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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times Lughnasadh/Lammas

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for August 2020 Lughnasadh/Lammas Bright Blessings! This year is flying by. I can hardly believe it’s almost Lammas or Lughnassadh, depending on which you celebrate. Both are first harvest, celebrating first fruits, some being wheat, some being corn or berries, and all giving thanks for the beneficial harvest from hard work. Today’s Pagans seldom grow wheat and corn, since nowadays, we buy it! For us, our harvests are symbolic! Let’s do a bit of history before talking about personal harvests!   Lughnasadh Halfway between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox, Lughnasadh is an old Pagan holiday celebrated in Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of…

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    3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast Monthly Feature

    3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.   While Waiting to Hear This Month’s Casts, Why Not Catch Up on Last Month’s… Episode 95: Protest – Car, Gwyn, and Ode talk about George Floyd and other black people murdered by police in the United States, good protest practices, and magical protection for resistance. Episode 96: Death and Rebirth – Gwyn and Ode (without Car, due to migraine)…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for July 2020 Bright Blessings, I don’t need to tell you the World is being shaken by it’s very foundations right now. As it should be. The murder of another black American at the hands of corrupt police mobilized a movement, demanding justice and change. As a white person, even though I’m a minority being female, deaf, Pagan, and having mental health challenges, I’ve endured my share of discrimination, and had my life held up by it. But this is absolutely nothing compared with the hell people of color in this country go through. I don’t know what it feels like to be…

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    The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Blodeuedd/Blodeuwedd (Image: The Avalonian Oracle) Flower face. Innocent. Delicate. Brought into being without consent, without question, without knowing. Arianrhod swore that her son would remain nameless, unless given a name by her. She swore that her son would never get arms/weapons, unless given them by her. She swore that her son would never have a wife from the land. Her son got a name, Llew Llau Gyffes and was armed by his mother through trickery and deceit. When he wanted a wife, one was made for him from oak, meadowsweet and broom, among other herbs and flowers. Blodeuedd, as she was originally named, was made by the magician, Gwydion and…

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    GoodGod!

    Meet the Gods: Dhanvantar     With the country still reeling from a pandemic, demands for racial justice and calls to end police brutality, meet Lord Dhanvantari, the Hindu god of healing. He is one of the greatest deities because he gave people the knowledge of Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine. In his four hands, the physician god carries a bowl of amrit (the nectar of immortality), a discus or chakra (a divine weapon to cut away evil), a conch shell (when ground it’s used in some medicines), and herbs. He is dressed in yellow clothes, with a wreath of herbs and flowers around his neck. His eyes…

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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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    As Above So Below (How the Stars Became Our Hearts)

    Entheogen Influence Across Time and Culture When a baby draws its first breath, somehow its lungs already know how to extract oxygen from the air, and exchange it for carbon dioxide. It already knows how to transfer oxygen to the blood, where red blood cells already know how to use that oxygen. When a seed first sprouts, its roots already know how to absorb water and minerals from the soil, it already knows how to use sunlight to synthesize food for energy. The mystery of life, of consciousness. DNA encoded with information since the very first cell magickally appeared on earth. Ancient wisdom and adaptation, present at the dawn of…

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    GaelSong

    In Memory of George Floyd I cannot get that picture out of my mind, the one of the policeman with his knee on George Floyd’s neck. There is a weight of sadness in my world, everywhere I go, as if that man was my own brother. And he was, they both are. So, I want to talk about my soul memories of being a black person. First of all, as I’ve written before, we all have five parts to our spirits, in the exact image of the Creator Sun, the highest light structure in the Creator Sun, where every one of us was once created into light. The five parts…

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    MagickalArts Video Edition

    Ritual Writing and the Creation of Sacred Space Part Two     Ritual opens the door to allow the Soul to ascend to its Great Work …RFennelly… Please join me this month in an up close and personal video edition of the MagickalArts column. This month’s video concludes the series with a focus on the process of ritual writing, templates and more. You’ll learn all that you need to begin penning meaningful ritual. Enjoy! *** About the Author: Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition.…

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    Peeking in the Shadows: Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light

        Over the next few months, we’re going to take a look at the categories and sections you may wish to include in your BOS. What you add to your BOS is as unique as you are and will evolve and change as you evolve and change on your path. Flexibility is key to organizing your BOS, but you should have a method of organization as well. Let’s take a look at some of the sections you may wish to organize. These are just a few: Astrology Rituals -Esbats -Sabbats -Other Spellcrafting Herbs Divination Visionary Energy Workings     This month, let’s start with Astrology…. Whether you have actively…