Friday, March 7, 2014

New Class on Ostara and a Free Discussion group for Witches!

Hello and happy spring!

Here is what I have in the works for the month of March.
This Sunday I am teaching a "Mysteries of Ostara" class at Mystic Valley in St. Louis. Here are all the deets.
Mysteries of the Sabbats Class Series
Date: Sunday, March 9Class topic: Mysteries of Ostara
Place: Mystic Valley
7241 Manchester Road Maplewood MO.
Time: 2-4 pm
Price: $40.00 per class

Class description: Mysteries of Ostara
Author Ellen Dugan continues her series of eight classes on the Sabbats or the Wheel of the Year at Mystic Valley. The next class in the series continues with a class on Ostara, also known as the Vernal/ Spring Equinox. This is a fresh and fun class that discusses the history, folklore and magick of this Spring time holiday. The class includes handouts with seasonal spells and charms. You will learn about the deities of the holiday, and where that Bunny with the colored eggs really came from. This is a time of re-birth and balance. Let's use this energy and gain some inspiration and connection to the natural world. See you there!

Next up the FREE discussion group I have been working on for over a year is finally a reality! A coven sister, friend and the author of several articles, Charlynn Walls will be facilitating this discussion group with me. Our first topis of the discussion group will be: "Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism: Whats the difference?" 

Wicca Discussion Group (NEW! and FREE!)
Date: Saturday, March 22Place: Mystic Valley
7241 Manchester Road Maplewood MO.
Time: 3-4 pm
Free
Join authors Ellen Dugan and Charlynn Walls for a free Wicca discussion group at Mystic Valley!  Finally our discussion group is a reality for the St. Louis area. Come join us as we discuss Wicca, Witchcraft and various magickal and Pagan topics. Looking forward to seeing you there! "Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism: Wats the difference? is our first discussion topic for the series. Come as you are and enjoy an afternoon of witchy camaraderie. 


Practical Prosperity Magick- Release date June 7, 2014
In other news I am finishing up book # 16,  Book #15 Practical Prosperity Magick will be released in three months! So excited about this prosperity book. You will notice it is part of my practical magick series and is the same size and cover design as Practical Protection Magick. Which was all part of my master plan. Mwah ha ha.  

It is supposed to hit 60 degrees here today! Hopefully this dismal winter is on its' way out and spring can start easing back to us.  My goal for today is to get in a nice walk- outdoors! 

Welcome the spring and Blessed be, Ellen



Friday, February 7, 2014

Working away on the books- Convocation is coming!

Hello,
Its been a while since I posted a blog entry. First we had the holidays. Then a very active and bitterly cold winter season.
I've been cranking out pages for book #16. Starting book #17 Why? because clearly I am certifiable.
Then I got the flu.
Then my husband got the flu.
Then we got over that and I ended up loosing my voice after a few radio interviews. It never got better, I ended up going to urgent care last week, only to discover I had pharynxitis. Which means an infection of the vocal cords.  I am about half way through my anti bitotics and I'm fighting my way back to whatever passes for normal.

I worked on all of my lectures for Convocation and they are ready to go. I am doing four different lectures this year. 1.) When Good Magick Goes Bad: Knock, Knock, Karma is Calling. 2.) Practical Prosperity Magick. 3.) Coven Dramas and Circle Politics: How to Deal. 4.) Psychic Abilities: What are Yours? Also I am assisting another speaker, Kerr Cuhulain, with a ritual.
I had such a great time being a guest of honor at Convocation last year. I am delighted to be invited back again.  I have my outfit all together for the masquerade ball at Convocation and pretty soon I'll be up in Detroit at Convocation 2014!
Cause you know all of the beautiful people go to Detroit... in February. LOL
Seriously, Convocation is so much fun, Yes I'll work my butt off - and enjoy every minute of it!

For information on Convocation here is a link. www.convocation.org/

In a few weeks proof pages should arrive for Practical Prosperity Magick - which is book #15 Release date is June 2014.

I was hoping to have book #16 all done and off my desk. You know what they say about best laid plans. Which is why I gave myself a buffer. Book #16 is not due to my editor until May. Its a chapter and a half away from being finished.
I will continue to call it book #16 until it is finished and in her capable hands. Once its all safe then I will announce the working title. Release date for book #16 will be summer 2015.

T. DE LAS BRUJAS (ESTUCHE)
In other news the Spanish version of my Witches Tarot will be released by Sirio- a publisher from Spain- April 30th this year. You can pre order it on amazon or if you are fluent in Spanish directly from Sirio   El Tarot de las Brujas 

Also here is the link on amazon.com  Amazon.com El Tarot de las Brujas

Back to work for me, I wish you all health and prosperity and that spring will find its way to us sooner than later. 
Blessed be, Ellen Dugan







Monday, December 9, 2013

Yuletide is just around the Corner!

