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    Hally’s Hints

    The Variable of Free Will   There is no doubt that change is coming. For some it is a simple, gentle reminder felt within the wind or the rain. For others it is the not so subtle metaphysical baseball bat to the head that something big is about to happen.   The purpose of change varies for many. For some it means the opportunity to grow, evolve and raise the vibration. For some it can mean letting go of old energies that are no longer serving them. Whatever the case change is imminent within life and it can be a choice of enabling this to do as it needs to…

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    A Different Light

    Yes it was me, I was the one chosen to share the morning sun, I heard the voice through other lips touched by invisible fingertips. The songs selected lingered there amongst the pages and tangled hair. I’d had the dream years before the meanings laced in metaphor able to unlock, open the door, setting me off on a path to explore. Putting in play, a script unwritten improvised with a touch of intuition, a rhythmic humming mystery dance, inducing hidden senses within it’s trance. Awareness shined off reflected glass enabling a certain clarity to pass between what was known once to be real, exposing many new sensations to feel, revealing…

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    Across the Great Divide

     “Innovations in Paranormal Tech”     Put away your proton packs and your PKE Valiance devices. While the theories behind Egon’s famous PKE meter are based on actual parapsychological research, the toys of Hollywood’s Ghostbusters are just that. Out in the real world, however, their influence has been ingeniously innovative, often practical, and sometimes just silly. Investigative technologies in the field of paranormal research have been adapted, tweaked, modified, and reimagined over the past 100 years to further the quest for that paradigm-shifting piece of evidence that will duct tape the mouths of the skeptics shut. These tools of the trade have evolved from the days of bulky cassette recorders…

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    The Homeric Hymn to Demeter and the Mysteria

    The mysteries of Eleusis were devoted to the ‘Two Goddesses,’ Demeter the grain goddess and her daughter Persephone, locally called Pherephatta or just ‘the Maiden,’ Kore.  These mysteries were organized by the polis of Athens and supervised by the archon basileus, the ‘king.’  For the Athenians these were the Mysteries tout court,  and  the literary prestige of Athens that ensured their lasting fame.  Inscriptions and excavations in addition to literature and iconography provide abundant documentation. The well-known myth depicts Demeter searching for Kore, who has been carried off by Hades, the god of the netherworld.  Kore finally comes back, if only for a limited period, to Eleusis itself; there the…

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    Training the Mind for Magick

    The mechanics of Magick comes win a matter of many different formulas for the continuous conclusion; remember the results are not a one and done, but are carried throughout the universe in the infinite. So some major parts of the magical equation consist of faith, belief, will, focus, practice, experience, knowledge, and the level of conscious awareness attained. These are a few parts of the equation, however, the most primal half that dictates all of these options are last listed, level of conscious awareness. When this is trained through every trial it sets your moral, views, opinions, perceptions on life, and helps you find the Inner Light of the Crystal…

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    The Crow’s Nest

    Patchouli   Since I first walked into a pagan shop, one scent has always brought me back to loving the Great Mother’s embrace. Still to this day I seek out this scent, thrive on its use.  It wasn’t until recently that I realized there are so much more uses for Patchouli than to send me to eternal peace. Patchouli is a natural insect repellant. It is said that traders from Orient would put it in the folds of their silk so that moths would not lay eggs there. Some say that it even keeps female moths from adhering to male moths. It is also used to repel Leeches, though admittedly…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

      A Happy Samhain to All Two Herbs Associated with Samhain are Ginger and Licorice. Both are great for the season. Ginger:  The parts used are the Rhizomes.  An old Indian proverb says, “every good quality is contained in Ginger.”  Ginger has been used since the dawn of time for healing.  Modern science has supported some of it’s traditional medicinal uses.  Among other things ginger is is used to treat motion and morning sickness, digestive problems, heart disease and stroke, ulcers, arthritis, women’s health concerns, and cold and flu. Ginger is a tropical perennial that grows from a tuberous underground stem or rhizome. Just in time for Samhain, here’s a…

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    Pagan Theology

    Responsibility   One of the important things that religions do is regulate behavior.  You may not like it, but that’s the way it is.  One of the reasons that others in society are skeptical of modern Paganism is that we don’t regulate much behavior outside of obvious harm and ill action.  This is part of the reason that modern Paganism appeals to many whose spirits are freer, or just unwilling to behave the way society expects them.  Since religion is one way the culture regulates behavior outside of the legal system, a religion that does not provide such regulation could be seen as suspicious (or not a religion).  I think…

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    The Mugwort Chronicles

    Hawthorne Hawthorne-Crataegus spp –is a well-respected heart tonic, both for physical as well as emotional conditions of the heart.  A member of the rose family, Hawthorne can be found throughout North America and the northern hemisphere in Europe and Asia. These small thorny trees (shrubs), which can vary in size from 10 feet to 50 feet tall depending on the variety, produce lovely small white blossoms in the spring and small red fruits or ‘haws’ in the fall.  Used as both food and medicine for centuries, Hawthorne also has a long, rich folk history as well. Both ancient Greeks and Romans included Hawthorne in wedding arrangements, associating it with happiness…