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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

ANCIENT PAGAN

At this time on Earth the pagan may be considered as  'primitive' with all the negative that comes with the Word. I believe that the cornerstone of purity is of early paganism. Those of the past who knew of the source of things through nature, the natural world. The god and goddess known through the androgynous; plants and trees then the perfect source of faith. The tree symbolic of the creative force of all things, still the perfect symbol for modern times. Consider the Celtic cross that…

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Added by Laura Berry on May 21, 2015 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Mystery Cults

..This week let's go way back in time to talk about Mystery Cults!  Mystery religions were religious cults in Ancient Greece and Rome.  Participation was reserved to initiates and secrecy was kept as to the particulars of the initiation and the cult practice in general.   But how did these sects function within their societies?  Were they accepted?  Were there conflicts?  Talking just about this one aspect of life in Ancient Greece and Rome can give great insight into how people back then…

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Added by Hawthorne on May 19, 2015 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Family, Friends and Familiars

A Familiar. What is family that is not human? Those who know you, and accept and understand as you sacrifice for them.  One Familiar in my house is difficult to photograph so her image cannot be displayed. She is a  Beta named Ryn. I found her in the standard pet shop setting, she was in a small plastic cup, the Betas stacked on top of each other, she was near the bottom of the stack. I saw her as one of the disposable, not likely to be chosen compared to the more colorful ones available. I…

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Added by Laura Berry on May 16, 2015 at 6:34pm — No Comments

KNOWING THE FEMININE ASPECT OF CREATION- The Freedom of Wiccan

     When the name GOD is used or spoken, do you automatically think HE? I have found many do if not consciously, and this notion is a main contributor to atheism. In ancient paganism the Goddess was acknowledged alongside the God, she his equal in full strength of mind. It was in the time of the Old Testament that  the God began to dominate, thus silencing the Goddess where the female was then Eve, the disobedient daughter, not a Goddess equal to the god of the testament, but a child with…

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Added by Laura Berry on May 11, 2015 at 3:07pm — No Comments

THE FREEDOM OF WICCAN- OF BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE

  •    Most religion is of dictate and dogma, where there is a leader making followers, those  who then lose themselves as they then follow in a space of spiritual non-participation. I have experienced Wicca as a spiritually free space of inner and outer exploration of the known and unknown universe. As a Wiccan I am allowed my own vision and insight; the meaning of Goddess. In the name of Gaia, Goddess of Earth, for the day of All Mothers, here is my ritual of Bell, Book and…
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Added by Laura Berry on May 8, 2015 at 4:28pm — No Comments

I'm a neopagan, and I have not pledged the Rede

I think the Rede of "harm none" is beautiful yet nigh impossible for me to live by. Things could change, and I could change, but in the meantime I must keep my technology and my chicken salad. It's difficult for me to type out my feelings, but I will try...

 

I haven't mastered psychic access to the Akashic Records, but I have the Internet. Generally speaking, all the things needed for me to use the internet first come from Mother Earth. Large areas of Her natural resources are…

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Added by Katmir Stone on May 7, 2015 at 8:35am — 1 Comment

What is a Wicca

    So much dictate is used for whatever reason to speak of what a Wiccan is; but in Wicca we know we can look within for answers needed and  also look to the Earth through nature for faith in creation. Here there is no dictate, only truth that changes and is also solid. I am old now, fifty five, I remember being twenty-five, and as a Wicca I accept what must be. Is it better to be an old witch than a woman in youth. I say yes because I have acquired wisdom. There is no book or rule to tell…

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Added by Laura Berry on May 6, 2015 at 5:37pm — 1 Comment

Magick Sounds Like; Magick Looks Like; Magick Smells Like

What does Magick sound like? What does Magick look like? What does Magick smell like? Magick is about using all of your senses, so let’s see how this has been done since ancient times.

We’ll start by talking about how Language is used in spell casting.

Next – Color Magick!  How does a color's vibration effect you, and how can you use that in your magickal practices?

And lastly, the sense of…

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Added by Hawthorne on May 5, 2015 at 9:01am — No Comments

Synchronicity and Family

  To Lydia my birth sister and to Randy my brother through marriage, the fact that you were both born on May 4th, 1964 is much more than coincidence, it is a MYSTICAL SIGN of what was meant to be. It is a cosmic sign- post that we are a family in a continuance that is forever. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYDIA AND RANDY. May 4th, 2015,  Your sister, laurel.

Added by Laura Berry on May 3, 2015 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Synchronicity and Family

  To Lydia my birth sister and to Randy my brother through marriage, the fact that you were both born on May 4th, 1964 is much more than coincidence, it is a MYSTICAL SIGN of what was meant to be. It is a cosmic sign- post that we are a family in a continuance that is forever. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYDIA AND RANDY. May 4th, 2015,  Your sister, laurel.

Added by Laura Berry on May 3, 2015 at 2:29pm — No Comments

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