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April, 2019

Cover artist: Marcia Stewart of RocknGoddess on Etsy. Collecting river stones becomes a vision to create spiritual art, goddess, and altar stones.Back in 2012, when my husband and I were living on the river, I had a vision inspired by nature to create spiritual, goddess, and altar stones to share peace, love, light, and blessings with the world. I started out as the Simplified Witch, the original goddess on stone artist, which has evolved into RocknGoddess which I feel is a more appropriate name for my art. Each piece contains a heart which represents Universal Love Energy. Creating spiritual art is also my way of sharing my late husband’s eternal love. To see a more detailed story about my art, please check out my full story at: www.etsy.com/shop/RocknGoddess. Check them our on FB, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest.

Free coloring page: This month’s free coloring page is given to you by artist Lauralee. Lauraleeis a self taught artist, she matriculated & got a n5 in financial management before she started to draw art for colorists. Drawn to pagan art but not exclusively. She loves humor & wit, her mom and little brother are her biggest fans & colorists. She recently opened an Etsy shop and sells her coloring pages. Check her out at www.etsy.com/au/shop/LlauraleeDesign, also on facebook at LlauraleeDesign.

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So Many Great Features In This Issue…

This Month We Review, Woman Owned, SHA MAMA’S Little Helper Subscription Box in “Worth The Witch”. A Box That is Filled with Self Care & Magick From It’s Maker, Miré Molnar, You Can Feel! Then we Dig Into Miré Molnar’s World with An Interview

Saoirse, Takes us Through A Beautiful Etsy Shop Called “The Closet Pagan” & Shows off Jewelry & Gems She Received,then Shares an Interview with Shop Owner Anna Pierce.

In SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals This Month, Lynn Woike Has Taken a Great Suggestion from a Recent Review She Did & Reinvented it into a Wonderful Group or Solo Spell/Ritual for Banishing the Negative & Gaining Positivity.

In Crone’s Corner, Shirley Reminds us How Time & Phases of Womanhood are Different in its Many Stages as She Contemplates Just What it is to Be a Pagan Woman and to Head into Cronehood. See How in Any Phase of Womanhood This Piece Will Resonate with You.

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Gael Song

April, 2019

Inner Creates Outer

‘Inner creates outer’ is the only phrase my inner druid guides have repeated in my visions over many years. Usually they say nothing at all but simply stand waiting for me when I enter the spirit world, then silently lead me to a stone circle or nature sanctuary and let the transformative vision prepared for me unfold on its own. But this one phrase has been repeated at significant moments of budding awareness through all 38 years of my druid journey. Clearly, druids who remain silent 99% of the time want me to know this particular truth to my very core, inner creates outer. And whenever it’s whispered as a vision unfolds within my mind, I can feel this truth resonating through my heart and anchoring in there ever more deeply. A few words spoken in a surround of stillness carry great power!

But this teaching didn’t become real to me until I went to energy school 23 years ago. Our light-healing teacher kept saying how everyone’s own fear beliefs are created into their individual lives, most of those beliefs from past lives, completely unconscious, but repeated in the present time. He stressed the need to read shadow energies until we understood the belief our clients had once taken on. And then we drew this belief into the light of love in our hearts, until it simply melted back into light and was gone. Poof! The utter simplicity and magic of healing. But what completely astonished me afterwards was to watch the spirit world methodically clean up all reflections of recently-healed beliefs in my own and my fellow students’ outer circumstances. I was literally astounded to see living proof that inner does in fact create everyone’s outer world and how easily these outer ‘realities’ could be changed with inner healing work. That time in my life was extremely painful, and realizing I could change my outer misery by healing myself within drew me to my path as nothing else could.

Little did I know that it would take so long, that those past life beliefs would quickly change into beliefs from my clients’ or my own descent through seven heavens, down from the Creator Sun, the highest world, to earth, the very lowest. Over all these years, though, my own and my clients’ worlds have cleared of difficulty, slowly, piece by piece, spirit guides carefully cleaning up outer fear reflections after every single inner healing. Our dreams have grown bigger, too, more and more aligned with Love and the will of heaven. My very biggest dream is this; that everyone everywhere across the planet will learn to heal their own inner fears and persist on a path of transformation just like mine, because all of us together create what happens on the global stage. I know in the depths of my being that humanity can, and someday will, heal every fear-based outer creation there is. And the spirit world will devotedly take away all the dark reflections that ever were; greed, poverty, corruption, murder, rape, war, insanity, illnesses of all kinds, and on and on. Earth will become the reflection of the highest heaven she was always meant to be, Paradise, a land of true-love partners living in beloved communities, all in service to the One Beloveds, Goddess and God. Does this sound too far-fetched to be real? I know it’s possible, that it’s not so very far away, either, despite the major troubles which surround us all right now. THIS is the true power of ‘Inner creates outer.’ This knowing is the most important one there is (well, except for “Your heart is bigger than any darkness,’ perhaps, the only other phrase they’ve repeated over the years, whenever I’m tempted to close my heart down instead of embracing some seriously disgusting or horrific fear energy I’m working on long enough to transmute it back into love.) Inner creates outer! I want to shout it from the rooftops sometimes, so everyone will understand and turn inward to begin this magical process. (Now that would surprise my neighbors, if their reclusive, meditative, druid lady began hollering from the shingles! But I AM tempted at times, I must admit!)

