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  • REVIEW: The Mythology of Eden

    Medusa Coils
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Mythology of Eden by Arthur George and Elena George, Hamilton Books 2014, trade paperback, 458 pages. Also available as an e-book. What a fascinating book! Though it starts with and returns to an analysis of the second creation story in Genesis, The Mythology of Eden is about far more than that particular myth. It includes material on the backgrounds of the likely authors of the two
  • tugging AT MINOAN STARS

    Radical Goddess Thealogy
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Today, barreling down on us like a comet out of the stratosphere, came a shocker: A British scientist dude says he’s actually deciphered the mysterious ancient Minoan “Phaistos Disk.”  Ever since it was discovered in 1908 in the Minoan “palace” of Phaistos, in south-central Crete, this ancient disk, dating from around 1700 BC, has been a total mystery.  For over a century, no one has
  • Blessed Samhain

    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.
    Heather Greene
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Tonight and tomorrow is when most modern Pagans celebrate Samhain. Samhain is the start of winter and the new year according to the old Celtic calendar. This is a time when the ancestors are honored, divinations are performed, and festivals are held in honor of the gods. It is a time of the final harvest before the long winter ahead. It is perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated of all the modern Pagan holidays. Ancestor Altar During this season, other celebrations and festivals are also being held such as Velu Laiks (“the time of spirits”) by Baltic Pagans, Álfablót or the…
  • No Buzz Coil This Month...

    Medusa Coils
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    ...due to my having carpel tunnel syndrome. Best wishes for a Splendid and Blessed Samhain/Hallows.
  • Correspondences for Friday

    PaganNews.com Featured Content.
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Light Green candles. Burn incense of Saffron, Verbena, Sandalwood, Myrtle. Friday is ruled by Venus, and is a good day to work with Love, friendships, affection, partnerships, money, sex.
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    Radical Goddess Thealogy

  • tugging AT MINOAN STARS

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Today, barreling down on us like a comet out of the stratosphere, came a shocker: A British scientist dude says he’s actually deciphered the mysterious ancient Minoan “Phaistos Disk.”  Ever since it was discovered in 1908 in the Minoan “palace” of Phaistos, in south-central Crete, this ancient disk, dating from around 1700 BC, has been a total mystery.  For over a century, no one has
  • GOT EBOLA? thank A CHRISTIAN

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    In 2011 Congress was shanghied by the Tea Party -- a shaggy group of Jesus Freaks, Born Agains, and Christian Wingnuts -- who then stomped all over the dudettes & dudes working on ebola cures. So one Tea-Partier Congress dude, he sez to the other:   “Those BLEEPing American babies who got no food – what the BLEEP do they need food money for?  If that brat’s parents won’t work, that brat
  • DOING battle WITH A LIGHT BULB

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    QUESTION:  How many climate-change deniers does it take to change a light bulb? ANSWER: Six; one to hold the bulb, and five to twist the ladder. Both NASA* and NOAA** state that climate change is real, human-caused, and potentially deadly.  And yet some sloopy heads still insist it's none of the above. ________ *NASA: The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (America's rocket
  • laughing TIL IT HURTS

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    OKAY, okay, when you read Switching to Goddess, you might not laugh til your sides ache. However, more than one reviewer has promised you a few laughs and chuckles.  Here's one: "This book is courageous, brilliant and comes from the heart. This is a book that can really help us. Full of humor and the delight in Life, SWITCHING TO GODDESS is one of the most brilliant books I have read in
  • keeping AN EYE glued ON

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Are you female, gay, non-Christian or (Goddess forbid) all three?   If so, be smart and keep at least one eye glued always on the hard Christian Right, for they just can’t wait to crumble you into tiny bits.     For your reading ease, I have snipped away all but the major meat of an article posted today in The Daily Beast called “The $1-Billion-a-Year Right-Wing Conspiracy You Haven’t
 
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    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.

