Earth-Centered Practices for Everyday Mystics, Healers, & Creatives

Review & Giveaway! “Amulet” Magazine

in Wheel of the Year

Amulet coverThere’s a new magazine in town, and it’s called Amulet: A Field Guide for Living Wise. It’s smart, sassy, and stylish, and all about one of my favorite topics: earth-wise seasonal living. I am smitten with it! And I’m happy to have contributed two articles to the current issue:  one on a tarot reading for Autumn, and one on community gathering.

Here’s what the founders, MaryBeth Bonfilglio and Danielle Cohen, have to say about Amulet:

We wanted mind-blowing real + raw content all in one glorious + safe place.  And what began as a love letter between friends, is now Amulet, a home + Protectress for modern sacred information in the visual, creative + writings arts.

Amulet is a vessel for simple connections.  It’s a field guide to not only wise living, but a place where we can boldly say: We are PeaceKeeper & WorldShaker.  We are Mother & Other.  We are what casts light and digs deep into the shadow of the soil.  Here is what we do.

We witness the seasons turn and the moon change shape and consciously take part in that dance. These have always been the ways of the woman, to time keep the seasons.


We honor the rhythm that rolls with the beats and meters of the Earth,+ beyond. These rhythms are meant to ease our worries, smooth our stress, and bring us back to what nourishes us: our connections to Earth, our family, our creatrix, our community.

May we pick up our shovels, rakes, seeds, candles, stones, children, pens, paintbrushes, needles, welding supplies, or fresh baked bread and truly know we are shifting words and worlds, we are shaking paradigms and patterns.  We are coming together, writing our stories, making our art, doing our work, reaching out, touching what’s real.  We are constantly makin’ magic, yo.

Yes. That’s right. Magic. Let’s get down with it.

Do I resonate with this?  Oh my, yes I do!


In the Autumn issue, there are articles on connecting with our ancestors, and facing our grief. There are tutorials on making a fallen leaf essence, painting trees, and crafting your own Wheel of the Year timepiece. You’ll learn to read bones like an oracle, and make some fall teas and potions. There are fun, seasonal activities for kids (“witchlets”), recipes for nourishing autumn food, pretty things to covet and buy, music, and body wisdom (sex!).  I am astounded at the sheer abundance that spills out of each issue like a giant cornucopia.


Like many publications today, Amulet is offered both as a digital download and as a printed copy. I’m personally thrilled to see this, as the emphasis on digital publication means that the founders are not going to have to worry about paying the printers’ bills and going out of business (yes, I remember this so well from the early days of The Beltane Papers!).

It’s in PDF format, which means it can be easily read on an iPad or tablet as well as on your computer. A digital download for one issue is $17, which may seem like a lot for a magazine, but is definitely worth the price. The beauty of the words, the design, and the imagery make my heart sing. You can also order a printed copy for $39.60 (with a digital download included).


>>> Giveaway!

Now — the best part! Amulet is graciously giving away one free digital download (retail: $17) of the Autumn issue to Gaian Soul readers (that’s you!).  Just leave a comment, and next Wednesday, October 2nd, I’ll randomly choose one of your names out of a basket.



Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Caelan Huntress Fri - Sep 27th 2013 7:38 am

    Wow, this magazine looks gorgeous! I love the quarterly season theme. What a great way to bring in the new phase of the year!

    “Yes. That’s right. Magic. Let’s get down with it.”


    • Joanna Powell Colbert Fri - Sep 27th 2013 7:47 am

      It’s a beauty all right! 🙂


  • J.R. Fri - Sep 27th 2013 7:54 am

    I am very close to just going ahead and getting this myself! Closer, each time I see it, so keep posting!


  • Pat Butler Fri - Sep 27th 2013 8:10 am

    Such a soul-ful, soul-filled, soul-filling work of art/heart! <3
    I'll be subscribing and relishing each issue.


  • Robin Fri - Sep 27th 2013 8:14 am

    Sounds so wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂


  • Jennifer R. Fri - Sep 27th 2013 8:31 am

    I keep wondering if I should get this magazine. You make it look very tempting! Thank you!


  • Jann Selleck Fri - Sep 27th 2013 8:37 am

    Already downloaded and enjoying in tidbits!


  • Alayna McKee Fri - Sep 27th 2013 8:40 am

    Looks inviting to a pagan soul like me!


  • Pamela Fri - Sep 27th 2013 9:17 am

    Holy Moly, this looks amazing. I could so get into this! Please pick me! <3 I don't know from "download" for reading; I still read print material unless it's on my laptop. Then I could do it. I don't have a smart phone or an e-reader. Thanks for considering!


  • Sharon Embry Fri - Sep 27th 2013 9:23 am

    Would love to win this magazine! It looks like it will be awesome 🙂


  • Mia Fri - Sep 27th 2013 9:38 am

    This is so visually beautiful! Thank you for your offer!


  • Terri Cole Fri - Sep 27th 2013 9:45 am

    SO gorgeous! I’d love to win this issue!


  • Lunaea Weatherstone Fri - Sep 27th 2013 10:00 am

    You know how much I love magazines! It’s always a treat to see a new one, and this looks like a beauty indeed. Can’t wait to read your articles!


  • Melinda Fri - Sep 27th 2013 10:18 am

    Would love to get a peek into the magazine!


  • kat Fri - Sep 27th 2013 10:53 am

    This looks so gorgeous and rich! Thanks for offering the opportunity to win a copy!


  • Cari Ferraro Fri - Sep 27th 2013 11:19 am

    Ok, I’ll give it a try, because I’m so curious to read how they craft a Wheel of the Year timepiece. And of course I would love to read your articles too, Joanna!