There is another important piece I want to add here. For in the druid courses and ceremonies I’ve studied or attended, this knowing is completely absent. And it disappoints me every time. There are 16 light structures in that seventh heaven, which I was taught in thorough and prolonged detail on my path up through them. The highest light structure is the Creator Sun, home of God/Goddess and the place every one of us was originally created from. It is this sun which creates the inner worlds, those many planes of light we are all ascending, plus every being’s inner spirit or personality. Every person’s personality is made up of twelve basic parts, each a reflection of one of the gods or goddesses in the Creator Sun (Goddess, God, divine infant girl and boy, father of the mind, mother of the mind, virgin girl, virgin boy, father of action, mother of action, little girl and boy). So, everyone’s inner spirit has these same basic divisions, each part with very specific directives and regencies in every life. For instance, if a person is at work earning a livelihood, his or her inner father is lit up, for that’s what the father part of the spirit is responsible for, regardless of which outer type of body that spirit may be inhabiting.) And it’s through these inner levels that all creativity is born and flows forth. The inner spirit is also the Source of both Love and healing, for those powerful regents of the Creator Sun flow through each and every one of us. And the spirit is highly, highly creative! It’s the diamond spark in the very core of each heart that creates all individual love and fear beliefs into our own little worlds (and to a lesser degree, what occurs across the planet). Inner creates outer! Two light structures below the Creator Sun is the Stillpoint Center, which looks like an eye. This light structure takes the directives of the Creator Sun and creates them into the outer worlds across the cosmos. So, it’s primarily focused on the outer world. The Four Directions circle of gods and goddesses is the central core of the Stillpoint Center, surrounded by the circle of Zodiac Elders. And between those two circles are the three great rays of aspect, which split the four basic spirit divisions of inner mother, father, girl, and boy into twelve, i.e. the Zodiac regents. These rays of aspect are the three descending rays that many druids revere. And all of these are in the Stillpoint Center, with its focus on the outer world. The inner spirit regents with their creative power are totally missed here! Inner creates outer! The origin and flow for everything there is streams down from the Creator Sun into the small central eye of the Stillpoint Center, and all those SC regents are in full service to it. Period. (See the first book of my trilogy, Alba Reborn, the Revised version, for a complete discussion of the regents of the Creator Sun and Stillpoint Center)

The eight high holy days of the druid year are also portals during which the inner spirits of everyone across the cosmos opens each year as follows: Christmas dawn/divine infants, both girl and boy; Imbolc, little girl; Vernal Equinox, little boy; Bealtain, virgin girl; Midsummer, virgin boy; Lughnasa, mother (action); Autumnal Equinox, father (action); Samhein, grandmother (elder mother of the mind), Midwinter (elder father of the mind). And following those holy days, we each have six weeks of growth of that particular part of our spirits every year. But again, in the ceremonies I’ve attended and the courses I began, these spirit openings and inner connections are completely missing. I must say this bothers me greatly! Greatly! (Though I definitely do NOT want to get into a big conflict with any other groups here and am not trying to say I am better than anyone at all. I just think this point needs to be made.)

How do I know all this?, you may ask.I simply sat and felt the living spirit of those holy days. And all the 20 years of reading and research I did before that only left me more confused than when I began, too many gaping holes, and even more distortions. Druidry is a Goddess path. It’s Her spiritual stream on earth. And She wants us to connect in the now with the living breathing power of spirit. Sit down, for goodness sake, clear your mind, and open your heart. That’s how I learned everything of value I know. It’s time to open our sense of the inner, to tap into the power and flow of spirit and Creator Love. It’s well past time, if you ask me, for only this will bring forward the healing of the earth and transmute all those shadows into real love at along last. I say, let the days of spirit power and the reign of love that’s been promised from time immemorial begin.

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About the Author:

Jill Rose Frew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, workshop leader, and author. She will be opening a school teaching light healing and the Celtic path of enlightenment in 2019. For information, please see www.CelticHeaven.com

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to hurian Fulfillment on Amazon

Going Shamanic Radio

April, 2019

Going Shamanic” is hosted by Jennifer Engracio on P.A.G.E. Media Project’s blogtalk radio each month. The show focuses on how to integrate shamanism into every day life. Instead of relegating the spiritual aspect of ourselves to Sundays at church or weekend workshops, this show will support listeners in weaving ritual, prayer, magic, alignment with the Spiritworld and the Earth into their lives to enrich their experience of living.

