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    Merry Meet & Welcome

    Welcome to the May Issue of PaganPages! We hope you all have a safe and wonderful Beltaine. Be sure to visit out page and tell us what you did for the holiday! We love to see how our readers celebrate and learn new ways to honor the seasons. This issue is very exciting. We have an exclusive interview with Ghost Hunters International’s Barry Fitzgerald and an interview with Eliza Blanchard author of A Child’s Book of Blessings and Prayers. Our good friend Celia has also updated us on her May Appearances to share with our readers, so be sure to check that out! We hope you have a happy and…

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    Vampire Folklore

    With mainstream media placing the vampire subculture in the spotlight, society has begun to wonder who or what causes an individual to choose such a lifestyle.  Society also ponders and searches for reasonable yet scientific explanations that would cause an individual to exhibit vampiric-like traits.  One of these scientific explanations comes from the medical field, and that explanation is called porphyria. The word porphyria comes from the Greek word porphyros, meaning reddish-purple (Melton 486).  A reference to reddish-purple or purple color is made because people who suffer from the rare disease typically have darker urine.  This urine may appear even darker after exposure to light.  The purple color is caused…

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    The Days of May

    The Days of May May, the fifth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Spring’s rule, derives its name from the Roman Springtime goddess Maia, whose divine powers encouraged the growth of crops. The traditional birthstone amulets of May are the emerald and the agate; and the hawthorn and lily are the month’s traditional flowers. May is shared by the astrological signs of Taurus the Bull and Gemini the Twins, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Artemis, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Pan, and all gods and goddesses who preside over fertility. During the month of May, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned…

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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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    Forest Moon

    Change So, I pick up my pen once again to write my thoughts as they flow. But do they flow? Not always, but sometimes one must ponder. I look out my window, and it’s raining outside and cold. Not the normal weather for Washington in June, it actually snowed in the mountains. You watch the news and see nothing but the murder and mayhem of today’s society and you have to wonder where it’s all leading. You know. I eat breakfast every morning in the Madigan Hospital cafeteria where I work in the Safety office and that’s the only time I’m forced to watch the news. I was thoroughly appalled…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Weeds in Your Garden? – Bite Back! I always say the gardener’s best revenge is to eat the weeds. I’ve been doing it for thirty years and can testify that my health and the health of my garden has never been better. Here are a few hints for gardeners who’d rather eat their weeds than hate them (and for non-gardeners who are adventurous enough to try out nature’s bounty). View your weeds as cultivated plants; give them the same care and you’ll reap a tremendous harvest. Harvest frequently and do it when the weeds are young and tender. Thin your weeds and pinch back the annuals so your weeds become…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Hecate:  The Great Mother Hecate (also known as Hekate) is the Greek Goddess of the Crossroads.  Her name means the “The Distant One”.  She guards the household; she is the protector of everything newly born and the Goddess of Witchcraft.   Hecate completes the Triple Goddess of Maiden (Persephone), Mother (Demeter) and Crone (Hecate).   Some of her titles are “Goddess of the Dark Moon”, “Goddess of the Witches”, “Mistress of Magic” and “Great Mother”.   She is a very powerful and active goddess so if you invoke her, be ready for a lifetime of service to her.  Hecate helps us to understand the darkness of the night and life so we can…

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    Goddess Cards

    Beltane The May Queen For thousands of years, the official beginning of summer on May 1st was celebrated in the joyous fire festival of Beltane. Beltane means “the fires of Bel.”  Celts believed that, at this time, the shining God of the Sun returned to Earth to banish winter and marry the Earth goddess. From this sacred union of god and goddess, fertility and abundance would return to the world, ensuring the survival of the people for another year. Beltane celebrations reflected these ancient beliefs. A May Queen was selected to represent the virgin goddess. Her consort, the May King, or Green Man, was chosen to unite with her in…

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    For a Good Time…

    Just like a good joke, it’s all in the… (wait for it)… timing.  Pagans put a lot of importance on timing and for good reason.  We pride ourselves on being more than clever about getting stuff done.  After all, that’s what magic is all about: getting stuff done.  And to get it done, you have to do it at the right time.  You can’t hit a moving target if you don’t pull the trigger at the right time.  You can’t put the cart before the horse.  And you can’t catch the right train unless you’re standing on the platform at the right time.  In magic, where you are making small…

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    Role of a Mentor

    The Accidental Teacher After I wrote the last column, dreaming of a day when I could teach someone as I have been taught, it occurred to me that I have already done that.  I may not have conducted a class, lead a group or mentored someone, but I still have had teaching moments in which I helped another Pagan on their path or explained something about our ways to non Pagans.  On many occasions I have been an accidental teacher. Soon after I started on this path, I noticed that some dictionaries included the word “devil” or “evil spirits” in their definition of the word witch.  I wrote to an…