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    Let’s Spell it Out

    Idhunna’s Day: March 20 March 20th in the Norse Tradition is the day of the goddess Idhunna who is the personification of the light half of the year.  Also known as Idhunn, Iduna or Idun (Germanic), She is a Nordic-Icelandic goddess.  The consort of Bragi (the Poet God), she was widely worshiped during the Viking period (700 AD) and earlier until the Christianization around 1100 AD.  Some historians say that She is strongly connected to the Norse Tree of Life, the Axis Mundi, Yggdrasil.  On this day, She brings joy to humankind by appearing in the form of a sparrow.  Her name means “the Renewer” because she is a goddess…

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    Crystal Clear

    Spring Cleaning During this time of year, the winds are picking up, Marching us along to a more brisk beat as they blow us to and fro.  These winds symbolize more for us than new bothersome allergies and messed up hair.  They are the winds of change, making room for new things to grow into our lives. New plants are beginning to push their way up through the soil, and new thoughts, people and opportunities are likewise trying to grow their way into our lives.  If we cling to old habits for comfort, we are not making room for new and better  opportunities to come into our realm.  Though an…

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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. Hedge Economics Lesson We are all, no doubt, aware of the economic situation in the United States, at this time, and keenly feel its impact on our own way of lives. The media gives us cause for concern each time we switch on the set. The situation for many is dire. And while this gives most folks a real reason to be fearful, I suggest, perhaps, we Magical People have an opportunity to…

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    New To The Craft

    The Moon & Lunar Cycles Last month I explored the function of the sabbats in attuning oneself with the rhythms of nature with the solar cycle.  This month I will turn to the moon and the significance of its phases.  This luminous body both mystifies and haunts us in the inky darkness of the night sky.  When full it gleams as a brilliant silvery-white orb which dwarfs even the brightest star to seeming insignificance.  Month after month it comes and goes from our perspective, growing to full and once again waning back to darkness.  Yet it always returns as does the sun, and for that reason becomes another powerful symbol…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Take Heart from Hawthorn Its many common names include whitethorn, hagthorn, ladies’ meat, quickthorn, maytree, and mayblossom. Its magic and medicine are ancient and memorable. From the earliest records, hawthorn is one of the sacred trees. Hawthorn is the sixth tree of the Ogam cycle, Hath. Hath precedes Quer, the oak, center tree of the cycle of thirteen. Hawthorn is said to guard the hinges and to oversee crafts. A branch of flowering hawthorn placed in studio or workshop is believed to make the craftsperson skilled and successful. Hath shuts what is open and opens what is shut. Her magic, like her medicinal effect, is slow but long lasting. The…

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    Celtic Awareness

    Celtic Goddess’s of Fertility Eostre is the Celtic and Britannia Goddess of fertility associated with the spring and the pagan feast day Ostara, Eostre gave her name to the Christian festival of Easter, Some of the present day Easter customs can be traced back to our ancestors who worshiped her in years gone by, e.g. they Easter egg. Blessings of Ostara In the fertility of the earth we celebrate around the mighty Ash Promises of faith avail over the bleakness Ostara you have stead fast against the winter wolves’ Bringing forth once again an end to the cold In joyous exchange for summer’s blessed warmth ~ Michele Burke (2009) Benedizioni…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    As we move into the springtime, the leaves turn green, the weather turns warmer and life is breathed back into Nature.  People’s attitudes shift into happiness, playfulness and they spend more time outside, enjoying nature.     If you’ve ever wondered if the Goddess influenced this, wonder no more. Persephone and Demeter, mother and daughter, speak to the change in the seasons.  Grief turns someone cold, as represented by Demeter turning the earth cold because of missing her daughter. Persephone is the Greek Goddess of the Underworld.  She is the daughter of Demeter and Zeus and the wife of Hades.  She was also known as “Kore”.  In some myths, the name Persephone…

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    CrossRoads by Jenna Greene

    “CrossRoads,” her debut cd and what a debut cd it is.   A collection of Celtic original songs each one telling a story clearly and beautifully written and sung so gloriously that it makes you want to stop and enjoy what you hear.  Keep in mind that these are not traditional Celtic songs which is why I am so thrilled with them.  They have the Celtic flair, they have the history but with a twist. Jenna is also currently working on her second CD, “Dance of the Goddess,” “ which explores the many aspects of the divine feminine.  It honors the spiritual teachers who have inspired her writings, including Joseph Campbell,…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    This month I wanted to focus of Deity. Since this is such a touchy subject for many of us as well as a subject that will start flaming wars, I will be looking at different kitchen/hearth Gods and goddesses. For no other reason than there have been so many different ones throughout history. I do not wish to annoy, anger or irritate anyone… so please read this for only the informational purposes that it was intended for. I do not mean to seem like I am attacking before I am attacked. But recently I have been getting involved, without meaning to or having the desire to, in arguments about God,…