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    Rebel Rede

    Deity Diversity I have noticed that a recent hot topic in the Pagan community is Pagan minorities. This is an important topic and I am so glad to see it finally being discussed. Along the same lines of diversity of people within Paganism, I have also been reflecting on diversity of deities within Paganism. The other day I was writing up a yoga sequence for a Goddess Yoga class I was going to be teaching and I started thinking about this topic of diversity of deities. I was researching different Goddesses trying to come up with Goddesses from multiple cultures to match specific yoga poses.  While researching I was excited…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Be Your Own Herbal Expert Part 3 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 (as teas, infusions, vinegars, and soups) – and as simples – allows you to experiment with and explore herbal medicine safely. In your second lesson, you learned about herbs for…

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    Spell-Struck

    Back to School! Here we are again!  The wheels on the bus do go ‘round and ‘round, as does the Wheel of the Year.  As we are heading into September, our thoughts are pulled in a million directions – kids’ going back to school and all that implies (i.e., shopping for school clothes, schedules, chauffeuring the kids, etc.) and our own work schedules/home schedules and getting everything to coincide and work together in some smooth synergy. We want our kids to do well; AND, if we are also going back to school as adults taking advance courses, trade courses, or just a yoga class or craft class, we all need…

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    Sad

    Oh the sadness I feel now, A million questions all ask how. How can people be so mean! Causing damage that’s never seen. There’s an emptiness deep in side, Where all my feelings like to hide. I wonder where my childhood went, All the nice dreams have been spent. A coldness seems to blanket me, I wish some times my soul was free. Is there no one that can see, What these people have done to me? There is a corner that I feel best, My knees pressed up against my chest. I hold a doll, she is my friend, She tries to help a heart to mend. Her dress…

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    WitchCrafts

    I love herbs, as most witches do.  They give so much and ask so little, and under the right circumstances, can these bad boys pack a wallop!  In this type of venue our readers can be beginners, or seasoned veterans so it’s a challenge to write something that will hopefully have something for everyone. There are different methods of working with herbs, but before you begin trying different uses I cannot emphasize safety enough!  If you don’t already have one, invest in a good herbal reference book.  There are 2 by Scott Cunningham, Magical Herbalism, and Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.  The Rodale Illustrated Encyclopedia of herbs is a good…

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    Questions for the Shaman

    Shaman idealisms Chapter 3                                            Acceptance You don’t have to agree, or like them, or even want to be around them, but you do have to accept them for being Human. Just like you have to take the Cow as a Cow, you have to take the human as the human You don’t need to trust any one, trust them to be what they are “human”, some good, some bad; some don’t care one way or the other. Where all Shamans get hurt, they want to trust every one, the want to…

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    Musings From the Mossy Trail

    Welcoming Mabon – The Autumn Equinox Subtle whispers of the approaching season are everywhere: The night air is cooling, plants are producing seed heads, birds are beginning their migration, animals are storing food and building shelters and leaves are beginning to transform from deep green to richer shades of the autumn harvest. With all this splendor, we welcome in Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, on September 23, 2011, also known as The Witches Thanksgiving. Being the second of three harvest festivals, Mabon is largely centered around celebrating the unending generosity the earth provides along with the bounty with which you have been blessed.  It is for joining with family and friends…

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    Myths and Legends: Journeys Through Time

    Rainbows “Somewhere over the rainbow, Way up high, there’s a land That I heard of once In a lullaby…” Somewhere Over The Rainbow as sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Roy G. Biv. We all know him right? We learned about him in probably second or third grade, earlier or later depending on when, how and where you were taught or lived. Who is is? Well..maybe he’s an artist. Perhaps he’s a painter. It’s also possible that he’s related to the Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain guy. Better yet..both of them, Roy and Richard are mnemonics. A mnemonic is a trick, tool or technique used…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    The Business of Tarot Last year I had an experience with an individual who was highly upset with the fact that I read Tarot for profit and “personal gain”. This woman accused me of “commercializing what she held as sacred and that I was selling the religion of Wicca and spiritual practices as a business.” After recovering from the hurt and shock I experienced at the allegation, I contemplated what my own views were in regards to my business. This is what I discovered: I view Tarot as a sacred tool for divination. I use the cards to tap into Divine Source in order to attain knowledge and retrieve messages…

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    Rayne’s Ritual Way

    Les Flammes Dedans Les Flammes Dedans translates into English as The Flames Within it is my experience that as I, and the world get colder I have an almost insatiable urge to sleep. Getting out of bed becomes harder and harder as we approach the winter solstice. As everything appears to be suspended in transition we as humans along with the other inhabitants of our blue-green planet are forced to work and watch the Earth slumber. I being of a slightly artistic background, and I do say artistic very lackadaisically, I hate being in a winter block where I feel as if I can’t bring fourth creation. I hope this…