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Who is Deanna DJ Conway: a List of Her Books

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Deanna Conway is a famous American writer. She was born in Hood Diver, Oregon from a family of Irish, North German and Amerindian ancestry, which was, without a doubt, something unconventional and that gives us part of her connections to the magical world and different types of traditions. In her writing career she devoted herself to spiritual teachings. Despite having studied theology, reaching a doctorate in this field, Conway assured that her heart was identified and found among pagan cultures.

She began writing New Age nonfiction in the 1990s and has published over 30 titles of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and was involved in the creation of three tarot decks during her career.

DJ Conway died on February 1, 2019, leaving her legacy and her teachings in her books that cover topics from yogananda, the study of Kabbalah, healing, herbs, pantheons of ancient gods, metaphysics, the use of objects or quartz to perform different rituals and emphatically different types Norse pagan traditions. All of that was a different perspective for the world of how to cultivate and relate to the spiritual world.

Her influence can be felt even to this very day, and while she may not be as old as other writers that have had a massive influence in the business, it is worth pointing that out as it highlights a lot of different things about how important she was. This is something that is often ignored or not taken into account when analyzing her body of work and her imprint when it comes to these topics.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Her books encompass a wide range of subjects within witchcraft, including spellwork, divination, herbalism, and Wicca, making her a versatile and comprehensive resource for practitioners.

Notable works by Deanna DJ Conway include “Celtic Magic,” “Mystical Dragon Magick,” and “Animal Magick,” each delving into unique aspects of magic and spirituality.

Her writings often emphasize the importance of connecting with nature, the mystical significance of animals, and the ancient traditions of Celtic spirituality, offering readers a deep understanding of these themes.

Deanna DJ Conway’s extensive bibliography and her dedication to exploring diverse aspects of witchcraft make her a prominent figure in the field, providing valuable insights and guidance to those on their spiritual journey.

Her published work

Her work is extensive, and this list covers almost all of Dj Conway’s books along with their years of publication. Some of them can be obtained through platforms such as Amazon, others require a little more work to be found, perhaps due to the year of publication and how small-minded society was at that time with esoteric issues, but each of its titles is attractive with a lot of knowledge on this very mystical subject.

List of her books and work

(Amazon Links)

Dragon Magick (Llewellyn) (to be published in August 2019)
Celtic Magic (Llewellyn’s World Magic Series) (1990)
Norse Magick (World Magic Series) (1990) (Llewellyn)
Dancing with Dragons: Invoke Their Ageless Wisdom and Power (1994) (Llewellyn)
The Ancient and Shining Ones (1995) (Llewellyn’s World Magic Series)
Maiden, Mother, Crone: The Myth & Reality of the Triple Goddess (1995) (Llewellyn)
Animal Magick: The Art of Recognizing and Working with Familiars (1995) (Llewellyn)
Astral Love: Romance, Ecstasy & Higher Consciousness (1995) (Llewellyn’s Tantra & Sexual Arts Series)
Falcon Feather, Valkyrie Sword (1996) (Llewellyn’s Women’s Spirituality Series)
Magickal, Mythical, Mystical Beasts: How to Invite Them Into Your Life (1996) (Llewellyn)
Lord of Light and Shadow: The Many Faces of the God (1997) (Llewellyn’s World Religion and Magic Series)
Magick of the Gods and Goddesses: How to Invoke Their Powers (1997) (Llewellyn)
The Mysterious, Magickal Cat: The Magick of Claw & Whisker (1998) (Llewellyn)
Perfect Love: Finding Intimacy on the Astral Plane (Llewellyn) (1998)
Laying On Of Stones with Brian Ed Conway (1999) (Crossing Press)
Crystal Enchantments: A Complete Guide to Stones with Brian Ed Conway (1999) (Crossing Press)
 Advanced Celtic Shamanism (2000) (Crossing Press)
A Little Book of Candle Magic (2000) (Crossing Press)
The Little Book of Pendulum Magic (2000) (Crossing Press]
The Celtic Book of Names: Traditional Names From Ireland, Scotland and Wales (2000) (Citadel)
A Little Book of Altar Magic (2001) (Crossing Press)
A Little Book of Healing Magic (2002) (Crossing Press)
Flying Without a Broom: Astral Projection & the Astral World (2002) (Llewellyn)
By Oak, Ash & Thorn: Modern Celtic Shamanism (2002) (Llewellyn’s Celtic Wisdom Series)
Moon Magick: Myth & Magic, Crafts & Recipes, Rituals & Spells (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick Series) (2002) (Llewellyn)
Wicca: The Complete Craft (2001)
Magickal Mermaids and Water Creatures: Invoke the Magick of the Waters (2004) (New Page Books)
Elemental Magick: Meditations, Exercises, Spells And Rituals to Help You Connect With Nature (2005) (New Page Books)
The Ancient Art of Faery Magick (2005) (Crossing Press)
Mystical Dragon Magic: Teachings of the Five Inner Rings (2007) (Llewellyn)
Guides, Guardians and Angels: Enhance Relationships with Your Spiritual Companions (2009) (Llewellyn)
Standing on the Edge: A Wiccan Couple’s Experiences with Cancer, Near-Death Experiences, and the Otherworld (Autobiographical) With Charles Conway and others (2012)
The Broken Spell (Fiction) (2013)

