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Lughnasadh Correspondences

August, 2019

(Lughnasadh Handmade All Occasion Card available for purchase, with many other beautiful items, at HappyKarmaStore on Etsy. You can also visit their other sites KandyHurley, Grimalkin Stuido, & RedBubble.)

(Loo-nas-ah)
Major Sabbat (High Holiday) – Fire Festival August 1, 2

Other Names: Lunasa (meaning August), Lughnasaad, Lughnasa Celtic), First Harvest, August Eve, Feast of Cardenas, Feast of Bread, Tailltean Games(Irish), Teltain Cornucopia (Strega), Ceresalia (Ancient Roman) Harvest Home, Thingtide (Teutonic), Lammas (Christian). Laa Luanys, Elembious, Festival of Green Corn (Native American)

Animals
and Mythical beings:

Griffins, Basilisks, Roosters, Calves, Centaurs, Phoenix

Gemstones:
aventurine,
citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamonds, citrine

Incense
and Oils:

wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus,
safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood

Colors:
red, orange, golden yellow, green, light brown, gold, bronze, gray

Tools,
Symbols, and Decorations:

corn, cornucopias, red, yellow flowers, sheaves of grain (wheat,
barley, oats), first fruits/vegetables of garden labor, corn dollies,
baskets of bread, spear, cauldron, sickle, scythe, threshing tools,
sacred loaf of bread, harvested herbs, bonfires, bilberries, God
figures made of bread or cookie dough, phallic symbols

Goddesses: The Mother, Dana (Lugh’s wife & queen ), Tailltiu (Welsh-Scottish), Demeter (Greek), Ceres (Roman grain goddess .. honored at Ceresalia), the Barley Mother, Seelu (Cherokee), Corn Mother, Isis (Her birthday is celebrated about this time), Luna (Roman Moon Goddess), other agricultural Goddesses, the waxing Goddess

Gods: Lugh (Celtic, one of the Tuatha De Danaan), John Barley Corn, Arianrhod’s golden haired son Lleu (Welsh God of the Sun & Corn where corn includes all grains, not just maize), Dagon (Phoenician Grain God), Tammuz/ Dummuzi (Sumerian), Dionysus, plus all sacrificial Gods who willingly shed blood/give their life that their people/lands may prosper, all vegetation Gods & Tanus (Gaulish Thunder God), Taranis (Romano-Celtic Thunder God), Tina, (Etruscan-Thunder God), the waning God

Essence:
fruitfulness, reaping, prosperity, reverence, purification,
transformation, change, The Bread of Life, The Chalice of Plenty ,
The Ever-flowing Cup , the Groaning Board (Table of Plenty)

Meaning:
Lugh’s wedding to Mother Earth, Birth of Lugh; Death of Lugh,
Celtic Grain Festival

Purpose:
Honoring the parent Deities, first harvest festival, first fruits
grains & drink to the Goddess in appreciation of Her bounty,
offering loaves of sacred bread in the form of the God (this is where
the Gingerbread Man originated)

Magicks & rituals: astrology, prosperity, generosity, continued success, good fortune, abundance, magickal picnic, meditate & visualize yourself completing a project you’ve started

Customs
and Activities:

games, the traditional riding of poles/staves, country fairs,
breaking bread with friends, making corn dollys, harvesting herbs for
charms/rituals, Lughnasadh fire with sacred wood & dried herbs,
feasting, competitions, lammas towers (fire-building team
competitions), spear tossing, gathering flowers for crowns,
fencing/swordplay, games of skill, martial sports, chariot races,
hand-fastings, trial marriages, dancing ’round a corn mother (doll)

Foods:
loaves of homemade wheat, oat, & corn bread, barley cakes, corn,
potatoes, summer squash, nuts, acorns, wild berries (any type),
apples, rice, pears, berry pies, elderberry wine, crab apples, mead,
crab, blackberries, meadowsweet tea, grapes, cider, beer

herbs: grain, acacia, heather, ginseng, sloe, cornstalks, cyclamen, fenugreek, aloes, frankincense, sunflower, hollyhock, oak leaf, wheat, myrtle

Element:
Fire

Gender:
Female

Interview with Reanna of Woodland Wand Creation

August, 2019

Bright
Blessings!

Last month, I got to review a great wand by Lady Reanna Shellenbarger of Woodland Wand Creation, and this month, I lucked into an interview!

Here is the link to my review if you did not have a chance to read it yet!

Read on to learn more about this amazing artist and creatrix, and her sacred, beautiful wands!

On
their Facebook page, it says:

“Welcome
friends to my store called Woodland
Wand Creation
. A magical place of
semiprecious stones & enchanting wood from the magical forest.
All to make amazing Wands. All work is unique artwork. No two are the
same. I work within the respect to our Ecosystem. Many of my pieces
are created with natural and reclaimed supplies. Wood is collected
with respect and reverence. All wood is render by the tree naturally
after stormy weather. No tree is ever harmed or wood cut from trees.
My artwork & Wands are said to be very powerful. Because I work
and charge all pieces by the moon light for an extra punch of energy.

Bert
is the engine and Reanna is the artist. Together we are Woodland
Wand Creation
. All items are made by
Reanna she is such the artist. We hope you all enjoy them as much as
we do.”

Then,
I got to catch up with
Reanna, and she told me wonderful things!

Saoirse-
How and why did you get into making your beautiful wands? What or who
inspired you?

Reanna-
A friend of mine purchased a bag of random semiprecious stones and
had no idea of what to do with them. so I took some of the stones
home and fashioned a Wand, not knowing if it would even work. well,
needless to say, it did, and here I am today.

Saoirse-
How does this tie in with your personal spiritual path, and what
would you like to share about your path with us?

Reanna-
I studied Wicca some years ago. I reached High Priestess status.
today I’m solitary but very, very social. I found more freedom by
dedicating myself to more creative pursuits. As a Libra, I require
the freedom to go with what the wind calls to me and what strikes my
fancy.

