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    Crafting a Wand

    Wands One of the most rewarding things you can do is make your own magickal tools which you use. Your own personal energy begins to be imbued with your own personal energy as soon as you start making it. And making a wand is a pretty simple thing to do if you are handy with glue and have a bit of imagination. Choose a length of wood (remember to ask the tree if you want to cut a branch… and listen for the answer!) The traditional length for a wand it the length from your elbow to the tip of your middle finger, but you can make it any size…

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    Callie’s Cavern

    Black Obsidian Obsidian is igneous rock with inclusions from lava erupting and cooling within the earth.  The speed in which it cools prevents crystallization.  There are many different forms of Obsidian.  Sometimes bubbles get trapped and when they get densely packed that can give you gold, rainbow, or silver sheens to the stone.  Clusters of small cristobalite or feldspar can also get trapped in the stone, giving you Snowflake Obsidian.  Apache Tears are the result of wind and water smoothing out the rock.  Mahogany Obsidian is formed with Iron.  Black Obsidian is one of the most commonly worked with forms of Obsidian. Black Obsidian is grounding and centering.  It represents…

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    Hally’s Hints

    Empathetic Tales by Hally Since the evolution of technology it has become blatantly clear that being an Empath is as frequent as a person with brown eyes versus someone with red hair or natural blonde. This however, does not detract the significance and the fact that any assistance an individual has in understanding, feeling and knowing without prior knowledge about things and events is still a gift. Like anything there are varying degrees and as each of us is unique within our own lives, so too will be the Empath that is in us (for those that have this particular gift). Before I go further into this, there are many,…

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    The Days of August

    August 1 On this day, the Lammas Sabbat is celebrated by Wiccans and Witches throughout the world. Lammas (which is also known as Lughnasadh, August Eve, and the First Festival of Harvest) marks the start of the harvest season and is a time when the fertility aspect of the sacred union of the Goddess and Horned God is honored. The making of corn dollies (small figures fashioned from braided straw) is a centuries-old Pagan custom which is carried on by many modern Witches as part of the Lammas Sabbat rite. The corn dollies are placed on the Sabbat altar to represent the Mother Goddess who presides over the harvest. It…

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    Nite Rites

    Pathways Rite A solitary ritual to clarify your path ahead. Supplies Table salt Pepper A small bowl Matches One black votive candle and holder One white votive candle and holder One candle and holder to represent the God One candle and holder to represent the Goddess Small plate with deep edges Offering bowl Small bowl of extra virgin olive oil A large piece of hardy bread on a plate Chalice with beverage Rite Sit down in a comfortable position and ground yourself in your own traditional way. When you are ready, stand up and cast a sacred circle and call forth the Elementals in your own traditional way. When you…

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    Roll of a Mentor

    Learning Braucherei Traditionally, magickal systems would be learned from another person face to face.  As I have discussed before, information available from print and online sources have enabled the seeker to learn without a teacher, although it is of great help to have other Pagans for learning and discussion.  One tradition that still places emphasis on in person learning is variously known as Braucherie, Powwow, or Hexerie. Braucherie originated among German immigrants to the US in Pennsylvania; erroneously called “Pennsylvania Dutch” because they referred to themselves as Deutsch (German).  The practice of magick was shunned by the Amish and Mennonites, who were among these immigrants, but considered it evil.  These…

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    Pagan Parenting

    How Do We Know We’ve Done Good? How do we know when, as a parent, we’ve made a positive difference with our kids? Some parents measure it by what grades they get in school…others do it by measuring their kids against the way they were at that age. I know I’m doing a good job, at least most of the time, when my daughter does something so unselfish and positive, that not only is she changing her own life, but that of someone else. Yesterday was our local area’s Relay For Life event, our third year participating as a team, her third year walking. Now, please understand my oldest daughter…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Diana – Roman Goddess of the Hunt Diana (“the maiden goddess”)  is the Roman Goddess of the Hunt.   Diana is the twin of Apollo and the daughter of Latona and Jupiter.  She is also associated with nature, the wilderness and wild animals.   The Oak is especially sacred to her.   She is worshipped in the Stregheria religion and Religo Romana Neopaganism. Her mother, Latona, gave birth to her and immediately Diana helped her birth Apollo.  Based on this story, Diana is the guardian of young children and the patron of women in childbirth. Diana rules over the phases of the moon, which relays to women’s cycles and sexuality. Diana was originally…

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    Faeries, Elves, & Other Kin

    A Faery Myth The Wonderful  Tune Maurice Connor  was the king, and that’s no small word, of all the pipers in Munster. He could play jig and planxty without end, and Ollistrum’s March, and the Eagle’s Whistle, and the Hen’s Concert, and odd tunes of every sort and kind. But he knew one, far more surprising than the rest, which had in it the power to set every thing dead or alive dancing. In what way he learned it is beyond my knowledge, for he was mighty cautious about telling how he came by so wonderful a tune. At the very first note of that tune, the brogues began shaking…