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    Twerp – The Best Familiar I want to share with you about the best familiar this witch has ever had. He came to me as a Mother’s Day gift from a friend, an orange Tabby that fit in the palm of my hand. She told me he was the runt of the litter and needed a good home. He was so cute! He had white from under his chin spreading out down his whole underside to his tail. The rest of him was Tabby orange. Immediately I wanted to name him Merlin, but familiars have a way of naming themselves. The little trouble maker that he was, earned him the…

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    DIY: Healing Blanket In last month’s column, I shared about my grandma’s healing blanket. This month I thought I would share some ways to create your own healing blanket or an alternative to a blanket. I am going to take a leap here and assume you follow some kind of ritual/magical path and know how to empower objects. If not, let me know and I’ll be happy to lend some guidance. Blanket: Choose a blanket made of natural fibers like, cotton, wool or bamboo (yes, I said bamboo). A twin size blanket should be large enough. Think about what color represents healing to you. Do you want a solid color…

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    The Healing Blanket When my grandma heard that her sister, my great aunt, was ill, she packed up a few things and taking me in tow we headed for my great aunt and uncles ranch. I must have been around six at the time. I remember now, how the living room always smelled of wood smoke and cherry pipe tobacco. The woodstove was opposite the front door and in the middle of the room was a large oval braided rug that my great aunt had made. As a kid, I could sit there for hours tracing the spiral pattern of the rug. My great aunt and uncle’s bed room was…

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    The Mystical Handbag Remember the movie Mary Poppins? Mary had this great carpet-bag. When she opened it she pulled out the most amazing stuff, a wall mirror, a floor lamp, a coat rack, etc. The children were awestruck that such large items could be contained in such a small bag. That’s magic, well of the movie kind anyway. Though we don’t usually carry a carpet-bag around with us today, we do carry handbags, purses, book bags and the like. These usually contain the essentials that we need to get through our day. But we as Witches, Healers and Magic workers often carry the tools of our trade with us. Hand…

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    Grounding: A Pet Peeve When I was first introduced to the Pagan community in the early 90’s, I noticed a trend with workshop leaders and with some of the ritual leaders when it came to grounding. They would start off in a dreamy voice… Close your eyes…take a deep slow breath in…now breath out slowly… (repeat a few times) Now, drop a cord or visualize roots extending from your feet/base of spine…allow all negative, pain, sorrow… (etc.) to flow from you and into Mother Earth, She can take all of this from you…now bring up Her healing energy… Ok, stop right there. Our beautiful Mother cannot take all of your…

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    Exorcism Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Ex-or-cism Pronunciation: \-si-zem\ Function: noun Date: 14th century 1: the act or practice of exorcising 2: a spell or formula used in exorcising Twenty years ago, I participated with a group of women in 2 exorcisms. This was nothing like what you see in the movies. No head spinning, levitating, contorting body parts; no spewing of foul language or pea soup like substance. There was just this persistent, stubborn entity (in both cases) that had taken up residence within the subject. In total there were 10 of us. Some of the women acted as guardians, holding the integrity of the circle. Others of us protected the…

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    Witchy Wednesday™ Back in the 90’s, I was one of the first in my area to hold a Pagan/Witch discussion group. In the 60’s these were called ‘Salons’ and today we mostly know them as Meet & Greets. I created Witchy Wednesday at a time when there was a need for a safe place (I chose my home) for people to gather, meet other like minded people and hold intelligent discussions. This was a moderated group, all paths were welcome, but also a tolerance for other people’s beliefs was important. We would meet on the second Wednesday of each month for a couple of hours in the evening. For the…

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    Grandma’s Garden As we near spring, I think of my grandma’s garden or I should say gardens. Within the ranch property, grandma’s house sat in the middle of an acre that was her garden. I thought I would share some of the plants that she grew and what we used them for. Red Geraniums grew under the kitchen window, grown from cuttings from my great-grandmother’s plants. The geraniums were meant to guard the house from evil. Geraniums are easy to grow, have pretty flowers and stay green when not in bloom. No one would ever guess they were there to protect the house and its occupants from hexes. Hollyhock stalks…

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    The Need Fire of Imbolc/Brighid’s Fire In ancient Ireland, all hearth fires would be extinguished and laid with fresh logs on Imbolc. A community fire would be built and presided over by the community leaders, most often Chieftains of the tribe. The fire represents the purification from the winter energy and a blessing from Brighid. A young girl would be chosen to light a torch from the fire. In a procession, she would then go house to house with her torch. She would be welcomed in and praised as the embodiment of Brighid. The girl would then light the hearth fire and offer a blessing to the household. On Imbolc…

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    Bringing the Witch to Work This month I want to share how I bring my spirituality to work and maybe inspire some of you to do the same. It all begins before I even leave the house in the morning. I’m up at 5:30 and by 6:00 I’m at my altar setting the intention for my day at work. I do this as part of my morning devotions.  I think about what I need to have happen in my day, like having clear communications with my coworkers, receiving pertinent information quickly, having clients be receptive to my collection calls, or other such work related intentions. I visually see myself going…