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    Celtic Awareness

    Gaelic Healing Water Spell Acquire equivalent portions of violet, rosemary, and lavender. After give power to them boil them in approximately one quart of water over a medium flame. Once the water has a rich color and the herbs begin to emit a scent throughout your kitchen, drain off the water off into a jar. An organic coffee filter works well for this. Leave the jar in the sunshine for an entire day to take in the glowing energies from the sun. (To add the healing powers of mercury to the spell do this on a Wednesday) Occasionally gaze into the jar to add your own energies to it. Just…

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    Interview with Gail Wood The Shamanic Witch

    Gail adroitly spins a guide that presents the reader the ability to shape shift and navigate through time, thought, and space. The basic foundations of Shamanism and witchcraft in Gail’s book, “The Shamanic Witch” go beyond the fundamental concepts we have become accustomed to. Reminding one of their own inherent abilities in the Shamanic tradition and edifies just how to put these abilities into practice in Shamanic Witchcraft. Gail has fashioned a powerful practice that once embraced opens up the path between the worlds which leads to affirmative changes in all who follow it. Photo by: Dawn Van Hall Gail was gracious enough to allow us this wonderful interview probing…

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    Pagan Theology

    Experiencing the work:  How you treat others In the last column we talked about what happens once we have the experience of the Pagan divine.  What evidence do we have of that experience?   Does our outlook on the world change?  Does our behavior change? While laser beams don’t start shooting from our eyes and we don’t get assigned a Harry Potter wand (though often those show up anyway) we should change.  We should change because we have had a transformative experience, one that we seek to repeat, and often do repeat, over and over again. Last time we talked about what happens to our desire, a desire that changes from…

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    Crystal Clear

    Love and Warmth During this time of year everything all around is decorated cheerfully in red and green.  This is to bring happiness to our  hearts during the dark winter season.  We find earthly reasons to celebrate, bringing good cheer to one another with the joy of fun winter activities, and gift giving.  Done properly giving is as wonderful as receiving.  A stone which teaches us about both sides of this coin is rose quartz. With happiness and good cheer already in the air, rose quartz is a wonderful stone friend to share it with.  Its lovely soft pink color is warming and pleasant to the eye.  Its energy very…

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    Red Riding Hood

    Once upon a time, I was hunting sheep.  It was a dark and stormy night!  Okay, actually it was a very nice sunny summer day.  It is just that bad things aren’t supposed to happen on very nice sunny summer days.  That is the way it should be anyway.  On the particular pleasant day of which I’m speaking I was having myself a sheep lunch.  It was so yummy!  Even after all it cost me I still remember that succulent meat with fondness.  Well fed and well cared for animals taste much better than those who are not. For the past week or so before I had the heavenly lunch…

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    HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Merry Meet and Blessed Yule and Litha… I have been remiss in remembering that these pages may not only be seen in the Northern Hemisphere.. so as of the next issue I will be adding information for the opposing Sabbat so that those of you in the Southern Hemisphere will not feel abandoned. Sometimes you do not always remember that WWW really is The WORLD WIDE web.. I have decided that this will be a cookie column… I will try to include as many yummy mixes as I can COOKIES IN A JAR (10 recipes) Layer ingredients as listed in a quart jar, attach directions shown below. CRUNCHY TOFFEE COOKIES…

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    Yule: A Festival of Light

    Many cultures and faiths have winter celebrations that are really festivals of light. We don’t have to look far to find them. In our own time, we have Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa. All of them feature brightly lit candles, holiday decorations, family gatherings, and gift exchanges, in an atmosphere of celebration and gratitude for the blessings of the year. Celebrations of light and the return of the sun stretch back into antiquity. Over four thousand years ago, the Egyptians celebrated the daily rising of Horus – god of the Sun. He was the child of Isis, Queen of the Immortals, and a Moon goddess. The Greeks and Romans also held…

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    Pagan Parenting for the Under 5’s

    Greetings. Hope everyone’s November is going well. This month I’d like to focus on the upcoming Yule season, which I’m sure you are all excited about. This month’s article will be a bit short since this season is so busy, I’m sure you don’t have time to read a long article. What are your plans for Yule? Do you have set traditions that you do every year? Do you do a ritual? Have you just not gotten around to celebrating yet? If you’re anything like me, the Yule season is so busy you don’t do nearly as much as you’d like to, to celebrate. Don’t feel that you have to…