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    Merry Meet

                                                    Welcome   ________________________________________________________________________________   In This Issue…   We have tons of great features this month for you to enjoy…including two great interviews one features author of Nature Mystic, Rebecca Beattie.   The other features “Bad Witch” Blogger and author of Candle Magic, Lucya Starza.   MagickArts has a little Candle Magick 101 for you to either learn a little about candle magick or to simply brush up on some color coordination!     Aromatic Life has some helpful hints on Spring Cleaning the Natural way.   And….What is…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Beltaine Bright Blessings! We just celebrated out Ostara last night, and I admit, I am dog tired today. We had TOO much fun, and I am reminded of how the film Excalibur portrayed Merlin as going into a deep sleep after becoming tired after doing magic! I actually slept in until about 2 P.M. today! But more than that, I am worried. I am having difficulty reserving the group campsite we have been reserving for years for our Beltaine. You may remember my article from 2014 that lamented we were too ill to camp- wellk this year WE WANT TO CAMP! Unfortunately, there is confusion about booking at the site…

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    Bardic Song of the Month

    This month’s Bardic Song is called “Wheel of the Year Turns”. In our Coven, we have a 24″ diameter Circle made of plywood. It has all eight Sabbats listed on it as pieces of pie. When we celebrate a Sabbat, we experience the changes in the year. We turn the Wheel to acknowledge the changes. As we turn the Wheel one turn Deosil, we remember the path we walked and the new path ahead. Somebody gets to turn the Wheel as the rest of the participants chant the poem. This year, I put the chant to a song. As much as possible, all songs are created as a single page…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Cosmic Crabmeat Stir-fry   This is an easy and simple meal that can be put together in under thirty minutes. It’s a recipe I got from the father of my son – it’s the only thing I think he knew how to make! You only need a few ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small green pepper, chopped ¼ red onion, chopped 4 ounces (half a package) moonlight mushrooms, sliced 1 package imitation crab meat, broken up a bit 1 28-oz can of whole tomatoes Dried parsley, oregano & basil to taste, as well as salt & pepper Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan. Sauté the green peppers,…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Travel Altars Merry meet. This month’s witchcraft is about making altars that you can take with you when you’re away from home. Tins from mints such as Altoids, eyeglass cases, cigar boxes and jewelry boxes all can be made into travel altars, holding items that help you create sacred space and perform magic no matter where you are. While we can agree you need nothing more than your mind and your will, objects can be helpful by providing a focal point and by contributing energy. A coven member made multiple travel altars in eyeglass cases to give as gifts. She included a piece of fabric, symbols for the elements, a…

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    Beltaine 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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    Finding Avalon

    Reflections     Fae Fyre Gossamer webs of blue-green Fae Fyre Weave through the Fabric of time, Connecting all that is— And all that shall be Spiraling out to The worlds beyond, The Fae Fyre Touches the Children of Earth, Reminding us all that we are, Kith and Kin Wrapping its ethereal light Around the Kindred Heart’s Of Faery and Middle Earth, We become entranced With the Knowledge of Oneness– And Fidelity Seeking what lies Within, Yearning for the Touch Of Fae Fyre We become One— Co-walkers, In the Land of Dreams United in the Quest for Truth The Fae Fyre Burns bright in the Soul’s Of All, Revealing the…

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    MagickalArts

    We are entering a time of light and color as the weather becomes warmer and summer is close at hand. In honor of this burgeoning warmth, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the basics of candle magick, employing the use of color for magickal workings and the metaphors of flame and fire, Light and Season… Enjoy.. Candle Magick 101   Candle Magick makes use of the properties and energies of a candle, color, etc. to direct the focus of energy towards a desired outcome. It is for this reason that candles are used in High Magick and Ritual workings. They become the physical representation of…

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    Book Review: To Suffer a Witch by Claudia Hall Christian

    To Suffer a Witch by Claudia Hall Christian   This book was written by Claudia Hall Christian. Now, I haven’t read anything by her before, but I can tell you right now that will change. I really loved this book. This is the first work of fiction that I have written a review for and I will make sure not to spoil anything. To suffer a Witch has great characters that I came to genuinely care about. It’s all about some people that were hung during the Salem witch trials in 1692. But, twenty of them came back as immortal witches. You do learn a lot of what happened to…

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    Interview with Author Lucya Starza: The Bad Witch

    Lucya Starza: The Bad Witch   Lucya is the author of the very popular Pagan Portals: Candle Magic, which has now spawned a series of workshops. Lucya also has a ‘bad witch’s blog’ which I hoped she would be able to tell me more about… What inspired the name of your popular blog, badwitch.co.uk? The name A Bad Witch’s Blog was inspired by the book How to be a Bad Birdwatcher, about birdwatching for people who only know how to identify normal garden birds. I wanted to get better at being a witch. I had been a witch for some time, but wanted an incentive to do more witchy things and…