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    Me,Myself and I, Notes from a Solitary Practitioner

    I stand inside the emerald woods In the twilight of the day I breathe in the ancient smell of trees And watch the squirrels play As darkness comes and the woods grow quiet I reluctantly must go Then as I turn to make my way I see a form I know Tall and stately, broad of chest Ancient wisdom in his eyes He gazed at me  and then he said “You’re a child of the wise” An antler crown sat on his head And he was beautiful to see And as we stood together there, I felt him study me Then he said to me ” you love the earth,…

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    Interweavings

    Spirit guides I love birds. Every morning, weather permitting, I sit on my great grandmother’s glider on our deck. I have a need to breathe the air and hear the stirrings of the birds as their day and mine begins. On days I can not be outside, I sit in front of my open bedroom window. The wrens and chickadees as well as the humming birds are used to my presence and enjoy the bird feeders and bird bath while I sip my coffee. This past year was extremely difficult as I had a great disappointment with a potential job which followed with three months of caregiving for my elderly…

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    Red Pixie’s – Elements of a Magical Life

    Animal Totem Guides Spirit/Life Long Totem Guides stay with us throughout our life, but actually knowing / meeting that guide is a different thing entirely, since they will only show themselves when you are ready to being learning the lessons they have to teach you.  It’s a common thing for most people to have not met with their life long animal guide, its okay it really depends where we are on our life path and if and when they think we are ready then the teaching will being. I met my Life Long animal guide a few weeks ago, I had been searching and almost desperate for this to happen…

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    Paranormal Path

    The Stanley Hotel Redrum, redrum!  Horror movie fans will remember those words vividly from Stephen King’s The Shining, a story about a man who slowly loses his sanity as the caretaker of a large hotel, The Overlook. Did such a place really exist?  A hotel filled with spirits and ghostly activity? Actually King was partially inspired for the story while staying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado. King even reports an encounter with the ghost of a distressed young boy calling for his nanny. The Stanley Hotel was constructed after F.O Stanley was diagnosed with tuberculosis.  His Dr advised him to take in the clean mountain air though…

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    Wicked Wonderful Witchery

    The Banishing Power of Fire: A Ritual There’s no denying the hypnotic, mesmerizing power of fire, whether in the gentlest candle flame or in the terrifying destruction of a forest fire.  Of the four elements, fire is the most volatile and fast-acting.  Its effects are often permanent and dramatic on the physical plane and the same can be said for when it is used in magick.  The element of fire encompasses passion, determination, action, success, anger, sex, big changes and fast transformation. You don’t need to have access to a bonfire to harness the energy and spirit of fire in your spells and rituals.  Most of us have to make…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Morrigan – FLYING QUEEN When you see a crow or a raven, do you think of them as an omen or a message bringer?  Do you believe them unlucky or enchanting? Crows and ravens are believed to have many meanings and interpretations.  Throughout history they have been known as creatures who can fly through the veil and back again, full of wisdom and power. Naturally these mysterious beings would be in common contact with the intelligent Celtic Goddess Morrigan.  She has even been said to be one herself, flying over battle fields of war, and deciding the fate of the opposing side.  This made her claim the name of The…

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    Prunings from the Hedge

    Redeployment of Energy To say that all of our energy is already deployed is of course an exaggeration.  If that were so, we would be like puppets, unable to move on our own.  It is true, however, that, compared to the energy we could enjoy, we presently have practically none at our disposal.  All that we have is renewed each night by sleep, so that when we awake in the morning, or later in the day from a nap, we are in the best position to find our energy leaks and plug them. Habits are our energy leaks, as has been mentioned, and they run in cycles.  As they siphon…

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    Perthro’s Pronouncements

    Gods and Goddesses When I was asked to write this column, I had all ideas that I would write about the divine feminine, and what it means to be a man and embrace the divine feminine in myself. As it turned out, this is not going to be the case. In my explorations of the divine, and divine qualities, I found that I had a hard time with the entire idea of the “divine” having gender divisions at all. Sure, we have “male” and “female” deities, and I do believe they actually exist, but, I’m not sure they exist as beings with the male and female genders. While we are…

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    Pagan Theology

    The Old Gods and Goddesses One question that seems to be fundamental to Pagan belief is whether the Gods and Goddesses represent one idea or underlying form that has many names, or whether they represent many individual entities that, well, have many names.  This must be an important issue because it almost always seems to get mentioned in any discussion of belief or working.   The way it usually goes is along the lines “she is the mystery that we call by many names.”  This seems to be subdivided between those who say there is some practical division (male/female, dark/light) in the mystery and those who feel that everything is unified…