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    Welcome

    _______________________________________________________________ Cover art: Ostara Spring Equinox Goddess Tree of Life Wire Wrapped Pendant by Rachael of RachaelsWireGarden Etsy shop. About the artist: I began my wire-wrapping journey in 2013. I am self-taught, & my designs are inspired by everything in my little world. Every piece has a special story behind it, & all are thoughtfully & carefully crafted to bring each of those unique concepts to life. It’s my hope that the meaningful messages behind these designs are not missed, & that they will bring joy, hope, or even healing to anyone they touch. You can find Rachael at RachaelsWireGarden or on Facebook. _______________________________________________________________ This month we usher in Spring…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: The Three Craft Gods of the Danann Merry meet. In Irish mythology, there are brothers who are ‘The Three Craft Gods of the Danann.’ They are also called ‘The Three Gods of Skill of the Tuatha Dé Danann.’ Brigid and Tuireann are their parents. Credne – or Creidne in Old Irish and Creidhne in modern Irish – was a craftsman who worked mostly in bronze, but also in brass and gold. When Nuada, the High King of the Tuatha Dé Danann, lost his arm in battle, it was Credne who fashioned a replacement arm from silver. (Photo by Nicolas Hoizey on Unsplash) Goibniu – is the blacksmith.…

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    A Woman’s Place…

    Not all women are mothers; but, all mothers are women. In the wake of yet another mass shooting of children, by a young man who, for all intents and purposes, was also a child, what do we do? As women, as mothers, who carried these children within us, and birthed them into life, each death is a pang in our hearts. They are not our children, and yet, they are our children, each and every one of them – the children who were and are murdered. The child who is the murderer, is also our child as he, too, has suffered. This includes the adults who have been killed, as…

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    What is Shamanism?

    **An excerpt from the book: “Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing”   What is Shamanism? “Shamanism is not a faith, but a wisdom tradition in which we learn purely from our own individual, collective and personal experience. It is not a religion and is dogma-free; indeed it supports any existing spiritual practice one already has. Many of us deeply desire a connection to our own ‘soulfulness’ and that of all other living beings in a free and natural way. This is the essence of Shamanism.” – John Cantwell “Shamanism is a path of knowledge, not of faith, and that knowledge cannot come from me or anyone…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for March 2018 Bright Blessings, I write this on February 19, and it is a pleasant fifty-seven degrees Fahrenheit outside, with a soft, misty rain. My crocus, hyacinth, and daffodils are pushing their green fingers out of the earth, and I have the sliding glass door open to allow some of the nice, fresh air into the house. My husband was saying it “feels like” Spring yesterday. I corrected him, “It IS Spring, and it started the first week of February.” I explained Spring is not something that starts all in one day, but is a season that unfolds gradually, and people miss…

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    Book Review – The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within

    THE MAGIC CIRCLE Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within A year ago I wrote a brief review of this book on Amazon but in this review I will expand on what I wrote in February 2017: “This is an amazing source book for families, schools, grandparents and youth leaders in different capacities. It offers a breath-taking range of ideas and ceremonies – ranging from fast and simple to more complex. These ceremonies can help children and young people navigate life transitions and events. From losing a loved one, taking courage, the magic of our own body, the weather, animals, ancestral sleuthing and so forth the possibilities are…

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    Learning Lenormand

    As Above, So Below Learning any kind of divinatory method takes a lot of practice. Yes, some people have a natural skill. But even those people practice, practice, practice. I cannot stress it any stronger. You have to get out your cards, shuffle them really well, and lay them out. Not just once, but twice, three times, four times or more. And not just once a day. Several times a day. It is often said that you can’t read your own cards. It is also said that you can’t read your cards everyday or more than once a day. This is pure hogwash. When you are learning a skill, repetition…

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    SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

    Egg Spells Merry meet. Eggs are one of Ostara’s most prevalent associations. Like all seeds, it contains the promise of a new life. It is a potent symbol of fertility because it contains the power to become something: a chicken, a turtle, a bird, a fish. Eggs are a symbol of abundance, prosperity and the rebirth of nature. In some traditions, the entire universe is portrayed as an egg. That makes them very magickal. At Ostara, the Wheel of the Year is perfectly balanced. Day and night are of equal length. Masculine and feminine, inner and outer, dark and light are also balanced as the world begins to come alive.…

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    Never Again: School Shootings

    About five years ago a man with a gun was arrested outside the inner city primary (US equivalent elementary) London school two of my three children attended at the time. I am a European. To put a very fine point on things: I am Dutch. Like most European people I have not grown up in a “gun culture”. The only people carrying guns I encountered during the first 20 years of my life were policemen and soldiers. People who carried a gun for professional reasons. It was understood that those guns would be used only by those trained professionals in truly exceptional (read emergency) situations. Here are the facts about…

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    Book Review – The Crystal Seer: Power Crystals for Magic, Meditation & Ritual by Judy Hall

    The Crystal Seer by Judy Hall   Power Crystals for Magic, Meditation & Ritual Hardback, 176 Pages Publisher: Fair Winds Press   While the title of this new books sounds a fantasy series I’d like to read, I came to read Judy Hall’s new book with glee. She is one of my favourite writers about crystals and “magic, meditation and ritual” sounded right up my alley! I was positively giddy to read this book. I must firstly congratulate the author on her fine work, yet again. Yet this book would not be what it is (which is glorious) without Timothy Samara, and John Van Rees, Jr. The layout and design…