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    Aphrodite, Goddess of Love & Beauty

    “April is the cruelest month…” This famous opening line of T.S.Eliot’s revolutionary poem, The Wasteland, published in 1922, fits the ancient myth of the birth and life of Aphrodite to a T. “Foam-risen” Aphrodite, (the Greek name for foam is “aphros”), was the product of a highly dysfunctional family. Her mother, Gaia, the generative Greek Earth Mother, tired of the constant attentions and cruelty of her husband, Uranus, who was both God of the Sky, and her first-born son. She asked one of their sons, Cronus, to castrate his father, so he would be unable to father any more children with her. (Uranus feared that their children would overthrow him…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Should Children Remain in the Broom Closet? I am certain that I am raising my children in the way that is most beneficial for them. I believe that children need to be taught spirituality from a young age and it should be the same beliefs that are held in their home; for us that spirituality is Eclectic Wicca. We practice our faith daily and interact openly with other pagans within our community. I am “out of the broom closet” as I run a home based business that is centered around our beliefs. My children are aware of what I do and will speak about “Mommy’s Tarot Reading business” as easily…

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    A Witch’s View

    Being in the broom closet is not a comfortable place to be.  There’s too much old stuff hanging around, it’s far too small and it smells a little like mothballs. I’m not in the closet but there was a time when I couldn’t be my authentic self.  I was far too worried that my friends wouldn’t be my friends anymore, my family would consider me weird and my then husband would ridicule me.  It turned out I was right on all accounts. When you’re not living life how you feel you should be, you’re not being your authentic self.  It crushes your spirit and often depression isn’t very far behind. …

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    Spellwork Through Poetry, Lesson 2

    What is intent? Objective: define intent; why is intent important The definition of intent- and all variations of the word: intend, intention, etc- are “state of mind when something is done, purpose, the end or object; goal”. Our intent is the most important thing we have when we go into spellwork. It not only is the most important, but the most basic; the most primal. What do YOU want? Put aside all of the fancy forms that we will learn later in this class. Put aside all of the words that you are bringing together. Put aside all of the props we commonly use in ritual: candles, incense, wand, chalice……

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    August

    Originally called Sextillis by the Romans, was later named Augustus in honor of Augustus Caesar. August is the eighth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Summer’s rule. Traditional birthstone amulets of August are the peridot and the sardonyx. The gladiolus and the poppy are the month’s traditional flowers. August is shared by the astrological signs of Leo the Lion and Virgo the Virgin. During the month of August, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to Lammas, one of the four Grand Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world. Gathered harvest are celebrated during August. Corn Moon Astrological…

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    Paranormal Path

    Non Human Entities When we think of the paranormal, we usually think of spirits of those who have passed on.  We think of cold spots, barely visible forms, and disembodied voices. Yet a lot of us automatically think we are dealing with human entities.  There are a number of non human entities that are part of the paranormal world.  Here I will briefly discuss a few.  This is such a broad topic and pending on religion and culture these entities can greatly vary but there are some similarities that I will highlight. Angels; These entities have a similar appearance throughout many cultures and religions.  People are believed to have encounters…

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    Mystical Sea

    Spiral down Dive down Womb of the Mother kiss from a stranger And it’s gone Cradle me Drown me Lift me up Higher and higher To the shore Like your voice Soft and sweet Beauty that decieves Mystical Sea A sea secret Chills in the waves Turning black Hardening in the foam No going back What we took as our own Four billion sirens Screaming unseen No stone unturned Till Death has dreamed Still the sea secret Journeys on and on No one can stop it The damage is done What have we lost Only the Sea knows And she’s not speaking anymore

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    Ask Your Momma

    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 Needing a Catalyst Dear Mama Donna, I just came across your photo of standing eggs on end at the art-that-heals.org web site. This was only minutes after I was pondering how to create a certain earth-healing ritual. There is a creek here in the city of San Jose, California, that no one seems to own. It’s a tributary to the Guadalupe River. This poor creek is suffocating with trash of all kinds. I’ve…

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    Household Magick, Lesson 2

    Month 2 ***Note: This section is short because it’s more of a review of things everyone uses.*** A.  Cleaning Ok, I know everyone hates to clean right!  Well face it has to be done and we all have to do at least some of it.  I feel cleaning your home is one of the best ways to get rid of any negative energy hanging around as well as all the dirt.  There are many ways to clean and everyone has their own ways of doing so.  I prefer to use homemade cleaners…aka…baking soda and vinegar.  I also keep a control journal, helps me remember all the stuff I need to…

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    Wisewoman Traditions

    Ritual Interlude Crone’s Ceremony of Commitment to Her Community As the menopausal years draw to a close and you find yourself more stable in your new self, feeling more like your “old self” as you become your older self, it is time to manifest the last stage of initiation: rebirth. You’ve spent time in some form of isolation as you journeyed the unpredictable years of menopause. You have given death to your images of yourself as Maiden, as Mother. You have crowned yourself, or been crowned as, Crone. Your metamorphosis is complete. Now comes the time to return to your community. To assume your new roles. You return as Crone.…