  • Blessed Samhain

    Heather Greene
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Tonight and tomorrow is when most modern Pagans celebrate Samhain. Samhain is the start of winter and the new year according to the old Celtic calendar. This is a time when the ancestors are honored, divinations are performed, and festivals are held in honor of the gods. It is a time of the final harvest before the long winter ahead. It is perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated of all the modern Pagan holidays. Ancestor Altar During this season, other celebrations and festivals are also being held such as Velu Laiks (“the time of spirits”) by Baltic Pagans, Álfablót or the…
  • Metaphors For Walking Through Doors

    Jason Pitzl-Waters
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week I was watching the documentary “Radio Unnameable” about famous New York radio personality Bob Fass, when I saw Margot Adler. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, after all Margot had a long and storied career in radio that overlapped with Fass, and even though she had recently passed, the documentary footage was no doubt shot years earlier. Still, the moment brought into focus that while Margot Adler loved the Pagan community, played an important role in the development of modern Paganism, and enjoyed attending Pagan events, she also had a rich, complex, rewarding life…
  • Pagans Join the Protests Against Fracking

    Heather Greene
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    In March 2014, the Pagan Environmental Coalition of New York City (PEC-NYC) formed after being inspired to action by Gasland (2010), a documentary on the U.S. fracking industry. It became their mission to pro-actively promote the development of renewable, clean energy alternatives. In 2013, a group of U.K. Pagans held a ritual at Glastonbury Tor to raise awareness about fracking. The event turned global with Pagans around the world joining the ritual from their own space.The organizers wrote, “We felt it a shame to let the energy go to waste and so consolidated ourselves into a pagan…
  • Prison Ministry 2.0: Emailing Inmates

    Terence P Ward
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    As the United States and its free citizens hurl through the second decade of the 21st century, most of its ample prison population is solidly rooted in the final decade of the 20th, with regards to email. While inmates in some prisons have had limited access to email since as far back as 2005, when the messages would be printed out and included with other mail for review and distribution, most are limited to old fashioned snail mail. But more recently an increasing number of prisoners have been allowed to send and receive messages through an officially-sanctioned service called CorrLinks.
  • Pagan Community Notes: Maetreum of Cybele, Pantheon Activist Conference, Brian Dragon, Silver Ravenwolf and more!

    Heather Greene
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    [Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. Our hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So let’s get started!]  On Oct 24, Brian Dragon (Tony Spurlock) passed away. He was a beloved member of the Feri Tradition, an active participant in many Bay Area Pagan groups, an occult scholar and talented Bard, who loved to sing and…
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    Medusa Coils

  • No Buzz Coil This Month...

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    ...due to my having carpel tunnel syndrome. Best wishes for a Splendid and Blessed Samhain/Hallows.
  • Global Goddess Oracle: Fall Equinox Issue

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Fall Equinox issue of the Global Goddess Oracle is now online. This issue's introductory article by Dawn tells about the arrival of autumn in Florida and has a photo of a rainbow in a yellow sky. Feature articles include: "Hear Me Roar," by Katy Ravensong,  about her Pagan approach to religion; "Hestia: A Goddess for the Equinox," Goddess background and a ritual by Dawn "Belladona Thomas; "
  • Buzz Coil: September 2014

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond: My Village Witch: Byron Ballard of Asheville NC's Mother Grove Goddess Temple posted two parts (at this writing) of a series on what she terms "Tower Time." Her Sept. 2 post, "Tower Time Document One– A Knowing, Cassandra-like" defines and describes what she means by the term. Near the beginning of this post she writes: "
  • AAR Extends CFP Deadline for 2015 Regional Conference

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    The American Academy of Religion, Western Region, has extended to Oct. 5 the deadline of its Call for Papers.  The regional conference will be held in  Santa Clara CA on March 20-22. 2015. Among the many religions and traditions included in the Call is Goddess Studies, for which the Call includes: "Whatever your methodology (archetypal, cultural studies, feminist, postcolonial theory, queer
  • REVIEW: The Mythology of Eden

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Mythology of Eden by Arthur George and Elena George, Hamilton Books 2014, trade paperback, 458 pages. Also available as an e-book. What a fascinating book! Though it starts with and returns to an analysis of the second creation story in Genesis, The Mythology of Eden is about far more than that particular myth. It includes material on the backgrounds of the likely authors of the two
 
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    The Gods Are Bored

  • Keeping the Hallowed in Halloween: The Final Chapter

    Anne Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    I'm just back from a Halloween parade in nearby Snob Township. I marched in it. My good ol' friend the Monkey Man called me a few hours before it started and said he was going to go as Walt Whitman. So I put on my Civil War recon gown and went to meet him.Gotta love the Monkey Man. He didn't dress as Walt Whitman. He dressed as Leaves of Grass. I'll have a photo for you in a day or two. Snob Township has a nice little Halloween parade on October 30 every year. They even dole out cash prizes for best costume -- and the competition is serious. Still, I think Monkey Man has a good chance.
  • Late Night Study Break: Halloween and Pumpkin Spice

