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    Tarot Talk

    The Nine of Swords (The Nine of Swords card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)** We haven’t talked about the Minor Arcana Nines for quite some time. This month, we will examine the Nine of Swords. Comparing cards and their individual meanings is valuable throughout the study of the Tarot, but this process is particularly useful when looking at the Swords cards. If you remember, I stated in past columns that in my opinion the Five of Swords and Seven of Swords are sometimes not easy to tell apart. Understanding these two cards and their differences helps us in part to understand the Nine of Swords and all of…

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    Bringing up the Next Generation of Witches

    Is it just me or did July fly by? July was a month of learning with Little Bear. We spent time at the zoo, started making our favorite foods from scratch, and spent time in the Full Moon. Little Bear shows signs of intolerance to food coloring and preservatives, so I am working on eating a more natural diet with the family. This has been tough because Little Bear loves colorful foods…think popsicles! I’ve also learned that Little Bear will eat almost anything if I let him help make it. This made me so happy! Kitchen Witch Learning Time! First, we always start by adding lemon essential oil to the…

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    MagickalArts

    Let freedom Ring-Part Two The Cosmic Horae: Order, Justice and Peace Shall Rule The Executors of Divine Order Dike(Order) – Eunomia(Justice) – Eirene(Peace) Dike: Hora of Order Themis’ daughters are the seeds of extension for maintaining what has been decreed within the heavens. These are the controls that remand the individual to the laws of karmic order when encountered at death by their mother Themis. Their attributes are the affirmation of cosmic and earthly law being reflections of the same dynamics of order and balance that are upheld in both heavenly and earthly matters. Dike, in her role as keeper of justice and order made judgment of the moral order…

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    “The Horn of Plenty”: A Pathworking for Lammas

    This Pathworking is meant to connect us with the deeper meaning of the First Harvest of Lammas. We have sown the seeds of our will and making at Ostara, nurtured and tended to their needs; seen them in bloom at Litha and are now ready to reap what has grown and is viable to sustain in the darkness that lay in the winter months ahead. For the most effective use of this pathworking I would suggest reading it through once to set-up the initial energetic connections. Then, take some time to record the pathworking, reading it in your natural voice. Be sure to offer up timed silence in the recording…

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    The Road to Runes

    The Road to Runes: Raidho, The Traveler’s Rune The fifth rune in the Elder Futhark, Raidho is also the fifth rune in first ætt, or set of eight runes. These first eight runes are known as Freya’s ætt, and relate to physical and emotional happiness, nurturing and compassion. Raidho literally means riding or wagon, and as such is strongly associated with journeys, arrivals, departures, reunions, relocations, traveling and vehicles. The overriding theme is not remaining stationary. Of course, not all journeys are physical. Each one of us is a traveler, making our own winding way down life’s path. We are all on a spiritual journey as well as physical one.…

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    Mindful Meditations

    Welcome to Mindful Meditations, a new column to help you connect to yourself. Monthly the author will switch between two witches that are massage therapists that lead meditations and are in the same coven.   Fire Meditation It’s Leo season and what better way to enjoy that excited, expansive energy than with a bit of fire scrying, either with your friends or alone. This fire meditation is crafted to work as a guided group meditation or an easy-to-follow solo journey. So light your fire, grab a journal and let’s drop in! If having a physical fire isn’t a possibility, you can use a candle or call the energy of fire…

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    The Harvest Calls!

      The harvest calls Time to reap What you have sown.   Flesh and bone Tears and blood All into the making Of your harvest’s yield.   And, what have you sacrificed As you stand ready to Receive your reward?   What have you tended And nurtured that Has not produced Sweet fruit?   What have you neglected And allowed to wither and fall Because you did not See its bounty?   What sunlight and rain Have you drawn into Your own being to grow The harvest of your Own potential?   The harvest calls Time to reap What you have sown!   Author’s Notes: In the Spirit of Lammas,…

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    Lughnasadh/Lamas Correspondences

    (Lughnasadh ‘s Pentacle – Harvest Magic – Lugh’s Protection handcrafted by YabYum from the shop PaganOdana on Etsy.)   Major Sabbat (High Holiday) – Fire Festival August 1, 2 Other Names: Lunasa (meaning August), Lughnasaad, Lughnasa Celtic),First Harvest, August Eve, Feast of Cardenas, Feast of Bread, Tailltean Games(Irish), Teltain Cornucopia (Strega), Ceresalia (Ancient Roman) Harvest Home, Thingtide (Teutonic), Lammas (Christian). Laa Luanys, Elembious, Festival of Green Corn (Native American) Animals and Mythical beings: Griffins, Basilisks, Roosters, Calves, Centaurs, Phoenix Gemstones: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamonds, citrine Incense and Oils: wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood Colors: red, orange, golden yellow, green, light brown, gold, bronze, gray Tools,…

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    Learning Lenormand

    Notes from My Lenormand Journal Thirty years ago, when I received my first set of Tarot cards, I read the cards nearly every day. I didn’t have a separate journal for my Tarot readings in those days – I just put the readings into my regular day-to-day diary. My life was very melodramatic in those days and the various readings reflected the histrionics of my daily life. Mostly I used the Celtic Cross spread but I would try out any spread that I discovered in my study of the Tarot. I was sure that I would eventually find the answer. Well, here we are all these years later and I…

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    Book Review – Love Magic: A Handbook of Spells, Charms, and Potions by Anastasia Greywolf

    Book Review “Love Magic: A Handbook of Spells, Charms, and Potions” by Anastasia Greywolf Published by Wellfleet Press Copyright May 29, 2018 Pages: 256 This book is marketed to “help readers navigate through their amorous adventures,” such as people hoping to “catch that person you’ve been secretly in love with for the past five months” and to help when “an unrequited crush is not getting your subtle hints.” In her introduction, Anastasia Greywolf, a practicing witch and herbalist and a founding member of the Coven of the Moonbeam Ravine, states, “Whether you want to find ‘the one’ or simply make your pets love each other, get rid of a bad…