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    Tarot Talk

    As promised, this month we will talk about another Six card, the Six of Cups.  In the Tarot Minor Arcana, the Six cards are kind of unique, in part because of the properties of the number 6, and in part because of the properties of the Sephira corresponding to the Tarot Sixes on the Tree of Life, Tiphareth.  Before we talk about the Six of Cups specifically, there is an in-depth discussion of the number Six in last month’s essay on the Six of Pentacles.  If you haven’t read that essay yet, please do so now.   The number 6 offers the concept of forward momentum achieved through victory over…

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    The Lady and the Elemental Powers

    Introduction   As pagans, we are aware of being children of Mother Earth.  She carries us with her from life to life as she evolves at the slow pace of goddesses; for, as a good Mother, she wants to take all of her children with her in her evolutionary journey. Pagans are therefore in no hurry but, as a courtesy, should wish to develop their awareness to the next level, so as not to be a burden to their Mother but rather help her along.   Life thus is school for the children of Earth, and for those who wish to evolve more swiftly, becoming prefects, as it were, in…

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    Tree of Life

    Soup Magic   For me, one of the ‘magical’ aspects of cooking is the way ingredients come together synergistically, creating something which is more than the sum of its parts. Making soup is an especially good way of employing this kind of magic in cooking given the diversity of ingredients and the way they blend together. Ah, soup! Thrifty, warming, soothing, comforting! The perfect cold weather food.   A basic recipe for soup is to fry up some chopped onions and garlic in a little olive oil and butter until they are soft. If you are using spices, throw these in and fry briefly. Now add vegetables and/or meat, stir…

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    NATURE ALCHEMY ~ Journey through Spirit in the Natural World to Yourself

    FAIR FAWN ~ Gift of Innocence ~     The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives forever. ~ John Updike     This is a journey into the Gift of Innocence, a state of natural purity…who we all are, deep within our souls.  Allow yourself to go on this inner journey…into the Spirit of your Beautiful Infinite Self. For here is where you shall find your truth.   Begin by getting comfortable. Find a space that feels at ease with your bod, and allow yourself to get into a soft state of relaxation. Take some deep, healing, cleansing breaths…inhaling and exhaling,…

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    A Day and a Year

    Daily Wicca   While a witch’s life might be full of Sabbats and Esbats, one might have trouble finding the magic in everyday life.  However there are some things you can do daily to assist your spiritual growth and connection to Wicca.  A few minutes a day can help build upon existing knowledge and create a deeper connection to your Wiccan practice.   Mirror Book Scott Cunningham suggests keeping a Mirror Book to record your progress in Wicca.  Different to a Book of Shadows, a Mirror Book is like a diary and can include thoughts, feelings, your magical successes and failures, your doubts, fears, significant dreams and anything else part…

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    January Correspondences

    herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts and cones Colors: brilliant white, blue-violet, black Flowers: carnation, crocus, snow drop Scents: musk, mimosa Stones: garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase Trees: birch Animals: fox, coyote Birds: pheasant, blue jay Spirits:  gnomes & brownies Deities: Freya (Norse); Innana, Sin and Antu (Sumeria); Saravati (Hindu); Hera and Irene (Greece); Ch’ang-O (China); Felicitas; Janus, Pax and Venus (Rome) Power Areas: Sluggish, below the surface, beginning and conceiving, protection, reversing spells, Conserve energy by working on your own personal problems that involve no one else. Time to work on new goals.