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Friday, September 19, 2008

Banishing Old Memories Spell

Color of the day: White
Incense of the day: Yarrow

Get a white cord or ribbon, a green fluorite bead, a cup of water, and an empty bowl. Pour the water into the bowl, saying “River of forgetfulness, wash me clean and bless me. Take away [name the specific memory] and leave my mind strong and clear.” Dip the cord into the water, saying, “White of purity and innocence, renew me.” Dip the bead into the water, saying, “Stone of perspective, clear my mind.” Now concentrate on the memory, pouring it into the cord. The memory is gone from your mind and is now in the cord. Pour the water out on the ground. Put the bead on the cord. Wear the cord around your ankle or wrist until it falls off on its own. When the cord falls away, the memory will be completely gone.

By: Deborah Lipp

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Update: Palin's Anti-Pagan Coreligionists

Since I first posted about Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin's troubling co-religionists, the mainstream press and several major blogs have homed in on the blessing Palin received from the African Bishop Thomas Muthee.

"Palin describes the visit of Pastor Thomas Muthee to the Wasilla Assembly of God in 2005. "As I was mayor and Pastor Muthee was here and he was praying over me, and you know how he speaks and he's so bold. And he was praying 'Lord make a way, Lord make a way,'" Palin remarked. “And I'm thinking, this guy’s really bold, he doesn't even know what I'm going to do, he doesn’t know what my plans are," she continued. "And he’s praying not 'oh Lord if it be your will may she become governor,' no, he just prayed for it. He said, 'Lord make a way and let her do this next step. And that’s exactly what happened.'" “So, again, very very powerful, coming from this church,” she added." Click here for the full story

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Far From Stares And Jeers, Pagans Affirm Their Rites

The Reverend Kendra Vaughan Hovey, head of the First Church of Wicca in Duxbury, knows all about cold shoulders, hard stares, and verbal assaults.

Usually, Wiccans, witches, and other pagans worship in small, closeted groups. Hovey's church is one of a handful of such congregations across the United States that offer public sessions.

Opening the doors to what many Christians consider heretical and occult practice also has led to not-so-subtle accusations.

Raised Jewish, Hovey, 41, said the intolerance she experienced as a Jew has helped build a thick skin against prejudice. She says she feels a similar intolerance as a practicing witch in a new religion, which she joined when she was 11. Click here for the full story

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Pagans Show Their Pride Under 'Wide Umbrella'

Lisa Butler was brought up in a Christian family, but was agnostic until “I got to a point in life where I realized there was definitely something bigger than me.”

So Butler went searching for that something.

She researched various religious beliefs, read a great deal on religious thought, and attended a variety of services.

Then she came upon “some information on witchcraft, and it spoke to my heart.”

Butler organized the second annual Pagan Pride Day 2008 on Sunday at the former Ted Williams Camp in Lakeville, Mass., which drew a couple hundred participants despite driving rain throughout the morning. Click here for the full story

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hildegard of Bingen

Color of the day: Yellow
Incense of the day: Lavender

Hildegard of Bingen was an extraordinary woman of the twelfth century. She was a nun in Germany, a visionary, mystic, composer, poet, healer, and an herbalist. She was well-traveled and highly regarded by those in power during her time. Consider her words and meditate on them.

I, the fiery life of divine wisdom, I ignite the beauty of the plains.
I sparkle the waters, I burn in the Sun, and the Moon, and the stars.
I am the breeze that nurtures all things green.
I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruits.
I am led by the spirit to feed the purest stream.
I am the rain coming from the dew that causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life.

By: Ellen Dugan

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Ten Ways to Celebrate Mabon

Mabon is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly bare, because the crops have been stored for the coming winter. Mabon is a time when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21, for many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It is also a time of balance and reflection, following the theme of equal hours light and dark. Here are some ways you and your family can celebrate this day of bounty and abundance. Click here for the full story

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Halloween Is Harmless Holiday; Lighten Up On Vacation

Q: I do not like the implications of Halloween, but my husband does, so we allow the kids to dress up as fun/positive characters. Our son is now 7 and is asking to go to the local haunted house. My husband thinks this is OK, but I would like to keep the negative aspects of Halloween out of the picture as much as possible. What say you?

