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    Across the Great Divide

    Do We Need Parapsychology? When one speaks about a topic which is controversial it is important to understand the concept of a paradigm, or underlying worldview. It can be thought of as a framework of beliefs which are so taken for granted that most people are not even aware they have made any assumptions. A paradigm helps us to make sense of the world around us. In terms of science, it not only determines what is true, but how truth itself is determined. There is an obvious “catch 22” to this. If one doesn’t recognize the underlying assumptions made with a paradigm, it has the potential to limit our perception…

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    Proving Grounds

    Finding, Preparing, and Using Magical Tools and Supplies This is Lesson Three of a year-and-a-day instruction program in becoming a witch. Finding magical tools and supplies is much less onerous than it once was. The internet is lousy with sites that will eagerly supply herbs, stones, athames, chalices, jewelry and amulets of every description, powders, and potions to the neophyte. How to choose, how to choose? One way to choose is swiftly. Buy an “altar kit,” which will usually include an athame, a ready-made wand, possibly a chalice, often an altar cloth, some herbs, and usually a candle and holder or two. Drop fifty bucks, often what a chalice or…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Here Comes the Flu Season Protect Yourself the Wise Woman Way Along with the beauty of fall days comes the need to get ready for winter. Time to get out my long underwear and my warm wooly socks. Time to nourish my immune system so cold days won’t be days of colds – and flu. I don’t rely on modern medicine to keep me healthy, but if you usually rely on a flu shot to protect you, you may feel frightened by your inability to get one this year. You may be wondering what you can do instead. Or you may have discovered that flu shots don’t give protection from…

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    February Correspondences

    Legends and Lore for February February, the second month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Winter’s rule, derives its name from Februa, the name of a Roman purification festival held on the fifteenth day of February in ancient times. The traditional birthstone amulet of February is the amethyst; and the primrose and the violet are the month’s traditional flowers. February is shared by the astrological signs of Aquarius the Water-Bearer and Pisces the Two Fishes, and is sacred to the following pagan deities: Aradia, Brigid, Juno Februa, and the Wiccan Goddess in Her aspect as the Maiden. During the month of February, the Great Solar Wheel…

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    Book Review: Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer

    Who Are You in the Tarot? By  Mary K. Greer © 2011  Red Wheel/Weiser ISBN:  978-1578634935 272 pages Paperback        $21.95 (U.S.) This is, essentially, a reworking, updating and revision of an earlier work.  It is designed to be a workbook.  I’ve read Tarot for years and have never encountered the ideas she promulgates within the covers of this book, which doesn’t say much for the “adventurousness” of my readings. This is not her first book on the Tarot, and I might,  perhaps, have gotten more out of it if I had read her previous work.  Still, this book is designed to stand on its own and needs to be evaluated…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Lullaby of Avalon In Avalon they honor Mother Goddess Following the path of those before them Stepping past the blossoming flora That lay below the high fertile hills While the young maidens In the silent groves Casting magick circles. Midnight black ravens caw as they fly Priestesses under a brilliant shine Harvesting herbs from the gardens Alongside the Lady of the Lake Hear hoof beats From the great horned stag Leading the wild hunt of Imbolc. O Great Mother, Goddess of the earth and of fertility, Sweet voiced mistress of the moon and sorcery, Let be your wisdom, your blessings, Protection and love My eyes close in sleep. Comforted in…

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    Wicked Wonderful Witchery

    Simple Snow Magick Love it or hate it, in many parts of the world we are now buried in it:  Snow! Personally, I’m not a big fan of scraping ice off the windshield of the car every morning, or spending hours shoveling out the driveway, so to keep myself from becoming too bitter I have tried to look at snow from a more positive perspective.  I’ve come up with some ideas to help me appreciate the icy coldness a little bit, and I’ll share them with you. Snow has uses, not only in nature but in your own magickal life. Where I live, the extreme cold and ice are necessary…

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    Gem’s of the Goddess

    Giver Of Knowledge Her name literally means “one who gives the essential knowledge of our own self.”  Sarasvati is knowledge itself, and is also Goddess of learning, skills and the arts.  She is a wonderful Goddess to call upon if your in school, or taking art classes. This beautiful Hindu Goddess is the consort of Brahma, who is the God of knowledge.  I cant even imagine the dinner conversation between these two…I feel like there would be silence because they just know everything!  Anyways, Sarasvati was worshiped by many students in ancient times, and then she would grant them blessings for being so devoted.  She loves to help other people…

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    Mtyhs and Legends: Journeys Through Time

    Sweet Dreams are made of this, Who am I to disagree? I travel the world and the seven seas, Everybody’s looking for something…” Sweet Dreams lyrics by Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Album~1983 Have you ever gone to sleep and had the weirdest, craziest experience? Or experienced something so realistic that when your alarm clock goes off you’re disoreinted and confused because what you experiecned was so real you couldn’t possibly have been aslee? Or maybe your dream experiences lead more towards the silly and nonsense. Stuff that makes no sense in the real world but makes perfect sense in the sleep world. Dreams…what are they? Are they…

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    Review: Kindness A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents

    Kindness A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents… Adapted and compiled by Sarah Conover University of Washington Press (12 Mar 2001) Paperback 120 pages “Kindness” is a traditional collection of Buddist tales meant to guide us to a better understanding of others as well as ourselves. Aimed at all age groups, “Kindness” is a delight to read and a must have in any childs home library.