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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…

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    Interweavings

    Summer Solstice and Backyard Camping What joy radiates through the house as summer begins!  The warmth of summer fills us with a languid feeling. Why hurry? This is the time to relax and recharge from Father Sun’s amazing energy. The celebrating of the Summer Solstice is an ancient custom that is as appropriate today as it was long ago. The week leading up to the solstice is the time to gather anything you have around the house that has images of suns and fairies. Plan to have a feast that day. Grill out and eat as many yellow foods as you can think of! Corn on the cob, yellow peppers,…

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    Stones Corner

    Carnelian Balance creativity and mental processes.  Good for wheezing.  Confidence, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness, outgoingness.  precision , analysis, appetite, awareness of feelings.  Warms and cleanses blood, kidneys, stimulates appetite, emotions, passion, sexuality, physical energy.  Celebration, reproductive system, menstrual craps, arthritis, gall bladder, pancreas.  Historically also used to pull excess fever out through the feet.  Used in Middle East in recent times as an amulet to restrain nose bleeds and excessive menstrual flow.  Defense against the Evil eye and poverty.  Believed in India to protect the wearer against the falling of walls.  Helps with asthma. Cat’s Eye In the Middle Ages was believed to protect the wearer from the evil…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Environmental Factors of Ghost Hunting We’ve covered a lot of events, phenomenon, and terminology associated with ghost hunting over the months. Unfortunately for many in the mainstream sciences these still amount to fringe science; so I thought it time to touch on some of the principles of environmental and natural science to show how they apply to paranormal research. For all the advances we’ve made in science, there is much about our physical world, let alone the spiritual and psychological, that we have yet to understand. Parapsychology theories propose that hauntings are caused by the environment’s ability to capture or “record” events; and that the spirit, once free of its…

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    HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

    Merry meet and Welcome to my Kitchen. Come on in and grab a cuppa and see what we can share. This month I am focusing on a different way to use the Bounty of our Mother Earth. The year round bounty that is accessible like it never was in years gone by. And once frozen or dried you may be able to use this beauty and flavor year round. We do not always think about the flowers of our plants. We focus on the leaves and roots, but forget that the blooms are often as flavorful as the rest of the plant. And many are gorgeous. So this month I…

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    Paranormal Path

    Haunting Profits How much would you pay to experience a haunting?  Some may ask why anyone would want to expose themselves on purpose to spirits.  Others who are interested in ghost hunting feel this is a good way to start out in the field.  While there are tours and events at reportedly haunted locations all over the U.S and abroad, some want a more personal experience.  This is where “haunted” auction items come into play. There are some famous stories of haunted items picked up at auctions, like “The haunted E-Bay painting” that I discussed in a previous article.  Some paranormal enthusiast may be familiar with Harold who is believed…

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    Greetings from Afar

    I’ll Wait For You It was the summer of 1994, and Nikolai Nikolaiovich was dying. He knew he was dying, and he was ready to go. He had cancer. That was alright with Nikolai. He was ninety-four years old, and he had outlived all of his family, all of his friends, and most of his relatives. In his long life, he had seen the world change in ways that he did not understand, could not fathom, and did not like. The cancer, in fact, had come as a sort of perverse blessing. He had long before made his peace with whatever powers that be. Now, as he lay in his…

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    Rebel Rede

    My Heart is a Temple and My Religion is Love “My heart has become capable of every form; it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks, and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Ka’ba, and the tablets of the Torah and the book of the Koran. I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take, that is my religion and my faith.” – Ibn Al-Arabi Wow right? That is what I said when I first read this quote recently. I was so inspired by the imagery and message in this Al-Arabi quote! How much more peace and happiness would we have in the…

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    Prunings from the Hedge

    The Power of Stillness The northern quarter of the circle is the quarter of Earth, and its inner or elemental power is traditionally called the power to keep silence.  It would be more accurate to call it the power to keep still, because the quarter of Earth includes the material body.   The Watcher of the north is Ghom or Ghob in ceremonial magic, and his elementals are called gnomes or ghobelins (goblins).  In the related tradition of Tuscan witchcraft, the Watcher is named Taga or Tages, the Divine Child of the Etruscans.  Tages sprang from a furrow a farmer was plowing early in Etruscan history, and presented that people with…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Wild as a Rose by ÓSusun S. Weed June is the month for brides. And roses are the flowers of love. So I think it fitting to focus on roses this month. Don’t you? Not only are roses beautiful, they are good medicine and fine food. Yes, all roses that haven’t been sprayed with poisons (more about that later) can be eaten, whether cultivated or wild, climbing or bushy, white, pink, yellow, or red. My favorite June breakfast is whole wheat toast with butter or cultured cream cheese and a double layer of fresh rose petals. That sure wakes me up! It’s a nice change, too, from my spring fancy…