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    The Enchanted Cottage

    The Magic of the Greening of the Earth       As the world awakens from the slumber of a long, harsh Winter; Earths children begin to stir with the wonder-like attitude of a child. The sweet sound of bird-song awakens us from our frost-fogged slumber. The welcoming warmth of the Sun brightens our moods and frees us from the dwellings we have sheltered ourselves in so we can escape the frigid winds of Winter.         One of my favorite activities to do as the Earth warms, is to have my morning coffee on my porch and watch as Nature awakens with the vibrant beauty of Spring.…

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    Finding the Pagan Way

    Many people start their exploration of the various neopagan beliefs by looking online or reading books. This may well open up our minds to new ideas and outlooks, but I would advise visiting some Mind, Body and Spirit events to get to know people in the various pagan movements One of the things I have come to love most about the Pagan movement, is the sense of community that exists, despite a huge divergence in beliefs and cultures. In the last five years I have met and befriended many amazing and wonderful people. Tina and I have been to many events. Sometimes as participants and sometimes as visitors. The atmosphere…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Kwan Yin, The Goddess of Mercy and Compassion (This column is dedicated to my dear friend, Denise M.) I think that, at least one time or another, we all need a little mercy and compassion in our lives. When times are such that this is what you need, look no further than Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. She is known by many names in many place – Kannon in Japan; Gwan-Eum in Korea, Kuan Im in Thailand; and other similar pronunciations in bordering countries. ****************************** A mind perfected in the four virtues, A gold body filled with wisdom, Fringes of dangling pearls and jade, Scented bracelets set…

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    Tarot Talk

    Time to head back to the Minor Arcana; let’s talk about the Seven of Wands this month. This card is similar in a lot of ways to the Nine of Wands (which we will discuss next month), but there are major differences as well. Before we begin to compare two cards, we must first get to know each card as an individual; let’s get started. As stated above, the Seven 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 will most likely be connected to more day-to-day issues. We should remember…

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    Renee’s Thought’s Worth Catching

    We are All Worth Catching The Summer Solstice – it is a time for such extreme heat here in Texas, that it is something that is hard for me to look forward to. It has honestly been a hard time for the to even find a way to resonate with at all. As the years have gone on, and the heatwaves have cooked me, I have learned to stay with the air. And then I have come to realize that the themes of this precious time for me included of discovering passion love and relationships (friendships and self included) and igniting gusto for goals and a drive for healthiness. The…