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21 Spells for Assured Success
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Fire of the Goddess:
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the Sacred Feminine
by Katalin Koda

 

Mrs. Darley's Pagan
Healing Wisdom:   A Magickal Journey
of Healing Through the Senses
by Carole Carlton


Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days
by Raven Grimassi

 


Who Are You in the Tarot?
by Mary K. Greer

 

 


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The Witch's Altar
by Jason Mankey, Laura Tempest Zakroff
November 2018


Thorn Mooney

Traditional Wicca

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Traditional Wicca TWPT talks to Thorn Mooney

Thorn Mooney is a a witch who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She began studying and practicing various forms of witchcraft as a young teenager. Now in her thirties, she finds herself a working Gardnerian priestess with a strong solitary practice that relies on techniques culled from an assortment of Western esoteric traditions and what is sometimes called “traditional” witchcraft.  She is also heavily influenced by an extensive academic background, having specialized in American religions, evangelical Christianity, and contemporary Paganism at the MA level.  She moonlights as a lecturer and independent scholar, but professionally she now works as a public high school teacher. Thorn holds an MA in religious studies and works as a university lecturer, musician, and tarot reader.

She is the high priestess of Foxfire Coven, which is a traditional Gardnerian inner and outer court operating in the University area of Charlotte. 

Her other interests include historical fencing, vintage guitars, long-distance hiking, traditional archery and bowhunting, and running. 

Click here to read our interview with Thorn Mooney


 

 

Seasonal Celebrations Home

Next Holiday: Mabon September 21, 2018

Despite the bad publicity generated by Thomas Tryon’s novel, Harvest Home is the pleasantest of holidays. Admittedly, it does involve the concept of sacrifice, but one that is symbolic only. The sacrifice is that of the spirit of vegetation, John Barleycorn. Occurring one quarter of the year after Midsummer, Harvest Home represents midautumn, autumn’s height. It is also the autumnal equinox, one of the quarter days of the year, a Lesser Sabbat and a Low Holiday in modern Witchcraft. Recently, some Pagan groups have begun calling the holiday by the Welsh name ‘Mabon’, although there seems little historical justification for doing so. 

Technically, an equinox is an astronomical point and, due to the fact that our leap-year cycle causes dates to slip and then snap back into place, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration. Up until Harvest Home, the hours of daylight have been greater than the hours from dusk to dawn. But from now on, the reverse holds true. Astrologers know this as the date on which the sun enters the sign of Libra, the Scales (an appropriate symbol of a balanced day and night). 

However, since most European peasants were not accomplished at calculating the exact date of the equinox, they celebrated the event on a fixed calendar date, September 25, a holiday the medieval church Christianized under the name of “Michaelmas”, the feast of the archangel Michael. (One wonders if, at some point, the Roman Catholic Church contemplated assigning the four quarter days of the year to the four archangels, just as they assigned the four cross-quarter days to the four Gospel writers. Further evidence for this may be seen in the fact that there was a brief flirtation with calling the vernal equinox “Gabrielmas”, ostensibly to commemorate the archangel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary on Lady Day.) 

For the rest of Mike Nichols' article on Mabon click here.


Next Holiday Southern Hemisphere: Ostara
September 21, 2018

For an article on Ostara by Mike Nichols click here.

2018 Wiccan/Pagan Calendar


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Your Own Celebrations of Summer

There’s a village one year’s journey from here.  And in that village lives a woman with four children.  Like any family, all four children are kindred and similar -- yet very, very unique.  One is a feisty child, with brilliant golden hair, and a natural glow warmer than any other.  This child’s name is Summer.

In an entire year, perhaps the 91 days (and nights) of Summer seem to fly by the quickest…  When you think of summer, what comes to mind?

Summer is the peak, the pinnacle, the realization of what took root during the Spring.  One lesson the seasons teach is that many things in nature grow, mature, and then fade.  Imagine yourself old and gray and wise.  Look back upon your own life as if it were a single turn of the year.  What part of your life was your high point, your “Summer,” your peak?  Where did you shine your brightest, glow your hottest?

We too change like the seasons.  When Mother Nature puts on Her Summer wardrobe, so do we.  Except these wardrobes seem quite opposite.  In Summer, the forest grows more thickly covered, while we become less covered.  Summer is a season of short sleeves, short pants, short skirts and bare toes.  While the trees might wear their thick green coats, we often frolic clad with nothing but the sky!  More of our natural selves comes out in the Summer – arms, legs, skin – what we are beneath all those layers of cold Winter clothes can shine forth in the Summer.  Maybe we resemble our animal cousins, who also shed much of their fur and feathers in Summer.

