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    Merry Meet

    Welcome to the September Issue of PaganPages.   As we enter into fall we wanted you to have a packed issue to read.  In this issue you will find all your Mabon Correspondence needs.  as well as…   An Interview with Author Tom Swiss   A Featured article on Gavin and Yvonne Frost entitled The Frosts and Consent Culture by Shauna Aura Knight   A Book Review and Craft for the Children’s Book Ahn’s Anger by Gail Silver and Christiane Krömer   Child star Tom North discusses with us trauma from his past and how Meditation has helped him overcome.     We are also proud to introduce our New…

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    From The Muse

    Lord Of The Woodlands Dawn brings a cold grey light beneath a moody sky that does not seem to greet the day with joy. A sleepless night is followed by a solitary walk. I long for peace,- but expectations are not high. The glistening grass has soaked my feet, and chilled me to the bone. I curse myself for such a choice of routes, but still I’m grateful for this time alone. The woodlands beckon me with sheltered paths beneath it’s softly sighing trees. Perhaps in such a sheltered grove My aching mind may find some ease. So I wandered in that twilight world that held the dawn at bay,…

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    Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

      Applesauce Merry Meet. For the last seven years, I have celebrated Mabon by gathering for a weekend in sacred space with an ever-growing circle of Goddesswomen. I wanted to share something that has become a traditional craft – making applesauce. The apple is one of Mabon’s symbols. It represent the Crone and the harvest. The apple has also been a symbol for life, immortality, healing, wholeness and renewal. For witches, it contains a “secret.” When you turn an apple on its side and cut it open, it reveals a pentagram containing five seeds that stand for the elements and the directions. Apples are a fruit which gives life, but…

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    Seeing the Signs

    Divining With Dice I have a small Crown Royal Bag that I carry with me everywhere I go. In it is a deck of Rider-Waite Tarot Cards, a white quartz crystal, a rosary and a set of dice. I have a folded piece of paper with seventeen divinatory meanings written on it – from two to eighteen – representing the various ways the dice can fall after being thrown. I copied these from Sasha Fenton’s The Fortune-Teller’s Workbook. Fenton calls this “The Simplest Method” and “the oldest method of reading dice.” (Fenton, 78) They follow along the basic lines of numerology – twos are partnership, fives are strife, tens are…

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    From the Shadowlands

    “So You Want to be a Bad Apple”   Most people are familiar with the expression that one bad apple can ruin the barrel. This same principle can be applied to people. It’s seen all the time in work situations, or social situations. All it takes is one person to turn a decent job into a nightmare or a fun social occasion into an ordeal. While I have seen situations in these areas, this article is about the bad apple at Festival and how to be one. First, a pompous name is good. Try for something like Lady Fluffyfairy Twinkletoes Extraordinaire or Lord Mighty Thor’s Son on Earth. You get…

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    Bardic Song of the Month

    This month’s Bardic Song is called “Mabon Song”. It is a simple tune that has 4 lines for easier repetition and the melody line is rather easy. I wrote this song to instill balancing energy. As you read it for chanting or singing, the words of the Song illicit an idea of finding balance, because the time of the year is also of balance astrologically. Typically written in a minor key, Pagan Songs have always grasped a sense of spirituality for me, which shows in my music as well. When I am writing Ritual, I always try to include something Bardic, whether it’s chanting, singing or a story to be told or a…

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    Warrior Women

    Rafea Anad   I first “met” Rafea Anad on a PBS TV show called Solar Mamas, one of a series of programs collectively entitled Why Poverty? She was thirty-two years old at the time, with four daughters (a fifth came along a bit later.) She is a Bedouin and lived in a traditional tent in the middle of the Jordanian desert, close to the Iraqi border. Her village was said to be one of the poorest of all the desert villages in Jordan. Rafea Anad was given the opportunity to travel to India, to the Barefoot College, to learn to be a solar engineer. This college, the brainchild of entrepreneur…

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    Review of Children’s Book & a Craft Project: Ahn’s Anger by Gail Silver and Christiane Krömer

      Ahn’s Anger by Gail Silver and Christiane Krömer   Age Range: 4 – 7 years Grade Level: Preschool – 2 Hardcover: 40 pages Publisher: Plum Blossom Books; First Ed First Printing edition (August 11, 2009) Language: English     Ahn’s Anger gave a face to the emotion that humans have the most difficulty understanding and properly channeling. Watching my three children grow and evolve, I have worked to each one, in their own way, how to recognize their anger, and not act on it or channel it in a destructive manner. This book addresses well this emotion and opens space for this conversation to take place with even the youngest of…

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    Interview with Author Tom Swiss

    Tom Swiss: Why Buddha Touched the Earth     Tom Swiss has been a practicing Pagan since 1990, and a student of Asian culture through the lens of traditional martial and healing arts since 1985. He is a karate student and instructor He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, and has a keen interest in how technological changes affect societies.   Shadowdancer:  How challenging was the research for Why Buddha Touched the Earth? Tom:  I hadn’t had to do this sort of research since my college days, so it was a challenge to pull out some of those old skills. But the Web made…

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    Nelland Living

    Healthy Fall Earrings My goal is to reach my 103rd birthday in the far future. But to achieve that in the best possible condition and state of mind needs some serious groundwork. One aspect of it is nurturing myself with healing and empowering, all natural essential oils. I have gone one step further than just lighting up an aromalamp at home; I wear them in my earrings. I created the idea of aromatherapy earrings nearly a year ago, and am totally hooked on it now! I craft the earrings myself, and each model holds a special place for an absorbent material for essential oils. You simply add one drop of…