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    Celtic Awareness

    Ancient Samhain Rituals 2,000 years ago, the Celts who lived in the region now known as Ireland, Northern France, and the United Kingdom, celebrated their new year on the 1st. day of November. The New Year symbolized the end of the harvest and of summer and the commencement of the cold, gloomy, dark days of winter, oftentimes, this time of year was associated with death. The Celts believed the hours of darkness preceding the new year, was the time when the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest, and it was on this night October 31 that the Celts celebrated Samhain, at what time it was…

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    ChaosSun’s Crafts

    God’s Eye An oldie but goodie!! I think I’ve seen these made at nearly every school I attended in life. So lets get started First off your gonna need a few things! Items Needed: *2 sticks (Chop sticks, dowling rods cut to size, popcicle sticks, just to name a few) *string, ribbon, or yarn ( I like the kind that changes color to create a neat pattern) *Hot Glue gun or tacky glue (Kids get your parents help with the hot glue gun) Optional Items: Small charms or old jewelry Tassels Step 1: using the glue gun cross your stick in the middle using the glue dab a bit so…

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    Sacred Sites

    Maeshowe Orkney Islands, Scotland Our Pagan pilgrimage begins with a drive to the northernmost part of Scotland, were we board a ferry that will take us across the North Sea to Orkney. You can imagine stepping back into time as you cross the water to the small set of islands in the north. It’s barren landscape due to the fact that Orkney has been largely treeless for over two thousand years, this feature adds to the striking quality of the land. Orkney has been inhabited for at least 5,500 years, originally by neolithic tribes and then by the Picts. Invaded and settled by the Norse, it is now considered part…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Samhain- and the “veil” thins In this issue I will share my Coven’s favorite Samhain recipes.  We will bake with pumpkin and make a wonderful cocoa. Samhain, the Witch’s New Year.  It is the third and final Harvest Festival.  It is a time for contemplation, looking back as well as looking forward.  Perfect timing for all kinds of divination.  It’s a special time to remember and honor our recently departed loved ones and to look farther back and honor our ancestors.  The veil that separates the world of the living with that of the dead is at it’s thinnest this won’t happen again until Beltane.  This is why divination is…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Hanged Man (12) “The art of letting things happen, action through non-action, letting go of oneself, as taught by Meister Eckhart, became for me the key opening the door to the way.”  ~Carl Gustav Jung Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a man hanging upside down from a tree. His free leg is bent to form a cross and his arms are folded behind him to form a triangle. He is wearing a simple tunic. A bright halo of light radiates around his head, and his expression is calm and serene. The tree, shaped in the form of a ‘T’, is alive with leaves. Symbols: Cross and Triangle (formed…

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    Hally’s Hints

    What are You Telling Yourself? “I am such an Idiot”; “I can’t believe I stuffed that up. I am so useless” and my favourite “It’s all my fault”. These are examples of some lines that we use when self talking. Not very positive is it? Have you ever stopped to wonder the impact that any of these sentences have on you, your self esteem and how you perceive yourself? How often do you stop to tell yourself “you are so amazing” or “you are such a beautiful person”. Once a week? Once a month? Or have you ever? We often get so caught up in what others think of us…

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    Door to the Beyond

    Rest & Recovery Last month we talked about action.  In this month’s walk through the Door, we are walking to our campsite, blowing up our air mattress, and climbing into our sleeping bags, in the company of our Family. There are two things to remember about community action – 1. Always work FOR something, and 2. never do more than you can, which includes resting up.  If you have pagan Family or good friends to rest up with, you get a double recharge over doing it alone. I’m writing this on a tiny Netbook in my tent.  My closest friend is getting handfasted tomorrow, and I’m “best man”.  The Drum…

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    Samhain Correspondences

    Other Names: celtic ~ Summer’s End, pronounced “sow” (rhymes with now) “en” (Ireland), sow-een (Wales) – “mh” in the middle is a “w” sound – Greater Sabbat(High Holiday) – Fire Festival Oct 31-Nov 1(North Hemisphere) – Apr 30-May 1 – The Great Sabbat, Samhiunn, Samana, Samhuin, Sam-fuin, Samonios, Halloween, Hallomas, All Hallows Eve, All Saints/All Souls Day(Catholic), Day of the Dead (Mexican), Witches New Year, Trinoux Samonia, Celtic/ Druid New Year, Shadowfest (Strega), Martinmas or Old Hallowmas (Scotttish/Celtic) Lá Samhna (Modern Irish), Festival of the Dead, Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess), Hallowtide (Scottish Gaelis Dictionary), Feast of All Souls, Nos Galen-gae-of Night of the Winter Calends (Welsh), La Houney or Hollantide…