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    Girl Talk: Getting to Know the Goddesses

      Lakshmi Hindu Goddess of Good Fortune and Beauty Since I began writing girl talk the thing I’ve enjoyed the most has been researching different information to include, with Lakshmi, the amount was overwhelming and incredibly interesting. Lakshmi was born , fully-grown, on a pink lotus that rose from the sea.  She appeared bearing gifts and was so strikingly beautiful that all of the Gods wanted her as their wife.  She chose to be with the sun god, Vishnu, and it is said that she was thereafter reborn to remain his companion in each of his lives.  In addition to wanting Lakshmi as a wife, she was also immediately given…

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    Strengthening The Bond

    The distance between us is an elastic band, ready and able to contract and expand. At times it can stretch to the utmost extreme, requiring such energy with no where to lean. One side gets hooked, unable to release from the rising tensions which forever increase the need for readjustment, for give and take it’s lack of awareness which leads to a break. An observant eye is kept on our connection, making sure to detect any slight imperfection. Together hooking up to create the slack, so often required to bring closeness back, dispelling the tension, relieving the strain, strengthening a bond which will always remain.

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    Goddesses of Sorcery

    Arianrhod Goddess of the Summerland “I am the Gracious Goddess who gives joy unto the hearts of men and women. Upon earth I bring knowledge of the Spirit Eternal, and after death I bring peace, freedom and reunion with those who have gone before.” (from the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente) In Wicca there is no bible or “Universal” Book of Shadows that all Wiccans follow. Most Wiccans use the Charge of the Goddess in their rituals and most believe in the Spirit Eternal, that is life after death. Many Wiccans believe in the idea that after death we go to the Summerland, a place where the soul…

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    Signposts

    The Internet is an interesting place to learn about something, especially religion. With all that is available it should be a great source of information. Many times it isn’t. There are diamonds in the rough, though; authors, bloggers, sites and forums that truly provide a rich learning experience for new and old Pagans alike.   Like many new Pagans in the Internet era, I started my research online. I used the same search terms as probably any other looking into this for the first time – “Wicca”, “Pagan”, “Witch”, “Druid”, etc. And again, like many others, I found plenty of places – from “Wicca 101” and Celtic Reconstructionist sites to…

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    Seed, Root & Stem

    August has come to an end and it’s time to begin the process of fall planting preparation.  Beets, kohlrabi, kale, carrots and fennel will be overwintering in the raised beds.   The groundcover this year will consist of mustard, Daikon radishes, turnips and rutabagas.  Next year’s garden will be considerably larger by a few acres in the hopes it will provide more food for the community.  The field has seen many years of grain and grass, so the compost crop will provide a grass suppressant, add the richness of green manure to the soil, help control pests and disease, boost the soil’s nitrogen content and best of all, those Daikon…

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    Connecting with Nature

    Nature Quotes to Inspire You   There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer. ~ Calvin Coolidge Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~ Albert Einstein   Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it.…

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    Paranormal Path

    In The Shadows        We’ve all had it happen, you see a dark shadow from the corner of your eye, but as soon as you turn to look at it straight on, it’s gone.  Almost as if it dove out of sight on purpose, but how could that be?  There is an even more alarming experience.  Something startles you awake in the middle of the night, you see a dark shadow standing at the foot of the bed, watching you.  This has to be a trick of the light or maybe you’re not fully awake and your eyes need to adjust right?  Not necessarily.      There have been numerous…

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    Seeing the Signs

    Flipping a Coin for a Quick Answer     When I need a fast answer, an easy answer, I flip a coin.  This is not something I do for serious problems or deep, probing issues.  This is for more superficial thing such as:  should I wear the pink top or the white top?  Should I prepare zucchini or broccoli with the chicken for dinner?   Should I ride my bike along the paved bike path in the park or go along the old railway bed?  Every few days, I am digging into my change purse or into the cracked cup in which I keep spare change to flip a coin to…

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    Hally’s Hints

    Healing for the Greater Good   It is no secret that the Earth is having to deal with a lot at the moment. Sadly at the moment has been going on for some time. However, it tends to be removed or minimised throughout the media so public awareness is only as good as each individual’s research.   As such, given that more awareness has been brought into this area, or rather it is too blatant to not recognise that the Earth is getting to the point of having had enough. With the threats of nuclear war, the constant natural disasters and the rampage or violence upon humans across the globe…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Have a Merry Mabon! Mabon Ideas:   Decorate Altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks and other fruits and nuts. Basket with dried leaves of various colors and kinds. Appropriate Foods include the second harvest’s gleanings: grains, fruit, and vegetables (especially corn). Cornbread is traditional, as are beans and baked squash.   A basket of gourds or small pumpkins, colorful fall leaves, acorns, vines, grapes or blackberries. You’ll also need a pair of orange candles to symbolize the harvest, a cup of cider or wine, and an apple.   Magickal Ideas for your Mabon Sabbat Ritual   Dip leaves in paraffin and use…