• Monthly Columns,  Spells & Rituals

    Celebrating The Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating The Old Ways in New Times for August 2021 Bright Blessings! Lughnasadh is upon us, and is it ever hot! We are due to have heat advisories the next two, possibly three days in my town, and the dog is displeased with how short of a distance I allow her for walks. Exacerbating that is the fact they decided to pour asphalt on our street, so I don’t even want to go outside at all. I spend a lot of time outdoors but truthfully, I don’t remember ever having the issues with heat that I have this year. Have I ever changed! I can remember I thought my mother…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess & The Divine Female

    Nemesis     (Image Credit: mythologyexplained.com)   Nemesis. The name sounds as if She were an enemy; She most certainly is not. She is the Greek Goddess of Divine Retribution. She is sometimes known as the Goddess of Rhamnous, the city where Her temple was. She was worshipped as Invidia in Rome.   The Temple at Rhamnous (Image Credit: alamy.com)   Her family origins are confusing, as they tend to be. Some claim that her parents were Zeus and Nyx, Goddess of Magic; some sources state that her only parent was Nyx. Other sources name Oceana, the world ocean, as her mother. She is also named as sister to the…

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    Book Review – Anatomy of a Witch: A Map to the Magical Body by Laura Tempest Zakroff

    Book Review Anatomy of a Witch A Map to the Magical Body by Laura Tempest Zakroff Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 216 Pages Publication Date: June 8, 2021     The pagan community has a hunger right now for what is innovative and creative in its presentation. More importantly, we are in need of having voices that speak to the younger practitioners of the Craft and witches who will carry forward the groundwork laid by their Elders. To that end we also need authors and teachers who are adept at not dumbing down the teachings, nor make it a temporary fix for the bored and uninspired who are chasing the perceived glamour…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince

    Tarot Deck Review The Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince Publisher: Red Feather Mind/Body/Spirit 176 Pages Publication Date: October 28, 2020     The Dark Goddess Tarot is created by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince (copyright 2020 by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince), and published by Red Feather Mind/Body/Spirit, an imprint of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310. The Dark Goddess Tarot is a fascinating and beautifully lavish deck that explores 78 powerful female archetypes and the feminine powers inherent in magic, mystery, death, sex, dominion, and shadow. The Dark Goddess Tarot comes in a 6 1/4 inch by 9 inch cardboard box with a magnetic lid. The box is matte finish…

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    Samildánach – Poetry

    Samildánach     Will I have any grain to bring To place on the stone within the ring? Will I have flesh to cut and burn And place inside the bubbling urn? Will I have neeps and spuds and carrots To fill these wide and simmering pots? Or shall I send my body’s milk, Sweet like parsnips, smooth like silk? Enough to feed a baby small Enough for summer, more for fall And more for winter still, my stock Is never under key and lock.   I am the harvest, am the land Though Tailtiu never took my hand I was not cleared; I am not feared I am the…

  • Divination Articles

    Tarot Talk

    Comparing the Four of Swords & the Four of Cups     This month we will talk about two Tarot cards that approach the same concept, withdrawal, from two different vantage points. Let’s investigate the Four of Cups and the Four of Swords. The Four of Cups and the Four of Swords are Minor Arcana cards, so we know the message offered by these cards 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,…

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

      This month continues a series of exploration about Our Relationship to the Divine…. Our Relationship to the Divine Part Three: WHAT will I offer? …. The Divine flows within me. The Limitless All supports me. All Beings of Spirit and Essence are my teachers. I AM the corporeal out-picturing of the Divine’s desire… One of the first concerns that many have in their quest for connection to a particular Deity is what they will be able to offer in return for the gifts of a Divine Being. In times of old, offerings were an expected component of any interaction or wished for interaction with a Deity. And, in many…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Reviews – Live True: Live A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity & Live True Daily Journal by Ora Nadrichs

    Book Reviews Live True: Live A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity Publishers: IFTT Press 290 Pages Publication Date: January 1, 2019 & Live True Daily Journal Mindfulness Quotes, Prompts, Tips & Reminders To Stay Authentically You by Ora Nadrichs Publishers: Independently Published 271 Pages Publication Date: November 16, 2020 Bright Blessings Readers! These books will be a great addition to your book collection, no matter what your belief system is, and they will help you to be more consciously aware of your thinking, habits, and behaviors. Magic is, after all, about the self, our own journeys, and how to be the best we can. These books absolutely teach great ways to…

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    An Irreverent Lughnasadh

    Lughnasadh is my least ‘religiously’ observed festival. That seems pretty irreverent for a practicing Pagan, I guess, but my reasons are thus: Lughnasadh tends to fall at the time of year that I am busiest; either with my lovely children, or with camping, or catching up with friends, or all of the above. It can be a busy time in the garden, and it also falls right bang in the middle of the first section of the foraging season. We’ve just run out of wild elder flowers and are moving onto raspberries and blackberries, some of Lugh’s favourite offerings, although that’s from personal experience and not attested to in Irish…

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    Interview with Nick Ribera – Creator of The Goracle

    Interview with Artist Nick Ribera     The Goracle is an oracle deck created by artist Nick Ribera that explores the beauty and power to be found in pain and death, and their role in learning intimately about the self. After reviewing card samples of The Goracle, I was excited to speak to Nick and find out more about this remarkable Oracle deck. Raushanna (RA): This is quite a striking and intense Oracle deck! My first question is the obvious one: what inspired you to create The Goracle? Nick Ribera (NR): Hello Raushanna! Thanks so much for speaking with me today. We’ll have to go back to 2018. I have…