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    Gems of the Goddess

    Isis:  Healer, Mother, Egyptian Goddess Isis was a goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship was adopted by other20ancient cultures such as Rome.  She was the wife and sister of Osiris, daughter of Seb and Nut and mother of Horus. Worshiped as the ideal mother and wife, patron of nature, magic and sailors; friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, the downtrodden, as well as listening to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers.   Isis was known to be compassionate to all, no matter what their social class.  Isis also is known as the goddess of simplicity, from whom all beginnings arose, and was the ruler of bread, of…

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    The Grave Rave

    Broadcasting from The Grave Rave… Reporting directly is C.H. Scarlett… Well my little darling, Darklings of Darkness, it has been a poltergeist of a week. A few little articles, steeped in the ink of my own blood, of course, caused quite a storm of fury. They were nothing, I thought, concerning religious tolerance, slash some Christian Witchery, slash some Satanic controversy, slash a dash of battle concerning the Warlock definition of all fearful-hysterias. But alas, my regular blog was jumping with furious readers who made sure to flood my inbox with deliciously, malicious intent. Needless to say, I was shivering in my own grave with pure-untainted euphoria. Who knew so…

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    Both Ways

    It’s an old joke:  How he walked thirty miles to school each day… in the snow… uphill… both ways.  The image that goes along with it is of some old guy, maybe sitting in an easy chair or on a park bench, lecturing the youngster about how ‘easy’ they’ve got it.  Everybody laughs at that joke because we’ve all had at least one moment when we were that youngster and some grownup gave us a speech about how we didn’t know how tough things were ‘back then’ and we didn’t appreciate how much better off we were, growing up in the time that we were.  The implication was that… somehow……

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    Samhain Correspondences – Southern Hemisphere

    Other Names: celtic ~ Summer’s End, pronounced "sow" (rhymes with now) "en" (Ireland), sow-een (Wales) – "mh" in the middle is a "w" sound – Greater Sabbat(High Holiday) – Fire Festival Oct 31-Nov 1(North Hemisphere) – Apr 30-May 1 – The Great Sabbat, Samhiunn, Samana, Samhuin, Sam-fuin, Samonios, Halloween, Hallomas, All Hallows Eve, All Saints/All Souls Day(Catholic), Day of the Dead (Mexican), Witches New Year, Trinoux Samonia, Celtic/ Druid New Year, Shadowfest (Strega), Martinmas or Old Hallowmas (Scotttish/Celtic) Lá Samhna (Modern Irish), Festival of the Dead, Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess), Hallowtide (Scottish Gaelis Dictionary), Feast of All Souls, Nos Galen-gae-of Night of the Winter Calends (Welsh), La Houney or Hollantide…

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    April Correspondences

    April Legends and Lore April, the fourth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the second month of Spring’s rule, derives its name from Aprillis, the Latin name for the ancient Roman love goddess Aphrodite. Other reference sources give aperite, the Latin word meaning “to open,” as the origination of the month’s name. The traditional birthstone amulet of April is the diamond, and the daisy and the sweet pea are the month’s traditional flowers. April is shared by the astrological signs of Aries the Ram and Taurus the Bull, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Astarte, Erzulie, Terra, Venus, and Ying-Hua. The name April comes from…

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    Let’s Spell it Out

    Parilia: the Ancient Roots of Earth Day Parilia is a Roman holiday in honor of the god Pales (whose gender is uncertain).  As the guardian of the flocks and herds, April 21st was set aside as a day for shepherds to cleanse both himself and his flock.  Rural in nature and predating the founding of the city of Rome, in time it became more urban over time and instead of being officiated by a shepherd, the ceremony was led by a priest.    In more recent times, this holiday became Earth Day, where we set aside time to remember our responsibility to the environment. When in the hands of the shepherd,…

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    Shadows From The Past

    Some Myths of Witchcraft Before we can set out on the journey ahead, we must first set a foundation on which to build. Thus we shall define some concepts that are relevant. –  Witch – A person who uses (being real or perceived) natural powers or forces to influence the order of things. – Witchcraft – The practices of a Witch – Magic(k) – The use of natural energy to achieves ends Thus by the above definitions, magic and witches are connected and intertwined. There are many common myths associated with witchcraft. We shall discuss some common myths in depth, and then analyze why they incorrect. Myth: A witch uses…

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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. April in the hedge; Communing with the Maiden This is such a magical time of year, when the Maiden is dressed in Her finest, and the lush, verdant energy of the season seems to stir young and old alike. This time of year always makes me so grateful for my Path, and an appreciation of the simple pleasures available all around me. I walked for years without taking notice of these tiny treasures,…

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    Hally’s Hints

    THE AFFECT OF MUSIC by Hally From an early age we come to appreciate music as something that is always there. It is something that we use at a party, in the car to pass the time and even in cafes and stores we visit. We come to appreciate music as a catalyst to fun, sadness, opportunity and remorse. It is pivotal in our day to day dramas and yet, did you ever really wonder about music itself? Based on numerous conversations over the years only those that consciously make music part of their lives does music and the sensitivities we have to music become apparent. What we classify the…

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    May Day Correspondences – Northern Hemisphere

    Also known as: May Day, Bealtaine, Beltane, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana (Strega), Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga (Teutonic), Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),Fairy Day ,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch) Date: May 1 Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard Deities: Flower Goddesses, Divine Couples, Deities of the Hunt, Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility. Tools: broom, May Pole, cauldron Stones/Gems: emerald, malachite, amber,…