Saoirse-
Tell me about your creative process. How do you get an idea that
inspires? What types of materials draw you? What colors? How do you
begin, and how long does it usually take from start to finish?

Reanna-
Each stone or branch tells me
their desire to become something more. I then clean them up a bit by
removing the bark, to show off the natural beauty of the wood. I work
with only naturally rendered woods, like after storms and such. I
never cut or hurt a tree. I still go for the random mix of stones to
this very day. I meditate while I divide them up into the kinds of
stones they are. I can then hear them speak to me about their desire.
Some stones want to be a Staff, Smudge fan or a Rattle. I am blessed
with a wide range of woods in my area. White Willow is my all time
favorite, but I do work with Wise Oak, Red Elm, Sweet Maple, and
Driftwood.

Saoirse-
Tell about
how you run your business and how and why you decided to sell as
opposed to just making your own? Talk about your business partners!

Reanna-
I work with my longtime
partner Bert. Bert is my online Wizard. the engine to my inspiration.
We are the perfect team. We have a small shop on Etsy. We also are on
social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I will provide
links below.

Saoirse-
Tell about yourself aside from your path and wands.

Reanna-
I enjoy cooking and making up my own recipes. I like to sew
children’s blankets and quilts that I donate to the local church. I
really like to gardening, growing herbs, flowers and playing in my
Fairy garden. I dabble in painting. I like to recycle items to keep
them out of the landfills so most of my stuff is up-cycled. I also
work with many divination tools such as Tarot, Crystal balls, Zodiac-
natal charts, Tea leaves, and Pendulums. I write memes about magick
for FB as well as some really bad poetry. I teach the basic of Tarot
and Wicca in a FB group. well, I guess I’m just your all-around
crafty Witch.

Saoirse-
My editor noticed
your fair pricing. Many merchants charge a lot more for a wand than
you do. Why do you charge what you do as opposed to what many of your
competitors do?

Reanna-
Well, we did our homework on the prices before we set out. We
saw that so many are over priced for just the simplest items. We did
not want to rip off the Pagan community like this. We feel magick
knowledge should not be misused by over pricing. To us, it seemed so
unfair and it gives our movement such a bad name in a time when we
are rising out of the shadows. Our intention was to sell a good
product at a good price. Honest and true is the only way to a secure
future. In this simple and humble way, a Wand can be in many hands.

Shared
here are some links where you can find Reanna’s
amazing goods, and have some for yourself!

This
is Reanna’s
FB

This
is Bert’s
FB

This
is the Etsy
shop

Their
Woodland
Wand Creation FB

This
is their
Pinterest
link

And
Their
Twitter
Link

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

The Future is Goddess: An Excerpt from Seven Ages of the Goddess

August, 2019

The Future is Goddess
An Excerpt from Seven Ages of the Goddess

Isis

Astarte

Diana

Hekate

Demeter

Kali

Inanna!

So goes the chant around so many fires at so many gatherings of witches, wiccans and pagans. Each name a chapter in the history-book of goddess worship, and each name still worshiped and revered today. Some believe that these goddesses are all one goddess. Some believe they are all aspects of the sacred feminine that is embodied within all goddess worship. Some believe they are all individual beings, each worthy of their own offerings, sacrifices and reverence. Whatever the practitioner’s relationship with these goddesses, the fact is that these goddesses have survived thousands of years, some possibly since before 3000 BC.

That’s over 5000 years ago, yet a mere 2000 years ago (approximately) a Middle Eastern guy who thought we could probably be much kinder to each other and all get along a little better, started a bit of a cult, which became the spiritual basis for much of the modern, mainstream religion practiced across the globe today.

The
largest religion in the world right now is Christianity, closely
followed by Islam. Two Abrahamic, patriarchal religions that have
been repeatedly regurgitated into ever new and adaptive forms by our
modern societies; at times twisted in the name of hatred, at times
used for kindness, but always in the name of God; of Yahweh
(Jehovah) or Allah. It’s inherently understood that God is male,
all powerful, and alone. There are no other gods; to say so is
blasphemy. There is also no companion; no counterpart: no goddess.

If you look hard enough at the bible, there are the odd mentions of goddesses, such as Ashtoreth (Astarte), who Solomon followed and was denounced as evil thereafter (1 Kings 11:5 and 11:6). Artemis is mentioned as a ‘man made god’ who is no god at all, though in the same verse it is written that she was worshiped in Asia and across the whole world. (Acts 19:26 and 19:27). In alternative translations of the bible it is Diana that the Ephesians worshiped. From the brief mentions we see, it’s clear that the goddess was the usurper; to be mocked, derided and forgotten.

To get a better understanding of why this might be, you have to look back beyond Christianity, beyond Judaism even, and spread your scope across the world. Take in the spirituality of the Paleolithic (stone age) humans. Look at the oldest depiction of a human being yet discovered: The Venus of Hohle Fels. This extraordinary item is a female figure carved from a mammoth tusk, and she is possibly 40,000 years old. 40,000 years. That’s approximately 20 times longer than Christianity has been around.

She has a loop which is clearly intended for a thong or similar, which tells us she is a pendant and possibly an amulet, emphasizing that this figure was obviously very important and possibly sacred or protective. She was found near the world’s oldest known musical instrument, a bone flute.

Scholars
look at her oversized breasts and genitalia and immediately rush to
the conclusion that she is all about sex; reproduction; fertility.
Because that’s what women are all about, right? When you can see
the breasts and the vulva, they must be advertising something sexual.
At least that’s the current societal viewpoint, based on
patriarchal morality and the lack of understanding regarding the
divine feminine.

I
think it’s much more likely this figurine comes from a culture
where it wasn’t considered pornographic to bare breasts or expose
vaginas. Stone-age artifacts like this one show an understanding of
the sacred nature of a woman’s body: the legs and arms are missing
because those are not unique. All humans have arms, legs and faces.
Only women have breasts and a vulva. These differences are being
revered, not mocked, and this is what makes these figures sacred.
Only the woman has the power to bear a child into the world, and
subsequently feed it. This was once seen as a powerful magic indeed.

