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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…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    The Medicine Wheel of Plant Uses (Part Two of Five)     The East: Sweet & Bland   The Medicine Wheel of Plant Uses begins in the East, place of the rising sun, place of dawning and beginnings, place of birth. The element of the East is air: it is the first breath, inspiration, laughter, singing, flight. The plants of the East taste sweet and bland. They are rich in sugars and starches, the two forms of carbohydrate.   The archetypal plants of the east are the cereal grasses. They were the first plants to be cultivated, and they continue to be the mainstay food of all the world’s peoples.…

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    Interweavings

    Beautiful July As I look around me in my little corner of the world, summer’s bounty is evident! Such amazing beauty just waiting to be noticed. I am reminded of the different sayings I was raised hearing. Beauty is as beauty does. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How does beauty apply to real life?  And how does beauty present itself on our spiritual path?  It is one thing to create a sacred space for a ritual that is magnificent and inspires the energy of the work to increase.  I love altars filled with flowers and candles and sparkling crystals!  It is a feast for the senses!  But…

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    MoonOwl Observations

    Nuada and the Four Treasures of Tuatha de Dannan             Nuada is a Celtic god who goes by many names; some of those being, Nodons, Nuadu, Nuadha and Nuadha Airgetlamh. Nuadha Airgethlamh simply means ‘Nuadha of the Silver Hand/Arm’. Nuada is equivalent with the Gaulish and British god Nodens and the Welsh equivalent is Nudd or Llud Llaw Eraint. He is a god who is associated with water, oceans, fishing, the sun, sailing, childbirth, youth, beauty, healing, writing and divine justice. Nuada was the first king of Tuatha de Dannan, but lost his arm in combat with the Fir Bolg champion Bres. Once Nuada lost his arm, he was rendered…

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    Perspectives on the Male Divine

    Lono, Lord of the Makahiki In the Beginning According to Hawaiian mythology, in the beginning, there was Po.  Po was an empty abyss in which dwelled Keawe, the creator.  Keawe manifested himself as male and female, Kane, the son, and Na Wahine, the daughter.  Kane and Na Wahine coupled and produced three sons, principal deities of Hawaii.  Included in the royal family were Na Wahine, Kane Kanaloa, Ku, and Lono.[1] Responsibilities of Lono Keawe named Lono god of wisdom and the sun.[2]  Lono was given dominion over agriculture and fertility.[3]  In this aspect, He initiated growth of all green things on earth and presided over native, herbal medicines.  Lono revitalizes…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Reality or Delusional?   As some of you may know I am a member of an eclectic coven and as being such we have an assignment each week of journaling, an assignment that I find very beneficial in expanding our understanding of the world and our society as well as guiding us to find our Truth. When we meet as a coven each week we share what we have written as the assignment requires us to journal three days a week contemplating an assigned topic or answering a question we have been presented with for that day. This week our topics were ‘reality’, ‘imagination/magick’ and ‘inspiration’. They spurred great conversation…

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    Stones Corner

    Gem Silica                     Highly Evolved.  Purest form of gem quality.  Impacts the upper fifth chakra energies and along with its’ communication enhancement properties will tend to add “compassion in action” to the wearer’s skills.  The yin energy of the stone gives it an emotional balancing effect, extending it’s influence to the heart chakra.  This mineral truly impacts the soul and is sought after for healing layout work.  Rarely found alone but sometime with better grades of Chrysocolla.   Glass (Fugalite and Fulgarite)           In addition to the man-made variety, the cycles of nature make glass by fusing…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    The Miracle of Elderberry   Family:  A member of the Honeysuckle Family Healing History: As early as 400 B.C. Hippocrates called the Elder his Medicine Chest.  From the Middle Ages into the 19th Century, Europeans and American herbalists used the berry as a laxative and diuretic, to treat diabetes, and to increase resistance to illness and treat infections, such as flu.  Beyond herbal medicine, elderberry has also been used for centuries to make preserves and wine. Therapeutic Uses: Used for Flu, Prevention of Degenerative Diseases, Heart Attack and Stroke and Gum Disease. Magickal Uses of Elderberry  A Druid Sacred Tree. Sacred to the White Lady and Midsummer Solstice. The Druids…

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    Rayne’s Ritual Way

    Midsummer Ritual Lore: It is said that during Midsummer the God aspect of Divinity is at its highest power. If we’re speaking astrologically this is also true; Midsummer marks the longest day and shortest night of the year. Midsummer or Litha falls on June 21 when the noon sun is farthest away from the celestial equator. Solstice is Latin for “sun stands still” and so it is rightfully named. It is also believed that the veil between the worlds is thin on the night of fair Midsummer. It is not uncommon to attract several energies toward your circle and magic on the night of Midsummer. It is also seen as…

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    Witches’ Paradigms, Part Three, Section Two

    The Ogham Tree Calendar and the Rune of Amergin: Saille through Coll     Here is the Ogham Tree Calendar, with the Rune of Amergin, as reconstructed by Robert Graves: Gaelic          English         from            to                Rune of Amergin tag Beth            Birch           12/25?        01/20          I am a stag of seven tines Luis             Rowan          01/21           02/17          I am a wide flood on a plain Nion            Ash             02/18          03/17          I am a wind on deep waters Fearn           Alder           03/18          04/14          I am a shining tear of the Sun Saille           Willow         04/15          05/12          I am a hawk on a cliff Uath            Hawthorn     05/13          06/09                   I am fair among flowers Duir             Oak             06/10          07/07                   I am…