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Deborah Blak Author

Deborah Blake

Elisabeth Alba Illustrator

Elisabeth Alba

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Everyday Witch Tarot TWPT talks to Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba

Deborah Blake is the award-winning author of Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice, Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft, The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch, Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook, Witchcraft on a Shoestring, Everyday Witch Book of Rituals and The Witch’s Broom (all from Llewellyn). She has published numerous articles in Llewellyn annuals, as well as other Pagan publications, and her ongoing column, “Everyday Witchcraft” is featured in Witches & Pagans Magazine. 

Deborah is also the author of the paranormal romance Baba Yaga series from Berkley Publishing, which includes novella Wickedly Magical, and books Wickedly Dangerous and Wickedly Wonderful. 

Her short story, “Dead and (Mostly) Gone” is included in the Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction: 13 Prize Winning Tales (Llewellyn, 2008). Her fiction is primarily Paranormal Romance, although she also writes Fantasy, Mystery and Young Adult. She is represented by agent Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency. 

Deborah had been interviewed on television, radio and podcast, and can be found online at Facebook, Twitter and http://deborahblake.blogspot.com  as well as The Creativity Cauldron, a loop she founded for writers and aspiring writers. 

When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 120 year old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.


Elisabeth is a recent transplant to Western Massachusetts, after having moved there from New York City where she lived for eight years, and where she completed her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts. Before then, she had received her dual degree BA in English (with a focus on children’s literature) and visual art studies at the University of Florida. She's traveled a lot, which has led to an obsession with history and an interest in other cultures throughout the ages. She has always loved children’s literature and film, especially fantasy and historical fiction. 

Her clients include Scholastic, Simon + Schuster, Llewellyn Worldwide, Oxford University Press, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Metropolitan Books, Small Beer Press, AAA Traveler magazine, and MTV Books. I’m the illustrator of Diamond and Fancy, both published by Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic, and part of the Breyer Stablemates easy-to-read series. She also illustrated I am Martin Luther King Jr.,  I am George Lucas, and I Am Cleopatra, all written by Grace Norwich and published by Scholastic; and she contributed illustrations for The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare, Simon & Schuster.

Click here to read the interview.


Other Book Spotlights


TWPT's Upcoming, New and Notable Releases



The Naked Witch: An Autobiography
by Fiona Horne



Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick by Judy Ann Nock

Italian Folk Magic
by Mary-Grace Fahrun




Thelema: An Introduction to the
Life, Work & Philosophy
of Aleister Crowley
by Colin D. Campbell


Tarot in Wonderland

by Barbara Moore
and Eugene Smith

Forbidden Mysteries of
Faery Witchcraft
by Storm Faerywolf




The Path of Paganism
by John Beckett



The Witch's Book of Shadows
by Jason Mankey

Plant Magic
by Sandra Kynes




Gods and Goddesses of Ireland
by Morgan Daimler





The Magic of Trees
by Tess Whitehurst

Betwixt & Between
by Storm Faerywolf




Isis: Eternal Goddess of
Egypt and Rome
by Lesley Jackson

The Secret of the Temple
by John Michael Greer

Esoteric Empathy
by Raven Digitalis


 

 

Coming in August 2018

Witches&Pagans #36 - Gods, Goddesses & the Glorious Divine  

Who do we worship? How do we find Them -- or, how are we found by Them? Whatever our path, the divine is part of our lives and practices. In this issue of Witches&Pagans we share the experiences of priests, devotees, writers, artists, dancers, spirit workers, and everyday people as they live in relationship with the Divine. This special issue features: 

Focus on Understanding the Gods

To Walk with Orisha: The Path of Connectedness. Manny Tejeda-Moreno leads us on a path replete with Spirit, power, and passion.  

To Soar with the Butterflies: Sigyn, Lady of Compassion. Erin Lale describes the ancient lore — and modern gnosis — of this underappreciated Norse goddess.  

His Name Means Ecstacy: Exploring Sacred Marriage in Northern European traditions. A passage into relationship magic with the gods, by priestess Shirl Sazyinski.  

Riding with the Frauen. Discover the hidden goddesses of Germanic culture with loremistress Heidi Parton.  

Wisdom of the Holy Isle: Gods & Goddesses of Avalon. Explore the deities of the Celtic Otherworld with Sithearain Nicleoid. 

