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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,…

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    Seeing the Signs

    divination with runes   Runes are something in which I have just recently been gaining an interest. Recently – as in, the last six months. Before that time, I was busy with other forms of divination – mostly the Tarot – and number-based divinatory systems. Systems that basically worked together. When I first started learning about women’s spirituality, wicca, witchcraft, and goddess religions in the late 1980’s, I naturally read books about divination. I read everything I could! I received my first deck of Tarot cards in 1988 – as a gift from a friend – and took to the Tarot right away. Although I was interested in other forms…

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    The Love of Chocolate from Guest Author Lilith Dorsey

    The Love of Chocolate Dark and delicious, almost everyone loves chocolate. This little bean is not only tasty but also quite magickal. It has a long history of use throughout several countries and cultures. Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, discovered over 3,000 years ago in the rain forests of Central America. Originally it was used as an alcoholic beverage. Prized by Ancient Mayan societies, Chocolate from the very beginning was an integral part of rites and rituals. The Mayans has uncovered a way to cultivate the beans. Next they dried, roasted and ground them into a paste. This was then combined with chili peppers and…

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    Tarot Talk

      (Page of Swords Tarot Card from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**   Let’s cement what we learned last month when we talked about the King of Swords, by examining another Tarot “royal” of the suit of Swords, the Page of Swords. This will be the first time we talk about the Pages, so first a review of some basic information. 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…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    The Best Oatmeal Bars in the World!!!!!   I love oatmeal cookies. I do confess though – I do not particularly like oatmeal-raisin cookies. Raisins are OK but I would rather use dried cranberries or cherries. Right now, I am totally and completely in love with dried cherries. An herbalist friend of mine suggested that I eat them to help ease my arthritis and a month ago, I happened to get a big bag of them at one of Lowell’s very generous food pantries. So naturally, I decided I would put them into some cookies. Well – if you’re going to have cherries, you just have to have chocolate, don’t…

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    Spiritual Warrior Woman

    As I write this, it is the middle of January, 2017. It is a cold, dreary, overcast day in Massachusetts. A perfect day to journal, to meditate, to contemplate. It is also the week of the inauguration of a president-elect that many, many people feel is repugnant, an insult to the office of President. I must say that I am one of those people. Everything I stand for and believe in runs completely counter to what that man represents. I have been on my spiritual path for four decades; yes, 40 years. I am a daughter of the Goddess. I love my path. I love my Goddess. I love to…

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    Spiralled Edges

    Spiralled Edges – New Beginnings and Imbolc Chaos and Change I had an entire idea for a nice article about Imbolc and how it symbolises new beginnings in our lives. But I’ve torn that all up, in a figurative sense, because of all that is happening around the world in recent weeks. The US has a new president, Great Britain is poised to leave the European Union, and refugees are fleeing yet another war in yet another country. Right now, the whole world is really chaotic, and really rather scary. As human beings, we tend to not like chaos and change. Change can be dangerous our subconscious tells us. People…

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    Crystal Connections

    Smoky Quartz   (image courtesy: Shijewels https://www.etsy.com/shop/shijewels)   Smoky Quartz comes in a range of shades from near clear with just a hint of the color that it’s named for, to such a dark color that it emulates the deepest and richest terra firma. No matter the color, these crystals radiate an earthy warmth that seriously gives me a sense of home. You know, that warm comfortable feeling that you get when you’re snuggled up under the softest blanket on the couch when everything feels right in the world and there’s no place you’d rather be? Well that’s exactly how I feel when I’m holding these crystalline beauties.   (image courtesy:…

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    Sacred Place, Sacred Space

    Garni Temple of Armenia (Photo Credit: www.traveltoarmenia.am) The Garni Temple is an ancient Pagan Temple located southeast of the city of Yerevan, overlooking the Azat River. In the first century CE, Tridates, the Armenian King, dedicated this temple to Mihr, also known as Mithra, the Zoroastrian God. The inscription upon the temple reads, “The Sun God (Helios), uncontested King of Great Armenia built this temple and impregnable fortress in the 11th year of his reign” Helios is the Roman god of the Sun who is loosely connected to Mihr, and to whom, apparently Tridates associated himself with. Strangely enough, the Armenian Travel Bureau’s website indicates that the temple was actually…

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    SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

    Showing Our True Colors Merry meet. Maya Angelou said, “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” This ritual illustrates that. A pagan discussion group that meets at True Colors, a non-profit organization in Connecticut that supports sexual and gender minority youth, planned a ritual that drew nearly 20 individuals. Looking at the circle that formed, you would probably notice the diversity in ages, genders, skin tones and styles. The broom we decorated became a symbol of how much we had in common. We got a large selection of yarns in various colors and cut 20 pieces each to a length longer than the broom we intended to…