Hello,
Sorry it has been a long time since I posted. But I have been writing away on book #16. It was finally offered a contract and we are all signed and sealed. Released date for book #16 should be spring/ summer 2015.
Here at home we have been decorating for Yule. Here is a picture of my Yule tree topper. A Big smiling golden sun for the Winter Solstice. The rest of the slim-line living room tree is a mix of flower faerie and Santa ornaments, crystal snowflakes, a variety of Santas and golden crescent moons, stars and more suns.

I taught a class on the Mysteries of Yuletide yesterday which went very well, and we have a couple of inches of snow on the ground. So it's the perfect time to bunker in and write.
I hope to get a lot of work done on book #16 before edits come in for Practical Prosperity Magick, that would be book #15-- and it will be released in June 2014.

If you are enjoying the photos and want some inspiration or more ideas for Yuletide/ Winter Solstice celebrations check out my book Seasons of Witchery and the Yuletide chapter.

Ellen Dugan's living room decorated for Yule 2013
If you are looking for a unique Yuletide gift this year consider that I now offer on my website, signed copies of my all of books! If you order soon the books should still make it in time for the holidays. Please be sure to include in the Merchant instructions who you would like the book signed to.  Here is the direct link for Signed copies of my books and the Tarot kit. Purchase a Signed book by Ellen Dugan

Well, I need to get back to work on book #16. It is supposed to snow again today and I think I am going to take advantage of the quiet day and see what I can crank out.

I wish you and yours a Happy Holiday season. May it be filled with joy and magick! My best wishes for a healthy, and prosperous new year! 
Good Yule!
Ellen


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain!

Hello!

It has been a while since I have posted to the blog. The big news is that my Witches Tarot is now an app for your iPhone and iPad! This became available a few weeks ago by The Fool's Dog Company and they have informed me recently that they are very pleased with the sales so far. Here is a link so you can check it out! http://www.foolsdog.com/Witches/

Also the Witches Tarot in the works for an android version app to be available early next year!  (We've had lots of requests for an android version- so sit tight! It's on the way!) THIS JUST IN! You asked for it you got it! The Witches Tarot is now ALSO available for Android users as well as iPhones
Here is the link in the Google store! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foolsdog.witches


Here at home we had 2 weddings to attend in October, I taught classes in St. Louis, and tour season has just come to a close. Lately it seems that every time I turn around someone wants an interview or for me to guest blog. Which is exciting but adds to my list of things to do. Between my own family's annual party, travel, and so forth things have been pleasantly though insanely busy.

We ended up holding our party a week earlier than usual to accommodate my daughter's fall break at grad school and my author event at Turn The Page Bookstore on the 26th of October.

At our 4th Annual Halloween bash this year a couple of my friends and I decided to come as The Three Witches of Oz. Evanora, Glinda and Theodora. Here we are on the right. That's me as Evanora, Ember Grant as Glinda and Heather as Theodora. We all had a great time!Also I flew in one of my best witch-friends from Connecticut to stay with us for the party weekend. It was so much fun with Jen being here!

The night of the party was very cold. Temperatures hovered in the low 40's, and everyone stayed around the fire pits to stay warm or squeezed inside the coffin in the garage for a photo shoot. (See bottom of the page) Here is a photo from the party of my husband dressed as a gravedigger, and he was taking his job pretty seriously! (LOL)

I have only been home from the Washington DC area and the event at Turn the Page Bookstore for a couple of day. As usual it was a fabulous time! I love doing events there and its great to see Nora Roberts again, and the staff at the store always does an incredible job. This year with Nora's new book "Dark Witch" and it being so close to Halloween all of the staff were dressed like Witches! It was so cute!



Here is a group photo of all of the authors from the event at Turn The Page
Pictured are Nora Roberts, Tess Whitehurst, Victoria Dahl, Caroilyn Turgeon, and me up at the top.(There were a few Maryland local authors in the photo too.) I wish I could remember their names! I'm claiming a middle age moment.

Finally the trees in the neighborhood have started to push out their fall colors. It's colder and rainy and now it feels like Samhain. As the temps have fallen well below freezing and all of the tender annuals in my garden took a major hit and have blackened from the frost..

That's okay I will leave them alone- It adds to the creepy effect when the Trick or Treaters come a calling.
Now I need to go set up all of the Jack o'lanterns and finish the  food prep for my family as they always come over for supper and to hang out and visit on Halloween.Pumpkin pies to bake, table to set...

