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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Living In Fear of the Monster   It has occurred to me that the majority of our society here in The United States live in a constant vibration of fear that they are not even aware of. Perhaps they just flat out deny that they are scared or perhaps they justify their feelings and manipulate their thoughts so that the fear appears to be a logical thought and not a fear at all. But what is there to be afraid of? I mean we live in The United States of America. Wasn’t this country built on the idea of freedom? We as citizens have a plethora of civil liberties such…

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    The Tree of Life

    Rituals of Beauty and Delight Summer time, and the living is easy! In the northern hemisphere, the month of June is traditionally a time of joy and easy living. The Earth revels in long, sunny days and celebrates with an abundance of flowers, and seasonal treats like strawberries and asparagus. In appreciation of all this loveliness I like to make my rituals at this time of year as beautiful and pleasurable as possible. Whether you are celebrating as a solitary, as part of a coven or even facilitating a public ritual, here are some ideas to make your ritual truly enchanting. A ritual to delight the senses should take as…

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    Warrior Women

    Let’s start with a warrior woman who was not so famous: Ms Maude Callen. Ms Callen was a nurse-midwife who laboured (Ha!Ha! Did you notice the pun?) in the lowlands of rural Berkeley County, South Carolina, in the heart of America’s South. She was born in Florida in 1898, married Mr Callen in 1921 and, in 1923, relocated to South Carolina as a missionary nurse. It is said the move was to be temporary, but Ms Maude Callen stayed and cared for folks for close to 50 years. Imagine.   Just imagine the dedication, the drive, the conviction that what she was doing mattered. And it did. Ms Callen not…

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    Salves, Balms and Lotions, Oh My!

      Salves, Balms and Lotions, Oh My! Now that our herb gardens are rocking, I thought I’d give you all a tutorial on how to make an herbal salve, a lip balm, and a basic lotion.  herbal Salve To make a basic salve, all you need is an infused oil, beeswax and some essential oil.     Making Salves: The Key Ingredients Infused oils are carrier oils that have been “infused” with one or more herbs. They are      used to make any oil-based apothecary items, such as lip balms, creams, massage oils and salves.   You can use any oil to make a salve, I personally like infused oils of…

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    Astro Report for June 2013

    Venus enters Cancer Sunday, June 2, 2013 – 9:56 pm EDT Love is blissful when Venus enters Cancer. There is deep concern and caring between partners. Love making is true to heart and offers emotional connections. Until Venus exits Cancer, be passionate and compassionate with your partner and the benefits will astound you.   Neptune goes Retrograde – Pisces at 5 degrees Thursday, June 7, 2013 – 8:45 am EDT The “Pink Fog Machine” normally keeps us from seeing the truth clearly, because Neptune can askew our vision. When retrograde, Neptune can see things more clearly, like the fog has been lifted, for a short time. It helps you to…

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    WiseWoman Traditions

    herbal smoking mixtures – Part 2 Let’s expand our range of plants activated by fire. Some sources say that more than a hundred different herbs were utilized in Native American smoking mixes. What would your smoking mix be? Would you have several, for different tasks? Let your imagination play with the plants you most often use. What do they smell like when they burn? Are you tempted to inhale deeply? Give yourself free rein to try them out. So far as I know, the only plants that may cause you harm if you inhale their smoke are: Commercially grown tobacco, which is considered addictive. The Toxicodendron sisters – poison ivy,…

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    Spiritual Seeker

    I’d like to begin this month’s column by saying thank you for the warm welcome I received last month, and also for the wonderful suggestions. I’m delighted that so many PaganPages readers are open to the idea of an exploration of faith that is going to move outside of traditional Pagan boundaries. About midway through May I began my project. Rather than jump right into to my search with a heavy theological tome or holy book, I decided to start with something a bit lighter, a spiritual biography of a sort entitled Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine. In it, Eric Weiner, a self-described “gastronomic Jew” decides to…

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    Tarot Talk

    Last time, we talked about the Nine of Cups, a lovely card of possible emotional fulfillment.  If you haven’t read the last column, please take a moment to do so before continuing.  This time, let’s look at the Nine of Cups in a different way; let’s reverse it.   Not every Tarot Reader reads reversals, and some decks, such as the Shadowscapes Tarot, are not set up for reversed interpretations.  But most Tarot decks allow for reversals, and in fact, reversals can add depth and texture to a reading.  However, a reversed card does not always present itself in a manner that facilitates easy interpretation.  Like the Tarot in general,…

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    Goddesses of Sorcery

    An Assembly of Sorcerers “There ye shall assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, and to these shall I teach things that are as yet unknown.” (1) If you search on the internet for Witchcraft twenty-five and a half million sites come up! If you had the time to read them all, do you think that you would learn the secrets of the Goddess, also called “Sorcery“? Would those internet addresses reveal spells that would bring you love, wealth, health, immortality, riches, power and more? What is Sorcery? Here’s the secret (the unknown): Sorcery is power; power to do whatever you want. A funny thing happened and I…

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    Paranormal Path

    Only A Matter of Time The concept of time has always been an intriguing topic. Humans have always tried to find a way to manipulate it, reverse it or fast forward it, just to relive, or forget certain experiences. Sometimes the clock reveals so much more than just the time of day or evening. There are so many superstitions surrounding time. Its 11:11 make a wish, or how many stories do we remember where something magical or terrifying was going to happen right at midnight also known as the witching hour. Great pieces of literature such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Macbeth mention The Witching hour. Usually this…