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    Surrender

    You hear the words, but do you listen? You see the signs, but do you read? You know the way, but still you wander. You get your wants, forget your needs. Then in the early morning lightness when you wake still half asleep, unwanted thoughts bombard your mind, you try to decide which ones to keep. You hear the stillness in the silence. You taste the freshness in the air. You close your eyes, go back to dream time, you know the answer’s there somewhere. Then when the darkness drowns you, when there is no end in sight, finally you can surrender, realize there was no fight.

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    Spiritual Seeker

    Over the past couple of months I’ve written a few times about the rules that govern and guide different religions. I feel that these rules, as much as the deity, make the religion. They provide the framework for all the practices and beliefs of a faith, and if you can’t follow the fundamental rules then I don’t think you can consider yourself a member of that faith. Since I’m still on my spiritual journey with only a generic version of the Golden Rule to guide me, I thought that perhaps I’d better take a look at the rules that govern my life. Maybe laying out my personal commandments will point…

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    Seed, Root, & Stem

    Gleaning and gathering are the keywords for October.  Tromping through the forests in our rubber boots for the Chanterelles, subjecting ourselves to the thorny vines on which the rosehips hang large and ready for the jelly or tea pot, trying to get as many tomatoes as we can before the slugs reach their ripened meats – all the work of Autumn’s first few weeks.  Rewarding work, too! Recent days have brought us the remnants of a typhoon and so the rains have come early and heavy.  We removed the peppers and tomatoes from their vines, and a new set of fruits is already trying to come on.  The peppers[1] have…

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    Across the Great Divide

      “When Ghost Hunters Go shopping”   Ghost hunting is big business these days. It takes serious cash to attain a collection of data capturing and analysis tools to make your research a success, after all you have to get the latest and greatest gadgets if you’re going to troll around at night playing scientist. The trend is such that the owner of a new business in downtown Springfield, Ohio is cashing in on it, confident of long-term success. Darin Hough’s Ghost Hunting Source offers shoppers paranormal research equipment in a truly unique niche market. Perhaps a bit morbidly, Hough explained, “As long as people are dying people are going…

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    Crafting in Sandi’s Enchanted Garden

    Making answer board for a pendulum   Hello crafty witches! We’ve already made a pendulum together so now I want to show you how to make an answer board to go with it! It’s basically as simple as writing yes and no (and maybe of you’d like) on a piece of paper. However, if you wanted to make something a little bit fancier and don’t have a lot of artistic skill there is still a way! This method can be used to do everything from an answer board to a wall plaque to anything your heart desires.   To make one like pictures you will need: A wooden board (you…

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    Connecting with Nature

    What I Learnt About My Ecological Footprint   I recently took an ecological footprint quiz to see how big my footprint really was. Thinking that it would be pretty low compared to others as we recycle a lot and are environmentally conscious. Did I get a wake up call! Despite the fact that we recycle, have less than one garbage bin a week, compost, have compact fluorescent bulbs, energy efficient appliances and turn things off when not using them, we are still using a lot of resources.   The purpose of calculating your footprint is to measure humanity’s demand on nature and to see how much ’nature’ our lifestyle requires.…

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    The Mugwort Chronicles

    Black Sage ~ White Sage As summer fades into autumn, I have started to prepare the garden for the cold, rainy months ahead. Although most of the herb plants will do just fine left in place, I have a number which need a little extra attention if they are to survive the coming months, including the newcomers to my herbal family, the sages: Salvia mellifera and Salvia apiana.  Planted in glazed pots, the sages enjoyed the sunniest spot my garden had to offer during the summer. As our weather has started to become wetter, they have been moved to our front porch to control the amount of moisture they will…

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    Tink About it

    The ones who came before   When the wheel is turning towards Samhain I feel the veils between the worlds are getting thinner. Ancestors are always present and I honour them all year through, but their special time is coming… Samhain is one of my favourite pagan holidays, a major sabbat.  The Halloween part with spooky features, pumpkins and the whole shebang are nice and enjoyable, but the other part  is much more important to me.   There are different groups I incorporate in honouring the ancestors. Of course there’s my own bloodline, but I also see it in a broader sense: the ones who came before. People that have…

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    The Neon Pagan

    Mum’s the Word   If it’s October, it’s time for me to prepare to be a mummer. Actually, I’ve been paying towards being a mummer since June. Rehearsals start in November. Final payment on my costume (we call them “suits”) is due at that time. I live near Philadelphia, and one of Philly’s grand traditions is its New Years Day Mummers’ Parade. In this lengthy, lively, and colorful affair, “mummers” of many stripes entertain the hung-over citizenry of the City of Brotherly Love. There are several divisions of mummers, depending upon talent, tenacity, and sobriety. At the top of the heap in all three categories stand the string bands, whose…