I wish you and yours a Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain! Happy Witches New Year!

Blessed be, Ellen
Coffin Photo Shoot Halloween Party 2013 Heather, Ember, Ellen, Jen, Sarah and Ken



Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy September and Tour Dates for the Autumn!

Good Morning,
Hooray! September is here! Tour season is kicking off and the Pagan Dream Cruise is days away. A summer heatwave is blazing away at the moment but autumn is just around the corner. I am really looking forward to this autumn and my upcoming author events. I have been prepping for all of the classes I will be teaching on the Cruise, as well as while I am on tour and here at home in St. Louis.
Here is the list of where and when I will be touring and teaching this autumn.

SEPTEMBER TOUR DATES 2013

Second Annual Pagan Dream Cruise 
Dates September 9 - September 14
Place: Bahamas!
Ellen will be doing tarot readings by appointment and will be teaching four different classes while on the cruise.

Luna Sol Esoterica (FLORIDA)
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Address: 311 S. Park Avenue
Sandford, Florida.
Class Topic: "Magickal Herbalism"
Class Time 1:00- 3:00pm (Book signing to follow)
Class Fee: $25.00
Store Phone: 321-363-4883

Join award winning author and Master Gardener Ellen Dugan, at Luna Sol Esoterica for a lecture on Magickal Herbalism. Ellen will discuss the fundamentals of the natural path, and the tools of the magickal herbalist’s trade- which may surprise you.
Discover the magick of plants, trees, flowers and herbs that can be easily incorporated into your own style of witchery, in practical and profound ways. This class will inspire, and motivate you to take your magick to the next level.
After the class Ellen will be on hand to sign her titles and to visit. Looking forward to seeing you there!
For more information, and to sign up for the class please contact the store at 312-363-4883


A Four Part Series of Classes at the Mystic Valley Store During September & October
Class dates- Sunday- September 22, 28 & October 6 and 13th
Time: 2:00- 4:00pm
Place: Mystic Valley Store

7241 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO. 63143
Ages 18 and up are welcome
Classes are $40.00 each --or attend all four classes for $140.00 and save! (Payment for all four classes is due in full at the time of the first class.)
Store Phone: 314-645-3336
www.mysticvalleyonline.com
Elemental Witchery- Sunday September 22nd (at Mystic Valley)

Earth, air, fire and water… not just for the 101 student. Dare to take a deeper more advanced look into the four natural elements that we draw upon in our magick. What element do you favor? Which do you have trouble with? By taking a deeper look at these questions you begin to see what your magickal strengths and weakness are. We are all a mixture of the four natural elements. Learn how to restore and balance your personal power, making your magick more effective and powerful

Psychic Ability and Witchery. Class Date- Sunday, September 29 (at Mystic Valley)
In this second class we learn how the various types of psychic abilities, (and YES everyone has them) affect and enhance your Craft. We will learn about three types of psychic abilities and will work together with energy exercises in class. You will discover if you are a visionary, an intuitive or an empath. There will also be a demonstration of building energy and passing it to another, and chance for all of the students to try out their intuitive skills for themselves.

Looking Deeper- Becoming an Adept. Class date, Sunday, October 6th (at Mystic Valley )
How does one become an adept? This third class in the series addresses this issue. With an honest look at the topic and some straight-up information that any Witch struggling to go beyond the “Beginner” phase of their training needs to know. In this class the students will get up and put what they have learned into practice. This class focuses on individuality, and how our own personal magickal style makes each of us more powerful and spiritual.

Tending to Your Spirituality. Class Date- Sunday, October 13th ( at Mystic Valley)
Spirituality, what does it truly mean to us as Witches? In this final class of the series we talk about “Living the magickal life.” How does one live and conduct themselves as a person of power? This class explores finding the sacred in what others perceive as ordinary. The mystery tradition of the Craft, and just why this “Mystery” is so darned mystifying anyway…. This is a deeper look at the fifth element of magick, that of Spirit.

OCTOBER TOUR DATES

Turn The Page Books - Author Appearance and Book Signing (MARYLAND)
Date: October 26, 2013
Time: Noon- 2:00pm
Place: Turn The Page Books
18 N Main Street
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Store phone: 301-432-4588

Ellen has been invited back to Turn The Page Books to sign her Witches Tarot deck, Seasons of Witchery, and the 10th Anniversary Edition of Garden Witchery, with Nora Roberts this fall. This will be an enchanting event with Halloween just around the corner!
Authors Carolyn Turgeon and Tess Whitehurst will also be there, and Nora will be signing copies of her newest release "Dark Witch".
http://www.ttpbooks.com/

Blessed be, Ellen

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Protection Magick Class/ Pagan Dream Cruise & Florida Author Event

Hello,

I have been working away on book # 16 and getting ready for the Pagan Dream Cruise. Now that things are beginning to settle down at home since our daughter is at grad school, I have been trying to catch up.
First off I will be teaching in the St. Louis area again. Here is the information..

