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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…

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    Splinters

    Falling stars Leave splinters in the hollow Of your heart Nakedness standing trees I fill this cup With hastiness and greed When all this ends Do we pretend? Or is it a sign When all things divide We’re left here torn Shattered, tethered Better or for worse An island or a curse I feel the ocean Wash over me Leave me here to bleed I won’t say a thing For in the darkness Is it not your sin? The garden divine Leaves, thorns and vines Hallow ground and halo The Great Serpent Rainbow Yes, I’ll remain here Where I can breathe Where the wind and the trees Sing in harmony…

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    New to the Craft

    Our Energy Centers, the Chakras Merry Meet and welcome!  I am so glad to have each of you as readers to this column and as promised we are going to discuss the chakras in this edition.  I must admit that after a great deal of thought after writing the first portion of this (Grounding and Centering) that I found myself debating about whether or not I should have included this portion in that posting.  Ultimately, I am not sure if I left people confused or not, but I didn’t get any e-mails either so that may mean that things are alright!  If you are a reader I would love to…

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    Rebel Rede

    A Harm Free Spring Spring has always been the time of year represented by themes of fertility, renewal, and hope. For Pagans it is the time of year when the Goddess is symbolically pregnant with God. We celebrate the Sabbats of Ostara and Beltane. These Sabbats are centered around the natural season and have the same themes of fertility, renewal, and hope. Ostara and Beltane altars are decorated with flowers, eggs, rabbits, baby chickens and other symbols of spring and fertility. The Christian and secular based versions of Easter share these same symbols of spring. After all, Ostara is the original spring holiday before it was Christianized and became known…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Emperor (4) “No one can give you authority. But if you act like you have it, others will believe you do.”  ~Karin Ireland Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a crowned ruler seated on a raised throne decorated with ram heads; his robes also bear the same ram insignia. Beneath the flowing fabric hints of protective armor can be seen. In his right hand he holds a globe and in his left hand a scepter.  Behind his throne barren mountains stretch forth in the distance. Symbols: Scepter: Sovereignty Ram’s Heads (Zodiac sign for Aries): Ambition and career prospects Globe: Rulership Solid Platform: Foundation, solidity Armor: Readiness, preparation Beard: Masculinity,…

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    Magickal Colors

    Baby Blue As spring dawns upon us, the chill still left in the air reminds us that winter has not yet breathed its last. Yet the skies clear from time to time, letting the sun through to warm the fertile earth and bringing hope of new life from above. Eostre’s colors of pastel greens, pinks and blues begin to spring up in unexpected places. It is is blue of the sky, the water, and ice that I speak of in this issue. What better color to represent this hopeful time of year, a combination of vibrancy and repose, than the traditional “baby blue”. Although this name is a purely Western…

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    Artist Erin Martinez

    Painting is a passion. It is what keeps my blood flowing. I’m  full of many visions that coil around my heart. having opened my emotions in a deeper light these paintings are portraits of my inner creature. being a self taught artist for some time now, I realize that it is truly the core of creativity that binds the colors and figures used in my work and feel very proud to make my art come to life. Color My Eyes Myself Koi

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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 Egg Balancing Dear Mama Donna, First let me say that I have great respect and gratitude for the work that you do. As a long time organizer in the neo-pagan community I have followed your activities with pleasure in the media through the years. But there’s one thing that really irks me; this spring equinox egg balancing hoax. The fact is that it is no easier or harder to balance an egg on…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Spiritual Work and Paranormal Investigations (Part 2 of 3) There is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to particular parapsychological concepts such as soul rescues, possession, and exorcisms.  Centuries of religious propaganda and dogma have colored our understanding and acceptance of the phenomena and Hollywood has not helped to shed light on the truth either.  In fact, classic flicks such as The Exorcist and Poltergeist have added so much sensationalistic garbage to the pop culture viewpoint that objectivity is out the window. Alright, you and your team have catalogued some irrefutable evidence that a location is haunted.  Now what? When a location has legitimate paranormal activity then the real…

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    The Moonlit Path: A Discussion on Pathways and Traditions

    The WildWood Tradition of Witchcraft I’ve been reading and doing a lot of research as of late.  In that search I have been examining the work of an up and coming young pagan.  Gede Parma is an author, and one of the founding members of WildWood Tradition. The WildWood Tradition stems from the Coven of the WildWood.  The Coven was formed by Gede and several other founding members hail from Brisbane, Australia.  The coven the tradition stems from was founded in early 2006; it is a young but vibrant tradition. The tradition stems became official in 2008 when another coven hived off the first. It is a mystery tradition based…