In
today’s world, under the thumb of a predominately male-led religion
and society, women are told that their bodies are shameful.
Menstruation is seen as disgusting, and even a weakness, despite it
being a natural, biological cycle. Sex is seen as something done to
women, rather than something they participate in. Breasts have become
sexual objects, to be ogled in push up bras, and hidden away when
feeding our babies. The voice of women is constantly shushed, muted,
mocked and disbelieved. Yet the evidence above shows that when our
species was at its most basic, women were the key to the sacred and
the divine.

It is no wonder then, that so many people in the modern world are turning to goddess worship as an alternative to the dry, dusty and now outdated religions that have popped up in the last several thousand years. Paganism is marked currently as one of the fastest growing religions in the world, and while not all Pagans are sole goddess worshipers, most have a great reverence for the divine feminine in some form. The most recent census figures show that over 100000 people in the UK identify as Pagan, and approximately 1.25M people in the U.S.A., and that figure is growing exponentially as more people draw away from the religions they grew up with. About half of these recorded people name themselves as Wiccans, with the rest being druids, heathens and those who walk a veritable road map of other spiritual paths.

Disillusioned with destruction, people want a religion that teaches how to nurture and grow oneself spiritually. Tired of hate, people look to a source of love; not only for those around them, but for themselves. Catholics are told they are born with sin in their very essence. Goddess worshipers are told they are sacred, divine and connected to the universe. Christians are told their god forgives sin; the goddess teaches you to forgive yourself, and to make your own morals based on what is right and good; not what you are told.

It’s
important to understand that the goddess is not just for women. Men
have it just as hard in our gender unbalanced society. Western
culture in particular states that men should be strong and bread
winners, and women should be kind and motherly. But what happens when
the man becomes a father and wants to stay at home with his child? In
the UK, they can do this for two weeks, and only within the first 56
days of the baby’s birth. Mothers in the UK can take up to a year,
depending on their employer. When it is built into our very
government that fathers are not as important as mothers, you can
understand why men as well as women are looking for alternatives. The
Goddess smiles on all her children, male and female alike, and is
likely baffled at the notion that a man would be considered weak for
crying, being emotional or, as above, wanting to spend time with
their child; time you can never get back.

Faults like these in our political system is exactly why Goddess worship is the future. So many of our policies and procedures in western politics come from men; male religion, male leaders of church and male leaders. It is the ever-present belief that man is superior, which stems from the relatively new belief that God is a man, that has spun our world into turmoil. Yet we can still hear the voice of the Goddess, even via the deeds of those that may not consider themselves worshipers.

This excerpt is by Mabh Savage and is from Seven Ages of the Goddess, published by Moon Books and available via Amazon and all good books stores. Various pagan and spiritual authors explore the journey of Goddess worship throughout the ages and into the future.

Seven Ages of the Goddess on Amazon

Book Review – Tarot and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light by Sallie Nichols

August, 2019

Book Review
Tarot and the Archetypal Journey
The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light
by Sallie Nichols

Tarot
and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light
by Sallie Nichols. Originally published as “Jung and the Tarot”
with a 1980 copyright, and republished in 2019 by Red Wheel/Weiser,
LLC, 65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950. This is a 6
inch by 9 inch soft cover book with a matte color illustration on the
front cover and a book description on the back cover. There are 398
pages with somewhat small black typeface printed on white paper; the
quality of the printing is somewhat inferior, which could be why the
images are not very clear and appear to be reprinted rather than
original images. Tarot and the Archetypal Journey follows the
Journey of the Fool through the Major Arcana and explores the
connection between Tarot imagery and Jung’s archetypes.

We
begin with a forward by Mary K. Greer and an introduction by Laurens
van der Post. Then we dive right into one of those amazing rabbit
holes one encounters whenever we delve a bit deeper into the Tarot.
If you read nothing else in this book, the first two chapters,
“Introduction to the Tarot” and “Map of the Journey” will
bring powerful insight into the Tarot Majors/archetypes connection.
But definitely don’t stop there or you will miss the meat of the
book.

Nichols
has chosen the Marseilles Tarot (one of the oldest designs) as her
focus for this book, and that makes sense if we are exploring
traditional Tarot imagery and symbolism. What makes the Marseilles
Tarot a particularly valuable teaching tool for exploring the
subconscious is this deck does not come with a traditional LWB or
companion book; thus we can’t fall back on explanations
conveniently provided by others but must find our own.

Despite
the fact that Jung himself did not write much about the Tarot,
Nichols has been able to offer an average of 7 to 15 pages dedicated
to each of the 22 Major Arcana cards, offering images, symbolism,
history, connections to other cards, and an in-depth explanation of
the effects of the card’s corresponding archetype. That is a total
of 345 pages of information! For example, there are 12 pages and two
images in the section dedicated to the 16th card of the
Majors, titled The Tower of Destruction: The Stroke of Liberation.
Nichols speaks of the Biblical associations with this card, the
association between lightning and a spiritual message, possible
psychological interpretations for the figures falling from the tower,
comparisons to contemplate with the images in The Magician, The
Emperor, The Pope, The Popess (The High Priestess), The Hermit, The
Hanged Man and The Devil.

After
the detailed descriptions of the Major Arcana cards there is a
chapter offering information about using the cards, an explanation of
a Nine-Card Tarot Oracle Spread, some definitions, and references
identifying the many images and direct quotes presented within this
book.

This
is not a how-to-read-the Tarot book, not necessarily a beginner’s
book. It is a way to understand the power of Jungian archetypes in
combination with the symbolism of the Major Arcana, how to understand
them and use their power for personal evolution, and how to identify
their effects in order to lessen their hold upon our lives. Nichols
explains that once we begin to pay attention in this way to the
characters inhabiting the Major Arcana, they will begin to pop up
with regularity in our lives, offering us opportunities to get in
touch in a more personal way with our cards and our psyche.

