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    Welcome to the June Issue of PaganPages

    Happy Summer to everyone!  We have an excellent issue for you this month. Featured in this months issue are: Giovanna Adams talks about her line of art, Faeries of Color. A great review of PeatBog Faeries newest album. The second installment of our Runes Course is up for all our students.  You are all doing so well. I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to our old Assistant Editor Sage and wish her much luck in all her endeavors and to introduce everyone to Michele Burke, PaganPages new Assistant Editor.  If you have any questions for her you can find her email in the about us section…

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    Sacred Sites

    Beltane Celebration – Tullamore – County Offaly – Ireland We are back from our travels in Ireland and we hope you had as exciting a Beltane celebration as we did.  I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of our Journey. Surrounded by a 700 year old Oak forest (the oldest in Ireland) stands Charleville Castle, known for generations as one of the world’s most haunted castles. Legend states that Charleville was built on the site of an ancient Druid burial ground and it is said that Druids conducted ceremonies on this site. The 500-year-old Oak tree that hoards the entrance to Charleville We had traveled here to…

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    The Celtic Well

    Gaelic Healing Water Spell Acquire equivalent portions of violet, rosemary, and lavender. After give power to them boil them in approximately one quart of water over a medium flame. Once the water has a rich color and the herbs begin to emit a scent throughout your kitchen, drain off the water off into a jar. An organic coffee filter works well for this. Leave the jar in the sunshine for an entire day to take in the glowing energies from the sun. (To add the healing powers of mercury to the spell do this on a Wednesday) Occasionally gaze into the jar to add your own energies to it. Just…

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    Litha History and Correspondences

    History of Litha (MidSummer) Also known as Summer Solstice, Litha, Alban Hefin, Sun Blessing, Gathering Day, Feill-Sheathain, Whit Sunday, Whitsuntide, Vestalia, Thing-tide, St. John’s Day In addition to the four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year, there are four lesser holidays as well: the two solstices, and the two equinoxes. In folklore, these are referred to as the four ‘quarter-days’ of the year, and modern Witches call them the four ‘Lesser Sabbats’, or the four ‘Low Holidays’. The Summer Solstice is one of them. Litha is usually celebrated on June 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, dependant upon the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. According…

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    Hally’s Hints

    LIVES BEFORE LIVES… So, we are back into Mercury retrograde and if the year wasn’t throwing crazy things at us, no doubt it will this month. Phew! What a year. This year has been full of extreme situations, with extreme illnesses, deaths, births, ups and downs and all of this each day. As they say, what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger… I recently had the privilege of attending an amazing workshop. It was on Life between Lives. Some may have heard about it. It is a hypnotic process which focuses on taking you into the brain wave patterns deeper than that for Past Lives and taps into…

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    My Reality Can Beat Your Reality

    You hear it all the time: “Perception is reality.” Sometimes, that’s a hard thing to accept, but it says a lot about how we act and react to the world around us.  And for any who do magic, it’s a very important, even crucial maxim.  However, it also relates to how we determine who is ‘sane’ and who isn’t. Of course, I’m sane…  I really am. I mean, really…  I am… Sane, that is. Really (Here’s some advice:  Do not try to prove you are ‘sane,’ because the harder you try, the worse it gets.) Our spirituality, probably because it’s based on personal experience rather than a specific book or…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Healthy Bones The Wise Woman Way Every woman I know is concerned about osteoporosis. Frightening stories equate it with broken hips, bent spines, wheelchairs, and death – things we all want to avoid. What can we do? Should we take calcium supplements? Hormones? Fosamax? Can we rely on our green allies? The Wise Woman tradition maintains that simple lifestyle choices – including, but not limited to, regular use of nourishing herbal infusions, medicinal herbal vinegars, yogurt, and seaweed – are sufficient to preserve bone and prevent breaks. And, further, that these lifestyle choices produce multiple health benefits, including reduction of heart disease and breast cancer, without the problems and risks…

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    The Days of June

    June 1 Festival of the Oak Nymph. This Pagan celebration honors all hamadryads (female nature spirits who are believed to inhabit oak trees). Decorate a Pagan altar with acorns and war some oak leaves in your hair. Kiss an oak tree or place a small offering of some kind before it, and the tree nymphs who dwell within it will surely bestow a blessing upon you. June 2 Shapatu of Ishtar. A Pagan festival dedicated to the goddess Ishtar is celebrated every year on this date. She is the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian deity who presides over love and fertility as well as war. The birth of the god Apollo…

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    Goddess Cards

    The Goddess of Summer Solstice People from every culture and era have held spiritual and religious celebrations in June! Most are holy days, linked to the Summer Solstice. Officially, it’s the first day of summer. On this day, literally, the sun appears to stand still as it reaches the zenith of its climb through Heaven. From this day forward, it will slowly descend, the days growing shorter as we move toward winter. The Pagan Community celebrates Litha, the Summer Solstice, on June 21st. It‘s the longest day of the Pagan year, halfway between Beltane on May 1st, and Lughnasadh on August 1st. At this sacred and fruitful time, the Oak…

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    Oracles & Omens

    Dreams Part IV Helping the Dream To wrap up the series on dreams I thought I would share some of ways to making divination through dreams more powerful and provide the clearest results.  Often times my most creative inspirations and thoughts come to me during the “twilight” stage. (no, not the vampire movie)  You know when you’re feeling yourself drift off to sleep, but technically you are still awake.  This is the time when crazy solutions seem reasonable and the worries of the day dance softly to the back of your mind.  I often meditate for story ideas, answers to questions or signs on which direction I should take.  When…