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    Spiritual Seeker

    If you ask a group of Pagans why they left the religion they were brought up in, I’m willing to bet that a majority of them will cite restrictive rules as at least one of the reasons. And yet, when you get down to it, aren’t rules part of the reason we turn to a religion? Don’t Wiccans have rules just as complex and important as the those of Catholics? Isn’t the Rede really the same thing as the Golden Rule? Pagans, if we are honest, love rules just as much as any other religion. This past month I’ve been studying two religions at once. The first is Buddhism, but…

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    A Shamanic View

    The Zombie Apocalypse? For a while now I’ve been noticing a concentration on the apocalypse in the media; particularly the Zombie Apocalypse. Even the government has been putting out information on how to survive the zombie apocalypse.  After all, if you’re ready for that, you should be ready for most any other emergency or disaster, right? I can’t help but wonder why we seem culturally obsessed with the end of society. What does this say about us as a people? Have we collectively given up hope in being able to make big changes for the better without some massive disaster forcing us to? And why zombies? Are we, as a…

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    The Tree of Life

    Scarcity and Abundance at Lammas   Lammas or Lughnasadh? I must admit I use the names quite interchangeably – although ‘Lammas’ is easier to both pronounce and spell!. ‘Lughnasadh’ is the name of the Celtic festival marking the death of the golden God Lugh meaning literally ‘The Wake of Lugh’. Lammas is the Saxon name for the festival marking the beginning of the grain harvest and means ‘Loaf Mass’, i.e. the celebration of the first loaves produced from this year’s harvest. Celts and Saxons alike held celebratory festivities in gratitude for the beginning of harvest, but it is also a time tinged with a little sadness, for without cutting down…

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    Tarot Talk

    Let’s continue the theme of uncomfortable Swords cards.  Last month, we talked about the Three of Swords, that card of pain and isolation and betrayal.  If you haven’t read it yet, take a few moments now to do so.   In my opinion, there are two other Swords cards besides the Three of Swords that are not that much fun: the Five of Swords and the Seven of Swords.  The thing about the Five and Seven of Swords is that sometimes it is not easy to differentiate between them.  You know by now my method for dealing with this issue: break the cards down to their most basic ingredients.  …

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    Lionheart’s Magickal Herbal Guide

    Common Name: Pokeweed Folk Name: Pigeon Berry Parts Used: leaf, shoot/stem, root, fruit/nut Planet: Uranus Element: Air Gender: Masculine Medicinal Uses: Shoots are eaten after they are properly boiled for a long period. The anti-inflammatory root is given for swollen throat glands. It is purgative and narcotic, expels phlegm, soothes arthritis, kills sperm, and, with the leaf, treats fungal infections. Further research has shown that a component of Pokeweed is useful to the immune system and has proteins that inhibit flu, herpes, and leukemia. This herb must be used with care, respect and expertise because used wrongly it can be deadly. Folklore: The Declaration of Independence was written in fermented…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Is Wicca a Valid Religion?   Many individuals perceive Wicca as a religious system that allows those of us, who identify as Wiccan, to follow a path that “caters to our desires” instead of “following God’s Commandments” and because of this they consider Wicca to be our own invention and not a valid religion. Well, honestly, while others may perceive the religion of Wicca, my religion, in this way – I do not. Wicca is a valid religion.   Wiccans view our planet Earth as a living being. She is Gaia, our Mother and all life (animal, planet, mineral) that flows from her is sacred. No one life is more…

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    August Correspondences

    Originally called Sextillis by the Romans, was later named Augustus in honor of Augustus Caesar. August is the eighth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Summer’s rule. Traditional birthstone amulets of August are the peridot and the sardonyx. The gladiolus and the poppy are the month’s traditional flowers. August is shared by the astrological signs of Leo the Lion and Virgo the Virgin. During the month of August, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to Lammas, one of the four Grand Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world. Gathered harvest are celebrated during August. Corn Moon Astrological…