This Month’s Topic: Interspecies Communication

This episode, we explore Interspecies Communication with Val Majeau from Sacred Paws.

How can we learn to communicate with animals?

What can they teach us about living?

How can they help us heal? 

This conversation will bring up some age old questions about the ‘feelings’ and sensitivities of animals.  Val Majeau is the owner of Sacred Paws, a business she runs from the Calgary, Alberta area of the world.  Sacred Paws is a mobile service, devoted to all animals. Animals suffer from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues just as we do. They are sensitive to human moods and changes in their environment.  Val also helps humans to understand their animals’ needs better.

Learn more about Val and her amazing work at www.sacred-paws.com

Instead of relegating the spiritual aspect of ourselves to Sundays at church or weekend workshops, this show will support listeners in weaving ritual, prayer, magic, alignment with the Spiritworld and the Earth into their lives to enrich their experience of living. Jen is also the founder of Spiral Dance Shamanics.

Going Shamanic is hosted by Jennifer Engrácio, about how to integrate shamanism into everyday life.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified teacher who has worked with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic coach, reiki master, and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life partner.

Engrácio participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing

For more information go to: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

Crone’s Corner

April, 2019

Pagan Woman

I have often contemplated my role as a Pagan woman and have recently begun evaluating my life’s journey as I have evolved into each aspect of the Divine Feminine. I continue on my Spiritual Path in search of pure knowledge and understanding while recognizing that my journey will travel through each aspect of the Divine Feminine in its turn and each aspect has a lesson for my soul to embrace in order for my Spiritual evolution to be successful. Since recognizing that I am a Pagan, I have grown to fully know myself in this journey and I have finally come to the realization that my role in the Pagan community is one of deep commitment toward affecting positive change, not only in myself, but in other members of my community as well. I am able to define myself now as a Pagan woman without reservation and with great pride.

At the age of 20, at the very beginning of my Spiritual journey, I nurtured the role of the Maiden. I set out on my path with the same sweet, pure, and virginal characteristics of the Maiden ingrained in my heart. I pondered this aspect for a time and I began to revel in the knowing that the Maiden is not only a physical manifestation in my life. Instead, I realized the duality of the Maiden as She represents the beginning of my Spiritual journey as a Pagan woman. The Maiden embraces in me that which is innocently truthful and wonderfully kind. The Maiden is the aspect of my journey where small seeds of inspiration, tolerance, and respect for all paths are planted and where those seeds await growth and nurturing in the next turn in the road of my journey to the Mother aspect. The Maiden is virginal in Her naïve and innocent perspective, always striving to gain knowledge and understanding, just as I was in the infancy of my Spiritual Path. Upon this realization, I have placed the Maiden in perspective and I can embrace who I am in that role and how I was able to continue to nurture the Maiden as I evolved from Maiden to Mother and how I can reach back in my Path and touch the Maiden for reaffirmation of the seeds that I have already sown.

In my early to mid-thirties I began to realize that my Spiritual evolution had somehow matured. The Maiden, still ever present, was releasing Her hold and allowing me to gravitate to the gentle awaiting arms of the Mother. The Mother aspect called to me and I was beginning to heed Her call. I noticed a small shift in my perceptions as they gravitated from pure innocence to keen awareness of the world around me and its inhabitants. I began to embrace and welcome questions regarding my Spirituality and I realized that sitting in quiet contemplation lends itself to keen personal insight. The Mother, ever nurturing and guiding, emerged in the path before me strong, protective, and filled with inspiration and encouragement. I began to see the seeds of inspiration, tolerance, and respect that I planted as a Maiden come to fruition as the Mother aspect began to emerge within my soul and tend the garden planted by the Maiden. I realized that the presence of the Mother in my Spiritual journey has served to guide me to a place of tolerance, respect, and acceptance of other individuals who travel vastly divergent Spiritual traditions than my own. Despite the differences in Spirituality, the Mother has tempered my insolence and She has given me a new perspective on patience and love. The Mother has shielded me from my own personal turmoil and when I would have otherwise turned from my soul’s work on this journey, the Mother aspect patiently guided my return to the path that I must travel. The Mother aspect has taught me patience and the virtues of allowing my soul to evolve in its own way along my journey. The Mother aspect has helped me to shield the Maiden from the harsh world around me in order to preserve the innocence of that aspect of my soul in order that I may continue to plant seeds of inspiration, tolerance, and respect for my continued travels in the journey ahead of me.

