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    Welcome

    Merry Meet Readers and Welcome to the August Issue of PaganPages. This issue of PaganPages is brought to you by: http://www.BetterHagsandGargoyles.com Better Hags & Gargoyles provides Tarot Consultations via phone & in the Denver Metro area, in person; Reiki Master/Teacher services; and incense & oils, prepared in astrologic accord, for your magickal & ritual purposes. Thank you so much to Better Hags & Gargoyles for making this month possible! Our Assistant Editor, Michele Burke, was recently interviewed for Lunar Wisdom Podcast , on July 22.  If you didn’t happen to hear it yet, please go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lunarwisdom/2011/07/23/delving-into-paganpages We hope you enjoy it!! In this issue: You will find a few…

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    Rayne’sRitualWay

    Shadow Ritual What is your shadow? To answer this question we simply need to look within nature. Where there is good there is bad. Where there is light there is darkness. Where there is nurturing and growth there is cruelty and destruction. Your shadow is the embodiment of your negative energy. It is the whisper in your mind that says “Take it, no one is watching.” It is the voice that tells you you’re not good enough, it is your insecurities, your darkest secrets, every time you did the right thing but wondered just what it would feel like if you hadn’t. This is your shadow. And for this reason…

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    Meditation Moment

    Washed Away If meditating in motion wasn’t really your thing, here’s another approach to meditation that also takes advantage of summer’s more temperate weather! Most of what I wrote about in terms of beginning meditation was about how to reduce your distractions: quiet time, calm space, and one simple thing to focus on. The approach I’m suggesting this time seems like it’s just the opposite: it’s all about your senses. It’s about letting your senses be your focus, but not any one particular sense or object, the whole flow of things it’s possible to be aware of, all around you. There’s a constant stream of sense-data that we are capable…

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    August

    Originally called Sextillis by the Romans, was later named Augustus in honor of Augustus Caesar. August is the eighth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Summer’s rule. Traditional birthstone amulets of August are the peridot and the sardonyx. The gladiolus and the poppy are the month’s traditional flowers. August is shared by the astrological signs of Leo the Lion and Virgo the Virgin. During the month of August, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to Lammas, one of the four Grand Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world. Gathered harvest are celebrated during August. Corn Moon Astrological…

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    Given to the Gods

    given to the Gods, she waits the fear inside a slow flame, burning her resolve. and then, suddenly, they are here the Grandmothers, old as Time, marking her face, ochre-striped, hanging about her neck the sacred band of amber, teeth and gold. they light the bowl of herbs and smoke, soft as silk, courses through the hut filling her head with dreams rising, she walks towards the setting sun, painted in blood-light, messenger of her people. an arrow, sent to the Gods.

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Be Your Own herbal Expert Part 2 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, and you can too. In your first lesson, you learned how to “listen” to the messages of plant’s tastes. And you discovered that using plants in water bases (teas, infusions, vinegars, soups) – and as simples – allows you to experiment with and explore herbal medicine safely. In this lesson, we will learn how to make effective water-based…

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    Proving Grounds

    Well, hello. Nice to see you here. What I hope to accomplish with this blog: passing on about forty years’ worth of practice in the Craft of the Wise, AKA being a witch. Like most people, I’ve learned a few things, and messed up a few others before I finally Got It. I hope to share with you the ups, the downs, the occasional cosmic misfires, and the equally occasional cosmic successes, past, present, and future. Spellcraft, writing a novel, that wicked slavemaster called “personal evolution,” doing the dishes, and cleaning out the litter box: it’s all fair game. Along the way, I’ll tell you a few stories. I’ll see…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    CIRCE THE ENCHANTING SORCERESS CONNECTING WITH CIRCE If you have any questions about spells or ways of magic don’t hesitate to ask Circe, she is defiantly willing to help out her kindred.   Another way of honoring her is by honoring the Goddess within yourself.  I’m sure you’ve heard this a thousand times, but really there is one in there!  Trust your intuition like Circe always did, and that inner nudging to do certain things.  This especially goes towards magical workings as well.  If you feel that you need to tweak a ritual or spell in any way because it feels right to you, then by all means go a head,…

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    Hally’s Hints

    The Cleansed Connection As energetic beings a lot of what we do, what we feel, need, want and so forth are governed by electrical impulses we direct within ourselves. The purpose of which is to create energetic responses which provides us with a sensation or seemingly emotional response. This transaction that occurs on an unconscious and ethereal level impacts everything external to ourselves. We do this in milliseconds every day without ever stopping to think or even contemplate about this. It is something that simply happens. In addition to this is our ethereal self, the many layers (for the purpose of this article the context of ethereal is in terms…

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    Review: Vampyre Sanguinumicon: The Lexicon of the Living Vampire

    Vampyre Sanguinumicon:  The Lexicon of the Living Vampire by  Father Sebastiaan © 2010  Weiser Books ISBN:  978-1578634804 Paperback        320 pages $24.95 (U.S.)x There has been a resurgence in the interest in vampires of late (witness the Twilight books/movies and “True Blood”, etc.), although it never really went away.  This book is for the Living Vampire – the one who seeks to live in glamour and ritual on a daily basis – not the “kid in a cape” who plays at being an immortal being. The first thing which struck me as I began reading this book was the  consistent use of jargon as a means of establishing the “difference” between…