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    Learning To Just Be

    The sun was setting low in the west, a light breeze ruffled her hair as she strolled along the shore gathering seashells. One more thing to bring into the house, he’d say, he doesn’t like clutter, lol, but he loves her so he puts up with her clutter. Both of them are pack rats, each pretending not to be, but acknowledging the other as one. She took tonight off, off from doing house work, laundry, gardening or making jewelry. It’s the night before the full moon, the sky is clear, the light sparkling with the salt from the sea. She felt such a need to be here tonight, away from…

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    My Staff and its Consecration

    I’ve seen the staves of other Pagans, and was really impressed by them, especially the handmade ones. Being a Tool, as well as wanting one while taking nature walks, I decided to make a Staff of my own. I had picked up a number of bundles of strong bamboo lengths from Pier 1 Imports, not knowing what I was gonna do with them, just knowing I might have a need sometime. That time came. I took what was the thickest and strongest length, and sanded the whole thing, to expel the commerciality of its origin as well as to introduce it to my own personal energy. I glued a perfectly…

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    Oil Blends and Magickal Meditations

    Oil for releasing negative energy 2 bergamot 2 drops sandalwood 1 drop rosewood 1 drop ylang ylang Mix essential oils in 1/2 Ounce carrier oil (Almond, Grapeseed, Safflower, Olive, etc) Meditation for releasing negative energy Chose a small black candle. (Or use white for all purpose) Anoint the candle with the oil, working away from you (drawing negativity outward) with one or both hands. You can also lightly anoint yourself if you desire. While anointing your candle, state your purpose, mentally or out loud. Example… "I charge this candle release of negativity!" Place the candle in the holder and light it. Sit in a comfortable position where you can view…

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    One of our Greatest Strengths is our Greatest Weakness

    The current political climate in this country has caused me to consider a few things more deeply. Although the Pagan/Wiccan community has made incredible strides in the last few decades, we are seeing ourselves challenged more and more. Admittedly, with the incredible rise of non-Christian faiths growing like wildfire in the U.S., Christians are most certainly feeling threatened and invaded. I do think we must keep this in mind when dealing with them. However, part, if not most, of the current challenges that the “Christian Right” has levied towards us is due to our own apathy. This “apathy” is at the crux of the issues. Almost all flavors or Paganism…

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    Pagan as Free-Thinkers

    What happens so often in any community is the need to conform to the social and societal norms of the community at large. Pagans and Wiccans are no different and continue to fall into this very trap time and time again. So often we attempt to take what is so wonderful about paganism and squish it into a box that was really meant for the book religions of the world. Now, in all fairness, there are many reasons to try and do that. Some include the legalities of what is considered a “religion” under the law. But I am not talking about that specifically. I am really focusing on the…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Fool (0) “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Chinese Proverb Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a young traveler dressed in colorful motley clothes. Tied to his staff is a nap-sack; in his free hand is a single rose. The sun, in all its glory, shines behind him, and a small, lively dog follows his heels. Walking toward the edge of an impending cliff, the Fool seems blissfully unaware of the fall awaiting him. Symbols: Young Person (Youth): Naivety, innocence Single White Rose: Purity, nonsexual love Sunrise: New beginnings Staff: Active creativity Cliff: ‘The Fall’ into worldly experience Hills/Mountains: Struggles, adversity Motley Dress: Foolishness,…

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    The Ancestors Within

         Eventually, every inquisitive child asks the question, "Where did I come from?" Perhaps some, with that same innocence and curiosity, never stop asking this question all through life, all along their Spiritual path. Looking for the answer will help us find the Ancestors within.            Deep within us lies a vast fortune of information about who we are and where we came from. As Spirits incarnated into a physical body, we are the product of a chain of events going back farther than we could ever imagine. We can see examples of this chain in everyday life — if we choose to look.            Our bodies are each a product…

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    The Healing Work Of Stones

    Our true essence, or soul is not limited to the mere confines of our fleshly bodies. It actually expands for quite a ways out from our body for several feet. This expansion is called our aura. Most healers agree that illness begins in the aura. At the very least, the aura is affected by illness, so treating it, along with our body itself, is very important and necessary. In taking care of our aura as well is our body, we can insure that many illnesses don’t happen in the first place, then they’ll not need to be healed. One easy way to do this for yourself is to incorporate the…

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    The Warrior Goddess

    Respecting Yourself by Respecting Your Opposite In the last article I talked about how women were not inferior to men and how throughout history there were many women warriors. Often times when a woman talks about women warriors many think that she believes that women are superior to men. This is not what I believe, so I hope this sets the record straight right now. The first thing a warrior goddess must learn is that male and female warriors are equal, absolutely and completely. Men and women are different sides of the same coin. I have heard so many Pagan women talk about how females are superior to males. I…

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    Which Witch is Witch?

    I have been reading a lot lately about what it means to be a Witch. This is a topic very close to home and one that I now feel compelled to comment on. I grew up on a small farm in rural Tennessee. When I was about seven or eight years old my grandmother explained to me that she was a Witch and by heredity so was I. To me, this didn’t seem like a great revelation but it was confusing because the only real concept I had of what a Witch was, was the either scary hags in fairy tales or the over the top witch called “Witch Hazel”…