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    Song of a Daily Druid

    The No-Time Before Beginning We cannot always be rushing full speed ahead. Druidry teaches us that there are cycles, seasons that turn over and shuffle through one another. At Samhain, summer’s end, we enter a time of darkness, before the rebirth of light on the winter solstice. Now is a time of dissolution, and sacrifice. And bad chest colds with persistent, aching cough. Amber and rusted-ruby bleed through the tree leaves along their brittle veins, and I notice how they scab around the torn edges of old holes chewed out by summer insects now sluggish or dead. Outside my window, rain shivers down through the evening fog and clings to…

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    New to the Craft

    A Tarot Primer One of the most popular methods of divination today is the use of tarot cards.  Commonly linked with witches and gypsies in the popular imagination, tarot has a fascinating history that some groups say can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt.  Though their exact origin is debated most tarot decks can be shown to incorporate a wealth of symbolism in their artwork that gives depth and variety to their possible interpretations in a reading.  The standard Rider/Waite deck was developed by members of the Golden Dawn in the early 20th century, and it intentionally makes heavy use of Qabalistic and astrological themes.  Other newer decks…

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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. A Hedge Divided… Last month I received some feedback from folks who read my column, and who also live in not-necessarily pagan households. Some of them are accepted and valued for their beliefs and others were ridiculed and disrespected because of them. As a full time witch in a partially pagan household, I can completely relate to this dilemma, and have the utmost empathy for those who still live in the shrouded secrecy…

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    Engineers in Your Ear (E.Y.E)

    Music Review Engineers in Your Ear (E.Y.E) Engineers in your Ear (E.Y.E) is an up and coming new age, self-produced group of hip hop artists who teamed up to make a different sound. Engineers in Your Ear (E.Y.E.) was born with the idea that Hip Hop has no boundaries and anything is possible. E.Y.E. consist of Paul B & Kylo Rich. Kylo is a relative new comer to the world of engineering and hip-hop contrasting Paul’s years of studying composition, musical styles and the art of recording music. Paul and Kylo met through a mutual friend/artist, J-Hoop, at the end of 2008. They decided to put their minds together and…

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    Pagan Parenting

    Family Values: Thankfulness Values in relation to family building are defined as: “one’s principles, priorities, or standards.”  Values are what is important to us, what we give meaning to in our lives, and how we delegate the priority of our time, of ourselves. Words that are considered values are thrown around in our speech daily.  Respect, kindness, honesty, fidelity…but as we use these words do we actually live them?  Are they buzz words, or ideals?  And how do we live these ideas as pagan parents and enact them within our family, as an example to our children? As an ongoing series in Pagan Parenting Every Day I will be exploring…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Fool (0) “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Chinese Proverb Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a young traveler dressed in colorful motley clothes. Tied to his staff is a nap-sack; in his free hand is a single rose. The sun, in all its glory, shines behind him, and a small, lively dog follows his heels. Walking toward the edge of an impending cliff, the Fool seems blissfully unaware of the fall awaiting him. Symbols: Young Person (Youth): Naivety, innocence Single White Rose: Purity, nonsexual love Sunrise: New beginnings Staff: Active creativity Cliff: ‘The Fall’ into worldly experience Hills/Mountains: Struggles, adversity Motley Dress: Foolishness,…

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    Yeah For the Moon

    It is the full moon, the right silvery globe, dazzling and dangling from the heavens, that beckons me to stay awake, and not sleep the witching hours away. As I lay tossing and muttering sleepless phrases the shadows play and warp with the changing of clock numbers…2, 3, 4, 5… With futile, uneventful and perilous (to sanity) sleepiness, and exasperation, I stumble out of bed and greet the daylight hours with a finesse likened only to a very depraved expression…much like one freely given to an annoying driver on the freeway. So begins my day, and yet it makes perfect sense that the Moon should take prominence. It is the…

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    Reaching Reiki

    with ReikiAwakening.com’s Alice Langholt Welcome to this month’s Reaching Reiki column. This month’s topic is Patience. Patience is very hard for most of us, because we want to plan, control our destiny, shape our lives. We have a desire to know what’s coming and prepare for it, because doing so helps us feel more confident and ready. I know, because I am very much like this in personality. I envy those who can easily surrender, having faith that things will work themselves out, and that the Universe has a plan in motion. This is a wonderful state of being, just living in the present, without the anxiety of trying to…

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    The Grove

    Guy meets girl. He’s charmed by this innocent-seeming cutey, & as a result turns into a total caveman. He thumps her over the head with his club & drags her off to the cave, expecting her to be thrilled about a life of domestic servitude. Everybody is at least roughly familiar with the story of Persephone. Her father’s Zeus, the all-powerful king of the Olympian Gods. Her mother’s Demeter, the grain Goddess. To make a long story short, Hades, lord of the Underworld, fell in love with Persephone  & abducted Her. Eventually she came to terms with her new living arrangements. Demeter, being the ultimate overprotective mother, was consumed by…

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    Faeries, Elves, & Other Kin

    Do You Take Your Faeries With or Without Wings? Not very long ago, a new reader of my blog wrote me the following: I have to say that whenever I come across a word that is new to me, such as “Faerie”, I immediately “iconoclast” the current definition I have for it out of respect (which would be in my mind a faerie is “a feminine sprite of metaphysical quality, mischievious [sic] and clad somewhat in pink” with alternate spelling)… “Clad somewhat in pink.”  That description gave me a good giggle, but he left out wings.  What do you think about faeries with wings?  Are faeries with wings a valid…