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    Wicca History, Lesson 1

    Lesson One Welcome to the course, we will start looking at the basis of Wicca and try to found origins from facts that we know.  The main reason why it is so hard to find the true origins of Wicca is that very little was ever written   down or have been lost to us. So let’s look at what we know: The term Wicca as a Celtic origin wicce, “wise” the Celtics are a very important part of Wicca, which has somewhat been overlook.  The Celtics   social order was one that women could hold power in their own right such Boudicca, Wicca being a strong feminine base belief is important…

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    Principles of Paganism, Lesson 1

    Introduction In this course we shall be concerned with getting to the roots of pagan religion.  We shall clear away anachronisms and deceptions in an attempt to uncover the historical origins of nature religion before these were obscured by empire-builders and hierarchical priesthoods. I say ‘the historical origins,’  because it is no use trying to get hold of the religion of prehistoric peoples.  Marija Gimbutas has made a valiant effort along those lines in her Language of the Goddess, but until we come to written records we really have only shards of pottery and old bones, and not much else to deal with. Writing in the Western world began with…

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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan theology: Paganism and Existential Faith Do you believe in the Gods and Goddesses? I would suspect that many Pagans would answer: “don’t know,” “maybe,” or “doubt it.”   Fair enough.   Neo-Paganism accommodates a lot of different theologies, including those that border on atheism, deism, pantheism, pantheism, or Gnostic monotheism.  However there is also a literalist interpretation of our religion, one where the Gods and Goddesses exist as real entities.  For those of us who believe in their existence, the idea of faith poses a particular challenge.  What does it mean to have faith in the existence of the Gods and Goddess, and what kind of responsibility does the acceptance of…

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    Hally’s Hints

    Food and Energy – What This Means To You NB: The energy of food and the affects this has to your ethereal being is a huge topic; this is a snippet… Recently I had this interesting experience where it was a cold, wintery day and I had rushed outside to go to the local café to get some soup. Usually their soup was full of warmth, grounding substance and very, very tasty. This particular day I realised the usual chef was not in but did not think much of this. It is not something that one would consciously think would matter too much. That was until I got the soup…

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    July

    The Romans first named this month Quintillis, but later renamed it Julius after Julius Ceasar. July, the seventh month of the current Gregorian calendar and the second month of Summer’s rule, derives its name from Julius (Julius Caesar). July is shared by the astrological signs of Cancer the Crab and Leo the Lion, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Apt (or Apet), Athena, Sothis, Spider Woman, and Rosea. The traditional birthstone amulet of July is the ruby; and the larkspur and the water lily are the month’s traditional flowers. The Greek Olympian was held In July, lasting about a week. July Astrological Signs: Cancer, Leo. Nature Spirits: Hobgoblins…

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    Paranormal Path

    Phone Calls from the Dead The Chatsworth crash took place in California’s San Fernando Valley on September 12, 2008 when a commuter train collided with a freight train.  This unfortunate even claimed the lives of 25 people, one of which was a 49 year old man named Charles E Peck who was headed to a job interview. Peck’s fiancé and other family members were on their way to pick him up when they heard about the crash on the radio.  His family kept hope that he had survived the crash due to several calls from his cell phone.  Peck’s fiancé, brother, sister, son and stepmother all received a total of…

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    Hearthbeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Blessed solstice to you all … I am sorry that I was missing last month .. but chaos is often hard to control or plan for.. I will offer not other excuse than that.. and all of us know what it is to live in a state of chaos. This month I am offering recipes for canning, relishes, sauces, jams, jellies. I know that this does not do much for our Southern Hemi folks except that you can save this and use it next year, or if you had an abundance and froze it and wish to use it. I will also offer up some cheats that I have used…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Quench Your Thirst with Herbs Summer solstice and the longest day are past. As we slide from summer into autumn, the sun seems hotter and fiercer than ever. And the summer’s heat makes us thirsty. What shall we drink? There are so many choices. Since 2003 the number of new drink products on the market has tripled. How are we supposed to choose the best drinks? Does it even matter? I think it does. The liquid portion of our diets is as important as the solid portion. That’s why I drink herbal brews, nourishing herbal infusions to be exact, instead of juice or water. Some herbs are powerhouses of nourishment,…

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    Airmid’s Cauldron

    Honey Muffins – Great for Ritual use 1 C. Milk ½ C. Strained Wildflower Honey ½ C. Raw Sugar 3 C. Oat Flour 3 t. Baking Powder ¾ t. Sea Salt ¾ t. Powdered Grapefruit seed 3 Eggs Well Beaten ¼ C/ Melted Butter Blend milk, honey, and sugar. Combine with sifted dry ingredients. Add eggs and butter, mix lightly but quickly; bake in well greased muffin tins at 375* degrees for approximately 20 mins. With Lughnasadh soon to be upon us this recipe is sure to become a favorite.

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    Household Magick, Lesson 1

    A.  Naming your home and giving it purpose. I know some will find this silly but we are going to give our home a name.  This is a very old practice,  it makes your home more them just a place it becomes a entity all its own .  King arthur named his castle and lands Camelot.  Elvis names his Graceland.   We all live in towns and cities, that the founders took time to name and give purpose too.  Later in this course you will write and perform a naming ceremony for your home. The reason our homes need purpose are the same as the reasons we need purpose.  Each homes…