A: Halloween may have its roots in ancient pagan rituals, but then so does the Christmas tree and the Maypole. Speaking as an evangelical Christian, I think the brouhaha over Halloween is much ado about nothing, as is the brouhaha over the Harry Potter books. I do believe there's evil afoot in the world, but the notion that Halloween somehow lures children to the Dark Side is more than a tad over the top. Click here for the full story

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Misty Protection Charm

Color of the day: Black
Incense of the day: Cedar

Celtic myths and folktales are full of stories about the power of mist. Those who are about to undergo an otherworld encounter often find themselves in an open landscape, suddenly surrounded by a magical mist. When the mist parts, they are in an unknown land, and frequently have interactions with gods or the spirits of the Sidhe (or fairy folk). Interestingly, the Gaelic word for mist, ceò, also means “amazement.” If you find yourself in a misty landscape, use this charm to encourage and intensify a positive spiritual experience with the spirits who dwell in the mist:

Spirits of mist, spirits of dew,
I open my heart
And soul to you.
Gods of mist, gods of rain,
I walk along
This path again.
Those who dwell
Within this place
I honor you
And ask for peace.

Gods and spirits of the mist,
May this encounter
Be truly blessed.

By: Sharynne NicMhacha

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New Near Death Experience Study

For a number of years, Dr Sam Parnia and Dr Peter Fenwick have been working on an experiment to test for awareness after the point of death. Their investigation has now been expanded into a larger study called AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation), to be launched by the Human Consciousness Project of the University of Southampton – "an international collaboration of scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the human brain, consciousness and clinical death.":

A number of recent scientific studies carried out by independent researchers have demonstrated that 10-20 per cent of people who go through cardiac arrest and clinical death report lucid, well structured thought processes, reasoning, memories and sometimes detailed recall of events during their encounter with death.

During the AWARE study, doctors will use sophisticated technology to study the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. At the same time, they will test the validity of out of body experiences and claims of being able to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ during cardiac arrest.

Apart from anecdotal stories and some testing back in the 1970s (perhaps most notably, Charles Tart's experiments with 'Miss Z', as well as tests on Robert Monroe), there has been little solid scientific examination of claims of veridical perception during OBEs and NDEs. Should be interesting to see how it all goes.

By Greg

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Three Simple Love Charms

Herbal, Onion and Candle Spells for Love

Most people either want to bring love into their lives or improve the relationship that they already have. These simple love spells will help you to do just that.

These three spells all require little time and effort. They are quick to perform yet powerful.

Herbal Love Spell

The first is an herbal love spell. Based on the target, you choose an herb that represents their zodiac sign.

Chicory for Pisces
Rosemary for Aries
Spearmint for Taurus
Anise for Gemini
Tarragon for Cancer
Peppermint for Leo
Catnip for Virgo
Cayenne for Libra
Aloe for Scorpio
Sage for Sagittarius
Comfrey for Capricorn
Chilies for Aquarius

Take the herb that corresponds to the one you love, add the petals of a white rose (symbol for love) place it in a cloth bag and keep it under your pillow. Every night before you go to bed say: "Even in my time of sleep, my true love I vow to keep". When you feel that the one you desire has been brought closer to you, burn the herbs and rose. While they burn think of the flames of passion.

Onion Spell for Love

This second love spell involves an onion, a new pot and dirt. You have to use dirt from the ground, not potting soil for this one. Simply write the name of the one you desire on the bottom of an onion bulb, plant it in a new pot with the dirt. Place the pot on a windowsill, one facing the direction in which your intended one lives works best. Repeat the name of the one you desire over it every morning and every night until it begins to bloom. After it begins to bloom say the following over it every day for a week: "As it's roots grow, As it's leaves grow, as it's flowers grow, so does (insert name) love grow. You should notice a difference within a full moon cycle.

Candle Love Spell

This last one is a quick candle spell for attracting love and passion into your life. This is also useful for a relationship that seems to need a boost in the romance department. Get a red candle that is only red on the outside but the wax is white on the inside (most inexpensive candles are only colored on the outside) Place it in a dish. Take the petals of one red and one white rose and place them in the dish, surrounding the candle. Burn the candle for 10 minutes a night, starting the night of the full moon, if you can wait that long. As the candle burns, Chant: "As our love glows in this candlelight, We grow closer on this night" Do this every night for 10 straight nights.It will have worked by then.

By Alexandra Romanov

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