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    November Amulet Guidance from the Council of Elders with NanLT

    November Amulet Guidance from the Council of Elders with NanLT     Welcome to this new monthly feature for The Pagan Pages. The Amulets of the Goddess are an oracle system created by artist Nancy Blair. I have been reading and interpreting their messages for myself and others for 20 years. Ask your question and stand before the Council of Elders as they guide and advise you with their accumulated wisdom. Today, I ask the question: What messages for the coming month do you have for readers of The Pagan Pages? Triple Spiral – Barriers, Boundaries, and Possibilities   Life seems uncertain and chaotic right now. This is the chaos…

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    Spiralled Edges

    I can’t remember a time when I haven’t enjoyed the autumn season. Cool days, the crunch of dried leaves underfoot. Even living in a city, I can see and hear the signs of a changing season around me.   I think it very fortunate that the part of SE London where I live has many green spaces, as they are called. These aren’t just the obligatory park either. Nearly every street has hardy trees planted along it. Grassy patches and flower beds abound. And just like their counterparts in the countryside, they change and grow and shed their leaves when the nights grow longer and the days grow cooler. I…

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    Culling Time Come September when autumn winds start to chill our focus is on the harvest. I have friends from all over who are busy canning and preserving fruits and vegetables they have grown in their gardens. Those of us who don’t have access to a garden or allotment may be looking at ideas we planted in the spring. How have they grown? Are they ready for harvesting and completion? The focus is very much on bringing in the harvest, whether literal or symbolic, but little attention is given to the other part of this season – this is a time of culling. For the farmer, this meant looking at…

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    Spiralled Edges: Do Pagans Have Free Will? Every time I think I have something figured out about myself, my Pagan practice, or the Gods something invariably happens to make me thing – do I still believe that? Recently, I’ve been considering the idea of Free Will. Philosophers and religious scholars from every religion have been cussing and discussing it for centuries. Free Will or Pre-Destiny? Do we make the choices in our life, or are out paths laid out for us well in advance of our arrival. Or, is it somewhere between these two extreme ideas?   Many years ago, I was talking to a friend (Religion and culture: Hindu)…

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    Spiralled Edges: To Take Responsibility I’ve spent these past three months looking closely at what some call the Four Pillars of Magic: To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Keep Silent. To be very honest, I have never really thought much on these nor felt it necessary to apply them to my own Pagan or witchcraft practices. However the task at hand was to discuss ways that they applied in my own life on my blog, and I have gained a lot of new insight into myself along the way. You can read all of those posts over at Writings of a Pagan Witch within The Pagan Experience 2016…

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    Spiralled Edge: Setting Time Aside for Ritual Rituals are a part of our daily lives. They are the traditions that bind us together as a people and that bring a semblance of order to what may otherwise be a chaotic life. So why is it so difficult to make time to actually do rituals? Every once in a while, I start getting an urge to make time for ritual in my daily life. There is the part of me inside that tells me, “You’re not being authentic in your spiritual and religious life if you don’t include ‘real’ rituals.” By real ritual, I mean clearing a space, doing a full…

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    Spiralled Edges

    Spiralled Edges – The Call to Serve I am been a practicing Pagan and a witch since 1993. In all this time I have had Patron Gods and Goddesses. I have honoured the Gods without worshipping Them and I have called upon Them to bear witness and sometimes to assist when I do spellcasting. Never before though have I been called to dedicate myself to one God, one Goddess. To serve as their Priestess. Until now.   I was approached by The Cailleach in February after I reached my 50th year. ‘I’ve marked you,’ She told me. ‘I have watched and waited over the decades and now I will claim…

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    Spiralled Edges – Disconnection A persistent sinus congestion that has rather overstayed its welcome moved into my middle ears last week. I’m not deaf, I can still hear, but everything is somewhat muted. It has left me feeling cut off from most of the world around me though, or at least from the sounds in the world. This in turn has caused me to have trouble focusing, and has made following conversations near impossible.   I tell you this, not to garner sympathy, but because it reminds me of a discussion that I had this week about ways of re-establishing our connection to Spirit when we feel disconnected. For those…

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    Spiralled Edges – What Makes a Crone? Mid-February I celebrated by 50th birthday, a full half century of living. As I have moved towards this mark, I have turned my thoughts to who I am and what I want to be in my life. Now more than ever I face my own mortality as I have realised I most likely have more years behind me than in front of me. I am okay with this. I am ready to take my place as an elder, as a crone, both in the Pagan community and in the world at large. Who am I to self-proclaim: I am an Elder! Is it…

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    Why Change Matters She changes everything she touches and everything she touches, changes She changes everything she touches and everything she touches, changes Change is, touch is; touch is, change is. Change us, touch us; touch us, change us. We are changers; everything we touch can change. We are changers; everything we touch can change. – Starhawk I will freely admit, I don’t like change. I like my routines and I don’t like it when they have to be changed for any reason, at times to the detriment of my own health and well-being. In the midst of this dislike, I also know that change is an inevitable part of…