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    Elemental Perspectives

    Raise the Mizzenmast, Matey This is the fourth in my Elementals Perspectives series for Pagan Pages.  If you have not already guessed it, this one is about the Element of Air. Popular modern Paganism declares that Air is the province of ideas, dreams, questions, and all things intellectual.  It also correlates with clouds, light, vision, and stuff we associate with the sky.  That is an interesting relationship. When we think an idea is not truly well thought out or complete, we label it as being airy.  If we believe a person is mentally not very connected to his or her total environment, we might say they have their head in…

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    Interview with Giovanna Adams

    Courtesy of Giovanna Adams Giovanna Adams is just one name this exceptionally talented artist goes by, others include Mother, Wife, Illustrator, Writer and Faerie aficionado. Giovanna’s Faeries of Color lend a diverse look at the world of the fey through their breath taking beauty; adding brightness to an often insipid visualization of the fairy realm. ~ Michele Burke, Pagan Pages.org 2009 Interview with Giovanna Adams Pagan Pages: Who is Giovanna Adams the woman? Giovanna Adams: I am a woman who is inspired by myth and magic and is fascinated with the belief that not all that we see in this world is all that exists. I am also a mother…

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    New Moon Ethics – Musings on the Morals of Paganism

    Greetings The world has opened yet another door for communication amongst the pagan community. I was given the opportunity to write this column by the gracious team at paganpages.org. They have given me the freedom for my own column on the ethics of paganism, something of which i am passionate about. My name is meghan, and i am most pleased to make your aquaintance. You may also refer to me as Naiyeetu. I first began this column wondering two things. The first was how in the world I would come up with a name for this column. I chose the title New Moon Ethics – Musings on the Morals of…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Moon (18) “Do not fear to step into the unknown for where there is risk, there is also reward.” ~Lori Hard Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a great moon, showing its three phases as one, hovering in the sky flanked by two sturdy towers. Two bodies of clear water, a pool and the ocean, are separated by land. Leading from the water a path winds in the distance between the two towers.  In the foreground a dog and wolf howl at the moon, while a lobster in the pool behind them crawls toward the bank. Symbols: Crayfish: The unconscious, primordial and primitive Dog: Domesticated and tamed side of…

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    Runic Divination

    Lesson 2: Elder Futhark Runic Symbols Explained Cont. Well we have made it through to yet another lesson and let me just say you are all doing exceptionally well. Now let’s get down to business. In lesson two we will be continuing were we left off. In the Elder Futhark rune there are three standard divisions of Runes. These divisions are seen in the Aetts of Frey, Hagal and Tyr. Frey’s Aetts these eight runes belong to the god Frey (Fertility God) and his runes are associated with the creation of the world, its gods and inhabitants. The runes in this Aett are effective in getting things started; moreover, for…

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    Pagan Theology

    Magic:  Systematic Scientific Explanations In my last column I divided magic up into different categories according to how you might explain it worked.  Systematic explanations appealed to some sort of system independent from the worker, or deity.  Individualistic explanations appealed to the individual, while theistic ones appealed, to, you guessed it, deity.  Magical system mix and match frequently between these various explanations, for example a magical working directed toward individual enlightenment that appeals to deity.  Despite this mixing up of things, I think these are useful categories for discussion. In the last column I also noted that systematic explanations could be divided into three sub-categories: scientific, middle ground, and just…

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    Greetings from Afar

    The Evil That Men Do Author’s Note: Due to the Public Image and celebrity status of the person in question, the name of the “American” has been withheld at his request. The man was gaunt, almost skelital. His height, well over six feet, made his appearance even more severe. He was balding, with a drooping moustash and a scraggly beard clinging beneath his lower lip and to the base of his chin. He was dressed like a “bombzh”, a homeless man in an old army greatcoat, military trousers and worn jackboots. A visored cap rested on the bench next to him has he sat calmly and fed the pigeons in…

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    June Correspondences

    The sixth month of the Gregorian Calender, June is the first month of summer. June derives it’s name from the Roman Goddess Juno. Her Greek counterpart is Hera. The traditional birthstone amulets of June are alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl; and the rose is the month’s traditional flower. June is shared by the astrological signs of Gemini the Twins and Cancer the Crab, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Juno, and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty. During the month of June, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Summer Solstice, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year…

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    New To the Craft

    The Magic of Herbs There has always been a natural association between the Craft and herbal work.  Before the advent of modern medicine, it was typically the village wisewoman or midwife whom people consulted when they were in need of cures for their ailments.  Witches learned the properties of the plants growing in their environments and put them to good use.  Brews and potions were used to extract the essence of each herb for consumption, while poultices could be created to apply to wounds or rashes.  Many modern Wiccans and witches draw on this tradition in their own practice, as a more earth-centered alternative to pharmaceuticals. Of course as a…