I
am happy to have this book on my Tarot bookshelf; not that it will
spend much time there. I’ll be reading it, often. I will be
anticipating the effects of the cards and the archetypes on my daily
life. After all, according to Sallie Nichols, “Strange things can
happen when one confronts an archetype.”

Tarot and the Archetypal Journey: The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Book Review – Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish by Lucy Cavendish

August, 2019

Book review
Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish
by Lucy Cavendish
Pages: 208

“There
is an immense natural power in the Universe … You have this natural
power within you, and it is your birthright to learn how to work with
it,” Lucy Cavendish writes in her book, Spellbound:
The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish.

Working
spells connects you to that power that flows through everything, and
Cavendish offers enough information to harness that power. She
gleaned the contents of this book from her personal journals,
offering a grimoire – her collection of rules and laws that apply
to magic and the craft, rituals, spells, potions, meditations and
magickal notes.

This
book provides a solid introduction to understanding nature’s powers
and using them wisely. Beginning with laws and a history of spells,
Cavendish presents a spell to connect to your magickal bloodline.

Chapter
3 continues with information to time the crafting and casting spells
by the moon and the circle of the year. Building altars, magickal
tools, casting a circle, calling the quarters and the art of magickal
dressing are all covered. Working with deities is Chapter 8 while
Chapter 9 covers creating sacred space for spellcasting.

Spells are treated matter-of-factually – without mystery – as an empowering path to greater abundance and joy.

Disagreeing
with those who claim intent is everything, Cavendish writes, “Intent
is vital. But it is not everything. … Without your commitment to
gathering your ingredients, learning and studying, and casting, you
only have the strong desire to do something. When your desire teams
up with your commitment and your action, then you begin to create
magick.”

Seven
days worth of daily meditations, magic and spells offers readers the
opportunity to create a magickal life in a powerful week that has the
potential to be life changing.

Spells
for love, protection, success and abundance complete the book. A few
I found interesting include a spell for letting go of grief and one
for empaths to protect themselves. A glossary and a list of magickal
ingredients round out the book.

I
think anyone ready to take spell crafting seriously will find this a
helpful guide.

About Author Lucy Cavendish

Lucy
Cavendish is an eclectic solitary witch – drawing from a variety of
belief systems and magickal traditions – who sometimes works with
others. She created Witchcraft magazine,
has published several books and has been a feature writer for
Australian magazines.

“I
work with the word ‘witch’ because its root meaning is to ‘change
or bend’ and ‘wisdom’. Thus I see witchcraft as being a path of
change and manifestation, from natural sources, and in harmony with
natural cycles, and with awareness of the Laws of the Universe –
which, to me, are wisdom incarnate,” she wrote.

For more information, visit lucycavendish.com.au.

Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Lynn Woike

thewitchonwheels.com

All my life I have known
magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established
relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden
years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the
black-candles-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough
to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many
practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions,
tarot, herbs, gems, and as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism,
the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a
witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the
Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have
returned to an eclectic solitary practice. I am transitioning to the
life of a crone on the road, living chunks of time in a 30-year-old
school bus converted into a living space that is also sacred space.
Follow me as I share the journey that is just beginning.
thewitchonwheels

Book Review – The Darkening Age: The Christian Deconstruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey

August, 2019

Book Review
The Darkening Age
The Christian Deconstruction of the Classical World
by Catherine Nixey

I
can’t remember where I once read that we humans are creatures who
are amnesiacs. But we are, lucky for us; someone will come along and
write a book that helps us remember what we should have never
forgotten. The Darkening Age is such a book written by Catherine
Nixey.

When I was growing up, I was told the myth that Christians in the early part of their Spirituality were prosecuted for their beliefs. That the religion slowly won over the world with love and peace. I was raised being fed a Christian myth that was a bald-faced lie.

Ms. Nixey has written a book that opens the vault of time and looks back to a time that has been written over (literally) and buried beneath the dirt of both time and graves. The Darkening Age is not an attack on any belief system, but it will make you wonder what else has been covered up or deleted from the past of the world.

I
have always known that the winners wrote history. I can honestly say
that I had never really thought about the world before Christianity.
(I have my beliefs that I hold to be true, but I never thought about
the destruction of the Pagan world.) And yes, upon reading this book,
I have had my eyes opened to the atrocities that the so-called early
Christians visited upon those, that in the words of Emperor Justinian
and his Code 1.11.10.2 called, labored under the insanity of
paganism.

When I read Chapter 9 The Reckless Ones, I was reminded of the movie “Agora” starring Rachel Weisz. In the film Agora, Ms. Weisz plays Hypatia. The Reckless Ones tells the story of the group of people and their leader that killed Hypatia. (Agora tells the story of Hypatia’s from her teaching days to her death. With both, there is a complete tale.)

Most
people believe that Christian persecution began with Nero. But there
was no government-led persecution for the first 250 of Christianity.
The greatest heroes in the early church were those that died most
horribly. And if you could get yourself killed, all your previous
sins would be washed away.

The early Christian belief was that they were saving Pagans from an afterlife in Hell. And that if they had to be killed to do that, it was fine. In the fifth century there lived an Egyptian monk who is now St. Shenoute, who declared, “There is no crime for those who have Christ.” And he killed those who he saw as idol worshipers and pagans under that belief.

Many
manuscripts written by world-renowned philosophers were scrubbed
using pumice stones, and the parchments then had the Bible written on
them. So, we lost all the wisdom of the ancient world in the coming
to power of the Christian belief.

Ms. Nixey closes the book with Damascius chosing the Academy in Athens. The Academy was at the time a world renowned school of philosophy. When Damascius and his teacher Isidore first arrived in Athens the Academy was “on the brink of extreme old age” as observed by Isidore. At the age of seventy, Damascius was now fleeing again, as an exiled philosopher and at the age of seventy.

