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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Bright Blessings. I write this October article on the week of the Fall Equinox. By the time you read this, the days will be even shorter than they are today, the temperature will have dropped even more at nighttime, which will be longer, and all of us will be enjoying the bounty fall time brings. I started doing that this past weekend. I bought some bulbs to plant that will bloom in springtime, and I got my FIRST pumpkin spice latte of the year. And yes, I was the stereotypical white lady in stretchy pants when I pulled into Starbucks to nab that treat! As a matter of fact, I…

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    Crystal Connections

    Obsidian Made of quickly cooled molten lava, Obsidian is a highly protective stone. Cool and glassy to the touch, yet when held I instantly feel shielded as if a protective barrier has formed around me. Mentally, Obsidian can bring clarity and clear any type of spiritual constrictions. Each type of obsidian has it’s own specific attributes in addition to what I mentioned above. Below are just a few pieces from my collection that I wanted to share with you. Mahogany Obsidian   Believe it or not I actually found this stone at Goodwill. I snatched it right off the shelf and hugged it as if it was a long lost…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Oak There are very few trees with as many mythological and folklore links as the oak. For many, the entire wheel of the year is based on the eternal battle between the Oak King and the Holly King, with the Oak King’s power now ebbing and fading as the nights draw in and the season gives way to autumn.   Robert Graves drew on various myths and folklore to create the image of the two great spirits locked in endless struggle, in his book The White Goddess. However, the idea of light battling dark is, of course, much older than Graves’ description, and can be seen…

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    Inner Home, Outer Home, Cosmic Home

    Prof. Allan Anderson, of San Diego State University, once advised his students to “begin building a world for yourself from the inside out.” The word ‘world’ is often used to translate the Greek kosmos, and refers to the world as it appears to our senses, with a dome overhead and a horizon around us. Ignorant people unaware of this meaning of the word think that scriptural references to the roundness of the world prove that ancient peoples knew the planet earth to be round. Until classical times, the concept of the earth as a planet was nonexistent. When we use the ancient concept of a cosmos, therefore, we should understand…

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    Interview with Joanna van der Hoeven: Breathing the Ancient Breath

    Joanna van der Hoeven: Breathing the Ancient Breath   Joanna van der Hoeven is a best-selling author, teacher, and co-founder of Druid College UK. Joanna took some time out to speak to Mabh here at Pagan Pages. Mabh Savage: Pagan Portals: The Awen Alone has been an incredibly popular release. Tell us a bit about the book, and why you think it has such wide ranging appeal. Joanna van der Hoeven: I’m absolutely delighted at the reception The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid has received. It’s a book in the Pagan Portals series, a lovely series of books that provides an introduction to a certain topic…

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    Finding the Pagan Way

    The Search for Meaning… After a lifetime of searching for answers and eight years of active involvement in the pagan community, I still ask myself, – “Why Paganism?” What is is about these diverse, colourful and eccentric people that has inspired me and helped me to live the life which I once saw only as a subject for analysis. In fact, was it Paganism?, or was it just the incredible psychic talents of my wife, Tina, which finally reawakened my own talents and launched me forward on my spiritual path? I suspect that the actual causes of my spiritual rebirth may be difficult to unravel. Strangely, it was just before…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

      The Korrigan While the Korrigan, or Korrigans, were not necessarily Goddesses themselves, depending upon which myth and/or legend you believe, they were most definitely Her priestesses, and yes, The Korrigan, alone, may have been a Goddess. In France, Korrigan was the name of the Goddess of underground springs and wells. It was rumored that She was the grand-daughter of a great Druid Priestess. She was beautiful and She was radiant. Her powers were strongest at night, when she appeared as a Maiden. During the day, in her guise as the Crone, her powers waned. She was said to be not only beautiful, but dangerous; however, the danger was never…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Party Favors Merry meet. For a Samhain event last year, I made party favors, copying an idea I found on Pinterest that came from Mug Pie Studio’s blogspot. You will need: paper in desired colors (I used purple, white, green and orange.) small plastic bags (I used 3×4-inch craft bags with a ziplock I found on eBay.) chocolate chips Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal candy corn miniature marshmallows a stapler I designed labels, six to a page that was held horizontally – Monster Scabs, Ghost Poop, Witch Warts and Jack O’lantern Teeth – printed, cut and folded them. Bags were filled about half to two-thirds of the way with the chips,…

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    Tarot Talk

    I’m in a Major Arcana kind of mood, so let’s talk about The Wheel, also known as The Wheel of Fortune. First, 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 concepts: a “stereotype,”…

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    Sacred Place, Sacred Space

      Goddess Temples in the U.S. By Susan Morgaine As someone who practices a Goddess-centered Spirituality, I decided to research Goddess Temples that are open in the United States. The Goddess Temple of Ashland, Oregon (Photo Credit: Temple Website) The Goddess Temple in Ashland seems to be an absolutely beautiful place, one that has something for every Goddess woman. The Temple dome has a large altar with a window hearth and space for dancing, music, prayer and meditation. Each season, the altar is taken apart and renewed. You are welcome to create your own sacred space within the Dome. The grounds also boast a full ritual immersion pool, where the…