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    Merry Meet

             Welcome!!   _______________________________________________________________ In This Issue…   We have a great surprise for our readers!!!  Columnist  and Author of Finding the Pagan Way Patrick W Kavanagh is offering our readers only his new book FREE for this month Only!   You can read a review of the book, find a link to purchase the book, and find the coupon code to purchase it for FREE for the month of January in Finding Your Own Way: Book Review & Free Book Offer.   We have a great Interview with George Nicholas of Cernunnos Rising.   Learn All about Isis in Our Goddess Column She who is All – The…

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    Aromatic Life

    The Skin You’re In This month we will discuss skin cleansers, clarifiers, and lotions.   Basic Skin Clarifier and Facial Recipe 2/3 cup Witch hazel 1/3 cup Rubbing alcohol Mix together. Store in a tightly capped glass bottle.   Rosemary Chamomile Facial Rinse 1 Tablespoon Dried rosemary or 1 tb Fresh 2 Tablespoons Dried chamomile flowers or 1/4 cup Fresh 4 Cups Water Boil all ingredients for 15 minutes. Strain, retain liquid, cool and put in container. Wipe liquid over face, let remain for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.   Simple Lotion Another way to nurture your skin is to create soothing and healing lotion and moisturizing cream. A…

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    Seeing the Signs

    Dominomancy: Using Dominoes for divination I used to play dominoes with my grandfather when I was a child but I haven’t touched a domino tile in many years. I have friends who play almost daily and even gamble on the outcome of the games, using a point system and accusing each other of cheating. Very recently I received a box of dominoes and I poured them out on the table with a sense of anticipation. How it brought back memories to mix up the overturned tiles in the boneyard! But I wasn’t playing a game with a grandchild. I was picking tiles to answer a question. Dominoes are a form…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Imbolc 2016 for Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times Bright Blessings! It’s about a week before my Yule Celebration with friends, and already, I am putting together my 2016 Imbolc article. Time does fly. Last year, I wrote about the ancient focus on the goddess Brigid, and how modern Catholics keep her traditions alive. The ritual I submitted focused on self-change at the time of Spring’s first awakenings. That article can be found here: http://paganpages.org/emagazine/2015/02/celebrating-the-old-ways-in-new-times-6/ My article had a working to initiate self-change. My own self- change was focused on eating better. I improved some, and then I did not improve any further. Something happened a couple of months ago…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Basic Venison Stew I have always been at home in the woods and fields and along the creeks and lakes. I learned to fish at such a young age I don’t remember when it was. My brothers and sisters and I used to collect empty shotgun shells from the fields from the fall hunting and feathers from pheasants. Often, my mother would receive a roast of venison or several pounds of mixed ground venison and pork, which she would make into chili or meat sauce. Generally she didn’t tell us beforehand what it was but it was obvious from the way it tasted. I was usually the only one who…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Chives     I love chives. They are so easy to grow in the kitchen garden, and the glorious purple globes are somehow magically supported by the slender, green stems that we love to eat. Chives grow all over North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and are easily cultivated. They are the only member of the onion family that spans the globe east to west. Like most flowers that have colours approaching the ultra-violet end of the light spectrum, they attract a huge array of butterflies. They also attract bees, so even if you never pick a single chive stem, you are helping the environment by…

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    MagickalArts

    What Is It You Are Joining? Last month, I wrote about the considerations given before deciding to become part of a magickal group. My own journey since April of this past year has been in forming a new coven and providing the place of community for those seeking a spiritual home that encompasses more than that of solitary practice. To that end a new coven was birthed at the Winter Solstice and a new family of seekers was welcomed. This month I would like to provide the perspective of the person(s) who are providing the home and space of learning that may become the place of consideration and deciding factor…

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    She who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Isis I have chosen Isis for this month’s column because I do believe it is time for us and Her to reclaim Her name from those who use it to bring terror, evil, murder and injustice into our world. She is a Goddess from the beginning and She is still worshipped today. Let Her name be heard and live beyond those who dishonor her. “There, in the beginning was Isis, Oldest of the Old, She was the Goddess from whom all Becoming arose. She was the Great Lady, Mistress of the Two Lands, Mistress of Shelter, Mistress of Heaven, Mistress of the House of Life. She was the Unique. In…

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    Interview with George Nicholas of Cernunnos Rising

    George Nicholas: Cernunnos Rising     Just before Yule I was fortunate enough to catch up with a favourite interviewee of Pagan Pages, George Nicholas of Pagan band, Cernunnos Rising. George was kind enough to bring us up to speed with what’s been happening since he last spoke to us. MS: It’s been five years since we last spoke to you, and there have been two more Cernunnos Rising albums in that time. How has the band evolved? Who are you working with currently? GN: Albums to date have been Cernunnos Rising, Wild Soul, Urban Druid, and the latest is Nature’s Child. The band members are now Martin Robinson on…

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    Finding the Pagan Way

    A Conversation with the Muse I found myself in a large cave, and my goddess, who as you may know is also my muse, was looking every inch a faery queen. Her beauty always leaves me breathless. She seemed to be wearing a circlet of pearls woven into a silver band made from many fine strands. The strands of silver seemed to branch out from the core and formed interweaving spirals, between the pearls. Her ebony hair flowed down into the shadows and her deep brown eyes filled my mind with half-forgotten memories of sun-drenched foliage and warm moist air. “You have not visited us for a while”, She said…