Finally, I am approaching the Crone in my Spiritual path. She awaits me, seemingly dark and foreboding, yet with arms wide open and ready to embrace me as I grow to recognize that which is in my highest and best good. For the completion of my evolution, I long to fully reach the aspect of the Crone and to come full circle in my own journey. I know that it is in this complete turn of the wheel that I will learn the most precious lesson of all; to nurture the Maiden, to love the Mother and to embrace the Crone. In the Crone, I am seeking to find the wisdom to recall the innocence of the Maiden in order that I will always approach others with kindness and tolerance. In the Crone, I am seeking to find the wisdom to recall the nurturing of the Mother in order that I will always be able to defend a newcomer on their Path against the harshness of others. In the Crone, I am seeking to find the wisdom of experience and the temperance of that wisdom for the greater good of all.

The culmination of recognizing, incorporating, and embracing the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone aspects of the Divine Feminine into my life is my soul’s Spiritual journey in its totality. To encompass in my life, as one being, one soul, all three aspects of the Divine Feminine and to recognize that at any given moment I am comprised of all three of these aspects has been my life’s work. The beauty of being a Pagan woman is in recognizing that I am capable of evolving from Maiden to Mother then Crone and at any given moment, I am guided by them all.

Pagan Woman

A sliver of silver in the darkened sky,
Winter is coming, everything must die.
Then growing to fullness and lighting the way,
Hope springs eternal on the Solstice day.

Starting as Maiden, growing from Mother to Crone,
Pagan woman standing proud, strong and alone.
In a cycle of the moon She realizes Her full power,
Skyclad in Her ritual at the midnight hour.

Strong and fierce in Her love of the night,
Yet gentle and loving with all of Her might.
The role that She embraces in a circular universe,
Is a complex Path that only She can traverse.

Birthing children and tending fields,
Growing abundant crops reaping fertile yields,
She nurtures the masses then calls us home,
Pagan Woman is Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

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About the Author:

Shirley Lenhard has been a practicing Witch and a Pagan since 1983 and lives in New England with her husband. She is employed full time in the legal field and has her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Shirley looks forward to living her best possible life by giving back to the Pagan Community and has created the Facebook group “Pagan Plannertarium” where she provides a safe home for fellow pagans to have discussions about their path and to get free planner stickers and layouts. Shirley is a past writer for Llewellyn Publishing and The Peace Paper.

Beltane Correspondences

April, 2019

Also known as: May Day, Bealtaine, Beltane, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana (Strega), Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga (Teutonic), Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),Fairy Day,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)

Date: May 1

Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard

Deities: Flower Goddesses, Divine Couples, Deities of the Hunt, Aphrodite,artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.

Tools: broom, May Pole, cauldron

Stones/Gems: emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz

Colors: green, soft pink, blue, yellow, red, brown

Flowers & herbs: almond tree/shrub, ash, broom, cinquefoil, clover, Dittany of Crete, elder, foxglove, frankincense, honeysuckle, rowan, sorrel, hawthorn, ivy, lily of the valley, marigold, meadowsweet, mint, mugwort, thyme, woodruff may be burned; angelica, bluebells, daisy, hawthorn, ivy, lilac, primrose, and rose may be decorations, st. john’s wort, yarrow, basically all flowers.

Incense: frankincense, lilac, rose

Symbols & decorations: maypole, strings of beads or flowers, ribbons, spring flowers, fires, fertility, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers, butterchurn, baskets, eggs

Food: dairy, bread, cereals, oatmeal cakes, cherries, strawberries, wine, green salads

Activities & rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting

Wiccan mythology: sexual union and/or marriage of the Goddess and God

It’s association with fire also makes Beltaine a holiday of purification.

Wiccan weddings are frequently held on or around Beltaine.

The Bad Witch’s Guide

April, 2019

The Bad Witch’s Guide to Faeries

I have stared at this empty page and title for about 30 minutes. It is not that I don’t know a lot about fae, the fair folk, the Good Neighbours; it’s just well where to start?

First off I suppose is that they are more than just the twinkly winged Barbie dolls we push on little girls. Fae are amazingly varied dependent on habitat and what they eat. In fact almost every people have some version of fae folk. Humans don’t have a universal anything, but if they did, fae might be it.

Faery are not “nice”. They are incredible, powerful, wise and witty. They are not “nice”. They respect manners and have a very rigid social observances. As a general rule they are at best ambivalent towards humans. At worst they really fucking hate us. To them we are Vogons. Brutish, unimaginative, untruthful, bureaucratic and destructive. This is not an unfair description.

If slighted or even if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time a fae might do some horrible things, from blinding, cursing or even trying to lure you to your death!

What is a faery?

Well I have an opinion. There is much lore as you would expect from the ancient and seemingly universal bunch of creatures. Most of which is tainted by some truly horrific Christian re-writing (the souls of unbaptized babies? Really?) has them as “small Gods”. My theory which is as far as I can tell makes most sense is they are pan-dimensional beings. They dwell both here and slightly to the left. The natural world is their home but is also a link to their “other” place. That is why they are creatures of “ the ‘tween”. That is why you see them out of the corner of your eye, or in the limnal spaces. Not quite here, or there, but both at the same time.

