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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Jack by the Hedge I don’t get a huge amount of time to spend keeping my garden super tidy, but that’s ok, because I like it to run a little wild. Because of that, we get plants that come in from outside the garden, often spread by birds and small animals, or simply by seeds blown in on the wind. Once such plant which is a star of British verges and hedgerows is this lovely plant, pictured. It has many names, but my favourite one is Jack by the Hedge, Latin name Alliaria Petiolata. Jack by the Hedge is also called Garlic Mustard, or even Poor…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Marseille Tarot Professional Edition by Anna Maria Morsucci

    Tarot Deck Review The Marseille Tarot Professional Edition by Anna Maria Morsucci     The Marseille Tarot Professional Edition, by Anna Maria Morsucci, a Tarot expert based in Italy and author of Reading and Understanding the Marseille Tarot. The illustrations are by Mattia Ottolini and are based on the original work of Nicolas Conver, Paris circa 1760. The Tarot of Marseille is a historic Tarot deck with many versions; the earliest surviving patterns of this deck date to around 1650. The original Tarot of Marseille deck is one of the standard styles from which many Tarot decks of the 19th century and later have been designed. The Marseille Tarot Professional…

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    Book Review – The Moon Fix: Harness Lunar Power for Healing and Happiness by Theresa Cheung

    Book Review The Moon Fix Harness Lunar Power for Healing and Happiness by Theresa Cheung 176 Pages     Oh where do I start? I love this book. Every Moon lover needs this book in their bookcase. The illustrations alone are so beautiful and magickal. I got such a calming feeling just looking at the pictures. They were so well thought out. Just about every page has a gorgeous Moon illustration by Indigo. There are 176 pages in this hard covered book. It starts out with an intro about the powers of the Moon, the divine principle and how to use this book. Chapter 1 talks about living with the…

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    Cards Review – Thank Forward: A Gratitude Action Kit by Julie Shields and Mia Logan, PhD.

    Cards Review Thank Forward A Gratitude Action Kit by Julie Shields and Mia Logan, PhD. 64 Pages     This review is for a gratitude action kit. Its called Thank Forward by Julie Shields and Mia Logan, PhD. This kit comes with 21 beautifully illustrated cards, a book with 64 pages to explain each card and it is in a open book style box. This is honestly a great time to use this kit with all that’s going on with the covid-19 virus. Thank Forward is a kit that shares ideas for inspiring each other to spread acts of kindness, because gratitude is the secret to happiness.     An…

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    Pandemic: A Ceremony from the Universe

    (art by Aman Dalal)   What if the universe is trying to get us to slow down? To stop producing. To stay home and let the earth breathe a little without all the extra pollution we cause daily. To take a step back and realize how we really impact earth and one another. That we aren’t as significant or in control as we think we are. A virus can come through and wipe us all out but earth will still be here. We are all connected. Just like we can spread a disease, we can also spread love, kindness and positivity. Use this time for reflection of your contribution and…

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    Pagan Events At Home Online Events

      The UK Pagan Federation has put together a wealth of activities to join in with whilst safe at home. Every day of the week has had a different focus, with May looking to be the home for a range of Beltane themed “Garden Party” events, videos and talks. Over the last few weeks the Pagan Federation has run a mammoth schedule of daily events aimed at keeping the Pagan community engaged, supported and entertained. The schedule ran Monday to Friday as follows: Monday: Videos from various members of the Pagan Community Tuesday: A weekly online ritual to promote strength, peace, wellness, hope and resilience. Wednesday: Batty Nan’s Crafty Circle,…

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    Gael Song Second Edition

    The Hidden Gem of Solitude   With most folks staying at home during this pandemic, I thought an article about solitude might be helpful. I’ve lived a contemplative life for twenty years now, mostly by myself, writing, meditating, in complete silence 90% of every day. Besides three mornings of volunteer work a week, my life is very, very quiet. When my last daughter went off to college twenty years ago, I chafed against the isolation but within a very few months, I began to cherish it and still do. What I discovered fairly quickly is that silence opens the doorway to the Otherworld. In general, beings on the other side…

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    MagickalArts Second Edition

    Creating Sacred Space   The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the “founding of the world”: where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, and the world comes into existence … Mircea Eliade … What is Sacred Space? Read and re-read the quote above. Take it into your space of meditation. Analyze, dissect and observe it from all angles, perspectives and meaning. Try to feel the weight and breath of its meaning and allow the words to gently wash over you. Digest it and then simply sit with the feeling of satiety its inner essence provides. And, once you have done these things, redo them, one by…

  • Divination Articles

    Tarot Talk 2

    Comparing The 5 & 7 of Swords   (image: The Rider-Waite tarot deck)   Many Tarot cards have such strong and unique meanings that we can easily tell them apart. However, there are cards that are similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. One method for coming to know cards in-depth is to break them down to their components; we have been using this method to study each of the 78 cards of a traditional Tarot deck. Now that we have completed our study of the individual cards, it’s time to use another method: comparison. This month, we…

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    Book Review – Modern Wicca: Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life by Rowan Morgana

    Book Review Modern Wicca Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life by Rowan Morgana 170 Pages I have never thought of Wicca as “modern”. In fact, back in the mid-to-late 1980’s, when I first began to explore this religion – and its co-religions Paganism, Heathenism, Druidism, and various forms of Witchcraft – it was routinely called “the Old Religion”. After reading books by scholars like Margaret Murray, Merlin Stone and Monica Sj??, among others, it made perfect sense to me that the ancients revered a great goddess over all and the rise of a patriarchal society gradually changed this to where the god ruled alongside the goddess but eventually took over…