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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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    Oracles & Omens

    Dreams III You sit up straight in bed during the dead of the night, your forehead is damp with sweat, and your heart is racing.  It takes you a few moments to ground yourself and fade back into your reality.  You sit in the dark and remember the story that just played out in your mind. What type of message was your subconscious trying to send?  Often nightmares or night terrors will reflect fears from our past, situations we are currently battling or events that we are worried about in the future. Sometimes it will help to talk with someone about any disturbing dreams you may have.  Another opinion can…

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    Hally’s Hints

    Is Blood Thicker than Water? I deliberated over this month’s article. I have had so many things happen on a personal level this month that have challenged me, predominantly on a metaphysical level. It is strange how even in the darkest times that light can find its way through. So, as I am a big believer of writing from the heart, I thought it would benefit everyone the most, if I did exactly that. This article is not about motivation or “feel good”, it is about standing true when everything logical seems to lose its place. Before you read this, know that it comes from my heart and what is…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Star (17) “Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.” ~ L. J. Suenens Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a nude woman kneeling near a pond with one foot submerged in the water. She is pouring crystal clear water from two jugs into the pond and onto the ground. In a cloudless sky a grouping of stars shine above her, bathing the countryside in light. Flowers grow on the bank, and an Ibis is perched in the branches of a nearby tree. Symbols: Star: Hope, wish fulfillment, guiding light Seven Stars: Seven main chakras, seven ancient planets Five Rivulets of Water: The five…

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    Interview with Ghost Hunters International’s Barry Fitzgerald

    Courtesy of Barry Fitzgerald (2009) For those of you that only know Barry Fitzgerald as an investigator of the Paranormal from Ghost Hunters International (GHI) may be surprised to know there is more to him than meets the eye. Barry is an avid photography and writer who is very proud of his Irish heritage and loves to show his I love for Ireland through his photography.  His new book entitled Journeys (Book of Photos) takes the reader on a wonderful journey through the vastness of the world showing nature in a way that has long since been forgotten. If you do only one thing for yourself I strongly suggest that…

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    Herbal Creations

    It’s been a busy month for me getting my herb gardens in. With the smell of Spring in the air I felt the need to share some of my favorite spring recipes. Lavender rolls are a yearly treat at Beltane in our house, hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Hope your celebrations are the best, lets make this is the first day of a Blessed Spring for all! Lavender Herb Rolls 1 pk Active dry yeast 1/4 cup Warm water 1 Teaspoon white sugar a dash of salt 3/4 cup cream cheese ¼ cup milk 1/4 cup Honey 2 Tablespoon sweet Butter 1 Teaspoon Dried lavender buds…

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    HobbyHorse

    “BREAK IN THE CLOUDS” CD “Break In The Clouds” 2006, a collection of songs each telling a story about hope, renewal, love, finding one-self, being at peace with what you find, and the journey in between.  The instrumental music alone is extremely well worth taking the time to listen to.  There are a couple of songs one in particular Goddess of Mercy that I found easy to use while meditating and “Lullaby”, a easy simple soft tune one I use to ease myself with and I love the instrumentals in it.  The entire CD has several sections where the talents of the artist are proven over and over again.  While…

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    May Correspondences

    May Correspondences The name of the month is garnered from the Greek Goddess Maia, the most important of the Seven Sisters (the Pleiades), and (some say) the mother of Hermes. Some form of this Goddess name is known from Ireland to India. She is known to be the mother of Hermes. In Rome she was called Maius, Goddess of Summer. Moon: The Hare Moon Astrological Signs: Taurus, Gemini Nature Spirits: Faeries, elves Herbs: Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, rose, mugwort, thyme, yarrow Colors: Green, brown, pink Flowers: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom Scents: Rose, sandalwood Stones: Emerald (birth stone), malachite, amber, carnelian Trees: Hawthorne Animals: Cats, lynx, leopard…

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    Great Work If You Can Get It

    In many Wiccan traditions, as well as a few other Pagan faith groups, there is something called ‘the Great Work’.  This term is probably stolen from the Masons and, in Pagan venues, refers to what might be termed a calling, though that is most often used when referring to some kind of spiritual dedication.  Traditionally, an initiate chooses what will become his or her Great Work sometime during their time at Second Degree (if following the Gardnarian format).  Other traditions might not follow that form but still retain something like the idea of the Great Work.  Whatever it may be called, finding your Great Work is an extremely important event.…