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    Litha Correspondences

    History of Litha (MidSummer) Also known as Summer Solstice, Litha, Alban Hefin, Sun Blessing, Gathering Day, Feill-Sheathain, Whit Sunday, Whitsuntide, Vestalia, Thing-tide, St. John’s Day In addition to the four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year, there are four lesser holidays as well: the two solstices, and the two equinoxes. In folklore, these are referred to as the four ‘quarter-days’ of the year, and modern Witches call them the four ‘Lesser Sabbats’, or the four ‘Low Holidays’. The Summer Solstice is one of them. Litha is usually celebrated on June 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, dependant upon the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. According…

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    WitchCrafts

    I came across this project for a birdbath in a gardening magazine and loved it.  Most pagans I know consider their gardens as a kind of sacred space, and more ofter than not wildlife interaction is something that is almost spiritual in and of itself.  Attracting that wildlife to you garden space gives you far more enjoyment than the space alone. This is a slightly more detailed and complicated project than similar ones I have done in the past but it is very unique and well worth doing.  The directions and supplies needed are as follows: Materials 40 pound bag of concrete, 40 pound bag of sand, Roll of plastic…

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    Moon Owl Observations

    The Pentagram and Pentacle There are many different opinions and stereotypes when looking at a symbol like the pentagram or pentacle. Many people have misconceptions when it comes to them and here’s hoping for a little bit of clarification. Both the pentagram and pentacle are both very significant and share many similarities, but let’s first look at the differences.  The pentacle is a five pointed star encased within a circle. The circle is known to represent infinity and protection, also the cycles of life and nature. The circle touches all the points of the star to show that the elements are all connected and balanced. Usually for clothing, jewelry, books,…

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    Crossroads

    In the realm of smoke and mist, a maiden searches for true loves kiss. From lips of a fairy, soft as a breeze, she falls in love beneath the trees. His eyes emerald green, his hair like the night. His gaze made her innocent soul take flight. They lay together beside blue crystal streams and talked about their hopes and dreams. His to be mortal, hers to be his neither happy with what is. To cross the veil she’d have to lose her life, the thought of this filled her with strife. All her family would be gone. If this didn’t work, she’d be all alone. She would give it…

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    Pagan Theology

    Pagan Theology:  The Mountain While I think both of us would really like to avoid any reference to Miley Cyrus in this column,  I am going to talk about the mountain, and the climb [1].   We all have our own mountain, and our own path.  For some its steeper, for some, higher.  Sometimes its wooded and we, like Dante, can’t quite see where we are headed.  For others it is so rocky and barren they can barely stand it.   Many people decide on the Christian path, even if they don’t stick to it and their mountain looks really different from the one Christ actually climbed.  Others, the secularists, turn away…

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    The Crowe’s Nest

    We have all heard that term Spring Cleaning. It is that time of year that you go out of your way to make sure the spider’s webs are clogging up your corners, your stove is spotless and your carpet is fresh as the day it was placed. It isn’t that you don’t do this already on a weekly basis, but you go that extra mile. To be honest, I don’t know exactly where the term spring cleaning came from. There are many thoughts that it came from the New Year’s traditions of the Scottish to it being a good time for dusting due to the climate in the northern hemisphere.…

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    Celtic Spells of Making

    Celtic Spells, Chants, Charms, Prayers of Making, Evoking, or Binding All 3 are acknowledgments of the laws of nature. The first Welsh Spell says the spirit of water and earth elements shines even when the moon is dark. The second Gaelic Spell speaks of the Serpent’s Breath of Life & Death, and our will to make. The third English Spell describes how three aspects can be parts of one whole; as with the symbol “Y”. 1. Welsh Spell of Making A elfyntodd dwyr sinddyn duw, cerrig yr fferllurig nwyn, os syriaeth ech saffaer tu, fewr echlyn mor necrombor llun. 2. Gaelic Spell of Making (in Modern Irish Gaelic) Anáil nathrach,…

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    Rose Embyrs Spells

    Cast A Spell On A Spring Garden To bless your new spring garden with fertility and growth, follow these easy steps created from, “Spellcaster: Book of Magick”. Choose young plants and seeds, organic fertilizer and a sunny place in the yard to plant. Gather your gardening tools and ask the Goddess and Greenman for a blessing of your plants to grow and thrive. Now gather a few items to protect and enhance your garden with magick. Items you will need: Green ribbon. Wooden stakes for each row. Wand with an orange blossom, daffodil or orchid tied to the wand with green ribbon. Apple, cut into small pieces. 1-5 geodes (rock…

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    HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

    The Happiness Project This has been a very bad year for most of us, of all Races, religions, Faiths and Beliefs. Depression sets in quickly and easily, with reports from our friends and family, telling us if bad happening in their lives. It has been very hard to find light in the darkness. Even at my job someone posted a sign that read. “Due to the poor economy the light at the end of the tunnel has been shut off”. This is a time when we struggle daily to find balance. When we find it hard to get a moments peace. BUT this is the time when we NEED Joy,…

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    The Days of June

    June 1 Festival of the Oak Nymph. This Pagan celebration honors all hamadryads (female nature spirits who are believed to inhabit oak trees). Decorate a Pagan altar with acorns and war some oak leaves in your hair. Kiss an oak tree or place a small offering of some kind before it, and the tree nymphs who dwell within it will surely bestow a blessing upon you. June 2 Shapatu of Ishtar. A Pagan festival dedicated to the goddess Ishtar is celebrated every year on this date. She is the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian deity who presides over love and fertility as well as war. The birth of the god Apollo…