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    Welcome to the January Issue

    Merry Meet Readers This is going to be one of our best issues yet!  This month we have: An interview with Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone! and a great review of a new 2009 Witch Planner: Seasons of the Witch Some quick updates before you begin reading this issue… We have opened an etsy shop (http://www.paganpagesorg.etsy.com)  to help raise money to keep PaganPages on the Net and free. So please check us out. Below you will see some of our stock and it changes daily so be sure to check it frequently and remember you are donating to PaganPages while you get some nice items. We have over 8,000 friends…

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    New to the Craft

    Tools of the Trade Wicca is a path rich in symbolism.  Ritual and symbols connect practitioners, forming a common thread which ties them to the same tradition.  Solitary Wiccans are not necessarily as bound as coven members to follow the same protocols – after all there is no one working alongside them to see what they may or may not do in their private practice.  But just as myths form a common heritage of wisdom which we can all draw upon, the traditional symbols of Wicca offer a way of joining both coven witches and solitaries via the same language.  After all, symbols are not necessarily useful in themselves, but…

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    Door to the Beyond

    New Beginnings – Candlemas I get the feeling I’ve been through this Door before, but let’s do it again…  I know Candlemas (or Imbolc, Oimelg, or what have you) isn’t until next month, but our Gracious Editors have asked us to write our Imbolc articles for this month… soooo…. Most of the year, we Labelled Persons feel we are burning our candles at both ends.  In February, we get to burn them all out, get new candles, and start over.  In essence, Candlemas is the Pagan version of Mardi Gras.  We should learn to have fun at it, like the Cajuns, Brazilians, and others around the world do. “Insanity: doing…

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

    A WORD TO THE WISE Contact with Spirit Entities Each of us is born with a natural sensitivity to spirit entities. It is society and our exposure to the culture around us that tends to teach us to surpress and ignore that natural talent. In some of us, though, it is quite strong and is never completely surpressed. In a tiny fraction, it is sufficiently powerful to survive intact throughout an individual’s life. This ability is not something to be feared or ashamed of; it is a gift. All children are sensitive before they are old enough to be taught by those around them that it is impossible or to…

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    Goddess in the Grove – Imbolc

    The snowstorm had settled down somewhat during the day, leaving a blanket of crunchy white snow draped over the countryside. The High Priestess stood at her kitchen window holding a warm mug of steaming hot tea in her weathered hands. Those hands had seen hard work and toils far beyond her young motherhood years. As she stood in the dimness of her kitchen, the smell of beeswax and candle oils filled her senses and warmed her heart with joy. In just two days would be Imbolc, the festival of lights representing the increase in the light after the Winter Solstice. The candles that were drying from the racks in her…

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    January correspondences

    Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones Colors: brilliant white, blue-violet, black Flowers: carnation, crocus, snow drop Scents: musk, mimosa Stones: garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase Trees: birch Animals: fox, coyote Birds: pheasant, blue jay Spirits:  gnomes & brownies Deities: Freya (Norse); Innana, Sin and Antu (Sumeria); Saravati (Hindu); Hera and Irene (Greece); Ch’ang-O (China); Felicitas; Janus, Pax and Venus (Rome) Power Areas: Sluggish, below the surface, beginning and conceiving, protection, reversing spells, Conserve energy by working on your own personal problems that involve no one else. Time to work on new goals.

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    Candlemas, From Ice to Light

    Each year, I strive to find  personal meaning in Imbolc/Candlemas. The Pagan festival of the birth of lambs has nothing to do with my life. I don’t live on a farm. There are no sheep or lambs frolicking merrily on hills nearby. Nor, am I a personal devotee of the Goddess Bridget, although I do have honor and a great respect for Her. The beginning of Feb. in New England is much too early to be looking forward to Spring. Looking towards Spring in early Feb. would be raising a false hope which would thereafter be dashed deep into the frozen ground by the stark reality of two more months…

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    Crystal Clear

    New year, New Beginnings As the wheel begins another turn into the year 2009, we all begin to think of new beginnings, fresh starts, and new year’s resolutions.  To begin new ventures, or even to begin the ending of old habits, one must draw on inner  resources of courage. It is no coincidence that January’s birthstone, Garnet, is a stone of courage.  It’s strong empowering energy gives us the push to go forward…to do what we must.  It gives our gut feelings support, and we know that ‘IT’,  whatever ‘IT’ may be, can be done!  One step at a time is the best way, but the first jump…the first step…

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    Celtic Awareness

    Oimelc a Celtic Fire Festival Following the Celtic fire festival of Samhain is the Celtic festival Oimelc (pronounced Im-melg; Also known as Imbolg, Candlemass, Brid’s Day, and Bride’s Day) which translates to ewe-milk, at this time of year (January 31) sheep begin to give milk; celebrations begin in the Northern hemisphere on the evening of January 31st. and in the Southern hemisphere on August 31st.. While this time of celebration has since developed an association with dark magic, the Sabbat and the assembling of witches, traditionally Oimelc was a lambing celebration welcoming the new life and the coming of spring. During the festival of Oimelc, the primordial Irish goddess (Brigid…

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    A New Year, a New Age & a New Beginning

    For a long time now we have seen great changes happening in the world around us. We have seen people search out a path that is more spiritual, an economy begin to crumble, a government’s corruption wobble on its last leg and the man who will be our next president finally prove that racism is no longer an issue nor has power within the realm of ‘We the People’. And most importantly, we have heard the chants of a coming ‘change’. We have heard all the talk concerning dimensional shifts, veils thinning, 2012, and whatever else falls into that category but this article I am writing has absolutely nothing to…