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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…

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    Astral Travel, Lesson 3

    Party at my place! This may be one of the easiest assignments in this course! In the forums, under the “September Assignment” you will see a picture of a tree. This beautiful tree is located in my front yard. The assignment for this month is to meet me at this tree, via the astral realm. On September 17, 18, and 19th, you are to stare at this picture before you go to sleep. When you close your eyes, see the tree right in front of you. Fall asleep seeing the tree and telling yourself that tonight you will meet me and the rest of the class at that tree. Do…

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    Greetings from Afar

    A Little Child Shall Lead Them Vologda is a quiet town. It is one of the oldest towns in Russia, and a part of the famous “Golden Ring” of cities making up traditional “Old Russia”. Unlike some of the other cities on “the ring”, it is not known to be particularly haunted.  The skyline of the town is dominated by the spires of one of the oldest and most elaborate Russian Orthodox Churches still in constant use, and the gabled Victorian eminence of the Vologda Children’s Home, on a sugarloaf hill on the southern outskirts of the town. The saying that “nothing ever happens in Vologda” has some relevance. However,…

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    Rebel Rede

    Yin Yang: Finding the Balance Yin Yang is the Chinese philosophical concept of balance. It is the idea that there are complementary opposites in everything and that those opposites come together to exist as a whole. It is the concept that you need the light and the dark, the feminine and the masculine etc. to function as a complete whole. Unfortunately this concept of balance has been lost in most the of the world’s major religions. For example Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are all patriarchal religions. Their religions are based solely on male dominated spirituality. This is not yin yang! I use to be a Conservative Christian and my spiritual…

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    HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Hey guys and gals.. I am sending some recipes for homemade cleaning supplies and body care supplies… Starting with window cleaner. Recipe #1 2 cups water 3 TBS vinegar 1/2 tsp dish detergent (liquid) Recipe #2 1 gallon water 1/4 cup vinegar 1 tsp dish detergent (liquid) Recipe #3 1 gallon water 1/4 cup vinegar 2 TBS lemon juice squirt dish detergent (liquid) Recipe #4 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 gallon warm water Spray windows with preferred cleaner solution then wipe clean with crumpled newspapers. The newspaper helps prevent streaks. Avoid cleaning windows and glass when the sun is hot and shining on the window–glass will dry too fast and…

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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan theology:  Down the Wookey Hole The English town of Wells in the county of Somerset, England is a few minutes north of Glastonbury.  It is home to the great Wells cathedral and sits in the middle of some charming English countryside.  The whole region is resplendent with Pagan sites, from Glastonbury tor (Wells also has a tor) to the springs of the Goddess Sulis-Minerva at Bath, to the nearby Salisbury Plain with the Stonehenge and Avesbury circles.  It also has an interesting geology, being associated with the same limestone formations that produce the springs at Bath.  Wells also has three “wells” or springs, two of them on the Cathedral…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Charging For Magickal Practices Is it wrong to accept money for magickal items, services and teachings? Or is it a form of an energy exchange? Once upon a time humans bartered for what we needed and desired. We would exchange an item, such as a blanket, or loaf of bread, for a service provide by the village mid-wife or wise-woman. This was seen as an equitable exchange. Today, currency in the form of money, is an updated form of this long standing tradition. When one offers a magickal service they have put time and personal energies into what they are offering. How can someone who feels the “call” to support…

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    Hally’s Hints

    Grounding Your Energy When we consider that we are made up of predominantly water and energy it is no surprise how sensitive we really are; sensitive to our external forces whether it is planetary alignment, the moon stages or even projections from other people. The amount of times we can go home from a party feeling drained and put it down to having a late night never considering we may have assisted someone unload onto us. The downside of this is that if we are unaware of this, we believe it is our own energy reflection and a whole internal process begins to deal with it. The thoughts that follow…

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    Mabon

    MAY-bon, MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon or MAH-bawn, – Lesser Sabbat – Fall/Autumn Equinox, September 21-23 Michaelmas (September 25th, Christian), Second Harvest Festival, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Harvest Home (Anglo-Celtic), Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Chung Chiu (China), Night of the Hunter, Alban Elfed “The Light of the Water”(Caledonii/ Druidic-celebrates Lord of the Mysteries), Winter Finding (Teutonic, from Equinox ’til Winter Night or Nordic New Year, Oct 15th.) Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Glorious Goldenrod I love autumn, don’t you? The days shorten and fall colors thrill my senses. Perennial roots get busy storing nourishment that will last them through the winter. And the meadows bloom with purple asters and riotous goldenrod flowers. Goldenrod (the Solidago genus, Asteracea family) is one of my favorite plants, and hopefully, soon it will be one of your favorites too. Before you complain that goldenrod is a pest and you’re allergic to it, let me set the record straight: You aren’t. No one is, no one can be, allergic to goldenrod pollen. Why? It has virtually none. What little pollen it makes is sticky, all the better…