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    Happy New Year

    Merry Meet Readers,  We hope you had a wonderful and safe Yule and a Happy New Year. THIS MONTHS FEATURES January’s Moon Report, for all your monthly moon needs you can always check in with PaganPages for the phases and more throughout the month! Many New Columns like Wicca 101 teaching us this month about the Tools of the Craft. Let’s Spell it Out has a new spell incorporating Ganesh This month the new Season’s of the Witch is out and our own Michele Burke has a review of it.  Get your copies while you can!! Monthly Horoscope Capricorn 2010 Horoscope (22 Dec – 21 January) Capricorns are very serious…

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    Seasons of the Witch 2010

    Once again Victoria David Danann has proven she will not be out done. Never have I had the ethereal pleasure that the Seasons of the Witch 2010 Daily gives. Form the moment I opened the planner till the time I laid it down a feeling of electricity resonated from deep within the recesses of my very being. Beautiful artwork, Moon phases, and plenty of room to keep track of important events throughout the months. Now it may seem that I am repeating myself, but it bears repeating; not only is the artwork beautiful each Goddess practically emanates from the page. So if you do only one thing for yourself this…

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    Rebel Rede

    Who is a High Priestess? Who is a high priestess? The literal answer is that she is someone is has received at least a third degree in a specific Pagan/Wiccan tradition and is the leader of a coven.  This definition is a brief and generic answer, because like most things in life there are gray areas. Someone can attend one public Pagan festival and have multiple women tell them they are a high priestess. Most likely each one of those “high priestesses” has a different definition of what that title means and they probably obtained their high priestess status differently as well. Is someone a high priestess just because she…

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    Magickal Colors

    White It is winter now, utterly. I gaze out the window at snow falling on the landscape, covering the Earth in a blanket of sleepy contemplation. The world seems cleaner, sharper. I find myself sleeping more, and in my sleep, more dreams. Even while awake, I sometimes catch myself drifting in a stasis of no-thought, like an unconscious meditation. Gently, gently, the whiteness covers all. The branches that seemed so verdantly green and brown in summer now appear as black twigs, reaching for the sky in stillness. “All is calm, all is bright.” Silence descends, and it seems as if there is no growth or life at all. Yet beneath…

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    Pagan Theology

    Magic:  Made up Explanations Before I got busy and started to talk about other things I was working on a series of columns devoted to understanding magic.  The question that I am trying to answer is “how does magic work?”  In a previous column I developed a typology for how you might go about answering that question, with explanations dividing up into three categories:  systematic, individual, and theistic.  Systematic explanations develop some sort of system that, if followed, results in magic.  This ranges from science, to sort of science, to just plain made up systems.  Individual and theistic explanations appeal to something other than a system, like yourself or your…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Experimenting with Electronic Voice Phenomena Electronic Voice Phenomena, or EVP, is the observation of disembodied voices or sounds captured on audio equipment that were not present or heard by the observer at the time of recording and are attributed to communication with spirits; this is also related to Electronic Video Phenomena.  The concept of EVP has had an impact on popular culture as its popularity in entertainment, in ghost hunting, and as a means of dealing with grief has influenced literature, radio, film and television. EVP Session Various explanations have been put forward for EVP by those who believe it to be an example of paranormal phenomenon.  These include discarnate…

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    Let’s Spell it Out

    Removing Obstacles with Ganesha Ganesha is an Indian God with the body of a man and the head of an elephant. The God of wisdom and prudence, he is sometimes called Ganapati, Ganesa or Gajani and he is known as the God of Scribes and Merchants as well as the Lord of Obstacles. For the purposes of January, we will use Ganesha to help us make wise decisions for the coming year (it is the time to make New Year’s Resolutions after all!) as well as to help to clear the obstacles that lie in the way of getting our goals accomplished.  But before we get to work, let’s take…

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    Pagan Parenting

    Letting it Flow I attempted to force out a Family Values article this month but in the interest of practicing what I was preaching I decided to try again next month.  The flow was not happening. Going with the flow in parenting is a lesson that is hard to keep up with.   It is a challenge that is constantly facing us and it seems that kids move with natural rhythms with more ease than we do.   If they are tired they sleep, if they are hungry they eat.   When we try and inflict our ideas of schedules and such we can often present a conflict to the very primal…

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    Hally’s Hints

    The Energetic Journey of the Past Year 2009 has finally come to a close. In some respects it seemed to take an eternity with the fluctuating energies and influences from the four mercury retrogrades as well as the planetary shifts endeavouring desperately to gain some balance. In another way, it seems that, like many years before, the year comes to a stand still nearing the end of December and then the previous months are forgotten. We omit the journey, the lessons and the choices we made to be exactly where we are today. It tends to feel as though the years come and go in what seems a blink of…

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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. Winter in the Hedge The Wheel has turned again, and I find myself standing in a threshold. Thresholds are the most magical and mysterious of all places, and ones in which anything can happen. But they can also feel scary, because we don’t know what’s on the other side. Yet, I have walked by my faith for many years, and know that there is a plan for me, and I am living it. It…