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    Let’s Spell it Out

    New Year’s Eve Asatru Festival of 12th Night (12/31) Hogmany (also as known as Hogmany, Hogmanay, Hogmannay, Hogmarmay, Hogmena, Hagmena, Hagmenai, or Hogg-night) is the Scottish New Year’s Eve Festival that commemorates the solar divinity Hogmagog.  Hogmagog, sometimes called Gogmagog, the God of the Sun, is really two divinities, Gog and Magog.  Gogmagog is the chalk figure carved into the earth at the Wandlebury near Cambridge.  This deity was divided into two giants, Gog and Magog.  Gog, the male fertility aspect, is the male consort of Magog and the spiritual guardian of London.  Magog, the female fertility aspect, is far more important.  Britain’s Megg’s Hills are named for her and…

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    Yule Correspondences

    Lesser Sabbat – Winter Solstice, circa Dec 21 Other Names: Jul (“wheel”, Old Norse), Saturnalia(Rome ~December 17 & 18), Yuletide(Teutonic), Midwinter, Fionn’s Day, Alban Arthuan, Christmas (Christian~December 25), Xmas, Festival of Sol, Solar/Secular/Pagan New Year Animals/Mythical beings: yule goat (nordic), reindeer stag, squirrels, yule cat, Sacred White Buffalo, Kallikantzaroi-ugly chaos monsters(greek), trolls, phoenix, yule elf, jule gnome, squirrels, wren/robin Gemstones: cat’s eye, ruby, diamond, garnet, bloodstone Incense/Oils: bayberry, cedar, ginger, cinnamon, pine, rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, wintergreen, saffron Colors: gold, silver, red, green, white Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: bayberry candles, evergreens, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia,mistletoe, lights, gifts, Yule log, Yule tree. spinning wheels, wreaths, bells, mother & child images Goddesses: Great Mother,…

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    Faeries, Elves, and Other Kin

    Faeries, Elves, and Other Kin: The Woman of Peace and the Spirit of the Air (Bean sidhe (Banshee) Announcing mortal’s deaths with her keening cries Piercing throughout the night rising and falling like the oceans waves White Lady of Sorrow spirit of the air Mourning and forewarning the ancient Celts and their decedents with her unearthly cries Woman of peace, her voice blending in with the mournful cries of loved ones left behind The Faery woman contrasts against the nights black skies Eyes red from crying, her face pale Cloaked in a raiment of grayish-white clinging to her tall slender frame Her hair of silver and gray streaming down to…

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    Hally’s Hints

    WHAT DO YOU CALL SPIRITUALISM? I recently had the privilege of being asked to collaborate on a project in helping create a difference, globally. I met some amazing women that brought home how the awareness of our spiritual self is becoming increasingly familiar and common. It is refreshing to be able to talk openly with these successful and intuitive women about metaphysics, auras, and understanding the power of each of our energies. I can tell you the room was so hot as we all commenced talking about what it is that brought us there. After this, it got me thinking about spiritualism in general. We can give thanks to “The…

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    Interview With Author Diana Paxson

    Although best-known for her fantasy work such as the Westria series, Diana Paxson recently came out with a book on shamanic journeying and trancework called Trance-Portation which came into my hands recently and quite swept me away. A frequent reader on the topic on altered states of consciousness and both traditional and neoshamanism, I found her take on the subject fascinatingly fresh and exiting, and couldn’t wait to ask her some more questions. PaganPages: Firstly, could you tell us more about yourself? Diana Paxson: I grew up in southern California, but have lived in Berkeley since graduating from Mills College. I also did an M.A. in Comparative Literature at UC…

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    Goddess in the Grove

    Yule The sun was setting over the hills, casting warm yellows and pinks across the early evening sky. The snow that had fallen lightly throughout the day shone like a lake of diamonds The trees down by the creek had caps of white, knit by the delicate snowflakes of winter. The high priestess stood in the doorway of her cottage, Herne and Sebastian taking their positions on either side of her feet. She waved happily as the coven members cars pulled down her drive. As each disembarked from their cars, she could feel the energies rising all around. This Yule ritual was going to be truly a magical experience. Everyone…

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    Wise Woman Traditions

    Frolicking with the Fairies My friend Elsa always talked to plants. I thought she was crazy. Safely insane, but definitely disassociated from reality. Until the plants laughed at me. Autumn of 1980, returning home from a rare dinner out after a healing intensive at my land in the Catskills, I stopped to get my mail. An unusual envelope contained a $500 money order, signed “Mother Nature” and this note: “It’s my birthday and I could think of no better gift than giving you the means to build a shelter for your teaching.” How wonderful. How perplexing. Even way back then, $500 would not put down a floor, let alone walls…

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    Ghosts and Hauntings 101: A Procedural Manual for the Investigation of the Paranormal

    The Orb: A General Overview When is s a spirit entity not a sprit entity? While mentioned previously in this manual it is necessary  to devote at least some more time to the subject of “orbs”. In recent years a number of people have reported finding anomalous circular images, often called “orbs,” in photos taken at night with a flash, under seemingly ordinary conditions. The photos have been taken both outdoors and indoors. These photos were not taken under “conventional UFO,” conditions, i.e., there were no strange lights or objects visible to the photographer. These images first turned up in photos taken for various reasons other than to photograph “orbs,”…

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    Yule Information

    The Winter Solstice or Yule is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats, and it is also the shortest day of the year, and hence – the longest night. This usually takes place on December 21st. Other than the most common name of Yule, various other names for the Winter Solstice include Midwinter, Yuletide (the Teutonic version), Alban Arthan (Caledonii Tradition, or the Druids), Feill Fionnain (Pecti-Wita Tradition, which falls on December 22nd). Yuletide lasts from December 20th through December 31st. It begins on “Mother Night” and ends twelve days later, on “Yule Night”, hence the “Twelve Days of Christmas” tradition. Alban Arthan, unlike all the others, is not considered a…

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    McGod

    Probably one of the most striking differences between modern Paganism and the more predominant western religions is the fact that we have multiple gods and goddesses.  More than any other, this difference is the most disturbing to the monotheistic / revealed religions espoused by millions in Western and Middle Eastern cultures.  It rankles and offends them in most cases and they find such ideas impossible to comprehend.  And, for many folks within the Pagan religious expressions, it is difficult to explain in any way other than to say, “Well, that’s what I believe.”  That’s hardly comforting to the monotheists and it usually doesn’t sit well even within our own minds. …