Faeries can appear as birds, dogs, horses, goats and humanoids. Some sparkle, some do not. Most individuals can be reasoned with, if their laws are properly followed. That said they can still be a dick about it. Their laws will differ from place to place and are dependent on the type of fae you are dealing with.

Hospitality. Food, and drink are appreciated gifts and where welcome they will respect and even bless your home. However faery food and drink is not a good idea to consume if you should ever get the chance.

Truth. Lying is a terrible violation, but hoodwinking, “having a craic”, taking the piss is somewhat of a faery art form. Just how far and how much they can bend the truth without actually lying is a point of pride for most Fair Folk.

Gifts. Even sticky for humans, gifts can be seen as an insult though this is specific to types of Fair Folk. Clothes in particular can banish them in quite a huff (Brownies)! Though bread, honey and a portion of a meal are usually respected through hospitality.

Respect. Disrespect a Faery at your peril. That also goes for their home, whatever or where ever they make it. Cut down the wrong tree, (or pee against it) stomp all over a faery ring, litter or take what they deem as theirs and you are going to have a world of pain. Likewise being gross at faery women bathing, usually means losing an eye! (Bitch, much respect!)

Trade. While taking something from a faery space is usually a bad idea, they are happy to trade, or even exchange for coin.

You can’t take anything for granted with faery. Not their intentions, or what they mean. Their wisdom or kindness. Their presence or absence. They are free. You do not rule them. You can not, nor should not command them.

So why work with them at all?

Well, in the balance of things they are powerful and knowledgeable allies to have in circle and out.

Also, and I say this from long experience, if they decide you are “one of theirs” you won’t have a lot of say if they are in your life, only if they are a benefit or bane; as my long suffering husband can attest to!

There is also something wonderful about them. They still inspire fear, awe and wonder every time I am aware of their presence. They are great guides when journeying in spirit though that level of trust takes years to build up.

So how do you work with faery?

I suppose the answer to that one, is carefully. Faery magick is not for everyone, and that is fine. Faery magick is not for everyone, and that is fine. Research helps. Know the kind of faery in your area, the kind that might be most disposed to working with you. Huge old trees, unspoiled wild places, waterfalls, lakes, sacred wells and places full of faery plants like bluebells, hawthorn, blackthorn and elder trees are a good start. Be kind and respectful and leave gifts of food like honey cakes or a little bit of beer or wine letting them know it is for them. You might feel a bit of an idiot, but they will enjoy it all the more. Pay attention to weird wild animals. Birds, rabbits, strange foxes or the like. Even large butterflies and moths can be faery, or faery touched.There is an entirely different quality to these encounters with wild animals that seem to look straight into your soul. You can tell that you are being “visited” or watched.

Faery also love music, especially harp, singing, and flutes. Playing for them even if you think you aren’t good is usually seen as a fitting gift, or again hospitality. Some like small bells, some don’t. They don’t seem to mind recorded music but do prefer live performances.

Magickally creating circles or doorways and inviting them to be present works pretty well. Even bought faery doors will do the jobs but woven ivy, willow or hazel hoops hung up are usually preferable. Working outside in somewhere the Veil is thin isn’t a bad start either. Marking your circle with stones (natural pebbles) or even wild bird food will work wonders. Though flowers, leaves of a different colour, or ferns would work too.

There is something special about working with “wildness”. Something ancient and untamed. They have a unique perspective on humans, and human lives. It is both in the moment and of the ages. Full of mirth and vengeance. Human lives are very long and very short and we do spend a great deal of time not dancing, feasting, or playing. It is a peculiar waste. We crave connection but will do almost anything to avoid it. We make conditions and rules for things, like love that don’t have any. We tie ourselves in knots over our own natures assigning shame and guilt to things we love or loathe.

Faery advice is rather complicated in it’s simplicity.

“Plant a tree.”

“Cry when you are sad.”

“Dance when you can.”

In the end faery make life more bearable. They add a clarity and depth to the world. A magickal sparkle, the real kind that no amount of Mouse can erase.

GoodGod!

April, 2019

Meet the Gods: Lord Shiva

Merry meet.

Lord Shiva is one of the most important deities in the Hindu religion. He is known by many names including Mahadeva, Rudra, Shambhu and Nataraja. Shiva’s form of Nataraja symbolizes the cosmic dance of creation and destruction, according to an article by Aayush on detacher.com.

Lord Shiva is one of three primary deities of the Hindu trinity and is worshiped as both the destroyer and the transformer of the world. He is the source of art, religion and science.

“In God’s endless dance of creation, preservation, destruction, and paired graces is hidden a deep understanding of our universe. Nataraja’s dance is not just a symbol, it is phenomenon taking place within each of us, at the atomic level, this very moment,” Aayush wrote.

The dance exists in five forms depicting the cosmic cycle from creation to destruction. It is believed that Lord Shiva danced the universe into existence, motivates it and will eventually end it. The dance has the rhythm of divine perfection as a subtle vibration. It manifests in the cyclical nature of the seasons, planetary movement, scientific laws and the body’s biorhythms.

