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    Hedge Witch, Vedge Witch

    Naked Nutrition More and more folks are embracing a plant-based lifestyle, many of whom are pagans as being plant-based fits in with “do no harm”. Plant based is best for our animal companions and it is best for us. This new occasional column will review offerings within the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. First up, is “Naked Nutrition“, who recently reached out to PaganPagesOrg. After a few back and forth emails, I was sent a couple of samples. The first, and largest, is NAKED CHOC PB. I received a 5 lb. tub. I’m grateful that I make smoothies so often! This is really tasty vegan protein powder. I tend to buy vanilla protein…

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    She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Aa (Image Credit: freedom for humanity2016.wordpress.com) She to whom January 1st is dedicated and to whom is honored on this day is the Babylonian Goddess, Aa. She is also known as: Great Mother Mother of All Things Goddess of the Dawn Goddess of the Light While She is known as Aa in Babylonia, She is also known as Serida in Sumeria, and in Akkadian as Aya, which means “dawn” in Akkadian. She is “the Beginning” and “The Mother of All Wisdom” and is associated with the eastern mountains which bring the sun into the sky. (Image Credit: earthandstarryheaven.com) Her symbol is an 8-rayed sphere representing the symbol of light. As…

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    Review of Ritual Bath Salt by Nuit Apothecary on Etsy

    Ostara Ritual Bath Salts by Nuit Apothecary on Etsy I received Ostara Ritual Bath Salts by Nuit Apothecary. It came nicely packaged in a black bag, with a pretty label explaining what it was. It’s made with Dead Sea salt, Epsom salt, prairie lily, red clover and essential oils. As someone who adores taking hot baths, I was looking forward to trying this salt out. I ran the tub and sprinkled some in. It had a nice scent and the salts dissolved well in the hot water. There were plenty of herbs floating around in the tub. The scent was not as strong as I would have liked and what…

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    Book Review – Working Conjure: A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic by Hoodoo Sen Moise

    Book Review Working Conjure A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic By Hoodoo Sen Moise Due to the fact that, in all honesty, I say I know absolutely nothing about Hoodoo, I was pleased to see that the first chapter was entitled, “What is Conjure/Hoodoo?” The author explains the when, where, how and proceeds to tell us of Hoodoo’s principles in chapter 2. I love the explanation of how “Conjure was birthed out of a need to overcome the oppression of slavery. It was a way for the slaves to turn the tide against the slave masters and take back, at least in some way, what had been taken from them.”…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    AGISCHANAK   As I sit here looking out at the world outside my window, covered with the first snowfall of the season, wrapped in a shawl due to the cold. My thoughts turn to Alaska and what Goddess I may find there.   (Image Credit: hubpages.com)   My search brings me to Agischanak. Goddess of the Mountains. Goddess of the Earth. Protector of Her people. Agischanak is a Goddess in Southeastern Alaska. She lives on top of Mt. Edgecumbe, near Sitka.   (Image Credit: listverse.com)   She is kindly and protects Her people and all of the peoples of the Earth. However, She is also forceful and powerful, as She…

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    Book Review: The Witch’s Altar The Craft, Lore and Magick of Sacred Space By Laura Tempest Zackroff and Jason Mankey

    Book Review: The Witch’s Altar The Craft, Lore and Magick of Sacred Space By Laura Tempest Zackroff and Jason Mankey As someone with many altars strewn about my home, I was happy to have the opportunity to read this book. Whether for a beginner or someone with many year’s experience with Wicca/Witchcraft/Paganism, this book will help you in setting up, designing and maintaining your altars. Just perusing the Table of Contents makes you aware that the two authors know exactly what they are talking about, as they have many years of wisdom and knowledge both individually and collectively. It is a very reader-friendly book, conversational and easy-to-read with much information…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    SEDNA (Image Credit: yousense.info) The story of Sedna, the Mother and Mistress of the Sea, the Goddess of marine mammals, is, to me, one of sadness and betrayal. In the Arctic Ocean of the Inuits, Sedna lived with her family. She was very beautiful and was wooed by many in Her community. She refused them, one and all. Her father, taking matters into his own hands, gave Her to an unknown hunter, in return for fish to keep the rest of his family fed. This unknown hunter was, in reality, a bird-spirit, and whisked Sedna away while She was asleep. Another version states that Sedna went with the unknown hunter…

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    Sacred Place, Sacred Space – Book Review of “Spiritual Places” By Sarah Baxter

    Book Review of “Spiritual Places” By Sarah Baxter As someone who loves to read and write about the sacred places across America and the world, this book is an absolute gem! The book encompasses the world, from St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypy to Mount Olympus in Greece, from the Isle of Iona and Avebury in the United Kingdom to Shwedagon Paya in Myanmar. Some are specific places in these different countries, but others, like Kyoto and The Ganges, are termed spiritual in their entirety. Each individual sacred place is given it’s own section. The writing is beautiful, and vivid, as in this opening paragraph from the section on the “Isle…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Dzivaguru (Photo Credit: patientenbetelligung.info)   This Mother Earth Goddess was of the Shona-speaking Korekore peoples of Zimbabwe. She was the Goddess of Earth and the Darkness of Night. It was She who controlled the clouds and the rain, and the pools and the streams. Dzivaguru was kind and compassionate toward her people. She brought the rain, and with the help of her two beautiful, golden Sunbirds, She brought the sun. Because of Her, Her land was fruitful and abundant. She lived in a palace which was on an ancient lake. She walked freely, and often, amongst her meadows and forests, drinking from her magical cornucopia, which brought Her everything She…

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    A Woman’s Place…..

    Seemingly random, a Facebook group called “Fierce Heart” came to my attention. Knowing nothing about it, but loving the name, I went to take a peek. As a Women’s Empowerment Coach and Red Tent Priestess, I promptly joined, very much in tune with their goals. Paraphrasing the description found at the group, Fierce Heart is all about this: A collective group of women across US using drumming/chanting/singing/noise, expressing their anger/dismay/outrage/disgust, taking power, demanding change. A way to express anger and grief. Galvanize women and provide a way for them to channel that power and remember that they are a force of nature, something that we always, always forget. “Bring your…