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    Faeries, Elves and Other Kin

    Copyright 2008 Howard David Johnson Earth Faeries Amidst the roots, mushrooms and stones A gathering of undeniable elemental forces dwell Governing the seasons and milieu Presiding over the Faerie realm Sylphs, Undines, Gnomes and Salamanders reign Over the air, water, earth, and flame Unseen but felt, permeating the being, absorbed like a sponge Gathering their forces Bringing forth the essence and color of the seasons ~Michele Burke, (2009) Hymn of Pan From the forests and the highlands We come, We come; From the river girt islands, Where loud waves are dumb Listening to my sweet piping’s The wind in the reeds and the rushes The bees on the bells of…

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    Beltaine, May 1

    Beltaine, May 1 Beltaine, also called May Day by many Christians. This Sabbat celebrates the fertility and union of the Horned God and the Goddess. At this time, life is renewing itself. Birds and animals are mating. In the fields, newly planted seeds are beginning to grow. Great fires are lit honoring the fertility God Belenos. Some leap the fires to show the exuberance of the season. A Maypole is erected and bright ribbons are hung on it. The Maypole, a phallic symbol, represents the masculine. The soft colored ribbons are the feminine. The union of the two symbolizes the union of the God and Goddess. This is the time…

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    Celtic Awareness

    Celtic Spirituality Celtic Spirituality is and has always been based on the fundamental knowledge that all existence is born of cyclical nature and therefore, all existence whether human or from nature has a direct link connecting the otherworld to the realm of the material world. From the Druidic teachings handed down through the Welsh tradition we are shown that there is an unseen world that intermingles and affects our perceptible world. Things are not always as they may seem. Everything that “is” exists on numerous synchronized levels. The human being, the cognitive creature that he is comprehends the world around him as having three dominions or levels as it were:…

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    Speakin’ of Ghosts…

    SO, WHY DO YOU LIKE TO “GHOST HUNT”? Imagine yourself as a child.  Your mother has asked you to fetch something from the cellar.  You don’t like the cellar.  Your mother thinks it’s nonsense and your brother will make fun of you (even though you know he hates it, too!) so you grudgingly head that way.  You pick up the flashlight and turn the knob to the door that opens into the musty darkness.  The cool air greets you but you’d rather suffer the heat than go down there.  Your weak flashlight beam finds the wooden steps and you begin the long descent into the black, praying something doesn’t reach…

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    New to the Craft

    Concepts of Deity As mentioned last month, divinity can often be a touchy subject.  Ask ten different people what their definition of the divine is and you are likely to get ten different answers.  Is there a God?  Is there a Goddess?  If so what are they like?  Every soul will ask these questions in their lifetime and either accept established doctrine or come to their own conclusions.  Spiritual growth is our quest for understanding of that which is greater than ourselves. And while we may arrive at ideas which are universal, the journey is, by necessity, personal. Wicca is not a religion that promotes dogma or rigid notions on…

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    Animal Wisdom

    Animal Faeries Spring is upon us, and May Day is almost here, the time of the Fey and a celebration of our Lord and Lady. But what about the faeries, did they own animals? Yes they did and I am going to devote this article to talking about these wonderful, horrible and sometimes mischievous creatures. Horses that rose from the sea only to be caught in nets, cats as big as dogs that guard faery treasure, and more! Cats Faery-cats are wild creatures, not the domesticated cats we know today. They are said to be the size of a dog and all black except for a white patch of fur…

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    Let’s Spell it Out

    Floralia: Beltane Renewal Spell with the Goddess Flora When thinking of Beltane, we usually think of the practices from northern Europe, but we can actually trace some of the roots to ancient Roman Paganism. The Romans honored many gods and goddesses, but during the Spring months, from the end of April to early May, the goddess Flora was celebrated with the flower festival Floralia.  Flora, the goddess of flowers, was the consort of Zephyrus and her major festival, Floralia, was associated with the dead as well as having strong sexual overtones. She was mainly worshiped by young girls who would giver her offerings of fruit and flowers and drape her…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Merry Meet and welcome to this months notes.. I apologize that chaos has ensued and I was unable to get my column in on time last month… and Loki is still hounding me.. but I am working around that. I want to talk to you all this month about the seasons. Renewal and death.. as that is the season we are in now. It has just passed Ostara in the Northern Hemi and Mabon in the Southern Hemi, Beltane is fast approaching in the Northern hemi with Samhain coming on for the Southern hemi. While we Northerners are preparing to plant and be fertile, We Southerners are settling in to…

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    The Between Time

    The Between Time Beltane is one of the most important festivals of the pagan year traditionally marking the arrival of summer in ancient times. With its counterpart Samhain, Beltane divides the year into its two primary seasons, Winter the Dark and Summer the Light. It’s the festival of fertility, celebrating beginnings and reproduction, the height of Spring and the flowering of life. Beltane is also known as May Eve, May Day, and Walpurgis Night. Sacred woods are kindled, (make sure you jump over the Beltane Fire, move through it, or dance clockwise around it). In ancient Rome, the Floralia from April 27-May 3 was the festival of the Flower Goddess…