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    Song of a Daily Druid

    February is the hardest month. On Alban arthan, the winter solstice, we celebrated the rebirth of warmth and life, always new but also familiar; we rejoiced in the now-lengthening days and what we hoped they would bring. Yet in many ways this solar festival was merely an anticipation, as we looked ahead to the fire festival that begins the month of February: Imbolc, (from Irish, meaning “in the belly”). What we conceived on the darkest night, now begins to quicken within us, and we feel the inner pangs and hungers stirred by this change. Our bodies begin to awaken a little more, yearning to be outside despite the need for…

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    It’s A Crying Shame

    Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to see my first opera, Le Bome. As I listened to the live orchestra and the singing I thought, life could not be any more exquisite than this. A quite beautiful and powerful performance. But there was a veil over this exquisiteness. At the end of the story we all knew one of the characters would die. Knowledge of this withstanding, as the music climaxed and the character passed I felt tears fighting their way out. I had connected to the characters and their life. I tried to think of cats in yoga poses, whatever I could think of to fight back those unwanted…

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    A Witch’s View

    Here in the UK we’ve had, so far according to the weathermen, the worst winter for 30 years.  A few days of snow brought much of the country to a standstill with people stranded in their cars and schools shut for days. It was the first time my children (the eldest is 11) experienced what it was like to walk in snow and ice.  And yet when I was a child snow was a regular part of winter and I remember, not fondly, walking to school with cold, wet feet and wishing for the sun to reappear.  I have to confess to feeling pretty much the same way as an…

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    Review: The Black Ship

    The Black Ship By: Malphas The Black Ship by Malphas is a motivating look at the left handed path of the principles of the Pandemonium Mandala. It guides the serious student step by step through the basics and concepts, into the practice and techniques of this interesting form of occultism. It is informative and straight forward; a good read for intermediates and above.

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    Goddess Cards

    Journey Toward the Light: Imbolc and Candlemas In early February, a number of cultural holy-days converge, centered on prophecy, purification, initiation, and waiting for light. Two of them, the Pagan celebration of Imbolc, and the Christian feast of Candlemas, are celebrated on February 2nd.  It is hard not to feel that this is no coincidence, but evidence of a deep, underlying unity that links us in our journey toward the light. Imbolc is the 2nd Pagan Sabbat, located halfway between Winter Solstice on December 21, and the Spring Equinox on March 20th.  Days are lengthening. The sun rises earlier, and sets later, and we sense that the Earth is beginning…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Baba Yaga Stories Who is Baba Yaga? She is the Goddess, she is the Witch, she is the Wise Woman, she is the Crone, she is aged artemis. Baba is Grandmother. In Tibet, fierce demons are Yagas. So she is the Grandmother Demon, Grandmother Dragon, the fearsome, the fierce. Baba Yaga is the subject of many Russian folk tales or fairy tales. She is very very old. How do we know? We are told her nose curves down and her chin curves up and they nearly meet. Since the cartilage in our noses, chins and ears continues to grow throughout our lives, only someone a hundred or more would have…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Hera Hera was the Greek Goddess of Love and Marriage (also known as “Juno” in the Roman pantheon).  She was the wife of Zeus and the Queen of the Olympians.  She was also considered the Goddess of the Sky and the Starry Heavens. Hera was usually depicted with a crown on her head and holding a staff with a lotus tip.  She is also seen holding a hawk or a cuckoo bird. She is considered to embody the Triple Goddess – Maiden, Mother and Crone. Hera as Maiden was unmarried and virginal.  She then was married to Zeus, after being raped by him when he tricked her by posing as…

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    Acknowledging the Shadow Self: Meditation

    There are times where we seem to be waging an internal war.  At those times we are our own worst enemy, worst critic and hardest task master.  So, how do we pull ourselves back into balance?  We must acknowledge and embrace the opposing forces inside of us.  Once we accomplish this task life will flow much more peacefully. The way to do this is to recognize and accept your shadow self. You have to identify the part of your psyche that you generally try to keep at bay.  When you are ready to deal with this part of yourself you will be ready to begin. As usually you will want…

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    Callie’s Cavern

    Carnelian Carnelian is a type of Agate with Iron impurities.  It is an extremely feminine stone and is attuned strongly with the Earth.  If you are going through legal issues, carrying Carnelian will help you.  It helps the truth be found and if you are in the right can help legal proceedings go your way. Many cultures have beliefs about Carnelian.  Muslims called it a Mecca Stone and used it as protection against the evil eye.  In Buddhism it represents faith, perseverance, and wisdom.  In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, it is mentioned numerous times.  It was used as an amulet to protect a mummy’s soul in the afterlife. …

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Kitchen Wicca I recently received an e-mail from a group I belong to that stated that a Kitchen Wicca was a Witch who practices his/her art mainly thru cooking and common household skills. Or one who uses common everyday items in his/her art, like in times of old, when it was necessary to hide your working tools from those who would persecute you for their possession. While these images are certainly true ones, Kitchen Witchery goes far beyond magical cooking or using ordinary items as magical tools, it is a way of life, one that incorporates every aspect of your life. And because it is utilized mostly at home it…