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    Merry Meet and Welcome to PaganPages March Issue

    This month features a book review of Witchy Crafts by Lexa Olick An interview with GAIL THACKRAY, SPIRITED EDUCATOR AND MEDIUM All your Ostara Correspondence Needs Always wanted to write?  We are currently looking for people to take over the following columns: Oils & Incense Goddesses Crafts   PaganPagesOrg Etsy Shop: This month everything is half off.  Use Coupon Code: FreeShipping    

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    Held Refrained

    What happens to the words which can’t be written, said or heard. The words which swim inside a head, constantly begging to be said but held refrained, those which can’t be named or seen together just in case someone gets the wrong idea. Even though those words may be quite clear in their proper place, hidden behind a face. Once they appear actually written, heard or said, it changes everything inside the head of everyone exposed.

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    Prunings from the Hedge

    Conserving Magical Energy   We all contain magical energy, and this energy is unique to each of us.  But due to conditions of modern life, all of our magical energy is deployed in habits, habits of perception, of feeling, of thinking and doing.  Very little is left over every day for exploring our magical heritage.  This is why most spell books on the market are not much help in casting spells.  They take a cookbook approach which assumes that people as they are have sufficient magical energy available to make them work.  They don’t. In order to access our own magical energy, we must begin by saving little amounts of…

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    Mugwort Chronicles

    What’s in a Name? Have you ever wondered just why herbalists refer to plants by both common and Latin names? When I was first learning about the properties of plant medicine, I was often frustrated by references to the long, difficult-to-pronounce Latin names. After all, why not simply say, “Chickweed” or “Dock”? Plants, like trees, animals, birds, fish and everything else in our environment were named by the local people who interacted with them. Sometimes the same name was given to plants that may seem similar but have very different properties. The Hemlock tree (Tsuga) was given its common name due to a similarity in the smell of its crushed…

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    Interweavings

    Book of Seasons           March Our next month in the Book of Seasons is March and the beginning of the turn of the wheel to Spring!  With the arrival of the equinox comes the perfect time to check in with our heart and breathe into the balance of the Earth.   The deep quiet of winter is at an end.  Before the quickening of life begins, take time to enjoy the momentary lull.  Soon the stirrings of new life will begin and our focus will be drawn outward. My affirmation for March is – My inner world is in perfect balance with my outer world. As a…

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    Hally’s Hints

    Earth, Elements & Consideration   To work with earth’s elements it is not so much about getting outside of oneself as much as it is to become part of oneself. The more connected, the more open to the energetic alignment within the more connected that this is to each element. This is not only about connection but also what this provides when the connection has been established. It is being open to the energy that flows within the veins and seeing this as a pathway to something more beautiful that equally reflects and enables in each individual.   It is no secret that the elements known in the day to…

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    Moon Owl Observations

    The Besom             The besom is a traditionally constructed broom. They are an item some people choose to keep around for various reasons. Of course, the meaning has changed significantly over time.  Unlike a regular broom, a besom should have a rounded brush instead of flat. This is because the straw should be wrapped around the pole. You can buy them in a store, but they are relatively simple to make on your own.   They are best made with an ash staff, birch twigs for the brush and bound with willow. This option give you the best protection, healing and love. Straw is another common item for the brush.…

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    Greetings from Afar

    The Evil That Men Do Author’s Note: Due to the Public Image and celebrity status of the person in question, the name of the “American” has been withheld at his request. The man was gaunt, almost skeletal. His height, well over six feet, made his appearance even more severe. He was balding, with a drooping mustache and a scraggly beard clinging beneath his lower lip and  to the base of his chin. He was dressed like a “bombzh”, a homeless man in an old army greatcoat, military trousers and worn jackboots. A visored cap rested on the bench next to him has he sat calmly and fed the pigeons in…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Happy Ostara! This Sabbat heralds in Spring and we can shake off that cabin fever everyone’s been suffering from.  This month’s column will focus on early spring herbs. How to Make a Plantain, Violet Salve Plantain: Its gentle astringency makes it wonderful for blisters, insect bites, rashes and hemorrhoids Lavender Leaves: Is a wonderful remedy for breast inflammation, mastitis, cancer and cysts. Step 1: Gather approximately 2 cups violet leaves and flowers and plantain leaves (either the narrow or wide leafed varieties). Step 2: Try to clean off the leaves as much as possible without washing them. If they must be washed, do so, but be sure that the leaves…

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    The Crowe’s Nest

    St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day in America has become a great day of shamrocks, binge drinking and hoping you don’t wake up praying to the porcelain god. I am not even sure most people really know the reason they raise their glass in honor of Saint Patrick anymore. Odds are most are like I was when I was younger, and just like the whole idea of drinking and having a great green time. I know that my 21st year of life I didn’t know what I know now.  I knew that being a March baby, I was going to use it to continue on with my March 14th celebration. …