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    Let’s Spell it Out

    Mid-Summer Spiritual Purification with Vesta “Daughter of Saturn, venerable dame, Who dwell’st amid great fire’s eternal flame, In thee the gods have fix’d their dwelling place, Strong stable basis of the mortal race.” Taylor’s Orphic Hymns: Hymn to Vesta What’s in a name? Vesta’s name means “torch” and was sometimes called the “Shining One” or the “The One of Light” and conversely some called her the “Lady of the Night”.  She was the “Keeper of the Hearth”, the “Keeper of the Flame”, the “Lady of the Loving Light”, the “Goddess of Fire and Purity” and the “Guardian of the Hearth and Home”.  Even though she was the “The Virgin Goddess…

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    Wicca History, Lesson 2

    Lesson Two Beginning of the Burning Times Part one. We will start looking at the dark times of Wicca because there is so such to take in, we will run this over two, may three  lessons as there much to burning times that we must discuss  within the course. The Beginnings of the Burning Times The burning times were the beginnings of the organised church fight to banish the beliefs of the people whom still held on to their pagan/wiccan beliefs in spited of the Christian Church teachings. We must look at the black ground to beginnings of these times and the causes. One of these factors was the eroding…

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    Pagan Parenting

    What Parents Can Learn From Angelina Jolie I stumbled across this article recently and I must admit that I was very encouraged by the comments Angelina Jolie made about her daughter Shiloh’s choice of clothing. Apparently Shiloh prefers to dress “like a boy” and that has media critics blasting a 4 year old and calling her a transsexual.  While it is beyond shameful to take jabs at a child in such a manner no matter who her parents are I think that Jolie handled the situation with honesty and integrity: “Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an…

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    Gems, Stones, and Crystals

    Alabaster A milky white stone revered in biblical times for its purity and representation of high ideals.  This mineral facilitates sensitivity and inner responses when used in meditation.  Its softness allows these peaceful thoughts to be carried outside of the self and placed into action.  Acts on the 7th Chakra. Alexandrite Opens heart, solar plexus and especially Crown Centers.  For healing, centering, self esteem.  Rare and powerful.  Opens to higher self, disattachment, psychicness, spiritual love, joy and luck.  Excellent tissue regeneration.  Especially works on Nervous system.  2nd and 7th Chakras.

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    The Grove

    The rich scent of soil works its way into my nostrils. The earth fills my hands like fine cloth, smooth & heavy. I let it drift through my fingers as I marvel in its texture. This garden is mine, as is the brand new house that goes with it. In both the literal & figurative sense, I have worked hard to plant the right seeds & asked my Gods to help  them to thrive. In this season of harvest I find myself looking forward to sitting back & enjoying the fruits of my labour, to reap the rewards of what I have sewn. I would like to give thanks, but…

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    Magickal Forecast August 2010

    SOL: **Morning Hours All Month** For the beginning of August the Sun will be leaving the house of Cancer and travelling across the sky towards the constellation of Leo where after August 15, 2010; he will fully be in Leo for the remainder of the month. Though the stage is being set for a late summer change in planetary dominance, the Sun still rules the mornings all month long.  In August it will be different than July due to Leo’s influence.   IMO Sun worship will be even better than last month.   And using the Sun as an ingredient in your magick could be potent this month.  Things like a protection…

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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan theology:  Are we the last hope? By nature I’m a pretty fatalistic and ruthlessly practical person.  Make a psychic prediction?  Then you’ve got to convince me you’re not a cold reader [1].  If you claim that recycling is beneficial to the environment: you’d better have done a mass and energy balance [2].  I try to look at the data, but, unfortunately when one does look at the data one can often come to some pretty depressing conclusions.  Like the state of the environment. Since we just dumped a 435,000 – 2,262,000 barrels [3] of oil into the Gulf of Mexico I thought it might be useful to consider some…

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    Lughnasadh

    (Loo-nas-ah) Major Sabbat (High Holiday) – Fire Festival August 1, 2 Other Names: Lunasa (meaning August), Lughnasaad, Lughnasa Celtic),First Harvest, August Eve, Feast of Cardenas, Feast of Bread, Tailltean Games(Irish), Teltain Cornucopia (Strega), Ceresalia (Ancient Roman) Harvest Home, Thingtide (Teutonic), Lammas (Christian). Laa Luanys, Elembious, Festival of Green Corn (Native American) Animals and Mythical beings: Griffins, Basilisks, Roosters, Calves, Centaurs, Phoenix Gemstones: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamonds, citrine Incense and Oils: wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood Colors: red, orange, golden yellow, green, light brown, gold, bronze, gray Tools, Symbols, and Decorations: corn, cornucopias, red, yellow flowers, sheaves of grain (wheat, barley,…

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    Magickal Correspondence, Lesson 1

    Magickal Correspondences/ Book of Shadows Class Lesson 1 What is a magickal correspondence? Magickal correspondences are important things to consider when spell crafting. Colours, charms, herbs, and crystals are commonly utilized to enhance the intention of your spell work, showing us the relationship that magick has with Mother Nature and her gifts.. Your correspondences list will be your reference tool for making magick. Your lists will include colours, deities and symbols as well as many other things that will amaze youJ Days Of The Week Let us start with the days of the week, I shall give you a basic list and for your homework, I ask that you add…

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    Principles of Paganism, Lesson 2

    Lesson 2 Will and Fate In pagan religion the future is fated, but this should not be understood in a straight-line sense.  The mind of Moira, [1] the dark goddess of fate in Greek religion, is incredibly complex.  She does not prescribe one series of events only, but allows for certain forkings to occur for each person at certain critical moments.  When one is born, his or her fate is merely sketched out by Moira; in the course of life one will make decisions, and in response to these she will begin filling in details in the picture of one’s future. Will is of the spirit, and spirit, like everything…