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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Neptune Merry meet. Neptune, the god of the sea and earthquakes, was one of the 12 major deities of the Roman pantheon. Poseidon was his Greek counterpart. Neptune was the son of Saturn. When Saturn was defeated, the world was divided among Neptune and his two brothers, Jupiter (Zeus) and Pluto (Hades). Jupiter got the sky, Pluto took the underworld and Neptune was given the sea. Neptune is known for his violent nature and volatile temperament. There are many stories portraying him as unpredictable and somewhat vindictive – and this is associated with the nature of the sea. Those characteristics also associated him with earthquakes, because the…

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    Book Review – The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by the Megalithic Portal, Edited by Andy Burnham

    Book Review The Old Stones A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by the Megalithic Portal Edited by Andy Burnham Who can look at a circle of stones, standing stones, without feeling a sense of awe and amazement, without wondering who made this, why is it here? Megalithic Portal is an independent website run by prehistoric site enthusiasts. This book was collaboratively put together from people across the globe. For more information, please visit their website. This is a good sized book, limited to stones within Britain and Ireland. It is chock-full of articles, photos, maps, appropriate quotes. I love that it describes the different types…

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    Wreathing the Wheel

    Beltane, the Maypole, Interweaving For May, I’d like to talk about Beltane and the processing of weaving. If you’re familiar with the Celtic holiday of Beltane, then you already know that this holiday is often celebrated with a decoration that serves as ritual, dance, entertainment, and more: the Maypole. While the exact symbolism of the Maypole is disputed, it is generally considered to be a magical appeal for fertility, power, and transformative forces coming together. In the Tarot, this process may be symbolized by the Lovers in the Major Arcana, or the Four of Wands in the Minor Arcana: different forces coming together in a celebratory act to create something…

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    Book Review – Hex Your Ex: And 100+ Other Spells to Right Wrongs and Banish Bad Luck for Good

    Book Review Hex Your Ex And 100+ Other Spells to Right Wrongs and Banish Bad Luck for Good I sat and read this cute little book the other day and I thought what a wonderful book it was. Published by Adams Media and filled with all kinds of useful facts and magickal acts, it’s one of those go-to books that any witch would want to have on her shelf, whether she is a beginning practitioner or an old conjuress. It has love spells, money spells, work spells, healing spells, and protection spells, as well as advice on timing your spell-work and what tools and ingredients you’ll need. For someone who…

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    Beltaine Correspondences

    Also known as: May Day, Bealtaine, Beltane, Bhealtainn, Bealtinne, Festival of Tana (Strega), Giamonios, Rudemass, and Walburga (Teutonic), Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),Fairy Day,Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch) Date: May 1 Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard Deities: Flower Goddesses, Divine Couples, Deities of the Hunt, Aphrodite,artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility. Tools: broom, May Pole, cauldron Stones/Gems: emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian,…

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    Oracle Deck Review – Vintage Wisdom Oracle by Victoria Moseley

    Review Vintage Wisdom Oracle by Victoria Moseley If you are drawn to the Victorian Era, or to the energy of similar past eras, The Vintage Wisdom Oracle, will call to you. It is a 52 card deck inspired by feminine energies and guidance. This deck is not strictly Pagan based, it leaves its classification very open, in my opinion, so that people from many different faiths feel comfortable using it. For example, it uses words like “maiden, Higher Power, Goddess,” and also refers to the elements, intuition, and messages from Spirit. However, the author also references “Adam and Eve, the Kingdom of God”, and does have a card “The Guardian…

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    Retha’s Crystal Reflections

    Crystals to Bring Abundance & Prosperity for May Hi all! If you weren’t aware, May is THE most important and magical month for prosperity work. May is the 5th month and 5 in numerology is the number representing abundance. Think of the herb Cinquefoil (aka five finger grass)…this is one of the very best herbs for prosperity because it has 5 blades or fingers. The number 5 also represents the four cardinal directions plus spirit. When working with crystals (or any tool) it is always beneficial to layer or stack correspondences. Correspondences are any material, tool, or theme you use in addition to your practice. Some examples are using numerology,…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Neo Tarot Written by Jerico Mandybur

    The Neo Tarot: A Fresh Approach to Self-care, Healing & Empowerment The Neo Tarot is written by Jerico Mandybur, the editorial director and co-founder of Girlboss, and host of the hit podcast, Self Service. Mandybur is a writer, self-care advocate and queer leader known for tarot readings and trauma-informed healing. The deck is illustrated by Daiana Ruiz, a visual artist, illustrator and designer whose illustrations and animations have been exhibited around the world and featured in both print and digital media. The Neo Tarot deck and guidebook/boxset is published by Hardie Grant Books, Building 1, 658 Church Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 Australia, with offices in Sydney, London, and San Francisco.…

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    Book Review – The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals by Lori Morrison

    Book Review The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals by Lori Morrison Lori Morrison’s The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals is an encyclopedic guide to the lore and symbolism of nearly 200 animals, birds, reptiles, with a few mythological beings included. It is a visually lovely book – gorgeously illustrated with black and white drawings in an oversized format – a “coffee table” volume that also works quite well as a reference book. I found myself dipping into the book at random to read the well-researched descriptions of animals in their natural environments as well the information and messages channeled by Ms. Morrison in her discussions with these animals. Ms. Morrison’s…

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    Book Review – The Fire Rose: The Elemental Masters Series by Mercedes Lackey

    Book Review The Fire Rose The Elemental Masters Series by Mercedes Lackey This is the classic story of a young woman, a man and the trials of living with magic. The concept might be a norm with fantasy fiction, but with this addition from Mercedes Lackey, we find magic in the rawest form. Elemental magic. I have personally read this book over a 100 times, no joke. It is one of my earliest exposures to the actual ‘possibility’ of magic existing in our world. When I stepped into the world of Jason and Rose, two totally different personalities and walks of life, I felt a kinship with Rose. She is…