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    Merry Meet!

    A happy and healthy Beltane to everyone!  In this issue: Interview with Pagan Metal Band Hammer Horde New Columns for you to fall in love with! Spiritual Seeker A Shamanic View LionHeart’s Magickal herbal Guide Dawn’s Constitute Warrior Women The Tree of Life Girl Talk: Getting to Know the Goddesses Tarot Talk Plus all your old favorites and correspondences.  Any ideas on how to make PaganPages eMagazine better in your opinion?  Drop us a line at [email protected] We are currently looking for a columnist to review blogs, sites, podcasts, etc…  If you are interested email [email protected]

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    Interpretations

    Signs and symbols are all so personal, affect us all so differently. Something that is deeply real and true to me, might mean nothing at all to you. We all have our own interpretations.

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    Astro Report for May 2013

    Beltaine (traditional) – Sun in Taurus – 11 degrees Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – sunrise, 6:12 am EDT   Beltaine (Rudemas) Names: Beltane, Beltaine, Baltein, May Day, Rood Day, Walpurgisnacht, RudemasG?yl Galan Mai (Welsh) Date: May 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – Apr 30th) Astro Correspondence: 15 degrees Taurus Color: reds for (menstrual) blood of the Goddess, whites for semen of the God Food: fresh fruit and veggies, veal, ham, chicken, (but rarely any meat), pasta, breads, cakes, jams/jellies, wine/mead Common Info: Maypole dancing to entwine the ribbons of red and white representing Goddess and God (phallic symbol and World Tree lore), Handfasting, Spiral Dancing, Bel Fires, last Fertility…

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    Spiritual Seeker

    Pagans generally think of themselves as very spiritual folks. We are supposed to be in tune with nature, respectful to a multitude of gods, and open-minded about the beliefs of others. But, believe it or not, Pagans can also experience a crisis of faith. First, I’ll tell you a little bit about my religious history. I was raised Presbyterian. Not strictly, but I did go to Sunday school and learn my Bible stories. As a young teen I decided to read the whole Bible, and came to the conclusion that Christianity wasn’t the right path for me. So, after some looking around, I settled on Wicca, believing the basic framework…

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    Interview with Pagan Metal Band Hammer Horde

    PaganPages (PP):  Hails! I hope you guys are doing well on this fine day. First of all I’d like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to do this interview. We are honored to have you featured in our Epublication. There are a lot of different genre names for the style of music you play “Pagan metal”, “Viking Metal”, “Folk Metal” etc.. do you consider yourself any of these genres or do you kind of just write what you like and go with it? Ryan Mininger (RM):  Hey, first of all, thanks for the interview! I think the beauty of these genres is that there…

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    Ask Your Mama

    Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more.                          *Ask Your Mama™                        Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Spirituality and Didn’t Know Who to Ask™ by ©Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman  A Question of Blue Balls Dear Mama Donna, I purchased some small bright blue chalky balls from your online Spirit Shop. I am fascinated by them and find them to be beautiful. Could you tell me what they are? And what they are for? Thanks. – Loving the blue balls in Brooklyn, Dear Blue, The blue balls are simply bluing. Bluing is a purifying agent. It’s what…

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    A Shamanic View

    Spiritual Defense In my shamanic practice one question I get frequently revolves around spiritual defense. Some are asking how to keep “bad” or “evil” spirits away. Some want protection from negative energy. Some suspect or fear spiritual or energetic attacks being directed at them. From a shamanic perspective, this is not about projecting any kind of force field or armor or shielding. Shamanically speaking, the things we focus on we give power to. The more you dwell on the things you want protection from, the more vulnerable to them you become. Trying to project a defense just reinforces the need for it. Consider how you might protect yourself from being…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    herbal smoking mixtures   Let’s work with the mint family, by making an herbal smoking mix. Any dried mint-family plants you have on hand can be used make a great healing smoke, especially if mixed with some mullein, and perhaps a few other herbs. Smoking can be good for the health of your lungs and your being. Careful application of hot smoke and burning herbs, near the body (smudges), on the body (moxibustion), and through inhalation (smoking) are healing techniques that have been used for thousands of years in myriad cultures around the world. If you choose not to smoke these herbs, you may still wish to try them out…

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    Gems of the Goddess

    Some Secret Place “Whenever you have need of anything, once it be in a month and better when the Moon is Full, there you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the Spirit of Me, who is Queen of All the Witches.”(1) We meet under the Full Moon, dancing the ring as the light pours down, raising power, sending energy, feet pounding the earth. What do we need from the Goddess? Who is She? The dance is part magick, part prayer and part ecstasy. As we perform our ritual within the Circle we create energy that is palpable. It rolls up our bodies and makes us shiver. As the…

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    Paranormal Path

    Only a Game?      I have always had a fascination with the different ways to conjure up ghosts and spirits, though I personally would never attempt to do so because the risks are too great.  I spoke before about the Ouija Board and how it stuns me this is marketed as a “game” for kids to play.  If you are inexperienced and unprepared the danger of inviting the spirit world in is immense.  Bloody Mary is another example I have talked about, a game that young people play at sleepovers trying to call this vengeful spirit to appear in the mirror.  Recently, I have come across more modern versions of…