Focus on Daily Devotion

Religio Romana. Roman polytheist Virginia Carper describes her day-to-day practice of having a proper relationship with the Gods. 

A Party for Parvati. Want a truly humbling experience? Go to where people who are indigenous to your practice shop, by Deborah Castellano.  

Surrounded by Deity.  Irisanya reveals what’s it like to be devoted to many gods and goddesses at the same time. 

Focus on Pagan Living

Our columnists weigh in on bringing the divine into your life 

Including:

Raven Grimassi -- The Gods in Old Witchery
Jamie Della -- Rose Geranium: a plant of love
Hecate Demetersdatter -- How I Found the Goddess
Deborah Blake -- Where is Your Inner Goddess?
Jason Mankey -- Relationships with the Gods are Reciprocal
Diotima Mantineia -- Looking Out for Saturn
H. Byron Ballard -- I Love the Big Mama: Don't You?
Archer -- A Pagan View of Jesus
Shirl Sazynski -- The Names of the Gods.
Christopher Penczak -- Seers are Artists & Storytellers
Ivo Dominguez, Jr -- Drawing Down the Great Ones
Thorn Mooney & Eurus offer answers to your witchy questions. In this issue:
"How Do I Connect to a God?" 

88 pages, publication date August, 2018.


 

 

Inside the pages of edition 24, which have lovingly been prepared for your mystical enjoyment!... 

We have a feature on Maria Mirage who is this issue’s cover photographer, she reveals the process behind creating her magical images. 

We have an exclusive interview with Flutatious who are performing at this year’s Faerie Festival in Sussex and Annwyn Avalon talks about Melusine the Avalonian Mermaid. 

Moon Books author Rachel Patterson writes about energy and our ancestors and Ellen Sentier talks about the myths of Merlin. We have three articles on creating positive changes in your life and a happy couple share their experiences of  their Hoobity pagan handfasting. 

Our featured artists are Courtney Davies, Gill Rippingale and Wendy Andrew as well as many other beautiful illustrations. Plus our regular news column, event listings, The ABC of Goddesses, The Crafters’ Corner, photography, art and much more. I hope you enjoy your read!


 

 

Witchcraft & Wicca Magazine is the most popular Witchcraft magazine in Europe, with articles by many leading authors on almost every aspect of the Craft. The magazine is full colour throughout, with a clear and attractive layout, illustrations are superbly reproduced and it has high gloss cover. The small A5 size is convenient and is ideal for storing on your bookshelf, this is a future collectors item so start your collection now. 

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It is being stocked by many outlets in the UK, if you own a shop and would like to stock the magazine please use the contact us form to request the relevant information. 

Please order your copy at your local Pagan / Occult / New Age bookshop, you can always refer them to us if they do not currently stock it. 

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Order the current issue and back issues from our online store. 

Witchcraft & Wicca Magazine is also available in digital format, with back issues and subscriptions options . If you follow this link to Magzter you will find the home of our digital magazine. You can find it on the web and on Magzter app our apple, android or windows phone, just create a free account and search for ” Witchcraft” our magazine will show up then.


Mickie Mueller

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The Witch's Mirror TWPT talks to Mickie Mueller

Mickie Mueller grew up beneath the great mountains and the desert sky of Albuquerque, New Mexico.   They aptly call it "The Land of Enchantment."  She was exposed to art all her life, both of her parents’ were prominent artists and craftspeople in the area, and she was influenced by many of the great artists of the Southwest, all friends of the family.  In her late teens, she moved with her family to the green rolling hills of Missouri were she now lives and makes her home and studio. Mickie began working as a freelance artist in 1983, showing her award winning art in local galleries, and her work appearing in newspaper ads, and CD/cassette covers for local bands.  She even worked for awhile as a computer colorist for comic book companies like Marvel, D.C. and Dark Horse to name a few.   

Today Mickie has a growing business with her magical fantasy art.  Her work has been seen in magazines and books internationally, including a school textbook in Norway.  Her prints are sold in catalogues and on the Internet all over the world. She has two critically acclaimed divination decks published by Llewellyn, The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path.  Mickie’s third deck comes out in 2011 and is her first deck that she created on her own, concept, writing, and art.  The Voice of the Trees, A Celtic Ogham Oracle is based on the rich and fantastic Celtic history, myths and legends and the Ogham system of letters used in 4th-6th century. 