    Anne Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
  • Duck Travesty

    Anne Johnson
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I just spent a fruitful half hour looking at Snobville's annual water and sewer report, and a larger geological study of the aquifer from which Snobville draws its water by way of local wells."Why bother, Anne?" you ask.Well, it's like this. The devil ducks have descended on Snobville.Snobville currently has local control of its water supply. But the small city council has decided that, despite reporting the water and sewer in Snobville to be good every year since 1980, we suddenly need a Big Brother Devil Duck to run our water for us.That Devil Duck is a publicly traded corporation known as…
  • Vaccination Frustration

    Anne Johnson
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    None of us are old enough to remember the killer bugs of the first half of the 20th century. Thirty years ago I knew one elderly polio survivor who had a great deal of trouble walking. But he was at least alive. Polio was a serious fear for every parent.In the 1960s, I contracted rubella. It was sort of like chicken pox (which I also had), but the bumps were smaller. I recovered in about two weeks. Something had changed, though. One of my eyes went all fuzzy. I couldn't see out of it anymore. Because I still had a good eye, I was able to keep this sudden change secret ... until the school…
  • Hoping for Some Dull Moments

    Anne Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Yesterday afternoon I went to the doctor for a checkup. She told me that a medication I've been taking for 25 years has been linked with Alzheimer's Disease. I had two great-aunts who had that illness. My mother also basically died of dementia.Already I have been forgetting things and getting confused about appointments and stuff. I've been chalking it up to sleep deprivation, but damn. I don't want Alzheimer's Disease.So now we embark on a bold new initiative.As long as things are dull as dirt, I have a chance.
 
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    Broomstick Chronicles

  • Hit Piece in Sheep’s Clothing

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    --> One Saturday when I was chatting with the Native American chaplain who sponsors our Wiccan circle at San Quentin, he handed me a book.  He’d received it from the Jewish chaplain who’d been our previous sponsor.  Wicca’s Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality, by Catherine Edwards Sanders.  I said I was unfamiliar with the author and had not heard anything about it, although I generally keep half an eye open for newer Pagan publications.He casually mentioned that according to this book, and according to…
  • When Is Consensus Process Not Consensual?

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Well, the answer, in my experience, is all too often. The most common problem I’ve encountered is what I will indelicately term the ‘bully factor.’  It’s always deliberate, if perhaps unconscious.  It’s simply a fact of life that some voices carry more weight than others.  And it has nothing to do with volume.I’ve just experienced, once again, decision-making by the ‘bully factor’ trying to pass itself off as consensus.  When there is a call for a sweeping decision that doesn’t allow for individual voices to speak on different perspectives on an issue,…
  • Remembering Margot Adler

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Much has been posted in both mainstream and Pagan media about the untimely death of Margot Adler.  People have spoken about the many ways she as influenced them, about her teachings, her personality, her inestimable contributions.  Just to round out the picture with yet another perspective, I share her some remembrances.  Because what is remembered lives.I first heard of Margot when I found Drawing Down the Moon on a shelf in a local bookstore in 1979.  I took it off the shelf and skimmed through it and what do you know?  There was a chapter called “Interview with a…
  • Sparky T. Rabbit

    7 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sparky T. RabbitPeter B. SoderbergBruner SoderbergHeathenbear3 February 1954 – 2 June 2014Back in 1982, if memory serves, I attended the first CoG MerryMeet festival held outside of California, at Circle Pines in Michigan.  I was a very young Witch (not such a young woman, but a young Witch).  I had only been to two smallish, mainly local Pagan festivals, one being the first MerryMeet in ’81 and the other one in the hot, dry coastal hills of the East Bay.  I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited.  I was there for a reason, as a delegate from my Local Council to…
  • Memories of Morning Glory

    22 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    From a party at Farida & Conly's house, July 2006In my view, one of the most comforting activities one can do after a loved one has passed through the veil is telling stories about the deceased.  Stories tell us who we are, where we came from, what we might become.  They are our primary teaching tools.“We're all made of stories.  When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on.  Not forever, perhaps, but for a time.  It’s a kind of immortality, I suppose, bounded by limits, it’s true, but then so’s…
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    Goddesschess

