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    Merry Meet

                              Welcome   ____________________________________________________________________   In this Issue…   An interview with author and Shamanic Healer Yvonne Ryves.     A Review of the Book “Breaking The Mother Goose Code: How A Fairy-Tale Character Fooled the World for 300 Years” by Jeri Studebaker       Learn about the Fae this month in Witches Soul Work     This month’s herb in the Apothecary is Rosemary.     …and finally…   We say a fond farewell to one of our favorite columns this month, Nelland Living, as Nella Nuora takes her final bow and leaves us with her thoughts.  Blessings on…

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    SpellCrafting: Spells and Rituals

    Fertilizing an Egg Merry meet! Eggs are a major theme for Ostara. They represent rebirth, fertility and spring. This spell will fertilize an egg with your intention that then can be placed on your altar, buried or hidden in nature as a gift to the God/dess. Write your desire, wish or intent on a piece of paper and roll it up tightly. Inflate a small balloon, insert the paper and tie off the balloon. reprinted with permission from Amy Anderson from her blog With a sponge brush, apply Mod Podge to the balloon. Tie one end of a ball of yarn or string to the knot of the ballon, then…

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    The Enchanted Cottage; Magick for the Witch’s Home

    Household Spirits They have many names and epithets depending on the region you live. The Scottish Brownie, Italian Lare and Lasa, Slavic Domovoi, and the Korean Gashin are just a few names these spirits have been known as. Household Spirits have existed throughout time as the protective daemon of one’s home. They are the animistic energy that dwell within the walls of our temples and homes. Sometimes tricksy and known to hide our valuables from us, the Spirits are for the mist part harmless. The energy we put into the care of our homes and the love we share with those who share our living space can determine the mood…

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    Bardic Song of the Month

    March 2015 This month’s Bardic Song is called “Earth Song”. It is a simple tune that has 4 lines for easier repetition and the melody line is rather easy. It can be used to call a Quarter that is compatible with Earth for the individual or Group.   This song is good for little kids to memorize. It’s that simple. It offers four simple reasons why the Earth is here. It’s our Mother, our Bone, our Life and our Home. The song stays within the musical scale of G, but it can be transposed into any key for vocal comfort.   As much as possible, all songs are created as…

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    Witches Soul Work

    Witches Soul Work Part 4: Faery “If that which thou seek thy find not within thee, thy will never find it without.” (1) The Craft involves deep soul work leading to understanding the authentic self, the connection with the divine, and understanding the Mysteries. If you were Buddhist you might called this enlightenment. What is enlightenment for Witches? Many people new to the Craft read the beginner books and think that that is all there is. I would like to share with you some of the ways that Traditional Witches do soul work, the way they approach and understand the Mysteries and an exploration of what the Mysteries are. This…

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    Astro Report for March 2015

    Jupiter still Retrograde in Leo – 14 degrees Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 12:01 am EST Goes Direct on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 8:08 am EDT When the grandiose Planet of blowing things out of proportion is Retrograde, the ability to erupt ill feelings at home can still be potential, if you’re not careful. Family matters most in life, so take care to enjoy the time you have. Find time and energy to have fun. Avoid the pessimism that can occur during Jupiter’s Retrograde.     Unique Bucket formation Monday, March 2, 2015 – 11:51 pm EST A Bucket formation is generally when all the Planets are on one…

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    A Moment for Meditation

    Mala Beads Mala beads are used when chanting, repeating mantras, or the name of a deity. They are also used to focus your mind during your meditation. The word “mala” comes from the Sanskrit word for garland. The earliest traces of mala beads dates back to at least the 3rd century BCE. However, it is said that Buddha himself gave us the instructions for their use. There is a sutra (teaching) that tells us that there was once a king who prayed extremely hard to Buddha for a simple way to help ease his suffering from all the difficulties he faced. Buddha responded by telling him to get 108 soapnut…

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    Musings of a Hereditary Witch

    The Hawthorn Tree I was visiting my mom and my aunt the other day out at the ranch, which formerly belonged to my grandma and where I grew up. We were sitting around the old Formica table in the kitchen chatting on about how green everything was, when my aunt said that she was going to have the Hawthorn cut down. “What for?” I blurted out, before remembering that grandma left her the house and surrounding property. She said the thorns were too dangerous. Well okay, yes, the thorns can grow to three inches, but we all grew up with the tree and learned to be respectful of it. My…

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    The Magic Theatre of Witchcraft

    Introduction: The rites of witchcraft, whether performed alone or with others, are a form of magic theatre. One goes to them not to sit in the audience but to participate in the performance. Audiences can arrive tired, perhaps somewhat dispirited, prepared to relax and, if possible, receive some form of uplift from the spectacle. This is not the case with performers; they must be vigorous, well-balanced in their energies, with energies pitched high and practically electric. The rite itself should, if performed well, both deepen and further heighten those energies, but one goes to the magic theatre to give and share energy rather than to be lifted out of some…

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    MoonOwl Observations

    A Brief Look at Uranus Uranus also goes by Ouranos. He is sometimes known as Father Heaven, or simply, The Sky. He was Gaia’s son and husband, as Gaia created Uranus to cover her all over, and to be as resting place, always secure, for all the blessed gods, and then she created hills and pontos. Gaia and Uranus had many offspring together. Uranus is the father of Cronus, the twelve Titans, the Cyclops and the Hundred Handed. Now, Uranus hated his children, and felt threatened by them as well. He worried they would overrule him, so as soon as each Titan was born, he hid it within Gaia. She…