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    Merry Meet!

      Welcome to the November Issue of PaganPages __________________________________________________________   In This Issue…   We introduce a new Oils, Incense, & Herbs column – Scentsations Learn about the Magick in your Smile in Spellcrafting:  Spells & Rituals The Enchanted Cottage share’s a Protection for the Witch’s Home Make a Spell Board with Witchcrafting __________________________________________________________ We are always looking for new columnists at PaganPages.  If you have ever been interested in writing, art, photography, and have knowledge you would like to share, pitch us your ideas! Currently we have openings in the following departments: Herbal Columnist:  Writer is to discuss herb/s monthly, giving healing & magickal properties,  recipes/crafts may be included. …

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    Nelland Living

    Samhain Fashion: The Hobo The newest outfit in my artistic Samhain collection is this, the hobo. Strongly inspired by Charlie Chaplin, but in a modern and streamlined way.   ?  Black is the color of my Samhain palette, and with this I go all the way. The look is quite masculine, as I like to play with the theme every now and then.     ?  Makeup is quite strong and only shades of grey and brown are used, but to balance out masculinity, applied in a feminine way. Androgyne is not the way I´m going for. The earrings are nearly unisex, and the only piece of jewelry worn with…

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    Finding the Pagan Way

    I often wonder what it is that makes some people spend their whole lives searching for truth or enlightenment. For myself, I believe it was an effort to justify the feeling of being ‘different’ from those around me. Now I can accept that I am neither better or worse than those around me. I am simply fascinated by the challenge of making sense of a very complicated universe. My own father disparaged the idea of any fairness in the world. I disagreed totally. Intuitively, it seemed to me that there had to be a pattern and a plan to the world. In the ideas of spiritual evolution and reincarnation, I…

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    Spellcrafting: Spells and Rituals

    The Magic of Your Smile Merry meet! When making magic, we think about instruments, ingredients and incantations along with an infusion of intention. Magic, however, is not something to be made; it already exists and it’s everywhere. It’s energy. It’s the essence of creation. It’s our connection to all the universe. It is joy and laughter, wonder and truth. It’s natural. It’s simple. It’s real. Perhaps the most simple and natural way to get in touch with magic – to feel it’s very real power – is to smile. Researchers and spiritual teachers both agree that a smile can transform you and the world around you. It’s an instant mood…

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    MoonOwl Observations

    The Goddess Brigit Brigit is the goddess of communication, fertility and war. She is also responsible for fire, wisdom and protecting the flocks. The ancient Brigit was in one of her three forms the goddess of Smithcraft. She also ruled poetry and inspiration, carrying a cauldron. Her third identity was as a goddess of healing and medicine. She is Celtic and she lives in the garden between two towers of learning. Her sacred animal is the fox, which is the embodiment of alert intelligence. She is also referred to as Bigid, Brigantia and Bridgit and is commonly called ‘the exalted one’ or ‘the bright one’. This triple goddess of the…

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    Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Getting Answers      Merry Meet. This time of year, when the veil between the worlds is thin, divination is a common practice. One of the easiest ways to find answers is with a pendulum. Traditionally, pendulums are used to respond to questions with a yes or no answer. Until you are completely comfortable with a pendulum, I learned to begin by asking it, “Show me yes.” The swing it gives – typically forward and back – is what your yes will look like. You can do the same for no – which traditionally is a swing from side to side. A friend of mine said her pendulum swings widdershins…

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    Musings of a Hereditary Witch

    Twerp – The Best Familiar I want to share with you about the best familiar this witch has ever had. He came to me as a Mother’s Day gift from a friend, an orange Tabby that fit in the palm of my hand. She told me he was the runt of the litter and needed a good home. He was so cute! He had white from under his chin spreading out down his whole underside to his tail. The rest of him was Tabby orange. Immediately I wanted to name him Merlin, but familiars have a way of naming themselves. The little trouble maker that he was, earned him the…

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    Scentsations

    Healing Oils and Candles I do a lot of healings, either for myself, my family, or my friends on my Facebook group. I did one recently, as a matter of fact. I have fibromyalgia and severe arthritis. The fibromyalgia causes body pains, extreme fatigue, nausea, and irritable bowel syndrome. My arthritis, while all over, primarily affects my ankles and my right knee. It can get so bad that I have difficulty walking. And on those days, the prescription anti-inflammatory just doesn’t work. This spell I did for four people: myself, two friends on my Facebook group, and my cousin who has Spina Bifida, is confined to a wheel chair, and…

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    Warrior Women

    Of all the warrior women about whom I have written, Boudicca is my favourite. She is my heroine, my inspiration. And she was a warrior. Really. If you have not yet met Boudicca, allow me to introduce her. Boudicca was queen of the Iceni tribe who lived in what is now known as East Anglia, in southern England. Dio Cassius, a Roman historian, describes her thus: “She was huge of frame, terrifying of aspect, and with a harsh voice. A great mass of bright red hair fell to her knees.” This is exactly how I imagine her, tall and strong with long, long red hair. She must have been a…

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    Tink About it

    Crown the Crone! Last month I turned 46. That’s when people start saying things like “oops, you are on the wrong side of 40 now” or “50 is coming soon”. Often disguised as a joke, but every so often with a serious tone of voice. It was the same when I turned 40. To be honest I didn’t really care, on the contrary: I gave a big party to celebrate it and had a great time! If someone says ‘you are getting old’ I always reply with ‘I hope so!’ Of course getting older isn’t all fun and games, but I refuse to give in to the negative stereotype of…