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    Witchcrafting: Crafts for witches

    “Here Comes the Sun” Merry Meet. June brings us in the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice, also known as Litha and midsummer. It’s one of the four solar festivals. It’s the day with the most time between sunrise and sunset – even if it is just seconds different from the day or two before and after. For thousands of years, this is the time people have honored the Sun God with bonfires, feasts, torchlight parades, games and other celebrations.  One tradition to rise early and greet the sunrise. Another common tradition is to light a candle and keep it going the entire day, especially if it’s cloudy or raining. While…

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    Tarot Talk

    We have yet to talk about Court Cards, and the time has come. This month, we will talk about the Queen of Pentacles, but first a bit of ground work regarding the Tarot “royalty.” A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four elements (sometimes called “Pips” or “Pip Cards”), with numbers…

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    June Correspondences

    The sixth month of the Gregorian Calender, June is the first month of summer. June derives it’s name from the Roman Goddess Juno. Her Greek counterpart is Hera. The traditional birthstone amulets of June are alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl; and the rose is the month’s traditional flower. June is shared by the astrological signs of Gemini the Twins and Cancer the Crab, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Juno, and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty. During the month of June, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Summer Solstice, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year…

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    Goddesses of Sorcery

    Goddess of Protection SGATHAICH Protection can take the form of a turtle, going inside a protective shell, or it can take the form of jaguar, taking the fight to the aggressor! Choosing Turtle Protection or Jaguar Protection is up to you, but creating a ritual to a Warrior Goddess is a good first step in Jaguar Protection. When we get into trouble and we really need help, invoking the Warrior Goddesses to help us find the courage to stand our ground or fight our battles can be an empowering experience. One of the most fabulous warrior Goddesses is the less well-known warrior queen SGATHAICH (pronounced ‘skah’) who presided over a…

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    Tink About It

    Charmed Forever The last year or so I have been re-watching the whole Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Charmed series. I have them all on dvd. I was (and still am) a huge fan of all three of them. They came out around the time I was getting more active on the pagan path for quite some time. So they weren’t my first encounter with wicca and witchcraft, but they arrived at the right time for me. They complemented my interests at the time and furthermore I just love fantasy series. Above all, Buffy and Charmed are about girls/women that take matters into their own hands. No being dependent…

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    Across the Great Divide

      “The Fine Line Between Believer and Skeptic” I’ve been doing a careful dance as of late on a very thin tightrope. I have been skeptical, highly critical, and utterly blatant lately in calling out bullshit when it comes to ghost hunting and paranormal research news. However, I want to make it clear that I am as much a believer in the field and open-minded when it comes to the possibilities posited by the many theories as I have always been. That’s because I believe in the existence of those possibilities and that we, as a species, do not and can not know everything about the universe in which we…

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    Working with Elementals

    A witch works with the Watchers of the four quarters and their attendant elementals to cultivate the four powers of the witch, also called the four powers of the magus. When these have been developed sufficiently in a balanced way, the fifth power emerges, the power of aether. These powers and their associations are as follows:   Direction: East Element: Air Power: To know Watcher: Paralda (Celtic), Alpeno (Stregheria) Star: Aldebaran Elementals: Sylphs   Direction: South Element: Fire Power: To will Watcher: Djinn (Celtic), Settrano (Stregheria) Star: Regulus Elementals: Salamanders   Direction: West Element: Water Power: To dare Watcher: Nicksa (Celtic), Meana (Stregheria) Star: Antares Elementals: Undines   Direction: North…

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    Astro Report for June 2014

    Saturn continues thru June Retrograde The Planet of self-discipline and caution defies gravity in Scorpio, where influences are determined to be dogmatic and placid. The retroactive energy continues to throw Saturn for a loop. Saturn will go Direct on July 20th.     Pluto continues thru May Retrograde Transformations continue to abate, while Pluto rides the outer perimeter in Capricorn. You would think that Pluto would be fine – making transitions and transformations with caution and thrifty actions. However, the Retrograde pulls back that energy. Where your changes take a step forward, you end up going back two steps. Making head way will definitely be difficult unless you really plan…

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    Thriftcrafting: Witching on a Budget

    Rethinking Tools Witches are typically pictured with a cauldron or a besom – or both. That’s because a cast iron cooking pot and a broom were ordinary household objects, safe to be seen with when it wasn’t safe to be a witch. The same goes pretty much for all tools used in witchcraft – which shows that you can use objects you have on hand in magical ways. The cauldron is a symbol of transformation, wisdom and the womb. To my knowledge, a cauldron is always cast iron – the witch’s metal, having strong protective powers – but there is no requirement that it have three legs and rounded sides…

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    MoonOwl Observations

    Selene Selene is a Goddess of the moon. She is generally depicted as either riding a horse or in a chariot drawn by a pair of winged steeds. She drives a white chariot of the moon across the sky each night and is usually shown with a crescent moon on her head. She is one of the Greek triple Goddess’ of the moon. She shares this with artemis and Hecate. Selene is the sky, artemis on earth and Hecate in the lower world and in the world above when it is cloaked in darkness. These three are also known for their aspects as the Mother (Selene), Maiden (artemis) and Crone…