In addition to their teamwork in The Mickie Mueller Collection, Mickie and Dan are also the proud parents of two grown daughters; Brittany, a popular Vintage Fashionista and Chelsea, a pop artist and poet, and an 11 year old son Tristan, an aspiring stop-animation film maker.  They are also the grandparents of Olivia toddler extrodinarre, and Rhys accomplished walker and fabulous happy face maker.

Click here to read the interview.


Other Book Spotlights


A Very British Witchcraft (Full): Documentary on Gerald Gardner & Wicca

 

 

Museum of Witchcraft's Simon Costin interviews Maxine Sanders

 


 

 

Articles 'Round the Web

Interview with illustrator Elisabeth Alba by Kelley McMorris

When I heard that that Deborah Blake had a new tarot deck coming out in January 2017 I went looking for the illustrator to find out more about them. I found this older interview from last year that I wanted to share with the readers of TWPT. It was conducted by Kelley McMorris and I only share an excerpt here on the site with a link back to the entire interview on Kelley's blog page. You also might check out Elisabeth's artist site to get a more detailed look at some of the cards that will be gracing Deborah's deck next year. The great thing is that the ones that I saw all had cats in them. What more could you ask for? Enjoy!----Imajicka


"Today is the beginning of a new series on this blog where I interview illustrators and others in the publishing industry. I've met so many interesting people at art school, conferences, and online, who have stories I want to hear! 

I am honored to have our first interviewee, Elisabeth Alba, on the blog today. 

Elisabeth has been a freelance illustrator in the children's book and fantasy industries for several years now, and recently quit her part-time job to go full-time. Elisabeth and I have never met in person - YET - but we've been online acquaintances for a year or two. I was curious about how she has managed to build up her freelance career from the ground up, and what it's like being married to ponytail-rocking fellow illustrator Scott Murphy.

When did you first decide to become an illustrator, and what did you do to get started?

I loved reading, picture books, graphic novels, fantasy movies, animated films - what all illustrators like, really! I had this urge to create things that would be seen by other people on book covers and inside books so that they'd have the same pleasure I got when looking at them. It definitely started in high school, if not earlier, but I still struggled a bit thinking maybe I should be a doctor or biologist or an English professor or something more stable career-wise."

Click here to read more of this article.


Boudica

 

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Responsibility and the Pagan Path by Boudica

Paganism is unique as a spiritual path in that it does not tell us what to do.  Rather, we decide for ourselves our own personal ethical standards and set our own values of morality.   While there is a Rede from the Wiccan Traditions, it is not a law; rather it is an advice, a council.  And whether you adapt that Rede as Wiccan or as pagan, it is a choice that is totally up to you.   We have embraced the pagan culture because we believe in the concept of free will.  This also carries over into our pagan spirituality where we feel we are intelligent enough to make decisions for ourselves when it comes to spirituality and the associated philosophies.   We choose the paths we walk, be they sexual, environmental, social, magical or spiritual.  It is our choice and no one else makes it for us.  We are not dictated to, we are not told what to believe, we are not forced into a social structure we have to adhere to, nor are we told what magical practice we need to follow.  No one speaks for us other than the individual.  There are no set leaders representing the whole of the pagan community.

Click here to read more of this article.


 

Samhain Articles Page

Samhain is approaching and with only 8 days remaining before it arrives perhaps you might be thinking you want to understand the Sabbat a little better before celebrating on the 31st. Well you have come to the right place and we can point you to some great information to raise your understanding of what it is that Samhain means to a variety of people both here on TWPT and some written materials around the net that will help too. Right off the bat I can say you should check out our new interview with Diana Rajchel about her book about Samahain that was released as one of the Sabbat Essentials series over at Llewellyn. Here on TWPT we have a section called Seasonal Celebrations that has an article by Mike Nichols about each of the eight sabbats on the wheel of the year. You can find his article about Samhain by clicking here and you'll get a good look at what Samhain is all about.

Also on TWPT is a page of articles about Samhain by a variety of writers and quite a few topics. If you'd like to check into some of these articles you can click here. And finally if you really want to go in depth with the subject of Samhain then head on over to Amazon and try a couple of these books: Samhain: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel, Pagan Mysteries of Halloween by Jean Markale, or Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Samhain to Ostara by Ashleen O'Gaea. Spend some time with Google and I'm sure you will find many more sources for information about the upcoming sabbat. And if you are looking for a Samhain ritual for a solitary you might try Boudica's ideas in an article that you can find by clicking here.  Another great place for a large chunk of information on Samhain is over at about Religion. This is curated by Patti Wigington and covers Paganism/Wicca including this link to info about Samhain.     