One
of the saddest sentences in this book is “The idea that
philosophers might have fought fiercely, with all they had, against
Christianity was-is-passed over.”

I
recommend this book for anyone who studies history, religious history
and wants to know more about the Pagan World that is part of our
collective history.

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World on Amazon

***

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.

MagickalArts

July, 2019

Our
Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part Four

Continuing this series of posts about the Energetic Anatomy and our seat of power that comes from ourselves as a Divine Source of co-c

The
Nadis and Meridians: Specific Energetic Pathwaysreation….

The
Nadis and Meridians are highly specialized energetic pathways that
run in multiple directions throughout our body. It is these pathways
that Chinese Medicine, Accupuncture, Accupressure and other healing
modalities make use of by way of stimulating the flow of Chi energy
to move in a non-restricted and healthful pattern.

The
Nadis
 are highly
specialized and localized pathways that align with the Chakras and
act upon the energy flow moving up the central column, inclusive of
the spine, spinal fluid, and the nerve bundles. In the Eastern
Kundalini Yoga practice the Nadis and the rising of the Ida and
Pingala coiling up the Sushumna is the serpent fire that opens the
awareness of the practitioner to union with his/her Higher Nature.

The
Ida is the lunar (Feminine) energetic path and the Pingala is the
solar (masculine) energetic path. The union achieved at the Crown
chakra is the product of the combined polarities of moon and sun,
feminine and masculine giving birth to the Divine Child of your
Higher SELF.

The
Meridians
 are the
pathways of the body that help to regulate and maintain a balance of
flow from organ to organ. Each major Meridian or channel is
responsible for a specific organ and their surrounding structures.
The Meridians play a major role in Traditional Chinese Medicine and
the treatment of dis-ease, thought to be cause by a disruption of the
natural flow of the Chi within the body.

There
are 12 major meridians in the body:
• Lung meridian

Large Intestine
• Spleen meridian
• Stomach meridian

Heart meridian
• Small intestine meridian
• Bladder
meridian
• Kidney meridian
• Pericardium
(Circulation/Sex) meridian
• Triple Warmer meridian

Liver meridian
• Gallbladder meridian

Exercise:

Let’s
begin with a very simple exercise to run pure energy through the
chakras

A
Chakra Renewal Meditation

©Robin Fennelly 2002

Turn
your focus and attention to your breath. Allow your consciousness to
move with the rise and fall of your chest and the filling and release
of the lungs. Continue in this manner for several breaths, allowing
each to become softer, smoother and slower. Now, shift your awareness
to visualize seven clear glass spheres within your energetic self,
each aligned with a specific chakra point along the central column.
And approx. 7-8 inches above your head is an eighth glass sphere.
This is the transpersonal chakra; the gateway between your parts of
Self and the Divine.

Beginning
at the root chakra, visualize the sphere filling with ruby red energy
and light. As it continues to fill it becomes larger and more
brilliant in color and form. When it has reached full capacity, turn
your awareness to the sphere just above it.

Visualize
this sphere filling with vivid orange energy and light. As it
continues to fill the sphere becomes larger and more brilliant in
color and form. When it has reached full capacity, turn your
awareness to the sphere just above it.

Visualize
this sphere filling with sunshine yellow energy and light. As it
continues to fill the sphere becomes larger and more brilliant in
color and form. When it has reached full capacity, turn your
awareness to the sphere just above it.

Visualize
this sphere filling with emerald green energy and light. As it
continues to fill the sphere becomes larger and more brilliant in
color and form. When it has reached full capacity, turn your
awareness to the sphere just above it.

Visualize
this sphere filling with sky blue energy and light. As it continues
to fill the sphere becomes larger and more brilliant in color and
form. When it has reached full capacity, turn your awareness to the
sphere just above it.

Visualize
this sphere filling with indigo blue energy and light. As it
continues to fill the sphere becomes larger and more brilliant in
color and form. When it has reached full capacity, turn your
awareness to the sphere just above it.

Visualize
this sphere filling with amethyst purple energy and light. As it
continues to fill the sphere becomes larger and more brilliant in
color and form. When it has reached full capacity, turn your
awareness to the sphere just above it.

You
have reached the uppermost sphere, that of your transpersonal space.
See this sphere fill with brilliant white light. It pulses radiant
light and seems brighter than those below it in clarity and
intensity. When it has reached capacity, see all the spheres equal in
size, perfectly transparent and filled to capacity with colors that
are clear and vibrant. Allow this image to permeate your being for
several minutes. Feel the strength and power in each of the spheres
and connect with this enlivening energy, engaging all of your
sensations.

Visualize
a line of energy moving upwards from the ruby red sphere of the root
chakra. This energetic pathway is the same hue of red as that
contained within the sphere itself. It moves, and swirls and as it
reaches upwards it blends and mingles with the orange energy within
the sphere of the belly chakra. Allow the integration and synthesis
of this energy to build and circulate.

Now,
extend this energy and visualize it moving upwards towards the yellow
of the sacral chakra. Allow it to blend and merge creating an
energetic column connecting each of the three spheres in turn. Each,
feeding one into the other, merging and unifying into a singular
stream of vibrant and pulsing energy. Continue in this manner moving
up through each of the chakra points rising all the way up and ending
at the transpersonal chakra.

When
reaching the transpersonal chakra, allow the brilliant white energy
of the transpersonal sphere to pulse, infused with crystalline
luminosity. As this energy builds it becomes brighter, fuller and
more expansive. Allow this energy to grow and expand until it is
overflowing and spilling down, pouring its energy into each of the
spheres below it. Each, in turn filling with the brilliance of Light,
the vibrancy of their individual colors fading and folding into the
density of a brilliance of white. This transformation continues
downward through each chakra and when it returns to the root chakra
allow this energy to circulate, moving up and cascading down through
each of the chakras for as long as is needed.

