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    Welcome

    _______________________________________________________________ Cover Art: Pakkanen/Winter Magic by Ulla Thynell. Mixed traditional media: watercolor, pastels, colored pencil, ink. Ulla Thynell is a Finnish illustrator and designer, who works with a variety of styles, art techniques and media. A close and passionate relationship with nature shows through Ulla’s art. Creativity for her also means processing emotions: it is a way to escape, to heal, to tell stories. She enjoys seeing the whimsical side of things, and often finds fairytales, myths and folklore inspiring. Her favorite subjects to draw typically contain a bit of light, a bit of dark, as well as a bit of humour. _______________________________________________________________   Good February!  We have a Big…

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    Crystal Connections

    Amazonite A member of the Feldspar family, it’s said that Amazonite is the stone of truth. By stimulating the throat chakra, this stone assists in clear communication by aligning your speech to higher ideals. Amazonite inspires confidence, hope and enhances creative “true to self” expression. With its soothing green colors, calmness is what this crystalline structure is all about. This stone also works powerfully through the heart chakra by healing past emotional traumas. (Photo courtesy http://shijewels.etsy.com) When I worked in the financial industry I would often wear Amazonite jewelry not only because of its abilities described above but also because it’s known to relieve stress and dispel negative energy, and…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Pan (art by Samantha Sullivan)   Merry meet. A man with the legs and horns of a goat, Pan was the Greek god of the wild and of hunting. He looks after shepherds, their flocks and the woods. He stirs up panic – a word derived from his name –because, one story goes, if his secluded afternoon naps were disturbed, his angry shout inspired panic. Pan is also associated with sexuality. He chases nymphs, dancing with them in an effort to seduce them, but is always turned down. One legend tells that he tried to seduce a beautiful wood nymph named Syrinx, daughter of the river god. To…

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    Review of Tarot of the Bones Deck & Companion Book by Lupa

    Review of Tarot of the Bones Deck & Companion Book by Lupa The Tarot of the Bones is a “natural history-themed” divination set created and published by Lupa. I was looking forward to receiving this deck because of its author and creator, who I first discovered years ago when researching therianthropy. Because of her long history of working in an honorable way with the hides and bones and fur of animals, I could not think of a better person than Lupa to create a bone-themed Tarot deck. I’m pleased to say that Lupa did not disappoint me. The Tarot of Bones deck has 79 cards with beautiful images of bones…

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    The Fiery Blade of Brighid

    Metal flashes plunged deep into Fires from a forge Of great darkness.   Red flame and Wisps of cauterized Flesh that are carried Upwards towards Focused release.   Emerald green eyes Open and healing Tears drain from A fire filled gaze that Cuts clean through.   The Goddess has Awakened and Her sword deftly And swiftly plunges Through its mark.   All pain and suffering Drain from wounds That have festered And sapped life From blood’s purpose.   The mark of HER cross etched Into every cell, deepening Into its very core.   Four points of light Gathered together As renewal begins.   Goddess’ arms Open in flaming embrace And…

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    Learning Lenormand

    The Lenormand Oracle Cards and Booklet A few months ago, I received my first set of Lenormand cards. I wrote about them here: http://paganpages.org/emagazine/tag/lenormand-cards/ . If you remember, at the end of that article, I posted pics of the set of cards that I wanted to get and for Yule, I bought them for myself. They arrived in the mail on the third day of Christmas, if I remember correctly. I was so happy to get them! They are exactly what I wanted. They have the “antique” looking pictures of the original cards but also the playing card inserts that to me, are the essence of the Lenormand. I was…

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    Review: Calm, the App

    As a witch, I have found that sometimes the safest place to chill out is the recess of my own mind. This means that for me, as for many pagans, indeed people of all paths, being able to meditate is a real key skill; one that I have worked at for many years. By no means am I a meditation master; in fact, even though I need this skill, I’ve often struggled to get to grips with it and sometimes struggle to switch off at all. With that in mind, I’m on a mission to find the best meditation apps on your smart phone or tablet and I’m sacrificing myself…

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    Book Review – The Awakened Psychic: What You Need to Know to Develop Your Psychic Abilities by Kala Ambrose

    The Awakened Psychic: What You Need to Know to Develop Your Psychic Abilities Author Kala Ambrose Publisher Llewellyn Publications Copyright:2016 Length 216 Pages I really enjoyed this book, it is a great teaching book for novices and even a great refresher for seasoned psychics. This is the 7th book Kala Ambrose has written. She also has 3 Guided Meditation recordings available as of January 16, 2018. I love the candid way in which Kala Ambrose writes, it is a style that makes you feel that you are listening to her talk in person. She is straightforward and doesn’t really play around in the way she describes events that she has…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Queen of Wands (The Queen of Wands Card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)** Welcome to the year 2018! We have one more Queen to talk about, the Queen of Wands, so let’s get started. First, let’s review some information about the royal family of the Tarot. 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 56 Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories or…

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    Book Review: A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book by Ceisiwr Serith

      This is a lovely little book, one that can easily fit inside a woman’s bag, or a man’s briefcase. It is broken down into two parts – The Foundations of Worship and Building Rituals. Part One is broken down in “Prayer” and “Rituals”. It describes how, yes, pagans so pray, a description of prayer and how to write your own. Part Two is all about Rituals — How to Begin — Home — Callings — Praise — Thanksgiving — Consecrations & Blessings — Separate sections for Time of Day/Month/Year/Lore — Endings The last section is “Petitioning the Gods” and includes, requests, offerings, healing and society and land. The book…