Click here to read more articles about Samhain


Imajicka

TWPT Blog

Reflections

I sometimes sit on Sunday morning listening to the music that has shaped my life since the early
90’s when I first discovered it and I reflect upon the spiritual journey that I have been on for the last 26 years. It has been an enlightening time for me and I am happy that I made the trip and explored the many side streets that have presented themselves to me during this time. From the early days of having to order books that would help me discover this path at my local bookstore because there was no online world, to the plethora of titles that exist on the internet now, my journey has been one forged in the printed words which inspired and sparked my spirit to seek out a path that I could truly call my own. Having had a front row seat to the Wiccan/Pagan growth over the past 18 years through my website The Wiccan/Pagan Times which came online back in 1998 it has been a dizzying ride from the few scattered voices on the internet at the beginning of the 1990’s to the large chorus of voices expressing a wide range of spiritual thoughts in the 21st century here in 2016.  

Click here to read the whole blog


Ashley Mortimer

 

Community Focus

The Doreen Valiente Foundation and more TWPT talks to Ashley Mortimer

In March 2011 Nottingham's Ashley Mortimer became one of five trustees of the Doreen Valiente Foundation which oversees the legacy of magical artefacts, writings, documents and copyrights that belonged to Doreen Valiente. Ashley is also a director of The Centre For Pagan Studies, a firekeeper for WaNaNeeChe's Human Circle Of Life and a prominent member of Nottingham Pagan Network, Pagan Pride and Nottingham Empyrean as well as a frequent representative of the Pagan Federation. 

Ashley is an occasional writer, even more occasional musician and a prolific contributor to many different Pagan events and interests in and out of the East Midlands region. He speaks about the origins of Paganism, the history of Wicca/Witchcraft and leads ceremony and ritual with an ecclectic and pragmatic approach to spirituality underpinned with warm humour.

Read this interview with Ashley Mortimer by clicking here


(photo by Brittany Sherman)

Mickie Mueller

 

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Art of Fantasy, Fairie, and Myth: TWPT Talks to Mickie Mueller

“I decided to make my dreams reality, drawing upon the magic that I grew up with, singing to inchworms with my mother and watching nature create miracles in the sun and under the moon. I love researching the legends of fairies, Goddesses, nature spirits, folklore and history.  I feel these themes are a part of us all on a deeper level, so when I have an opportunity to reach into that realm and bring something back, it’s an honor and I feel that I have a certain responsibility to do it with respect to these powerful entities.  When I work on a piece, these beings speak with me, and when someone else sees it, and loves it, they get to be a part of that fantastic realm where anything and everything is possible too, and bring that energy into their lives.”  -Mickie Mueller

Today Mickie has a growing business with her magical fantasy art.  Her work has been seen in magazines and books internationally, including a school textbook in Norway.  Her prints are sold in catalogues and on the Internet all over the world. She has two critically acclaimed divination decks published by Llewellyn, The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path.  Mickie’s third deck comes out in 2011 and is her first deck that she created on her own, concept, writing, and art.  The Voice of the Trees, A Celtic Ogham Oracle is based on the rich and fantastic Celtic history, myths and legends and the Ogham system of letters used in 4th-6th century.

Click here to read the interview


Secret Lives
by Barbara Ardinger

 

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Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger

Being of the male persuasion I had my doubts as to how much I would relate to and be drawn into a novel about a group of older women who follow Goddess traditions and teachings. After reading Secret Lives I now see that my doubts were wholly unfounded and that Barbara Ardinger has written a marvelous book that is engaging, heartwarming and even instructive if you are open to the spirit in which this novel was written. The grandmothers, the daughters and the granddaughters of this novel are well drawn characters that personify the struggles that women in general face living in a world that still sees them as worth less than their male counterparts but in particular it also delves into the struggles that women face who follow a spiritual path that does not adhere to a patriarchal model that has come to dominate this modern world we live in.

Read Imajicka's review of Secret Lives by Barbara Ardinger


Taylor Ellwood

The Samhain Elemental Ritual by Taylor Ellwood

Traditionally, Samhain is considered to be the day when the dead and living can mingle. The veils of the world are at their thinnest and there is a sense of liminal space in the air. Liminal space is border space, the in between place, where anything can happen. This flexibility time means that contact with our ancestors is easier than during the rest of the year. A lot of rituals I've attended for Samhain have involved remembrances of the dead. 

