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    Hally’s Hints

    SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME OFF THE PHYSICAL PLANE? The physical plane; the ethereal plane; it is all relative to who we are as souls, spirits or whatever name resonates with you. As connected as we are to the universe it can seem obvious that moving between the two is easier than once thought and can often deters us from the purpose of this particular life. Let us take a step back… When we consider that reality is determined by our own perspective it creates an endless array of definitions for reality; approximately nine billion. So when hearing the term ‘come back to reality’ it is difficult not to smile. Taking…

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    Interview with Orion Foxwood

    Courtesy of Orion Foxwood Pagan Pages (PP): How did you come about writing the book, what was the inspiration behind it? Orion Foxwood (OF): I have been working with the spirit world all of my life. I grew up in a very agricultural community in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, which is an area rife with folklore and practices. My family is known for having the “veil”, which is a folk term for the “caul”, a placental sheath that falls over the eyes of the newborn indicating a propensity for “the blessing” also known as the second sight or ESP. My sister and I were both born with it. Please…

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    Airmid’s Cauldron

    Well it is that time of year when allergies abound and everyone is running back and forth to the Dr. and the Pharmacy and with all that, often either find no relief or suffer through worrisome side effects. Well there is another way… And that is to look to nature… After all Nature has given us most of the Dr. prescribed medications we use today, however, even with the natural ingredients they have added man made substances that in my opinion do little more than create other symptoms. That being said, this column will give the reader a holistic alternative (through remedy and recipes) to cure many of the ailments…

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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan theology: You are it Off and on over the last few columns I have been talking about various ways of explaining magic.  I divided the ways of talking about how magic “works” into three broad categories:  systematic, individual, and theistic.  In previous columns I covered a variety of systematic explanations, all of which essentially use a set of rules to explain magical effects through some sort of cause and effect relationship.  Systematic explanations say “you do this, the effect will occur.”  These systems can range from scientific to just plain made up. Now I’d like to talk about individualistic explanations for magical effects.  Here, instead of a “system” or…

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    Myths and Legends: Journeys Through Time

    Bastet Mysterious, intelligent, independent, needy, curious, adorable 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 as 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 one, that person will return to life as…

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    Paranormal Path

    Famously Haunted Part 1 Hollywood Being a native of Southern California, it was only natural for me to combine my fascination with the paranormal and my love of old Hollywood.  There are so many ghost stories that tinsel town has to offer.  Perhaps it is because Hollywood has always been a place filled with passion and desire; such strong emotions are bound to leave a lingering impression.  First I would like to start with an interesting story that strangely combines two Hollywood tragedies that took place 37 years apart from each other. The blond bombshell actress Jean Harlow became famous for her lead role in the Howard Hughes film Hell’s…

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    A Witch’s View

    With a husband, 3 kids and a business to run I sometimes struggle to find the time to connect with life on a spiritual level. As a solitary witch I have to rely on myself to make time to celebrate the Sabbats and Esbats – it’s not like going to church every Sunday (whether you want to or not!). Often my celebrations don’t register anywhere near on the grand scale. But, you know, that’s ok. I think sometimes we get caught up in the ‘more is more’ way of thinking even when it comes to our Pagan holidays. Usually to honour the Sabbats I perform a candle ritual and make…

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    Goddess Cards

    The Signs of Easter It’s Easter time, and Easter Bunnies and Easter eggs are everywhere!  At school and at home, children dye and paint eggs, hardboiled by mothers or teachers, in preparation for the great feast of Easter. Some prepare “nests,” or baskets, filled with artificial or real grass, in which to place the colored eggs.  This custom harks back to a time when people actually believed that rabbits laid eggs, since their burrows were in the ground where ground-dwelling birds like plovers, really did lay eggs. The night before Easter, fond parents hide chocolate or hardboiled eggs, allegedly hidden by the Easter bunny, round the house or garden. Children…

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    Greetings from Afar

    Playmate All children, or almost all of them, go through a stage in which they invent imaginary playmates. Russian children are no different from any others in that respect. Viktor and Katya Boikia’s little girl, Vika was no different. When Vika was about five years old, she was constantly talking to her parents about her friend “Natasha”. Of course, her parents didn’t pay much attention to her. They thought that it was funny, and sort of amusing… except for one thing… “Natasha” was always hungry… Vika was always going to the kitchen and raiding the refrigerator, cookie jar, or bread bin for food… “for Natasha”. Now, Vika, unfortunately, takes after…

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    A Walk on the Pagan Path

    For this month’s article, I wanted to discuss being a pagan parent. Being a parent in general can be such an extraordinary experience. I think we parents can agree that there are plenty of rewards and heartaches. As parents, we have so many choices to make about what type of parents we want to be. One of these decisions may involve how we will approach the spirituality topic with our children. This decision can vary among different belief systems and paganism is certainly not excluded. For my children, so far in their young lives, they have been exposed to a lot more than I ever was. I feel they have…