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    Tarot Talk

    The Hermit (9) “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  ~ Carl Gustav Jung Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays an old, bearded man dressed in dreary robes, standing on a desolate peak high in the mountains. His head is bowed and his expression speaks of wisdom and serenity. In his right hand he holds a raised lantern high in the air, casting its illuminating light into the darkness below him. Within the lantern is a brilliant six-pointed star. Symbols: Long, White Beard: Age, wisdom Lantern: To guide those below; “inner light” shared openly with…

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    Merry Meet

    Well Met Everyone: Welcome to the September issue of PaganPages.  Fall is upon us and we hope you all had a blessed summer.  Goodbye Heat!! A few announcements: All classes EXCEPT the following have been canceled due to unforeseen emergencies in the teachers lives: Astral Travel Household Magick Magickal Correspondence Principles of Paganism Spellwork Through poetry Wicca History We are currently looking for more teachers on different topics.  If you are interested and have the time, email [email protected] We are currently looking for writers for the following columns: Herbs Colors The Moon Oils & Incense Faeries If you are interested in any of the above, email us at [email protected] We…

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    Paranormal Path

    Ghost hunting Basics Ghost hunting has gained increased popularity over the years due to recent movies and television series.  Paranormal investigation is no longer something strange or unusual; in fact it is becoming not only a hobby but at times a career choice.  There are several things to consider when entering the world of ghost hunting.  Many enter this field because they have unanswered questions regarding the afterlife, or just want to experience something that proves there is so much more out there than we as a society are led to believe.  Whatever the reasons, there must be an understanding of the rules and guidelines to paranormal investigation First; pick…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Letting Go Merry Meet all, and I hope you have all had a happy Blessed Summer in the Northern Hemi and Winter in the Southern Hemi… Recently I have had to look deeply into my heart to deal with something I never thought would be hard. Letting go… of my son. Not in death.. but in life.  Growing up and growing away. As they grow..  They become independent, strong, opinionated (very) and educated. But we as parents do not grow the same way. We create this life, nurture it, hold it, teach it, and bandage it… but never do we think we will be cut off from it. But cut…

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    Pagan Parenting

    Competitive Pagan = Competitive Parent? Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about competitive people, especially when it comes to parenting and paganism.  Whether in your coven, circle or class we are faced with competitive people in our spiritual domain as well as the domestic/mundane one. Not being very competitive for the most part I’ve found that being a parent has brought out that shred of doubt in me.   When I encounter another child at the playground that can already tie his shoes and my child of the same age hasn’t even attempted to try yet, there is a little pang for me.  A slight, oh, man should I be teaching…

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    The Crafty Writer

    Sculpting Prying that top off of the Play-Doh container and jamming your fingers in, as you plunge to the bottom. Curling your hand into a fist the red clay with bits of green from the last time you played makes a sucking noise as it gives way and pulls free. Smiling you squeeze it hard and watch as it is forced between your fingers in thin ropes of clay. It is there to maul, squeeze, form, and shape, as you gather it back up to try again. Remember those youthful days when you squeezed clay through your fingers. Making hand prints for Mom or getting fancy and making an animal…

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    Faeries, Elves, and Other Kin

    Faery Oils Dryad Oil musk (main  scent) oakmoss (minor scent) civet (trace) vanilla (trace) An  excellent blend for pursuing the arts of natural magick, this preparation was  specially designed for contacting the elemental spirits of the earth. Faerie  Enchantment Oil 10 drops rose 5 drops thyme 1 drop evening primrose  oil Faerie Fire Oil (Useful  in contacting Faeries connected with the Fire element: Will o' the wisps, Flame  Dancers, etc.) 1/4 oz. almond oil 12 drops peach oil 5 drops ylang  ylang 4 drops new-mown hay oil 4 drops dark musk 2 drops chamomile 2  drops poppy oil 2 drops dragons blood oil chamomile  flowers oatstraw peridot garnet Gnome's Cap…

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    Rite and Ritual

    Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox “And now we stand here, within the shadows of the Fall. Let me hold you just once more, so I can try to remember it all. Sing to me my love this day. Sing to me as I fade away, back to the shadows, where I’ll dream of you.” With my eyes closed I alone stand apart from my coven sisters and brothers and feel the last waning light of the Autumnal Equinox’s setting Sun fade away. I know that the tops of the old conifers I stand beneath still bask in Summer’s last light, as the forest floor begins to hear the shadows awaken. The…

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    Season of Death

    If death were a season Like fall or winter I could go to the tropics And never get cold If death were a season I could fly around the world Visit all things warm And never grow old. If death were a season I’d never stay in one place Never know the people Or remember a face If death were a season I’d see flowers bloom But never a coffin, graveyard Or tomb Death as a season I would not fear For I could run and hide Whenever it came near If I seem frightened You know it’s true Death as a season I could never lose you In the…

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    Myths and Legends: Journeys Through Time

    Merlin Magic, witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry. Spells, enchantments, herbs, talismans and the four elements (five if you count lightning). Some of it said to be the devil’s work, some of it said to be innate, if only people would open their minds, and some of it said still to be inexplainable. They don’t know why it happens, only that it does. Magic of course is the object and the most well known user of it, the subject. Who he is, is none other than a man named Myrddin. Myrddin is also better known as Merlin. As stated previously, myth and legend are akin to first cousins instead of siblings. Sometimes they…