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    Witch Path Forward: Relaunch and New Courses

    Witch Path Forward launched in 2012 as an online resource for anyone new to witchcraft or needing a bit of a helping hand. The site has dealt with hundreds of questions from seekers of all levels, ranging from “Can you tell me about the different layers of the aura?” to “Can you recommend some books on witchcraft please?”. Upon reading through the responses to these questions, the patience and detail used to answer each one surprised and impressed me. Despite the fact that from looking at their archives, they must have been dealing with dozens if not hundreds of similar queries each day! The website is also packed with resources…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Cherries   I’m inspired to write about cherries because of my next door neighbour. They have a huge cherry tree that hangs over into our garden. We don’t mind. In fact, we love it. Not only is it a beautiful tree, with strong, thick limbs and richly coloured bark, it encourages all kinds of wildlife. Just this afternoon, we all sat enraptured in the kitchen as a squirrel hopped around the back garden munching on the fallen cherries. They’re just starting to ripen as we leave the summer solstice behind, and the windfalls attract all manner of birds and small mammals. There are actually over 50…

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    Book Review – Pagan Portals: Loki – Trickster and Transformer by Dagulf Loptson

    Book Review Pagan Portals: Loki Trickster and Transformer by Dagulf Loptson 104 Pages     Pagan Portals is a series of introductory volumes, each designed to be a doorway into the title topic, and to encourage the reader to find out more if they are so inspired. Dagulf Lopston has added to the growing collection with his new book on Loki, with the subtitle Trickster and Transformer. The book works through who Loki is, plus includes ways to honour the deity and even how to become a dedicant of Loki. I’ve been interested in the Norse gods since I was tiny. In fact, my first book on Norse mythology was…

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    Astrea Taylor: Interviewing an Intuitive Witch

    During the Covid-19 Crisis, digital interviews have really come into their own! Many thanks to Astrea Taylor, witch and author of Intuitive Witchcraft, for taking the time out to talk to PaganPagesOrg about her book, her craft and more.   Mabh Savage (MS): For those that haven’t yet read the book, can you tell us a little about what you mean by “The path without a path.”   Astrea Taylor (AT): In paganism and witchcraft, there’s a lot of talk about the pagan path or the path of a witch. This concept is popularized in pagan media, with book covers or blog photos depicting a forested path. If you unpack…

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    Book Review – How to Unpeel a Monster by Nimue Brown

    Book Review How to Unpeel a Monster by Nimue Brown Self-published, June 2020     This evocatively named poetry collection from Nimue Brown is one of my favourite books of the year so far. This volume offers over forty deeply personal poems on themes of lust, love, and the meaning of monsters. I was delighted to receive this digital volume with its striking cover art. I love poetry. I love writing poetry, reading poetry, and have just recently started going to lockdown-friendly poetry events online so was definitely in the frame of mind for enjoying a new poetry book. Even if I had not been in this frame of mind,…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary Special: Five Antiviral Plants to Eat at Home     *Disclaimer: Eating any amount of plants and herbs cannot protect you entirely from catching any sort of illness. Healthy eating is great and boosts your immune system but should complement, not replace, good hygiene, prescribed medication, and safe social distancing measures where appropriate. Take a holistic approach to your well-being and always follow guidelines from medical practitioners and qualified experts. Stay safe!   Even prior to the current pandemic, there has been a lot of scientific research into what sort of plants might have significant antiviral properties. Antiviral plants are plants which help boost your body’s…

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    Free Resources for Pagans Right Now

    If there’s a silver lining in the coronavirus quarantine and lockdown measures, it can only be the way in which it’s made communities come together in support of one another. Within the Pagan communities worldwide, this includes a wealth of free resources to help Pagans and their families connect with one another, learn new things, and stay spiritual even in the face of crisis. Here are the ten best pagan resources I’ve found this month, please feel free to share your own in the comments or on our social media.   Pagan Federation Online Garden The UK Pagan Federation continues its run of great free events with a virtual garden…

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    Book Review – Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Cooking by Rachel Patterson

    Book Review Practically Pagan An Alternative Guide to Cooking by Rachel Patterson 288 Pages     Practically Pagan is a new series of books from Moon Books, a publisher which focuses on Pagan spirituality and related topics. The series is designed to give readers a new perspective on everyday topics, with this volume on cooking looking at a variety of ways to incorporate your faith, spirituality or pagan practices into the dishes you make. Rachel Patterson is a prolific author and famous as a Kitchen Witch. She heads up the Kitchen Witch Coven and is an Elder of the Kitchen Witch School of Natural Witchcraft. Previous books by Rachel include…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Jack by the Hedge I don’t get a huge amount of time to spend keeping my garden super tidy, but that’s ok, because I like it to run a little wild. Because of that, we get plants that come in from outside the garden, often spread by birds and small animals, or simply by seeds blown in on the wind. Once such plant which is a star of British verges and hedgerows is this lovely plant, pictured. It has many names, but my favourite one is Jack by the Hedge, Latin name Alliaria Petiolata. Jack by the Hedge is also called Garlic Mustard, or even Poor…

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    Pagan Events At Home Online Events

      The UK Pagan Federation has put together a wealth of activities to join in with whilst safe at home. Every day of the week has had a different focus, with May looking to be the home for a range of Beltane themed “Garden Party” events, videos and talks. Over the last few weeks the Pagan Federation has run a mammoth schedule of daily events aimed at keeping the Pagan community engaged, supported and entertained. The schedule ran Monday to Friday as follows: Monday: Videos from various members of the Pagan Community Tuesday: A weekly online ritual to promote strength, peace, wellness, hope and resilience. Wednesday: Batty Nan’s Crafty Circle,…