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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…

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    Worth the Witch

    Bit O’Magick Boxes: Luna-Magick     Inside a very unassuming box are flaps enhanced with hand-drawn messages. Behind them was an assortment of herbs and a timely ritual – in this case, the full moon.     They were selected by Mike Sexton who puts a bit of magick in every box. Hailing from Germany, for more than 20 years he has blended many different paths including ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Norse to form his own practice. He sticks to his German roots. His business began with art and moved to graphic design. His Wiccan business began with a plushy owl poppet infused with magick. Soon he was doing custom…

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    Book Review – The Witch’s Book of Potions: The Power of Bubbling Brews, Simmering Infusions & Magical Elixirs by Michael Furie

    Book Review The Witch’s Book of Potions The Power of Bubbling Brews, Simmering Infusions & Magical Elixirs by Michael Furie Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide 260 Pages Publication Date: 2/08/21     As a child, Michael Furie would stir together “potions” of cooking spices and water, not knowing that potion- and brew-making would become a passion as an adult practicing witchcraft. “There is something so perfectly dramatic and innately magical about gathering various ingredients and combining them into a rich mixture of liquid; adding and stirring as fragrant steam rises from the bubbling cauldron,” he wrote in the book’s introduction. It’s as if it’s the very essence of magical witchcraft, and yet…

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    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Crafts for Witches: Black Salt     Merry meet. Witches use black salt to absorb unfavorable energies, boost protection spells and guard against negativity. It is also used in cleansing, healing and banishing, making and breaking hexes, and casting powerful circles. I consider its energy somewhat stronger and different than that of white or pink salt. While you can buy it, it is better if you make your own. Most recipes for black salt are very much the same, and all will draw off negative energy and provide protection.     You’ll want a mortar and pestle in which you will grind together your ingredients. I used a small cast…

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    Witch Hunt

      There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere… The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.   Meet Priscilla Anne Tennant Herrington     The first time I met Priscilla Anne Tennant Herrington was on a weekend Mabon retreat. I was stuck by the energy she held, the gentleness with which she offered wisdom, often in the form of a question that made me think. When she began a pagan discussion group for LGPTQ youth, I volunteered to assist. When I was preparing to crone, she was one of my mentors. She’s one of the witchiest witches I know.  “The best thing that ever happened…

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    Book Review – Rebel Witch: Carve the Craft That’s Yours Alone by Kelly-Ann Maddox

    Book Review Rebel Witch Carve the Craft that’s Yours Alone by Kelly-Ann Maddox Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide 260 Pages Publication Date: 4/20/21     Like hundreds of other books, “Rebel Witch: Carve the Craft that’s Yours Alone” presents the bare bones of a solitary witch practice – not to teach, but to inspire readers to shape the elements into a unique and personal path of their own. “A witchy practice usually includes rituals, spells and celebration of the natural cycles of Earth,” Kelly-Ann Maddox wrote, also noting witch can be a verb, a way of living. Some witches follow group guidelines or operate within set traditions. This book is for those…

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    Witch Hunt

      There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere… The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.   Meet Kelli P. Cooke     Originally from Georgia, Kelli P. Cooke left in 2014 to restart her life after a relationship ended. She called to the universe to direct her to where she belonged and whom she should be with. A friend she’d known for years appeared in her mind, but she dismissed it at the time. About a month later, the two started chatting, two months later they had an official date and about a month later she moved to Connecticut. “Here I’ve found community unlike I’ve…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Iztlacoliuhqui In Aztec mythology, Itztlacoliuhqui (its•lack•a•lyle•key) is the god of frost. He is the lord of the thirteen days from 1 Lizard to 13 Vulture in the Aztec calendar. At the time Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli was the god of dawn and the planet Venus, Tonatiuh, the sun god, demanded sacrifice and obedience from the other gods before he would move. Angered at the sun’s arrogance, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli shot an arrow at him. Although it missed, the sun retaliated and threw his own arrow back at the morning star, piercing the Lord of Dawn through the head. At this moment, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli was transformed into Itztlacoliuhqui, the god of obsidian stone, coldness,…

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    Book Review – Crystal Grids Handbook: Use the Power of the Stones for Healing and Manifestation by Judy Hall

    Book Review Crystal Grids Handbook Use the Power of the Stones for Healing and Manifestation by Judy Hall Fair Winds Press 176 Pages     Combine the phenomenal power of crystals with sacred geometry on a grid and you have a three-dimensional energy field that can manifest anything. Judy Hall’s “Crystal Grids Handbook: Use the Power of the Stones for Healing and Manifestation” guides readers to harness that energy for everything from attraction and anchoring, to protection and prosperity. Grids, she explains, are the language of creation. They are found in nature: the perfect spiral of the sunflower, honeycomb cells, snowflakes. Readers learn how to select the best crystals for…

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    Book Review – Good Morning Intentions: Sacred Rituals to Raise Your Vibration, Find Your Bliss and Stay Energized All Day by Britt Deanda and Tara Schulenberg

    Book Review Good Morning Intentions Sacred Rituals to Raise Your Vibration Find Your Bliss and Stay Energized All Day by Britt Deanda and Tara Schulenberg Reveal Press 200 Pages     If you feel as if you’re in the passenger seat watching the scenery go by but would rather be behind the wheel driving to your wildest dreams, Britt Deanda and Tara Schulenberg offer their morning meditation practices as the way to change your life. Getting caught up in the chaos of daily living causes “us to completely miss the blessings of the moment and keep us from actually enjoying and realizing what a freaking gift it is to wake…