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    Tink About it

    Crafty witch   On the internet and around me in real life I see a lot of crafty witches. I like to make things too. I’ve made my own runes from willow wood, made my own drum, several brooms, etc. In the past I’ve done a lot like making paper cards, creative journaling, using all kinds of techniques. So… it’s not that I’m not creative or something. There’s a part of the crafty world though that I can’t find my way in, although I’ve tried several times. On Pinterest and Facebook I see lots of beautiful wool work: crocheted and knitted mostly. My mum learned me how to knit when…

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    Connecting with Nature

    Water for Life   Water is one of the five elements and sacred in so many ways. It brings life, promotes healing and purification. Water is important for most living things, without it humans would perish. We rely on water for our bodies in various ways such as regulating pH, digestion, transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells, removing waste, lubricating joints, electrolyte balance, temperature regulation and much more. Not only do we ingest it, we also use it for cooking, washing, cleaning, recreation and growing food.     About 70% of the earth’s surface is water and that amount stays relatively the same each year as the water gets recycled.…

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    Musings of a Hereditary Witch

    The Need Fire of Imbolc/Brighid’s Fire In ancient Ireland, all hearth fires would be extinguished and laid with fresh logs on Imbolc. A community fire would be built and presided over by the community leaders, most often Chieftains of the tribe. The fire represents the purification from the winter energy and a blessing from Brighid. A young girl would be chosen to light a torch from the fire. In a procession, she would then go house to house with her torch. She would be welcomed in and praised as the embodiment of Brighid. The girl would then light the hearth fire and offer a blessing to the household. On Imbolc…

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    A Year And A Day

    Paganism   Definitions of paganism are difficult because most Pagans do not operate within a centralised religious body or follow a standard set of rules.  However there are similarities between the various Pagan and Neopagan traditions, including reverence for the Earth and nature.  Many Neopagans share common beliefs with indigenous traditions including pantheism, polytheism, and animism.   Below are examples of some of the largest groups within the Pagan and Neopagan movement.  However given Paganism’s eclectic nature, these are purely generalizations and there are many variations and interpretations!   Wicca Wicca is the largest of the Neopagan religious groups, thought to be started in the 1950s by Gerald Gardner in…

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    Goddesses of Sorcery

    Brighid of the Augery                 Imbolc is coming and many Wiccans honour the Goddess Brighid on this Sacred Day. Brighid is a central figure in the Celtic mythos and one of the world’s most beloved Goddesses. She crosses cultures and faiths from Christianity to Paganism. In Catholicism she is still prayed to as St. Brigit of Kildare (b.451-d.523), although she was one of the “Saints” removed from the Catholic calendar in the 1960s. In the 8th century Cormac mac Cuilennain, the king-bishop of Munster in Ireland compiled the first linguistic dictionary on any non-classical languages of Europe on Irish words. This is part of his entry on Brighid.(1) Brighid—a poetess,…

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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 a New Year Clean Sweep     Dear Mama Donna,   This has been the year from hell. I feel used, abused, and grimy. My entire life has gotten out of control. In my depression I have even let my normally orderly house go. My family is disgusted. What symbolic act can I do at New Year that would help to make me feel like I…

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    Signposts

    Imbolc and New Beginnings Following the Sabbats is one of my favorite parts of being Pagan.   I like marking the change of the seasons.  I like the different ways we welcome the changes, whether simply updating the colors around our house or just focusing on something different in our lives. As cold as this winter has been, I’m really looking forward to Imbolc. While nothing beats the picturesque views of snow falling outside while a fire roars in the fireplace, my home is in Texas.  I like warmer temperatures.   Like may not be the right word – I need the warmth.  For me Imbolc is the first sign that warmer…