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    The Moonlit Path: A Discussion on Pathways and Traditions

    North American Eclectic Wicca As practioners, or those interested in alternative spiritual paths, we are often left on our own to learn and discover the options available to us.  As with any journey it begins with a willingness to take the first step.  It’s my hope that this article will help some of you start your own journeys and give you an idea of the options available to you. When I started my own path over 11 years ago I had no idea what was out there.  I didn’t realize that there were so many different Traditions and Paths. I will cover both the well known and those that are…

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    Raven Digitalis

    Raven Digitalis Interview (Photo by Anna-Varney Cantodea) Pagan Pages: First, tell us about your books and please include links where we can purchase them. Raven Digitalis: Sure. My first book, Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture focuses on the intersection of the Gothic culture and magickal spirituality. It explores things like the magick of music, shamanic body modification, Necromancy, the place of depression, and a number of social issues. My second book, Shadow Magick Compendium: Exploring Darker Aspects of Magickal Spirituality, does away with the subculture element and simply explores darkness—the Shadow—in its numerous expressions. This is divided into the chapters The Internal Shadow, The External Shadow, The…

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    Greetings from Afar

    Reincarnation, the Key to History Bacically, “Reincarnation” is the idea, or belief that each of us live many lives on earth and that in any given life we are what we have made ourselves in former lives, or, are in some way continuing some task or goal that we have undertaken previously. Many, especially those who subscribe to the so-called “Eastern Religions”, believe this to be under the law of cause and effect otherwise known as karma. In this view, our blemishes we have indulged and made a part of our personal self, our strengths and talents we have earned and unfolded. Similarly, what happens to us in life, if…

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    Hally’s Hints

    UNIVERSAL LANGUAGES I see the beauty of the plants growing in each and every direction subtly oblivious of where they should and can go. They seek the warmth and energy of the sun, sourcing moisture from the earth and air. All else is irrelevant; all else has no consequence to their day. The days come and the days go. The sun rises and the sun sets. The clouds pass over, sometimes bringing rain and other times a moment of a shadow. There are no conscious thoughts in these actions. There are contributing factors influencing the direction, however it isn’t premeditated or in a manipulative manner. It is all for the…

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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan theology short:  religious tradition Is Paganism a religious tradition? The sensible answer is “of course”. But lets think about this a little be more.  First, I guess it depends on how you define “religious,” “tradition,” and “religious tradition.”  In some sense this is the same as asking if Paganism is a religion (which common sense again says it is) [1].  But I’d say its also more than simply asking if Paganism’s a religion, it also asks whether Paganism has a connection through time.  Not sure exactly what its connected through time to, but a connection nonetheless.  It could be a connection to a historical tradition, or it could be…

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    Coming Home

    Some feel it physically.  It’s a tingle in the spine or a rush of blood all over the body.  Some describe it as an overwhelming blast to the mind where open-eyed visions come and go so quickly you can’t really recognize what they are.  Nearly everyone says it’s an intense feeling of ‘rightness’  where you ‘just know’ you’re where you should be in this universe.  You’ve come home.  That’s the phrase Pagans have adopted to describe what is felt by many who discover us and who have a magical and spiritual awakening.  It is an epiphany when they encounter our way of looking at things. Not everyone experiences it.  That…

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    Cernunnos Rising

    Green Man For those of you who have never heard of the band Cernunnos Rising, let me introduce you to the men behind the music, George Nicholas and the band Cernunnos Rising (Simon, Nick and Phil). George is the founder and main driving force behind the registered charity ` art For Their sake’.  As for the rest of the band well, what is there to say except WOW. Cernunnos Rising is in my opinion, one of the greatest up and coming bands I have had the pleasure of interviewing to date. (C) Copyright George Nicholas Interview with George Nicholas and Cernunnos Rising Pagan Pages: When you are not making music…

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    The Indigo Child

    Well the weather is changing once again and the smell of wet leaves is permeating through the air and I just cannot believe another month has passed since our last correspondence. And just like always you the readers have placed a lot of thought into your questions and as such I feel it is my responsibility to put just as much energy into my response. That being said, let’s address this month’s issue… Penny Writes: Dear All I have been told by a medium that I am an Indigo child. I am a sensitive and have been blessed with every ability they could give me. I always knew I was…

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    New to the Craft

    Symbolism of the Pentagram Symbols have held a special place with humankind across all cultures and ages.  Our brains are wired for language, itself a symbolic system substituting words for objects and concepts we know from experience.  The object you are sitting on is not inherently a “chair” anymore than it is a “chaise” or “silla”.  The individual words are arbitrary, but they serve the important purpose of allowing people to reference the same idea without constantly having to point to it in the physical world.  Imagine trying to have a conversation where the only things you can allude to are “this” or “that”!  Language allows us to advance from…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Blessed Samhain all of you and Blessed Beltane for those in the Southern Hemi. Wow has it really been a year… I started writing these article last October.. and how scared I was that they would bomb… but you seem to like them and I enjoy writing them for you..  so here we go.. Here is some basic Samhain correspondences to work with Oct. 31st – Samhain (All Hallow’s Eve) Altar Decorations: Pumpkins, gourds, seasonal fruits and flowers, a statue of the Triple Goddess in her Crone phase, broom, acorns. Herbs:, dittany, flax, heather, mandrake, mullein, oak leaves, sage and straw, mugwort. Spices: Thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper,  poultry seasoning Incense:…