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    Oracles & Omens

    Divination, what a lovely word.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition is: “the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers, unusual insight or intuitive perception”.  Sounds pretty complicated, and also a bit intimidating. I would be honored if you would join me in a journey down the winding path to explore the beginnings, history and many forms and tools of divination.  I tend to have a special place in my heart for the tarot, it was my introduction to my Pagan lifestyle and opened up an entire new…

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    Beautiful Things

    Beautiful Things I could fill my house With beautiful things Fill my house with All those Witchy like things Altars and candles Cloaks and tools Gems and stones Incense and Runes Oils and potions That heel my woes Spells and chants Chase the sorrows All of these things Beautiful and yet The power of such Please don’t forget Comes not from a spell A Candle, a gem Comes not from without But from within My house is full Of beautiful things Of dirty faces That need to be cleaned Dishes in the sink Laundry to be done I look at my children I am full of love And the most…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Merry Meet and welcome to The Witch’s Cupboard. For the next year we will learn both medical and magical uses of herbs and oils we might find in our ‘cupboards’. We will also discuss naturopathic issues that are affecting our lives. In our rich past, each town and village had its own “medicine lady”, shaman, or healer. At the time when these individuals walked our Earth, they were revered and respected for their knowledge, gifts, and abilities to save lives and cure aliments.  From their cupboards they would bring out herbs, fruits, oils, and creams to aide in things such as easing pain, setting bones, and helping during child birth.…

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    January 2009 Monthly Tarot Card Reading by Lady M

    Card #1, RECENT PAST: FOUR OF COINS: You are in need of money and time.  You are looking around for ways to get more money.  You are trying to see if there is any options open to you that you have not already tried or tapped out.  It is not a matter of not wanting to work for money, you are quite willing to do that, but more that you don’t have the time to work more then you already are and still have a life.  At this point in time you are willing to do what you need to so that you can get the money you need to…

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    Pagan Parenting for the Under 5’s

    Happy New Year! Some of you celebrate the New Year on Jan. 1 and some of you don’t but even if it’s not the beginning of your seasonal year, it’s still a new digit in our year. 2008 is now 2009. Can you believe it? I remember when we brought in the year 2000. I was thinking about what life would be like in 2010. In 2000 I was 17 so I had no idea what was ahead of me. So am I happy with where I am? Yes. Things could always be better but I have a husband who loves me, and two beautiful children. I’m happy. So how…

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    Vampires: A Small Introduction to Those Outside the Glamour of Hollywood

    Blood dripping fangs, dark cloaks, and perhaps a deep soothing voice, are attributes most would associate with the word vampire.  The word vampire can be traced back as far as ancient Sumer with their version of the word akhkharu, and although the word may have originated there, many existing arguments exist as to who was the original vampire (NRG).  Some would argue Cain from the Bible.  Some would suggest Lilith, who has her roots in the Judaic tradition as well as Sumerian.  Nevertheless, all vampire stories were originally created to explain away problems with childbirth and the death of loved ones (Melton 446).   Then, one may wonder, how did the…

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    Tarot Sense

    The first thing you need to do once you begin your journey with the Fool is be certain that you want to. There is a great deal of responsibility that comes with the path of the reader regardless of the tool you use for it. Whether you are reading for yourself or others, you must be flexible and willing to listen to your intuition. There must be an understanding that the meaning of the cards can change as you feel it. Listening to your inner voice is the first step in learning to be an effective reader. Secondly, you must realize that as you read for others, you are unintentionally…

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    Tarot Talk

    Death (13) “Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.” ~Ayn Rand Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts an apocalyptic skeleton wearing armor on horseback and carrying a banner emblazoned with a symbolic flower. Four figures appear before him: a Bishop, child, woman, and a fallen King.  In the distance, the sun can be seen setting between two pillars on a hill. Embedded in the side of the hill is the entrance to a dark and mysterious cave. In the background, a river lazily flows nearby. Symbols: Banner Showing a Flower with Five Petals: Life Force Skeleton Riding A Horse: The Apocalyptic version of Death Sunset: The end of…

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    Music Artists KIVA

    Kiva’s cd “Out of the Corner of the Eye” is their ninth recording since the bands birth in 1990.  The cd is a collaboration of songs based on fey folk and the world they dwell in.    The band, with talented guest and a specialized set of instruments (cello, guitar, flutes, didgeridoo, violin, bass, and mandolin) recreated a world many of us wondered about and wish we were actually living in.  With each song and story being told you can feel yourself being swept into the story as if Alice in Wonderland. While listening to the music and lyrics I am easily reminded of being back in the Renaissance perhaps of…