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    Hearthbeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Spring solstice is past.. and we are preparing to plant or preparing to settle in for the winter in the Southern Hemi.. I want to start this month with a poem I received.. I know not the author.. but it was lovely BLESSING THE EARTH FOR PLANTING ~ O gentle Air, we do come before Thee To ask that your gentle tender breezes kiss The plants that will come forth. O fearful Fire, we do come to ask that Your hot heat be but a gentle warmth To help the plants grow. O Water of Life, we do come before Thee To ask your gentle waters to bring life To…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    With God All Things Are Possible I had a recent conversation with someone in reference to preparedness and being ready for the unexpected whether it is a medical emergency or, on a grander scale, a national disaster. The individual I was speaking with didn’t mean for it to be a spiritual conversation, however for me, everything evolves around spirituality. I pointed out to this individual, who happens to be Christian, that if he had faith in God then he would have faith that God would provide for him in his greatest time of need. In fact Scripture tells us so. In 1 Peter 5:7 of The New American Standard Bible…

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    Rites and Rituals

    Reaching the Moon through the Forest The night has settled in. The birds are quiet, welcoming a brief respite from the rigors of Spring’s demand, as I enter the forest. The cool air feels heavy and damp upon my skin. I can taste the richness as the carpet of deep green breathes and fills the dark. Slowly, I make my way to a small clearing where the old cedars and firs tower above me, disappearing into star light. It feels more still here. Their sentient presence dominates this part of the forest, the open ground beneath them a testament of patient, enduring strength. I set down my knapsack and place…

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    Scents for your Sensibilities

    Oils and Spells Oils can be extremely useful for spells. It is actually one of my personal favorite ways to include the power of the scent or plant, in the working. Some would say that an Essential oil works better for magical purposes. I will agree to some extent. If you are using the power of Rose the flower, the scent, the color, everything about “Rose” then you will probably want the actual essence of rose. Blends and synthetics are good for their purposes as well but they are created by taking other scents and a base oil being mixed together so there would technically be other vibrations mixed in…

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    April Correspondences

    Moon Name: The Growing Moon Deities: Kali, Hathor, Anahita, Ceres, Ishtar, Venus, Bast Nature Spirits: plant faeries Colors: Red and gold Herbs: basil, chives, dragons blood, geranium, thistle Flowers: daisy and sweetpea Tree’s: pine, bay and hazel Scents: pine, bay, bergamot and my personal favorite patchouli Stones: ruby, garnet, sard Animals: Bear and Wolf Birds: hawk and magpie Powers: energy in creating and producing, balance is returned to the nerves change, self confidence, self-relience, take advantage of opportunities, Time to work on emotional turmoil and get your temper into prospective.

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    Hearthbeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Homemade Hand Cream It’s planting season, and your hands are chapped and sore from exposure to soil and sun. Contact with the soil is inevitable, no matter how careful you are , but washing your hands soaps away the skin’s natural protective oils, making it to dry out. The following recipes contain ingredients that soften and smooth, such as beeswax and lanolin. The first recipe uses fresh herbs while the second uses essential oils. You may wait till you have grown them or purchase the oils from the store and make more before Fall harvest time. To test for possible allergic reactions, place a small amount of the ingredient in…

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    Let’s Spell it Out

    A Pax on Both Their Houses Pax is a Roman goddess whose name means “peace” or “Spirit of Peace”.  The Romans “adopted” her from the Greek pantheon where she was called Eireen (pronounced eye-REEN).  As the Goddess of Peace, she was born to the god Zeus and the goddess Themis and she was the sister to Dike (meaning “justice”), Eunomia (meaning “law” or “order”) as well as the Horae (meaning “season” or “hours”, where we get our modern word for “hour”).  As the Greek Eireen, she helps us replace worrisome thoughts with a sense of faith that “this too shall pass”.  When she is called upon, a sense of peacefulness…

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    Beltaine Information

    Beltaine, also called May Day by many Christians. This Sabbat celebrates the fertility and union of the Horned God and the Goddess. At this time, life is renewing itself. Birds and animals are mating. In the fields, newly planted seeds are beginning to grow. Great fires are lit honoring the fertility God Belenos. Some leap the fires to show the exuberance of the season. A Maypole is erected and bright ribbons are hung on it. The Maypole, a phallic symbol, represents the masculine. The soft colored ribbons are the feminine. The union of the two symbolizes the union of the God and Goddess. This is the time to fertilize your…

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    The Grove

    Silence. Only the sound of my breathing breaks it. Stillness. Only my fidgeting disturbs it. No stars are visible tonight. The moon covers its face with a tattered curtain of cloud. Ah there it is, flashing briefly in the distance. Wrapping velvety blackness around me like a cloak, I step out into the night & begin to walk. I am one shadow amongst many, & yet… isolated. I glance upward again. This time I fail to find it. I feel as far away from my goddess of choice as I do the hiding moon. I’ve been a self-dedicated priestess of artemis since roughly 2005. It should be easy for me…

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    Faeries, Elves, and Other Kin

    The Faerie Cross By Kat Cranston There are two gemstones claiming the name of the Faerie (or Fairy) Cross or Stone.  How do they differ and how do you choose which one you want to use?  Let’s investigate the candidates. Staurolite Known in the greater part of the literature available as the “Faerie Stone” or “Faerie Cross,” legend says the tears of faeries formed the crosses when they heard about the death of Jesus.  Many believe the stones protect the wearer against witchcraft, sickness, accidents and disaster. We derive the name Staurolite from the Greek words stauros (cross) and lithos (stone).  Crystal twinning occurs when two separate crystals share some…