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    Spiritual Seeker

    The world seems to get a little smaller every day. Back with I was pre-teen, I thought it was amazing that I had a penpal in Fiji. I thought everyone was Christian. Catholicism was as exotic as it got, and being a Jehovah’s Witness was so far out there it nearly blew my mind when I met one. Now, I have friends that live in South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, and many other countries. I know people from so many different religions that I’ve nearly lost count. However, while I love the diversity of our modern world, it is leading to many significant issues that our society needs to address.…

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    Nelland Living

    Magical soft smoothies for Imbolc Pamper yourself with these healthy treats, and feel the difference! Become more energetic and loaded with positivity. Get “high” on health!     There is true magic in these delicious smoothies. They ooze an amazing, happy vibe, that will take over you! Try starting by one a day. The recipes are mild-tasting and require only common ingredients. They are all vegan (thus cholesterol-free) and mostly raw.     Soft Strawberry Smoothie (yields 1): 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen) 1 sweet apple 1 banana 1 cup soymilk + Throw all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until super-smooth. (Add soymilk if needed.)    …

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    Interview with Dorothy L Abrams: Magic, Ethics and Standing in your Power

    Dorothy L Abrams: Magic, Ethics and Standing in your Power Dorothy is the author of Identity and the Quartered Circle which is out through Moon Books and available now. She is also a co-founder of the Web PATH Centre, a pagan church and teaching centre near her home in Clyde, New York. I caught up with her to ask her some questions about the book, her magical life and her world outlook. Mabh: You’ve been active in the magical community for many, many years, yet Identity and the Quartered Circle is first book. What inspired you to write this? Dorothy: I finished teaching the first fully successful Wicca IV class…

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    Book Review: The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians

    The Qabala Workbook for Magicians By Anita Kraft © 2013 Weiser Books ISBN: 978-1-57863-535-1 167 pages Paperback $19.95 (U.S.)  I found The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians to be very imforative and not just for magicians but for anyone in the CraftWitchy. In the chapter on how to use the book the author discusses such things as altar cloths, tarot cards, perfumes, candles and more. While these are geared to setting up an altar for the different Sephiroth, the information could be expanded for use on just about any alter. For one not overly familiar with Qabalah I found the information to be very thorough and easy to follow.   After…

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    MoonOwl Observations

    Pele Pele is a Polynesian Goddess of volcanic fire, lightening, wind, volcanoes and sorcery. She is a popular figure in many stories of ancient Hawaii known as Hawaiian mythology. She was born of the female spirit Hina. It is told that she sailed to Hawaii because she was being pursued by her older sister Na-maka-o-kahaí because Pele seduced her husband. She originally landed on Kauaí, but due to her sister flooding her homes, she moved down a chain of islands and ended up landing on Mauna Loa, one of the world’s tallest mountains. Her sister could not send her waves high enough so Pele ended up staying there. Her brothers…

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    Antiquarian Witch

      Prof. Allan Anderson, of San Diego State University, once advised his students to “begin building a world for yourself from the inside out.”  The word ‘world’ is often used to translate the Greek kosmos, and refers to the world as it appears to our senses, with a dome overhead and a horizon around us.  Ignorant people unaware of this meaning of the word think that scriptural references to the roundness of the world prove that ancient peoples knew the planet earth to be round.  Until classical times, the concept of the earth as a planet was nonexistent.    When we use the ancient concept of a cosmos, therefore, we…

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    Tarot Talk

    Let’s talk about another Six card this month, the Six of Swords.  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.  Before we talk about the Six of Swords, if you haven’t read October’s essay on the Six of Pentacles, and in particular the information regarding the number 6, please do so now.   The Six cards of the Tarot offer the concept of forward momentum achieved through victory over the obstacles presented by Four (in the…

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    The Neon Pagan

    Enjoy Responsibly Last summer I went camping at a swell InterFaith retreat in the mountains of south central Pennsylvania. I sat by a first-rate swimming hole and watched a little boy, probably eight or ten, as he tried to build a dam across a stretch of Sideling Hill Creek. Every time he got the rocks to the point where they might hold back the water, something went amiss, and the current rushed through. The boy got frustrated. “Hold still, rocks!” he commanded. He re-arranged them, and, as if talking to a dog, said to the rocks, “Stay.” The rocks didn’t stay. No matter how the boy exerted himself, his construction…

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    Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

    Perpetual Flame   Born yellow, orange and red I was to this wooden limb to this oak dweller but in the sacred grove, wise as a tree, silently walks our caretaker, tending her duty though between solstice and equinox, fall it now was birthed in times of long ago.   Now my entire intention’s to purify Kildare’s sentient beings worth protecting from pestilence, vermin, and imps that no individual petition would overcome clever maliciousness manifested in darkness, each attack unmade, undone – swathed in my embrace.   Wise one, revered Lady of Imbolc we offer bannock and drink; showered by your kindness we raise goblets abundantly flowing with ewe’s milk:…

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    Stones Corner

    Jasper     Relieves stress and insecure feelings.  In medieval Europe red jasper was worn to control bleeding, and green jasper to bring rain.  In modern times amulets of black jasper have been though to ward off lightning.  Yellow for stomach, intestines, liver, spleen areas.  It is earthy and grounding.  Green is fro Respiratory and Heart.  General tissue regeneration, mineral assimilation and general healing.  Darker colors are more grounding and less conductive for healing.  Stimulates the sense of smell.  Promotes stimulation of the immune system.  The placement and effect varies somewhat with the color.  Yellow heart area.  Red is used for bronchial problems, Brown is for grounding, and green for…