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The Source – A Manual of Everyday Magic

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The Source - A Manual of Everyday Magic - UK Version - Hardback edition

The Source - A Manual of Everyday Magic - UK version - Paperback edition

The Source threads together two stories. The first that of Ursula Sontheil, sometimes known as Mother Shipton, the 16th-century Yorkshire prophetess and healer who was burnt at the stake but whose spirit survived captive in a cave in North Yorkshire. She would have been trapped for ever but for the cave’s extraordinary power: objects left in the cave are turned to stone by the action of the lime suffused waters from a nearby well.

Mother Shipton used the powers of the waters to live again through the needs of those who came to the cave and called on her for healing. Each gift turned to stone by the waters lit another spark of life within her. Through the centuries many came for her help, enough for their needs to free her spirit to leave the cave and live again.

The second story is that of another Ursula, Ursula James, a modern day healer of minds. Mother Shipton shaped her childhood and, when she was ready to listen, came to her again when she was an adult and gave her the means to make magic happen. Through Mother Shipton’s prophecies and spells, Ursula James transformed her own life and taught her that magic must be shared or it is diminished, so she passes this knowledge on to others. As the magic began to grow it took on a life of its own and spread around the world.

The Source is a book that comes out of time and is of this time. It is only now, after the world of commerce has been in freefall, that we are ready to listen and respond to Sister Moon and to heal Mother Earth. Each chapter has a ritual, rite or journey, to guide the reader on their path to the source of their own power. Part fable, part spell-book, The Source has true magic woven through it for those who read it well.

Reviews

In addition to these reviews, you can read the rather good general reviews on Amazon’s website here.

 

This one doesn’t just stand out, it jumps out.
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Barefoot Doctor

Amidst the ocean of Mind-Body-Spirit or esoteric books available, only very few stand out as authentic and worthwhile, let alone enjoyable to read. This one doesn’t just stand out, it jumps out. Its highly accomplished author demonstrates a near-perfect balance between the intellectual and intuitive, the academic and arcane.

I recommend it highly: it’ll plug you into a rare stream of most eloquently channeled wisdom.


 

An intriguing book combining mystical wisdom with down to earth good advice.

Sheila Hancock


 

I love this book!
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Katy Evans, Editor of Soul & Spirit Magazine

I love this book!

Ursula strips off her logical, left-brained, hypnotherapists cloak to reveal some deeply personal insights into how moon magic and psychic skills have become a part of her life. The fact she truly bares her soul, including her insecurities and foibles, makes the book all the more authentic.

The Source can help anyone uncover the natural magic inherent in everyday life, and to find their true purpose.


 

The Source is an inspiring book that demystifies magic, putting it in the reach of many.
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Vivianne Crowley PhD, Author of Wicca: The Old Religion in the Modern World

The Source is an inspiring book that demystifies magic, putting it in the reach of many.

It describes a journey of empowerment and how those who are prepared to draw close to their inner source can go on that journey too.


 

A special manual for happiness that I’ll definitely keep at hand now.
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Georgia Byng, Author of the Molly Moon seriesa

A special manual for happiness that I’ll definitely keep at hand now.

Ursula’s story is amazing, and her writing this book, brave. She has passed on wonderful wisdom and advice on how to become fulfilled.

My eyes have been opened to the moon!


 

This remarkable story shows how Ursula learns to move beyond wondering whether she should medicate herself…
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Isabel Losada, Author of Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment

What happens when visiting teaching Fellow of Oxford University Medical School and published scientific author Ursula James finds herself having an experience that she doesn’t believe in? It is very inconvenient for her that she seems to be channelling Mother Shipton, the celebrated English witch, burnt at the stake in the 16th Century.

This remarkable story shows how Ursula learns to move beyond wondering whether she should medicate herself to the possibility of actually listening to what Mother Shipton is telling her. In opening up her belief system to the bizarre and the unlikely Ursula learns far more than she had ever expected and is led from a world that can be measured and explained into a world of bizarre and extraordinary magic that she then seeks to share with us all.


 

It is my great pleasure to endorse Ursula James’ extraordinary book THE SOURCE.
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Jeni Barnett, Radio and TV Presenter

Books come and go.
But some books can change lives.
Books, however, can only change lives if the reader wants to change. In THE SOURCE, Ursula James’ manual of everyday magic, this reader felt the need to change instantly.

Ms James puts the power back into your own hands with the help of wonderfully clear, direct writing and Mother Shipton. Whether Mother Shipton is mythical, archetypal or real is irrelevant, learning about the moon and reading Shiptons’ wisdom feels almost elemental.

I predict THE SOURCE will be on everybody’s lips,bookshelves and conscience for many years to come.

It is my great pleasure to endorse Ursula James’ extraordinary book THE SOURCE.


 

The book is amazing… It has the steel core and clear honesty that sets it entirely apart.
Ursula’s fans are in for a huge shock!

Geraldine Beskin – Owner, Atlantis Bookshop


 

I’ve been reading The Source… and finding it a truly magical read.
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Donald Busby – Body and Soul Events

I’ve been reading The Source – the new book by hypnotherapy expert Ursula James… and finding it a truly magical read.

Having worked in Ilkley and Harrogate often, I’ve heard of Mother Shipton’s cave, where left objects turn to stone but I’ve never managed to get there. The same Mother Shipton has been a living guiding force in Ursula’s journey from high-flying executive to inspired traveller on the true magical path. Her story is told in the book with great honesty and openness and it’s also a companion guide for everyday magic, with rituals, meditations and tasks to lead you to freedom and fulfillment in your life.

