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    The Path of a Priestess

    Do you find spirituality to be a fleeting feeling?  Feeling spiritual mainly in times of need?  Feeling spiritual when you feel it is the proper time to?  How about when you want or need something?  Or when someone else you feel is spiritual is around?  And, let’s not forget on holidays! Spirituality is an important part of life and should be felt on a daily basis.  It improves mental and physical health brings us through the bad moments in life and, also, helps us to see and appreciate the good.  Picture it as day or night.  They are beautiful but how much more beautiful are they with the sun’s rays…

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    Wise Woman Tradition

    The Goddess is Alive in Every Woman The True Story of How She Came to Be, How She Disappeared, & How She Returned In the beginning, everything began, as it always does, with birth. The Great Mother of All gave birth, and the Earth began to breathe. Again, and again, and again, the Great Mother gave birth. And the plants began to breathe and the animals began to breathe and the two-legged ones began to breathe. All forms of life began to breathe. To breathe, to live. In the air, on the land, in the water, and even in the fires of deep sulfurous vents where light never shines, all…

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    Standing at the Crossroads

    This month’s column is a subject that some of you might find disturbing or just plain “icky”. If you stick with me, though, I promise I am not advocating wholesale slaughter and random killing of sweet brown-eyed critters. <g>. I also promise that I won’t get graphic. It’s butchering time out where I live. Folks are getting ready to fill their freezers and smokehouses with hogs, cows, and chickens. A lot of the folks in my area are either Amish or they simply do things the way their parents, grandparents, etc… down the line did things. Yes, they add in a lot of technology to help them do it, but…

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    Beltaine – Southern Hemisphere

    Beltaine, also called May Day by many Christians. This Sabbat celebrates the fertility and union of the Horned God and the Goddess. At this time, life is renewing itself. Birds and animals are mating. In the fields, newly planted seeds are beginning to grow. Great fires are lit honoring the fertility God Belenos. Some leap the fires to show the exuberance of the season. A Maypole is erected and bright ribbons are hung on it. The Maypole, a phallic symbol, represents the masculine. The soft colored ribbons are the feminine. The union of the two symbolizes the union of the God and Goddess. This is the time to fertilize your…

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    Samhain – Northern Hemisphere

    Samhain: Shadowfest (Strega), Martinmas (Celtic/Scottish) Samhain, popularly known as Halloween, is the Witches’ New Year. This is the last of the three harvest Sabbats marking the end of the growing seasons. Celtic custom decreed that all crops must be gathered by sundown on April 31st. It is a time when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. Deceased ancestors and other friendly spirits are invited to join in Sabbat festivities and be reunited with loved ones. In Ireland it is still custom to leave candles in the windows and plates of food for the visiting spirits. Keep a fire lit or a candle burning all…

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    HearthBeats Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Merry Meet . Blessings of the season to you all, it is my favorite time of year. Samhain, the witches New Year, Halloween, it means so many different things to different people. For Wiccans, Witches and Pagans .. it is one of the most involved Sabbats we have.. We celebrate the death of the year.. we also celebrate and respect our dead, our ancestors. For many of us the veil between the worlds is so much thinner now.. and we have a much easier time talking to and connecting with our ancestors. Many of us have a Dumb Supper. A meal that we prepare with much respect and caring, and…

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    Craftin With Hootie

    Are you Ready? There is a notable chill in the air. In the distance you can smell warn sage mixed with an apply smell. A deeper breath reveals the faint smell of sulfur and you know that you are getting closer. As you make your way carefully down the secluded path, winding through the woods, deeper and farther away from prying eyes, you hear the faint but rhythmic tapping on a drum and you know now that it is close. It seems like such a forbidden act, sneaking off without telling anyone of where you are going. So exciting as you get closer and now you can see the flicker…

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    Crystal Song, Chapter 3

    Chapter 3 Sai, as soon as she had left the gates of the city, let the hood of her cloak fall. Her feet picked up the pace of a run as her cloak billowed out behind her. She called out with her mind to her friend behind the waterfall but received no answer. her soft slippered feet ran surely along the slippery rock along the falls. Her breathing became labored as she picked up the pace. “Please, please” Sai chanted in her mind. She scrambled up the rocks near the falls. The roar of the water against the deastone seemed to be deafening.  This time and the peace and serenity…

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    October

    Derives it’s name from the eighth month of the oldest Roman calendar, Octem. Moon: The Blood Moon – The name Blood Moon comes from the custom of killing and salting down live stock for the upcoming winter months, not from sacrifice as some think. Astrological Signs: Libra, Scorpio. Nature Spirits: Frost faeries, plant faeries. Herbs: Pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock. Colors: Dark blue-green. Flowers: Calendula, marigold, cosmos. Scents: Strawberry, apple blossom, cherry. Stones: Opal, rose sapphire, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise. Trees: Yew, cypress, acacia. Animals: Stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion. Birds: Heron, crow, robin. Deities: Astarte, Belili, Cernunnos, Demeter, Hathor, Horned God, Ishtar, Kore, Lakshmi, the Morrigan, Osiris, The…

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    The Days of October

    October 1 On this date (approximately), hundreds of thousands of Muslims make a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca to kiss and touch the Black Stone (one of the original building blocks of a veiled shrine) and to worship their god Allah. They then drink some water from the nearby sacred Well of Ishmael, and journey up into the hills of Safa and Marwa to recite prayers. October 2 Guiding Spirits Day. On this day, light a white candle on you altar and give thanks to your spirit guide (or guides) for guarding over you and guiding you through your spiritual development. If you wish to communicated with or meet…