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    Featured Crafter Alexis Waite

    PaganPages(PP): Tell us a bit about yourself Alexis Waite (AW): I’m a SoCal native who has been drawing ever since I could hold a crayon.  My dad worked as a graphic artist, painter and photographer to support his family before the computer revolution turned the entire art industry on its ear in the early 90’s.  I think he was my main influence in why I drew as much as I did, given his own paintings adorned the walls of each house we lived in.  I still carry a sketchpad and draw in my spare time as a hobby. PP: Have you always wanted to design Tattoos? AW: That’s something I…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Blodeuwedd – Owl Goddess, Flower Woman When you think about a goddess that can help you take responsibility for your actions and to be assertive, you may want to work with the Welsh Goddess Blodeuwedd.  Here is her story. Blodeuwedd was created by the family of Lleu Llaw Gyffes because Lleu was put under a curse by his mother Arianrhod to never have a human wife.  This was because of Arianrhod’s  shame of having her not being a virgin exposed by Math in the myth Mabinogi of Math fab Mathonwy. Math needed to place his feet in the lap of virgin when he was not at war.  The fact that…

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    Vampire Folklore

    The Real Castle Dracula “A vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.” -Jonathan Harker as he approaches Castle Dracula for the first time (Stoker Chapter 1) Bram Stoker’s Dracula has always brought about inspiration, curiosity, and enchantment to those who have decided to be enthralled by the tale.  In the novel, both the Count and his home are described in such detail that one would think that both are real.  While it has been shown that the infamous Vlad the Impaler is the Count, arguments still exist about the exact whereabouts of…

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    Faeries, Elves & Other kin

    Faeries, Elves & Other kin: The Fae and their Origin. The name fairy comes from the Old French word faerie. The word faerie as we commonly know it has been hackneyed by using it to describe paranormal beings and the like. Never the less, there is an enormous amount of differentiation in categorizing a faerie from today’s modern literature and those of literature from the middle ages, particularly those of the Celtic tradition as well as from other faerie traditions such as those from  Germany, England and many Slavic countries. Oftentimes when one thinks about the Fae, they envision them as tiny winged creatures flittering around a glittering unearthly light…

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    Speakin’ of Ghosts…

    There is quite a fascination with the paranormal field lately and I think it’s safe to say there are more and more investigative teams appearing literally every day.  The field is saturated with them.  Television and the internet have made this field incredibly accessible, which are both a great and major pain at the same time. Television and the glamorization of ghost hunting has made it more mainstream and acceptable among the general public which is nice, but the internet has made it possible for any Tom, Chris, or Harry to start up a team whether they have any knowledge of the paranormal or not.  I don’t begrudge anyone wanting…

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    Song to Saule

    I sing deeply As the Earth And, light as the air This song to Saule In the fire And in the water My garden grows Underneath the bathing Sun Darkness teases the light As the day fades Faster than the horses She will return To the garden In the West Shimmering and shinning Silver, gold and diamonds Birds, bees and trees Across the sky She will ride To bring her love To all.

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    The Art of Flimflam

    Jargon and specialized vocabulary are used for nearly every trade or system in the world.  Sometimes this results in the general population taking on part of this way with words, such as the use of the term, ‘download.’ But more often than not, most people can listen to some conversations between two people who work or play at the same thing and not understand what the heck they’re talking about.  For instance, I sat next to a table that held three accountants one time.  They were not trying to keep their conversation quiet or secret in any way; I heard every sound uttered by them.  But for the life of…

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    Shadows from the Past

    Spirituality happens to be one of my most favorite subjects. The history of our Craft is an important subject to help build on the foundation of our current practices. Whether it is to remember something, so as not to repeat it, or if we need to keep it close  to keep it safe, it is important to take the time to remember. I thought we would start with some popular if not controversial topics, such as when did the actual Wicca religion start? The first real question is define Wicca. Wicca is first, an earth based religion. The US Supreme Court has never actually ruled in a Wiccan case, but…

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    Callie’s Cavern

    Amethyst The Ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst was a beautiful pure maiden who refused to get drunk.  Dionysus wanted to show Amethyst the beauties of drunkenness and pursued her constantly.  Diana protected Amethyst by turning her into a Quartz crystal in his despair Dionysus spilled his wine onto the crystal turning it purple.  This led to the belief that Amethyst could protect you from the effects of overindulgence.  The Ancient Greeks would place pieces of Amethyst in their wine glasses or better yet, drink from Amethyst goblets.  Now Amethyst can be used to overcome addiction, blockages and keep thoughts in line with your goals. Ancient Egyptians ambassadors carried Amethyst scarabs…

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    It’s In the Cards

    Dear Reader, Welcome to ‘It’s In the Cards’ for www.PaganPages.org. At one time this column appeared in Finer Things Magazine in New Haven, CT, and I am very pleased to be writing my column again; this time for the Pagan Community. Every month, I will do a tarot reading for one person whose question I choose for this column. Also, by writing me, you will have a chance for a free tarot 10 minute reading on the phone. If you would like to contact me about purchasing a reading, please visit my web site at www.SubRosaMagick.com or write me at [email protected] Since I first began reading for the public 13…