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    Hedgewitch Days!

    Celebrating the Forgotten Goddess Within! Hi my lovelies! March is here, yay…bring on that BST and the extra hour of daylight!!! Spring is springing and nature is in full on fertility mode, 50 shades of Grey has nothing on our natural world. The cycle of the Goddess is well and truly underway for the year, the maiden rules once again, all young, beautiful and full of promise. But with everything screaming newness and freshness I can’t help thinking it is all a little past me. Ok, I can feel the vibrancy of the Maiden in nature, but in my inner world that phase is over. At 44 I can’t really…

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    March Correspondences

    The Storm Moon Spring sowing The name March came from the God Mars, for this month was sacred to him. Mars is much like the other God’s – Ares’s (Greek), Tiu or Tiwaz (Central Europe), Teutates (celts), and Tyr (Norse). Astrological Signs: Pisces, February 19 – March 20, Aries, March 21 – April 20 Birthstones: Aquamarine Nature Spirits: Mer-people, Air and Water beings who are connected with spring rains and storms. Animals: Cougar, hedgehog, boar Birds: Sea crow, sea eagle Trees: Alder, dogwood Flowers: Jonquil, daffodil, violet Herbs: Broom, High John Root, yellow dock, wood betony, Irish moss Scents: Honeysuckel, apple blossom Colors: Pale green, red-violet Stones: Aquamarine, bloodstone God/dess:…

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    Interview With Yvonne Ryves

    Yvonne Ryves: Weaving the Web Yvonne Ryves is a practicing shamanic healer, shamanic drum maker, holistic therapist and trainer. Living and working in West Cork, Ireland, she runs courses on energy healing and shamanic work. She has recently contributed to the Shaman Pathways series with the book Web of Life, cited as a new approach to using ancient ways in contemporary times. I caught up with Yvonne to find out a bit more about the book. Mabh: What inspired you to write Web of Life? Yvonne: For some time before I wrote Web of Life, I had been aware of how often I came across ways of working which were…

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    Tarot Talk

    Back to the Minors this month; let’s talk about the Five of Pentacles. This is a fitting card to consider, as its traditional image shows a woman and a child in rags, braving a cold snowstorm! I live in New Jersey, and we have had some cold and snow these past weeks, so I have just the right frame of mind to delve into this card. The Five of Pentacles 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. Remember, while on the surface…

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    Finding the Pagan Way

    Touching Mother Earth I was sitting in my van one morning, quite recently. The windows were open and I was listening to a pretty little bird chattering away as I gazed across the misty fields. It was a cold damp morning, everything tinged with silver and grey. I could hear the distant traffic from the M180,- it sounded like waves on shore. I relaxed and allowed my mind to wander. I began to ponder on the myth, and the hidden purpose of civilization. I found myself sitting in a cave, looking out past a large fire in the entrance. Behind it, I felt protected from wolves and bears, but I…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Freya     Freya, or Freyja, Queen of the Valkyries and Queen Mother of the Vanir, is both a goddess of love, peace and sexuality, as well as the ruler of war and death. As a goddess of peace, she is the spirit of the Earth’s fertility, as she is always there when Spring has awakened, and removes herself from earth in the Fall and Winter. As one of the Vanir, she was a giver of magic, and as such, she taught women chosen by her, magic songs to allow them to see into the future. As Queen of the Valkyries, she clothed herself in a falcon-feathered cloak and her…

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    MagickalArts

    The Calling: The Magick of Experience This morning I felt the need to be outside at lunch. This had nothing to do with the beautiful sunny weather. Instead, it was a deep yearning to hear and feel what I sensed needed my time and attention. I work in an office, sitting at the computer for most of my workday. Although we have a window that looks out to a tree-lined neighborhood there is nothing natural about this environment. So, at lunch I walked to my favorite space that is nestled within a bustling suburban community. As I sat quietly on the porch of the historic colonial home that was once farmland.…

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    Tink About it

    Religious Tolerance Religions and politics are very much in the spotlights today. Of course they have always been but now more than ever. Especially actions taken in the name of a religion dominate the news: IS and the terrorism in the name of Islam, the Arab-Israeli conflict and so many other conflict and wars all around the world. What we see in the news is only a tip of the iceberg… I watch it, try to follow and be informed about what’s happening everywhere. Some people are so fed up with it they stopped watching the news and reading the papers. That’s a choice too, but not mine. Because it…

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    Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Bread for Cakes Merry Meet   Every Easter, my Catholic Sicilian grandmother made a special bread. It was a bit sweet, braided and had colored eggs in it. Last year, when planning cakes and ale for Ostara, it occurred to me to use this bread – after all, Easter does draw on may Spring Equinox celebrations. I was able to special order a braided ring, complete with eggs, from an Italian bakery, even though Easter was still weeks away. (See photo.) This year, I plan to make my own. I feel it honors my ancestors and keeps a tradition alive, albeit modified. Gram’s recipe died with her, but I think…

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    Seeing the Signs

    The I-Ching Way back in 1985, I found a small paperback at a used book sale – perhaps I spent a whole quarter on it. It was I-Ching: The Book of Change, translated and edited by John Blofeld and I remember being really excited to get this book. This was before I even had a Tarot deck or knew much about numerology or anything, really. It was one of the first books of its kind I ever owned. It was originally published in Britain in 1965 and it was very scholarly in tone and attitude. In 1985, I wasn’t scholarly in any sense of the word, and I skipped over…