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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Book Recommendations Hi all! Summer is here, and we might all need to take a break from the heat every now and then. With that in mind, I thought it might be good to give you a little insight into the books I use to help me craft each month’s Notes from the Apothecary. Then you’ll have some light reading to do while you’re sat in a nice air-conditioned room somewhere- or out in the park! I love plants of all types, and often my research comes from experience. However, when looking at the medical uses, particularly from bygone eras, I refer to many different volumes.…

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    The Road to Runes

    The Road to Runes: The Second Ætt Last month we went back to basics and looked at the meanings of the first ætt of Elder Futhark runes. This month, we’re exploring the second ætt of Elder Futhark runes, from Hagalaz to Sowulo. This ætt is also known as Heimdall’s ætt but also, sometimes, Hel’s ætt. In an attempt to learn the runes more deeply, I’ve been drawing (writing?) them out in ink, so this month is illustrated with my own hand drawings. Hagalaz: The sound “H”. Also known as Haglaz or Hagala. Its literal meaning is hail, and in Viking rune poems is sometimes described as a cold, white seed.…

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    Retha’s Crystal Reflections

    All About Crystal Gridding I’ve had a lot of customers & friends inquire about gridding recently. It can seem overwhelming or mysterious at first, but I promise you that gridding can be a very satisfying, enjoyable and effective tool & it can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. I will go over the way I do crystal gridding and I hope it helps you to give it a whirl if you haven’t yet tried it! Crystal gridding is at its most basic, placing multiple crystals in a pattern. You can make any pattern or design you like, color or draw a grid pattern on…

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    3 Pagans and a Cat Monthly Feature

    3 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. While Waiting to Hear This Month’s Casts, Why Not Catch Up on Last Month’s… Episode 46: Our Community – Enafae Moore-Sweet: Car sits down for a solo conversation at Convocation with Enafae Moore-Sweet to discuss… Convocation, the Magical Education Council, and Oz the Great and Powerful. Episode 47: Solar Festivals – Litha: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the context of…

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    St. Louis Pagan Picnic

    Every year for the past 27 years in Tower Grove Park in early June you will find a gathering of Pagans. This picnic is a fantastic start to the festival season in Missouri. 2019 was the first year that my husband and I were able to go for both days of the picnic. This year the picnic was able to boast that they had nearly 100 vendors. The vendors are in the middle of the picnic. The picnic coordinators are hoping to welcome even more next year. On Saturday at 10 AM, there was an opening ritual. Ritual is on the south side of the vendor’s row. The Ritual takes…

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    Learning Lenormand

    Dreaming Lenormand I remember when I started learning reading Tarot cards over thirty years ago. I had a deck of Rider-Waite cards and I would lay out one of several spreads on a daily basis – usually a Celtic Cross – but sometimes a Horoscope Spread or a Tree of Life Spread or some other spread I had just read about in a book I had just gotten out from the library. My diary is filled with these readings – some are ridiculously lame – since I obviously had no idea what the cards truly “meant” and I was simply quoting what the “little book” said, trying to fit the…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Eshu Merry meet. Deities from the ancient African pantheon are often overlooked when seeking gods to call upon for help with spells and rituals. Eshu is a trickster god of the Yoruba people of Nigeria in West Africa. Also known as Esu, Eleda, Exu and Odara, he is sly, unpredictable, and fond of pranks that can be cruel and disruptive. He can speak every language on earth and thus serves as a divine messenger between people and the gods. He also delivers to the gods in heaven the sacrifices people offer up. In one story, Eshu became the messenger after stealing yams from the god’s garden, made…

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    Tarot Talk

    The Nine of Pentacles (The Nine of Pentacles card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)** This month we will go back to the 9’s of the Minor Arcana and talk about the Nine of Pentacles. This is a Minor Arcana card so we know right away that the message offered by this card will most likely be more immediate in nature, or will most likely be connected to more day-to-day issues. The easiest way to get a decent understanding of a Minor Arcana card is to examine its number, or in the case of Court Cards, its rank, and to examine its suit. We can also find useful information…

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    Wreathing the Wheel

    Watching the Summer Skies Summer is a great time to get outside, go camping, and watch the stars come out. This is something I like to do at least once a summer, and more than that if I can manage it. This year, my interest in stargazing has a new dimension: I have been studying astrology, and am now watching stellar bodies with renewed interest. In the interests of getting serious about learning the ropes of astrology, I decided to make some bullet journal spreads as a reference to help me study. Natal Chart and Astrological Reference One of the things that most new astrology students do is to study…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times July 2019 Bright Blessings! It is almost Summer Solstice, and I realize I get to pick the topic as there is no Sabbat next issue! Well…we are getting a lot of rain in Central Ohio, and on one hand, my plants just LOVE it, and it means I do not have to water them. Do those of you who garden notice that plants prefer being watered by rain than hose watering? Mine do! So, on one hand, I cannot really complain, but SO much rain! I remember some years ago, one June, it rained for nineteen days straight. NINETEEN. I am seeing stories…