  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Hola darlings! I will have full results and all chess femme prize winners, and also the winners of Don McLean's memorial prize ($50 awarded to a player in both the Open and Reserve Sections, based on relative performance rating) tomorrow, it's already late for me and I've yet to eat supper, yikes! My chess buddy, Ellen Wanek (1070),  who has done so much for chess in the Sheboygan, WI area,
  • Tomb of Emperor Qin Huang's Grandmother Discovered

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    From The International Business Times Online, which contains many more photographs of artefacts from the tomb: China: Ancient Tomb of First Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Grandmother Discovered in Xi'an By Mary-Ann Russon September 11, 2014 11:57 BST A huge ancient tomb belonging to the grandmother of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang has been found in Xi'an during excavations to expand the
  • Israeli Spies Infiltrating Archaeology to Turn the Pyramids Jewish

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    This is absolutely hilarious, except it was not published (as far as I can tell) on April Fool's day.  Only goes to show, you can fool some of the people ALL of the time.  Are all fundy Muslims brainwashed (just like fundy Christians)?  Read it and laugh, and then weep for the state of appalling ignorance and prejudice in the world today, for it is bullshit like this that makes people kill each
  • Women in Ancient Egypt

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    From the Biblical Archaeological Society (BAR) online -- if you don't subscribe to Shanks' excellent magazine, I urge you to do so!  The article that I've copied the text from contains several more images than included here, so please visit BAR (click on link in title to article) and check them out, they are fascinating and flesh out the context and article.  This story presents an interesting
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX!!!

    7 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hola darlings! Time is flying by!  Please mark your calendars:  October 18, 2014!!!!  Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX, hosted by the Southwest Chess Club, will be taking place at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The Challenges are held two times a year, and now up to tournament twenty.  Goddesschess has been funding special prizes for the chessplayers in these events since
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    A Weblog for Our Mother God

  • The Blessed Virgin Mary

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    A correspondent writes: I just wanted to bring to your attention that the information you posted on your website about Mary the Mother of God is, in fact, wrong. Devotion to Mary stems from the Catholic Church not from a pagan religion. And this devotion which comes from the Church (in its original and true form) strictly empahsizes that Mary is NOT a goddess and that she is neither a reincarnation of any pagan goddess nor is She in opposition of patriarchy. In fact, historically, Mary is never recoreded to have been disobeident to the Faith of Her ancestors which included patriarchy. I, as…
  • Tamala - the Feast of the Dead

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    The first of Werdë - 31st of November - is the first day of Tamala, the Feast of the Dead. Read all about Tamala.
  • A note on Nature Religion

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Is the religion of our Mother God a nature religion? A few notes on this subject.
  • Cuivanya - the Feast of Divine Life

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Cuivanya falls on the 17th of Abolan (21st September). It is the middle festival of the great Mysteries of Life Cycle. Read about it here.
  • The Day of Werde

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Day of Werde falls on the 16th of Vaskaras (23rd August). It is the day on which we contemplate our personal fate and assess the direction of our lives. It
 
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  • Welcoming the Dark of the Year at Samhain

    Beth
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    I am the hallow-tide of all souls passing, I am the bright releaser of all pain, I am the quickener of the fallen seed-case, I am the glance of snow, the strike of rain. I am the hollow of the winter twilight, I am the hearth-fire and the welcome bread, I am the curtained awning of the pillow, I am unending wisdom’s golden thread. ~ Song of Samhain, Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings, by Caitlín Matthews The Wheel of Time turns, and we are now in the magical period that ancient Celts and modern Witches call Samhain. The Great Sabbat of Samhain (pronounced SAH-wen, SAH-ween, or…
  • Wordless Wednesday: At the Edge of Mystery

    Beth
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
  • Tarot Card for Samhain Week, Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014: Ten of Cups

    Beth
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.   ~ Antonio Porchia, poet (1885-1968) Here at the threshold of the year, the magical doorway of Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere, and the final harvest and ancient Celtic New Year of Samhain in the northern lands, I was very curious as to which card would guide us. I admit I was surprised at first. But upon consideration, the Ten of Cups is an apt and welcome gift of grace. This is its third appearance this year — is the third time the charm? After last week’s other Ten, it is…
  • Gaia Friday: The Ocean Speaks

    Beth
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    I think these beautiful (but necessarily disturbing) videos are so important that, except for next week (Samhain), I am going to be featuring one each week. So welcome to my second Gaia Friday. I hope you’ll stop by for a couple of minutes and tune in – Nature is Speaking and we need to listen. And I invite you to leave your own thoughts and comments if you wish. How would you answer this conversation? Full screen is recommended.
  • Happy Birthday, Passionate Scorpio!

