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    Merry Meet!

               HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!   ____________________________________________   In This Issue…   We introduce you to a new herbal column “Notes from the Apothecary” featuring Sage this month   We feature two very interesting interviews. Practicing Shaman Isabella Stoloff and Author, artist, Pagan Priestess Romany Rivers     Learn to make your own Beeswax Candles in Witchcrafting     Read up on Kali in She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names     ____________________________________________   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…

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    She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Kali   “By you this universe is borne, by you this world is created By you it is protected, O Devi. By you it is consumed at the end You who are eternally the form of the whole world, at the time of creation you are the form of the creative force, at the time of preservation you are the form of the protective power and at the time of the dissolution of the world you are the form of the destructive power You are the Supreme Knowledge, as well as ignorance, intellect and compassion” From the Devi-Mahatmya I was unsure of which Goddess to choose for the January column. …

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    On Witch Wars…   My articles focus on Sabbats, and it is not time to write about the next Sabbat JUST yet. So I am writing about something that we all know all too well about and that drives many of us insane. The ugly presence of Witch Wars in our communities. It seems like the spats, ego contests, and just plain out bad behavior in Pagan communities and groups gets a lot more attention than the good things we do sometimes. Shops compete for patrons. Covens argue over who knows most, and people fling name calling and curses at one another on a regular basis. Many reading this probably…

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    Hedgewitch Days!

    Picture perfect 2015! Hi my lovelies, 2015 has come screaming in way too fast…time is certainly playing its tricks on this old Hedgewitch, who gave permission for time to speed up? 2014 was a year of excitement as my first book was published and everyone seemed to be moving! I moved house, as did both of my daughters, one at University and one with the 3 grandbabies to a bigger home, packing boxes were flying around the family like a bag of sweets! There is something wonderful about moving house. I know it is supposed to be one of the most stressful things you can do, however, I am a…

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    MoonOwl Observations

    Consecrating Objects Anything you purchase will have been handled by other people and will have traces of their energies on it. This especially applied to anything second-hand. Second-hand items could have been used for any number of purchases, including dark magic. Anything you tend to use magically will need previous energies removed. There are a large number of ways you can consecrate and cleanse and item. Some ways will work well with certain objects and not with others. Of course there are other ways that may be more convenient for you and also, the resources you have will also play a part. You should always follow what you feel is…

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    Signposts

    Pagan Polytheism I practice a hard polytheistic path.  I believe in the individuality of different deities; that they are, in fact, different beings.  I didn’t start out this way.  Like many aspects of my path my beliefs evolved as I learned and experienced new things.   Before Paganism I thought I had a pretty good idea about how things worked.  I had an understanding of the role of a God in life and had been raised with a specific version of what that God was like.  There was a “take it or leave it” view; you either believed in the God of Abraham or you were an atheist.  There were…

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    Finding the Pagan Way

    I hope that I have not exhausted the reader as they followed my journey so far. I have never kept a diary, and I guess that I am simply reviewing my own past as I look at what paganism means to me. Also, because I write about faeries, a lot of people think I am in a fluffy world of my own. Nothing could be further from the truth. Until I met my dear Tina Kavanagh, I followed a very logical, analytical path. I joined and studied many groups who were involved in the paranormal.   I read widely on psychology, hypnotism, anthropology, philosophy, religion, and anything even remotely connected…

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    Tarot Talk

    Since we are in an “Eight” frame of mind after talking about the Eight of Cups last month, let’s talk about another Eight, the Eight of Wands. The Eight of Wands is an interesting card, especially if you tend to favor Tarot decks with images on the Minor Arcana Pip cards rather than symbols of the suit, because its traditional image is one of the few Minors without people on it. Let’s investigate the Eight of Wands. As stated above, the Eight of Wands 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…

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    Nelland Living

    Colors of New Year Nature rules! It is the greatest source of beauty with it´s ever changing scenery of light, colors, and seasons. Nature is my greatest inspiration for creating beauty in my life. Deep dark blue and silver make the perfect couple in my color palette around New Year´s. The sky shows it´s darkest side now, bathing in deep murky blue most of the time. Luckily there are also stars up there, twinkling ever so brightly on cold clear nights. That´s the combination I embrace this time of year, at late Yule, after Christmas and before Imbolc. (Sadly my little snapshot camera is unable to capture the beauty.) When…

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    Witches’ Paradigms Part 1: The Wheel of the Year

    Part One: The Wheel of the Year Whereas non-pagans are guided by sacred books, pagans are guided by nature. Nature guides us through the course of the seasons. We take our moods, our goals and the way we pursue them, from the seasonal round, which is called ‘The Wheel of the Year’. Witches of our Celtic tradition follow three interlocking paradigms throughout the year. The course of the Sun throughout the year is plotted by the Wheel of the Year. The course of the lunar month is plotted by the phases of the Moon and their meaning. And the sequence of lunar months through the solar year is plotted by…