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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Garlic       Not strictly a herb, but in my apothecary, I make good use of whatever is to hand, and currently the garlic from the allotment is drying out nicely in my mother’s pantry. Strongly associated with Hekate, garlic has held magical associations for thousands of years. From warding off the supernatural, to disinfecting rooms, the protective power of garlic has been recognised and revered throughout history. The Kitchen Garden Most of us know garlic for its smell and taste. It is the bulb of the plant that we most commonly use, although the green shoots that we see above the surface of the…

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    A Moment for Meditation

    The 3rd 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 healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is…

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    Interview with Nimue Brown: Druidry and Dreams

    Nimue Brown: Druidry and Dreams     Nimue is the author of Pagan Dreaming, When a Pagan prays, Spirituality without Structure, Druidry and the Ancestors and Druidry and Meditation. Somehow, despite all the writing she does, she finds time to be an active member of the Pagan and Druid community, run a very popular WordPress blog, work with other Pagan authors and the publisher Moon Books as well as being a musician! I was, therefore, very grateful to grab a few minutes with Nimue, to ask her a few questions about her inspirations, her motivations and her life as a pagan. Mabh Savage: You’re an incredibly prolific writer, with 5…

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    Spiralled Edges

    Messages from the Goddess Amulets It’s the Harvest Season, and I have gone to the Amulets of the Goddess to ask them what messages they have for us. What can they tell us about our personal harvest? This was what they had to say.   Primal Mother and Child   Know that you belong and you are loved. You have a place and a purpose on the Earth. Cultivate a richer and deeper sense of being a part of the world, of being a part of yourself. Accept the unconditional love that is there for you. The love of a mother for her child. The love of the Universe for…

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    Sacred Places, Sacred Spaces

    STONEHENGE & THE SALISBURY PLAIN (Photo from duidry.org) There are not many places on this earth that evoke more emotion amongst Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and Witches than Stonehenge. It has become a place to gather on the Solstices, and other sacred holidays. It is a place of healing, a place of powerful energies. Several thousand gather on the Summer Solstice annually to watch the sunrise through the stones. It has become a place of pilgrimage for many. Theories abound as to who built it and why. How was it built, considering that the bluestones come from 250 miles away in South Wales, and the upright stones are 7 feet tall,…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times Mabon 2015 I have been so busy gardening and learning about seeds, soil, and planning next year’s planting that Mabon, or second harvest, snuck up on me this time. I just can’t believe how fast this year is going by! Friends all shared their first harvests at Lughnasadh time. Some grew veggies, others flowers and herbs. Everybody gave thanks for the first things they harvested. My husband was so proud to bring the first tomato and the first berries of the season in to eat. Fast forward a month and a half, and we are cleaning up some garden debris and saving seeds…

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    Seeing the Signs

    Using a Pendulum with Tarot Cards or Oracle Cards When I was researching last month’s column on using a Pendulum, I found a blog called “New Age Blog” written by Travor Mayes. The page I was on was from 2009, but it had an entry about using your Pendulum in conjunction with Tarot Cards. He said to lay out nine cards and then: “Let the pendulum select which cards apply to you with a yes answer, the pendulum will also decide how many cards to turn over.” This is of course rather confusing but I got out my Rider-Waite deck and after shuffling and cutting them the proper amount of…

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    Hekate’s Enchanted Cottage

    Season of the Witch     The days grow cooler and the nights draw closer as an air of mystery blankets the land. As Autumn approaches the Season of the Witch begins. The scents and sights of decay delight the senses of the macabre minded, and the colorful splash of red, gold, and orange bring warmth to the shadowed landscape. This is the time I feel more alive and closer to the Lands Enchanted. I welcome the uncanny feel of bewitchment as I ready myself for the mischief and mayhem the Spirits of Shades and Shadows bring. The soulfulness of the Enchanted Realm of the Dead awaken my mind to…

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    SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

    Croning : miscellaneous Merry meet! This month is the last of a six-part series on croning – a feminine rite-of-passage ritual for those reclaiming the power and wisdom of the old woman, the crone. As we prepare to enter the dark half of year on Mabon, I wanted to offer some final thought about the celebration of croning. In the world of muggles, the crone is an old, ugly, unproductive woman. Her proximity to death makes her dark and scary. In the pagan community, she is the wise woman who is respected. She is a teacher and a mentor. Her proximity to death makes her powerful and able to walk…

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    Book Review: Soaring- A Teen’s Guide to Spirit & Spirituality by Deneen Vukelic

    Soaring- A Teen’s Guide to Spirit & Spirituality by Deneen Vukelic Print Length: 209 pages Publisher: Soul Rocks Books (March 27, 2015) Publication Date: March 27, 2015 Language: English This was my first time reading a teen spirituality book. As a 27 year old, I am out of the age range, so I tried to go back to when I was younger, and also tried to view this book as I would have when I was that age. I also looked at it as if I were referring it to some of my younger friends, and overall, just how I liked it. There were some aspects of the book I…