Shop Review – The Makanda Trading Company

April, 2019

If you’re a traveling Pagan, especially during the warmer weather, make your way to southern Illinois to a little town called Makanda. Longitude and latitude of Makanda is 37.6179° north, 89.2090° West. According to the website for this small town, is called the “Gateway to Giant City Park,” the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, and the scenic River to River Trail passes through this village. It’s also been called the most hippie town in southern Illinois.

It was incorporated February 7, 1888, named after local Native American chief. It once was a bustling town that was closely tied to the railroad and was the major shipping hub for Chicago for fruits and vegetables. Now it’s known for its boardwalk, that houses five little stores. Next to that is Mason’s building that now houses the Makanda Trading Company.

Starting at the Trading Company, you will find crystals, minerals, and incense. He has everything from crystal singing bowls, to clear quartz crystal raven’s skulls, and even some ancient Roman coins. (Brian Beverly runs this, he travels all over the country to get the crystals, minerals, and stones himself. My checkbook always screams at me when I leave here because I spend a little bit of money.)

Visions art gallery, sells sculptures, paintings, jewelry and other items made by local artist owned by Nina Kovar. Unfortunately, the two times I’ve been there I’ve not been able to make it into the shop, or it was not open. I am looking forward to going back this summer to try to get into the shop to see what she offers.

PB&J which sells magnets, jewelry, clothing, and other items owned by Pam, Bob and Jackie Baker. They have some unique things in the shop. The clothing is hand died, and the labels will tell you what the color is the material that it is made from and the artisans’ name.

There there is Makanda General Store which sells ice cream, coffees, hot sauces, and other items owned by Filbert. Now I have purchased some coffee beans from this place, Highland Grog, and Caramel Kiss. Filbert asked if I would like to have him grind them for me, but I brought them home and ground them up myself. Grinding the coffee filled my apartment with the smell and the smells so good.

And then there’s Rainmaker, this shop is owned by David Dardis, who has created a large garden behind his shop, and inside his shop, he has various metal sculptures and creations. He even creates circlets and crowns, for people to wear. Some of the circlets and crowns contain crystals or stones. And he’s excellent about making sure if you buy one of them that they fit your head or he will help you find the right one or help fit you to the one you’re purchasing.

I am looking forward to going back this summer, so I can sit and relax in the garden behind Rainmaker. Maybe get ice cream from Filbert at the General Store and spend a little too much money at The Makanda Trading Post. Or I might wait until October and see what dates they have the Vulture Fest this year. (I haven’t been to the festival yet.)


About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page. If you are interested in a reading you can reach her on Facebook @eagleandunicorn.

The Road to Runes

August, 2018

The Road to Runes: Raidho, The Traveler’s Rune

The fifth rune in the Elder Futhark, Raidho is also the fifth rune in first ætt, or set of eight runes. These first eight runes are known as Freya’s ætt, and relate to physical and emotional happiness, nurturing and compassion. Raidho literally means riding or wagon, and as such is strongly associated with journeys, arrivals, departures, reunions, relocations, traveling and vehicles. The overriding theme is not remaining stationary. Of course, not all journeys are physical. Each one of us is a traveler, making our own winding way down life’s path. We are all on a spiritual journey as well as physical one. Our experiences and insights on our journeys shape us and create the individual soul and presence that makes us who we are.

For this reading, I followed up on a previous divination I did for myself, and asked what the next year held for me in terms of starting a freelance career in writing. I was focused solely on the future, rather than the here-and-now. Previously I pondered about whether I was making the right decision, and was basically told, “Get on with it!”. Now I’m wondering if the runes have any insights about what I might expect along the way, at least in the short-term future.

The traveler’s rune seems an apt response for this question as this is definitely an exciting journey I am on. Each day holds new challenges and new anxieties, yet many small triumphs that make it all worthwhile. Raidho is all about trusting your own inner compass, and not being still but having the courage to step away from where you are, towards where you need to be. I feel like I am doing that, one tiny step at a time, and this reading definitely encourages me to keep going.

When I initially asked about my change in career, I was given Ansuz, Odin’s rune, the breath of the universe and the rune of words. The message seemed to be to concentrate on the words, the power within them and trust in my leap of faith and not indulge in self-doubt. This next rune, focusing much more on what will happen next, and what the future holds, seems much more focused on the challenges this journey may hold. I feel as if the runes or the power channeled through them has recognised that this is, indeed, a new and significant journey I am taking. Though I have written for many (so many!) years, this is the first time I am relying solely on my own skills with words to feed and shelter my family. That’s a huge step, and the journey is very much based on my own determination and willingness not to give up when things get tough.

The Rune Secrets website tells us that one of the key concepts for Raidho is freedom from imprisonment, and in a way, my decision to work from home is just that. I felt trapped in my office job, even on good days. Feeling trapped makes everything about us smaller, until we remember the ultimate responsibility of every prisoner: to escape. But like anyone who has been in confinement for too long, adjusting to freedom will be difficult, and this rune tells me that the journey may be arduous, and I may have to let go of concepts about my life or my inner self that I have clung to for too long. I don’t even know what these might be at this time, but I am not surprised to be told this. I have formed serious work habits based on ‘having a boss’, deadlines, hierarchies and so forth. Breaking these habits will probably be the key to becoming a successful, full-time freelance writer.

