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    Rebel Rede

    To Hex or Not to Hex When I first became a witch the word Hex was not in my vocabulary.  In the beginning of my witchcraft studies I learned that “good” witches do not believe in hexing. Wiccans and most other Pagans do not use magic for any type of negative spells, especially the witches who follow the Wiccan Rede, “An ye harm none…”  This is one of the reasons that the mundane community often refers to Wiccans as “white witches” or why you hear the term “white magic.” Just like most beliefs systems and cultures though, what you first learn is only the beginning. Once you start to scratch the…

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    Finding Balance: A Meditation

    Balance is tenuous, it is delicate and hard to maintain.  The hustle and bustle of our daily lives often pushes us out of harmony with those around us and our spirituality.  So, how do we pull everything back into alignment? I find the best lessons always present themselves when we need them and are ready to truly listen. I recently went to the Botanical Gardens here in St. Louis with a couple of friends. While we were enjoying the morning, taking photos, and discussing a variety of topics my friend related to me the story of the Japanese garden and how it was laid out.  Everything had been done in…

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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 Explaining Death to a Child Dear Mama Donna, My daughter Sherry, who is nine, has just broken down four years after her aunt’s death, who was only 40 when she died without any warning. My daughter wants to know why God is so mean to take her aunt away and leave her two daughters struggling. Sherry is full of sadness because of her loss and she blames God. A part of me thanked…

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    Goddess Cards

    POT GARDENS I spent the weekend replanting seventeen pots on my patio. It was time. My glorious crop of spring crocuses, grape hyacinth, daffodils and tulips had finished. Only the memory of their pastel beauty and a tangle of withered blossoms and dead, brown leaves remained. But before you plant new flowers in a pot, you must first clear out the old. Unless you do this, there will be no room for new growth. Every gardener knows that! Clearing is hard work. My bulbs were firmly entrenched. Their roots went deep. Worse, they were tangled with the roots of the palm I plant at the center of every pot. This…

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    The Grove

    Hera Temperatures rise & the days lengthen. June brings with it the scent of jasmine on a warm breeze. The month bears the name of the Roman goddess Juno. I, like the Greeks of old, know her by another name. Hera is the child of titans Cronus & Rhea.  From early on their relationship didn’t run smoothly.  Initially she refused his attempts until wily Zeus thought to transform himself into a cuckoo. When she held the shivering, miserable-looking bird to her breast he took his true form & ravished her. In her shame she had no choice but to marry him. Hera was venerated as a mighty goddess by her…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Lovers (6) “This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is sort of a Divine accident.” ~ Horace Walpole Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a man and woman standing nude beneath a great winged figure hovering above them. Behind the man is the Tree of Life bearing twelve leaves. Behind the woman is the Tree of Knowledge, which enables one to distinguish between Good and Evil; the serpent is entwined around the tree’s trunk. Symbols: Man and Woman: Masculine and feminine, metaphor for opposites Nudity: Honesty, openness…

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    Synchronicity

    A delicate balance Hangs on a thread By the sea By the moon A strand in the web Journey after journey Fragile and small A Knot and a Shoe Through time On a little blue ball A connection We finally see Too late though it may be For a Knot and a Shoe Break the synchronicity You can blot A flower till it fades You can take An endless take Payment will be made On this little blue ball All life can’t you see? Hangs on a thread A beautiful, glistening web Of synchronicity

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    The Days of June

    June 1 Festival of the Oak Nymph. This Pagan celebration honors all hamadryads (female nature spirits who are believed to inhabit oak trees). Decorate a Pagan altar with acorns and war some oak leaves in your hair. Kiss an oak tree or place a small offering of some kind before it, and the tree nymphs who dwell within it will surely bestow a blessing upon you. June 2 Shapatu of Ishtar. A Pagan festival dedicated to the goddess Ishtar is celebrated every year on this date. She is the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian deity who presides over love and fertility as well as war. The birth of the god Apollo…

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    Litha Correspondences

    Purpose Rededication to the Lord and Lady, beginning of the harvest, honoring the Sun God, honoring the pregnant Godddess Dynamics/Meaning Crowning of the Sun God, death of the Oak King, assumption of the Holly King, end the ordeal of the Green Man Tools, Symbols & Decorations The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits & flowers, feather/flower door wreath, sun wheel, fire, circles of stone, sun dials and swords/blades, bird feathers, Witches’ ladder. Colors Blue, green, gold, yellow and red. Customs Bonfires, processions, all night vigil, singing, feasting, celebrating with others, cutting divining rods, dowsing rods & wands, herb…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Sunflower Sunflower (Helianthus Annus) is also known as Corona Solis, Marigold of Peru and Solo Indianus.    Sunflowers are very common as happy gifts and there are in many gardens but Sunflowers have some wonderful magickal uses.  The Sunflower energy can be used by anyone who is trying to channel the energy of the Sun and to get in touch with any fire or sun deities. Sunflower was sacred to the Aztecs.  They considered it a religious herb and to honor the Sun God, they would carry and adorn themselves with sunflowers.  In Peru, the temples were decorated and honored with sunflowers. Some of the lore around sunflowers is interesting.  If…