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    Red Pixie’s Elements of a Magical Life

    The Power of Affirmation Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation, and which are repeated many times, in order to impress the subconscious mind and trigger it into positive action. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the affirmations, they have to be repeated with attention, conviction, interest and desire. Imagine that you are swimming with your friends in a swimming pool. They swim fifteen rounds, something you have never done before, and as you want to win their respect, you want to show them that you can make it too. You start swimming, and at the same time keep repeating in your mind, “I can do it,…

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    Lavender’s Corner

    Essential oils and their uses   Herbs and oils are just a few of the earth’s wondrous bounties. This month I would like to discuss Lavender essential oil with you.   Do you have a spare essential oil? Many Aromatherapists/witches will find that they happen to have a spare. This will often be a cheap oil that maybe you come across at a cheap store or online at a discount. Most of the time this is Lavender.   Used in cosmetics, bath supplies, perfumes, house hold products, ironing waters, and for therapeutic use in the home and in holistic therapies. Lavender is incredibly versatile.   Magickal properties of Lavender~ Love,…

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    Across the Great Divide

     “The Perception of Believing” It is often said that seeing is believing. That is to say that there is no definitive proof that something exists- that something is real- until it is seen or heard by the eyes and ears of a human being. That seems a bit arrogant in its base. It is scientific fact that animals, such as dogs, sense and perceive things in our environment that are physically beyond our comprehension, but that doesn’t make it any less real. Or is it that believing is seeing? That one cannot have a sense of something’s existence unless they first believe in the possibility of it, thereby opening up…

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    Spell-Struck

    I AM SWAMPED WITH STUFF TO DO; NO TIME TO DO IT; STRESSING OUT OF MY MIND “SPELL” http://www.underthenewmoon.com The title on this one truly says it all.  So, really, if we are to be honest, the last thing you need right now is ‘another thing to do;’ right?   Well not to worry… this spell is quick, easy and works.  I have to admit that I am a notorious ‘over-achiever, over-extender of myself and my days.  I am an herbalist, an aromatherapist, a massage therapist, a practicing; every-day witch, own my own business that I work 7 days a week (well, I try hard to take Saturday afternoons off…

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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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    MoonOwl Observations

    As many people know, there are 5 main elements; earth, air, fire, water and spirit. In some cultures metal as well. This month I am going to focus on the element Air. Air is the element of the east and it is strongly connected to the soul and life. The two colors most commonly associate with it are yellow and white. Air’s hour is dawn and it’s associated season is spring. The planet for air is Mercury as well. As each element does, it has positive and negative characteristics. Air’s positive ones are that it is kid and joyful, intelligent and diligent and also communicative and intuitive. The negative characteristics…

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    Hedge Riders

    The Anglo-Saxon for a hedge rider is hægtessa.  In the Elder Edda (Havamal 155), Odin speaks of scanning them sporting aloft in the sky, having left their skins behind on the ridge.  “Scanning” here may mean something different from mere seeing.  If people in the so-called Dark Ages were able to see such things, we must consider what this means if we are to identify and locate the hedge itself. One possibility is that such things did occur, however rarely, and some people saw them.  They do not occur now because there are no more hedge riders to be seen.  Another is that Odin’s ‘scanning’ meant something different from mere…

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    A Descendant

    A descendant of the Dal Cais, found in the Dreamtime land, drawing on all the ancient ways, using knowledge to understand. Given the precious gift as a child, the power of words to find a way, to deal with situations when she didn’t know what to say.

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Love, Fear and Action   My husband and I had an interesting conversation the other day concerning fear, love and action. The question that we discussed was this: What motivates an individual into action?   A few definitions are needed here in order to understand this discussion.   What we mean by fear is any thought or vibration that is a negative emotion – a resistance to what is truly desired. Some emotions that correspond to fear are: anger, confusion, disappointment, vulnerability, unworthiness and guilt. These are examples of fear manifesting within our life experience.   What we mean my love is any thought or vibration that is a positive…

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    The Mugwort Chronicles

    Skullcap Scutellaria laterflora     Scutellaria lateriflora-photo by Louise Harmon 2012   One of the most cherished residents of my herb garden is Skullcap, Scutellaria laterflora. When I first planted her three years ago, I was cautious not to let her run amuck in the garden as is her nature, placing a flexible garden border around the plants, large enough to allow for growth, but deterring her from taking over the rest of the garden. Last year, feeling this was perhaps overkill, I removed the border to allow Scutellaria just a little more freedom to roam the garden. However, Comfrey and Skullcap now appear to be engaged in a bit…