Main themes and topics

As is evident, its central themes were fantasy, pagan traditions, spirituality and that talking about magic is something that is attractive and seductive for most human beings, but either because of culture or fear of the unknown, entering this world without a clear direction and where the process is purely individual, it is an adventure intended for the brave in soul with a thirst for knowledge and open-mindedness.

Celtic Magic DJ Conway book cover, Bookdepository

Among the topics that Deanna Conway teaches us through her books is Celtic magic, druism, shamanic magic, Wicca practices, new age metaphysics and some oriental teachings as well as stories, magical arts, philosophy, customs, mythologies and folklore. It also opens our minds to a more spiritual world, opening to the astral plane, explaining how it is related to our physical world and how we can access it.

She also talks about the placement of quartz and its meanings, the symbolism and the power of nature both in its elements and with the living beings that make it up and many more things that are fascinating, escaping from the traditional monotheistic and orthodox pattern that currently prevails in the world.

The most attractive and differentiating part of his work is that DJ Conway includes theory and practice in her books, this being something very valuable for people that adhere to these philosophies and beliefs. Most of the material related to spirituality that is found in books does not go beyond theoretical explanation. They can be very convincing and attract your audience but it leaves a tasteless question of: How do I do this? How do i do it? What should I do? How do I connect? Being this unsatisfied desire that causes many people who want to start these paths to leave soon after.

In these works you find a lot of material to answer these questions, especially rituals for the elaboration of spells together with their materials and procedures; explains how to invoke power from different spiritual entities, important dates and animistic practices.

Conclusion

Although Conway’s work was often criticized for its lack of historical accuracy and her tendency to claim unverifiable facts and lore, it was immensely popular due to her writer skill and accessible style. Her works introduced many new magic users to the more practical side of magic with clear language, detailed techniques, and inspiring rituals though it also left many confused about history and established traditions.

DJ Conway, Llewellyn

Conway states in her books that for magic in any of its ramifications to function, there must be a key factor. And it must be aligned with your heart. In the rituals, the symbolism and the elements used play a role in channeling the energy. However, the main source of energy for it to manifest and become real is that of us as human beings and that of our intention and faith.

She was voted Best New Age and Wiccan Author by Silver Chalice magazine in 1998 and her first book, Celtic Magic sold more than 300,000 copies and is still in print nearly 30 years later. D.J. Conway is a significant voice in the magical community and her effect will be felt for years to come.

In Memorium

From the Wild Hunt

Tarot Decks by DJ Conway

Celtic Dragon Tarot – with Lisa Hunt: (Llewellyn) (1999)
Shapeshifter Tarot – with Sirona Knight (Llewellyn) (2002)
The Fantastical Creatures Tarot with Lisa Hunt (2007) (U.S. Games Systems)

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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