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    Welcome

      Spirit & Life by American artist Tom Fleming   _____________________________________________________________________________   Welcome to the July Issue of PaganPages.  What do we have in-store for you this month???  Many of our great articles and reviews, such as…     A Book Review of the Tarot by Design Workbook:  Color and Learn Your Way into the Cards by Diane Heyne.     The Bad Witch’s Guide discusses love spells this month and even offers up one!       Jennifer Engrácio shares an amazing  excerpt from her book The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within on the importance of Children and Ceremony with our Readers.    …

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Thor     (art by Samantha Sullivan)   Merry meet. Thor is the hammer-welding Norse God of Thunder. He is the son of Odin, the primary god of all the Nordic gods, and the earth goddess Jord (also reported as Fyorgyn). He is one of the most important and well-known gods in the Norse pantheon, also said to be a sun god, the god of stormy weather, and a fertility god. His wife is also associated with fertility: the goddess Sif. Together they live in Thrudheim (“Place of Might”), the largest house in Asgard with more than 500 rooms. They have two children. Thor also adopted a…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Page of Cups (The Page of Cups Card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)** Back to the Court Cards! This time, we will revisit the Tarot “Royals” by examining the Page of Cups. We haven’t talked about Court Cards in a little while, so first we will review some basic information. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards dealing 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 customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four elements…

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    Yoga, Meditation, & Wisdom

    The Eight Limbs of Yoga This month’s column will wrap up The Eight Limbs of Yoga, as we focus on Dhyana and Samadhi. (Photo Credit: anandashram.org) Dhyana = worship. It is contemplation, focus and concentration; the ability to find the truth about something – an object, a thought – with perfect meditation. As our minds become clearer, our perceptions do as well. We can readily discern what is, and what is not, reality. “Maya” is illusion. It is our perceptions, our judgements, our thoughts and feelings based on our lives, that color and filter all that we do and think. “Moksha” is the freedom to see and perceive things clearly,…

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    Book Excerpt: “The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within” Jennifer Engrácio

    Children and Ceremony In many cultures in the world, rituals are built into daily life as a continual way of renewing the individual and community spirit: celebrating, giving gratitude, grieving, and letting go of that which no longer serves the health and well-being of the village. Ritual is a kind of glue that helps us to remember who we are and how we are related to everything in the universe–something we humans tend to forget unless we build times to experience this connection consciously into our busy lives. Each of us authors noticed several years ago that many children we met wanted and needed ritual in their lives. The children…

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    SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

    Full Moon Rise       Merry meet. An eclectic group of women in my area have been getting together for as many full moons as possible these past two year. One of our favorite traditions grew out of our coven – to gather at a small public beach that does not close at sunset. We bring blankets, camp chairs and food, and set up where we see the sun set behind the cottages and then watch the moon rise in the east over the water.       We do it as often as possible when the full moon falls on a weekend during warm weather. The most recent…

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    The Three-Storeyed Universe

      Notes on Our Cosmos    I am collecting notes about our cosmos which seem suggestive and relevant. The first thing to note is that our cosmos is local. A cosmos is an ordered habitation, and does not mean everything within reach of our telescopes. It is still under construction and goes through cycles of birth, growth, decay, dissolution and incubation. We shall understand what these cycles mean when we understand how life, evolution and intelligence fit into the dynamics of a cosmos. The Sun is the principal deity and world of our local cosmos, while the Earth is its principal ‘field’ of nurture. The Moon, which is the same…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    July 2017 Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times It is the day before Summer Solstice, and I’m writing July’s article. Next month will bring Lammas! The year is going by so fast! This month’s topic will be a very important one we talk about, but seldom sit in silence and meditate on. How Pagans get on with those who they cannot stand. It all depends on both your tradition, and your personality. My own, personal knee jerk reaction is to tell people off very harshly, and write them off for good if I really cannot endure them. This is because, like many, it takes a lot for me to get…

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    Bad Witch’s Guide

        The Bad Witch’s Guide to Love Spells 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. Good witches will either hand you a love spell without blinking or warn you off them completely. I however, am not a good witch. The warnings are…

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    Exploring the Penumbra: First Steps in Sorcery Part 2

    Wordless Knowledge In time I realized that my new experiences came from a sort of energy flowing through my body. This energy was always there, but most of it was engaged with thinking and frontal attention; consequently, I rarely noticed it. I had discovered a way to increase the flow of this energy, so that I became aware of it for the first time as a factor in my environment. I had no name for this energy because we only name the things we notice. In this way shifts in energy awareness lead to wordless knowledge. As energy flowed through my body, feelings flowed through my mind. I couldn’t put…