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    Rebel Rede

    Daily Divine Devotion Devotion can be defined as either “feelings of ardent love” or a “commitment to some purpose” (retrieved January 20, 2010 from http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/). The word devotion or devotional is often used in a religious context, especially within Christianity. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/), in Christianity a Bible study is the study of the Bible by ordinary people as a personal religious or spiritual practice. Some denominations may call this devotion or devotional acts. A Bible study or devotional time can be done in a group or practiced alone. What does this have to do with Paganism? Everything! Despite popular opinion we can learn a lot from Christians and their…

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    Interview with High Priestess Regan

    Faeries dancing by the light of the moon, Flower garden. _ High Priestess May 20, 2008 High Priestess Regan is a self-inspired harpist, classical vocalist, producer and composer who has accomplished a feat never achieved before. High Priest Regan has captured the first ever live recording of Faerie music. From the very first track the listener will become captivated by its ethereal aural imagery. Michele Burke ~ 2010 PaganPages.org Interview with High Priestess Regan Pagan Pages: What were the driving forces that led you to the Faerie Archives? High Priestess Regan: It was the Faerie’s themselves, actually. PP: In this you’re new CD Faerie Archives what was your main inspiration?…

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    Imbolc Correspondences

    February 1, 2 Other Names: Imbolg (im-molc)(em-bowl’g) (Celtic), Candlemas (Christian), Brigantia (Caledonii), Oimelc, Festival of Light, Brigid’s (Brid, Bride) Day, La Fheill, An Fheille Bride, Candelaria (Mexico), Chinese New Year, Disting-tid (Feb 14th, Teutonic), DisaBlot, Anagantios, Lupercalia/Lupercus (Strega), Groundhog Day, Valentines Day. Animals & Mythical Beings: Firebird, dragon, groundhog, deer, burrowing animals, ewes, robin, sheep, lamb, other creatures waking from hibernation. Gemstones: Amethyst, garnet, onyx, turquoise. Incense/Oil: Jasmine, rosemary, frankincense, cinnamon, neroli, musk, olive, sweet pea, basil, myrrh, and wisteria, apricot, carnation. Colors/Candles: Brown, pink, red, orange, white, lavender, pale yellow, silver. Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: White flowers, marigolds, plum blossoms, daffodils, Brigid wheel, Brigid’s cross, candles, grain/seed for blessing, red…

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    Pagan Parenting

    Family Values: Creativity A family value that is high on my priority list is creativity.  It is not a traditional family value but many would argue that a pagan family is not traditional in the first place, so in my opinion it fits. Creativity is fundamental to humanity as a whole, without it we would not have made the discoveries and advances that we have as a culture.  Pagans honour the sacredness of creation, the earth in her splendour creates on a scale that is baffling.  Volcanic eruptions spew out what will become new ground; dead trees in the forest shelter the sprouts of new seedlings that will take their…

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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan theology: Dog Days of Winter So I decided I wanted to put on a ritual centered on dogs.  Don’t ask why, I don’t even like dogs, but there it is [1].   I also had to write a column, Pagan Pages never sleeps, after all.  So I thought: why not just stick them together and see what comes from it? One of the most important questions, I think, is what can we take from what we know about Celtic worship.  I’m not talking about modern (including 18th century) reconstructions.  Those reconstructions often have either a romantic, or a ethnocentric [2], view of the “Celtic” religions.  Instead, I’m asking: what are…

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    Paranormal Path

    Are Talking Boards “Just Toys” Talking Boards, also known as Witch Boards or more commonly Ouija Boards have always been a controversial subject among almost everyone.  Can these boards really be used to communicate with the other side, and if so, why are a lot of these boards sold through toy stores as “games” or novelty items?   How did such things end up being marketed to young children and teens that are often inexperienced with the paranormal?   In fact, a lot of people credit their first paranormal experience to the use of these boards.  A few of these questions are answered in the history of the Talking Board. The Ouija…

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    Uncommon Advice

    Rituals Part 1, Ritual Garb Ritual garments have been worn in almost all traditions from the beginning of time.  We’ve read about this in books, we’ve seen this in movies, and we’ve pictured it when we think about magicians cloaked in blue velvet.  The question that I pose is, “What purpose do these ‘magickal’ clothes have?”  There are a variety of perspectives to look at the purpose in this common tradition, and from these perspectives we can gain an insight into how we can alter and improve upon our current magickal clothing. Thinking about it from a psychological viewpoint, it is clear that these ritual garments are like any other…

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    Rites & Rituals

    Imbolc and the Snow Moon At first glance, this month might seem to present a contrast between the two rituals I will do. February begins with Imbolc and ends with what is commonly called the Snow Moon. When I take some time to walk through Nature, to breathe deeply the Winter air and allow my eyes to see past the obvious, I find a more magickal understanding.  Throughout my walk around the Wheel each year, I seek to find the wonder that lies within the moments I celebrate as a pagan man. For in that wonder, whether it is shouting brightly in Spring flowers or whispering darkly, hidden in the…

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    The Moonlit Path: Discussions on Pathways and Traditions

    Vodun, Voudo, Voodoo Since we are fast approaching Fat Tuesday and Marti Gras, I felt that it would be appropriate to discuss the much maligned religious tradition of Vodun or Voodoo as it is known in the United States.  There are few religious practices that have a more demonized portrayal throughout mainstream religion and the media.  Depictions of zombies, voodoo dolls, animal sacrifices, and possession are images that Hollywood has painted into our consciousness, but are not completely accurate. Vodun’s lineage can be traced back to over 100 African traditions of the 17th century.  The tribal practices and beliefs of these cultures were combined by the slaves brought to Haiti. …

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    The Grove

    Aphrodite A chill clings to the air yet the sun shines brightly overhead. A tease. A hint of promise. In February we still rest in the belly of winter waiting impatiently for the Wheel to turn & begin another cycle of rebirth. Imbolc reminds us that there’s warmth just around the corner. In a matter of weeks bits of green will assert themselves through the ice & snow. Although traditionally the day belongs to the Celtic goddess Brigid, mistress of the forge & of bardcraft, one might feel the pull of any number of deities at this time of year. It might be tempting to blame Hallmark for this. Thanks…