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    Exploring the Penumbra: First Steps in Sorcery Part 1

    Foreword This is a story about a chance experiment in consciousness I suddenly tried at the age of twenty-two which turned my life in a different direction. Over thirty-two years later, the experiment is still going on. Or was it chance? Accounts of similar experiments were certainly in the air: in 1968, a graduate anthropology student named Carlos Castaneda published The Teachings of don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge, describing his experiences learning native American sorcery from an alleged Yaqui brujo named don Juan Matus. I picked it up at the Aztec bookstore at San Diego State University. Wisdom from this hemisphere was a novelty to me back then.…

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    Sacred Art

      GUARDIANS OF SOUL This painting was made while I was enrolled in Sandra Ingerman’s shamanic teacher training program in Santa Fe (in 2012 – 2013). She is the author of the seminal book Soul Retrieval: Healing the fragmented self. It describes how the ancient technique of soul retrieval is used to return soul essence that ‘runs for safety to the spirit world’ when severe trauma or a great shock occurs. Really this is a safety mechanism, our ability to feel pain is reduced in that moment, but it is not a healthy solution long-term. For that reason shamanic practitioners spend a fair amount of time returning precious soul essence…

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    Art Video

    SEAL MOTHER OF SOULS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t5VP0Me24Q&t=4s This short video was inspired by a powerful dream I had in California, October 2015. In the early 19th century the native Chumash and Tongya people were forced to leave the Channel Islands off the coast of California. They were taken to Spanish missions and pueblos on the mainland. One teenage girl ran back to look for her baby and the ship left without her. She lived alone on San Nicholas Island for 18 years, when she was ‘rescued’. Her name was Juana Maria. I had a powerful dream in which she appeared and showed me images of her life in those 18 years of profound…

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    Spiralled Edges

    Not so much a circle… We talk a lot about circles. Holding ritual circles. Creating a sacred circle. Building a power circle. And different Pagan paths have their own ideas on how circles should be created, crossed, and taken down. Circles serve one of three purposes. They are either built to keep things in, to keep things out, or both. Going back to 101 basics, for those who are still learning, circles built to contain are generally used when doing energy raising for spellcasting or healing. Circles built to keep out are used when doing work that may attract unwanted energies. And those which do both, well that’s pretty self-explanatory,…

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    MagickalArts

    The Heart of Light     This month the focus turns to one of community, service and cultivating a heart of light. Service often evolves and is generated by a heart that remains hopeful and deeply connected to the world and all of its inhabitants. From the cultivation of that heart centered consciousness the idea of community and ways to engage in communal efforts for the good of all becomes a path of service and the home in which we discover more about ourselves. In practice, both of these states have at their core the requirement of being fully present, thus becoming more observant of opportunities that present themselves daily.…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Sun gods Merry meet. Cultures since the beginning of time have worshiped the sun. The importance of these solar deities appear to be of more importance the closer to the equator you get.     For instance, in Egypt, which extends south into the Tropic of Caccer, Ra the sun god was powerful. He was the creator of everything as well as king of all the gods. Ancient Egyptians honored Ra with solar temples open to the sky. He appears as a man with the head of a ram, and sometimes with the head of a beetle, above which is the sun disk he carries across the…

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    Bad Witch’s Guide

      The Bad Witch’s Guide to Life, Love and Magick I am a bad witch. There are a long list of reasons why I am a bad witch. Having been out of the broom closet for some considerable number of years I would on occasion get asked “but you’re a good witch though?” My response to that depending on the person asking but I found I started to say “yes, a very, very good witch” rather darkly as it usually got the point across. There is this sort of pressure to be “nice” to everyone, as though we had to be saintly ambassadors of our faith. Not that I’m not…

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    Tuatha Dé Danann

    There’s a black feather floating on the wind Gasp it in, sigh it out Breath of blood, hot iron in my nostrils Suck it in, steam it out Long red hair that catches on the fence post Tie it back, pull it out Great club beating on the fractured bed rock Call him o’er, call him out Passion spanning over secret rivers Hold it in, let it out Pacts and wars are sealed with silver kisses Throw it in, hurl it out Death of hero, dog meat bile in belly, Gulp it in, spew it out Crows are circling; Badb, Macha and Nemain; Hear them out Hear them out Hear…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Magician (The Magician Tarot Card from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)** This month, we will stay with the Major Arcana, and talk about The Magician, the masculine version of The High Priestess. Before we begin breaking down The Magician, let’s remind ourselves of some terms. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck, 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. An archetype (pronounced “ark eh type”) is a generic, idealized model of a person, an object, or a concept which…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Black Magic Cake   This is literally one of the best cakes in the entire world. Apart from its fabulous name, it is easy to make, it keeps well, and it is so yummy good that once you make it, you won’t want to make another chocolate cake ever. I found this recipe on a Hershey’s cocoa can back in 1971 or so – I was maybe ten or eleven years old. I asked my mother if I could make it and my mother, being the kind of cook that she was, said yes. Up to that point, I had always used cake mixes but this was the first “by…