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    HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Soups, Stoups, Stews and Casseroles… Merry Meet  and welcome … Grab a cuppa tea and lets look for some filling easy recipes. This time of year you are either looking for a nice think warming soup or stoup(really thick soup… like a cross between a stew and a soup.. a stoup.) or a quick and filling meal for when you are running around your yard and garden.. so lets look at some that I have here… Some of you may have farmers markets and farm stands now(in the summery south) or have a good place to get the staple veggies… so have a blast.. set the stuff in a crock…

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    Crystal Clear

    Learning From Stones Just as humans were created with thinking minds, feelings, likes and dislikes, so did Mother Earth create stones.  Stones from the high grade ruby in your ring to the common ‘rock’ under your foot as you go for a walk, is a child of the earth.  Each has survived on this earth for thousands of years or more!  Each  has  a lesson to teach.  The trick is learning to hear and perceive these lessons from our earth elders.  Once this is achieved, the knowledge to be gained is boundless! For example, garnet can teach how to keep the body’s aura strong which serves to protect from illness…

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    PaganDad

    Imbolc is almost here. And while the shadows are still lengthening and the cold feels like it will be here for a long time to come, we know that the spring and warmer weather will be here soon. One of the themes for me at this point on the Wheel of the Year is the Hero’s Quest: The sacred journey taken by heroes of old to find the treasure of knowledge. As Pagans and Wiccans, we should always be searching for knowledge of all kinds. And so the Quest is an important idea for me. It closely parralels our own path to illumination and knowledge. In my Family Coven’s tradition…

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    Lughnasadh – Southern Hemisphere

    February 1, 2 Other Names: Lughnasadh (Loo-nas-ah), Lunasa (meaning August), Lughnasaad, Lughnasa(Celtic),First Harvest, August Eve, Feast of Cardenas, Feast of Bread, Tailltean Games(Irish), Teltain Cornucopia(Strega), Ceresalia(Ancient Roman) Harvest Home, Thingtide(Teutonic), Lammas(Christian). Laa Luanys, Elembious, Festival of Green Corn (Native American). Animals & Mythical Beings: Griffins, basilisks, roosters, calves, centaurs, phoenix. Gemstones: Aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamondsand citrine. Incense/Oil: Wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood. Colors/Candles: Red, orange, golden yellow, green, light brown, gold, bronze, gray. Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: Corn, cornucopias, red, yellow flowers, sheaves of grain (wheat, barley, oats), first fruits/vegetables of garden labor, corn dollies, baskets of bread, spear, cauldron, sickle,…

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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. February 2009 (sorry for my absence last month, but life called, and I had to answer…) Creating Sacred Space in A Hectic World As modern people, we can become so busy that the idea of having time for ritual, The Divine, or even Self can be laughable. Not so much funny- ha ha, but sad, and ironic. We remember, fondly, times when we were still, and lit candles and meditated or prayed. When…

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    Hally’s Hints

    THE MARKET PLACE People are everywhere, walking in one direction and then another. They are tall; they are short; they are with their friends or with their families chatting amongst themselves oblivious of all that is around them, happily walking up and down framed aisles in a make-shift shed. The air is full of pungent, fresh and different aromas; mixing together to create smells of good and bad; like and dis-like. The sounds are vibrant and never-ending; aisle after aisle the sounds echo from the concrete ground seeming to become louder and louder to a point where the sound, the smell, the bumping of strangers all becomes too much. For…

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    Wise Woman Traditions

    You Can Have a Green Ally! Herbal medicine is people’s medicine. So why don’t more people use it? Because it can seem complicated and scary, for starters. That’s the reason I urge you to use herbal medicine simply — one herb at a time. And that’s a good reason to have a green ally: one plant that teaches you the fundamental principles of herbal medicine. Herbal medicine is spirit medicine as well as body medicine. Our green allies tend our souls along with our sores. So why don’t more books and courses talk about plant spirits? Or, if they do, why do they divorce it from herbal medicine? Because it’s…

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    Faerie Wicca by Listening Owl

    Listening-Owl has missed a perfectly good opportunity to enlighten the Wiccan and Faery communities by displaying subtle negative feelings toward the Celtic community, e.g. “Many books have been written about Irish and Celtic faerie traditions of the past. I’m not going there” (Listening-Owl, 2008, p.16). I find this statement quite peculiar in that quite a few of the sections in Faerie Wicca refer to the Celtic traditions such as Dryad Tree Magick, Glossary of Celtic Tree Ogham (Which was given us by the Faery King of the Tuatha de Danaan God Ogma), Help from the Dark Fae, as well as Sea Faerie Summoning. Personal views and prejudices over shadow throughout.…

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    Tarot Sense

    It is my opinion that once you have learned the symbolism in tarot, you can pick up and read almost any deck. No matter what the deck is that you pick up, there are certain basic symbols that will remain the same.  Each symbol will be discussed in depth separately to allow for through understanding. Since most of what I am drawing from for these articles comes from years of research and ultimately my own book of shadows, it is a good idea to print out what you find useful and add it into your own. The most basic of all symbolism is color. For our purposes, color is at…

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    Music Review: OshunGaia

    Artist: Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston & Ariana Lightningstorm Tales of the Serpent Women & Faerie Child Ancient Indigenous Chants & Original Songs from global traditions  & Spiritualities Oshun Gaia: a collaborative to create a collection of music honoring the Goddesses Oshun and Gaia.  For those of you not familiar with these Goddesses, Oshun is the Orisha Goddess of fresh water, the energy of bounty, blessings, home, and hearth. The Goddess Gaia is known as Mother Earth.   While listening to this cd I found a delightful mixture of chant, drumming, fluting, and beautiful voices.  Amikaeyla and Ariana were able to use their talents to call upon the spirits through beautiful harmonies from…