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    Book Review: The Way of the Crucible

    The Way of the Crucible  by  Robert Allen Bartlett        © 2009  Ibis Books (An Imprint of Red Wheel Weiser)    ISBN:  978-0-89254-154-6     321 pages                    Paperback        $22.95 (U.S.)    How many practicing alchemists do you know?  What are alchemists really trying to do?  Can you transmute lead into gold?  These are all valid questions.   Among my various interests alchemy ranks fairly low.  I have no practical experience in it and, with few exceptions, my reading has mostly been confined to novels which feature alchemists and alchemy to some degree.  That put me at a disadvantage starting off.  On the other hand, even the little bit of non-fiction reading I have done…

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    Hally’s Hints

    The Elements & The Spiritual Connection   It is said that the elements that many are familiar with being earth, water, fire, air and of course spirit were the essence within the creation of existence as it is known. Yet in today’s spiritual practices the elements are not often called upon; so much so that some have come to believe that the elements are fairly new to the world of all things spiritual. This however, is not the case.   So, what is the significance of these specific elements when it comes to the spiritual and the individual? What is their relevance when it comes to the day to day…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    Feeling Frisky? Herbs for Fertility     For thousands of years knowledge of the herbs and wild plants that could increase fertility were the secrets of the village wise women. But after the holocaust against European Wise Women (the “burning times”) and the virtual extermination of Native American medicine women, this knowledge virtually disappeared. In fact, many people erroneously believe that “primitive people” had no means of controlling the likelihood of pregnancy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many common plants can be used to influence fertility, including red clover, partridge berry, liferoot, wild carrot, and wild yam. Some of these grow wild, others are easy to cultivate, and,…

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    Meditation Moment

    Letting Go   Lammas, also called Lughnassa, is the celebration of our first harvest and of the slowly lengthening nights.  Grain and Corn Gods die in order to feed Their people.  Some tarot decks assign Lammas to The Hanged Man, the card of sacrifice and gain.  One of my favorite decks shows the Hanged Man as an infant in the womb, ready for birth, and that card is the inspiration for this month’s meditation. This is a more advanced guided meditation, requiring an ability to let go of the limitations of time and space so that you can exist in two or more times/places at once.  You are going to…

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    The Otherworld

    The Otherworld is where I go, it’s where I get what I need to know. It lies behind an invisible screen, sometimes you may see it in a dream, but usually that time just in-between, when nothing is quite the way it seems. I guess I’ve been going there all my life, you could say it’s the place from where I came, where I was before my name called me here. Never one for letting go. I brought with me the need to know, which I now must feed.

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    Nature Alchemy: Journey through Spirit in the Natural World

      MOUNTAIN MAJESTY ~ Gift of Sacred Solitude ~   Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar ~ Thomas Mann, German writer, philanthropist, and Nobel Prize Laureate   Mountain’s magnificent presence has been in existence since time immemorial. Mankind has always looked upon Mountain Majesty with awe, and his holy face has been the glorified subject of countless artists’ inspiration. Since humans first discovered Mountain’s power, we have sought him out to traverse his rocky path as a pilgrimage for the soul. Throughout the ages, humanity has pondered Mountain’s significance in the realm of the absolute, feeling her elevation above the earth higher, and closer to…

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    Musings from the Mossy Trail

      Dryads: Wood Nymphs of the Forest “The Dryad rejoiced in her life, and rejoiced in the sunshine, and the singing of the birds; but she was most rejoiced at human voices; she understood the language of men as well as she understood that of animals. ” —Hans Christian Anderson     Purely a gift to humanity and the earth alike, trees fill our lives with beauty, can be seen as a symbol of our own spirituality with deep roots and fortitude, and greatly aid in our health. One mature leaf provides as much oxygen as ten people inhale in a year. They also have the ability to filter chemicals…