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    There are mysteries which men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part. ~ Bram Stoker, best known as the author of Dracula (Born November 8, 1847 with Sun and Moon in Scorpio) Happy Birthday all you Scorpios! At 7:57am, Eastern Daylight time, the Sun moved into your sign! If you have ever read Bram Stoker’s Dracula (or his other stories that delve deeply into the shadows), you might not be surprised that Scorpios are often considered the most intense, profound, and complex members of the zodiac. Even when they appear self-controlled and calm, there is usually a…
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    T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself

  • Honor Past, Build Future

    Thorn
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    My ancestors worked on railroads, built houses, baked, cleaned, nursed in hospitals, and ranged from homeowners to hobos. They worked with their hands and their bodies, as well as with their minds. Coming from a working class family, many of my siblings still do the same: they fight fires, frame buildings, or walk hospital corridors in white shoes. These days, what I do can feel so ephemeral: I work with spirit, heart, and mind. True, I scrub giant pots once a week, which satisfies and connects, but much of my time is spent in front of a laptop. Economist Umair Haque complains that we spend…
  • The Power of No

    Thorn
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    The servant-leader is the one who gets the not-so-enviable job of saying no.  Not enviable… though there are those who will believe differently.” Cat Chapin-Bishop Cat Chapin-Bishop wrote a very good piece on the power of leadership, and the importance of holding the boundary of “no.” I encourage you to read it. The two most challenging things I’ve had to learn in 20 years of practicing leadership and teaching is learning to let people go and knowing when to say no. But first, I had to say a very strong yes to the work that was presenting itself to me. It was only through those…
  • Teaching & Life

    Thorn
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    I read an article by Dana Goldstein this week entitled Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher. The piece is not without it’s biases, but what I found interesting were the four things it thinks parents should look for in choosing a school. (Yes, that’s one of the biases, assuming all parents have these sorts of choices. I’m not going to get into that conversation here.) I think these can be good measures for assessing any teacher, whether they are teaching gardening, philosophy, spirituality, or fifth grade math. They also strike me as ways we can measure ourselves and how we…
  • A Pagan at Equinox

    Thorn
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    We say the sun has shifted ‘cross celestial equator. It is but our perception of the sun. We are the thing now Shifting through the sky. - written Equinox Morning, September 23, 2014, Northern Hemisphere, Pacific Time The first sunrise of the Autumnal Equinox feels special somehow. Facing due East, I greet the light, then turn to the ancestor altar to say good morning with a bow. Our perception of the sun’s path, our perception of how the light hits us when we turn our faces skyward, our perceptions…are so important. We are animals here on Sagan’s pale blue dot. We are animals…
  • Healthy and Happy

    Thorn
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    These times can feel overwhelming.   There is so much pain in the world, a constant cascade of it past our eyes and ears. So much to pay attention to. So much to do. But are we also paying attention to beauty? Are we also paying attention to kindness? Are we also paying attention to…? Yesterday, I gave a spiritual direction client this action item:   “Make a list of five things that help you feel healthy and happy.”   What are those for you? How often do you engage with them? How often are you doing other things instead? Don’t get me wrong, so much of what we are doing…
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    Alison Leigh Lilly

  • Making Ancestor Prayer Beads: A Samhain Craft Project

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In my last post, “Honor for the Dead,” I mentioned that this year as part of our family Samhain celebration, we crafted prayer bead bracelets to help us connect more deeply with our ancestors. A bunch of you have asked for more details on how to make prayer beads of your own, so I put together this handy-dandy step-by-step tutorial. Important Note: For our ritual, we incorporated a bit of knot magic to lend power to the prayer beads — if you’re making these for yourself, I definitely recommend including this step. However, it’s completely optional! (If…
  • Honor for the Dead: Crafting Relationship with the Ancestors

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Why should our communion with the beloved dead depend on the coincidental turning of the Earth on its axis? Why should we not always be in touch with those who have crossed the threshold, in touch with our own mortality and death? We live in this one world, together with the dead and the long-departed. They are as close to us now as our own skin and bones and blood. This is true, just as it is true that the sky is always full of stars, whether we see them striking out towards us through the darkness of night or lose them awash in the brilliant blues of sun-filled days. Just as it is true that…
  • Lughnasadh: Honoring the Harvest Through Grief and Gratitude

