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    Magic of the Gods

    The Great Horned God   The consort of the Goddess and symbol of male energy in the form of the divine, The Horned God reigns. He is the lord of the woodlands, the hunt and animals. He provides for the tribe through the hunt and is honoured or rewarded for his deed by being permitted to copulate with the Goddess through the Great Rite.   The Horned God is the lord of life, death and the underworld. And is the Sun to the Goddess’ Moon. He alternates with the Goddess in ruling over the fertility cycle of birth, death and rebirth. He is born at the winter solstice, unites with…

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    Yule Correspondences

    Lesser Sabbat – Winter Solstice, circa Dec 21 Other Names: Jul (“wheel”, Old Norse), Saturnalia(Rome ~December 17 & 18), Yuletide(Teutonic), Midwinter, Fionn’s Day, Alban huan, Christmas (Christian~December 25), Xmas, Festival of Sol, Solar/Secular/Pagan New Year Animals/Mythical beings: yule goat (nordic), reindeer stag, squirrels, yule cat, Sacred White Buffalo, Kallikantzaroi-ugly chaos monsters(greek), trolls, phoenix, yule elf, jule gnome, squirrels, wren/robin Gemstones: cat’s eye, ruby, diamond, garnet, bloodstone Incense/Oils: bayberry, cedar, ginger, cinnamon, pine, rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, wintergreen, saffron Colors: gold, silver, red, green, white Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: bayberry candles, evergreens, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia,mistletoe, lights, gifts, Yule log, Yule tree. spinning wheels, wreaths, bells, mother & child images Goddesses: Great Mother,…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Herbs For A Merry Yule! Blessed Thistle   Common names: St. Benedict Thistle Botanical names: Cnicus benedictus Parts Used & Where Grown Although native to Europe and Asia, blessed thistle is now cultivated in many areas of the world, including the United States. The leaves, stems, and flowers are all used in herbal preparations. How It Works The sesquiterpene lactones, such as cnicin, provide the main beneficial effects of blessed thistle in the treatment of indigestion. The bitterness of these compounds stimulates digestive activity, including the flow of saliva and secretion of gastric juice, which leads to improved appetite and digestion.4 Some pharmacological evidence suggests that blessed thistle may also…

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    The Order of Scáthach

    The Order of Scáthach is an Order of Wiccan knighthood founded in 2007 by Wiccan author Kerr Cuhulain, embracing Warrior philosophies as outlined in his books Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick and Magickal Self Defense. It is now a registered religious society in the province of British Columbia and on the Steering Committee of the Surrey Interfaith Council. We are the sponsors of Vancouver Pagan Pride and are the chaplains for area hospitals. The Order of Scáthach focuses on empowerment and effective magick, developing new rituals and magick associated to our warrior path. The Order of Scáthach has preceptories throughout North America and conducts on line training for members. Members…

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    The Art of Yvonne M. (Glasgow) Stegall

    Vampire & Victim         The Gentleman Yvonne M. (Glasgow) Stegall is filled with creative bones. She is a writer, poet, published author, crafter and artist. Her muse varies depending on her mood. Yvonne’s Day of the Dead art collection was inspired by her love of sugar skull art and Halloween. She did a series of 16 different skulls using mixed media (coffee, colored sugar, marker, crayon, colored pencil and water colors). She plans to do more Day of the Dead art in the future, and possibly some with acrylics. Her website and FB pages- (art/writing/photography) http://www.thetorndress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheTornDress?ref=hl (holistic life coaching and spiritual therapy) http://www.holismcoach.org/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holism-Coach/123832694392880   Silly…

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    Interweavings

    Simplicity Love Order Faith Joy Respect Beauty Gratitude Self Dicipline and Self Reliance Peace Charity Courage Our turn on the wheel as brought us to December and Courage.  As I look back over the past calendar year I  see twelve simple words.  Twelve ideas that seem so easy to practice.  On paper and in my mind, I easily handle every virtue in my day to day life. Yet, when I got “out of my head” and into the real world to live each word, I quickly learned that turning a vague word into a verb was not easy.  It took energy.  It took planning.  It took commitment. The first quarter…

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    Hally’s Hints

    Vibration of Oneness In the wind and the rain the suggestion of old and new thoughts is ever-present. These subtle suggestions are everywhere and in everything. It is simply a matter of opening the eyes to see the obvious indication of what is to come and what role each person is to play. The secret to recognising these signs is within the vibration, unique to each element and each individual however, completely clear once vibrationally aligned.   Each thought is a vibration; each feeling, each emotion and the very existence of being is a vibration; an energetic vibration with an individual signature printed on the DNA but yet, not limited…

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    The Crowe’s Nest

    *Hack* It is that time of year again, dear readers. The time where people start carrying around bottles of hand sanitizer and tissues. It is the time of year that some start to think, “Would I really look all that funny with that face mask on?” That’s right. It is flu-season. To me, as a medical professional by trade, I have seen all manners of fluids and solids come from a person’s body and nothing is as bad as mucus. Whether from sneeze or just the gross drippings of a child who doesn’t know how to wipe there nose, there is nothing that will make me loose my appetite for…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Enlightenment   I recently had a conversation with a friend concerning another’s opinion of me which centered around the observation of my state of enlightenment or more precisely my lack there of. Although I disagree with the general assessment and personal bias the individual held against me, it did motivate a personal introspection and consideration of what I defined as enlightenment. What was my definition of the word? And how did my comprehension align or misalign with others’ perception? Where did I get to this understanding from? Was it my own or did I adopt it from another source?   When researching enlightenment I began with finding the basic definition.…

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    Paranomal Path

    A Haunted Man        Without a doubt politics is a passionate subject, and where there is passion there is always a chance for ghosts.  One of the most famous political spirits is that of our 16th president Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln was known for his great leadership during the Civil War though the anxiety from which he suffered at the time may have carried on even after his passing.      Mr. Lincoln was known to have an interest in the supernatural; he even had prophetic dreams and visions including one of his own assassination.  His wife Mary Todd also supported his beliefs, especially after the death of their son Willie…