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    Interweavings

    November’s Cornucopia   According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a cornucopia is a goat horn overflowing with fruit and grain as a symbol of abundance: an inexhaustible source.   I automatically think of baskets woven as “horns of plenty” on tables and store displays as the American Thanksgiving holiday approaches.  I have to admit that as a pagan I love the idea of a goat horn being the symbol: a symbol that Gaia provides abundantly and unceasingly.  We know that in our heads and sometimes struggle to remember that in our hearts as the reality of day to day living unfolds.   Our affirmation is   I am part of Gaia’s…

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    Musings of a Hereditary Witch

    The Hearth Growing up, the hearth played an important role in our lives. When we couldn’t work under the big oak or wander the hills, we gathered around the hearth for lessons and magic. We told stories and fire gazed. Where my grandma’s place was the Homestead, where major workings were performed and our family place of power was, our individual homes were called Heathsteads. The hearth has always been a gathering place for families and friends; be it the hearths of our ancestors or our modern day kitchens. The hearth is warm and welcoming. It is where food is prepared & preserved for the winter months and where brews…

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    Spiritual Seeker

    It is November, and I’ve just about hit the halfway point of my planned journey. But, like most things in life, it isn’t turning out like I expected. For instance, I’ve hardly read any of the books that were on my original list, nor have I developed that meditation practice I keep talking about. And rather than finding a spiritual path that makes me feel at home and welcome, I continue to feel out of place no matter where I turn.   Take, for example, mommy blogs. I’m a stay-at-home mommy of a kindergartener, and it is important to me to spend time teaching my son, even though we don’t…

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    MoonOwl Observations

    Nergal   Nergal is a Mesopotamian God of the underworld. He’s known to be associated with mass destruction, plague, warfare and pestilence. He is a pre-Judaic Arabian God who was worshipped throughout Mesopotamia (Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia), and is the son of Enlil and Ninlil   This deity of the desert is connected to Bulls and Lions. He represents the sun of noontime and of the summer solstice, as the high summer is the dead season in the Mesopotamian cycle.   Nergal is mentioned in the Hebrew bible as the deity of the city of Cuth and there is evidence of his cult in Canaan and Athens. As a God…

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    The Neon Pagan

    Yesterday I did it. After meticulous examination, logistical speculation, scenario determination, and plain old wishful thinking, I put a bird feeder on my second floor window pane. Of course, it’s a bird feeder in name only. In a matter of weeks, perhaps even days, the pretty little feeding station will garner the attention of the resident squirrel population. Then it will become either a squirrel feeder or a wreck on the concrete below from which squirrels will eat the contents through shards of shattered plastic. I had a pole feeder with a squirrel baffle in my back yard when I first moved in, but when I saw the neighbor’s cat…