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    Merry Meet

                          Welcome   __________________________________________________________   We have a great Issue for you this month, featuring great articles, reviews, & interviews like…       An Interview with Melusine Draco: Author, Teacher and Witch with our own Mabh Savage.     Interview  with Supporters of the Water Protectors.  How their visit to Standing Rock changed them.       Guest Author Lilith Dorsey Shares her Spell “The Love of Chocolate” ….delicious!!       Book Review of Pagan Portals: Brigid by Morgan Daimler    and so much more…!!!   __________________________________________________________   Join us on Facebook  & Twitter!!

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Imbolc 2017 for Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times Bright Blessings, Here in Central Ohio, we have enjoyed temperatures in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s in late January this year. We are lulled into a false sense that Spring is here due to the warmth. Winter isn’t over yet. Or is it? Our ancestors would say this time of year IS the beginning of Spring, regardless of temperature. First signs are everywhere from groups of returning birds, to animals awakening from hibernation, and buds on the trees. For me, it means time to start planning the garden again. I dug out my seed stash, sorted what I do not want,…

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    Book Review: Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore by Melusine Draco

    Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore by Melusine Draco Published by Moon Books, 2012     Yes, this book has been out a few years, but this series had sort of passed me by and I’m now trying to catch up on them. There are six Traditional Witchcraft volumes by Melusine Draco, all looking at slightly different aspects of the craft. The seashore volume stood out to me because, well, I love the sea, always have, and also the cover is awesome. Yeah, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it, but if I see a moody sky with sea crashing against rocks, I get excited. I cannot help myself.…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Snowdrop       Imbolc is upon us, and I am now seeking snowdrops with every step. Snowdrops symbolise the first stirrings of spring very strongly to me, ever since I placed a closed flower on my altar and within minutes of my ritual it had fully opened; a tiny, star like wonder. Although they grow all over Britain and the US now, they weren’t classed as a ‘wild’ plant until the 18th century, as they were only introduced from Southern Europe in the 16th century. They have some delightful alternative names: February fair maids, Eve’s star, white bells, dew drops and even death’s flower, presumably…

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    Interview with Supporters of the Water Protectors

    Interview with Supporters of the Water Protectors How their visit to Standing Rock changed them (Diane Hasz and Debra Cohen prepare to leave Connecticut with a car packed with donations in November.) Diane Hasz, 70, and Debra Cohen, 65, met as Occupy activists and became friends, coven sisters, Bernie Sanders campaigners and, most recently, supporters who visited Standing Rock in November. People support Standing Rock for a number of reasons; indigenous rights, thwarting a militarized police force, social justice and others but in the end we all have one thing in common, both women agreed, saying, “We are all connected. Everyone is downstream from one water source or another. Mni…

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    Interview: Melusine Draco- Author, Teacher & Witch

    Melusine Draco: Author, Teacher and Witch     Melusine Draco is a very prolific author, with titles ranging from Pagan Portals: Pan to Starchild I: The rediscovery of stellar wisdom. Melusine talked to Mabh at Pagan Pages about her writing, her teaching and other mysteries. Mabh Savage: Why are some of your books under the name Suzanne Ruthven and some under Melusine Draco? Melusine Draco: For many years the ‘day job’ was working as a creative writing tutor, author and editor of a creative writing magazine. In order to keep the persona different from my esoteric writing there had to be a different name for readers to identify with. I’ve…

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    Good God!

    GoodGod! Meet the Gods: Februus (Image by Samantha Sullivan) Merry meet. February is named for Februus, the Roman God of Purification. He lived in the underworld and became known as the King of the Underworld, but then his name became so intertwined with Pluto, eventually it became another name for Pluto, the God of the Underworld who judged the dead. (The Greek called him Hades. He is the one who abducted Persephone.) According Wikipedia, “He was also worshipped under the same name by the Etruscans as the god of purification, and also the underworld. For the Etruscans, Februus was also the god of riches (money/gold) and death, both connected to…

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    The Blackbird

    The Blackbird: Piper at the Gates of Dawn   mage Credit: Manfred Schulenburg via Wikimedia Commons. Lon Dubh in gaelic, the blackbird is one of the most liminal birds I have ever encountered. It sings at dawn and dusk, the miniature master of the times of transformation. I have always seen it as the guardian of boundaries; it sings only when things are about to change, to mark the edges of time and space. It was no surprise for me to discover, then, that the Celts associated the blackbird with death and rebirth. Rhiannon, a Celtic goddess or otherworldly being who features in the Welsh Mabinogi, is connected to three…

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    MagickalArts

    Lilith and the Dark of the Moon     The Moon wanes towards its Full Light on February 10th and the opportunity is ripe to reach out to the potency of this energy and claim the light of your own fullness. As the Goddess completes her lunar transformation she blankets her radiance in a knowledge that is deep in its interior reach within the very core of who we believe ourselves to be. Although, we often speak of the discomfort of standing naked and vulnerable in the brilliance of light’s examination what is overlooked is the ability to hide within that light and make excuse for why we are not self-aware.…

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    Imbolc Correspondences

      February 1, 2 Other Names: Imbolg (im-molc)(em-bowl’g) (Celtic), Candlemas (Christian), Brigantia (Caledonii), Oimelc, Festival of Light, Brigid’s (Brid, Bride) Day, La Fheill, An Fheille Bride, Candelaria (Mexico), Chinese New Year, Disting-tid (Feb 14th, Teutonic), DisaBlot, Anagantios, Lupercalia/Lupercus (Strega), Groundhog Day, Valentines Day. Animals & Mythical Beings: Firebird, dragon, groundhog, deer, burrowing animals, ewes, robin, sheep, lamb, other creatures waking from hibernation. Gemstones: Amethyst, garnet, onyx, turquoise. Incense/Oil: Jasmine, rosemary, frankincense, cinnamon, neroli, musk, olive, sweet pea, basil, myrrh, and wisteria, apricot, carnation. Colors/Candles: Brown, pink, red, orange, white, lavender, pale yellow, silver. Tools,Symbols, & Decorations: White flowers, marigolds, plum blossoms, daffodils, Brigid wheel, Brigid’s cross, candles, grain/seed for blessing,…