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    A Witch’s View

    Is craft part of the Craft? Even though I’m usually very hard pressed to find ‘me time’ during the week I try to spend an hour or two at the weekend doing something crafty. When I was a child I loved spending time with a needle and thread or with a paint brush in my hand.  I even had, at one point, dreams of being a fashion designer.  Then teenage years hit, followed by the turbulent twenties and it’s only now I’m in my 30s that I’ve rediscovered my love of crafting.  And this coincided with my Pagan path. I adore taking my camera places then I’ll edit the photos, tweaking…

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    Magickal Colors

    Yellow The sun shines bright upon us as it reaches the climactic stage of its progress above us (or we around it, to be more accurate). This will happen at 11:28 GMT on the 21st of this month, and is the longest day of our year. Litha, Midsummers Eve, Summer Solstice, Ukon juhla- No matter what you call it, this day is a catalyst for celebrations everywhere. In honor of it, I have chosen yellow as the subject of this article. Upon Litha, we celebrate the abundance of nature and the joys of summer in full bloom. This is considered an excellent time for divination, handfastings, and speaking with the…

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    Interview with R. Wolf Baldassarro

    Pagan Pages (PP): Who is R. Wolf Baldassarro, the man?? R. Wolf Baldassarro (RWB): I guess that’s just it.  I’m just a man who’s simply looking to have his voice heard and make his mark in the pages of history.  I’ve got a natural curiosity for everything and I like to express myself.  We’ve all got talents and attributes that make us special and I want to share who I am with the world because I think I have something worthwhile to say if others are willing to listen. PP: Can you explain to our readers what spirits are? Have you had any personal experiences with spirits? RWB: A spirit…

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    Astral Travel, Lesson 1

    Astral Travel Course July- Month 1 Instructor: Alora Introduction: Astral travel is when our consciousness/spirit/soul (whichever is the correct terminology for your beliefs) leaves our body. It is also known as astral projection, soul traveling, Out of Body Experience (OBE)….and so on. There are many names for this naturally occurring phenomenon and there are even more “tried and true” methods for leaving your body. Thanks to the World Wide Web, methods for astral travel are readily available to anyone who cares enough to type in “astral travel’ into any search engine. With so many methods, books, websites, music, and even drugs out there, why aren’t more people masters of out…

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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 Claiming Time Dear Mama Donna, I think rituals are very important, and I feel their lack in my own life very strongly. But the fact is that I can never seem to find the time to actually plan special ceremonies. I am always too busy, too tired. I would appreciate some advice. Time Deprived and Pooped in New York City Dear Typical New Yorker, In a culture, which defines itself in terms of…

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    Rebel Rede

    Modern Sabbats Last month on June 21st we celebrated the summer solstice, the longest day of sunlight in the year. There are many traditions, symbols, and meanings associated with each sabbat within the wheel of the year, and Litha (aka Midsummer or the summer solstice) is no different. While Litha is considered a lesser sabbat it is still a time of great celebration for many witches and Pagans. Litha falls during the summer, which for many means it is the perfect time for a family sabbat celebration. Kids are out of school and many parents starting to plan out their family vacations. In the ancient times the summer season was…

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    Scents For Your Sensibilities

    Healing recipes (please note that many of these recipes come from the book Incense Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham. Also everyone is welcome to share their own recipes in the comment section…) Please feel free to contact me, or leave a comment/question below! This month we will focus on healing blends.  Always remember first off, that each person will smell the fragrance differently. To some it might make a headache go away and leave them feeling euphoric. For others the scent could give them that headache if they might be allergic to it. Always go with what works for you, or the person in question. Don’t make yourself go…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Chariot (7) “Self-discipline is crucial to a simpler, more contented life.”  ~Tenzin Gyatso Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a man in a decorated chariot being drawn by majestic black and white sphinxes. In his right hand he holds a wand. His body is covered in protective armor, and his chariot is graced with a prominent winged shield of symbolic design. Behind him the motifs of a medieval city rise in the distance. Symbols: Armor: Readiness and preparation Chariot: Movement Sphinxes: Triumph of the mind Wand: Inspiration and action Black & White: Positive and negative energies Wheels: Cycles, motion Key Words: Triumph, Ambition, Assertiveness, Firm Control, Motivation Fool’s Journey:…

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    Gems, Stones, and Crystals

    Abalone Anticarcinogenic, improves protein assimilation and strengthens heart and other muscle tissue   The sheen has the various colors of the rainbow and enlivens and impacts many areas of the body when worn or viewed.  Activates all the chakras. Actinolite Raises the vibratory rate of the entire being.  Especially soothing for the heart Chakra when used in conjunction with jade.  Acts as a teaching device during meditation allowing integration of the new awareness gained.  Acts on the 4th Chakra

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    Spellwork Through Poetry, Lesson 1

    What are spells? Objective: define spells; what constitutes a spell; why have a spell Lesson: According to the dictionary, a spell is “a word, phrase, or form of words supposed to have magic power”. If we look at the definition, we learn something interesting about spells: they really are not all that complex. They are actually quite simple. “A word or phrase…supposed to have magic power”. Any word or phrase which you give power to becomes a spell: a wish before taking a test, a hope that the meeting with your boss is positive, a curse to someone who just cut you off on the highway. They are all spells…