PRACTICAL PROTECTION MAGICK CLASS AT MYSTIC VALLEY IN ST. LOUIS
Class date- Saturday, August 31, 2013
Time: 2:00- 4:00pm
Place: Mystic Valley

7241 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO. 63143
Ages 18 and up are welcome
Class price: $40.00
Store Phone: 314-645-3336
www.mysticvalleyonline.com

Award winning author Ellen Dugan is teaching her very popular workshop on Practical Protection Magick . This class will cover your psychic strengths and weaknesses, explain how to diagnose a magickal problem, and discuss the difference between a hex and a crossed condition. This live class has been popular across the country and Ellen is delighted to offer it for the first time in St. Louis city.
This class will explore real-life psychic self-defense, and it gives practical advice on dealing with emotional and uninvited psychic vampires. Several techniques of protective spell-work will be discussed, and you will also discover what the phrase “Magick follows the least path of resistance”, truly means. Class fee -$40.00. Call the store soon to reserve your spot in class.


Just 3 weeks to go until the Hubs and I leave for Florida and then start the Pagan Dream Cruise followed by an author event in Florida. I am pretty excited. I will be working my tail off while on the cruise no doubt about it. I will be doing tarot readings each day and teaching four different  2 hour classes-- but I plan to carve some "me" time out each time we go to a port, so the Hubs and I can hit the beach.

I laid out for a few hours this week (haven't done that in years) in my new swimsuit to try and get a little color.. I typically have a white feet, pale upper legs and back from gardening and walking outside. (The classic farmers tan.) So I am trying to even that up so it won't look goofy while at the beach- that and I don't want to broil like a lobster either.

After the cruise is finished I will be headed to do an author event in the Orlando, Florida area. I am really excited about this event. This is my fellow Llewellyn author Ann Moura's shop. I am really looking forward to meeting her and seeing some of my Witch buddies from Florida at the author event! Here are all the details.

The "Luna Sol Esoterica" Shop 311 S. Park Ave. Sandford Florida
Luna Sol Esoterica
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Address: 311 S. Park Avenue
Sandford, Florida.
Class Topic: "Magickal Herbalism"
Class Time 1:00- 3:00pm (Book signing to follow)
Class Fee: $25.00
Store Phone: 321-363-4883

Join award winning author and Master Gardener Ellen Dugan, at Luna Sol Esoterica for a lecture on Magickal Herbalism. Ellen will discuss the fundamentals of the natural path, and the tools of the magickal herbalist’s trade- which may surprise you.
Discover the magick of plants, trees, flowers and herbs that can be easily incorporated into your own style of witchery, in practical and profound ways. This class will inspire, and motivate you to take your magick to the next level.
After the class Ellen will be on hand to sign her titles and to visit. Looking forward to seeing you there!

For more information, and to sign up for the class please contact the store at 312-363-4883
www.lunasolesoterica.com 

Finally there are 2 weeks left to purchase the Natural Magick for Hearth and Home Online Class. It will be retired again on September 1st, 2013.
And my Full Moon Magick Online class price will be increasing after September 1st as well.
It has way to much information to be classified as a Mini-class anymore. So as of September 1, the price will be $25.00 for that particular online class.

So if you wanna grab it while it is still $22.00 and before the coming full moon. I would order it soon. Here is the direct link to my website where you can peruse and then order any of my online classes. Ellen Dugan's Online Classes

Well Its a beautifully cool morning here for August, I am going to go work in the gardens today and enjoy the weather.  Blessed be, Ellen


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Internet Radio interview tonight on "Season of the Witch" show!

Hello,
Just a quick post ...
I have a Blog Radio interview tonight.7-31-13on the  "Season of the Witch" Show. 
Hosted by the Raven & Stephanie Grimassi.
Time: 6:00-8:00 Eastern Standard Time


This is going to be a fun interview- tune in to find out what magickal things we talk about.


I undertsand that they also archive their shows if you want to listen again later!
Hope you call in with a question!
Blessed be, Ellen Dugan  

Here is the link!
www.theilluminatinetwork.com/seasons-of-the-witchwith-raven-stephanie-grimassi/