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    Tarot Talk

    (King of Swords Tarot Card from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**   For this last essay of the year 2016, let’s go back to the Court Cards of the Tarot by examining a Tarot “royal,” the King of Swords. A good start would be to review some information regarding the royal family of the Tarot. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards, 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. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards that are…

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    Interview with Barbara Meiklejohn-Free: The Highland Seer

    Barbara Meiklejohn-Free: The Highland Seer     Author and shamanic practitioner Barbara Meiklejohn-Free has a variety of hats, including flautist, singer and seer. She was recently in the limelight with her magical partner Flavia Kate Peters, on the TV show Celebrity Haunted Hotel. Barbara took some time out to answer a few questions about her projects past, present and future. Mabh Savage: You describe yourself as a Highland Seer. Can you tell us a bit about what this means? Barbara Meiklejohn-Free: It’s part of a long lineage line, dating back to 15th century, that’s been handed down to me by the previous Highland Seer, Swein Macdonald. He spotted my gifts…

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    SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

      Calling Kali-Ma (Kali The Awakener from the Daughters of the Moon deck) Merry meet. We are coming into some dark times, and one of the most powerful and the most frightening of the dark goddesses is Kali-Ma. While she represents the Dark Mother, this article is focused on Her as the warrior. In the Hindu tradition, Kali is the Goddess of death, destruction and resurrection. She is fierce. She wears a belt of skulls, there is blood dripping from her mouth as she stands upon the body of her husband, holding up his severed head and, in another hand, the machete she used. Kali was created to destroy the…

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    Interview with Psychic Brittany Quagan

    Interview with Psychic Brittany Quagan Elfin empath goes from panic attacks to helping others heal. Brittany Quagan knows the exact moment her whole life changed. She was 22 and working for a corporate insurance company. One day, while having a meltdown in her cubical, a woman she would later learn was a psychic medium and who has since become her friend, told her she the problem was not anxiety. Quagan argued her therapist would say otherwise, but the woman told her, “You are feeling the energy from everyone around you.” As strange as it sounded, Quagan knew it was true. “It’s because when I was a little kid I always…

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    Crystal Connections

    Fluorite Ah Fluorite, a crystalline beauty that is just a downright happy stone. With purple being my favorite color it’s hard not to love a stone that so often showcases varying hues of it. Though Fluorite is known as a mental stone, each color has additional healing properties. The wide range of colors found in these crystals include purple, blue, green, clear, white, yellow, pink, red and black. Nearly encompassing every color in the rainbow, how could you not love this prismatic mineral? As you can see in the photo that I’ve included here, the pieces that I have range in colors from purple, to blue, to green. Most are…

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    MagickalArts

    Lunar Magick: Part Three This is the third of a series of articles that explores our connection to the Moon and how to use HER energy for magick and spiritual growth. This month we’ll take a look at ways to create devotional practices with the Lunar energies…..         The Moon rides high in the sky as Her light floods down bathing me in her embrace. I stand in the cold, cloak wrapped around my body With feet planted firmly on Earth. I breathe in deeply taking in the energy of the air Around me and lifting arms, fingers stretching up To hold the orb of milky whiteness.…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    The Magic of Bread Pudding One of my favorite cookbooks is A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, by Patricia Telesco, originally published in 1994 and currently in its sixth printing and also available on Kindle. I bought it brand-new when it first came out when I was living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio at a wonderful bookstore called “Gifts of Athena” – I think it’s still there, on Lee Road. Fabulous store – if you are ever in the Cleveland area, check it out. There’s three parts to the cookbook. The first part talks of the magic of the pantry and the basic kitchen witchery. The second part has all the recipes –…

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    Process & Spirit

    There is an old Chinese proverb: “When the wrong man uses the right means, the right means work in the wrong way.” This saying reveals the missing element in spiritual disciplines that do not bear fruit. You may read all the manuals of shamanism and witchcraft, and so forth, that you like, and you may try practicing one particular discipline consistently, following the steps laid out for you in the manual, and yet achieve only weak, spotty results at best. These disciplines all seem to require a commitment greater than one is willing to make in order to be effective. We are living in a mechanistic age, a time when…