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    A Walk on the Pagan Path

    This past month has certainly been an interesting one for myself. I completed my degree on January 30 so I found that I had a lot of extra time on my hands. It didn’t take long for me to find something to fill that extra time with. An interesting thing about a person’s spiritual journey is that you never know when a thought will enter your mind and force you to face it until it is resolved. It may keep popping in off and on, but eventually resolution will be reached which was the goal to begin with. I had a couple of moments like that this past month, but…

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    Auras

    Diet and Psychic Ability What are the aura and chakras, and why are they important? The aura is the energy field around your body. It contains three layers- the body, mind, and spirit. They are separate but affect each other. If there is a problem in one it can manifest a physical problem in another. For instance if you neglect an emotional issue, it can create a physical illness. The chakras are points along the center line of our body where the energy lines connect and cross. There are seven- the root, belly, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown. When these energy centers are blocked they can also…

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    Pagan Theology

    A Major Distraction I’ve always known that the blog The Wild Hunt [1] was full of interesting and provocative stuff, but lately I’ve been reading it a bit more and realize just how good it is.  One of the entries caught my eye and I thought it would be worth discussing it [2]. The background is that Colorado State Senator Dave Schultheis apparently has a pretty fuzzy idea of what religious tolerance is [3].  He came out on twitter deploring the religious intolerance of Egyptian Muslims toward Egyptian Christians.  Then, not 20 minutes later he tweeted:  “Wicca and Druidism to be given chapel space in Air Force Academy Chapel…Where will…

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    Scents for your Sensibilities

    Well, I thought we would start things off with Oils. But as we discuss this wonderful art of making, using, as well as the different ingredients that can be used; we are also going to delve into why these things can be used to truly help lift our spirits, bring us money, open our heart to love and magic and a whole bunch of other wonderful things. Oils are not “just” scents, they truly can change and help our “sensibilities” to keep us grounded and happy. I will be using a number of different references but I’d like to make it clear right off, that other than the internet, and…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Empress (3) “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” ~ William Wordsworth Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a woman seated on luxurious cushions. Her gown is decorated with pomegranates. A crown of stars rests upon her head, and she holds a scepter in her hand. The landscape around her is lush and fertile; a river flows nearby, while growing wheat ripens at her feet. A heart-shaped seal bearing a female symbol resides next to her seat. Symbols: Scepter: Sovereignty Pomegranates: Fertility Cushions: Appreciation of luxury Female Symbol: Femininity, female sexuality Heart-Shaped Shield: Universal love River: Flow of life Key Words: Mothering, Fruitfulness, Abundance, Senses, Nature Fool’s…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Spiritual Work and Paranormal Investigations With the popularity of ghost hunting shows offered today it is difficult for many to look at ghost hunting as little more than a hobby or fad.  Parapsychology is a science comprised of a complex set of theories and terminology that has been around for 100 years.  I attempt through this column to show both the skeptical and the believable sides of parapsychology and to teach ghost hunting techniques and tips in a manner that most can understand and enjoy while learning about the subject.  Some of these terms and concepts are a bit confusing and hard to swallow but I have faith in the…

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    Pagan Parenting

    Pulling Up Roots: Home Transitions with Pagan Children It is human nature to put down roots.  Our community, our home, they are not just where our hearts are but where our roots can push into the earth and bring us grounding.  As pagans we tend to set down roots or acknowledge them in a concrete way.  A hedgewitch may be intimate with every square foot of woods behind her house, a city dwelling druid may have deep conversation with the oak tree that shades his apartment balcony, and the Wiccan family can make a sacred space in their sunroom where each member can rejuvenate in times of stress.  All of…

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    Reflections in the Dark

    Reflections in the Dark It is the Time of Learning.  Each one discovers it alone, without direction, because no one can find this moment for another.  It is when we can see without eyes, understand without thought, and feel the magic in the time between heartbeats.  It is a time of darkness that makes the shadows visible, a time of knowing when everything is one. For a moment that lasts a thousand years we dare not breathe, we must not move.  Our heart races toward the unknown but time stops.  Our eyes close because they are useless here.  Our mind stops because its chatter is an illusion, a sophistry of…

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    Greetings from Afar

    Buzzard The Burying Man In Memory of Dr. John Thomas Bailey (South Louisiana Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1866) We’ve all of us heard o’ the Queen o’ the West In the summer o’ forty-five. And how they desp’ratly clung t’ the boats When she took her final dive. We’ve all of us heard of the boilin’ sun. And the hunger And tharst bearin’ down For twenty-nine days on the rolling sea And prayin’ for to drown. Some says they ate their shipmates So as to stay alive. Ninety-eight souls in two little boats And ended with thirty-five. And we’ve all of us heard o’ Doctor Death And his pickin’ who lived…

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    Book Review: Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice

    Book Review: Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice By: Deborah Blake © 2007 Circle, Coven and Grove is nicely written and informative, great for any practitioner, novice to high priest or priestess. Deborah Blake has put together the basics of successful practice and a wheel of the year schedule that is easy to follow for any magickal seeker wishing to follow the old ways. This book is packed full of hints, tips, suggestion and practical etiquette for a happy and pleasant magick experience. No matter your style or path, this book encompasses all. Easy to follow spells, and holiday celebration rituals are especially beautiful. Circle, Coven and…