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    New to the Craft

    The Wheel of the Year One of the goals of any earth-centered spirituality is to attune oneself with the cycles of nature.  Before modern times this was in a sense automatic, as most folks worked directly with the earth for their basic sustenance.  The practice of agriculture demanded an intimate knowledge of the seasons and weather patterns.  To be out of touch with these cycles could mean disaster by way of starvation.  In today’s world most of us are not farmers.  Our food comes pre-packaged or processed in supermarket stores.  Those of us in urban centers are even more disconnected from natural surroundings, with little space set aside for gardens…

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    Arise From the Past: How Cannibalism, Sacrifice, and Burial Affected Vampire Folklore

    Belief in vampires or some form of the dark bloodsucking creature existed long before written record.  These creatures formed in each culture and each era as a result of religion and lack of scientific education.  Additionally, many practices of long ago fascinate us today because of the gory and vampiric nature involved.  Such practices include cannibalism, sacrifice, and how the dead were buried before modern advances.  Hence, one can safely gather that vampirism or vampires are a direct result of culture and scientific misunderstanding. Vampires are immortal creatures who feed off the blood of the living, and blood is the key factor in all origins of vampire folklore.  Some argue…

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    Door to the Beyond

    Getting CHEESy …and written over the Door are the words:  Choice.  Hope.  Empowerment.  Environment.  Spirituality. This is the door we walk through together this month. I spent two weeks in school this month (January 2009).  The class was called Peer Employment Training, and the end result was to be a certificate as a Peer Support Specialist, making the twenty of us in the class eligible for employment in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. The twenty of us walked in with our Superman capes and bulletproof Spandex, waiting to be empowered to lift and carry all our charges into a new world.  We were very disappointed, but in…

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    Let’s Spell it Out

    Rebirth Through Oya Spell: Yoruba/Santeria Feast Day of Oya-2/2 Oya is the Orisha of death and rebirth and spring is the season of moving from the death of winter to rebirth.  She is the Keeper of the Cemetery, her home is the graveyard and the spirits of the dead are her subjects.  Oya has a relationship with Iku; the Spirit of Death whom she precedes, accompanies and carries with her on occasion.  When death strikes, Oya is the last breath taken along with the spirit Iku. On a much lighter note, Oya is also the river goddess of Yoruba as well as the deity in charge of wind, lightening, storms…

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    Faeries, Elves, and Other Kin

    Faery Spells and Verse Tatiana Queen of the Faeries Artist: Howard David Johnson Copyright 1993-2008 Tatiana In Forest pines, and Oak tree hollows Amidst the acorns and the leaves Blossoms adorn her crown Gossamer threads form her regal attire Illuminating the air with a majestic glow Tatiana our Queen fill our hearts with ethereal delight ~ Michele Burke (2009) Faerie Magick Fairies and Pixies, elves and gnomes. Spinning some magic, spells for our homes. Their wishes are happy, of joys to share. Join in their revelry, if only you dare. Carefree of spirit, their happiness impart Sending you Magick, to store in your heart. ~ Unknown Faery Spells Fairy Summoning…

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    Ancient Echos, Sacred Sites and Windswept Landscapes- Ireland Tour

    Join our small group as we travel from Shannon to Dublin through the mystical heart of Ireland. Meet local Pagans/Wiccans and join in the Celtic Festival of Beltaine. Visit The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Brigid’s Well. Tour the Ring of Kerry and visit ancient ruins. Spend Beltaine at Charleville Castle with a maypole dance and ritual. Spend time in Historic Dublin and enjoy a Traditional Irish House Party with dinner and a show. Step back in time as we visit the neolitic sites of Newgrange and Knowth. Then join our local guide Gemma McGowan as she takes us on a tour of Loughcrew and other historical sites where…

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    Political Magic

    It’s 9:53 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2008.  I have just witnessed the swearing in of Barak Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.  For some, this represents a major moment in a struggle for racial or class equality.  Others have different thoughts, perhaps ones of trepidation or doubt.  Maybe some even define this moment as a bitter defeat or failure.  And I’m sure there are even those who will see this as the beginning of the end for some ideology they have embraced and a threat to their way of life.  But I think that few would contend that it is an insignificant moment.  What…

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    It’s In The Cards

    Dear Reader, Welcome to ‘It’s In the Cards’ for www.PaganPages.org. At one time this column appeared in Finer Things Magazine in New Haven, CT, and I am very pleased to be writing my column again; this time for the Pagan Community. Every month, I will do a tarot reading for one person whose question I choose for this column. Also, by writing me, you will have a chance for a free tarot 10 minute reading on the phone. If you would like to contact me about purchasing a reading, please visit my web site at www.SubRosaMagick.com or write me at [email protected] Since I first began reading for the public 13…

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    Callie’s Cavern

    Stone of the Month Amber This stone isn’t actually a stone; it is a natural resin from an extinct form of pine that was submerged under the sea.  The unique texture and formation of Amber has led to a lot of legends as to its formation everything ranging from the fossilized tears of Indian birds to the congealed rays of the sun setting and dew of sunbeams.  In Ancient Rome Amber was given to Gladiators for courage and in China it was thought that it could protect against fire and water.  Amber has one of the most versatile backgrounds of any stone it has been used for just about every…

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    February Correspondences

    Legends and Lore for February February, the second month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Winter’s rule, derives its name from Februa, the name of a Roman purification festival held on the fifteenth day of February in ancient times. The traditional birthstone amulet of February is the amethyst; and the primrose and the violet are the month’s traditional flowers. February is shared by the astrological signs of Aquarius the Water-Bearer and Pisces the Two Fishes, and is sacred to the following pagan deities: Aradia, Brigid, Juno Februa, and the Wiccan Goddess in Her aspect as the Maiden. During the month of February, the Great Solar Wheel…