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    Merry Meet and Welcome

    Merry Meet Readers, I have decided to dedicate the front page this month to our search for new talented writers.  We are always looking for fresh talent and we, also, have some columns that have become available. If you are interested in a column in PaganPages, whether it is a column of your own idea or to fill in on one of our subjects, write to [email protected] The current columns are now open: Wicca 101 Goddesses herbs – herbal Magick and herb healing Healing – will discuss different methods of healing Faeries Oracles and Omens – discuss different forms of divination Oils and Incense Moon Report Colors We look forward…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Investigation Procedures (Part 1 of 5) By R. Wolf Baldassarro If you’ve been following my column for some time, by now you should have a pretty good grasp of the history of paranormal research and with the tools, tech, and spiritual workings associated with the field.  So now it’s time to go out and put all that into practice.  In this series we’ll discuss the steps for a successful and professional investigation.  There are five major components to an investigation- group design and organization, research procedures, the investigation, the analysis, and follow-up. First of all don’t be overeager.  It’s okay to have fun and enjoy the experience but keep your…

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    Astral Travel, Lesson 2

    The August Assignments Astral Travel Class Assignments: Keep up your journals! Write down your dreams, experiences, fears, meditations, attempted travels. Write down your feelings, who made you angry, who made you sad, why yesterday was such a great day….and so on. Our waking, physical world is so busy that sometimes we only get the time to sort it all out in our dreams. If you can, make the connection: i.e. I had a dream where I was getting beat up. The day before my co-worker wrongly accused me of something and it felt like everyone took her side. I felt helpless and angry in both cases. 10 minute intentions: keep…

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    Myths and Legends: Journeys Through Time

    Myth or legend? How does one define a story as a myth or a legend? Why do we say “The legend of King arthur” and “Greek mythology” instead of  “The myth of King arthur and Greek legends”? Myth and legend are synonyms for each other. They can be used interchangeably but is this correct? In some cases yes it is. In other no. Myth and legend are like first cousins as opposed to siblings. A legend is defined as one of several things; A group of stories relating to a particular group, people or clan such as the Native American legends. A collection of stories such as the Legend of…

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    Faeries, Elves, and Other Kin

    Nixies Nixies are shape-changing fresh water spirits originating in Germanic myths and legends.  The term nixie (or neck) is English in origin, while nix, nyx and nixe are the German equivalents.  Nixies usually shape shift into human form, both male and female, but some can change into dragons (wyrms), horses, fish, or snakes.  Nixies can be benevolent, malicious or merely harmless. English versions of the nixie include: The Knucker, a dragon-like “water monster” that lived in a pool near the village of Lyminster and was known to kill both livestock and people; Jenny Greenteeth, a green-skinned, sharp-toothed, long-haired river hag that pulls in and drowns children and the elderly; Peg…

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    Hally’s Hints

    The Energy in Emails Last month we covered the energetic imprint left in food and the affects that this has on us, which sometimes is positive and other times to our detriment. The energy trail we leave is ever-present on all that we do. It is no surprise that we are predominantly energy filling matter. Perhaps with this in mind it is no surprise that electricity was found as a core source in how we live. Movies such as the Matrix come to mind in how powerful we are as energetic beings. Those that work in healing, metaphysics or anything that is on another ethereal plane will understand the magnitude…

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    Rite and Ritual

    Lughnasadh and the Moon of August “I remember I held you, up high on the mountain’s side. As I looked out over the land, all your magick filled my eyes. I hear the ravens call my name, reminding me everything must change. For the Earth, she lays waiting for me.” This month I stand between the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox. It is a moment upon the Wheel that seems to defy my ability to discern the turning changes still taking place. The morning air is warm and sweet. I can see and feel a richness of the land. The bounty of Summer’s end is now ripened and ready…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Pets and hot weather For many of us this is our favorite time of year and a chance to have fun outdoors with our pets. The Humane Societies want Pet owners to enjoy this time while being mindful of the dangers that hot weather can pose for our Furbabies. Dogs primarily control their body heat thru panting and drinking cool water. In extreme heat, it can be difficult for pets to cool off and overheating is a serious danger. On very hot days, pet owners should always be aware of their pet’s condition. Immediately stop strenuous exercise if pets start excessively panting, drooling or appear weak. You should take these…

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    Rebel Rede

    Be Careful What You Don’t Wish For We have all heard the saying “Be careful what you wish for” and it is actually good advice. Sometimes we think we know what we want, but we do not understand the real ramifications of our wishes. For example, someone may wish to win the lottery, only to win the lottery and end up hating what their life becomes. Once someone is famous and well off they often wish they were normal again instead of constantly being asked for money or being blackmailed. Our wishes are not always in our own best interest. As witches we do not have this problem too often.…

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    The Crafty Writer

    Reborn Baby Dolls I always thought the Reborn baby dolls brought out the maternal instinct in a woman, but the other day I listened to a couple of women talking and began to wonder. “Wash the baby with an alcohol swab until she is nice and clean then hold her with a steady hand as you trace the veins so they stand out nice and blue. Once you’re done, lay the baby carefully on a towel in a cake or pie pan, depending on size of infant and place them on the center rack in the oven. I like to bake my babies at 250 degrees for about 10 minutes.”…