Jessica ShepherdA Love Alchemist's Notebook: Magical Secrets for Drawing Your True Love into Your Life
Jessica Shepherd. Llewellyn, $17.95 paper (312p) ISBN 9780738719641
Astrologist-blogger Shepherd (of Astrology.com’s Venus and Beyond: Love on the Outer Planets) offers a welcome oasis for those who feel stranded by lower-your-expectations dating guides. Rather than focus on pitfalls, Shepherd prescribes a “cosmic love adventure” utilizing the principle of “magnetic desire,” along with a bit of magic and meditation, to conjure up one’s sought-after mate. Channeling the goddess of love, Shepherd provides a range of analysis and advice, including the ways that Venus influences your astrological sign, how to develop a magical tool kit, and what’s important about moon-watching. Each chapter is rich with less-than-common exercises, meditations, affirmations, love spells and rituals, along with helpful quick tips. Her “Cookbook of Soul Mate Spells” appendix is delightfully down-to-earth, insightful, and provides hours of playtime. Despite its New Age trappings, Shepherd’s approach is rooted in fundamentals—self-confidence, wisdom, and patience—and effectively makes working toward personal growth and enlightenment fun.

“Love Alchemist is my favorite kind of book, one with its bare feet on Mother Earth and its eyes transparent to the stars. I am delighted with the confident, graceful way Jessica Shepherd blends astrology, metaphysics, positive Pagan spellcraft, and plain chicken-soup wisdom. This is a book for people who would rather live than attend a discussion group about life. If you are in that number, I recommend it without reservation” - Steven Forrest, author of the Inner Sky, Skymates and Yesterday’s Sky.

"A Love Alchemist's Notebook is a worldly and wise guide to finding a spiritual partner. Jessica Shepherd reveals in detail the practical magic that will work for anyone ready to connect with great love."—Holiday Mathis, author of Rock Your Stars

Astrologist-blogger Shepherd (of Astrology.com’s Venus and Beyond: Love on the Outer Planets) offers a welcome oasis for those who feel stranded by lower-your-expectations dating guides (see He’s Just Not That Into You). Rather than focus on pitfalls, Shepherd prescribes a “cosmic love adventure” utilizing the Secret-esque principle of “magnetic desire,” along with a bit of magic and meditation, to conjure up one’s sought-after mate. Channeling the goddess of love, Shepherd provides a range of analysis and advice, including the ways that Venus influences your astrological sign, how to develop a magical tool kit, and what’s important about moon-watching. Each chapter is rich with less-than-common exercises, meditations, affirmations, love spells and rituals, along with the requisite quick tips. Her “Cookbook of Soul Mate Spells” appendix is delightfully down-to-earth, insightful, and provides hours of playtime. Despite its New Age trappings, Shepherd’s approach is rooted in fundamentals—self-confidence, wisdom, and patience—and effectively makes working toward personal growth and enlightenment fun. -Publisher's Weekly

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