For me, Samhain is a time for change. The nights are getting longer, the air is cooler, the leaves are falling, and we are going into a time of the year that tends to make many people insular. At this time of the year I remember past regrets and assess the overall direction of my life. This has caused me to start doing an annual ritual for just this time of the year. 

This annual ritual involves choosing an element and dedicating myself to working with it for an entire year. I originally chose the five classic Western elements to work with. Since these elements have a lot of behavioral characteristics associated with them, I felt that choosing to work with an element that represented desired behavioral traits could be useful for helping a person modify hir behavior. 

From Taylor's article called The Samhain Elemental Ritual.
Click here to read the entire article.


Other Samhain Articles for Samhain


Jesse Wolf Hardin

 

 

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TWPT's Earth Magic

Pitfalls on the Magical or Spiritual Path.

Otherwise benign New Spiritual practices can suffer from some of the same pitfalls as conventional organized religion. Fortunately, once we’re aware of these diversions we can make the informed choices that reunite us with the inspirited world, rather than contribute to our estrangement.

In my life of pilgrimage the voices of the earthen Anima have repeatedly contradicted what I’ve read, was taught, once thought, and so badly wanted to believe... Thus as I became a teacher myself, I deferred again and again— not to presumed authorities or established traditions, but to the actual Source of every real truth they contain. Our realization of wholeness/holiness begins not in contemplation or conclusion but in a great listening. It begins in a vulnerable condition of openness, with fierce focus, gentle humility, and the overwhelming gratitude that makes us worthy of such gifts.

Read Jesse's column on TWPT


 

 

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David Rankine

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Developing  the Magickal Personality By  David Rankine

"I for my part, knew how little the true adept needs for his magic, but I had to work upon men's imaginations, and for that I needed a stage setting...and to this end I had to have about me that which should suggest the great days of the past when the cult to which I belonged was at the height of its power...And so, little by little, I had collected ancient things from the old temples...I also used colours for my background, knowing their power over the mind - over my mind as well as over the minds of those who came to visit me.  There is a science of colours...for my purpose I use the pale opalescent moon-colours on a base of silver; the purple that is a plum-colour, and the reds that are magenta or maroon, and the blues of sea-water and the sky at night; never the strong primaries such as a man uses when he is a magus.  Always the shadowy, blended colours are mine, for I am the shadow in the background.

"As for my body, I had made that to be an instrument of my personality, training it, supplying it, learning its arts and powers.  Nature had not been unkind, but she had not been lavish, and I had to make of myself something that I could use for the purpose I had in hand...I am bold, even rash, in the matter of lipsticks, and I love long ear-rings.  It would require Huysmans to do justice to the ear-rings I have possessed - jade, amber, coral, lapis, malachite for day; and for the night I have great jewels...I wear my own fashions, and they come from the "soft furnishings" as often one does not find in the dress materials...I like rings, too, so big that I can hardly get my gloves on over them; and bracelets like fetters on my wrists.  My hands are supple with ritual...and I wear my nails long to match my tiger teeth.  I like my shoes to be very soft and light and supple, like gloves rather than shoes, so that I can move in them without sound...I know the meaning of movement - how it should flow like water.  I know too how the body should swing and balance from the waist..."             (from Moon Magic by Dion Fortune

The above passage, from Dion Fortune's magickal novel Moon Magic, gives a description of how her character, Vivien Le Fay Morgan, has developed her magickal personality.  She chooses clothing, colours, jewellery, and even the way she moves her body, and speaks, in a conscious way, to project her magickal personality.  The way we dress, and how we look, not only tells others a lot about ourselves, but also affects the way we feel about ourselves. 

When we take our clothes off to work rituals sky clad, we are casting off our social selves, and coming to a more natural state, closer to nature.  Putting on ritual jewellery, which is associated with the magickal personality helps one to transform into the Magickal Self, or to identify more strongly with it.  If you work robed, changing into a robe is also a way of changing one's identity to that of the magickal personality, and this should be done consciously. 

To read the rest of this article click here.

Llewellyn's 2019 Witches' Companion

 

LLlewellyn's 2019 Magical Almanac

 

Llewellyn's 2019 Witches' Datebook

 

The Witche's Almanac, Issue 38 Spring 2019 -
Spring 2020

 

Witch: For Those
Who Are
by Ly de Angeles

 

Circle for Hekate: Volume 1: History & Mythology
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