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    The Neon Pagan

    Neil Gaiman told me to be a dandelion. My daughter went to hear Neil speak, and she asked him to inscribe a book for me.  “Buzzy,” he wrote, “be a dandelion!” (Buzzy is my nickname.) I asked my daughter what Neil meant by that. She gave me a convoluted response about caring less about making money and replicating the species than sending seeds of creativity out into the world. This was amusing information, coming from a daughter whose college tuition requires payment so she is eligible to see Neil Gaiman speak at her school. Silly me, for replicating the species. However, I am blissfully happy to be a dandelion. Gladly,…

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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…

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    Deosil and Tuathal

    Deosil (pronounced jesh’l) or clockwise or sunwise follows the Sun’s path, at least in the northern hemisphere.  Tuathal or widdershins or counter-clockwise pertains to the Earth, as the Hopis teach.  Both directions are sacred but have different meanings and functions. When witches wish to make something, they cast a spell while circling deosil.  If they want to unmake, they circle tuathal.  Deosil is for raising the cone of power; tuathal is for delving the reverse cone of power.  The cone of power raises power from the depths of the Earth, including the depths in each Witch, and sends it through the zenith (or ‘Height’) of the circle out into the…

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    Interweavings

    I bask in the warmth of the Sun’s pure rays and receive all the gifts it bestows.   Ah, summer is upon us and the beautiful month of June brings our wheel of the year to Solstice!  The bounty of summer is all around us and it is a joy to move through the long days.   Flowers, fruit, birds and bugs flourish during June bringing their gifts to our senses.  It seems easy to feel gratitude at this time of year.  It is our turn to give to nature through gardening and bird care.  Whether planting a garden, tending to flowers, building bird houses and feeders or sitting outside…

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    Signposts

    I started practicing Paganism as a solitary practitioner in 2010.   In that short time my life has changed quite a bit and I’ve learned more than I thought there was to know. From reading books to meeting people, I’ve had the opportunity to see the world through new eyes. It has been an amazing experience, and I know it’s just the beginning.   But it hasn’t been all roses.   Most people on this path know how difficult being a new Pagan can be. The overwhelming differences in belief systems, the stigma we face from others that don’t take the time to understand us, finding books at libraries and…

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    Across the Great Divide

        “Paranormal Healing” I’d like to tell a story that happened many, many moons ago when I was a wee little wolf cub. When I was a child we went to Italy to visit family and we were staying in a house at the top of a mountain. A relative happened to be very ill for several days at the time with high fever to the point of delusions and was passed out from sheer exhaustion and medication. It was a quiet night with only a few of us sleeping in the house when we heard voices and saw small lights coming from a very…very…old cemetery down the way…

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    A Year And A Day

    “What is Wicca?”   This is the first of a monthly column which is aimed at seekers, those new to paganism, Wicca, and the occult.  The ‘year and a day’ reference comes from the fact that most Wiccan groups require seekers to study the craft for a year and a day before they can be formally dedicated or initiated into the group.  It is also said the Celtic goddess Cerridwen stirred her cauldron of knowledge for the same amount of time.   One of the most basic questions new seekers have is what is Wicca?   Most sources agree that Wicca is an earth and nature-based spirituality that celebrates the…

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    Greetings from Afar

    Music of the Night   If Russia has an “national” musical instrument, it is the accordion, or “gormusha”. Almost every home has one, and almost everyone can play at least one tune on the instrument, especially the older generation, those born before, or during the “Great Patriotic War”. It is a lovely instrument that produces beautiful music. Like the people who play them, they vary in size and shape, and range from elaborate hand enameled antiques to modern, state of the art pieces. They are everywhere, pedestrians stop on the street and listen as some pensioner or invalid sits on the corner and plays, people strolling in the park are…

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    The Mugwort Chronicles

    Wild Carrot or Poison Hemlock? Several months ago, my brother and I were discussing our mutual love of the woods and the outdoors. Although he has hunted and fished most of his adult life, he admitted that he really didn’t pay too much attention to the wild greens around him. Somehow, our conversation turned to the subject of Hemlock and my brother was quite surprised to learn that Hemlock trees were not poisonous, but several relatives of Wild Carrot are some of the most deadly plants in North America. Their similarity in appearance to Wild Carrot has resulted in many deaths, including children using their hollow stems for straws or…

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    Seeing the Signs

    It is my birthday today!  On my birthday, I have several rituals I perform.  One, I bake myself a cake.  This year it’s a yellow cake with a cocoa fudge frosting.  I also cook myself a special meal.  Even if I go out, I like to cook myself something special to eat.  I am going to roast a chicken later on, stuffed with lemons and rosemary and garlic.  I have fresh asparagus for a side, and I am going to make a rice pilaf.   One thing I always do is check my numbers for the upcoming year.  This is a combination of numerology and tarot.  I started doing this…