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    Merry Meet

    Welcome Readers   This issue of PaganPages is brought to you by our own Etsy Shop this month.   Come have a look and help support your favorite Emagazine!   We have all your Lughnasadh correspondences Book Review: Casting Sacred Space and Much, Much More… Stay cool….and, as always, HAPPY READING!!

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    Lughnasadh

    (Loo-nas-ah) Major Sabbat (High Holiday) – Fire Festival August 1, 2 Other Names: Lunasa (meaning August), Lughnasaad, Lughnasa Celtic),First Harvest, August Eve, Feast of Cardenas, Feast of Bread, Tailltean Games(Irish), Teltain Cornucopia (Strega), Ceresalia (Ancient Roman) Harvest Home, Thingtide (Teutonic), Lammas (Christian). Laa Luanys, Elembious, Festival of Green Corn (Native American) Animals and Mythical beings: Griffins, Basilisks, Roosters, Calves, Centaurs, Phoenix Gemstones: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamonds, citrine Incense and Oils: wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood Colors: red, orange, golden yellow, green, light brown, gold, bronze, gray Tools, Symbols, and Decorations: corn, cornucopias, red, yellow flowers, sheaves of grain (wheat, barley,…

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    Book Review: Casting Sacred Space

    Casting Sacred Space   by  Ivo Dominguez, Jr.         © 2011  Weiser Books   ISBN:  978-1-57863-499-6 207 pages                    Paperback       $17.95 (U.S.)                         Ivo starts this book by letting the reader know exactly what he what he means by the term “casting”  It is seemingly small things like that which mark the professional.  Different people may have differing interpretations, but by setting out his definitions he removes ambiguity.   How many ways can you think of to create sacred space.  Did you immediately think of a Circle?  Why?  Why not a triangle or a vortex?  You may find a need to confront…

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    Plastic Paths: The Astral Travel Chronicles

    Sleep Paralysis   “The only way out is to go back in.”                 Most travelers will agree that the most disconcerting part of astral traveling is sleep paralysis. More than disconcerting really, it can be down right torture, or at least that’s how it feels when one is wide awake  inside of a body that refuses every command: eyes won’t open, arms and legs won’t move, and a voice that won’t scream. Sleep paralysis is often more than just waking up to discover you can’t move. Many people have reported feeling sensations and hearing voices, and feeling someone else in the room when they should be alone. My first experience…

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    Spiritual Restrictions

    The idea of paying for your actions in reward or punishment are conveyed in concepts of all systems, whether barbaric or civilized; there has to be a sense of a moral system involved for some mental discipline of consequences. The ideas of consequences spiritually are viewed in the Buddhist version of Karma, Egyptian Alchemy with the Emerald tablets “As above, so below”, Kabbalistic concepts of “Kether in in the Malkuth”, the Wiccan threefold, Christianity version of this is in the concept of judgment after death, and the old term “you reap what you so”. So the idea of accepting responsibility is in all religions and cultures, not only found in…

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    Song of the Ancients

    Using the Wind in Your Magical Practice   For most of us, calling upon the Elemental Spirits during our workings and rituals is as natural and normal as breathing. We do it routinely and after awhile, it becomes rote; something we do without even thinking. There is an aspect of crafting however, that is often ignored and to be honest, that most people don’t even know about; that missing link is working with the Wind and with the directions from which it comes for maximum magical effect.   Harnessing and using the power of the Wind is an ancient art. As any sailor knows, working with the Wind allows your…

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    Meditation Moment

    When the economy isn’t the greatest, jobs are harder both to find and to hold on to, and we’re living in a culture of limitation and fear, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of hoarding.  Even if we are very frugal and careful about what we bring into our homes, we may have a difficult time of letting go of things that no longer serve us.  We may have a hard time spending our hard-earned money, which means that our money can’t serve us either.  Sometimes, because we’re stressed out, we revert to old patterns of behavior and old ways of thinking, which brings up old pains and fears…

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    The Mugwort Chronicles

    Lungwort and the Doctrine of Signatures Several weekends ago our apprenticeship class from the Arctos School ofherbal and Botanical Studies went on an awesome hike to check out a young forest near the Clackamas River in Oregon. The area had been logged about fifty years earlier, and the Douglas Firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii) were slowly making a comeback. What I found most exciting was that the trees were COVERED with an abundance of Lungwort-Lobaria pulmonaria.   There are many plants with which I enjoy a deep relationship; however, Lungwort is definitely one that joyfully and powerfully sings to my heart. There is just something about the vibrancy of its nearly iridescent…

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    Lavender’s Corner

    Let’s look at some carriers you can massage with or add to holistic products. Do remember that allergic reactions can occur, even with base/carrier oils, so if you have allergies be aware of this before use. If a reaction occurs, remove the oil immediately~ a bath or quick scrub shower will help. If your worried about allergic reactions from oil use, try using a neutral oil that you shouldn’t have a reaction to-Sunflower, Evening primrose, or Grapeseed oil.  If you have an allergy to flowers, you should be o.k. to use flowered oils, however test a little on the skin if unsure. If it burns or itches, then remove the…

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    Across the Great Divide

     “Hocus Pocus for Profit” Businesses featured on paranormal television shows are attempting to milk their 15 minutes of fame long after the cameras have left the building. I get that- to a degree. They’re in business to make money; but they do so by making a mockery out of the science of paranormal research with deceptive business practices. These businesses aren’t interested in the science behind the paranormal activity- whether it’s fact or fake; and they’re using shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State to get advertising for their struggling business, then cashing in on that by playing up the results of those investigations by making it into a tourist…