Sunday, August 30, 2020 Lisa Mc Sherry

We took a break in July to get the long-promised website redesign finished, and while we may be biased, it looks pretty spiffy!

You should see improved functionality with the search function, as well as the more modern look and feel. Have no fears, all of the reviews are still here, although we did do some re-organizing of categories to be clearer about the item's purpose. (Our Body / Mind / Spirit category had gotten a bit bloated, as well as Personal Development.) We haven't done review for visual media or events in a long time, and there didn't seem to be much interest in the community for us to do them going forward, so they were moved to "Other Reviews".

The most time-consuming change happened behind the scenes as we repaired some major php functionality issues. Invisible to users, it was a problematic for those of us maintaining the site and had been a problem for years. We are now in compliance and up to date on all platforms; best of all we can stay that way with regular updates going forward. We also changed webhosts as our former host refused to install critical php updates unless we moved to a (significantly more expensive!) hosting package. Our new host -- Pitchwife Productions -- is quite small-business and independent site oriented. We think we'll be here, happy, for a long time to come.

This month we offer reviews for the following:

Horse Magick: Spells and Rituals for Self-Empowerment, Protection, and Prosperity
Hoodoo in the Psalms: God's Magick
Shine on: The Remarkable Story of How I Fell Under a Speeding Train
The Tree Angel Oracle Deck
In this Moment (CD) 
Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Cooking
Deva: Our Relationship with the Subtle World
Slavic Witchcraft: Old World Conjuring Spells and Folklore
Italian Folk Magic: Rue's Kitchen Witchery
The Witch's Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for your Body and Spirit  
The Complete Book of Spells: Wiccan Spells for Healing, Protection, and Celebration
Southern Cunning: Folkloric Witchcraft In The American South
Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft & Magic

Our last update included:

Protection Spells: Clear Negative Energy, Banish Unhealthy Influences, and Embrace Your Power
The Green Witch’s Grimoire: Your Complete Guide to Creating your Own Book of Natural Magic
Hieroglyphic Words of Power: Symbols for Magic, Divination, and Dreamwork
Sacred Herbs of Spring: Magical Healing and Edible Plants to Celebrate Beltaine
The HooDoo Tarot(deck and book) 
Touch the Earth, Kiss the Sky: Allowing the Rational Mind to Welcome Magic & Spirituality
Loki: Trickster and Transformer  
True Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Witch
The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: CBT Skills to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety
The Stress Reduction Card Deck for Teens: 52 Essential Mindfulness Skills

We're moving into the harvest season, with the fruit coming in off the trees and from the vine. Soon it will be winter, and the long restful time of planning. We here at Facing North are, like all of you, enduring the strange times. Autumn looks to be a wild ride -- take care of your self, your loved ones, and your community.




Welcome to Facing North!

We are one of the largest collections of reviews of alternative spirituality oriented books, music, and other items of interest to our community. My wonderful team of reviewers and I have been writing reviews for many years now, and we love it.

Opened on October 31, 2006 with just over 200 reviews, Facing North is -- first and foremost -- a community resource. We ended that year with more than double our opening number of reviews (500+). Although we slowed our growth, 2007 ended with our database at more than 600 records, 2008 saw us at 900 and we edged over 1,000 by the end of 2009. In 2020, we have more than 3000 items reviewed in our files.

We accept previously published reviews, and articles and reviews from alternative practitioners. It is our goal to make Facing North the largest repository of alternative spirituality reviews on the Internet.

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