The King of Dance, as he is known, is typically shown with four arms. He holds a sacred drum in his upper right hand representing the rhythm to which he dances, ceaselessly recreating the universe. His lower right hand makes the gesture of the abhaya mudra, meaning to not be afraid, for those who follow the righteous path have his blessing. The upper left hand holds the flame that transforms by destroying illusions. The lower left hand gestures toward his uplifted left foot, which releases the mature soul from bondage, offering everyone the way to liberation, fulfillment and eternal bliss through meditation and mastery over baser appetites. The other foot stands on “a soul temporarily earth-bound by its own sloth, confusion and forgetfulness,” wrote Dr. Meredith Fosque, a professor at NC State University. “The cobra around Nataraja’s waist is kundalini shakti, the soul-impelling cosmic power resident within all.”

Sometimes, rather than the flame, he holds a trisula – a three-pronged sacred weapon.

Every detail – including Lord Shiva’s unkept hair and the ring of fire – have significance. He is unconventional, making and breaking moral codes and social customs to demonstrate his freedom.

His abode is Mount Kailash in the Tibetan Himalayas, which is considered sacred in four religions: Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Nandi, usually depicted as a bull, is the guardian of the gate to Kailash and the vehicle for the Shiva. The Goddess Parvati or Shakti is Shiva’s consort. His divine sons Ganesha and Kartikeya occupy important places in the Hindu pantheon.

He is pure in heart and easy to please, a good husband and father.

There are two fundamental approaches to worshiping Lord Shiva: the right hand method and the left hand method. In the first, Shiva is worshipped in the traditional manner with prayers, chants, offerings of flower, water, light, incense, honey, milk, sandal paste, saffron, clothing and food, according to Jayaram V’s article, “The Worship of Lord Shiva” on hinduwebsite.com.

“The left hand methods of worship are extreme in nature and followed only by a very limited number of followers in tantric traditions of Saivism. Some of them are extremely disgusting and generally despised by the public,” he wrote.

In India, celebrations and austere practices such as fasting and praying daily are held from July to August to worship Lord Shiva.

Saivism, however, considers devotional worship and services secondary to the more superior methods involving knowledge, yoga and meditation.

An article written by wikiHow staff states, “Though you can pray to Lord Shiva any day, Mondays are considered sacred days of worship in the Hindu religion. Presenting cold milk, traditional bilva leaves, or grains like barley, millet, rice, and wheat are considered good, worthy offers for Lord Shiva. Offerings can increase your favor with the god.”

Consider lighting a diya (lamp) filled with ghee, and chant mantras such as “Om Namah Shivaya” and “Mahamritunjay.”

Remember to remove old offerings when presenting new ones, and keep the shrine or altar area simple and free of clutter that would block energy.

Worshipers are cautioned it is bad luck to offer coconut water, turmeric and Ketaki flowers to Lord Shiva.

Shiva is powerful. He destroys what was to create what is. He helps us move beyond our attachments. He destroys suffering and removes impurities such as ignorance, egoism, delusion and pride from us to facilitate our spiritual growth. That makes him the right deity to worship if you are looking for a change of direction in your life. He protects all animals from disease, death and destruction. All knowledge flows from Shiva, especially liberating knowledge in the form of Ganga. ists and scientists both can turn to him. ians, too, as he was a good musician, singer and dancer.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

MagickalArts

April, 2019

Our Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part Two

Excerpted from Part One…

…”Our physical bodies are a wonderful and grand vessel of complex and varied capabilities. Most of the functions that sustain our life are transparent in their process and automatic in their function. We breathe, our heart beats; we move in coordinated and purposeful mechanics, we feel, we think, we react. All of these physiological components are used as vehicles of anchoring in the refinement of our spiritual and subtle nature. We are humans in corporeal state and as such our level of response to spiritual and energetic action is through the vehicle of physical being. Even those experiences that we cannot articulate or are unaware of their potency and impact move through the state of our physical being and often become the eventual place of manifestation.”…

FIRE- WATER – EARTH

Reproductive System


Held within the polarity of the reproductive organs is the mystery of creation. The womb of the female becoming the place of quickening for the life that will, if viable reach full term and be replicated as human and physical being. It is this combination of earthly form serving as vessel and the seminal fluids of the male quickening the ovum of potential that the fires of creative out pour are produced. It is the movement and flowing of these waters held in the birth canal that offer up the fires of contraction and expansion to release this new life into being. At a purely physiological state, it is the healthy functioning of the reproductive system that ensures the continuation of humanity. These urges to create further provide ground for interpersonal connection engaging mind and heart in the selection of the fittest and physiological response in the secretion of hormones that will attract.

