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Paraview Media Guide

December 2005

Paraview Media Guide is a monthly guide to books, magazines, websites, and other media that capture your attention, expand your mind, and transform the world. Leading experts in mind, body, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture present their media picks. This free newsletter is distributed by subscription only. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or obtain sponsorship information, please see instructions at the end of this newsletter.


PARAVIEW GUEST PRESENTER: LEXA ROSEAN

Bringing the art and magick of spellcasting to the mainstream, Lexa Rosean is one of the most respected practicing Wiccans in the world. As a leading occult author, she has written nine books on Spellcraft and Wicca. Her latest title from Paraview Pocket Books, The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients A Wiccan Guide to Spellcasting, offers illuminating facts about every herb, spice, flower, vegetable, fruit, metal, and color that plays a role in the magical universe. As Lexa explains it, spells are a form of prayer enhanced by ritual. Beginners and advanced practitioners alike can use this guide to create magick rituals for almost any desire or occasion: love, luck, prosperity, creative inspiration, you name it!
A professional psychic, astrologer, and Wiccan high priestess, Lexa has lived in New York City since the late ’70s, where she practices and consults in Wicca, tarot, astrology, herbology, healing, crystals, and ritual magic. She is currently the astrology advisor for CosmoGirl and Seventeen magazines, and she will be featured in two upcoming documentaries about Wicca, Out of the Broom Closet and Potion. Visit Lexa on the Web at LexaRosean.com. You can also see her on Monday, December 12th, 10:30 pm ET as she gives psychic readings and magickal advice to the 3 remaining Miss Seventeen contestants on MTV!

LEXA’S TRANSFORMING MEDIA PICKS 

 

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The holidays always strike me as a magickal time, and the one thing all the major celebrations seem to have in common is light: the candles on the Chanukah Menorah, the candles on the Kwanzaa Kinara, the lights on the Christmas tree, and of course the birth of the light of the Sun as the Winter Solstice heralds the lengthening of the days. The selections I have chosen in all my categories are not necessarily traditional holiday choices, but what they all have in common is light. Some are lighthearted and fun, others will keep you warm, some are enlightening, and others travel to very dark places but eventually return to the light. Enjoy. Bright Blessings and Happy Holidays!
Love and Light
-Lexa

 

 

Brrr… It’s cold out there and that is perhaps the most definitive element of winter. There is nothing like a good book to cozy up with by the fire on those cold winter days and nights. I love to get lost in fiction especially if there’s an adventure or mystical journey in store. I also love to revisit classics and that’s why (please don’t laugh, but you may “Call me Ishmael”…) I begin reading a few chapters of Moby Dick; Or The Whale every Winter Solstice and usually finish by the Summer Solstice. Melville’s symbolism continues to speak to me, and this is truly a magickal book. One of my favorite lines: “I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy”.

When I’ve had my fill of sailors, I turn to the wrestler -- I love John Irving and all of his books! I’m in the process of reading his latest, Until I Find You: A Novel, but my favorite is A Prayer for Owen Meany. It’s a great holiday read, full of Christian mysticism and an irreverent Christmas pageant that will evoke laughter and tears for years!

Life of Pi by Jann Martel is a book I cherish and wish I’d written! The main character embraces Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam and boy, he sure does get in trouble for that! Even better, the other main character is a tiger (my favorite animal and personal totem.) An uplifting choice for the holidays, Life of Pi brings light into all the dark places and is an evocative journey of the soul. It will strengthen your faith no matter which spiritual path you have chosen.


I don’t go to the movies much but I like to catch up with DVDs. Bell, Book and Candle is my favorite witch flick. (My cat Pywackette loves it too.) Kim Novak is so sexy and Jimmy Stewart is a lot more fun here than in any of those saccharine Christmas films. Jack Lemmon plays a fabulous warlock, and my favorite scene is when they all go to an underground jazz club called the Zodiac Lounge. In this film, witchcraft is really an allegory for the taboo of homosexuality. As a queer witch, I feel a special resonance seeing these two worlds metaphorically collide. It’s also a warm and fuzzy love story underneath it all and makes a perfect love spell! Cuddle up and watch with someone whose heart you want to win.

For those who hate the holidays, check out another fave of mine, Grand Hotel. It won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1932, and Garbo delivers her famous recluse line: “I want to be alone.” The movie ends with the famous lines of the doctor: "People come, people go. Nothing ever happens." But a lot does happen. This film reminds me of a circle song about the Goddess: “Everything she touches changes.” Also, a very young Joan Crawford is delightful.

