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    Barefeet on an Earth Path

    Dismissing Paganism      A woman I was talking to the other day was telling me about how she’d been involved in a Wiccan women’s group back in her college days.  She went on enthusiastically about how Goddess spirituality is very affirmative for women.  That’s cool, I thought.  Remarkably positive, compared to the sort of vague, confused nod a lot of people give me when they find out I’m pagan. “Paganism is really good for you right now,” she said. Right now? I wondered.  Well, okay, I guess so. “It gives you a lot of room to grow and is a great thing for now.” Wait a minute.  She didn’t say…

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    Tarot Talk

    Let’s continue the theme of uncomfortable Swords cards.  Last month, we talked about the Five of Swords, the card of victory achieved without mercy or consideration of others. If you haven’t read it yet, take a few moments now to do so.   If you remember, I stated that in my opinion the Five of Swords and Seven of Swords are sometimes not easy to tell apart.  You know by now my method for dealing with this issue: break the cards down to their most basic ingredients.  Once we understand a bit more about the Seven of Swords, we can compare these two cards, see what is similar about them,…

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    Jade Owl’s Cottage

    Photo belongs to gypsymoon.com (used with permission)   Merry Meet all and Blessed Mabon. Welcome to the September issue of my column. This issue almost didn’t come to be as my fiancé went into the hospital on the 13th of August and did not come out until the 16th. So please bear with me this month if this seems disorganized. September brings us the 2nd of harvesting months. By now I am sure a lot of you have been up to your knees, elbows, and maybe even your necks in canning, drying, and freezing of your veggies, fruits and herbs. Rest assured the end of the frenzy is in sight.…

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    Mabon Correspondences

    MAY-bon, MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon or MAH-bawn, – Lesser Sabbat – Fall/Autumn Equinox, September 21-23 Michaelmas (September 25th, Christian), Second Harvest Festival, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Harvest Home (Anglo-Celtic), Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Chung Chiu (China), Night of the Hunter, Alban Elfed “The Light of the Water”(Caledonii/ Druidic-celebrates Lord of the Mysteries), Winter Finding (Teutonic, from Equinox ’til Winter Night or Nordic New Year, Oct 15th.) Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our…