sellers, including Amazon.com Canada
as well as through British and European booksellers. If I can find out which independent booksellers in the US have the book in stock, I'll post the information here (and please, independent booksellers, feel free to be in touch with me via my website.)
Speaking of independent booksellers and magickal stores, for those in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut)
I'll be doing two different workshops this coming weekend at Envision Crystal
in Port Jefferson, New York
. I am so happy to be returning there.
I'll be teaching a spellcasting workshop
on Saturday, August 22nd at 3pm
. Topics will include techniques, traditions and ingredients but also that special something extra that divides the adepts from beginners: the crucial psychology of successful spellcasting. This class is suitable for all levels of experience. No prior experience required but spellcasting will be approached from a different angle than the usual 101 class, so it's suitable for the experienced, too.
On Sunday, August 23rd at 11am
, I'll be doing a Fertility Workshop
. I have been fascinated with traditional magical/spiritual/medicinal approaches to fertility and infertility for more years than I like to admit; I've been researching the topic for almost 20 years now and continue to do so.
Infertility is in the news a lot lately but it is not a new predicament. Instead it’s among the oldest. Finding solutions to the challenges of conception isn’t new either: among the most ancient surviving written records are those detailing magical approaches to healing infertility and enhancing fertility.
In this workshop we will explore spiritual and magical techniques as well as traditional methods of physical healing including aromatherapy, massage, flower essence remedies and various schools of herbalism. Some of these techniques can be used in conjunction with conventional modern medical infertility treatment; others may be used as an alternative. Both male and female fertility challenges will be discussed. All techniques are comparatively inexpensive and non-invasive.
Port Jefferson is really easy to get to. There's great train service from New York's Penn Station via the Long Island Railroad (that's how I'm getting there!) Get off at the Port Jefferson station. The store is very close to the train. (The owners are incredibly nice people; if you're unfamiliar with the area and nervous, they will probably even pick you up from the train station.)There is also ferry service from Bridgeport, Connecticut. Trains and ferries run late but if you can, Port Jefferson is a very nice place to spend the weekend (potentially romantic, too!), right on the water, lots of antique stores, bars, restaurants. If you're interested in more information or would like to make reservations, please contact Envision Crystal
I will also be doing readings/consultations at the store on Sunday after the workshop (if you call the store and ask, it may be possible to schedule other times too.) If you're interested, please contact Envision Crystal
Another wonderful independent magickal store is Soul Journey
in Butler, New Jersey (http://www.souljourney.com
) After alot of packing and hard work, they will be re-opening in a new, beautiful, bigger location just a little farther down Main Street in Butler. Sandi, the proprietress, has one of the most incredible selections of magickal/occult/witchcraft/metaphsyical books. She has virtually everything (even a few signed copies of my Earth Mother Magic
, which is really out of print and hard to find.)The books aren't listed on her website but if there's something you're looking for, you might trying calling or e-mailing Sandi.
The store will be reopening this Tuesday, April 18th. If you have a chance, go take a look at the new store and tell Sandi I said "hi."
With all blessings for your happiness,