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    New Moon Ethics: Musings on the Morals of Paganism

    To Hone In On Tradition Hello my dear friends and wonderful readers. I trust that the Goddess has blessed you with a bountiful harvest in your life this past Mabon. Fervent wishes that your celebrations were merry, joyful, and full of love and family. This month is a special time of year for the witch, druid, or any pagan. It is the month of Samhain, the second time of year when the veil between the mundane world and the world of mysteries is lifted, and those who have traveled forth and those who continue on the earthbound path can bless eachother with their presence. A time of dark mysteries. A…

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    Fazes: The Moon and Her Wonders

    )0( October Moon Report )0( “The Moon wedded the Sun In the first spring. The Sun rose early at dawn, The Moon wandered alone Courting the morning star. Perkunas was wroth, He clect the Moon with a sword.” (From U Katzenelenbogen: The Daina: An Anthology of Lithuanian and Latvian Folk Songs) The moon is usually seen as a female symbol, and was worshipped in ancient times as a powerful force through most cultures. It is believed to be linked to the unconscious, our psychic and feminine side. The sacredness of the moon has been connected with the basic cyclic rhythms of life. The changing phases of the moon were linked…

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    Role of a Mentor

    Spiritual art “In the beginning God created man, then man returned the favor,” states a witty quip. To me, that conjures up images of all types of art of a spiritual nature. Humanity has been making depictions of gods and goddesses as well as magickal beings for untold thousands of years. Few religions, notably Judaism and Islam, forbid such art. Sometimes the practice has been denounced as idolatry, but it has been found in an amazing variety of cultures, belief systems, locations and time periods. Perhaps the oldest such depiction is the Venus of Willendorf, carved about 25,000 years ago and discovered in 1908 in Austria. This statuette is only…

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    A Simple Path: Journey of a Hedgewitch

    *The Hedgewitch lives in the space between the Village and the Forest. Between the mundane and the magical. S/He lives with a foot in both worlds. This column is dedicated to the Hedgewitches of the planet earth. Working Witch Ever since I was a child, I have been a Healer. It began in my youth, fostered by programming from the church that it is our right to lay hands on the sick and they will be healed. I had never looked at the process any other way. When I reached my teens, and money was slim and none, I discovered herbs and began ferreting out their secrets. Having a new…

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    Samhain Incantation

    Light the Hill of Tara The dark half of the year Awakens Those that dwell in the hallow hills With flowers and candles I honor you Spirits of the Air Take me on this journey End my mourning Take sadness away Lift the veil of Seperation Of night and day In the dark of the Earth I plant the seeds Of who I want to be Great Goddess Cailleach With her hammer Hardens the earth Turns the night Thins the veil The Crone Now shines Spreads her dark cape To cover the hills Cover the sea Cover me in shadows And I shall remember There is nothing I want There…

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    October

    Derives it’s name from the eighth month of the oldest Roman calendar, Octem. Moon: The Blood Moon – The name Blood Moon comes from the custom of killing and salting down live stock for the upcoming winter months, not from sacrifice as some think. Astrological Signs: Libra, Scorpio. Nature Spirits: Frost faeries, plant faeries. Herbs: Pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock. Colors: Dark blue-green. Flowers: Calendula, marigold, cosmos. Scents: Strawberry, apple blossom, cherry. Stones: Opal, rose sapphire, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise. Trees: Yew, cypress, acacia. Animals: Stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion. Birds: Heron, crow, robin. Deities: Astarte, Belili, Cernunnos, Demeter, Hathor, Horned God, Ishtar, Kore, Lakshmi, the Morrigan, Osiris, The…

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    Topaz’s Whimsical Tales

    Persephone It happens every year; the warmer seasons fade to autumns docile colors and temperatures that soon bow to winter’s howling nipping winds. Reminding us that Persephone is starting her journey to the underworld to be with Hades; causing her mother Demeter to grieve and the earth lose her luster of spring and summer. It is said that the reason for the colder months is just the anguish of an ill-be-gotten mother whose daughter was taken from “under her nose”. The story goes as such; Hades; lord of the underworld; had fallen in love with Persephone; daughter of Zeus and Demeter; and had asked Zeus for her hand. Zeus fearing…