FIRE

Digestive System


Our digestive system is the furnace that acts to assimilate and effectively distribute what we take into our bodies as nourishment that becomes the fuel to keep us running. It is through this system that the foods we take into our physical structure are broken down into more digestible particles; nutrients and what will enliven are extruded and the transformed products are then eliminated before stagnancy can set in. Our digestive system is also largely responsible for the immunologic responses of our bodies.

This information is brief in its content as each of these systems is vastly complex and can be further categorized in sub-systems. The important consideration is that each system is dependent on the other either directly or through the bridge of another in producing the necessary life force to keep us alive. When we consider the complexity and precision of this life force and its active components that keep us functioning it truly is a profound and deeply humbling analysis. These same structures apply to every living thing in their own way of specificity and in larger scope to the entire universe.

It is for this reason that our first point of connection to that which is part of, yet independent of ourselves is through the knowledge of our own smaller universe that is our physical being. Once we begin that exploration we see the broader picture of our connectivity to all manner of life and how work on the self, produces far-reaching effects beyond that self.

The exercises below are suggested to make you more aware of the pulsation and vibrancy of your body. Most often we do not really feel the movement of the blood and beating o our hearts unless we are engaging in a physical activity beyond what our normal resting state would be.

Physical Exercises:

1. Engage in a moderate from of physical activity for at least 5 minutes. Enough to raise your heart rate. This should be in accord with your state of overall physical condition and what limitations you may or may not have. This activity could be climbing a flight of stairs, dancing, marching in place, etc…Standing or sitting, turn your awareness to the pace of your heart rate, and the feelings of blood moving through your body in response to the exerted effort. Try to completely engage with this sensation and make note of the fiery nature and pulsation of heart beat. Stay in this state of awareness for as long as you are able. As your pulse returns to its normal rhythm, remain conscious of this shifting and “cooling down” period. When you have returned to your normal state of activity, make note of how this differs from what you just experienced. Make note of how much more alive you feel as the release of the endorphins lifts your perspective. This similar type of feeling can be noted in the raising of personal energy as byproduct of an energetic protocol or practice.

2. Sit in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Take a few very deep breaths of inhalation and audibly sigh into the exhalation of each. Do this for several breaths, each time listening more deeply and opening to the physical feelings produced in the expansion and contraction of your chest and lungs. Continue breathing in a relaxed way with no emphasis on inhale or exhale (no sound). Listen more deeply and make note of the sound (inner) of the air passing into your lungs. Really try to hear the gentle whoosh in and the long extended soft sound of exhale. Send your complete focus to the sounds you are hearing for several breaths.

Now, shift your awareness to the physical, rather than audible sensations as you breathe. Make note of how your skin stretches softly in expansion on inhale and the gentle and elastic pulling in on the contraction of exhale. Try to consciously expand your skin just slightly further and contract more fully in for a few breaths. Send your complete focus to this action of physical sensation for several breaths.

Return your awareness to simply breathing, giving no more attention to the audible or the physical sensation. You should be feeling very relaxed and more expansive as you complete this exercise. We forget to breathe deeply and with intention because of the fast paced nature of our days. Taking time to acknowledge and consciously breathe opens your clarity of focus and anchoring to your physical state.

References:


Emmet B. Keefe, Introduction to Know Your Body: The Atlas of Anatomy (Berkley, CA;Ulysses Press, 1999)
Cyndi Dale, The Subtle Body:An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Boulder, CO:Sounds True Inc., 2009)

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

Finding Your Own Way

April, 2019

Chapter 10

Seeking Our Inner Child

In a world that has become very materialistic and stressful, many of us love to escape to childhood by watching one of the many fantasy films that are now so popular. For a little while, we can be transported back to a world of childish delight, as disbelief is suspended. That child still lives inside us and has much to offer. In that world of dragons and knights, of elves and faeries, lies a gateway to increased optimism and energy. We can learn to see the world in a fresh new light. Life is truly an adventure if we choose to see it as one.

It is a two-way process. By getting in touch with our inner child, we can unlock a source of creativity and enthusiasm, and learn to see the world as a place of fun and excitement again. We also bring the wisdom gathered from experience to bear, on previously unexamined, childhood beliefs. By doing this we can face old fears and forgotten assumptions that are holding us back in our efforts to build a happy and successful life.

Simply take a few breaths and relax, read the poem and take some time to gaze at the artwork. Then let any sensations or images flow through your mind without judgement. If you wish, then continue the exercise with one of the meditations.

I Remember Me

I remember me,
Suddenly, as plain as plain can be,
I see the world as clear as childlike eyes can see,
and I am young again.

Once more. I see the world is fresh and new,
and filled with wonder and amazing things to do.
Spider webs that sparkle with the sunlit dew,
and I am young again.
The colours of the garden fill my eyes,
Cool green grass, the warm sun flashing rainbows in my eyes,
The fluffy clouds that drift across the pale blue skies,
and I am young again.

