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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan Theology:  Exegesis One big advantage any theologian of the book religions have is the they, um, have a book.  That gives them a lot to talk about [1], even if it many times doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense.  The critical analysis of religious texts, more specifically Christian texts like the Bible, is called exegesis.  The word derives from the Greek meaning “to lead out.”  Exegesis takes on many different forms, it can mean the direct, religious, interpretation of the text either through inspiration or rational inquiry, or it can mean the “meta” analysis of the text where you look at the text independent of faith…

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    Prunings from the Hedge

    Three Kinds of Knowledge in the Craft Three kinds of knowledge concern us in the Craft.  These may be called knowing about, knowing by acquaintance, and knowing without words.  They belong to the Maiden, Mother and Crone, respectively.  There is also nescience, the sublimation of knowing, which belongs to the Goddess in her dark aspect.  Although the power to know is assigned to the eastern quarter of Air, each element involves a form of knowing, and these are quite distinct. Knowing about is what we commonly consider knowing.  It is knowing a subject, knowing something from the outside.  It is the only type of knowing considered scientifically viable, for it…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Roman Huntress Diana She is the protector of all things wild; trees, animals, flowers, and most of all women.  Her name itself means “Goddess”, a very blunt meaning, but one that fits her well in all the very literal things she did and still continues to do.  She brought the ancient Romans the gift of magic and eternal motherly love.  She taught them the importance of nature, and that the streams that run through the forest are the veins within her body. She is also associated with the goddess Artemis and is said to have ties with Hecate as well. In any form she came in the Romans loved their…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Dandelion Dandelion is a wonderful food as well as a beneficial medicine. It supports overall health by gently working to improve the functioning of the liver, gallbladder and urinary and digestive systems. It is excellent for cleansing the skin. An old companion of man, it has accumulated many names. Blowball and telltime refer to the seeds, priest’s crown to the stem after the seeds have flown, and swine’s snout to the unopened flower. And dandelion itself? The ‘teeth of the lion’ (dent de lion) explanation, from the appearance of the saw edged leaves or perhaps the tiny florets, is found in many languages. But there is also a case made…

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    Hally’s Hints

    In The Spiritual Every day we are evolving, every day we are looking for new ways of expanding ourselves across the multitude of possibilities available. At times it has a weaving feeling of being in the physical and then moving out into the ethereal, and then back again. There can be calmness to this process, not unsimilar to the ebbs and flows of the life that we have become accustomed to. So, how can we take it further? How can we evolve beyond the limitations of our mechanistic boundaries to allow the true transformation within our spiritual self? Often we are limited not by what we believe we lack, but…

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    Meditation Moment

    Bringing the Outdoors In Last month I wrote about how being deeply present in a single moment helps us relate to all moments; this month, I want to extend that approach to thinking about space as well as time. As Pagans, we tend to cultivate our connections to the world around us, especially the natural world. Meditation can help us deepen that connection. Many of us practice in urban areas, but still want to connect to the rhythm of the seasons and natural cycles. It can be ideal to find a location outdoors in which to meditate, but few of us have the luxury of doing that every day. So…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    Children in our Magickal Lives Many of us, Pagan, Wiccan and Witch have children. Again many of us hide what we believe from our children, whether to protect them, avoid drama, difficult spouses or whatever. But there are those of us that have been teaching our children since they were babies and for us it can be very hard to include our children in anything outside of our homes. The Pagan Community at large is often negative about children in group rituals.  Now after asking I have found out that this is not because they do not want children in the circle, but that they do not want the rude,…

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    Greetings from Afar

    Feldwebel Moritz This story is not my own. It has been told in several places, but… I happen to know the man that it happened to, and heard the story directly from him. His summer house, the one in the story, is located near my own. I will relate the story as it was told to me, with as little interruption as possible. I will not mention full names, as Chris is a member of a “respected” profession, and is bit sensitive about this. Two years ago, Chris and his wife went to their country house in his wife’s village, near Smolensk. This area saw some of the heaviest fighting…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Crisis Apparitions Have you ever seen a person or animal that was there one minute and gone the next? Then you were probably witness to a Lepke, a very unique and interesting type of spiritual manifestation. These sudden events have the appearance of a solid, living person, and may even converse with someone, then just as suddenly, vanish. Such apparitions are most often reported to have been encountered within, or immediately outside of, cemeteries, churches, and hospitals. These are also commonly referred to in parapsychology as Crisis Apparitions, which we will focus on this time around. An apparition’s scientific definition is the projection or manifestation of a quasi-physical entity. There…

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    Rebel Rede

    Healing, the Witch Way About two months ago my Pug Nacho Libre unexpectedly passed away. He was only 4 years old. It was the first time I have ever lost a pet and it was much harder than I thought it would be. I was surprised by how much my body reacted to the grief. One of the issues was that his death was so sudden and unexpected. I tried to dry my tears and to move on with my normal day to day life. I knew I was pushing away the grief and not really dealing with how I was feeling, but I thought it would hurt too much…