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    Merry Meet

              Welcome   ____________________________________________   In This Issue… We are packed full of great articles & lot’s of reviews this month!  Check out…     A great Book Review on “Witchcraft – A Handbook of Magic, Spells & Potions,” by Anastasia Greywolf.   Learn how to make time for Rituals in Spiralled Edges.   Our Mabh Savage has a nice talk with Author Raven Grimassi on his New Book “Communing with the Ancestors”       Witchcrafts: crafts for witches features one of today’s hottest trends, Coloring Books!   Plus, we have many more book reviews and articles inside, so come on in and have a good read!!   ____________________________________________…

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    Litha Correspondences

    Date June 21/22 Purpose Rededication to the Lord and Lady, beginning of the harvest, honoring the Sun God, honoring the pregnant Godddess Dynamics/Meaning Crowning of the Sun God, death of the Oak King, assumption of the Holly King, end the ordeal of the Green Man Tools, Symbols & Decorations The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits & flowers, feather/flower door wreath, sun wheel, fire, circles of stone, sun dials and swords/blades, bird feathers, Witches’ ladder. Colors Blue, green, gold, yellow and red. Customs Bonfires, processions, all night vigil, singing, feasting, celebrating with others, cutting divining rods, dowsing rods…

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    Tarot Talk

    This month, we will turn back to the Major Arcana, and talk about The Empress. We haven’t talked about a Major for a while, so let’s review 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 (pronounced “ark eh type”) is a generic, idealized model of a person, an object, or a concept which can be copied, patterned, or imitated. The term archetype often refers to one of two…

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    ThriftCrafting: Witching on a Budget

    Don’t Just Smell Them – Eat the Daisies! Merry meet. I take delight in introducing edible flowers to people I meet in all walks of life. Come late June, a vast amount of flowers are in bloom. Found and gifted flowers are the least expensive, but a few plants – even purchased at a nursery – put in the ground or in a whatever containers you have on hand – can add inexpensive dazzle to your recipes and rituals. Consider incorporating edible flowers into your Litha celebration, mixing up a fairy cake recipe, and brewing petals to make tea or freezing flowers into ice cubes to add to your drink…

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    Book Review: Witchcraft – A Handbook of Magic, Spells & Potions by Anastasia Greywolf

    WITCHCRAFT – A HANDBOOK OF MAGIC, SPELLS AND POTIONS BY ANASTASIA GREYWOLF ILLUSTRATIONS BY MELISSA WEST When I first opened the book to do a quick scan, I thought, “look at all of these spells, what fun!” I thought it very reminiscent of the witchcraft spell books that were around a few decades ago. Ms. Greywolf starts with an introduction to Witchcraft, and what it means to her, recognizing that it means different things to different people. She describes how she would cast a circle. There is a small section on some of the tools of witchcraft, such as a wand, smudge stick, knife, etc. The bulk of the book is…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Summer Solstice Bright Blessings. As I reviewed my past Summer Solstice materials, I was deep in thought about community, the upcoming Pride march, which I wrote a bit about last time, and I wanted to learn something new I could share. I had thought to do an article about some aspect of healing used at Solstice time, but all I could find was that some people did pilgrimages to find medicinal herbs- because they were in season and it is time to go get them. Somehow, that just did not spark my interest enough to dig much deeper. I am a flighty, finicky person, and I write best when inspired…

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    Spiralled Edges

    Spiralled Edge: Setting Time Aside for Ritual Rituals are a part of our daily lives. They are the traditions that bind us together as a people and that bring a semblance of order to what may otherwise be a chaotic life. So why is it so difficult to make time to actually do rituals? Every once in a while, I start getting an urge to make time for ritual in my daily life. There is the part of me inside that tells me, “You’re not being authentic in your spiritual and religious life if you don’t include ‘real’ rituals.” By real ritual, I mean clearing a space, doing a full…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Skillet Pork Chops with Rice and Tomatoes There is nothing like an heirloom recipe. I cherish the ones I have from both of my grandmothers and my mother. To me, it’s a way of preserving the magic that they instilled in me from an early age – that of kitchen witchery. I doubt that they would have looked at it in that way – I know my mother wouldn’t! – but magic in the kitchen is magic in the kitchen, no matter how you term it. This is an old recipe of my Gramma Mac’s. Like so many recipes of that era, it doesn’t give very good directions and in…

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    Tink About It

    The Making of… Mr. & Mrs. Deer A few years ago after a full moon celebration with friends we were drumming and talking about making our own drums. Most of us had never done that before, but together we shared some experience. We decided then and there to get this show on the road! We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into though…. We prepared the best way we could and started fresh. We couldn’t find a lot of info on the www, except for some video’s on YouTube. I decided to document the process in pictures, for ourselves and for others that might be interested. Here’s the…

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    Interview with Author Raven Grimassi

    Raven Grimassi: Communing with the Ancestors I was sent a copy of Raven Grimassi’s latest book, Communing with the Ancestors: Your Spirit Guides, Bloodline Allies and the Cycle of Reincarnation, and was immediately intrigued by the beautiful style of writing and the inclusive nature that encompasses people of all paths. A full review of the book will be available on Pagan Pages next month, but in the meantime, I was lucky enough to get the chance to ask Raven some questions about this fascinating volume. Mabh Savage: Tell us about Communing with the Ancestors. What was your main aim with the book, and what type of reader will get the…