When
you feel energized and have a sense of balance, beginning at the
transpersonal chakra, see this energy slowly dissipate as each globe
clears and returns to a state of transparent glass. Move downward
from one sphere to the next. Each in turn fading in brilliance,
returning to its resting state of transparency and size.

When
you have returned to the root chakra and the spheres are once again
clear pure transparent glass, chant a sustained “ OM “ to
complete the working and coalesce the rate of vibration within each
of the chakra columns in each of the subtle bodies.

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)

***

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 at
Robin
Fennelly
 

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Perimenopause: A Spiritual Threshold

July, 2019

The special powers and sensibilities of women (especially menstrual powers) are central to the Wise Woman tradition. Men in the Wise Woman tradition find the wise woman within themselves and become her. In the Wise Woman tradition, we nourish. We do not fix or cure or balance…health/wholeness/holiness comes through nourishment. Healing occurs in the ground of woman power, in the ground of heart-centered compassion…Nourishment encourages expansion and growth. Nourishment includes. Nourishment supports each being as unique, holy, individual. Nourishing our problems encourages love for all parts of ourselves.

-Susan S. Weed from “Healing Wise”

(Haida Gwaii Beachcombing Collage by Jennifer Engracio)

Recently, I was talking to a friend who is also at the threshold of perimenopause about the changes she is experiencing as a woman at this age. Neither of us have ever been forty-four before, after all! And it turns out that we are feeling similarly at this point in our development even though we lead quite different lives in many ways. Ellen Besso’s article on menopause being a time for women to go inside in order to heal deeper emotional wounds makes sense to me. I feel my psyche is mature enough now to go there–that I can finally parent myself compassionately through the pieces I discover: pretty and ugly. Recently, I’ve been able to unearth the root cause of many issues that plagued me my whole life. And I have faith that my body will continue to heal as that process completes itself with the support of homeopathic medicines, practicing living aloha, and ceremony. I also feel that there is a deeper level of spiritual fulfillment that I am starting to venture into. I don’t know what this is going to look like and I am curious about how all of this is unfolding.

When
these psychological shifts started happening along with the
physiological ones, I didn’t put the two together. I initially
thought I was losing my zest for life or that there was something
wrong with my dreaming and manifesting skills that I’d always been
able to lean on. What I see now is that there is a really profound
change happening in all of my energy bodies requiring me to rest and
introspect more. Gone are the days of rushing through life to get as
many things done as possible. I find myself reflecting on what I’ve
accomplished in my life so far. Morbid thoughts come and go: If I
died tomorrow, would the legacy I leave behind be enough? Somewhere
along the way, part of life has become about achieving things as a
way to validate my existence somehow. As if taking up space isn’t
alright unless I am contributing in ways that the mainstream culture
approves of. These thoughts are fleeting though. These false beliefs
are what I am letting go of as they arise in my consciousness. This
is the transcendence that is presently taking place.

I’ve
been going on the long walk to the beach most mornings here on Haida
Gwaii in Northwestern Canada. It is late spring and nature is alive
and blooming. Most mornings, I walk through the bird sanctuary, the
dark and cool rainforest and its ethereal cemetery until I get spat
out onto the big open ocean. I breathe in the salty air and thank the
Goddess I am here in all this beauty. It is all I can do to keep
taking it all in, allowing its magic to fill every cell of my body.
This morning, I rode a bike so I could spend more time on the beach
looking for agates, shells and beach glass. I haven’t ridden a bike
around the ‘hood like that since I was in elementary school; this
made my inner kid indescribably happy. I bumped up and down the
trails giggling to myself as I went. Ironically, even though I work
with children, there are things I forgot about slowing down to kids’
pace–like the details and moments I notice when I am not on a
mission to get somewhere. I spend my days wandering and beachcombing
for treasures that maybe only I will find beautiful. But then, when I
was a kid, I didn’t care if other folks thought these finds had
value. I am going back to a time when all there was was me and
Spirit. Back then, I was conscious of what was happening in the now
and nothing else. I can sense something being rejuvenated inside
myself even while I don’t know exactly what it is. And I don’t
feel I need to know. I know it’s all as it should be.

This
is the first time I’ve given myself a “victory vacation” where
I am celebrating all of the accomplishments and challenges I’ve
transitioned through in my life. And there have been a lot of them!
My inner landscape has completely changed. I am in a space where
nothing new has emerged to place my focused energy on. I am in the
dreaming of creation. Little wisps of inspiration and interest come
my way, yet something has yet to really take hold. Strangely, I am
not panicking about this like I would have done in my thirties. My
ego keeps telling me I should be worried, but I am really not and
this is liberating. I feel more present lately–like I did when I
was a kid. Susun S. Weed describes this further in her incredible
book “Healing Wise”:

In the Wise Woman tradition, all health…begins with a return to the void. To…become whole, we turn again around the spiral of our life…The void is woman power: simultaneously dynamic and relaxed; empty yet completely full, satiated yet always consuming; creative, abundant, insatiable, unfillable, unquenchable, wild, having nothing to receive, knowing everything is already present, completely calm. Here in the void lives the Crone.

If
I had a wish for women my age, it would be to surrender to this
process. Fear of the unknown is natural, however, I hope we can
remember to celebrate all of the things we’ve accomplished and
overcome in our lives and to “nourish” our current challenges.
It’s good to acknowledge the enormity of this with all of the
responsibilities pulling on women in the world! I recommend that
women take time for reflection so they can really be in this new
psychological and spiritual landscape they find themselves in as they
prepare to enter their crone years. I’ve found solace and insight
speaking to fellow sisters who are going through this stage of life
and I really encourage you to do the same if you are in the same boat
with us! I have a feeling an exciting and edgy new journey is
beginning…for all of us if we can find the courage to welcome the
elder we are becoming.

