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    Book Review: Breaking The Mother Goose Code by Jeri Studebaker

    Breaking The Mother Goose Code: How A Fairy-Tale Character Fooled the World for 300 Years     When asked to review this book I jumped at the chance. Having read Jeri Studebaker’s Switching to Goddess, I had a feeling I would love this book on the myth of Mother Goose. I was not disappointed. Half way through Chapter One I promptly ordered myself a copy of this gem of a book. I devoured this fascinating read in a matter of days and am thrilled to have this in my esoteric library. Breaking The Mother Goose Code is the Da Vinci Code of nursery rhymes and fairy-tales. Jeri Studebaker takes us…

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    Enchanted Cottage

    Brighid       I am Brighid-nam-Bratta: Brigit of the Mantle, but I am also Brighid-Muirghin-na-tuinne: Brigit, Conception of the Waves, and Brighid-sluagh, Brigit of the Faery Host, Brighid-nan sitheachseang, Brigit of the Slim Faery Folk, and Brighid-Binne-Bheule-lhuchd-nan-trusganan-uaine, Brigit the Melodious Mouthed of the Tribe of the Green Mantles.   From Brigit Speaks by Fiona MacLeod     She is Goddess, Saint, and Faery Woman; She is Healer, Poet and Smith; She is Mother of Songs and Music, The Flame in the Heart of All Women and Mother of All Wisdom.1   Brighid, Goddess of the Hearth Fire, has many names known throughout the lands She was once worshiped and honored.…

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    The Enchanted Cottage

    Spirits of the Household   In the next several installments I will be writing about the different goddesses, gods, and spirits of the witches’ home. These entities are known to bless and protect both the home and those who live within. By honoring them we grow closer to the Spirit of the home, infusing it with love, laughter and warmth. In this first installment I welcome Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth Fire.     Hestia     Homeric Hymn to Hestia XXIX   Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk the earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honour: glorious is…

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    The Enchanted Cottage

    The Magic of Tradition     As the last remnants of Autumn color the Earth, my family prepares itself for the coming of the cold, brutal Winter we know awaits us. It is at this time that our most memorable family traditions take place. There is something magical about these yearly traditions. The anticipation of our excursion leads to mounting excitement as we recall the memories of the years past. We go to the Pumpkin Patch in mid-October, Downtown Christmas the week before Thanksgiving, and the We Care lights in mid-December. Sadly, this was the last year for our favorite Pumpkin Patch. Next year we will go on a magical…

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    The Enchanted Cottage; Magic for the Witch’s Home

    The craft of the cottage witch conjures images of a secluded cabin on the edge of an enchanted forest. An elderly woman resides there, bent posture and warts wreak havoc on her frail form. Standing over her bubbling cauldron, she whispers incantations only the spirits can decipher. Wolves howl in the moonless night, sending icy tendrils of fear down your spine. A wisp of wind swirls around the cottage, filling the Autumn air with magic. The old woman cackles, turning about in wicked glee. The spell is cast, the deed is done—magic is afoot. Though the above scene is great for movies and fairy tales, it is not what cottage…