• Monthly Columns,  Spells & Rituals

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for March 2021 Bright Blessings! It’s below freezing outside, and we may get up to eight inches of snow in the next three days. I have been shoveling my backside off this month, because we’ve already gotten PLENTY of snow already, as The Cailleach reminds us it’s still her domain. Not for long!   (Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash)   In just over a month, it will be Spring Equinox, and, according to weather reports, it will have warmed up significantly by then. Already, the days are longer, and seeds are out in stores…YES we got some seeds. Those who have read…

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    Peeking in the Shadows: Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light

      This month our focus is on Devotion and the Great Work….   Nuances of The Great Work-Part One “When a human reaches up to his/her Higher Mind and learns to access the vibrational gifts from that realm (of his/her own higher consciousness), she or he will be filled with inspiration and courage. And this type of inspiration and courage could change the world through actions that are then taken by that individual.”… anonymous … As we begin our exploration of the Great Work, I’d like you to keep in mind that there are many roads that lead to this work. There is no one-size-fits all and the most direct path…

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    The Healing Embrace: Four Wonderful Reasons to Hug

    Little feels more natural than embracing a partner or friend to show affection, offer reassurance, and simply enjoy the close presence of their spirit. Likewise, closeness with our children, who rely on our physical touch to thrive and be comforted, is second nature. This is because these embraces are healing to our bodies and minds. They feel so good not only because we deeply love and care for those we hold close, but because our bodies have a positive physiological and psychological response to this gentle physical affection. Here are four ways embraces benefit everyone involved: An embrace with your partner gets positive brain chemicals flowing: At the end of…

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    MagickalArts Video Edition

    A New (Witch’s) Year! A New Mantle of Power! Spring’s Promise of Balance: The Vernal Equinox     Welcome to March’s video version of MagickalArts. This month we call to the energy of the Spring Equinox and the gift of rebirth and renewal. The time of seeding our wishes and hopes is at hand. How will you honor this growth within yourself? *** About the author: Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven…

  • Crafting Articles

    The Sacred Spoon

    Chakra Balancing Meals Sacral Chakra Healing carrot soup The sacral chakra is one of creativity, emotion, and connecting with others. When this chakra gets blocked you can experience a lack of creativity and confidence, as well as difficulty forming meaningful relationships with others. In families this can be difficult to deal with. On the other hand if your sacral chakra is overactive you can still experience creativity but have no outlet for this creativity. For a long time I didn’t write or learn many new skills. After much thought and retrospect I realized that it all boiled down to self doubt. I didn’t do things because I assumed I would…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Apollo     As the sun begins shining a bit more each day, let’s turn to Apollo, the Olympian sun god. In Greek mythology, there were twelve original Titans. Helios was god of the sun who was said to drive a chariot pulled by four horses, sometimes winged, across the sky. According to theoi.com, “Helios was depicted as a handsome, usually beardless, man clothed in purple robes and crowned with the shining aureole of the sun.” Slowly over time, Helios became viewed as being Apollo, one of the Twelve Olympians – the sun god who is the son of Zeus.     Most commonly associated as the…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot by Susan Chang and M.M. Meleen

    Book Review Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot by T. Susan Chang and M.M. Meleen Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 672 Pages Publication Date: 3/8/2021     Tarot Deciphered is an in-depth voyage into the esoteric roots that underlie the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, the Thoth Tarot, and the myriad of decks that share their symbology. This card-by-card analysis reveals detailed insights drawn from the multi-layered traditions of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the magical order that most strongly influenced modern tarot.… From the Publisher Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot by T. Susan Chang and M.M. Meleen is a massively informative text containing every correspondence and point of…

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    Book Review – In Focus: Sacred Geometry Your Personal Guide by Bernice Cockram

    Book Review In Focus Sacred Geometry Your Personal Guide by Bernice Cockram Publisher: Wellfleet Press 144 Pages Publication Date: 1/12/21     From the Publisher…. … What is sacred geometry? Geometry at its basic level is the design of shapes based on mathematics; geometry literally means “earth measure,” as geo refers to the earth and metry to measurements. Geometric shapes are so much a part of our everyday life that we may not even notice just how frequently they can be found. Hopefully, after reading this book, you will start to see many examples that you never noticed before. Mathematicians have studied geometry for thousands of years. The early mathematicians…

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    Book Review – Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land by Chris Allaun

    Book Review Otherworld Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land by Chris Allaun Publisher: Moon Books 223 Pages Publication Date: 12/01/20   The first notable thing about Chris’s book on ecstatic witchcraft is the number of amazing endorsements it has received. Top authors like Morgan Daimler and Rachel Patterson have all written glowing reviews of this volume. So, I was pretty excited to read it myself. I’m currently working on a book about connecting paganism to environmentalism, so honouring the spirits of the land is top priority for me. The intro is a beautiful, evocative experience that the author describes in such a way that you could well be…

  • Monthly Columns,  Spells & Rituals

    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Bluebell     Tiny bluebells are, for me, a sign that spring is truly on the way. In the woods near where I live, they spring up, completely unannounced, sometime between the snowdrops and the wild garlic. It’s a “blink and you miss it” kind of phenomenon; Come to early, and the ground is just green and dormant. Come too late, and the flowers have already wilted, the plants getting ready to store their energy until next year. The most spectacular showing of bluebells is at a patch of woodland a little further afield, by the banks of one of our waterways. These bluebells arise and…