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    Signposts

    Religion is an extremely sensitive subject.  Even those that do not claim to follow a religion are usually adamant in their denials of faith.  Discussions about religion with people that practice different belief systems often move from thoughtful, logical discussions to emotional and irrational arguments. Many religious groups obviously believe their way is the only way.  They attack the practices of others when they are different from their own, ignoring obvious commonalities and opportunities for dialog.  Usually what those groups know and say about us and what practice is wrong (either they do not care or have information from bad sources). I’d like to think that we as Pagans are…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    To Purchase or Craft?   It has been asked of me numerous times, “Is better to purchase my magickal tools (wand, athame, chalice, pentacle) or to craft them myself?” My answer is always the same, “What are you guided to do?” I believe it is vital to follow Spirit’s guidance. If you feel moved to craft the item, then do so; if you are guided to purchase the item, then do that. Some of my magickal tools were purchased, some were gifted to me and others I crafted myself. There are benefits of all these options and in my opinion none of them should be overlooked.   The items that…

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    Ask Your Mama

    Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more.                                   *Ask Your Mama™                          Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Spirituality and Didn’t Know Who to Ask™   by ©Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman     A Question of Sun Goddesses     Dear Mama Donna,   I have always heard that the sun is associated with the male and the moon with the female. Are there any sun goddesses? Who? Where?   Sun lover, in Arizona   Dear Sunny,   In archaic times, people perceived the sun, in its shining prime and glory, the giver of heat and light and life, to be…

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    Jade Owl’s Cottage

    Merry Meet everyone. I am back after taking a month off to plan my wedding for Halloween. Wow, I didn’t know that getting married could be so hard! But we made it and are so happy. I was raised in a Christian household and came into my path after I was grown and away from home, so I still observe some of the Christian holidays with my family. November brings us Thanksgiving and to me it does not matter what your faith or path is, it is never a bad thing to take time to be thankful and give thanks for all that we have. My husband (that sounds so…

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    Bare Feet on an Earth path

    How a New Age Book and a Cookie-Scented Candle Made Me a Better Pagan   It was after the days had started growing longer and everything was pitch black both when I got out of bed and before I got home at night.  Anxiety and depression have a way of flowing like a wave for me: life is pretty okay; nope, not anymore. Up, down, up, down.  I was distinctly down, listening to “Tennis Court” by Lorde on repeat because I realized it just sounds so sad.  And sad people like things like that.  I thought about being pagan and I wondered what it had to offer me now, when…

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    Across the Great Divide

          “Where, Oh Where, Has the Science Gone?” There was a time, about 40 years ago, when paranormal research was fueled more by a passion for science and understanding than for fame and glory. It was a time when some of the world’s most prestigious universities were home to large parapsychology departments conducting cutting-edge research and publishing their theories and findings in the world’s top academic journals where they were discussed and graded on their methodology and scholastic merit. It was a great time for the field- before Hollywood and groups using poor techniques and duct-taped equipment stumbled around with night vision cameras looking for ratings rather than…

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    The Neon Pagan

    “Oh, the weather outside is frightful…” It’s that time of year. The white stuff, aka snow, is forecast, falling, changing to a wintry mix, cancelling school, snarling traffic, causing roofs to collapse, and putting shovel-wielding workers at risk of heart attack. The white stuff is also pulling children out of doors to exercise, giving harried teachers a day off, blanketing everything in an eye-popping mantle of glistening crystal, and providing much-needed slow-release moisture for plants and aquifers. Love it or hate it, snow is going to fall. We can plan for it, but we can’t stop or alter the inexorable accumulation.  Snow is a fact of life in many temperate…

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    Imbolc Correspondences

    February 1, 2 Other Names: Imbolg (im-molc)(em-bowl’g) (Celtic), Candlemas (Christian), Brigantia (Caledonii), Oimelc, Festival of Light, Brigid’s (Brid, Bride) Day, La Fheill, An Fheille Bride, Candelaria (Mexico), Chinese New Year, Disting-tid (Feb 14th, Teutonic), DisaBlot, Anagantios, Lupercalia/Lupercus (Strega), Groundhog Day, Valentines Day. Animals & Mythical Beings: Firebird, dragon, groundhog, deer, burrowing animals, ewes, robin, sheep, lamb, other creatures waking from hibernation. Gemstones: Amethyst, garnet, onyx, turquoise. Incense/Oil: Jasmine, rosemary, frankincense, cinnamon, neroli, musk, olive, sweet pea, basil, myrrh, and wisteria, apricot, carnation. Colors/Candles: Brown, pink, red, orange, white, lavender, pale yellow, silver. Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: White flowers, marigolds, plum blossoms, daffodils, Brigid wheel, Brigid’s cross, candles, grain/seed for blessing, red…

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    Meditation Moment

    Darkest Night of the Soul The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year, which means each night following gets shorter, each day gets that much longer, until the summer solstice in June. Some people stay up on the longest night of the year, burning Yule logs, waiting to witness the rebirth of the sun.  This meditation is for those of us who like that idea, but really don’t have the energy to pull that kind of thing off. I have designed this meditation to work as a miniature “darkest night of the soul,” where you give form to your negative energy until it crushes itself out of you,…

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    Astro Report for January 2014

    Notable Holidays – New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – 00:00:01 am EST Sun in Capricorn – 10 degrees Today is the day to make resolutions, right? And the most difficult thing is keeping your promises (to yourself). And as it happens, the Moon is caught square between its Nodes, which can specifically challenge you emotionally for the skills you need to hone and the talents you have already peaked. You may question yourself whether you have mastered them enough or if you need to enhance them even further. Mercury might be able to help you make a decision… It has just entered Capricorn, so thoughts will make you…