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    SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

      To Follow or Not to Follow, That is the Question Merry meet. “Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,– For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.” So said the 2nd Witch in Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15), as she and two other ugly witches stir the bubbling contents of their cauldron. It’s one of the most familiar spell castings associated with witchcraft. In Shakespeare’s time, people believed in witches and their powers to do evil. Every culture has magick in its history. Some oral traditions and written documentation…

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    Brigid’s Arrival

    Brigid’s Arrival When she comes She comes in the room Like a gulp of cold air A hurricane to the face A slap so soft and sharp So caring and cold So great and so bold So young yet so old Every atom sings This lady; this goddess; this spirit This sidhe, from beyond the hills She came to see What you had put out for her Sheep’s milk, oats and apples Whiskey, candles and hope. She blasts through the door A draught of delight In spring’s awakening. We hold hands and shake As her powers leaves us quaking. Motherly but not gentle; Feminine and strong and wise; Changing the…

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    Sacred Art

        APPRENTICE OF THE WIND I made this painting in the year 2012 after being told by my helping spirits that I am an Apprentice of the Wind. Crow is one of my power animals. When I undertake shamanic journeys (soul flight) I often fly with crows. For that reason I have painted a segment of this vision on my shamanic drum. I find it very interesting that the Hebrew word ruach means wind but also breath and spirit. As a teacher of Norse Shamanism and Seidr I have a particular affinity with the North Wind. Being an Apprentice of the Wind is a journey, always bringing me new…

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    House Rituals

    Purification Rituals Purification is important to do on a daily basis, for witches and Pagans alike. Witchcraft is really not different from Pagan religion in general; it is just a special discipline within that religion, like the ancient mysteries. It is, first of all, a more efficient use of energy. Our energy tends to manifest in cycles, and during each cycle we will experience one or more peaks and troughs of available energy. We have different cycles for different types of energy, but their number is fixed by habit and they tend to operate unobserved by us; we just know when we are ‘up’ or ‘feeling down’. Witches observe their…

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    The Morrigan: Bloody Queen of Battle

    The Morrigan: Bloody Queen of Battle Streaming red Cloak of hair Like yarn spun wild For a coat of dreams Of war and time To pass the line The blood along Like velvet wine Lady great and fierce of heart Builds you up then tears apart Protect thyself but know her if you can. (Devotional verse for the Morrigan, 2012)

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    Spiralled Edges

    Spiralled Edges – Good and Bad Teachers I’ve been thinking about teachers and students a lot recently. We talk a lot about teachers in Paganism. Someone to teach us how to be Pagan. How to do “it” right.     I’ve been a teacher, and I’ve been a student. I’ve been both at the same time. I’ve been a bad teacher, and I’ve been a good teacher. I’ve known teachers who were bad for me, but perfect for someone else, and vice versa. But what, in my mind, makes someone a good teacher and for that matter, what makes someone a bad teacher? A good teacher: Has a good understanding…

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    MagickalArts

      April is the mid-time between Spring’s growth and May’s burst of new life ripe with fertility and form. April, has also been for many years now a time to celebrate the Earth; most notably on Earth Day (April 22.2017). In that spirit, this month’s offering is an excerpt from my new book and a pathworking to use to deepen your connection to our most sacred home. Find a quiet spot, settle in and awaken all of your senses as we stand in Gaia’s Temple…. Earth, My Home Turn your focus and attention to your breath. Allow your consciousness to move with the rise and fall of your chest and…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times April 2017 Bright Blessings! I missed doing an article for last month. My computer crashed! I am thankful we have a new computer now, and I can write all I want! This month falls in between Sabbats, March 20 being the official date of Ostara. This is one Ostara that I have planned no gatherings, and will not attend any. It’s not that I don’t have peeps, and it’s not that I lack invitations. It’s that staying in has become routine for me. Those who have been reading my articles know I’ve been struggling for a bit over 2.5 years now. I am not…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    SIF (Photo Credit – debsden.blogspot.com) Sif is a Norse/Scandinavian Grain Goddess, associated with the Earth and its’ vegetation. One species of moss is named after Her, “haddr sifjar” or “Sif’s hair”, which is great praise, as her golden mane of hair was Her most striking feature. Her name possibly means “relation by marriage” which would be descriptive to Her role in Asgard. Sif was a swan-maiden, similar to the Valkyries, in that she was able to take the form of a swan. She is a Prophetess, as well as the Goddess of wheat, fertility and family. Some say She is also a Goddess of fidelity, but that title is debatable,…

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    The Witching Herbs by Harold Roth – Book Excerpt

      Plant Spirits Hammers and pens can be well made or faulty, beautiful or ugly. They require skill from the user, as well as a certain amount of intrinsic capabili­ties as tools, but they are not capable of independent thought or of deliberately hindering or helping our work. When you work with an herb, rather than with its plant spirit, the herb is a tool. When you work with a plant spirit, the herb is a sacred text that you can read to learn about the spirit. And that spirit has its own will and its own desires that may not match what you want to achieve. When you are…