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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…

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    HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    In my Notes article this month I wrote about spring cleaning, both physical and spiritual.. so in this article I will give you some recipes for eco friendly cleaning supplies… Scouring Powder 1c baking soda 1c sea salt 1/2 c lemongrass 1/2 c lavender flowers 10 drops lemon, lime, or grapefruit essential oil Combine all ingredients in the blender or food processor and pulse until they become a powder. You can choose other herbs that go well together..as well as those that purify. Carpet Freshener 1/2 c cornstarch 1/2 c baking soda 1/4 c lemongrass 1/4 c lemon peel 6 drops grapefruit essential oil Combine all ingredients into the blender…

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    Rites & Rituals

    The Promise of Spring is Ours to Keep Ostara and the Quickening Moon The light has changed and all but the most stubborn shadows have yielded their hold. Darkness gives way to green. All that was forgotten by the Sun and left to Fall’s descent, now lies transformed, ready to fulfill the promise of Spring. Ostara, the Vernal Equinox, brings us to the moment where the dreams of Imbolc begin to physically manifest. It is the point upon the Wheel where color begins to return in earnest to the world around you. The solemn quiet of Winter gives way to Nature’s chorus, as more and more of Her creatures follow…

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    Ostara Correspondences

    (Oh-star-ah) – Lesser Sabbat – Spring/Vernal Equinox, March 20-21st – when the Sun enters Ares Other Names: Ostre, Oestre, Eostre, Rites of Spring, Eostra’s Day, Lady Day, First Day of Spring, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Alban Eiler, Bacchanalia, Mean Earraigh, Pasch, Caisg, Pess Date: Spring Equinox (March 20-22 in Northern Hemisphere) or when the Sun is 1 degree Aries. Symbolism: The beginning of spring, new life and rebirth, the God and Goddess in Their youth, balance, fertility Goddesses: all love, virgin, and fertility Goddesses; Anna Perenna (Roman), Aphrodite (Greek), Astarte (Canaanite, Persia, GrecoRoman), Athena (Greek), Cybele (Greco-Roman), Blodeuwedd, Eostre (Saxon Goddess of Fertility), Flidais (Irish), Gaia (Greek), Hera, Ishtar (Assyro-Babylonian),…

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    Faeries, Elves, and Other Kin

    Other Kin:  The Banshee The banshee, from the Irish bean sídhe meaning “faerie woman” or “woman of the faerie mounds,” is a troublesome being when it comes to classification.  Although it would seem the banshee should clearly be classified as a faerie based on the meaning of the name alone, it isn’t that simple, although the banshee is clearly of the same “Other World” to which the faeries belong. The origin of the banshee may be the Morrigan herself, a triple Goddess and one of the Tuatha Dé Danann.  Banshees have been called a “Badbh,” the death and battle aspect of the Morrigan, and legends say if a warrior heard…

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    Let’s Spell Out

    Eostre’s Eggs of Ostara Eostre’s Day: Ostara Ostara is the pregnant phase of the fertile season.  This is due to the fact that animals are either giving birth or are going through their sexually receptive or estrus period (named after the goddess Eostre).  Because of this, the egg is a prevalent symbol of the Spring Equinox and the theme of birth, life, death and life renewed. Eggs and those that lay them are harbingers of Spring and the fertile season to come.  For instance, schoolchildren are taught that the sight of a Robin is a sure sign that Spring has actually sprung.  The turquoise-shelled eggs of the Robin have since…

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    Ask Your Mama

    Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more. Ask Your Mama The What, When, Where, Why, How, and Who of Ceremony & Spirituality by ©Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman A Question of Numbers Dear Mama Donna, I have always felt drawn to the full moon and would like to have some kind of ritual in its honor. The problem is that I don’t know anybody else in my town who would want to join me. Don’t you need a circle of people to have a ceremony? Love, One is the Loneliest Number in Ohio. Dear Number One, MacQuanity does not equal quality. Powerful and meaningful…

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    )O( March Moon Report )O(

    )O(  March Moon Report  )O( “Nothing that is can pause or stay; The moon will wax, the moon will wane, The mist and cloud will turn to rain, The rain to mist and cloud again, Tomorrow be today.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow March Moon Phases Full Moon: MAR 29  7:25 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…

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    Paranormal Path

    Haunted Objects One of my favorite subjects under the wide umbrella of paranormal activity is haunted objects. Dolls, furniture, even paintings that seem to have a life of their own. How and why does this happen? One theory is when a person passes on there may be something they were very attached to, like a piece of furniture or childhood doll. This object may hold some familiarity for the deceased and the spirit may gravitate towards it if they are lost or confused. Objects may be part of a residual haunting as well, if someone sat and smoked a cigar in the same chair at a certain time every day,…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    The Wise Woman Tradition Empowers Women The Wise Woman Tradition is the oldest known healing tradition on our planet. It offers a unique view of health that is woman-centered and deeply empowering to women. This is in stark contrast to orthodox – and most alternative – healing traditions, which are based on male viewpoints which disempower women. The medicine I learned in school was based on a linear, scientific, male worldview whose truth I did not question. When this medicine failed me, as a woman and a mother, I sought alternatives. Herbs helped me take care of myself and my family, simply and safely, but I questioned the assumptions behind…