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    Lilith

    I hear the owl call The wind gathers a howl Cloaked in shadow I hear you I shall not lay I shall not stay I shall not give away What is mine Wrapped in serpants They Whispered blame And the night fell around In droplets of shadow and sound Those demons your friends Strike fear in the hearts of men And their creation of sin But I know you As I know the wind And the rain All that is sacred Turned to shame The Dark Moon shines Like fire and ice Those secrets and lies Hidden well in despise In each of us A sparkle of you In each…

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    Being Bad

    NOTE:  Parts of this article are quoted from or based on Blacksun’s yet-to-be published book, B e ALL! – The book of Pagan Spirituality, © 2007. Some people have problems with Paganism because we didn’t have anybody come down from a mountain with a couple of stone tablets and tell us what being bad really meant.  The charge is leveled that we don’t have any morality system.  Once that statement is made, it’s an easy jump to thinking we don’t have any morals.  But just because we didn’t have somebody write it on rocks doesn’t mean we don’t have a morality system.  We are, by and large, a very moral…

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    The House on Nikitski Pereulic

    *Since some of the people in this particular story are, at the moment, still in their country’s service, all family names have been omitted at their request. It is one of the oddities of paranormal investigation in Russia that amazingly few hauntings or encounters with spirit entities spring directly from events surrounding what is known as the “Great Terror”. That is the time, extending roughly from 1926 to 1953, and varying in intensity, in which Josef Stalin and his various heads of state security, presided over the murder of thousands… tens of thousands… possibly hundreds of thousands… no one knows for sure… of the Russian people. Strangely, encounters with these…

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    Meandering Through the Past

    Meandering… In the spirit of the holidays as well as our continued meandering through the past, I thought I would talk about the Samhain/Halloween holiday we all just experienced. This is a time where in our half of the hemisphere, the northern half, bits and pieces of the world are getting ready to sleep. It is also a time of year to remember and honor those we loved, who have passed on. Samhain is also considered the Celtic New Year. To show respect to the men and women who were accused of witchcraft and thus killed way back in the day, my family and I took a jaunt down to…

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    Hally’s Hints

    My Witchy Evolution It is in the quiet moments between the madness of the day to day that I sometimes sit and think about my path as a witch; how it all started and how I came to be where I am today. There are so many elements, areas and facets to witchcraft that as we develop as individuals from one life to the next it is too limiting to be pigeon holed exclusively to one term and believe this is where we should remain. When I came into witchcraft it was such a breath of fresh air. Even today our society is blatantly based on Christianity as are the…

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    The Paranormal Path

    How Normal Is The Paranormal? When we think of the word “paranormal” our first thoughts are of ghosts, poltergeists, and haunted houses..  This is a very good place to start, but there are so many ways the paranormal can come into our daily lives, even for those who do not go searching for such things.  We all in some way has a brush with the paranormal more often than we realize. How often do we spill salt and toss a little over our shoulder, knock on wood, avoid walking under a ladder, or stay away from a cemetery at night?  Some of us aren’t even sure why we do it, we just know it has…

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    December Moon Report

    )0( December Moon Report )0( “That orbed maiden With white fire laden Whom mortals call the Moon” -Percy Bythe Shelley, “The Cloud” )0(December Moon Phases)0( Full Moon: DEC  1 11:30 pm* Full moons occur from fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Full moons are prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any workings that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, full moons aide work for love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money, divination, and dreams. It is said that full moon magic is like a white candle — all purpose. Full moon magic can be…

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    Callie’s Cavern

    Opal Opal is a delicate stone, a beautiful stone with a fine vibration.  When you look at Opal you can understand how this stone can stand for beauty, lightness, love, and passion.  It is seductive.  It has been said that Octavius Caesar was willing to sell one third of his Roman Empire for a single Opal.  Opal can help you open yourself up to love.  It has been called a “Cupid Stone” and said to grant wishes. If you are born in October Opal is said to bring good luck, but if your Opal splits that is seen as a bad omen.  Wives and girlfriends gave Crusaders Opals to bring…

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    Learning

    Learning From Your Mistakes Last month I wrote about learning in the face of adversity.  In those situations, the difficulty is beyond our control and it is up to us to make the best of the circumstances.  When we make mistakes, the fault is ours and it is up to us to rectify the situation, learn from it, resolve not to do it again, and go on. There are mistakes which are humorous in nature.  We forget words in ritual or say the wrong ones, place objects in the wrong location or leave something we need outside the circle.  These are minor things that we should laugh about, then continue. …

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    Nite Rites

    “Triumph Over Troubles Rite” We have all experienced times when we are overcome with worry or doubt about something very important to us. This rite is designed to help you move through your worry and start working on a solution. Supplies Bowl of water Bowl of salt Worry stone Worry dolls (5) Pentacle paten 2 small pieces of mirror Mica and unakite Strand of silver cord Two white candles Incense burner, trivet, and charcoal tablet Incense of your choice Chalice with drink Plate with food Offering bowl Altar Set-up Gather all the materials and place on the altar. The two white candles should be across from each other, as they…