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    The Days of September

    September 1 On this date in the sixth century B.C., the Persian prophet and mystic known as Zoroaster was born. He founded the religion of Zoroastrinism, which teaches that all of mankind is trapped in a perpetual battle between good spirits and bad spirits. September 2 On this date in ancient Athens, an annual Grape Vine Festival was held in honor of the Greek deities Ariadne and Dionysus. In Crete, Ariadne was worshipped as a goddess of the Moon, and Dionysus as the son of Semele (who was also a goddess of the Moon). September 3 On this day, the annual Path Clearing Festival (Akwambo) is held by the Akan…

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    Tarot Talk

    The World (21) “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.”  ~Dr. Viktor E(mil) Frankl Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a nude woman dancing in mid air between an oval wreath of laurels. A long, loose sash is flowing around her body, and she holds a double ended wand in each hand. The four corners outside the wreath are each adorned by a creature: bull, lion, eagle and angel/man. Symbols: Laurels: Victory, attainment of…

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    Menorrhagia

    We failed her, we failed our mother bleeds oceans from wounds that swell and drown land punched and stabbed by humanity raping the sacred womb wheels off courses flushing despair and anguish on all that was is no longer certain that all that was can be no more damaging if we want to save our Mother Earth.

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    Reaching Reiki

    with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt This month on Reaching Reiki I’m going to talk about Psychic Protection. For anyone who works with energy, whether Reiki, or other practices, protecting one’s energy is very important. Here’s why it’s important, and some ways to do it for yourself. When we work with energy, either via meditation, yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, or any other practices, what’s happening is we are raising our energetic vibration. What does that mean? We are heightening our senses to be intuitively aware of our energy and that around us. Our Higher Selves, Guides, Angels, and Archangels exist at higher vibrations, and it is via raising our vibration that we…

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    New Moon Ethics: Musings on the Morals of Paganism

    The Goddess Within Hello my blessed friends, and greetings at the beautiful end of another summer, and the beginning of a bright and beautiful fall. I trust that the goddess has bestowed many a blessing on you and yours. During the summer, we are surrounded by festivities and celebrations, such as Beltane and Lughnasadh. We celerate birthdays, sleepovers, and we spend time migrating back to mother nature to enjoy her beauty . There are times, however that we are faced  with challenges in our lives, not just during the summer, but at any time. Sometimes we feel that we are not strong enough to cope, that our hearts and souls…

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    Under 18

    Kids are a problem.  No, no, I’m not talking about the trials of parenthood; I’m referring to the problem of teaching minors about Paganism.  Though there aren’t any laws that specifically say to teach somebody’s child about a religion is unlawful, there exist community and cultural customs that condemn the teaching if it is done without parental permission.  In the case of Paganism, the problem is just as big as it would be if a Jewish family was to find their child being taught Islam… maybe bigger.  The problem is complex and I don’t intend to cover every facet here, but I will put forth some ideas about it in…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Lavender Lavender (Lavendula officinale or L. Vera) is also known as Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus and Spike.   The name is said to come from the Latin “lavare” which means “to wash”. Lavender is very common these days – its uses include sleep pillows, oils, teas, moisturizer and flowers.  Lavender is a perennial and can be grown very well, though it struggles with cold temperatures. In ancient times, Lavender was used as a religious herb.   It had been by selected by King Solomon to purify his temple.  It was a sacred herb that’s use has been traced back to pre-Christian times.  It had been thrown into the fire on St. John’s…

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    Song of a Daily Druid

    Song of a Daily Druid: How I Found a Home in Druidry In the beginning, I was a wild child, a woodsy child, a child who could concentrate all of my attention on holding perfectly still so as not to startle the robin in the grass. I could disappear into the tense air of rapt attention, forget my own little body completely as my eyes widened and my breath stilled. Once, the robin’s twitching eyes turned towards me, and I thought I heard it whisper… Cheer-up. Cheer-up, calmly, almost with amusement, you know, I can see you. That was when I was a very little girl. As sometimes happens, eventually…

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    The Elements

    The Air – so crisp and clear. It tells me what I need to hear. It encourages me to think deeper. It whispers the truth in my ears. The Earth – so solid and strong. It takes on my pain, transforming it. It helps me to stand strong. It loves me like a mother would. The Fire – so passionate and light. It brings illumination to what I need to see. It burns away the hurt and pain. It keeps me warm when I feel the chill. The Water – so cool and refreshing. It washes me of all my worries. It glides me along the current of my life.…

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    Lord – Music Review

    Lord is an Australian heavy metal band that is really a mix of styles from all over the world with their own unique spin on it that’s hard to quantify exactly. I would say more than anything you can hear a hunger and a drive in Australian metal because the scene there is so small, and to be a cut above anyone else and to make a real go of it you need to be up there with the best in the world or you have no hope of making the leap from small bar band to international touring act. That hunger trickles down from the top tier of international…