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    September

    Herbs: Copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap, acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, pine cones, rose, sage, Solomon’s Seal, tobacco, thistle, vegetables. Foods: Breads, grains, seeds, dried fruits and beans, baked squash, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions, wine. Colors: Brown, yellow-green, yellow, red, russet, maroon, gold, scarlet, purple. Flowers: Narcissus, lily, aster, morning glory. Scents: Storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamot. Autumn blend made by combining: benzoin, myrrh, and sage, also these incenses separately. Stones: Blue sapphire, peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates. Trees: Hazel, larch, bay. Animals: Snake, jackal. Birds: Ibis, sparrow. Deities: Bona Dea, Ceres, Ch’ang-O, Demeter, The…

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    Oracles and Omens

    Omens and superstitions have been around for hundreds of years, maybe longer. The more the tale is exaggerated the more we tend to enjoy it. My Grandmother was the Queen of old wives tales. She put so much emphasis in what she said that I have never forgotten any of her stories or superstitions. I now tell my own Grandchildren. I believe without Superstition our lives would be dull and unimaginative. I hope that you enjoy what you read here and remember, just because it’s a Superstition doesn’t mean it won’t take form in Your life. *A cat sitting with its back to the Fire is an Omen that the…

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    Magickal Correspondences, Lesson 2

    Magickal correspondences/ Book of Shadows Class Lesson 2 This month sees us discovering the significance of colours, bathing times and the elements..   Your homeworks will include adding to lists below, remember to add flare and decorations to your pages and lists J Colour correspondences Colours are a big part of magick and spellcraft, from wearing the specific colour relating to your intention to using the colour in sachets or in candle magick for example.. Amber – Deep witchery skills Black – Ward negativity, Remove hexes, Protection, Spirit contact, The Universe, Night, Truth, Remove discord or confusion. Blue (dark) – The Goddess (representative ritual candle), Water Elemental, Truth, Dreams, Protection, Change,…

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    Spellwork Through Poetry, Lesson 3

    Writing Out Intent in Prose Objective: explain in detail what you want and how you plan to attain it. In this class, I would like you to think of yourself as an architect. Last month, we discussed what our intents were. These are the blueprints to our spells. Now, we are going to begin the building process, starting with a sturdy foundation. We will mold our intentions into prose, adding as much detail as possible. The more detail we have, the sturdier our foundation and the easier it will be to write our poetic spells later. For your assignment, please take the intentions you wrote- the ones you will be…

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    Stones Corner

    Amazonite Improves self worth.  Gentle and friendly, calming and soothing.  Opens throat, heart, and solar plexus centers.  For self-expression, artistic creativity, healing.  Helps the throat, thyroid, nerve and brain paths.  Reduces self damaging behavior, increases self respect, confidence, grace, self assuredness with communication. Amber Clear yellow or orange ancient petrified resin.  Electromagnetic.  opens solar plexus chakra for mental clarity, mood balance, confidence.  Stomach anxiety, spine, central nervous system, brain, memory loss, cell regeneration.  Aligns mental and emotional bodies.  Excellent detoxification and protection from radiation, especially x-rays, sun, computers, airports.  Used for grounding, protection, and purification.  Also helps to attract money.  absorbs negative energy.  Ancient people used to believe that it…

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    Principles of Paganism, Lesson 3

    Principles of Paganism Lesson 3:  Pagan Psychology Part One: Reading Between the Lines I am currently re-reading a very interesting book, The Greeks and the Irrational, by E.R. Dodds, that throws a lot of light upon ancient Greek religious psychology.  Like many other accounts of ancient and “primitive” religion, it interprets the evidence in terms of our own cultural prejudices, such as our assumption of psychic unity and the subjective nature of religious phenomena.  By being alert to certain expressions, however, we can catch the instances where a scholar or anthropologist is wearing his cultural blinkers and discount his self-imposed limitations of understanding. For instance, in chapter 1 of Dodds,…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Investigation Procedures: Doing the Research (Part 2 of 5) Just visiting a place that has reported claims of the paranormal and snapping a few pictures or recording some audio doesn’t mean you’ve investigated it thoroughly.  Once you’ve landed a big investigation you’ll want to research the location as much as possible.  Background and historical research is a big part of any valid investigation of the paranormal, especially one with a long history of reported activity.  It involves conducting a lot of pre-investigation interviews of witnesses, tedious historical research, looking up prior media coverage, and contacting other investigation groups who may have been there before. Take organized and concise notes of…

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    Wicca 101

    Wicca 101 – So you want to be Wiccan? There are several different Paths/Traditions of being Wiccan. How do you know what path/tradition is for you? Who do you know are your Dieties? Where do you start? Let’s start with the very basics. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Wicca as “a religion influenced by pre-Christian beliefs and practices of Western Europe that affirms the existence of supernatural power (as magic) and of both male and female deities who inhere in nature and that emphasizes ritual observance of seasonal and life cycles.” Vague isn’t it? There are many different definitions of Wicca. Generally, however, Wicca is defined as a Neo-Pagan, nature-based, duotheistic…

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    One Mage’s Opinion: The Hidden Danger From Isaac Bonewits’ Passing

    This last August, well known Pagan author Isaac Bonewits passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. His importance to Paganism was vast, and I have no doubt that there will be a great many tributes written, all richly deserved. However, while Paganism has lost one of it’s most powerful and original voices, I suspect that it will still manage to go forward without too much difficulty. There is however a particular aspect of Paganism, that I fear may suffer dearly because of his loss. I’m speaking of Magick, especially magickal ethics. There is a tendency among many Pagan authors to treat magickal ethics as if the subject were terribly…

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    Wiccan Basics

    This column is FYI… It is all about the basics… Basic info on tools, traditions and Sabbat.. And everything in between. I will post something every month .. Maybe tools, may be important people in Paganism, may be color correspondences. If you are looking for information.. Look no further.. Basic Facts Wicca Wicca is an earth-based religion that is centered on the respect of all things living. Goddess Goddess is Great Mother Goddess. She wears many faces, to me she is The Goddess.. but  to others she might be Aphrodite or Kuan-Yin. She is in everything, in every person or plant or rock. You can speak to her and pray…