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    Solitary Practitioner

    Now begins the time of year that we start our gardens.  Before I start working a patch of ground I like to spend some time there and talk to the nature spirits.  I touch the earth and ask permission to use it: I seek to borrow this ground from thee My reasons why, you’ll shortly see I will use this place in honor true And when I’m done return it to you This is a sacred space and I’d like to stay And use it’s gifts then go away After I use this place you’ve agreed to lend We’ll all part as brand new friends. After asking permission I sit…

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    Witchcrafts

    Welcome to “Witchcrafts” and I hope it proves useful.  Since this is my first time with this subject here I thought I would give you a basic idea of what it is.  Over the years of practice we have so much exposure to the tools of our spirituality it stands to reason that we would start to “think outside the circle” and this is the result of that.  Sometimes it’s something related to our practice and sometimes it’s an outlet for the other “craftiness” we possess.  As a result here we are!  Hope you like it and Blessed be! Incense recipes You can make your own incense and customize it…

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    Moon Owl Observations

    Mesopotamian Rundown Most people have heard of Mesopotamia and know a little bit about it, like how it was located mostly in the modern day Iraq and how Neopaganism stems a lot from it. A lot of what we know today we owe to Mesopotamians. They invented many objects and ideas and even though they lived over 6000 years ago is no excuse to not give them the credit they deserve. As Pagans and humans we are indebted to them and all the knowledge they have given us. First off we should just touch base on some of the things that the Mesopotamians have given us. They invented the world’s…

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    Madame Mora’s Herbal, Lesson 6

    Test lesson… Please go back through all the lessons you have received so far, review the ingredients and what the listing is for what they do. Compare similarities regarding ingredients and purpose of the teas. I then want you to take at least one ingredient from each tea and create a new remedy, list the purpose and make.  Taste what you have created and give it a name. Email me with your tea and its purpose.  [email protected] Madame Mora’s herbal This class is designed to show the practical application of herbs to assist with everyday needs.  The lessons printed will not outline “magical” uses for the herbs, but, if questions…

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    Book Review: Encyclopedia of the Unseen World by Constance Victoria Briggs

    Encyclopedia of the Unseen World   by  Constance Victoria Briggs © 2010   Red Wheel/Weiser  ISBN:  978-1-57863-465-1   Paperback      285 pages    $19.95  (U.S.) This book, obviously, is not intended to be “read” as much as consulted.  It is encyclopedic in nature and arrangement.  It is not, by any means, all-inclusive, although it is close to all-encompassing.  It is not restricted to the main-stream religions, and includes individuals who have experienced contact with the world beyond this one. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of books like this, and I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the cover of this one.  In the end, I was both pleased and disappointed with…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Taking Hormones? These herbs Are for You ÓSusun S. Weed More and more American women are using herbal remedies to help them with menopausal problems. Those who do take ERT (estrogen replacement) or HRT (hormone replacement) may be surprised to discover that herbal medicine has a lot to offer them as well. Herbs for women on ERT/HRT include those that alleviate side-effects as well as those that counter problems caused by the hormones. herbal Helpers Counter Side-Effects Water Retention is the symptom most often cited for dissatisfaction with hormone replacement. herbal tinctures and tea, such as dandelion or cleavers, and ordinary foods can not only relieve the distress, they will…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Dragons in your home. Merry meet and welcome. Sorry I have been away for quite a while. I have had an injury that stopped me from typing. But I am back and will do my best to get back on the ball. So here we go. Dragons… in your home????  In your Kitchen??? Seriously??? Well Yes. Dragons are wondrous creatures, and kind of picky about whom they contact and connect with.. But they are very protective, orderly and know where every thing is that they are responsible for. And befriending on and welcoming them into your home can be beneficial to both of you. You have a Dragon there to…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Ghost Hunting and Entertainment I can no longer stomach ghost hunter shows. I’ve panned them in the past, and they’ve continued to get as stale as bread with a hole in the bag- slowly drying out to become as brittle and useless as the ‘evidence’ they purport to bring to the academic dinner table. It’s the same boring thing week after week, and show after show- a hapless team goes to a location, sets up some toys, flips off the lights (never mind the fact that they don’t cut the power- a possible factor, but just the lights), flips on the clichéd monochrome night vision, and tries to scare a…

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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan Theology:  A Practical Path In thinking about recent world events and the terrible suffering many are facing, I found myself asking, “what would a ‘Pagan’ make of all this?”  What would, or should, our response be?  I kept thinking that my answer would be: “we are a practical path.” What do I mean by saying we are on a practical path?  How might that relate to what is going on in the world, not just in Japan but also in North Africa and the Middle East, and, to a far lesser extent, within the US and our economic difficulties?  How might a “practical path” give us courage and strength…

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    Wiccan Basics

    Grounding To Ground Energy After a Magic Work To ground energy after a spell or a particularly potent magical circle, use simple symbolism. Sit on the ground, placing your hands in direct contact with the earth. Let the excess energy pour out of you .Continue relaxing until you feel the buzz in the air passing and your senses returning to normal. It also helps to eat some simple foods like raw vegetables. This spell also works for people who feel the need to keep their feet on the ground. If an outdoor location is not available, go to an area close to the earth, like a cellar or sun porch.…