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    The Door to the Beyond: Mental Health and Paganism

    Introduction      Merry Meet, my name is Moss Bliss. I have been an Initiated Wiccan since 1983, the middle part of my spiritual trek. (The Third Movement, so to speak, is developing as I learn to integrate all spirituality into one through my studies in Kashmir Shaivism, adding a couple thousand years’ worth of written works to my pagan beliefs.)      I have also been considered "weird", "sick", "disturbed", etc. since about the age of three (due to a period of sexual abuse by my uncle and brother, which my mother has begun to accept recently). I went from doctor to doctor, my parents trying to find some medical excuse for what…

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    The Darker Side of Things

    This month, I am posting more spells on the darker side. Sometimes it is what is needed in our lives. One thing I like to tell witches: You dont have to practice all magick, but learn as much as possible as you never know when you will need it. THE KARMIC CURSE OF PAIN This curse shall be layed on the victim while burning an image of the victim in the flame of a black candle or while burning a black image candle inscribed with their name and containing personal affects of theIrs. If possible,do this in a graveyad at midnite under a waning moon. As the candle or image…

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    The Darker Side of the Higher Ones

    Sekhmet (Sakhmet, Sachmet, Sekhet) -*Powerful one*- -*Sun Goddess*- -*Destroyer*- -*Mistress of Dread*- -*Lady of Pestilence*- -*Avenger of Wrongs*- -*Scarlet Lady*- -*One Before Whom Evil Trembles-* -*The Lady of Slaughter*- -*Lady of Flame*- -*Goddess of Healing*- -*Defender of Ma’at*- Sekhmet is depicted as a lion-headed woman with the sun disk and uraeus serpent headdress. Although she is connected with Bast, she has no relationship with the cat goddess. They are two distinct goddesses in their own rights – the Egyptians did not claim they were siblings of any kind. Bast and Sekhmet were an example of Egyptian duality – Sekhmet was a goddess of Upper Egypt, Bast of Lower Egypt (just…

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    THE COST OF WAR…….AND FAMILIES

    This Is a hard article to write, specifically because right now I’m dealing with my own pain and hardship back home and may wind up on emergency leave soon enough. I guess writing is a good release and this is a good vent for me. Pain makes you question why we are really here and is the reason we’re here really worth all the pain it brings. I’ve seen war tear apart families time and time again and it got so bad the Army had to focus a whole program on why and then they made a band-aid to fix the problem. At last count we were at 2700 or…

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    The Ancient Greek Festival of Thargelia

    The Thargelia was a festival celebrated in ancient Greece every spring. It occurred on the 6th and 7th days of the month Thargelion. The name of the month actually takes its name from this festival. (1) As the ancient calendar was a luni-solar calendar, and our modern one is a solar calendar, the dates will not remain constant from year to year. Thus, this year Thargelia will begin at sundown on May 3rd and continue until sundown on the 5th. The festival lasted for two days, and it had two separate components to it. The first day is sacred to Artemis, as the 6th of the month was universally regarded…

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    Tarot Talk

    INTERPRETING THE CARDS The Tarot’s meanings can be personal and subjective to each of us in accordance with our unique experiences and views of the world. For this reason there are no immutable or absolute definitions that can be applied to the cards. The cards mean what our intuition and experience tell us they mean, and this can differ from person to person. As you study the cards do not be afraid to allow your inner voice to suggest nuances of meaning. When examining the Tarot, you’ll notice that the titles, illustrations, and symbols of certain cards seem to openly convey their meaning, while the informative clues for other cards…

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    Talking with Guides or Spirits

    Something asked of me by a student of mine got me to thinking. He asked "if you clearly hear a guide, are you really hearing anyone, or merely what you want to hear?" That was a wonderful thought, and I hope this brief jotting of my learnings will help others in their communications. I’m going to share some of my experiences in speaking to my guide, Set, and others including my soul/spirit brothers who have already passed over in this life. My soul/spirit brothers are not yet guides for they are still on the path of enlightenment and shall be reborn again. They share lives with my mate and I…

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    Stone Writing’s May

    The image above is a painting by Belenus. It depicts the Venus of Willendorf and is entitled: Primordial Venus Primordial Venus Venus was the Roman goddess of love and beauty and worshiped originally as a goddess of fertility, both of the human and nature varieties. Her name has been assigned to the small prehistoric figurines that have been found throughout Europe, from western France, to western Russia. They are, essentially, small Paleolithic figurines of women. The age of the Venus figurines covers a time span from 27,000 years ago, to 20,000 years ago. The Venus figurines have been found in many forms, carved in stone, ivory and wood, and also…

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    Peace and Bullies

    Peace and Bullies PEACE will come when people live In friendship, side by side, And cherish understanding More than hatred, greed and pride. PEACE will come when people see All people as the same, And no one has to live in fear, In ignorance, or shame. PEACE will come when people Who are needy can reach out For shelter, food, or love, And no one has to do without. PEACE will come when people Learn to listen and to care About the rights and dignity Of people everywhere. PEACE will come when love and trust And kindness know rebirth, And on that day all people Will rejoice in peace on…

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    Pagan Culture Never Died

         Pagan culture never died. It changed, was hidden, became hushed — but never died. We can look around and see that many of the Old ways are still part of everyday life. Here’s a few examples. What others can you see in your own surroundings?            A personal favorite is the candle-magic ritual we do once a year, celebrating one’s incarnation with the chant "Happy Birthday to you." A wish is made, the candles blown out and gifts given. This custom dates back to worship of Artemis, Greek Goddess of the Moon. On Her day, cakes were baked in the shape of a crescent moon and decorated with candles. If…