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    Greetings from Afar

    The Teddybear on My Desk You never saw him while you were here. You’d have laughed just like the rest. You’d have thought it was ‘quaint’ or ‘funny’, Or ‘a little bit nuts’ at best. You’d have thought he was old and ‘dated’. You’d have thought it some kind of jest. So when you came to call, I hid him from you — The Teddybear on my desk. He’s right back where he belongs now. Right where he’s always been. Back where he smiles at everyone And they smile back at him. Among the clutter and photos, Ledgers and books and the rest He sits and stares and smiles at…

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    Lavender’s Corner

    This month I think it’s important to cover safety and Carrier oils. Carrier oils also have their own properties, each one is different to the next and these too can be blended together for different reasons. Olive oil For example is thick in consistency so you may wish to add a little grapeseed oil, which is a very thin oil. Most Carrier oils lack smell, but are rich in nourishment. They make a great base oil for an essential oil blend. A carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes. They are diluted before use on the skin, so that the essential oils are safer. Some can give…

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    Book Review: Psychic Self-Defense

    Psychic Self-Defense by  Dion Fortune  © 2001 Red Wheel/Weiser ISBN:  978-1-57863-509-2 272 pages       Paperback        $16.95 (U.S.) This is a classic in the occult literature.  That means that everyone knows it; everyone discusses it; but very few people have ever taken the time to actually READ it.  Of course it is dry reading.  Of course it appears dated (it was originally written in 1930), and difficult to wade through.  None of that, however, is important.  What is important is that Dion Fortune (nee Violet Firth) was both a pioneering psychoanalyst and a practicing ceremonial magician.  This unique perspective allowed her to approach the problem of “psychic attack” from multiple points of…

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    MoonOwl Observations

    Litha- The Summer Solstice               Litha is the summer solstice and it usually takes place between June 20th and 22nd. It is the longest day of the year since Litha is when the sun reaches its high point in the sky. It is also known as Midsummers night’s eve and stems from Saxon tradition.  It is a low holiday and a lesser sabbat that the majority of modern pagans celebrate. There is some debate as to whether or not ancient pagans celebrated it or not. Of course there are monuments that were built to highlight the rising of the sun on the summer solstice. Stonehenge is the most well…

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    Across the Great Divide

     “Haunted House for Rent” Haunted houses have been the stuff of local legend for generations; often these stories are exploited by Hollywood. Sometimes, though, there’s nothing fun about the experience, as the thought of sharing a home with an unexpected guest is no laughing matter.               Josue Chinchilla and Michele Callan, of Toms River, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit against their home owner, declaring that the rental property is also the residence of at least one paranormal entity and that this was never disclosed to them before moving in. They believe they had no choice but to flee the property, along with their two…

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    Myths and Legends: Journeys Through Time

        “Arabian niiiiiiiiights, like arabian daaaaaaaaaaays, More often then not, Are hotter than hot in lots of good ways..”~Arabian Nights Disney’s Aladdin 1992-1993. Aladdin is the first Disney movie that I really, really loved. The Little Mermaid was pretty good…but a little bit too long for my taste at the time, and there were a lot of overtones I didn’t understand. Aladdin however… Aladdin made me laugh. Specfically Genie made me laugh. Hey it was Robin Williams..who wouldn’t laugh? I idolized Genie. I told my mom that I wish I could find a magic lamp and have Genie come out of it and hang out with me. It wasn’t…

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    Pertho’s Pronouncements

    The School of Life   I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future. My life, in a way, has slowed down. It’s that feeling of the same thing, day after day. But when I look closer, it’s not doing that at all. I’m experiencing new things every day. In other words, every day is not EXACTLY the same, even though the same activities take place, and therefore, my perceptions of them are not the same either. My mind is still taking everything in, and I’m finding myself looking inward more and more.   The time in which we are human has been compared to being in school. When we…

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    Hally’s Hints

    All is Quiet in the Spiritual World… or is it?   It has been a quiet time in the spiritual world. This does not mean that nothing has taken place, rather that the shifts are not affecting the conscous directly and are aligning themselves with the planets, animals and with the unconscious. An indication of this is having over sensitivity, more people flying off the handle with certain comments or feeling an increase of negativity.   I have been advising for the past six months, if not longer, that these shifts are not going to stop anytime soon. They will intensify however, in the world of energy this intensity is…

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    Witches’ Paradigms, Part Three, Section One

    The Ogham Tree Calendar and the Rune of Amergin: Introduction through Fearn The Ogham Tree Alphabet:  In the old time, when the children of Danu still lived in the East in their cities of Falias, Gorias, Finias and Murias, the Ever- living Ones guarded their four treasures and grew and prospered. “Ogma was the most handsome of the Children of Danu…To him fell the gift of honeyed words, of poetry and of languages, and he it was who devised how man could write in a form of calligraphy, which was named after him as Ogham” (Ellis, p. 27).  The following illustrates the Ogham script, which is thought by most scholars…

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    June Correspondences

    The sixth month of the Gregorian Calender, June is the first month of summer. June derives it’s name from the Roman Goddess Juno. Her Greek counterpart is Hera. The traditional birthstone amulets of June are alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl; and the rose is the month’s traditional flower. June is shared by the astrological signs of Gemini the Twins and Cancer the Crab, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Juno, and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty. During the month of June, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Summer Solstice, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year…