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    Tarot Talk

      Ten of Pentacles/Disks/Coins   Let’s continue with our exploration of the Tens of the Tarot Minor Arcana, this time talking about the Ten of Pentacles. If you haven’t already read the articles on the Ten of Cups and the Ten of Swords, now might be a good time to check them out. As always, here is a bit of basic foundational information about the Tens of the Tarot Minor Arcana. 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…

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    The Sober Pagan

    The Recovery Spiral and the Spiral Steps If you hang around AA for any amount of time, you will no doubt hear that you have to acquire a “Big Book” – the text of Alcoholics Anonymous – and read no other book – unless it’s the “Twelve and Twelve” – the AA book about the Twelve Steps and Twelve traditions – or one of the other “approved” literature that Alcoholics Anonymous World Services puts out. I myself own a Big Book and a Twelve and Twelve. Like everything associated with AA, there’s a lot to love about these books and a lot that honestly pisses me off about them. My…

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    Crystal Connections

    Hematite     Hematite is a common but sometimes overlooked stone because it lacks the bright flashy colors like its other crystal counterparts. In its understated, cool dark silvery tones, this crystalline structure contains some pretty great metaphysical properties. Even though it’s known as the “stone of the mind” for its clarifying and focusing abilities, for me its best properties are for grounding, balancing and protecting.     I will often carry a small tumbled piece around in my pocket or purse to roll between my fingers when I’m feeling out of sorts or confused. This stone has a way of bringing things into focus and keeping me on an…

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    The Divine Flows Through Me

      The Divine Flows Through Me! My Gods and Goddesses flow through me Strong and powerful rising up in me I offer my devotion and my love. My mind is open to receive The wisdom and guidance of Divine grace. My body is the Temple that offers Its gifts in service to the Greater Work. My Gods and Goddesses flow through me They are with me always and Shine brightly for all to see.  They are the Fire of my Will…. Kali’s Rites (1.) Blood spills freely from a wild fierceness That knows no mercy or gentle hand. I am not a timid and delicate Maiden I am one who…

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    (xvii the star)

      one day i take the train to the ocean. donovan is just bringing in his boat. his body is sweat shiny & glowing. donovan knows all about constellations.   donovan is just bringing in his boat. the sea air is salty & clean & fresh. donovan knows about constellations. he says the stars shine all day & all night.   the sea air is salt & clean & fresh. i think about everything he told me. he said the stars shine all day & all night. i swim until my teeth are chattering.   i dry myself off & put on lotion. one day i take the train to…

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    Rage and Spiritual People

        We have the privilege of being alive in a time of paradigm shift. The world my own parents knew and took for granted has tilted on its axis in the four decades since I was a child. In many ways this is a wonderful thing: courtesy of the internet and social media we now all have access to a vast reservoir of information and inspiration. My own children laugh when I explain to them that in my childhood I needed to cycle to the local library if I needed information about any subject. For them it is all just one finger click away. They cannot comprehend a time…

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    The Bad Witch’s Guide

      The Bad Witch’s Guide to Aromatherapy   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.   I have a super charged sense of smell. You’d think spending my childhood on the farm would have ruined it but I think it made things like…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times November 2017 Bright Blessings! Many of you have already had your Sabbat celebrations, but some will wait until the weekend after the 31st of October to do so. I tend to lean that way, myself, and I will use it to do a second Samhain article this year! Last month’s article focused on the topic of fear, and this month will focus on the less mundane topics. On Medicine and Healing Before I get into the Pagany Sabbat aspect. I would like to say a small word about one of the biggest reason our ancient Pre Christian Pagan ancestors did seasonal celebrations. That…

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    Gael Song

    The Druid Year, Solstice/Equinox/Cross-Quarter Day Impulses, 15 moons, and Sacred Alphabet Twenty years ago, when I began my Celtic path, my inner druid guides suggested I make flower essences for all the sacred trees over the cycle of one year. And it was good advice, for I could feel the spirit of each tree through its particular 24-day moon, all 15 of them. And I was also guided to do simple ceremonies for the eight equinox/solstice and cross-quarter high holy days of the druid year. As the year went along, it was easy to feel the portals of spirit these days truly are. I was guided to draw the Ogham…

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    Book Review – Instant Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Reading the Cards by Monte Farber and Amy Zerner

      Instant Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Reading the Cards by Monte Farber and Amy Zerner, published in 2017 by Weiser Books, Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, Newburyport, MA 01950, soft cover, 259 pages. Instant Tarot is published as a paperback, with a color cover printed on typical soft-cover stock, measuring 8 ½ by 5 ½ inches. The interior pages consist of black and white card images and nicely-sized typeface printed on white paper. Instant Tarot is different from most of the how-to-read-the-Tarot books available to students and enthusiasts of the Tarot. This book uses a system for understanding and interpreting the cards in a traditional Tarot deck that is based on…