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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Violet Violet (Viola odorata) is also known as Blue Violet, Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet or Garden Violet.   Its origins are Europe and Asia but can also be found in North America and Australasia.   In India, it is known as Banafsa and is used to help with tonsillitis and sore or tender throats. Violet originated from Io, one of Zeus’s many romantic interests.  Zeus’s wife Hera found out about Zeus and Io and, in a jealous rage, changed her into a heifer.  Zeus, having pity on her, changed her into the beautiful violet.  Violet is known to bring wonderful results when used in rituals with just women. It is…

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    Tales from the Dark Moon

    So here I have traveled Where wisdom fills the air A Shadow in the darkness I struggle to hear “Tales from the Dark Moon” She whispers of “Old Black Bear” Wandering woods Thistle and blade Flower and candles Somethings gone astray Fortnight, and a million years Stars shown brightly, without fear They shined on and on So without scars Until on night Black Bear Found Rage in a jar So the stars climbed higher and higher As so did desire Becoming smaller and smaller Into emptiness and sadness Nothingness transpired Beware of what hides Under hills And in jars In your heart In the closet Near or far Black Bear…

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    The Dark Moon

    We honor the Goddess by honoring the Moon in her different aspects. We work rituals by the phases of the moon. However when it comes to the Dark Moon, I’ve heard opinions ranging from no magic should be performed to rituals honoring the Crone. The Dark Moon is indeed a very powerful time. There really should be no “off limits” when it comes to this phase. If these phases represent the Goddess and the life of women (and men) then why should the Dark Moon be left out of magical workings? I’ve known very active Crones including my grandmother, rest? I think not! I can’t get the woman to sit…

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    Wicca 101

    Round in a Circle One of the most difficult concepts for me to understand when I was new to Wicca was the casting of a circle.  Most religions have a designated place, usually a building, set aside for worship, but we have the ability to create our own.  Some books tell you to cast a circle and how to do it, but do not always explain how to move the necessary energy.  Some Wiccans don’t cast a circle and still have meaningful rituals and effective magick.  Like many other elements of our practice, there are aspects that are standard and those that reflect personal tastes and spiritual path.  Let’s put…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    This is the second part in an ongoing experience titled – Entity The latest experience I’ve had with our entity was early December 2009. I had awoken on a snowy Sunday morning with a headache and a general ill feeling. After feeding the family lunch and setting up a DVD in the living room for the children I returned upstairs to rest hoping to take a short nap and rid myself of the headache. I requested that my husband wake me in an hour as dinner still needed to be prepared before it was put in the oven. He agreed to wake me but lay with me for a short…

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    Book Review ~ Simple Wicca

    Book Review ~ Simple Wicca Simple Wicca by Michele Morgan is easy and fun to read, informative collection of the basics, a great beginners book. It is an excellent how to for the solitary or coven witch and a take along for daily practices for all persons interested in broadening their thinking. Michele Morgan has gathered a concise collection of ritual and earth based spirituality that anyone would be refreshed to read. Her chapter on the Gods and Goddesses of Wicca is a needed, added, basic overview that most handbooks for beginners forget to add. A feel-like I’m home type of handbook.

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    Myths and Legends: Journeys Through Time

    Myths and Legends: Journeys Through Time The Cat Mysterious, intelligent, independent, needy, curious, adorable, cunning and whimsical. These are a few of many adjectives used to describe an animal. Particularly an animal that thousands millions even, own or are owned by worldwide. That animal is the closely watched and regarded with great suspicion sometimes. None other than feline domesticus, the common cat. Cats are most often accused of being a witch’s familiar or too darn smart for their own good. Aside from that black cats especially are thought to bring about bad luck and ill news. Some cultures believe that if a cat goes near a corpse or jumps over…

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    Song of a Daily Druid

    These Holy Days Yesterday morning, I woke up to Christmas. Four in the morning, I was warm and buzzing nestled between soft pillows and a billowy comforter, the holiday songs from my dreams still echoing in my sleepy memory. What had I been dreaming? A tiled sauna and a room full of hot cascading showers, a shuffling choir, long curtains of fabric draped in folds and shifting gently in a warm breeze… My bedroom was cool and dark, utterly quiet, as sun, steam and bright colors wound ribbons of anticipation and giddy joy through my mind. Some days just feel like Christmas. Another hour of light dozing and my alarm…

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    The Grove

    Look. There… a touch of pink, a golden splash… you can just see it over the top of that tree. It won’t be long now. In this early-morning stillness, I am reminded that I am not alone in waiting. We stand poised in a between-time at the edge of spring. The equinox brings us to a point of equilibrium where light & darkness are in balance, but light is steadily growing stronger. Just as my day is blooming into being. I watch as gem-bright hues stain the sky a little more & consider the season. The Sabbat’s very name comes to us from an Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn. Being…

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    Rebel Rede

    Welcome to the Dark Side As the infamous Star Wars villain Darth Vader once said, “Do not underestimate the power of the dark side.” Do we underestimate the power of the dark side? In Paganism what does the “dark side” mean? Why do we call some goddesses “dark” goddesses? From my experience we refer to some goddesses as dark, when they do not represent things like love, compassion, or other happy emotions. The goddesses who represent things like death, hate, revenge, or jealousy are the ones we tend to fear and brush aside in our rituals. Why do we fear the dark Goddesses though? I think our fear comes from…