Resources:

Article:
The Change: Medical Problem or Spiritual Passage? By Ellen Besso

https://www.life.ca/naturallife/0608/spiritual_menopause.htm

Book: “Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal)” by Susun S. Weed

“Haida
Gwaii Beachcombing” collage by Jennifer Engrácio

***

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

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’S Shamanic Journey into Healing on Amazon

Gael Song

July, 2019

The
Druid Garden, Edible Forest Magic

Because
I worry about the overuse of chemicals across the earth, monoculture
on huge farms that leave the soil depleted, the clear cutting of
trees for building, so soil that has taken 500 years to build up is
washed away in the next big storm or two, I am hooked on
edible forest gardens! They are meant to be as simple as can be,
ending up as a hunter-gatherer’s dream come true. And EASY! All
those Monsanto chemicals kill the network of tiny micronutrients in
the soil, too, organisms that break down organic matter into forms
the plants and trees can absorb. Without micronutrients, plants and
trees starve. If you are using herbicides on your grass, stop,
now! Overuse of chemicals has killed off most of the honeybees, too,
so those massive farms are now in a pollinator crisis. But honeybees
think an edible forest garden is heaven on earth and come zooming in
to thrive all summer long. If food grows scarce in the future from
all those Monsanto misuses, the edible forest garden is my personal
hope for a simple and natural solution. Everyone should have one!

This
year, I moved into a new home, (one I own as opposed to rentals for
many years) so, I could FINALLY have an edible garden of my very own!
This has been the most fun part of moving, joy that is only
beginning as the apples and blueberries plump up and ripen. I will
take you through the whole building process, so you can see how any
five year old could do this. Beginning a garden after a move is the
best possible time because my gardens always begin with sheet
mulching, a permaculture technique in which cardboard is laid down
over grass and weighted with a few stones to keep it from blowing
away. I recycled very little cardboard from my move. And in 3-4
months, the grass underneath has died and the cardboard disintegrated
to become organic matter in the soil, enriching it. Be sure to remove
the plastic tape and staples, though (the plastic comes off as easily
as can be after the cardboard has been outside through a few rains).
Sheet mulching eliminates the need for rototilling or digging to turn
grass under, both of which also disturb the micronutrient network
beneath the soil for 2 years or more. Sheet mulching is a peaceful,
simple way to prepare an area for planting, cardboard best laid down
in the fall for spring planting.

Every
edible forest garden has three layers, a tall tree canopy, an
intermediate height shrubby level, and ground covers. Many druids
believe in three realms; above, middle, and below just like this. And
a forest garden especially is druid to the core! And once the
ground covers fill in, there’s no need for mulching with bark or
sawdust on the soil level. I was surprised how many plants will fruit
or bear under a thin tree canopy in dappled shade. And plants in
edible forest gardens are meant to be perennial. Yes, perennial! This
means NO digging once the initial planting is done (with the possible
exception of a bit of weeding before those ground covers fill in Such
edible forest gardens have the most PEACEFUL undisturbed feeling when
they mature, like Eden. And one can walk through and harvest nuts or
fruit or greens for years to come with very little care. I only add
compost around my forest plants in the spring, for compost is loaded
with micronutrients, and all my plants sigh in pleasure when it gets
watered in, I can feel it. Then, aside from harvesting, which is pure
delight, not work, and a bit of pruning or weeding, and organic
spraying on the fruit trees if pests come in (I’ve dusted mine with
spinosad only once this year), that’s the only work an edible
forest garden needs every year.

Some
of the plants can get out of hand, and you’ll have to decide how
much of this you want to tolerate when you choose what to put in.
Most edible forest gardens look like a jungle when they mature. But I
am one of those folks who likes neat drawers, closets, and gardens,
so I put my plants in sections, rounded edges (another permaculture
principle, no straight lines. Research shows there is much more
growth and activity with curved borders between plants.), with a path
up through them that is mulched in brown bark. So, it all looks
exactly like a tree with branches of plant families and companions,
as druid as can be. See the photo above (taken before the chicken
wire went up to keep out the very chubby groundhog family living
nearby who entertain me every evening now that they are no longer
eating my dill and lettuce to the ground!). The mulch in the small
beds is sawdust I got free from a nice man who cuts and sells wood
for heating a few houses away (You do need to add some nitrogen when
using mulches because they deplete it when they break down, a little
manure, for instance.). Next year or maybe by fall, all those saw
dusted areas should be filled in and green. By spring of next
year, I will have zero mulching to do. Only adding some
nutrient rich compost here and there and popping yummy produce into
my mouth!

