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A Lammas Celebration

This week, we celebrate Lammas.   Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is the Sabbat where many Wiccans and Pagans celebrate the beginnings of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth -- the grain god dies, but will be reborn again in the spring.



Depending on your tradition, you may also observe this Sabbat as the day of the Celtic craftsman god, Lugh.   Lugh was known to the Celts as a god of craftsmanship and skill -- in fact, he was known as the…

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Added by Hawthorne on July 28, 2015 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Sacred Traveler

.Here we are, in the middle of summer; it's time to go out and see the world!  



As the song says, "A week in Paris will ease the bite of it", but the Sacred Traveler tries to go a bit deeper.  The Sacred Traveler looks for the transcendental, the numinous, making time off from his day gig a life learning process or even an excercise in self-realization.



Well, what is it that attracts people to places on this level?   We'll take a look at the connection between Earth…

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Added by Hawthorne on July 21, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

LEO The Height Of BELTANE.

HAPPY MID-SUMMER! If any of us Wicca can do that scientific math {Myself.. not very good at it.} It is now the beginning of Leo..mid-July until mid-August..mid-summer the highest point of Beltane. May you be joyful all Wicca at this apex.. the meaning of fire in the four elements. BLESSED BE.. TO ALL SISTERS IN THE WAY OF OUR SOURCE.

Added by Laura Berry on July 20, 2015 at 4:37pm — No Comments

LEO The Height Of BELTANE.

HAPPY MID-SUMMER! If any of us Wicca can do that scientific math {Myself.. not very good at it.} It is now the beginning of Leo..mid-July until mid-August..mid-summer the highest point of Beltane. May you be joyful all Wicca at this apex.. the meaning of fire in the four elements. BLESSED BE.. TO ALL SISTERS IN THE WAY OF OUR SOURCE.

Added by Laura Berry on July 20, 2015 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Beach Magick

This week, the Spiral Dance is just a Day at the Beach, as we delve into Beach Magick!  We'll start with the Charge of the Sea Goddess and we'll explore the role that Water has always had in religion.



From there we'll look at a few Sea Gods and Goddesses.  Then I want to share a story.  This is a spoken word peice presented by Mara Freeman.  It's called, The Selkie!



Finally, we'll get right down to the shore and do some actual beach magick!



Hope you enjoy the…

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Added by Hawthorne on July 14, 2015 at 8:57am — No Comments

Independence Day and the Goddess Columbia

This week we celebrate our nation's Independence from Mother Britain by recognising our very own Goddess, the Lady Columbia!  



Columbia is a historical and poetic name used for the United States of America and is also the name of its female personification.



What would the Goddess Columbia's attributes be? Democracy for one - you know; I don't think the Greeks had a Goddess of Democracy- so this is an original!  Certainly, Liberty and Justice.  The Romans had the Goddess…

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Added by Hawthorne on June 30, 2015 at 1:39pm — No Comments

The energy running

At first looking back I never would've thought I'd end up being into celtic etc because I was brought up catholic. A church and catholic school etc but I strayed off like a bird flying from the nest for the first time. I stumbled onto wiccan and craft online and was intrigued. I never would've guessed I'd be a witch and I am happy that I am. The new energy running through me is like I'm laying in a field of herbs and flowers without a care in the world.Ever feel like that?

Added by bethanie on June 27, 2015 at 1:57pm — No Comments

The Flora of Coahain. Those To Be Found in the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California.

    As a Wicca, I found my faith through Nature, and the Source of All of All Things. As I practice my craft through ritual I try to assist living things such as plants. In One I seek to nurture and never destroy. So Mode It Be.

These are the given names of wild  plants that still come forth from where I live, and they may also be endangered through human destruction. Seek to find then for their continuance, and care about them as you do. May your will be done in harmlessness. BLESSED…

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Added by Laura Berry on June 21, 2015 at 6:48pm — No Comments

The Apex of Light

Happy Coamhain, all Wiccan and Druid.
There's a Sparrows nest outside my window, held in the cradle that is One, the Tree of Life that shades us and shields us into the night. The nest they are in is a circle, at the time of the apex of the Sun. And as it is now Summer they will soon take wing and fly, and as we know the season we will always look to the sky. WELCOME SUMMER SOLSTICE. June 21st. 2015

Added by Laura Berry on June 20, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments

The Apex of Light

Happy Coamhain, all Wiccan and Druid.
There's a Sparrows nest outside my window, held in the cradle that is One, the Tree of Life that shades us and shields us into the night. The nest they are in is a circle, at the time of the apex of the Sun. And as it is now Summer they will soon take wing and fly, and as we know the season we will always look to the sky. WELCOME SUMMER SOLSTICE. June 21st. 2015

Added by Laura Berry on June 20, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments

A Midsummer Celebration

Happy Midsummer, everyone here on the northern half! The sun is high in the sky, the air is all warm and friendly. Let's stay up real late, then we can build some fires and roll them down the hills!. It's been done forever, it's still being done now and it will always be done.