At this point, some of you are thinking: ”Enough with the past-life film readings, Lexa!” Can’t help it -- I’m a pretty retro girl. But for my last film, I’d like to look into the future… I’m very excited about Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code. This is one I’ll actually get out and stand in line for. I read the book and totally loved it! It’s such a great message, and I think we can trust Ron to do a good job and deliver it as powerfully on the screen as Dan Brown did on the page. Certainly this is one for the Goddess -- its theme is about as “Child of God” as you can get!


Must-Hear Music I want to listen to my music without interruption and have my ears completely penetrated and my mind moved to ecstatic heights. Or I want my body to move to the groove of the funky beat. No in between. I hate loud music in restaurants and stores -- I think it is totally obnoxious. Loud music in bars is downright antisocial. I like my music straight up and not watered down alongside a million other distracting things.

For pure listening pleasure I choose Tatiana Troyanos on Carmen/Troyanos, Domingo, van Dam, Te Kanawa; Sir Georg Solti, Georges Bizet, London Philharmonic Orchestra. This CD is a steep investment but Troyanos is the best Carmen I have ever heard. Tatiana Troyanos in Recital is easier on the pocketbook, and here she sings a variety of composers (including Bizet) with James Levine conducting.

For dancing, I will always choose tango music. Gotan Project is very cool for the uninitiated tango ear. (Check out my Web site entries for more on tango) Then there’s Frank, who’s kind of a cross between the two. He’s wonderful to listen to and has several foxtrots that will get you up on your feet. Spread the holiday joy with Classic Sinatra. (Track 13 is “Witchcraft,” and I just melt when he sings, “Cuz there’s no nicer witch than you!”)


Another way to stay warm this winter is with the Close Embrace! When I’m not writing or reading the Tarot cards, I’m dancing Argentine Tango. This dance has been the love of my life for more than 10 years. I dance both the lead and the follow as well as teach and deejay. Check out Todo Tango to learn about the interesting characters in the tango. You can even listen to the orchestras or tune in live to radio in Buenos Aires.

My first exposure to magick was through voodoo and hoodoo, so I feel right at home visiting Lucky Mojo. The site has more than 6,000 links and tons of fascinating information.

Irshad Manji is an inspiration to me: she is single-handedly attempting to bring about Islamic reform and Muslim women’s rights. She and I have some things in common: I was excommunicated by a Chassidic Council of Rabbis, and Irshad was expelled from an Islamic school -- and we’re both queer. Her work continues to give me hope that the patriarchal forces will not bring us to an apocalyptic end. (What a cheerful thought for the holidays!) Her site is constantly updated and she even posts the numerous death threats made to her by Muslim extremists and answers them with wisdom and wit. (So far I’ve only received two death threats, one from a neo-Nazi group and another from a group of witches who didn’t like my “Reformed” version of the craft.) What a woman and humanitarian! Every fanatical religion needs its very own Irshad. Visit Muslim-Refusenik.com and rekindle your own passion with a spark of her fire.


What's New at Paraview
Keep an eye on Paraview.com this December.
We will be offering a free Paraview Pocket Book for you to download!

Don’t Miss
Left at East Gate, and its authors, Larry Warren and Peter Robbins, will be featured on two nationally broadcast documentaries in December. The Sci Fi Channel will broadcast their feature-length UFO Invasion at Rendlesham (hosted by Bryant Gumbel) on December 1, 2005, at 1 PM and December 27 at 9 PM (EST), while the History Channel's documentary, Britain's Roswell, will premier on December 17, 2005 -- check your local listings! Both mention Left at East Gate by name. Don't miss either of them!


 

Featured Books

 

Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients: A Wiccan Guide to Spellcasting

  Hunt for the Skinwalker
  In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man
  Trauma Room One: The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed
  The Healing Power of Anger: Unexpected Path to Love and Fulfillment 
  The Outer Limits of Edgar Cayce’s Power: The Cases That Baffled the Legendary Psychic 
  Corporate Renaissance! Business as an Adventure in Human Development 
  Power of Purpose Awards 2004
  Crash at Corona: The U.S. Military Retrieval and Cover-up of a UFO Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident
  The Body of Frankenstein’s Monster: Essays in Myth and Medicine
  Everything You Want to Know about TM -- Including How to Do It
  A Practical Guide to Death and Dying
  We’re Global Citizens: Conversations with Tomorrow's Leaders
  The Prankster and the Conspiracy: The Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture
  Dancing With the Wind: A True Story of Zen in the Art of Windsurfing
  Mothman and Other Curious Encounters
  Mysterious America: The Revised Edition (HC)
  Flowers That Heal: Aromas, Herbs, Essences and Other Secrets of the Fairies
  Left at East Gate: a First-Hand Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Its Cover-Up, and Investigation

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