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    For me, today, the saying, “I don’t want to work, I just want to bang on the drum all day”… is not a metaphor. After all, it’s Lughnasadh — a holy day, the first of the harvest festivals — and I am practically salivating in anticipation of this evening’s festivities. Nothing fancy, just great food (including hand-picked wild blackberries that we harvested from along the bike path that runs through our neighborhood!), silly songs, and a simple ritual in the local park to celebrate the season and honor the land. Often, I find it hard to…
  • Wonder on the Wing: Lessons from the Owl Goddess on Climate Change

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    On the phone with my father, I find myself lost for words when he sighs and admits, “I just don’t have much hope for my generation anymore. Maybe there’s still time for you kids to fix this…” The resignation in his voice weighs on my heart. I could be angry. I’ve griped before about the inaction of the Boomers regarding climate change. I’ve watched the conversation shift over the past year, denial giving way to the defeatist belief that trying to do anything now would be too little, too late. Even lifelong conservationists have started to talk about…
  • The Joy of Hidden Things: Tidepooling on the Salish Sea

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Tidepooling is a practice in patient observation. It’s also a reminder that some things happen in their own sweet time. That’s the thing about low tide. Sun, moon and earth turn through the steps of their celestial dance, and once in a while you get lucky and the three of them meet just right in a moment of revelation. You have to be ready. Here on the Salish Sea (which includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada’s Georgia Strait), the lowest tide of the year usually occurs around the full moon nearest the summer solstice. The earth, with its axial tilt,…
 
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    Stella Seaspirit

  • How to Keep Your House Blessed and Positive without Constantly Doing House Clearing Rituals

    Stella Seaspirit
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    A space clearing removes undesirable energy from property. Obstacles and energetic limitations are removed, balance and harmony are restored and the space feels lighter and more confident. Occupants have more energy and are more positive because the vibrations around them are raised. There are 3 steps to keeping your house blessed and positive long-term   1. Purify A clearing removes stagnant or negative energy from a space. In bless your space I give you the exact step by step formula to perform a house clearing. I highly recommend following up this procedure with a personal ritual…
  • Breath-work Source-ry

    Stella Seaspirit
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    It is no surprise that the oxygen you breathe in is vital in this physical realm. It is estimated that you can only live for approximately three minutes without oxygen before the body shuts down and cells begin to die.   The beauty of breath-work Source-ry is that no one else is aware of what you are doing, you always have this tool at your disposal and it manifests instantly.   Bringing breath infused with intention into your body helps you to; Integrate thoughts and ideas within the physical matter of your body Ground thoughts and ideas on this plane as oxygenated blood nourishes…
  • Colour Magick ~ How it Really Works

    Stella Seaspirit
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    There were Healing Temples of Light and Colour at Heliopolis in Egypt, as well as in ancient Greece, China and India. Light creates colour and the Sun produces different wavelengths of light which when they bounce off different objects, create the sensation of light. Therefore, everything we perceive is reflected light.   Many of us love certain colours and abhor others. Understanding  these preferences tells us a great deal about ourselves; physically regarding our current state of health, emotionally regarding our feelings which are sometimes deeply buried, mentally regarding our…
  • How To Attract More Clients

    Stella Seaspirit
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    If you are self-employed or sidelining to supplement your income for example, running a craft business or offering private tutoring, establishing a steady flow of income from you offerings is likely one of your intentions.   While there are plenty of spells for money, it is always better to be precise about what you are actually wanting beside the money.   Do you want people to come and buy? Do you want people to seek you out via your advertising? Do you want more of your right-fit clients?   Spell to attract more clients {If you are new to working with crystals, get my free…
  • Dreamtime Witchery

    Stella Seaspirit
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    Sigmund Freud referred to dreaming as a peculiar form of thinking. Dreams have a way of reflecting what is truly going on within your inner landscape. While you may not recall every single one, they still provide a filtering through of self-awareness.   Very vivid dreams tend to imprint on our memories and stay with us for a time but others fade as we get up and go through our morning rituals so it is important to jot down as many details as you can right after you wake up. Especially if you wake from one in the middle of the night!   The key to better dream recall is intention,…
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  • Wordless Wednesday

