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    Witches Soul Work

      Witches Soul Work: The Witch as a Shaman   “Shamanism is a world-wide practice in which the spiritual interrelationship of the earth with the Otherworlds forms an interwoven fabric of physical and psychic being, affecting all forms of life, both seen and unseen. Shamans are walkers between the worlds and interpreters of the spirit realms. They explore these unseen realms by means of the spirit journey (which occurs in shamanic trance) to interact with the beings they encounter there and to retrieve knowledge, healing and advice, which may benefit the people. Shamanism exists among peoples who have an animistic worldview; in many cultures it functions as spirituality, although it…

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    A Moment for Meditation

    The 2nd Chakra After taking a break from the chakras last month to discuss healing meditations, I return to the chakras with the 2nd chakra. As I mentioned previously, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes: **Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Thyme   Thyme is a Mediterranean shrub with rich history that belies its small stature. From being used to in Ancient Egyptian embalming to being the main ingredient in your mouth rinse at the dentist, thyme is a powerful, beautiful herb with surprising and magical qualities. The Kitchen Garden Thyme is absolutely delicious. Despite its Mediterranean origins, the herb is widely used in many different cuisines today, adding its pungent flavour and aroma to roast meats, stews, pasta, pizza and even curry. Culpeper believed the herb was a remedy for flatulence which would certainly be one reason why it has been used as a food additive…

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    MagickalArts

    The Eloquence of Calliope This month I offer a look at one of my favorite muses, Calliope. Enjoy! The Muse, Calliope is the oldest of the Muses and according to the Theogony of Hesiod was foremost of the muses. Holding this preeminence, suggested her creative gifts were many with specific association with music and song and is often depicted playing the harp in early art work. In many mythological tales, Calliope is the mother of the Bard and player of the lyre, Orpheus. Calliope’s gifts of eloquence and music moved through her child Orpheus, considered to be the greatest musician and poet of Greek mythology having the ability to stir…

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    Astro Report for August 2015

    Venus still Retro in Leo– 29 degrees Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 12:01 am EDT Goes Direct on Saturday, September 5, 2015 – 6:17 pm EDT The Planet of love and adoration is still going against the grain preparing to trek across the face of the Sun. Affections at this time will seem to be awry in family-oriented Leo. Not to worry, though. Venus is strong-willed and has the capacity to overcome this obstacle. She allows her love and affection to come and go as needed or wanted, sometimes to a fault.     Saturn still Retro in Scorpio – 28 degrees Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 12:01 am EDT…

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    Finding the Pagan Way

    Spiders, and the path to a wider understanding of the world. Thanks to a growing interest in shamanism in New Age and Pagan circles, many people now speak about their animal guides and totems. An increasing number of people have had personal experiences of meeting some of their animal guides in meditations or simply bumping into their totem animals. Even those among us who are more attracted to mainstream culture, and perhaps are less interested in the wider aspects of spirituality, have been enchanted by “Aesop’s Fable” and the tales of Beatrix Potter. Stories like “Jungle Book” and “Call of the wild” have charmed readers since the last century. Many…

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    Tarot Talk

    July was a Blue Moon month (in fact, the Blue Moon, the second full moon in a calendar month, was yesterday, the 31st of July), so it is only fitting that we look at the Major Arcana card known as The Moon. We will compare The Moon to last month’s card, The Sun. First, we should quickly define and describe some terms. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck, 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. An archetype…