This is powerful stuff coming from a woman with a scientific background who has to struggle with the insight and demands of Mother Shipton. But the rewards for Ursula have been tremendous and she has written this book as a gift and duty to all those of us who have the potential for magical liberation and happiness.


 

A great read for anyone wanting guidance on finding their true purpose.
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Emma – Mind Body Spirit Book Reviewer

This month I have just finished reading Ursula James’s new book ‘The Source’. The text is part fable, part spell book, with the story of her guide – Mother Shipton – expertly woven within it. James narrates her tale with wisdom and clarity, offering practical guidance on how to create your own everyday magic and manifest your desires.

I particularly enjoyed James’s focus on the phases of the moon, in terms of harnessing its power at different times of the lunar cycle to heighten rituals and meditations.

A great read for anyone wanting guidance on finding their true purpose.


 

The writing is pure inspiration and the teachings are straight from the divine.
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Glenn Harrold – The UK’s best selling self-help audio author

In the busy self-help/MBS genre, ‘The Source’ stands out from the crowd. The writing is pure inspiration and the teachings are straight from the divine. The book conveys a real depth of knowledge and wisdom through an intriguing narrative. I hope it is a huge success as it is another of those books that could play a much needed part in raising the consciousness of the masses.

I have already started recommending it as I know it will help many people.


 

Readers will get a number of things from this book as it doesn’t fit any one genre, but makes a masterpiece of all subjects that it covers.
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Adam Pamment – Advocacy Officer, Pagan Federation

When I was first picked up this book I felt I was reading the story of a successful business woman who was searching for a missing something that could only be fulfilled spiritually. Within a few pages I found myself reading the account of a woman who channelled one of England’s’ most celebrated wise women. By the next chapter, the genre had changed again to a practical guide for anyone seeking a serious introduction to a magical and spiritual path.

If you intend to work magically with the moon phases this book is a must. It travels ground not previously covered by any other book of this type I have read whilst not being so pretentious as to talk down to, or lose, the beginner.

The author is a successful business woman with a background in medical science. She channelled Mother Shipton with the end result being this book. It takes the reader through her own life journey including the point at which she had her life turned upside down by the channelling that subsequently resulted in this book.
Following chapters give a month by month (moon by moon) guide to working magically with meditation and practical tips that would be familiar to anyone with a knowledge of Neuro Linguistic Programming or hypnotherapy. Never at any point does this book become pretentious and at many times it adds a large dose of humour. Readers will get a number of things from this book as it doesn’t fit any one genre, but makes a master piece of all subjects that it covers.


 

Spellbinding
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Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, The Highland Seer – Award winning Author of The Heart of all Knowing

Packed full of information and rituals, The Source takes you on a magical journey to a destination that is calling you over the eons of time to reconnect with the craft of the ancients.

This wisdom shared with all openly, reveals a great depth of understanding and working with the magic that lives within each and everyone of us. Ursula has traversed time and space journeying and connecting with the voice of the Mother, who is waiting to help us rid ourselves of what no longer serves us. The frankness and openness in which this book is written holds no fear, leading the reader into a safe sanctuary were they can trust the process and allow the magic to unfold. Weaving the web between mind and heart, myth and magic, Ursula has created a sacred marriage uniting the worlds as one.

Spellbinding.


 

Life is measured by the moments, reading The Source was one of them.
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Anna Anka – Model, Actress, Author, featured in Swedish Hollywood Lives

Life is measured by the moments, reading The Source was one of them.


 

This book will stay with you at a fundamental level
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Lesley Sharpe – Actress

Ursula James manages to write with great skill about the personal and the magical, and invites those who wish to change their lives to believe that it is possible. She does not shy away from revealing events, some of which are dark and desperate, which spurred her on to make major changes in her life – and in doing so gives inspiration to those of us also facing the difficulties of modern life, both great and small.

This book will stay with you at a fundamental level. It opens us all to the possibility of magic and transformation.


 

The Source is un-missable
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I found this book hard to categorize and even harder to put down. At first I thought I was reading an autobiography of one woman’s spiritual search. It soon became an account of how she channeled a C16th Yorkshire prophetess and healer: Mother Shipton.

Ursula James transformed her life through this channeling, that was painful and fraught with pitfalls. Her story takes the reader through the battle of self reflection that comes from working with a serious spiritual guide and is not for the fluffy or faint-hearted. It appears one takes a spirit guide on at one’s own peril.

This book is an excellent training aid for anyone intending to work with spirit, who readily accepts the attendant hardships. It is also a very practical manual, following the wheel of the year and giving meditations, rites and rituals. It is an absolute must for anyone who intends to work at a deeper Craft level or seeks self-empowerment from a Pagan perspective.

Whether you are picking this book up as a manual of magick and how to improve your spirituality or whether you just want a really good read, The Source is un-missable.


 

The Source… was too exciting for me to put down until finished
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Lynne Franks, author of The SEED Handbook, the feminine way to create business

Ursula James “The Source” blends ancient myth and magic together with personal growth in the modern world in a unique and readable way that was too exciting for me to put down until finished.

I believe we need to bring magic back into today’s world to empower us to create change in ourselves and society. I for one will be practicing the meditations and rituals that I found in Ursula’s compelling book.