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    MagickalArts

      Creating Sacred Space The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the “founding of the world”: where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, and the world comes into existence … Mircea Eliade … What is Sacred Space? Read and re-read the quote above. Take it into your space of meditation. Analyze, dissect and observe it from all angles, perspectives and meaning. Try to feel the weight and breath of its meaning and allow the words to gently wash over you. Digest it and then simply sit with the feeling of satiety its inner essence provides. And, once you have done these things, redo them, one by…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for November 2019 Bright Blessings! Our Final Harvest Sabbat is upon us, and if you are like me, you have a LITTLE bit of gardening left to do! For me, it is planting a tiny bit of bulbs and a little basic cleanup. A big job I have is learning organic pest control for my roses for next year. This year, I decided I am flat out DONE with chemical pest control, and I got rid of all of it. I was told that dish soap with a touch of oil mixed with water kills everything on roses, but you know what? It…

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    Excerpt from A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors

    Dagda: Good God of the Club and Cauldron There was a famous king of Ireland of the race of the Tuatha Dé, Eochaid Ollathair his name. He was also named the Dagda i.e. good god, for it was he that used to work wonders for them and control the weather and the crops. Wherefore men said he was called the Dagda. (5) Here is a figure that has multiple faces, although the most obvious is of the fierce warrior, with his enormous club that could kill nine men in one blow. The other side of this coin is he could also revive the mortally wounded with the handle of this…

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    Worth the Witch

    The Witches Moon       The Witches Moon is a very private group of witches that prides itself on serving its customers, providing tools to help them manifest their desires, dreams and intentions. Subscribers receive a monthly box to work with the moon and celebrate the Wheel of the Year. Not curated to be used for a full moon ritual, supplies in the spiritually inspired boxes are chosen to harness energies and apply them to the Craft in a way that is meaningful to each individual’s journey.     A few months ago, PaganPagesOrg was sent the Lunar Magick box for review. Removing it from the shipping box and…

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    This Month’s Freebie from Shirley Lenhard

    Advice from a Tree Freebie from Shirley Lenhard     This month’s downloadable freebie is brought to you by the talented Shirley Lenhard who shares her Pagan themed planner stickers in her group the Pagan Plannertarium. The Pagan Plannertarium is a beautifully created home for FREE Pagan Themed planner stickers for anyone who answers the membership questions and gains entry into the group. I spend a lot of time looking around for stickers that I would use in my Book of Shadows and my daily planner but I don’t really want to spent an arm and a leg on etsy shop layouts that don’t really work for me. So I…

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    Retha’s Crystal Reflections

    Crystals for Working with the New & Full Moon If you are anything like me, working with the moon phases are a big part of your monthly rituals. I am always looking for the perfect crystals to support my moon work. I have come up with some tried and true crystals over the years that I work with again and again. I hope you will try working with some of these and that you find they enhance your intention setting, wish making and honoring of our beautiful Luna. Read on to hear my top crystal allies for the new and full moon. New Moon Crystals When I think of the…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Vajrayogini   (Photo Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Guidebook by Meggan Watterson) Vajrayogini is considered to be the prime deity of the Tantric pantheon, the principal female deity of the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Yantras, and central to the practice of Vajrayogini Buddhism. She is a Dakini (Tantric Priestess) and female Buddha, the complete essence of Buddhahood in female form, and is common to all Tibetan Buddhism schools. Her red body symbolizes Her inner fire, while the flames surrounding her represent Her elevated wisdom and spiritual transformation. The ability to see with clarity in the future, as well as the present and past, is evident in Her third eye chakra. (Photo…

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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Hyacinth   The hyacinth is a flowering plant which grows from a bulb. It has beautiful clusters of fragrant flowers and is very popular during the holiday season and spring. This easy to grow plant has a wealth of history and mythology, and could bring a touch of magic into your home as well as a blast of floral colour and fragrance.   The Kitchen Garden Hyacinths are poisonous so aren’t grown for culinary purposes. They contain oxalic acid, a compound that causes skin irritation externally. If taken internally it can cause: Damage to mucous membranes Damage to respiratory tract Wheezing Shortness of breath Laryngitis Inflammation…

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    Crone’s Corner

    Heeding the Advise from a Tree     There is a stillness in the air in New England when we approach Samhain, the time of year for the descent to begin into the dark days, when the light leaves us to contemplate the harvest of our year that has passed. I feel the trees, which were full of life a few weeks ago, giving their final farewell in a burst of color displaying their life well lived during the turning of the wheel! The first week of November marks the last of the leaves falling gently to the ground, covering the earth in a blanket of brilliant yellow, red, and…

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    Beyond Belief: Trees

    (Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash)   By the time you read this I will have had my first spot on British national radio. Specifically, the Beyond Belief radio show for BBC Radio 4. American readers, you may be able to get this online! The show was about the religious and spiritual significance of trees, from the perspective of different faiths. I was one of three experts recruited to debate and discuss the topic. So, how did this come about? Well, I was lucky enough that one of my esteemed colleagues from the Pagan Federation pointed me in the direction of a particular post on Facebook. It was from the…