I hope my journey with the traveling rune has bought you some insights about what this rune could mean for you in your own divination. Feel free to tweet me @Mabherick if you want me to choose a particular rune to study for next month’s Road to Runes. Take care!


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 and Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

Temporal Travel Exercise

July, 2011

Properly speaking this is not a spell but it fits into the same general category. It is effective and does work. It requires practice the same as any other incantation or procedure. The procedure is not dangerous if the instructions are followed exactly. Ur does require practice and patience and will likely not produce noticeable results on the first few attempts.

This is an exercise that will give you a sample of Temporal Displacement and Travel. It is fairly easy to do, but takes a lot of practice. It is perfectly safe, if you follow the directions exactly. You can use it to travel both time and in space, to other physical locations, and in time, both forward and back.

First of all, if you already practice dream recall, I won’t go into it, but you will need to use the same procedures to remember what you are seeing in these exercises. If you do not practice dream recall, or do not normally remember dreams, you will need to learn to make mental notes so that you will remember what you see.

Second, It is necessary to either use a form of meditation to induce a wakeful trance state, or to do this in the time just before falling to sleep, when your mind and body are completely relaxed. This requires complete concentration, and you must not think of anything except this experiment and carrying it out. Otherwise, it will simply not work.

Once you have attained a relaxed state, concentrate on being in a long corridor or hallway. It looks like a hotel hallway, with doors on either side. It extends infinitely in front of you and infinitely behind you. The place where you begin is your “now” or “here”. It is the place to which you return. Imagine the door immediately to your left or right having the number “O” on the door. That is where you will come back to at the end of the exercise to simply drift off to sleep in the here and now.

Start walking down the hallway, in either direction, as far as you like. The farther you go, the farther away from “here” or “now” you will get. You can stop at any time and open a door. Look inside and use your dream recall techniques to remember what you have seen. Then, close the door and go on to another place, or return “home”.

DO NOT go inside any of the rooms. Only open the door and look inside. As you practice, you will be able to go inside, but don’t attempt it at first. No one in the “room” will be able to see you, whether it is a temporal or spatial trip, unless you DO go inside. Then, you will be noticed.

You will have no control over intervals of space and time in the beginning. As you practice you will be able to judge how much time you are passing in either direction, or where you want to go in real time and space. To do this, you simply assign numbers or names to the rooms corresponding to where you want to go. This focuses your energy on locating that particular time or place.

It is easier to find a particular place, either in time or space, if it is one that you are familiar with. It is also easy to find a particular person if you know, or knew that person.

Within the span of your own lifetime, it is easier to go backward than forward, since you have an existing  frame of reference. In practice, it’s sort of like “Quantum Leap” but instead of being limited to your own lifetime, it’s just easier.

What you will see will vary. It will be like looking into a room and seeing what is going on in that room, except it will not always be a room that you see. Some of the time, you will see something outside, sometimes in a building, sometimes it will be like watching a panorama or a movie.

Remember that as long as you go inside, no one will see you  or be aware that you are there. If you go inside, you become part of that reality and they will see you and be aware of you. This can cause problems if you are so far ahead or behind your own time and place that you would stand out.

If you want to visit a particular place, you should mark it, then go back, once you have formed a solid mental image of yourself that would fit into that particular setting. Remember that it is reality to those you will be visiting. It is their “here” and “now”. If you are going into the past, people will remember your presence and it will be noted. If you are not going very far in the past, and people that you see and interact with are still alive, they will remember seeing you, and realize that it was you once your appearance matches the one that they remember.

An example of that is this. If you go back in time to visit yourself in the hospital when you were born, people will remember seeing someone who resembles the adult you. At the time, they will not know who you are. You will be able to use a cover story to explain it, and should have one ready. Eventually, someone will notice how much you resemble that stranger that they met in the hospital. You should always know enough about the period that you visit, or the place you visit, if you plan to actually interact (go inside the room) to “fit in”. For example, if you’re in 1949, then you need to know enough about that time that you won’t stand out as “odd” or “strange”. You will be dressed as you dress yourself in your mind. It must match the period that you are visiting. Street clothes that we wear today would stand out like a sore thumb in 1949. It gets worse the farther back you go. Going into the future has the same problem. You must always view the place and mark if first, note the way people dress and learn the period before trying to visit. Otherwise, you will stand out. There will be places that you simply cannot visit, only observe, simply because you will not be able to blend in, no matter how hard you try, because it is just too different.

There is no such thing as a paradox. You can go to places where “you” will meet “yourself”. The child “you” would not recognize the adult you, nor would anyone who knows the child “you”. Likewise, maybe an older “you” would recognize a younger “you” but it’s not likely that it would register. Since the recognition would not be mutual there would be no paradox. The same would apply to anyone from the earlier time that knew the child ‘you’. They might think that you look somehow familiar but there would be no mutual recognition, therefore no paradox.

Once you have seen all you want to see, just leave the room, or close the door if you’re just looking in, and return to your “O” point. At that point, you’ll just drift off to sleep and when you wake up, you will remember your experiences like a very vivid dream.

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