  • Emily Fri - Sep 27th 2013 11:29 am

    I’ve been dying to check this one out, but I’ve been reluctant to plunk down $20 for something I’m not sure I’ll love ahead of time. This may just be the push I needed to wrench open the wallet. 😀


  • Sara F. Fri - Sep 27th 2013 12:04 pm

    Well, I gotta get this one way or another, so yes! Please! Thank you!


  • Julianne Fri - Sep 27th 2013 1:07 pm

    wow, how amazing is this? It’s what I’ve been wishing for without knowing it.


  • Rebecca Fri - Sep 27th 2013 1:10 pm

    Amulet looks beautiful and I wish I could feel justified in spending the money just to see the pictures, not to mention the words. Maybe Lakshmi will favor me and I’ll be able to feel okay about spending the money.


  • cate Fri - Sep 27th 2013 2:17 pm

    Oh WOW………………. I’ve been waiting for something like this to come along for ages, and this looks like just my beaker of tea (or rather earth). I would love to read it. Count me in for the draw please!


  • Barbara I. Fri - Sep 27th 2013 3:08 pm

    Just discovered this wonderful publication via another Facebook page and was intrigued from the start. The Autumn issue sounds amazing and has topics in it that would be especially appropriate for me (not to mention the main reason – Joanna’s contributions!). Would love to be included in your drawing. Good luck to everyone – I know the one among us who has the greatest soul need at this moment will be the lucky recipient! Blessings!


  • Patti Fri - Sep 27th 2013 5:59 pm

    I would love tho win! Thank you for this opportunity. magazine looks fabulous.


  • donna Fri - Sep 27th 2013 6:04 pm

    Love all you write…your truth vibrates in me!


  • Waverly Fitzgerald Fri - Sep 27th 2013 6:50 pm

    Oh! So lovely! This is what I was trying to do with the Living in Season web site. I’m so glad they came up with a sustainable model. And it’s gorgeous! Would love to see a copy.


  • Tiffanie Davis Fri - Sep 27th 2013 11:50 pm

    Lovely offering!! <3


  • Sharyn Sat - Sep 28th 2013 12:58 am

    I love the concept of Amulet and would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance to win. We could all do with living wiser, hey?


  • Jezanna Sat - Sep 28th 2013 9:34 am

    What a wonderful witchy magazine! I’d love to win a copy… and if not, I suppose I’ll have to buy myself one. Thanks for the introduction!


  • Alice Sat - Sep 28th 2013 9:34 am

    The perfect autumnal gift. Pick me, pick me!


  • Dominique Sat - Sep 28th 2013 3:37 pm

    What a goregous concept and a gorgeous execution. If I don’t win, I may just have to buck up and pay for it.


  • Ravenna Rose Sat - Sep 28th 2013 3:39 pm

    This new magazine is amazing. Love the articles and the Day of the Dead themed issue. 🙂


  • Ella Sun - Sep 29th 2013 5:55 am

    I would love to win this issue. I cherish the others but my finances are limited right now so not sure i can treat myself this season xx


  • Baba Yaga Sun - Sep 29th 2013 12:09 pm

    What an amazing gift to be giving away.


  • Mariepierre Mon - Sep 30th 2013 6:21 am

    What a wonderful gift and an amazing magazine!!!!!!!!!!! <3


  • Alya Tue - Oct 01st 2013 12:51 am

    This is a beautiful magazine! I just read (and borrowed) a friend’s summer issue and I can’t wait to see more. Thanks for the great give away opportunity.


  • Mary Dean Tue - Oct 01st 2013 6:40 am

    The magazine looks great! I would love to win an issue! Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Rachael A. Tue - Oct 01st 2013 7:36 am

    This magazine looks so lovely! I would love to get my hands (or little digi-fingers) on a copy. Many authors I respect & admire.


  • Juniper Stokes Tue - Oct 01st 2013 7:47 am

    Amulet looks beautiful. I’d love to dig in and get inspired with a digital download!


  • Kara Tue - Oct 01st 2013 12:30 pm

    I would so love to read this magazine; the content sounds superb! How wonderful that this gem is being published!


  • Jana Tue - Oct 01st 2013 3:49 pm

    Everything good is needed…everything sparkly, magickal, deep, wise and intuitive. How beautiful this looks!


  • Sara Tue - Oct 01st 2013 4:27 pm

    This is definitely on my wishlist! I adore everything I’ve read and heard about Amulet so far and would love to experience it for myself.


  • Cassandra Tue - Oct 01st 2013 5:59 pm

    Reading this just in the nick of time! I so wanted a copy of this season’s Amulet. What a beautiful magazine.


  • Marjorie Tue - Oct 01st 2013 9:22 pm

    I love the rich use of words to form deep womanly language. This looks like a great find and I can see it on my new Kindle Fire, yeah. What is the best part is this rising up way of getting the word out to women about women doing things for women. The offering looks too good to pass up, seasons kicked it up a notch is kewl. Thanks for sharing this great find Johanna – Marjorie


  • natalia Tue - Oct 01st 2013 11:28 pm

    Looks wonderful-the giveaway as my first gift to myself and the friends i will share this with as the first day in the 31 days of October. Will have to check out the publication generally, looks great! As/when my financial picture improves, i will keep this mag in mind.


  • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Oct 02nd 2013 8:06 am

    And the name that jumped out of the basket is . . . Sara of Soulful Sara! You’ll be getting an email from me soon with details!


  • patricia boutilier Wed - Oct 02nd 2013 8:24 am

    Would live to win. If not will have to buy!


  • Lynn Klein Mon - Oct 07th 2013 5:43 pm

    wow, my heart did a somersault upon reading Joanna’s review of AMULET! it speaks to the hidden part of me that wants to be explored..and set free. i would dearly love a subscription, and it may be my Christmas gift to myself…even if I were to win a free sample.


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