What shall I do with this; – my rediscovered youth,
Shall I find a net and hunt for butterflies or newts,
Or shall I sit here in my quiet place, – it matters not,
for I am young again.

I remember me,
And all I ever was is here; – All in life that I held dear,
All that I have ever shared in love has never left,
And I can see it now,
And I am young again.

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About the Author:

Patrick W Kavanagh, Featuring the inspirational art of Bill Oliver

Writer, poet, Patrick W Kavanagh was born in Dublin and now lives and works in Lincolnshire in a small rural town. Patrick became fascinated by the strange abilities of the human mind from watching his mother give psychic readings using tea-leaves and playing cards. With a lifelong interest in metaphysics and parapsychology, he has given tarot and spirit readings for over 40 years. He travels to many events with his wife Tina, exploring the power of shamanic drumming to heal, and induce therapeutic trance states. They also hold a regular drumming circle in the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds.

By Patrick W Kavanagh available at most retailers:

Finding Your Own Way: Personal Meditations for Mastery and Self-knowledge on Amazon

Notes from the Apothecary

April, 2019

Notes from the Apothecary: Chilli

Chili is a useful medicinal and magical plant. This spicy fruit is delicious in a variety of cuisines, from Mexican to Indian and many in between. Modern research has found many health benefits, and the modern witch can use chili for a range of spells and magics. Chili is a beautiful plant, with striking foliage and stunning, glossy fruits ranging from scarlet to shades so deep they’re nearly black- perfect for the inner goth! Read on to find out why chili is such a useful ingredient for mundane and magical use.

The Kitchen Garden

Not everyone likes spicy food, but chili pepper adds flavour as well as heat. It’s all about choosing the right chili and getting the quantities right. As this isn’t a cookery blog, I won’t go into too much detail- I could wax lyrical for days about the tastes of different chilies! But it’s worth noting that you can vastly remove the heat of any chili you want to cook with by removing the seeds.

We use scotch bonnets for when we want a deep, savoury flavour- often in dishes that are slow cooked as these chilies handle this really well. We use jalapenos to throw in to pasta or fajitas, or tiny birds eye chilies to add bite to Thai or Chinese food. I’m a total chili addict, and even when we don’t have fresh chilies in the house, I always have some dry habaneros for emergencies, plus a frankly ridiculous range of pepper sauces.

Currently, I even have some dried scorpion chili- not for the faint hearted!

Growing chilies is pretty easy if you have a hot, sunny garden, or a greenhouse, or a decent sized window-sill that catches the sun. I grow mine indoors as I live in a cool climate. I plant a few seeds in moist soil in a pot, cover them with a clear plastic bag or upside-down soda bottle, and wait for them to germinate. Once they have several leaves, I put them into individual pots. Then, it’s all about making sure they’re watered- but not too much- and have access to light. I also manually pollinate the flowers, in the absence of pollinators!

The Apothecary

Mrs Grieve refers to cayenne pepper in her Modern herbal, but also uses the synonyms bird pepper and African pepper, so it’s clear she’s talking about hot chilies in general. She states it is a powerful stimulant, and aids in digestion although it can also cause problems due to chili being an irritant. Indeed, one of the reasons hot chilies are added to food is to increase the stomach acid in order to kill more bacteria- useful in hot climes where it is hard to keep food cool and fresh.

She states that in the West Indies, a concoction called Mandram is made with chili, citrus, cucumber and onion as a remedy for weak digestion. Gargling with a tiny amount of chili in rose water was a remedy for sore throats or a relaxed uvula- not recommended without expert experience!

The Witch’s Kitchen

Cunningham tells us that chili is a masculine herb, rule over by Mars- no surprise, considering the fiery connotations! He also states it is one of the plants associated with fidelity and can be used to break hexes or reveal hidden things. One of the spells he shares is for when you fear your lover is straying. Cross two dried chili peppers then tie them with red or pink ribbon. Sleep with the peppers beneath your pillow to ensure your partner’s loyalty to you. Adding chili powder to love spells will ensure the love is passionate or ‘hot’.

Pueblo and Hopi tribes have used chili pepper in rituals, and Maya tribes believed the chili had healing and protective powers. Columbus was attacked with flaming chili bombs full of habaneros when he arrived in the ‘New World’- an appropriate response, really. There is a Zuni legend which tells the strange story of the origins of the chili plant. Thunder and lightning were stolen from the gods, and two youths played with them until the accidentally killed their grandmother. Where they buried her, the chili plant grew, its fruits imbued with the fiery power of her scolding tongue.

Chili flakes are used in Hoodoo to jinx an enemy, in various powders and dusts. Sprinkling chili around a rival’s home brings them bad luck and difficulties in life. Chili can cause break ups or make an unwanted guest leave. However, it’s also used for cleansing.

I Never Knew…

The Latin name capsicum is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘to bite’, referring to the spiciness when eaten.

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors & Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

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