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    Merry Meet

    Welcome to the July Issue of PaganPages!!   This issue of PaganPages is sponsored by: Creative Balance Healing provides Spiritual Alignment to Self via Spiritual Coaching, Healings and Readings. This can include removing traumas from past or present lives, providing information from your guides, angels or universe on what you need right now, to reconnecting all of the aspects of self to live in balance and harmony. www.creativebalancehealing.com or [email protected] Thank you Creative Balance Healing for making this issue possible.  If you are interested in sponsoring a month of PaganPages or advertising your company on our front page, email us at: [email protected] This month’s issue is very exciting.  First we have…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Ran, The Oceanic Queen A force to be reckoned with, Norse Goddess Ran is the ruler of storms and the sea itself.  Living up to her name, which means “robbery”, people saw her as dangerous, due to the fact that she would lure shipmen into her fishing net, and take them down into the very depths of her hall.  Ran’s hall is known as “the hall of gold” and is also the underworld of the sea.   Her affection for gold caused sailors to carry gold out on their ventures at all times, so they would stay in her good graces. Being beautiful and also a bit destructive, Ran attracted the…

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    Spell-Struck

    With Litha (mid-Summer/Summer Solstice) just passing us, I thought it apropos to do a spell this month focusing on ‘balance.’  Please take this spell and do it as you see fit.  It can be done indoors, outdoors, wherever you feel most comfortable.  May I suggest that you have something representing the four elements with you (earth, air, fire and water) and remember to protect your ‘circle’ or environment from outside energies.  Focus on balance in your life…what that means to you and the ripple effect it will have (in a good way) for others around you!  May your month balance out just perfectly!  ‘Till next month, Blessed Be.  ~~Morika BALANCE…

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    Lughnasadh

    (Loo-nas-ah) Major Sabbat (High Holiday) – Fire Festival August 1, 2 Other Names: Lunasa (meaning August), Lughnasaad, Lughnasa Celtic),First Harvest, August Eve, Feast of Cardenas, Feast of Bread, Tailltean Games(Irish), Teltain Cornucopia (Strega), Ceresalia (Ancient Roman) Harvest Home, Thingtide (Teutonic), Lammas (Christian). Laa Luanys, Elembious, Festival of Green Corn (Native American) Animals and Mythical beings: Griffins, Basilisks, Roosters, Calves, Centaurs, Phoenix Gemstones: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamonds, citrine Incense and Oils: wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood Colors: red, orange, golden yellow, green, light brown, gold, bronze, gray Tools, Symbols, and Decorations: corn, cornucopias, red, yellow flowers, sheaves of grain (wheat, barley,…

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    The Crowe’s Nest

    Once, very long ago, a little girl walked into a room full of darkness. It was hard for her eyes to adjust, and even harder to have her mind to comprehend the sight before her. The woman on the bed lay there in silence. She didn’t take a breath; she didn’t reach out to the child before her. It was as if there was nothing but a shell of a woman where her mother had once lain. The soul that had once inhabited the body that was our mother was gone. She had passed in the night, and only her earthly mold lay before us now. I remember walking into…

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    The Tarot

    I was doing some shopping a few weeks ago and I came across a little deck of cards. Now these really aren’t tarot cards per say however I though that they merit mention and this will be my first deck review of the column. The deck is called Goddess on the Go by Amy Sophia Marashinsky with art by Melissa Harris.  Each card is 3.5 x 2 and the art work is beautiful with muted colors and soothing images.  The cards are described as love letters to women and they also come with a handy dandy booklet which is chockfull of affirmations. Each card has it’s own affirmation written on…

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    Spellwork Through Poetry, Lesson 11

    Metaphors Our lessons have been geared toward putting our thoughts into a poetry form. Most of the writing has been straight forward about the topic. This month will be more of a challenge; I would like for us to explore metaphors. Quick review: ~Similies are comparisons of unlike concepts using like/as. I was as hungry as a lion. ~Metaphors are comparisons of unlike concepts without using like/as. I was a lion ripping through the kitchen hunting for something to eat. Similes are ultimately easier than metaphors because the comparison is more direct; you are able to clearly state the two things you are comparing, and why you are comparing them,…

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    Across the Great Divide

    Environmental Factors of Ghost Hunting: The Moon We left off last month discussing some of the mainstream scientific and environmental factors that contribute to paranormal research and ghost hunting. I touched on many of those topics as best I could and ended with a mention of how the Moon affects investigations. We’ve got a whole new month and column to stretch out our minds and comfortably talk about this important aspect of our otherworldly stroll. The Moon has played an important role in spiritual and psychological matters for as long as there’s been recorded history; many modern terms, such as lunacy, derive from the effects that the Moon is claimed…

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    Ask Your Mama

    Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more. *Ask Your Mama™ Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Spirituality and Didn’t Know Who to Ask™ by ©Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman A Question of Being Ready Dear Mama Donna, Now this may get complicated! I have been wanting “a relationship” (no specific person in mind) for some time, and recently got to where (legally) it could happen — but now I’m terrified! Anytime someone (any male) starts to get even friendly I pull back. I get snappish and sarcastic. I RUN away (literally and figuratively and emotionally.) Can you tell whether it is that: 1)…

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    Wiccan Basics

    Basic Facts A Year and a Day It’s an expression heard frequently among Pagans. A year and a day is a period of time often seen in many Pagan Religions. The most common usage is in reference to Handfasting.  Pagan Handfasting’s are not necessarily for life, as are Christian marriages.  It’s acceptable for a man and woman to ‘marry’ for a year and a day, before making a lifelong commitment. After the time has passed, they are free to go their separate ways should the relationship not work out. In the past it was used as a time to see if the coupe was fertile together… No so much of a concern in modern times.…