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    Animal Wisdom

    Keeping Your Familiar Safe in the Garden Ostara is a time of fertility; many of the rituals that take place are based around blessing the seeds for this year’s crop of plants. We look around us and nature is awakening, birds, animals and plants are all awakening around us. We are coming out of our own winter stupors. It is a beautiful time. The old Sabbats were all based around the planting cycle. In that vein we are going to talk about how to keep your furry friend safe from common plants and chemicals that can have severe even lethal effects on him or her. Most animals (like us) have…

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    Initiation & Levels

    From the late 1950’s until around 1980, what is today labeled simply as modern Paganism was making its way through Britain and North America, slowly but inexorably growing and developing.  During that time, those who were initiated to our beliefs were cautiously screened for certain qualities and the decision to allow them access to knowledge about us was made only after due consideration.  In other words, newcomers were vetted before they were initiated. The usual procedure went something like the following:  Someone who was already an initiate took notice of your interest in something that they considered a possible indicator of how you might favorably react to their way of…

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    On this journey

    Into the mists of the forest, I shall wander. I shall find within the canopy that which shelters me. The sunlight brings warmth but the moon is my guide. On this journey comes the voice of the Goddess. It is her voice I listen to and my own I follow. The stirs of spring remind me of my youth and lessons learned. On this journey The wisdom that fell at my feet In reds and yellows of winter Are still held within my heart. Each year I grow. Each year I see the Crone. Her whispers growing. As the sunlight disappears the moon in her brightness once again Lights the…

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    Pagans Where to Find Like Minded People

    Learning Spring Equinox is traditionally a time for new beginnings.  This is my first column, which I welcomed as an opportunity to teach, learn and give back to the community. Each of us came to this path in our own way and it has been my pleasure to hear many different stories.  Now that you are here, the big question is where to turn to learn.  There are a variety of ways to accomplish this, each with its own pros and cons, but the best is from other Pagans. There is nothing that can compare to learning from another person face to face and I hope that each of you…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Devil (15) “Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.” ~Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a horned devil perched upon a black pedestal, holding an inverted torch. His face and head is goat-like in appearance. His has the wings of a bat and the feet/legs of a bird. An inverted pentagram appears near his forehead. A nude male and female figure, each displaying a tail, are chained beside him. The man’s tail ends in flames. The woman’s tail is tipped with grapes. Symbols: Bat Wings, Goat Legs, Horns, Bird Feet: Animalistic instinctive nature Chains: Self imposed servitude, bondage and…

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    Sacred Sites

    Beltane in Ireland For this issue of Sacred Sites we begin by wishing you a Happy Beltane! This month we are in Ireland with a group of travelers exploring sacred sites. We hope you’ll journey with us in spirit as we make our way across the mystical emerald isle. This will be an interesting opportunity to experience the difference in celebratory styles, not only culturally speaking, but from within the Irish community itself. We will meet a transplanted American living in County Kerry, a solitary Witch, in the heart of Ireland and a member of Teampall Na Callaighe that lives in Kells. In the upcoming issues of Pagan Pages we…

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    The Everyday Witch

    The over arching Theme of The Everyday Witch column, is “Foundations for Successful Witchcraft”.  Correspondences make up that foundation and at its core are considered  “The rudimentary knowledge one should have before committing oneself to the Craft”.    Correspondences provide The Everyday Witch with the tools to notice the” magic in the mundane” and to use that knowledge to conduct effective Spelling.   In order for us to make communicating with the Gods & Goddesses in our daily lives a natural occurrence, we must first experience the magic of Correspondences first hand. We begin with Belief.  When a Witch possesses the Belief that s/he CAN practice effective Magic, then s/he WILL practice…

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    Faeries, Elves and Other Kin

    Dryads/ Sidhe Draoi Copyright 2008 Howard David Johnson Druidesses, Tree Ladies, Hamadryads, Tree Spirits, or in Gaelic Dryads are known as the Sidhe Draoi translated Faerie Druids. The element of the Dryads is the Air however; it is their temperament that best describes them. The Sidhe Draoi or Dryads are spirits that make their dwelling in the trees. Playful creatures are they, androgynous wisps of brilliant uncontaminated natural light flittering through the tree tops playfully acknowledging all human contact, but most commonly seen during the full moon of the Sabbats. Sidhe Draoi Lore Handed down by the Sidhe Draoi were the magical secrets of the trees and the means to…

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    Door to the Beyond

    Getting Through Thank you for joining me in another walk through the Door.  Going through it can and has been exciting over the years… but there will always be those times when walking anywhere will be a matter of just plugging along. We may call this “boredom”.  We may use choicer terms, such as “perseverance,” “dragging along,” or “the blahs”.  Nonetheless, no matter what we do with our lives, there are times when we don’t feel the magick.  Many of us with diagnoses tend to fixate on these times, to where it may seem as though all the time is this way.  But we know that is not the case.…

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    Oracles and Omens

    Dreams Part I We all see them flooding our in box, our Facebook notes and our MySpace message folders, those surveys that delve into the deepest aspects of our being.  They ask everything from our favorite sea animal to what we had for dinner last night.  As overwhelming as they can be, let’s all admit that we get a little kick out of reading our friend’s most personal fears and feelings.  Recently while scouring over such-said questionnaires I noticed the answer that several of my contacts had given to a particular query.  The question “What did you dream about last night” and the answers surprised me.  The replies ranged from…