We in the Pagan community know the summer solstice by many different names. Probably the most popular is the Wiccan name of Litha. We'll talk about where the word Litha comes from and what the holiday means for…

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Added by Hawthorne on June 16, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

RE-INCARNATION The Earth As Our Classroom As We Become Fully Conscious In The GODHEAD

       Out origin is debatable, but what I as a Wiccan call ONE, or the SOURCE OF ALL, I believe has instilled in every human being the ability to become more of consciousness and thus a full participant in that source. This has been called COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS and ENLIGHTENMENT. I believe we are not to turn our individual ability over to a religious system where there are leaders and followers, that may en- mass bring forth, but  is mostly mindless in what is manifested and can in theory…

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Added by Laura Berry on June 5, 2015 at 8:07am — No Comments

SUMMER SOLSTICE

           Weeks ago a Blessing was sent for the Beltane; at the end of the Blessing was written, 'As we enter MAY, now begin the time of dark. This is given to the circle that is the Earth and for us who live upon it to remember others in their season. In my continent of North America, we are about to enter Summer on JUNE 21st. While in Australia on the same day they are about to enter their Winter. The Circle that is of LIGHT and DARK in balance and harmony, as in the time of light there…

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Added by Laura Berry on June 2, 2015 at 3:23pm — No Comments

The June Bride

..................................June continues to be the most popular month for getting married. So, my theme is for this week is  The June Bride.



Political conservatives in this country insist that marriage can only mean the union of one woman to one man, under the witness of their Abrahamic so-called "God".  We Pagans know better than that. But there's still alot of assumptions about marriage that we've inherited from mainstream society and we don't much question.



So,…

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Added by Hawthorne on June 2, 2015 at 12:51pm — No Comments

The Fortune Coin for Blessing of the Spirit

      This casting of Blessing begins with found money, nickels, dimes, quarters and of course pennies. These are usually located in parking lots of places where money is exchanged. When ever I shop I scan the lot I am in and usually  five times out of ten, coins are there to be found. These 'pennies from heaven' are to become the essence of real fortune and are not to be spent but always kept. For the ritual Blessing to begin take the found coin and place it in a container, preferably of…

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Added by Laura Berry on May 30, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments

A Ritual Space for Casting of Blessing

  For the willing of Blessing you would chose objects of a personal nature, things that are of value to you, large or small, and collect them as you will. When you have acquired what you believe is correct for your personal space for giving of Blessing, arrange them in the place where you spend most of your time; here is where your spirits energy is as its height and is accumulated through your presence. This is your Ritual Space, a place of Blessing for you and for others you may cast…

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Added by Laura Berry on May 29, 2015 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Music In Ritual

I've been thinking a lot about the power of music lately. Well, I always think about the power of music; but it's been tapping me on the shoulders quite a bit of late. So this week, let's talk about the role that music plays in ritual!

Music was important to the Chinese philosopher, Confucious, as it has been for shamans around the world and down the ages. In fact I have a little story that tell us just exactly how music came to the earth way back when.

And central to music is…

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Added by Hawthorne on May 26, 2015 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Our Source is Not of Dictate. .

   The god of the Bible is of dictate, the book where  HE is OUR SOURCE. Where HE is a dictator demanding obedience through threat of our death. And how can you love this god except in fear of your existence? and how can fear ever inspire love?  Our source is not of dictate or of rules brought forth by the will of men. We know as Wiccan and Pagan inherently to do no harm, for it was instilled within through our SOURCE, the one of compassion and life  who chose not man before woman or son…

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Added by Laura Berry on May 24, 2015 at 7:51pm — No Comments

ANCIENT PAGAN Pt.2

    Considering some organized religious systems and their capacity for destruction through their faithful, a return to the ancient is really what is needed in the 21st century.Before Judaism, before the birth of Christianity, Ancient people worshipped, they had ritual and they weren't godless. The source of the universe was contemplated by our ancestors as they looked to nature for spiritual truths. When you consider for instance how destructive Judeo-Christianity has been as the Bible is…

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Added by Laura Berry on May 22, 2015 at 2:04pm — No Comments

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