    Kelley Harrell
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Photo by Julie Gibbons Blessing for those not here The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts.
  • When Creepy Gets Creepier — Hotel Phillips

    Kelley Harrell
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you haven’t read the story I wrote some years back about my hair-raising experience at Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, MO, you’ll want to check that out before you go further with the following tidbit. Since I first published the account of my stay at Hotel Phillips, it has been the most-read post on Intentional Insights. It amuses me, but baffles me, even more, that of all the posts I’ve written, of all the personal things I’ve shared, this encounter gets the most traction. It happened years ago, I’ve not said anything else about it, and the story is in my…
  • The Weekly Rune – Kenaz Merkstave

    Kelley Harrell
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Kenaz – Torch – As we emerge from Mercury retrograde, Kenaz merkstave arrives in time to put things into perspective. Usually regarded as meaning a spark of hope or enlightenment out of the blue, the emphasis of this stave is awareness emerging from pitch black. Note that Kenaz is brightstave in the photo. As we enter this final harvest week of the season, it’s appropriate that our thoughts be focused on what we have gleaned from it. In the pagan tradition that I resonate with, Samhain doesn’t mark the new year; rather, it only marks the end of the year. The new…
  • Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

    Kelley Harrell
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop. I’m thankful for fevers passed. I’m grateful to be on the up end of things. I’m thankful for my family. I’m grateful to herbal earl grey. I’m thankful for solutions to tech problems. I’m thankful for my Patreon peeps. What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks? Who is grateful for you? This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Participate by following the link and adding your name to the Linky list, then post your gratitude…
  • Wordless Wednesday

    Kelley Harrell
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    1957 – Vietnam War: First United States casualties in Vietnam. Photo by manhai The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts.
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  • How to Keep Your House Blessed and Positive without Constantly Doing House Clearing Rituals

    Stella Seaspirit
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    A space clearing removes undesirable energy from property. Obstacles and energetic limitations are removed, balance and harmony are restored and the space feels lighter and more confident. Occupants have more energy and are more positive because the vibrations around them are raised. There are 3 steps to keeping your house blessed and positive long-term   1. Purify A clearing removes stagnant or negative energy from a space. In bless your space I give you the exact step by step formula to perform a house clearing. I highly recommend following up this procedure with a personal ritual…
  • Breath-work Source-ry

    Stella Seaspirit
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    It is no surprise that the oxygen you breathe in is vital in this physical realm. It is estimated that you can only live for approximately three minutes without oxygen before the body shuts down and cells begin to die.   The beauty of breath-work Source-ry is that no one else is aware of what you are doing, you always have this tool at your disposal and it manifests instantly.   Bringing breath infused with intention into your body helps you to; Integrate thoughts and ideas within the physical matter of your body Ground thoughts and ideas on this plane as oxygenated blood nourishes…
  • Colour Magick ~ How it Really Works

    Stella Seaspirit
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    There were Healing Temples of Light and Colour at Heliopolis in Egypt, as well as in ancient Greece, China and India. Light creates colour and the Sun produces different wavelengths of light which when they bounce off different objects, create the sensation of light. Therefore, everything we perceive is reflected light.   Many of us love certain colours and abhor others. Understanding  these preferences tells us a great deal about ourselves; physically regarding our current state of health, emotionally regarding our feelings which are sometimes deeply buried, mentally regarding our…
  • How To Attract More Clients

    Stella Seaspirit
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    If you are self-employed or sidelining to supplement your income for example, running a craft business or offering private tutoring, establishing a steady flow of income from you offerings is likely one of your intentions.   While there are plenty of spells for money, it is always better to be precise about what you are actually wanting beside the money.   Do you want people to come and buy? Do you want people to seek you out via your advertising? Do you want more of your right-fit clients?   Spell to attract more clients {If you are new to working with crystals, get my free…
  • Dreamtime Witchery

    Stella Seaspirit
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    Sigmund Freud referred to dreaming as a peculiar form of thinking. Dreams have a way of reflecting what is truly going on within your inner landscape. While you may not recall every single one, they still provide a filtering through of self-awareness.   Very vivid dreams tend to imprint on our memories and stay with us for a time but others fade as we get up and go through our morning rituals so it is important to jot down as many details as you can right after you wake up. Especially if you wake from one in the middle of the night!   The key to better dream recall is intention,…
 
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