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    Night Rites

    Kindred Heart Rite Supplies Apple Boline Cutting board Athame Cinnamon stick incense Pentacle paten Rosewater Small red drawstring pouch Rosewater Offering bowl Tealights White or red taper candle Three candles to represent the God, Goddess, and universal energy Offering: Chalice with hot apple cider & plate with angel food cake Ritual Prep Set up your altar in advance.  If indoors, turn off any lights in the ritual room and extinguish any candles, so you will re-enter the room in darkness. Take a cleansing ritual bath or shower by candlelight. Dress in ritual robes and jewelry. Bring the candle with you as you walk to the ritual space. When you enter…

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    Sacred Sites

    Knowth, County Meath, Ireland – Passage Portal Tomb This month we travel to Knowth, a Neolithic passage tomb that is part of the Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath, Ireland. While Newgrange is by far the most famous of the three Boyne Valley passage-tombs (Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth), it is probably Knowths astonishing quantity of art, which makes it more impressive than Newgrange. Knowth contains one quarter of all known megalithic art in Europe and is by far the most significant find in terms of art, scale and history. Surrounded by 17-18 satellite mounds, Knowth, also known as the Great Mound, is itself decorated with 127 Kerbstones. Interestingly, some…

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    Christian Magick, Then and Now

    It might come as a surprise to learn that ancient Christians practiced magick.  In fact, they had elaborate systems of magick ranging from healing spells, charms, amulets and erotic love spells to revenge curses as varied as separating a man from a woman and a curse against a woman’s face and work. These were mainly Coptic Texts dating from the first century C.E. to the eleventh or twelfth centuries.  Many of the texts invoke the Archangels. They include prayers, hymns, magickal words and involve chanting sacred vowel sounds while performing elaborate rituals.  Upon studying them, the reader quickly gleans that these must have been powerful spells, indeed. From my own…

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    Imbolc and the Two Brigids

    In a world where we can turn up the thermostat when we get cold, it’s hard to imagine the sufferings of our agrarian Celtic ancestors in winter, centuries ago. Light and heat were generated by fire. Shelter and warm clothing for all but the rich was woefully inadequate. Starvation was a constant threat. If harvests had been poor; if precious livestock perished in the bitter cold, or from lack of adequate feed, new calves and lambs would not be born. The necessary food supply would fail, and scores of people, particularly the young, the old and the vulnerable, would perish. Imagine then the joy of common folk when Imbolc arrived!…

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    Shadows from the Past

    Hello, welcome and Merry Meet dear readers! My name is Nicholas, and I have been honored with the privilege of writing for PaganPages. My topic is Witchcraft History and Morals. It is my hope that you, my dear readers, will find enjoyment and enlightenment within my work.. As this is my first piece, I would like to tell you all a little about myself. I am currently in the second decade of my life on this plane. I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree in History. I have also accomplished much self-study on paganism, magick and the occult. I have been a pagan almost as long as I can…

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    Paranormal Investigations

    When I first started investigating, I was dead set (no pun intended) on gathering “scientific evidence” that ghosts exist.  I had gadgets and I had a tool belt to carry my gadgets in.  All those gadgets do is make you appear to be technologically hip – until your EMF meter goes off and the homeowner asks you why and you say, “Um… I’m not sure.”  Cover blown – your hip status just went down the toilet, folks. There are simply too many factors that come into play when you get gadgets involved.  Unless you are a photographer by trade, you likely don’t know all the intricacies of your camera and…

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    Herbal Creations

    I had this fantastic idea this month to post a great craft, something really intense to get some interest going in this new column; however life and its strangeness sort of bit me.  I have a very emotional and sensitive four year old son.  Over the past week or so, he’s been having horrid nightmares (night-terrors his doctor called them) but this diagnosis carried with it no solution.  This isn’t the first time this has happened to him, and I suspect it won’t be the last.  Being the crafty Hedgewitch type I am, I wanted to find a creative solution that he could help to make.  I decided to help…

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    Light Inside the Darkness: Musings on Meditation and Energy Work

    The Secret to Energy Work: Kinesthetic Memory Techniques There are roughly 4 gazillion books out there detailing methods for moving energy through the body. And whether they refer to chi, ki, prana, or The Force, almost all of them use the same basic technique: visualization. Despite this wealth of spiritual training material available, the number of people who’ve managed to achieve anything using these techniques remains pitifully small. A skeptic might use that as proof that energy work is just a load of hooey, but perhaps the problem lies not in the idea, but the approach. Most people take the word visualization far too literally; the world of meditation and…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    I recently found this amazing graphic…although it is set up counterclockwise (for me) it is wonderful to see how the Sabbats and esbats connect and flow with the death and rebirth of plants as well as the world.. so I wanted to share this as well as some herbal information in this edition of Notes… This is in no way a complete list of herbs… but it is as complete as I have and will use.. Herbs A to Z Aloe Vera – Moon and water. It powers are used for protection and luck. Carry it with you to protect yourself against evil or clumsiness. Aloe is used for its…

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    February 2009 Monthly Tarot Card Reading by Lady M

    Card #1, RECENT PAST: SIX OF SWORDS: You are moving on from a negative situation.  You realised that there was only one path to follow so that you and others would not be harmed.  This is the best option even though you feel that you don’t have real choice. Card #2, CURRENT: EIGHT OF COINS: You are doing what you need to do.  You are showing your abilities and are able to do your craft.  However you feel that others are trying to hold you back.  They have their own agenda, needs and wants and they expect you to stop doing what you need to do to attend to them. …