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    December 2008 Monthly Tarot Card Reading by Lady M

    Card #1, RECENT PAST: TWO OF COINS Reversed: You have either been offered or have found that you need a different job, be it a transfer or promotion or even a completely new job or position.  It is a time of change and upheaval, just what you don’t really want added to the mix with all the holiday stress, but you need to deal with it.  It is the reality of today, it is just a change and needs to be though of in that way. Card #2, CURRENT: JUSTICE: You have accepted that there are things you cannot control or change, and this has given you a new sense…

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    Interview with Raymond Buckland: The Father of American Witchcraft Debuts his First Fantasy Novel

    Raymond Buckland is a familiar name in our magical circles. Known as The Father of American Witchcraft for the instrumental role he played in introducing Wicca to the U.S., he is a respected occultist and the author of around 60 books, including the pagan classic Buckland’s Complete book of Witchcraft. He’s now turned his pen toward the fantasy genre, with the recent release of his first fantasy novel, The Torque of Kernow (Galde Press, Buckland Books, 2008). Buckland’s decades of magical practice add a strong dose of realism to his fantasy fiction; the Torque of Kernow is a fantastic tale, but the magical acts the characters perform throughout the story…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Kitchen/Cottage Witchery Kitchen witchery or Cottage witchery is a special kind of magick. Many times you can be in the home of a kitchen/cottage witch and never know it. You may never see a pentacle or any other sign of witchery. We are just your normal every day people. If you sat at our table you would see many of the same things you would see in your home… only we may use them differently. But the earmark of a kitchen /cottage witch’s home is the “feel” of it. Here you will be at peace. Calm, centered, comforted. That is what many of us infuse our homes with. For Kitchen/cottage…

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    ChaosSun’s Crafts

    Prosperity Wheels The new year is coming…It’s  time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future.  This tool gives you an easy ability to focus your energy on changing what it is you want to change, and to help achieve the goals you want to make! What you need: 1. Paper plate, or circle cut out of poster board or card stock. 2. paint, markers, crayons, colored Pencils 3. Ruler or straight edge 4. magazine pictures, actual picture, talent for drawing or sketching 5. Glue or tape 6. A paper fastener(I’ve always called them brads) 7. An idea of what you want your Wheel to represent! Ok…

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    Door to the Beyond

    Hope and Audacity Ah, my friends, the door once again beckons.  Let us push on. “The bad news is, there is no key to happiness.  The good news is, the door was never locked.” – Swami Beyondananda Hope.  With it, we can do anything.  Without it, or with the perception of being without it, we feel lost, and many of us choose this time to attempt to “end it all”.  Sometimes we need attention, sometimes one of our friends catches us and kicks our ass and we get back to it. There is hope around us.  For some of us, it may be the first time we have allowed ourselves…

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    A Simple Path: Journey of a Hedgewitch

    *The Hedgewitch lives in the space between the Village and the Forest. Between the mundane and the magical. S/He lives with a foot in both worlds. This column is dedicated to the Hedgewitches of the planet earth. The New Hearth Less is more: Moving Hedge I know this column is a bit off-topic for those who are knee-deep in holiday revelry. But for those of us who have recently moved, are in the process of moving or are contemplating a move, it is a relevant piece. My household has just completed the process of moving from the New Mexico high desert, where we have lived for the past 4 years,…

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    Crystal Song, Chapter 5

    When had the chosen become intergrated with the ruling class? When he looked at the assembly before him, he realized he was staring at the daughters, nieces, and grandaughters of the council members of the ruling classes. This realization disturbed him. “Did you find the one who introupted our merge?” Asked the oldest of the chosen. She was in her 40th turn of the yearly sun and was designated the spokeswoman of the chosen. Randmier bowed his head slightly in difference to her station and answered. “I have.” “Good”. She answered and rose. “The council wishes to see this person immediately.” An older man rose and stood by the woman…

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    Night Rites

    Northern Star Rite As we approach the Yule season, we are reminded that although we have been in the dark half of the season, we will always return to the light. The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the return of the sun. Our days will continue to grow longer, and our nights will become shorter. It is a time of quiet reflection, but also joyous celebrations of winter. This rite is in honor of the North Star that brightens the winter night and offers its power of guidance to all that accept it. The North Star can be found in many traditional stories of the winter holiday season, so…

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    To Live Again

    Growing up a Roman Catholic in a pre-Vatican II world, one of the last things that ever entered my mind was the very concept of “reincarnation”. I’d heard about it of course but it simply wasn’t something that I gave much thought  and even less credence. It was an alien concept. That changed dramatically one Saturday afternoon in the late fall of 1970. Apparently this isn’t the first time Sherry, my late wife, and I were/are together. When we were growing up we were raised by our grandparents. Her dad was a career Marine and my dad was a Ford Motor Company exec. They traveled all the time so they…