So,
let’s talk about plants that will thrive in a part shade, forested
space. Of course, this greatly depends on the climate, and you’ll
need to check what temperature number your own location is in when
you choose what to put in. I’m in southern New England, so a lot of
the edible plants in the texts about them won’t work here, heat and
jungle type plants mostly. (In the south, you can have a ball with
this!). Many edible forest plants I read about in texts also are
quite unusual, hard to find, and with acquired tastes and reactions
one has to watch out for if they aren’t cooked properly (like
sunchokes-cook those babies really well or you will be on the pot all
night long!). In my own little garden, I chose trees with leaves and
branching patterns that don’t completely block the sun. I have a
Butternut tree (sometimes called a white walnut), a white Oak for
acorns (just shell them, boil for 10 minutes, changing the water
three to four times to get out the tannins, and grind up immediately
[they get hard very quickly] and store in the freezer for use in
baking, very nutritious, indeed and as druid as trees!
A friend of mine suggested putting them in a pillow case and running
them through the washing machine to get out the tannins but I haven’t
tried that yet, maybe this year. Tannins make the nuts bitter, a
taste that is hard to get rid of in your mouth, too. The Native
Americans put their acorns in nets and left them in streams for a few
days to get the bitterness out. And it’s impossible to get tannins
out of black oak acorns, no matter how much rinsing you do. Use fruit
only from oaks with rounded tips on their leaves, not the pointed
ones, and you’ll be fine. I have Paw-Paw trees in my edible garden,
too, which are native to the US, even in the north, fruit well in
part shade, and grow large delicious fruit that tastes like vanilla
pudding! Yum! And I put in a small fig tree, too, which is hardly
native and not truly hardy here. But a friend of mine has figs he’s
grown for many years in his orchard. He makes a columnar box of 2”
thick, hard insulation, ties the fig branches loosely together in a
tall central stalk, and puts the insulation box over them after one
or two frosts in early November here. The insulation box needs to go
all the way to the ground and be tied or weighted down to survive
winter storms, too Then my friend takes the box off just as the
weather starts to warm in spring, just before the last frost in early
April (protecting the tree if there is a late frost but opening it up
to air out as the warmth comes in. Leaving the insulation on too late
results in mold all over the tree.) And his figs are leafed out and
budded with fruit well ahead of the rest of his orchard and produce
really well with this method. I’ve been aching to try this ever
since he first showed me. And I put in a semi-dwarf cherry tree and
apple here, too, both of which I keep pruned down to a reachable
level. (Most fruit trees now are grafted to roots of smaller growing
types, so they will not get too large and need far less pruning than
the older, full-height varieties.) So, those are my tree canopy
plants for my first-year forest garden. I have a feeling my edible
forest “tree” will be expanding and growing with new plants every
year, but this was enough for me right after a move. I am aching for
several more varieties of apples and cherries, a plum, and a native
persimmon, though. (Edible forest gardening can be a bit addictive,
fair warning!)

My
shrub level then has elderberries, raspberries, and half-high
blueberry bushes, too (North Country, with fruit that tastes like
those wonderful lowbush Maine wild ones). Wild blueberry pie, mmmm!
I’ve planted the raspberries in their own section on the side of
the yard and will mow the narrow strip in between other “branches”
of my forest garden, since raspberries send shoots off into the wild
blue yonder and need to be contained a bit if you don’t want them
all over your yard. All these are easy care plants, too, only the
raspberries needing any canes that have turned brown cut to the
ground after summer fruiting (not the fall fruiting or you’ll have
no berries next summer!) All plants need regular watering, soil full
of humus, and most need good drainage as well.

Of course, the ground cover level is lowbush blueberries! Along with alpine strawberries, both of which fruit well in dappled sun/shade, so are utterly perfect for a forest garden. I have regular strawberries, too, in front, so they get the sun they need, along with herbs like sage and rosemary, etc. I added a very few annual plants in between this year, too, since there’s so much sun under the new little trees and space between baby ground cover plants I could not resist filling in with eggplant, cabbage, lettuces, parsley, nasturtiums for my salads, and dill (These all need full sun). Once my trees grow big enough and the ground covers take over, the veggies will need a sunny spot of their own. And, of course, they have to be planted every year, so are not true edible forest garden plants, taking more work and requiring digging every year. But there are perennial vegetables, too; onions, leeks, broccoli that is mostly like cauliflower, asparagus, spinaches, and many more to choose from that I haven’t listed here. (See the book Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier, the edible garden guru.)

Put
on your druid robe as you plant and carry your wizard wand, for this
is the happiest, most delightful and druid way of gardening there is
in the world. You’ll create your own Avalon. And you’ll have
moons of delicious things to eat with little to no work to
produce them. There you have it, edible forest gardening, as magic as
can be!

***

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 Arthurian Fulfillment on Amazon

St. Louis Pagan Picnic

July, 2019

Every
year for the past 27 years in Tower Grove Park in early June you will
find a gathering of Pagans. This picnic is a fantastic start to the
festival season in Missouri. 2019 was the first year that my husband
and I were able to go for both days of the picnic. This year the
picnic was able to boast that they had nearly 100 vendors. The
vendors are in the middle of the picnic. The picnic coordinators are
hoping to welcome even more next year.

On
Saturday at 10 AM, there was an opening ritual. Ritual is on the
south side of the vendor’s row. The Ritual takes place in an area
that is marked by flags for each compass point. It is always open to
all who want to participate.

Speakers
start their presentations at 11 AM and go until 3 PM both days. The
lectures take place on the north side of the vendors’ row. There were
so many speakers this year, but I could only pick a few because there
are four presentations every hour. Speakers only took an hour for a
lecture; many also-ran vendor stalls while at the festival too.

Celia
was there her talk was titled “Adventures of an Everyday
Goddess,” and we could hear her singing during her lecture too.
Reverend Don Lewis-Highcorrell was there talking about Cornellian
Soul. Mickie Mueller taught about “Magical Self-Care During
Hard Times. Reverend Bill Duvendack was there teaching about
“Astrological Timing of Rituals.” And Sunday started with
Oberon Zell giving a presentation on “Awakening into Quantum
Consciousness.” (there were so many more that I didn’t get to
hear this time around.)

At
the St. Louis Pagan Picnic, there are a lot of local artists,
writers, and teachers that give lectures. If there is a time that you
don’t want to go to hear a speaker, you can sit on the south side of
the vendors’ row at the Bardic Circle. At the Bardic Circle, they
have some great singers and Dancers. Celia also was at the Bardic
Circle. At another time, you could catch Mama Gina or watch Sugar
Cyanide dance.

My husband and I purchased a Tarot deck and a refillable book from artist Karen Swartz, who has a shop on Etsy, Talenshistudios. The Tarot deck is called “A Darisa Tarot.” I found that the Tarot deck is genderless to be a unique aspect that makes reading with it more accessible in so many ways.

Another
vendor I adore is “Chaos Emporium.” She has a shop in South
County Mall in St. Louis. Her shop and her vendor space deal with
corsets, hats, gloves, and some beautiful Parasols. (I had to get a
purple one to go with the primary color I wear daily.)

I also found a new vendor that I hope is there again next year, Obsidian Sithin. They have amazing wooden puzzles. (I purchased a Unicorn from them. I want to get more of their puzzles.)

***

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.

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