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    Merry Meet

                  Welcome   _________________________________________________________________ In this Issue…   Interview with Luke Eastwood: A Druid’s Journey   Learn to make your own Altar Maypole in Witchcrafting: crafts for witches   The 2nd part of the Croning Series is featured in SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals   Learn The art of Reading Tea Leaves in The Enchanted Cottage   _________________________________________________________________   Interested in becoming a writer with us? Pitch us your ideas at [email protected]   _________________________________________________________________     Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter!!              

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    MoonOwl Observations

    My Journey to Paganism Discovering Paganism wasn’t easy for me. I took several steps in my religious history to find it. I was born into a Roman Catholic family. I was baptised, as most Roman Catholic children are, and I was in an environment where I was told there was one true God, that Jesus had died for my sins, and I wasn’t really told about any other options. Sometimes we would live with my Grandma, and she was quite religious. She was a bit more ‘old school’ than most, and so she had different views than my parents or other relatives. She was much stricter and lived but an…

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    MagickalArts

    The Flames of Beltane The column for this month focuses on Beltane and the creative Fires that are in abundance. We stand at another season and another turn of the Great Solar Wheel. We gather in the fertile space of circle greenery anchored well with phallic maypole standing tall. We dance around the potent fires of Beltane celebrating the sacred union of God and Goddess, youth and maiden and the polarity of seed and womb offered by male and female. The air is fragrant with the promise of summer’s musky scent and shoots of fresh grass elongate delicately upwards, stretching towards Father Sun and longer days to bask in His…

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    Interview with Luke Eastwood: A Druid’s Journey

    Luke Eastwood: A Druid’s Journey   Luke is a musician, poet, painter, photographer and the author of The Journey and A Druid’s Primer, as well as numerous articles on subjects ranging from politics to horticulture. He currently writes a blog for Moon Books on Druidry and Celtic belief. I caught up with Luke to quiz him on his many projects. Mabh: What inspired your original interest in Celtic culture? Luke: It has been so much part of my life for so long that I can’t remember where it started. My father sometimes enthused about Bonnie Prince Charlie and King Arthur, which left a deep impression; my Granny bought me fairy…

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    Witchcrafting: Crafts for witches

    Altar Maypole Merry Meet. For some, it wouldn’t be Beltane without dancing around the Maypole. While not everyone gets to have a 20-foot pole sunk into a 3-foot hole in the middle of a field, everyone can have a mini version on their altar. You just need a dowel or stick about a foot long, a base and ribbon. Let a stick find you, or buy a dowel about a foot long. You will also need a base: a piece of wood from the craft store, a slice of a thick branch or a mound of air-hardening clay. Use a screw, nail or glue to anchor one end of the…

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    Tarot Talk

    Let’s review the Court Cards of the Tarot this month by examining another Tarot “royal,” the King of Cups. First, let’s review the information we went over the last time we discussed the royal family of the Tarot. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four elements (sometimes called “Pips” or…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    SHAKTI GODDESSES Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo Translation: I bow to the primal power. I bow to the all encompassing power and energy. I bow to that through which Goddess creates. I bow to the creative power of the Kundalini, the Divine Mother Power. You Tube Link for above Mantra: Shakti is, at it’s root, power; divine feminine creative power. This power is infinite and is always present; it manifests itself in awareness, in peace, in ecstacy, in our willfullness, in our intuition. There…

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    Astro Report for May 2015

    Saturn still Retro in Sagittarius – 3 degrees Friday, May 1, 2015 – 12:01 am EDT Goes Direct on Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 4:55 am EDT The Planet of caution takes a break from its conservative ways. When it goes retrograde, the Planet actually lightens up on the reins a bit. It allows people to explore further than they normally would. Sagittarius allows it to open its mouth and to say things out of control. It’s time to make sure the brain is engaged before the mouth blurts away. Saturn goes Direct again in August. Pluto goes Retrograde in Capricorn – 15 degrees Friday, May 1, 2015 – 12:01…

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    Beltane Correspondences

    Also known as: May Day, Bealtaine, Beltane, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana (Strega), Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga (Teutonic), Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),Fairy Day ,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch) Date: May 1 Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard Deities: Flower Goddesses, Divine Couples, Deities of the Hunt, Aphrodite, artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility. Tools: broom, May Pole, cauldron Stones/Gems: emerald, malachite, amber,…

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    Musings of a Hereditary Witch

    Memories of Beltaine 2000 For Beltaine 2000, I invited my students and their significant others to participate in ritual on my family’s land. Everyone was asked to bring a potluck dish and 5 yards of 1 inch ribbon in a color that represented a wish. In making preparations I also had everyone sign a ‘hold harmless’ document, required by my family. The morning of ritual we met at my home. The ladies were dressed up, some with floral wreaths, flowers or ribbons in their hair and the men dressed casually in jeans or shorts. We busied ourselves with packing the large cast-iron cauldron, kindling, flowers, food; the ribbons for the…