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    Merry Meet

            WELCOME   ***   We have a wonderful Issue for you this November…   This month starts a new column on Gods called GoodGod! This month features Odin.       Wondering if you need to pick up the Newest Witches” Almanac? Well maybe read our review first.       Looking for a New Journal for the upcoming New Year, one with Wisdom & that you can color?  We review for you this month One Year Wiser: A Gratitude Journal.       Learn all the attributes of Rose Quartz and how it can help you!       These Floral  “Plant Wands” are stunning, fragrant, and…

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    Autumn Pickings

    I saw a crow carrying a hedgehog today. The hedgehog was dead, crushed by a car whose driver was oblivious to its small, spiky presence. Maybe that driver was in a hurry, or didn’t see, or simply didn’t care. The crow waited for a gap in the traffic, and, just a few yards in front of me, it glided smoothly down to the tarmac, grasped the sorry, squashed creature in its beak, hopped ungainly a couple of times to catch its balance and flew on to the railing separating road from grass verge. Nature’s cleaners, I thought. It immediately struck me that this wouldn’t be everyone’s reaction. Probably more like…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Super Quick California Cream Soup.   With the coming of the holidays and all the shopping and partying and everything that must-be-done, isn’t it nice to have a quick soup to make up when you come home all tired out and want something that’s thick and filling but still nutritious and yummy good? “Super Quick California Cream Soup” is perfect for these kinds of days. I love canned cream soups – Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Onion, Cream of Celery and all the others – for casseroles and quick gravies. This soup uses Cream of Potato soup. I’m not even sure where I picked this can of soup up –…

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    Crystal Connections

    Rose Quartz   Soft pink in color, Rose Quartz has a way of inviting you into its loving aura. It’s obviously a therapeutic stone for the heart chakra but really this crystal has the ability to harmonize with all of the chakras. Each chakra resonates with the loving energy that flows from Rose Quartz, gently drawing off any negative energy and replacing it with loving vibes. Rose Quartz is undoubtedly a powerful crystal with the purist love energy. You’ve probably heard or have been told to add a piece of Rose Quartz to your bedroom nightstand to revitalize your relationship, this is great but can also be overwhelming. If the…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Vinayaki This Goddess makes me so very happy. Finding her started last Yule when my husband gave me a statue of Ganesha. I was surprised because my spirituality is Goddess-based only. I placed him amongst my Hindu Goddesses. A couple of months later, looking at Him, it occurred to me that there just HAD to be an elephant-headed Hindu Goddess. Frantic research ensued, and voila……I give you Vinayaki. (Photo Credit: exoticindiaart.com) Little is found in Hindu scriptures about Vinayaki and just a few images exist of Her. She is most generally associated, of course, with Ganesha and is assumed to be his Shakti. She is also said to be the…

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    Magic: From the Middle Ages to Today

    When I was doing an online course about magic in the Middle ages, a question was posed: How does magical thought differ today, from that in the Middle Ages? One thing that magic in the Middle Ages and magic today has in common is that it is always a form of transformation. The sick are healed; the weather is changed; a shapeshifter moves silently through the night; a lover changes his/her mind. The main difference that I can see is that there was so little understood about the world in the Middle Ages, almost everything could be seen as a magical act. A woman who used Willow bark to ease…

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    Fashion Against Bullying with Review

      “Active Kindness” Apparel Line is Clothing with a Cause, Benefits Teen Anti-Bullying   Compassion Brands, the first fashion company to launch retail collections that offers real-time help to teens in crisis, and The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc .,  launched their line  of Active Kindness, now available at all Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores and online, in addition to loveonahanger.com. The new fashion collection incorporates details of its partnering teen crisis center, Teen Line, on all product and packaging, offering kids and teens help in real time as they shop. Compassion Brands and Stony Apparel teamed up to design the stylish Active Kindness t-shirt collection for…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Horse Chestnut Conkers! That was always the main appeal for me. This grand, stately tree with its leaves like great hands, giving shade from the summer heat, and shelter on a rainy day, and all we wanted to do was wait until the conkers were falling. We would string them up and smash them together, revelling in this annual autumn battle. I still collect conkers, but they don’t get strung up any more. Rather, they sit on altars, usually at north, as a reminder of the changing season and that great things start small. I have one in my pocket right now, and feeling its smooth,…

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    Book Review: One Year Wiser: A Gratitude Journal by Mike Medaglia

    One Year Wiser: A Gratitude Journal Mike Medaglia ISBN-13: 978-1910593219 As the calendar year comes to a close and a new witches year begins, you may find yourself thinking about appropriate gifts for friends and loved ones. Some people are easy to please, but some people seem to already “have everything” or at least have no need for more possessions to weigh them down. What to do with those people? Well, what better than a gratitude journal? One Year Wiser is a journal interspersed with reflections by the author on finding balance and gratitude of each moment of each day. Quotes from Kahlil Gibran to Maya Angelou and the Dalai…

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    Rose

     I Rose (from a  Hekate Meditation):  My rose was blue I stepped beneath the arch My rose was gold Or peach Softness incarnate Never crimson Never bold Tentative like my Steps. I rose beneath the arch To meet four faces Framed with snake With sea With sinister teeth With chains With all the keys I need To break free. I rose and took The proffered seaweed Tiny bladders ready To pop with salty sweetness A shoreline promise Of things to come. I rose, hands out Filled with light; Stepping into darkness My rose was black Ashen; withered Suddenly alive again! Gold and glowing Snakebite antidote Starlight flowing I rose; I…