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    Bardic Song of the Month

    This month’s Bardic Song is called “Community Song”. It is a simple tune that has 4 lines for easier repetition and the melody line is rather easy.   When I initially created this song, I wanted it to have a sense of Community. Some of the words are taken from a Circle Casting I learned from a Shaman many years ago. After incorporating those words, I noticed the word ‘unity’ in the Community and thought I should take advantage of it… and so I did.   As much as possible, all songs are created as a single page in pdf format for easier printing and reading. If you play the piano,…

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    Tarot Talk

    This month, we will talk about the Eight of Cups. On the surface, this one looks pretty depressing, but it’s a Cups card so it can’t be all bad! Let’s begin our process of breaking down this card. The Eight of Cups is a Minor Arcana card, so we know right away that the message offered by this card will most likely be more immediate in nature, or will most likely be connected to more day-to-day issues. Notice right away that I am qualifying many of my statements with “most likely” or “usually”; as readers and interpreters and students of the Tarot we do need to remember that every message,…

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    Scentsations

    Meditation and Protective Incenses Meditation Incense: I use oils for this, which I purchase from Azure Green, but I’m sure you can find them at other places: 2 drops Sandalwood 2 drops Frankincense and myrrh 2 drops Rose 2 drops Lotus This is a beautiful smelling incense which can induce a calm, peaceful, meditative state. Unlike most essential oils, these blend perfectly and smell intense. (not so intense that you will be overwhelmed) Protective Incense Warning, this is stinky. I burn it on charcoal disks. I found it really works: Pinch of Vervain Pinch of wormwood Pinch of Angelica Root Pinch of Mugwort Pinch of Yarrow As I said, it’s…

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    Channeling the Beatles: An Interview with David Young

    David Young: I wrote my first book, Channeling Harrison – Book One, and when I was writing finishing that book, my publisher, who had done many books about channeling and paranormal stuff, he told me that it was very likely that if George was involved in my life, John Lennon was likely to join the party at some point. I really didn’t think that was possible; I thought that was very silly. It just didn’t make any sense. I mean, I didn’t believe in channeling, this stuff was such a stretch to me anyway. That just seemed like a ridiculous thing and I wouldn’t even give it an ounce of…

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    Nelland Living

    Triple chocolate – the healthy way before Yule     The centerpiece of my Yule table is definitely chocolate. No turkey or ham, it´s chocolate! While it is still a good three weeks until the occasion, my mind is already set on the treat.   Instead of chowing down bucket loads of pralines a month prior to Yule, I have found a few ways to calm my ever-aching chocolate tooth. Ways that benefit both my taste buds and my nutrient-craving body.   The following three raw recipes all include cocoa, and help curb my appetite for the “real deal” until Yule evening.     Chocolate on Pears (serves 1): 2…

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    Yule Correspondences

    Lesser Sabbat – Winter Solstice, circa Dec 21 Other Names: Jul (“wheel”, Old Norse), Saturnalia(Rome ~December 17 & 18), Yuletide(Teutonic), Midwinter, Fionn’s Day, Christmas (Christian~December 25), Xmas, Festival of Sol, Solar/Secular/Pagan New Year Animals/Mythical beings: yule goat (nordic), reindeer stag, squirrels, yule cat, Sacred White Buffalo, Kallikantzaroi-ugly chaos monsters(greek), trolls, phoenix, yule elf, jule gnome, squirrels, wren/robin Gemstones: cat’s eye, ruby, diamond, garnet, bloodstone Incense/Oils: bayberry, cedar, ginger, cinnamon, pine, rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, wintergreen, saffron Colors: gold, silver, red, green, white Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: bayberry candles, evergreens, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia,mistletoe, lights, gifts, Yule log, Yule tree. spinning wheels, wreaths, bells, mother & child images Goddesses: Great Mother, Befana (strega),…

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    Thriftcrafting: Witching on a budget

    Mixing up Protection   War Water by Roberto Vargas   Merry Meet. For $10, you can buy four ounces of War Water, which, the description states, has been used for centuries for protection, and when placing and removing curses. While it was created and aged for thirty days using rain from a violent thunderstorm, along with roots and coffin nails, those are not all required elements. And, considering how easy it is to make, it’s something everyone can do. Full moon rain might be nice, but water from any natural body of water or even from the tap can be used. Also consider melted snow. A friend makes his (see…

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    Musings of a Hereditary Witch

    Winter Magic I write this article for a street person name Dale, who I now believe was a muse in disguise. He showed up recently at the bottom of my off ramp and in the 8 years I have been taking this off ramp for home, I have never seen a street person here. He was tall and lanky with one foot bandaged, but I felt he was more than he seemed (you know that knowingness, that intuition that guides us). I gave him a couple of dollars, he smiled and said thank you. I drove on, but something nagged at the back of my mind. The next day, I…

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    Renee’s Thoughts Worth Catching

    A Personal Path to Divinity I am asked a lot how do I stay connected to the Divine? And how do I even receive messages from them in a world full of distractions? My answer is simple: I already know who and what this and by the time you finish this article, you will know exactly who and where to find the proverbial “IT”. A lot of people, for some reason, feel that this should be an easy thing to do. It actually is, but only after you try. You cannot just arrive at a conclusion that the Divine is telling you this and that unless you really open your…

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    Seeing the Signs

    Divining By Wish-Bone   In my kitchen, I have two baskets hanging over my stove with recipes jotted onto small pieces of paper & stuffed into them – Pâte Brisée and Pâte Sucré on one and Yummy Good Granola Bars on another – and on the smaller of the two baskets hang five wish-bones. Two from turkeys and three from chickens. The other day, my son was asking me about them. “Why don’t you break them and make a wish?” he inquired. “Isn’t it bad luck if you don’t use them?” I had never considered that. For years, I had done one turkey a year – at Thanksgiving – and…