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    The Naked Goddess

    The Naked Goddess   (Last month’s cover of PaganPageOrg, Goddess by Angie Yelton At FalconFire Ceramics Studio)   The censoring of female Goddess bodies is apparently not a new thing. While Greek and Roman Gods had their genitals lovingly crafted, in all shapes, ages and sizes, there is no hint of a cleft on the white marble. It symbolises the Greek, then later Roman idea that women must (especially in public) be silent. While this silence of your vulvic voice is not new, taboo is always, always drawn from something powerful and sacred. At least to James Frazier.   Greece bronze-age culture seems to be the turning point from the Minoan, Egyptian…

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    Savoury Pumpkin Bread

    Pumpkin Bread (Savoury) I love baking with yeast. It’s so organic. It’s literally alive. I prefer it for rituals and celebrations. I like how difficult, how much personality can seem to be infused, batch to batch, bread to bread! I do use fast acting easy yeast, BUT I also like to give them a little more love, a little more time than most yeast instructions say. There are really two part to this bread. One is the cultivation of the yeast, the backbone of the bread and the other is forming it into a loaf. You can, I suppose, use your bread maker but I think it misses the point.…

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    Positively Pumpkin

      It’s easy to feel swamped by pumpkin everything in the autumnal landscape but pumpkin to some of us is quite a modern thing.     While there were definitely pumpkins for sale in my childhood they were expensive and certainly not the size and multitude they seemed to be in the US. No we had turnips (which is as exciting as it sounds) and last year I thought I’d carve one to honour the ancient Irish tradition. I was even using Dremel and it was still a nightmare! It fought me the whole time, it refused, it spewed gross out me, it was a serious fight and took me…

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    The Bad Witch’s Guide

      Bad Witch’s Guide to Crystals I am a bad witch. There are a long list of reasons why I am a bad witch. Having been out of the broom closet for some considerable number of years I would on occasion get asked “but you’re a good witch though?” My response to that depending on the person asking but I found I started to say “yes, a very, very good witch” rather darkly as it usually got the point across. I used to have a rock collection as a kid. I always wanted to “take a piece” of special places I visited home with me. I was particularly fond of…

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    The Bad Witch’s Guide

        The Bad Witch’s Guide to Hexing Herbs   I am a bad witch. There are a long list of reasons why I am a bad witch. Having been out of the broom closet for some considerable number of years I would on occasion get asked “but you’re a good witch though?” My response to that depending on the person asking but I found I started to say “yes, a very, very good witch” rather darkly as it usually got the point across. I have been an amateur herbalist all my life. From hedgerows and fields running barefoot I knew more than most well-read folks by the time I…

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    Bad Witch’s Guide

        The Bad Witch’s Guide to Love Spells I am a bad witch. There are a long list of reasons why I am a bad witch. Having been out of the broom closet for some considerable number of years I would on occasion get asked “but you’re a good witch though?” My response to that depending on the person asking but I found I started to say “yes, a very, very good witch” rather darkly as it usually got the point across. Good witches will either hand you a love spell without blinking or warn you off them completely. I however, am not a good witch. The warnings are…

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    Bad Witch’s Guide

      The Bad Witch’s Guide to Life, Love and Magick I am a bad witch. There are a long list of reasons why I am a bad witch. Having been out of the broom closet for some considerable number of years I would on occasion get asked “but you’re a good witch though?” My response to that depending on the person asking but I found I started to say “yes, a very, very good witch” rather darkly as it usually got the point across. There is this sort of pressure to be “nice” to everyone, as though we had to be saintly ambassadors of our faith. Not that I’m not…