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    Prunings from the Hedge

    From Silence to Will Habits run in cycles like waves, and on the level of inner talk we ride the waves and are tumbled by them.  At certain points in the cycle we seem to be more in control, but when the habit builds up to the peak of its cycle we have very little control.  These cycles consume a great deal of energy that the witch would like to have available for work in the quarter of Will.  Long-standing habits become the hangouts of inner spirits who live off the energy they waste.  These entities resist the dismantling of the habit and it becomes necessary to struggle with them. …

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    Interweavings

    Spell bound Recently, a sweet neighbor was visiting and began talking of Paganism and Wicca. She met a fellow student who was talking to her about using spells to “get back at” other girls who were fundamentalist Christian. Both of these girls attend a rural, southern college which is  overwhelmingly attended by not just Christian, but Southern Baptist. My neighbor was uncomfortable with the conversation. She is a gentle soul who has been open to Spirit showing up in her life in any form. She was unsure about using “spells and magic” in this manner. She asked my opinion. In our family, we have taught that, for us, a spell…

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    Majestic One

    Within Mother Earth thy feet do rest. Thy arms do touch the sky. Thy shell passed winter winds test and within thy core life does lie.

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    Moon Owl Observations

    The Goddess Danu Danu (Da-noo)  is the mother of the Celtic Gods, the goddess of rivers, and her name means knowledge, wisdom, wealth and abundance. She is also known as Dana, Anu or Don and she encompasses both light and dark, meaning she both gives and takes. She is extraordinary and is known as a triple Goddess, meaning that she can take the forms of maiden, mother or crone. She can embody all sorts of energy and forms so she can adapt to the current situation at hand. The colours that represent her are green, silver, blue and black. Danu has the extraordinary capability to connect to more than one…

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    Paranormal Path

    Ghost on Film Just typing the words “ghost on film” into any search engine will bring up thousands of photos containing “ghosts” or “spirits”.  Many can prove quite disappointing when authenticity is a factor.  With modern technology almost anyone who has spent time with Photoshop can create a convincing “ghost” photo.  Before the digital age when film was developed, or let’s not forget the Polaroid, many believed a ghost was captured whenever a blur, streak, or double exposure appeared.  So how can we tell what is real and what is fake? Research is important.  Examine as many “ghost” photos as possible, the good and the bad.  Some will be quite…

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    Bell, Book, and Canto Music Review

    Recently I had the most auspicious opportunity to experience the artistic musical workings of a new musical group Bell, Book, and Canto,  a assemblage of women singing the most spiritually intoxicating acappela music I have had the pleasure of listening to in years. An all-female acappela choir, Bell, Book, and Canto’s are a spiritually diverse group covering a vast array of Earth based Religions. Invocation (Bell, Book, and Canto’s first album, released this past Beltaine) will undoubtedly be followed by many more wonderful soundings. The richness and intermingling of voices only lends to the quality of music produced by these six extremely talented ladies. If you are interested in purchasing…

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    Buzzard The Burying Man

    In Memory of Dr. John Thomas Bailey (South Louisiana Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1866) We’ve all of us heard o’ the Queen o’ the West In the summer o’ forty-five. And how they desp’ratly clung t’ the boats When she took her final dive. We’ve all of us heard of the boilin’ sun. And the hunger And tharst bearin’ down For twenty-nine days on the rolling sea And prayin’ for to drown. Some says they ate their shipmates So as to stay alive. Ninety-eight souls in two little boats And ended with thirty-five. And we’ve all of us heard o’ Doctor Death And his pickin’ who lived and who died. And…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Be Your Own herbal Expert Part 1 herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors knew how to use an enormous variety of plants for health and well-being. Our neighbors around the world continue to use local plants for healing and health maintenance.  You can too. Learning About Herbs Information on herbs and their uses has been passed down to us in many ways: through stories, in books, set to music, and incorporated into our everyday speech. Learning about herbs is fun, fascinating, and easy to do no matter where you live or what your circumstances. It is an adventure that…

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    Witchcrafts

    Whenever spell work is planned most of us try to begin with a ritual bath or shower, and in my mind the raising of energy can actually begin then.  That is what lead me to the making of ritual bath soaps that are charged at the time of their making.  In addition to charging these I use corresponding herbs, oils, and scents to help as many of the senses to be involved as possible.  I also like to add color, body glitter, anything that helps the user truly begin the process in the bath or shower. Melt and pour soap base is carried at all most all large craft stores…

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    Temporal Travel Exercise

    Properly speaking this is not a spell but it fits into the same general category. It is effective and does work. It requires practice the same as any other incantation or procedure. The procedure is not dangerous if the instructions are followed exactly. Ur does require practice and patience and will likely not produce noticeable results on the first few attempts. This is an exercise that will give you a sample of Temporal Displacement and Travel. It is fairly easy to do, but takes a lot of practice. It is perfectly safe, if you follow the directions exactly. You can use it to travel both time and in space, to other…