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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…

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    She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Goddesses Who Protect Travelers As we begin to look forward to September and the first day of Fall, we remember that, for now, it is still Summer. This means there is still plenty of time to take a vacation and travel. With that being said, this column looks at three Goddesses who will protect you on your journeys far and wide. ************************* (Graphic: bonstore.org) CHAM MO LAM LHA Cham Mo Lam Lha is the Tibetan Goddess of Travelers. She is a worldly protectress who rode on the back of a bee to insure smooth travel. She not only will help with outward traveling, but also the travel of an inward…

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    She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    LILITH (Painting by John Collier – Source: Wikipedia) When my children were small, I was good friends with a woman whose birth family practiced Orthodox Judaism. We had known each other many years, our children were close and we had each been to many family gatherings. One summer, we were attending a pool party at her house and her parents were in attendance. I went to say hello to her father and then asked him about Lilith, as the first wife of Adam. His response was to look at me, say nothing, then turn to walk away. He never really spoke to me much afterward. THAT is the power of…

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    Sacred Place, Sacred Space

    Catal Huyuk (Photo Credit: factsanddetails.com) For those who love archaeology and the discovery of ancient places, Catal Huyuk holds a special place. Widely accepted as the largest, oldest Neolithic village or town ever found, it was home to 3,000 – 8,000 people. Located in southern Anatolia, in Turkey, it was first discovered in 1958. It was not until the archaeologist, James Mellaart, began excavating in 1961, and continuing at least until 1965, that the world began to take notice. Catal Huyuk was lived in 9,400 to 7,700 years ago and only about 5% has been excavated at this time. Restoration of a room (Photo Credit: facts and details.com) The houses…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    The Goddess Nu Kua (Photo Credit – acutonics.com) Nu Kua is the Creatrix Goddess of Ancient China. When the heavens and earth were separated, there were no human beings. Nu Kua was bored and lonely and so made the first humans out of clay made from mud from the Yellow River. Her breath and Yin became the first women; Her breath and Yang became the first men. The first of these were fashioned, and molded, with her hands. However, as she found how tedious and time-consuming this was, she began to drop a rope into the river’s clay and to allow droplets to form and to fall from the rope.…

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    Book Review: Pagan Portals – Rhiannon, Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons by Jhenah Telyndru

    Book Review Pagan Portals: Rhiannon, Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons by Jhenah Telyndru There is knowledge, and there is wisdom; one comes from the mind and the other from the heart and soul. Jhenah Telyndru has both of these in abundance. As the founder and Morgen of the Sisterhood of Avalon, Ms. Telyndru’s love for her subject comes through in every page and word. With a Bachelor’s degree in Archeology and a Master’s in Celtic Studies, her knowledge has been attained through years of study. “Rhiannon” is well-researched via many avenues, i.e. etymology, story-telling, mythology and literature. Rhiannon’s connections to other Goddesses such as Epona, Morrigan and the Matronae…