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    Retha’s Crystal Reflections

    Crystals For Self Love & Drawing Love Into Your Life Well its February & we know what that means….love, hearts, chocolates and…..crystals!! Crystals are an amazing tool to use yourself if you are focusing on self love, and great for gifting to loved ones as well. There are crystals for drawing love of all kinds into your life. I feel its important to not get caught up in just relationships & partnerships on Valentine’s day. Not everyone is currently in a relationship, and some are not able to spend the holiday with their partners. None of these people should  be left out. Love is for the self first & foremost…

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    The Kitchen Witch

    Baking Basic Bread I absolutely adore baking bread. To me, there is nothing more magical than the mixing of yeast and water and flour and sugar and salt to make a loaf of something nourishing and nutritious. If you have only had “Wonder Bread”-type bread, then you don’t know how fabulous real bread can be. I usually invoke Isis before I start a batch of bread. To me, Isis is the preeminent goddess of bread. According to Patricia Telesco, the Egyptians were the originators of leavening to make bread rise and that they had over thirty different kinds of breads. (Telesco, 53). They were also adept at brewing beer, which…

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    Gael Song

    Contemplative Druidry During these dark winter days, when the pull inward is strongest, I want to bring up the topic of a contemplative branch of druidry. On my own path, I’ve been led into a silent lifestyle with two half-hour meditations a day, one focused on healing the planet and the other on whatever has arisen in my life that day. This practice has led me through a steady spirit ascension process, planes of light moving down into my aura for 2-3 weeks, then moving out as another color took its place from above. There have been 363 of these planes over 23 years of this continuing spirit practice, always…

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    Tarot Talk

    The King of Wands (The King of Wands card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)** We haven’t looked at the Court Cards of the Tarot for a while. This month we will return to the Tarot “royals” and get to know the King of Wands. First, we should review some foundational information. The 78 cards of a Tarot deck consist of 22 Major Arcana cards (dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, and archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives) and 56 Minor Arcana cards (customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four…

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    Book Review – Santa Muerte: The History, Rituals, and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death by Tracey Rollin

    Book Review Santa Muerte: The History, Rituals, and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death by Tracey Rollin I have always had a great attraction for the image of Death. When I was eleven, I received a Dover coloring book of Medieval prints and a box of watercolor paints. Many of the pictures I painted and used in collages but the picture of “Death and the Maiden”, I put on my wall after I painted it and it has been on one of my walls of whatever house I have lived in ever since. Let this sink in – I was eleven in 1971 and I am now fifty-eight…

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    Book Review – The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils and More by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

    Book Review The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils and More by Arin Murphy-Hiscock Published by Adams Media Copyright 2017 Pages: 235 If you are starting down the path of a green witch, you will appreciate this complete introduction to the natural magic of herbs, flowers, essential oils, gems and more. This book is a slightly edited version of her book, “The Way of the Green Witch: Rituals, Spells, and Practices to Bring You Back to Nature,” published in 2006, also by Adams Media. The information is easily understood and put into practice. Arin Murphy-Hiscock describes the path of a green witch…

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    3 Pagans and a Cat Monthly Feature

    3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure. *** Each Month… we will share the previous month’s episodes with you from their site to help keep you up-to-date with their impressive podcast. While there, don’t forget to listen to this month’s as well, we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing! January 2019 Podcasts Episode 28: Fire Festival – Imbolc: You thought Car,…

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    The Sober Pagan

    The Universe Has Your Back … and More! One of the gifts I received at Yule was a set of meditation cards entitled “The Universe Has Your Back”. Beautifully designed by Gabrielle Bernstein, with artwork by Micaela Ezra, these are some of the loveliest cards I have ever seen. I was first going to review them for “Seeing the Signs” but after looking through them thoroughly, I realized that they weren’t divinatory in the classic sense but rather meant just for mediation. Not that Tarot cards, Lenormard cards and Oracle cards can’t be used for meditation – we all know that all these cards can be used very effectively as…

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    The Bad Witch’s Guide

    The Bad Witch’s Guide to Pagan Prayer (Photo by A L L E F . V I N I C I U S ? on Unsplash) A lot of people assume I don’t pray. This is wrong. I have a daily practice and that means I connect in some degree to what is sacred to me and within me, usually daily. My prayers can look like regular praying, or dancing, or cooking or nothing at all. Let us talk about what I mean when I say prayer. To me a prayer is the mental and spiritual and sometimes physical seeking of connection to the Divine within and outside of the…

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    Book Review – Psychedelic Mystery Traditions: Spirit Plants – Magical Practices – Ecstatic States by Thomas Hatsis

    Book Review Psychedelic Mystery Traditions Spirit Plants – Magical Practices – Ecstatic States By Thomas Hatsis 271 pp. Park Street Press Although it has been the subject of great speculation and demonetization by various religious and political bodies, psychedelic mystery tradition remains one of the great buried seeds of Paganism, hidden under mythology, misinformation, and religious and political oppression — not to mention suppression of information. In “Psychedelic Mystery Traditions,” Thomas Hatsis uncovers a vast history of psychedelic spirit plants in Western tradition and ritual, focusing especially on Greco-Roman tradition and the early days of Christianity. From the earliest prehistoric discoveries of psychedelic plants and their spiritual potential to the…